"All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” - Charles M. Schultz
There are over 400 million dogs in the world today. Most breeds are only a few hundred years old, many even younger than that. Some, however, derive from the most ancient stock. There are several primary “types” that gave rise to our current breeds. Today, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale classifies all breeds into ten groups.
- Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs
- Pinschers and Schnauzers, Molossoids and Swiss Mountain Dogs
- Spitz and Primitive Types
- Pointers and Setters
- Retrievers, Flushing Dogs and Water Dogs
- Companion and Toy Dogs
The Book of Dogs: An Intimate Study of Mankind’s Best Friend. Ernest Harold Baynes and Louis Agassiz Fuertes for the National Geographic Society, 1919.