Breed Information

Abyssinian

Personality: People-oriented, loyal, and intelligent. Affectionate and very active. Retains the feral look of felis lybica, ancestor of all domestic cats. Many can be trained to walk on leashes and to retrieve. Stands well off the ground, giving the impression of being on tip toe. History: Cats exhibited at a show in England in the […]

Affenpinscher

Other Names/Nicknames: Monkey Terrier Country/Date of Origin: Germany 1600’s Height: 10 inches Weight: 7 to 8 pounds Personality: Loyal and devoted pal.  Tends to be a one-person dog. A mark of its terrier blood is the tendency for the Affenpinscher to become hyper excited. Headstrong and quite fearless against any size aggressor. Carries itself with […]

Afghan Hound

Other Names/Nicknames: Tazi Afghans Country/Date of Origin: Afghanistan 17th Century Height: Females:  24 to 26 inches Males:  26 to 28 inches Weight: 50 to 60 pounds Personality: Alert and aloof. Ignores strangers as if they are beneath acknowledgement. Reserved nature. Not particularly intelligent and can be difficult to train. History The Afghan originated in an […]

Airedale Terrier

Other Names/Nicknames: Waterside Terrier Bingley Terrier Country/Date of Origin: England 19th century Height: 22 to 24 inches Weight: 44 to 50 pounds Personality: Legendary loyalty. Eager to please and learns easily. Fiery temper shows when around other dogs. History: The king of terriers was developed to hunt otter in Yorkshire, England.  It is the result […]

Akita

Other Names/Nicknames: Akita Inu Country/Date of Origin: Japan 1600’s Height: Females:  24 to 26 inches Males:  26 to 28 inches Weight: 75 to 110 pounds Personality: An aggressive breed that is not for first-time dog owners. Not trustworthy around other dogs or cats. A natural guard, and very possessive of both its family and property. […]

Alaskan Malamute

Other names/Nicknames: Malamute Country/Date of Origin United States 3000 BC Height: 23 to 28 inches Weight: 75 to 125 pounds Personality: Quarrelsome with other dogs. Friendly by nature towards humans but really stubborn. Prefers to be outdoors. Not easily trained. Big, strong and bold, this is not a breed for the first-time dog owner. History: […]

American Bulldog

Other names/Nicknames: Old Country Bulldog Country/Date of Origin: United States 1700’s Height: 19 to 28 inches Weight: 65 to 130 pounds Personality: Calm in nature. Intelligent and eager learners. Bold and outgoing. Loyal. History: This powerful working breed is a descendant of the original working Bulldogs brought to this country from England in the 16th […]

American Curl Longhair

Personality: Quiet, intelligent, and eager to please. Playful into adulthood. History: Occurred as a spontaneous mutation in Southern California in 1981 when an adopted stray named Shulamith gave birth to a litter of kittens in which two of the four had ears that curled away from their faces.  Selective breeding and showing began in 1983 […]

American Curl Shorthair

Personality: Intelligent, people-oriented, and eager to please. Playful into adulthood. History: Occurred as a spontaneous mutation in Southern California in 1981 when an adopted stray cat named Shulamith gave birth to a litter of kittens in which two of the four had ears that curled away from their faces.  Shulamith produced the first shorthaired kittens […]

American Curl Wirehair

Personality: Fearless, trusting nature. Sweet, loving, easygoing, and people-oriented. Uniquely American, this particular mutation has not been reported in any other country. Not all kittens born to wirehaired parents will have a wiry coat. The degree of coat coarseness depends on the coat texture of the sire and dam. History: Began as a spontaneous mutation […]