Next Stop: Dogs Native to Europe

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Dog breeds from around the world reflect their innate stomping ground in a variety of ways. For example, Swedish dogs reflect their cold environment, many having warm thick coats. Historically, they were dogs used for animal-herding, which means they would be larger and smart. Two dogs from Sweden include the Swedish cow dog and the Swedish Vallhund. The latter was bred to , herd cows more than a thousand years ago. The Lithuanian Hound is the only breed that originates in Lithuania. Many popular canine breeds have originated in Germany, including the Dachshund, the Pomeranian, the Doberman Pinscher and the Boxer. Numerous breeds would call Belgium their homeland if they could speak, including the Talbot, the Bloodhound, the Belgian Sheepdog and the Bichon Frise.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Swedish Vallhund dates back to the Viking era and may have played a role in the development of breeds in the UK.
  • The only dog breed that is known to have originated in Lithuania is a hunting dog called the Lithuanian Hound.
  • Nearly fifty breeds of dogs were developed in Germany, including the Keeshond, which was bred to be a companion and watchdog.

“Sweden is home to several dog breeds, many of which ? as you might expect ? have thick coats to protect against cold weather. Breeds native to Sweden include:”

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