Well-Known Dog Breeds with a British Heritage

Both King Charles I and King Charles II, who ruled England in the 17th century, had a soft spot for a particular breed of miniature spaniel with a black and brown coat. 

Bergamasco sheepdog

The bullmastiff got its name because it was a cross between a bulldog and a mastiff. 


The speedy whippet was likely created by crossing greyhounds with small but fast terriers.


The golden retriever, one of the top three most popular dogs in the US, was bred in England in the 1800s to retrieve birds and other game.

Golden Retriever

Border collies, one of the smartest dog breeds, were designed to herd sheep on the England-Scotland border.

Border Collie

Ancient Egypt gave the greyhound its ancestry, but medieval England evolved it into a fast racer. 


Jack Russells are known for their warmth and patience with kids.

Jack Russell Terrier

The original home of Airedale terriers was the Northern English valley of the same name.

Airedale Terrier

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