Weimaraner  

Weimaraner

The Weimaraner is a medium to large sized bird dog with a muscular body, a deep chest and a long neck with a slightly pointed face. Its long ears are folded and hang close to the head and its tail is usually cut-off to a length of about 6 inches. It was developed in Germany from ancestors that probably included bird dogs, bloodhounds and Great Danes. Also known as the “The Forester’s Dog”, it was a breed that fulfilled all the requirements of a German hunter. It possesses fine aristocratic features while at the same time having a body that is of the functional working type.

 

Welsh Springer Spaniel  

Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a hardy sporting dog that is especially popular in Wales and Western England. It has small ears that hang close to the cheeks and a tail that is clipped short. The straight, silky coat forms a feathery fringe on its belly, legs and ears which is soft to the touch. It is often referred to as the Welsh Springer and was used to be known as the Welsh Cocker. It is an attractive dog that comes in a convenient size. Its body allows for hard work and endurance with a coat thick enough to offer protection from the weather.

 

Welsh Terrier  

Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is an old breed dog that resembles a small Airedale. It has small V-shaped ears that fold over and hang close to the cheeks. This sturdy, rugged dog has a thick wire-textured coat. Its tail is cut short and carried upright. This gives an impression of a square shape with its height approximately the same as its length. The Welshie, one of the breed’s most common nicknames, was also known as the Old English Terrier or Black-and-Tan Wired Haired Terrier. Its place of origin is Wales where it was used extensively as a sporting dog.

 

West Highland White Terrier  

West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier or the Westie is a hardy dog developed in Scotland to hunt small game. It has a compact body and short muscular legs with an upright tail measuring about 5 to 6 inches long. Its ears are small and pointed and are carried erect. The Westie’s coat consists of a soft thick undercoat and an outer coat of coarse straight hair about 2 inches long. It closely resembles a Cairn Terrier which is believed to be its ancestor. It used to be known as the Poltalloch Terrier after the man who developed the modern Westie. He believed that the use of white dogs in hunting vermin is more advantageous due to its high visibility amongst the rocks. Other previous names were Roseneath Terrier and White Roseneath Terrier.

 

Whippet  

Whippet

A Whippet is a petite, graceful dog that resembles a greyhound. It has an arched neck, small ears that are carried folded and a long tapering tail. The coat is short and smooth that may come in various colors. Whippets were bred in Northern England by crossing greyhounds with terriers. The early owners of this breed of dog were mostly working class people such as factory and mine workers. It was because of this that the Whippets earned the name “poor man’s greyhound” or the “poor man’s racehorse”. The owners raced their dog in fields and town roads during non-working days. A piece of cloth was used as a lure which eventually resulted to having these races to be known as “rag races”.

 

Wire Fox Terrier  

Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier has an almost flat skull, sloping slightly and decreasing in width toward the eyes. Its ears fold forward to form “V” shaped flaps dropping close to the cheeks. Its eyes are moderately small, dark in color and project an expression of keenness and fierceness. The tail is cut soon after birth so that it will be 4 ½ inches long when the dog is fully grown. The old English breed has a well built body dressed in a wiry coat with hairs growing so closely together that its skin cannot be seen even if it is parted with the fingers. Speed, power, and endurance complete the picture of a Wire Fox Terrier.

 

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon  

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a sturdy dog with an outer double coat consisting of a stiff bristly outer coat and a soft undercoat. It has a noble, square-shaped head and is strong of limb that has its origins in the Netherlands but was mainly developed in France. It is a breed that can cover any terrain encountered by a walking hunter. It is often described as the ultimate walking hunter’s gun dog. “Korthal’s Griffon” was its former name after the man who worked for its development. The manner of hunting is characterized by slow but deliberate tracking of game following the scent. It is trained to freeze to a point with its cropped tail extending and its square nose pointing to the located game.

 

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