Golden retrievers, bred in 1800s England as hunting dogs, now popular in the US as friendly, smart, and lovable family pets. Excel at fetch and protective of their humans.
Old English Sheepdogs, originally bred for herding and cart-pulling, are sturdy, affectionate guard dogs. They require daily exercise and grooming, making them a high-maintenance but loyal family pet.
Border Collies, highly intelligent and energetic, were bred for sheep herding along the England-Scotland border. Need ample exercise, training, and interaction. Affectionate and super-smart breed.
Greyhounds trace their ancestry to ancient Egypt, developed in medieval England into the fastest breed, reaching 40 mph. Originally hunting and racing dogs, they are now cherished as gentle, loyal family pets.
Jack Russell terrier, developed by Rev. John Russell in the 1800s for fox hunting. Intelligent, active, and affectionate breed, needs daily exercise to prevent unwanted behaviors. Great with children.
Bloodhound, originated in Europe, brought to England in the 11th century. Bred for hunting, excels in scent-tracking for search-and-rescue. Easy-going, affectionate family pet.
Pointers, ancient with uncertain origins, reached England in the 1700s as skilled hunting dogs. Specialize in pointing game birds. Fast, agile, friendly companions for joggers and families.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers, created in early 1800s England by blending bulldogs and terriers, were originally bred for bull-baiting and dog-fighting, now outlawed.
English foxhounds from 1600s England, bred for fox hunting by crossing stag-hunting dogs and greyhounds. Not ideal family pets due to strong prey drive, but gentle and skilled scent-hounds.
Wire Fox Terriers, originating in the late 1700s, excel at fox hunting. They're skilled mousers with a high prey drive. Lovable and playful, make good household pets with exercise and attention.