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    Breed Spotlight: the Basset Hound

    These French hounds are the descendants of the legendary hounds of St. Hubert from AD 1000. St. Hubert’s hounds were descendants of the Spartan hounds, which were ancient scenthounds.

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    Breed Spotlight: the Dalmatian

    The first known reference to the breed was in 1719. The dog was referred to as Canis Dalmaticus by Bosnian Bishop Petar Bakić. Eventually, the dogs became a fixture in horse and carriage society in England, especially that of the water-wagon used by fire brigades.

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    Breed Spotlight: the Bull Terrier

    Near the middle of the nineteenth century, James Hinks of Birmingham, England, crossed a Bull and Terrier with an English White Terrier with the goal of improving the offspring’s appearance. Up to that point, Bull and Terrier breeders had focused primarily on bettering the fighting performance of their dogs.

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    Breed Profile: The Pomeranian

    The history of the modern Pomeranian breed begins in fourteenth century Pomerania, an area that covered parts of present-day Poland and Germany.

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    Breed Profile: The German Shepherd

    The German shepherd was originally a farm dog, guarding his family’s flocks and herds. Unlike most herding breeds, the German shepherd was not only bred to move the herd, but also to patrol and protect both the herd and the shepherd from outside dangers and predators. Today, German shepherds are used to protect sheep, guard homes, help the disabled, and assist the police and armed forces.

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