This breed appeared in paintings in the 1200s and was known then as the toy Spaniel and was owned by royalty and noblemen.
Parson Russell Terrier
When the British entered Peking for the first time, they found the Empress Tzu'Hai dead on the floor of her palace, in the Forbidden City...
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has its ancient origins in the Vendée region of France.
Although the Pharaoh Hound expanded its origins in ancient Egypt, it was first brought into Egypt by the Phoenician merchants when they settled on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo while plying their trade of selling exotic spices.
Hunting dogs were, without doubt, the earliest specialised canines known to man.
The Pomeranian is believed to have descended from wolf-spitz type dogs that migrated to Pomerania from the north of Russia and Siberia.
Poodles have been in existence for many centuries and historical reference to them has been found in Germany, England, Italy and France.
Portuguese Water Dog
In its home country (Portugal) the Portuguese Water Dog is also known as the Portuguese Fishing Dog, Diving Dog or the Sea Dog.
It is not generally known that the Pug was the most popular of all dogs in England and the Continent many years ago.