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Beagle

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Beagle

Hunting hounds in England date back to the Roman occupation, but an exact history of the Beagle is uncertain. Their popularity with 18th century English hunters, however, is well established history.

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Chihuahua

SMALL DOG BREED

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is the world's smallest dog, but it makes a spirited pet for any size home. The breed is alert and graceful with a rounded skull and large, flaring ears. Smooth coats are soft and come in any color.

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American Pit Bull Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American Pit Bull Terrier

This canine product of the American melting pot is a true success story, a bulldog-terrier cross that made its way out of the fighting pits and into the hearts of dog lovers.

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Boxer

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Boxer

The Boxer was developed in Germany as a medium-sized security dog. The breed combines the blood of a mastiff-type breed that was used for hunting, herding and protection with that of the Bulldog. The result is a smooth-coated, agile dog measuring up to 25 inches at the shoulder.

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Yorkshire Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier was developed in the north of England about the mid-19th century, chiefly for the job of controlling the rat population in the coal pits and cotton mills. It was also a featured combatant in rat-killing contests.

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Dachshund, Standard

SMALL DOG BREED

Dachshund, Standard

Short-legged dogs of the Dachshund type were once used in Europe to hunt badger and fox, as well as larger game. The dogs worked in packs and are reported to have been tenacious and keen-nosed in pursuit of their quarry.

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German Shepherd Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog breed was developed in Germany in the late 19th century to herd and to assist police and soldiers. The breed was originally found on German farms, and its type was standardized in the 1890s by a German cavalry officer, Capt.

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Shih Tzu

SMALL DOG BREED

Shih Tzu

Lively and lovely, the Shih Tzu (pronounced shidzoo) enjoys a good walk and a good talk with his people. Bred as a companion for at least 2,000 years, this little "lion dog" is happy and outgoing, with a friendly, trusting attitude beneath the slightly arrogant appearance.

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German Pinscher

MEDIUM DOG BREED

German Pinscher

Often mistaken for a young Doberman because of the close physical resemblance, the German Pinscher is rare in the United States and Canada.

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Golden Retriever

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a breed of British origin, developed in the mid-19th century by a Scotsman, Sir Dudley Marjoribanks, who later became Lord Tweedmouth. A medium-size hunting dog they excel at retrieving fowl for hunters.

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Labrador Retriever

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Labrador Retriever

This dog has a retrieving jones. Lead a Lab to a body of water and it will retrieve all day: balls, sticks, and even children who might happen to go for a swim. Descended from dogs found in Newfoundland by explorers, fishermen and settlers, the Labrador Retriever evolved by natural selection.

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