8 Dog Breeds with Misleading Names

I just hit 500 followers a few days ago, so to celebrate I thought I’d write a fun little article for you guys. So here you go: 8 dog breeds which are not from where you’d expect based on their names.

1. Australian Shepherd

Country of origin: USA

Aussies were developed in the Western US as herding dogs, with no proven connection to Australia at all, though myths and theories abound. One theory is that the progenitors of the breed were brought to the Western US from Europe via Australia; however, genetic research has disproved this and shown that Aussies are descended from Native American dogs which were originally brought over the Bering Land Bridge. (x)

2. American Eskimo Dog

Country of origin: Germany

Eskies are directly descended from the German Spitz, and have no relation to Eskimo culture other than in name. During WWI, anti-German sentiment in the US led to the name present in the modern breed. (x)

3. Great Dane

Country of origin: Germany

While the original type can be traced to ancient Egypt and Greece, modern Great Danes are descended from German boarhounds. In Germany, the breed is called Deutsche Dogge (German Mastiff), while the English name is the result of the French name mistakenly given to the type by naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon in 1755.  (x)

4. Japanese Chin

Country of origin: China

The Japanese Chin and the Pekingese are both descended from the same type, being small companion dogs originally kept by Chinese royalty. The modern Chin has been selectively bred from dogs imported via Japan to fit a narrow breed standard, in comparison to the native type which was more morphologically diverse. (x)

5. Italian Greyhound

Country of origin: Greece & Turkey

Italian Greyhounds are believed to have descended from small sighthound type dogs in what is now Greece and Turkey, based on fossil and archaeological evidence. Their name pays tribute to the fact that they were a popular and beloved subject of Italian Renaissance artists and cherished by Italian nobility.  (x)


6. Pharaoh Hound

Country of origin: Malta

The Pharaoh Hound is named for its resemblance to a type seen in ancient Egyptian art, and while some origin theories claim the breed is descended directly from Egyptian dogs exported to Malta, there is no evidence for this. Genetic research actually indicates that the breed is not as old as originally thought, with no connection to Egyptian dogs. It is the national dog of Malta, where it is known as Kelb tal-Fenek. (x

7. Chinese Crested

Country of origin: Mexico

While these dogs were traditionally believed to have come from Africa via Chinese traders, genetic research actually indicates that they are directly related to the Xoloitzcuintle, or Mexican Hairless Dog. They share the same gene producing the hairless phenotype, which is thought to have evolved about 4,000 years ago in Mexico. (x)

8. Olde English Bulldogge

Country of origin: USA

The Olde English Bulldogge is a recreation of the original bull-baiting dogs which were the predecessors of the modern English Bulldog breed. In the 1970’s, David Leavitt of Coatesville, PA began crossing English Bulldogs, American Pit Bull Terriers, Bullmastiffs, and American Bulldogs in an attempt to recreate the old bulldog type but with a much friendlier temperament. The result of these crosses is the Olde English Bulldogge. (x

devisionthesmallestseekerever  asked:

I want people to bring back the Boxer and Bulldog of a hundred or two hundred years ago... I like the look of them more and they were healthier, bigger, and better all-around dogs. At least from what I can tell and know. I've never really done research on the subject. Too busy with kids to do such.

Agreed. Well, they have the Olde English Bulldogge which is a great alternative to the English Bulldog. But the problem is, for every Olde English advocate, you have that many more still wanting the English Bulldogs. There is an Olde Bulldogge in my neighborhood and he is SO handsome. They have longer legs and longer snouts. They can breathe and have less of a chance for hip dysplasia!

Sarah Brewbaker | My Little BFF