Breed All About It

Breed All About It

1999 - 2006, Nature / Wildlife, Other
A portrait of a particular breed of dog from its general specification to its temperament at home, work and play.
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Episode Guide

  • Breed All About It - Chow Chow (Season 6 Episode 11)
    Season 6 Episode 11:

    Chow Chow

    Chows: litter; raising; local dog shows.

  • Breed All About It - Smooth Fox Terrier (Season 6 Episode 10)
    Season 6 Episode 10:

    Smooth Fox Terrier

    Smooth fox-terriers originally are bred to flush foxes from dens.

  • Breed All About It - Whippet (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:


    Once known as the 'poor man's racing dog,' today's whippets run for fun in a sport known as lure coursing.

  • Breed All About It - Bouvier des Flandres (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    Bouvier des Flandres

    Known for farm work and its service with French and Belgian troops, the Bouvier is a vigilant watchdog.

  • Breed All About It - German Shorthaired Pointer (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    German Shorthaired Pointer

    Germans bred the shorthaired pointer as a multipurpose hunting dog.

  • Breed All About It - Lhasa Apso (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    Lhasa Apso

    A breed once employed to guard Buddhist monasteries in Tibet is a great show dog known for its beautiful coat.

  • Breed All About It - Scottish Terrier (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    Scottish Terrier

    Scottish terriers have been immortalized in high art and pop culture more than any other breed of dog.

  • Breed All About It - Samoyed (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:


    Bred by Siberian nomads, the Samoyed developed as all-purpose working dogs with a hankering for wandering.

  • Breed All About It - Brittany Spaniel (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Brittany Spaniel

    The Brittany spaniel is a small yet versatile bird dog.

  • Breed All About It - French Bulldog (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    French Bulldog

    The French bulldog looks like a bruiser, but it's more of a class clown than a bully.

  • Breed All About It - Border Terrier (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Border Terrier

    Two border terriers train for the earthdog trials, while two puppies learn quarrying.

  • Breed All About It - Akita (Season 5 Episode 15)
    Season 5 Episode 15:


    The dignified and courageous Akita breed was officially designated as a national treasure in its homeland of Japan in 1931.

  • Breed All About It - Flat-Coated Retriever (Season 5 Episode 14)
    Season 5 Episode 14:

    Flat-Coated Retriever

    Retrievers: training difficulties; police dogs; cancer percentages; intelligence quotient.

  • Breed All About It - Bichon Frise (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    Bichon Frise

    Originating in the Canary Islands, the bichon frise is a toy spaniel that looks a little like a four-legged cotton ball.

  • Breed All About It - Great Pyrenees (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:

    Great Pyrenees

    A specialist trains Great Pyrenees to protect ranches from coyotes and other dangers.

  • Breed All About It - Bernese Mountain Dog (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    Bernese Mountain Dog

    Bernese mountain dogs use cart-pulling skills to compete in draft-dog competitions.

  • Breed All About It - Shetland Sheepdog (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Shetland Sheepdog

    A sheepdog bred in the Shetland Islands has become a popular pet with a trademark bark.

  • Breed All About It - Coonhound (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:


    Coonhounds are originally used to control the raccoon population.

  • Breed All About It - Pomeranian (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:


    Pomeranians, one of the world's most popular toy breeds, descended from European sled dogs and herding breeds.

  • Breed All About It - West Highland White Terrier (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    West Highland White Terrier

    West highland white terriers were bred to rid communities of unpleasant rodents.

  • Breed All About It - English Springer Spaniel (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    English Springer Spaniel

    The English springer spaniel, a bouncy and animated breed, was originally developed to flush game from hiding.

  • Breed All About It - Irish Wolfhound (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Irish Wolfhound

    The Irish Wolfhound Club president recites the history and legends of the breed.

  • Breed All About It - Bull Mastiff (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Bull Mastiff

    The British bred the bull mastiff to protect estates against poachers.

  • Breed All About It - Chesapeake Bay Retriever (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Chesapeake Bay Retriever

    Due to their strong olfactory sense, Chesapeake Bay retrievers are excellent duck-hunters.

  • Breed All About It - Yorkshire Terrier (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Yorkshire Terrier

    Hunters by nature, Yorkshire terriers helped catch the rats that plagued England in the 1800s.

  • Breed All About It - Australian Shepherd (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Australian Shepherd

    Loyal and attentive, Australian shepherds are smart working dogs with strong herding and guarding instincts.

  • Breed All About It - American Cocker Spaniel (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    American Cocker Spaniel

    Long, drooping ears are a hallmark of the cocker spaniel, which got its name from being used to hunt woodcocks.

  • Breed All About It - Rhodesian Ridgeback (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Rhodesian Ridgeback

    The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a strong, short-haired breed of hunting dog originally developed in South Africa.

  • Breed All About It - Schnauzer (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:


    Breeds of schnauzers include miniatures, standards and giants.

  • Breed All About It - Saluki (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:


    Tall and slender like a greyhound with long, hanging ears, the Saluki's origins can be traced back to ancient Egypt.

  • Breed All About It - Siberian Husky (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Siberian Husky

    Husky owners attend a California mushing clinic; a couple share their passion for snow sledding with a dog team.

  • Breed All About It - Australian Cattle Dog (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Australian Cattle Dog

    Bred to wrangle livestock in Australia in the 1800s, the cattle dog can be found working and competing across the United States today.

  • Breed All About It - Bloodhound (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:


    The amazing sense of scent possessed by the bloodhound.

  • Breed All About It - Belgian Sheepdog (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Belgian Sheepdog

    Robust sheepdogs bred for herding are also used for their detection skills.

  • Breed All About It - Japanese Chin (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Japanese Chin

    Royalty bred dogs from China with toy spaniels to create the Japanese chin.

  • Breed All About It - Airedale (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:


    A terrier bred to chase otters along the United Kingdom's Aire River became valued by the military during World Wars I and II.

  • Breed All About It - Bulldog (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:


    Looking into the mild-mannered and kind heart belied by the English bulldog's tough exterior.

  • Breed All About It - Shar-Pei (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:


    Profiling Shar-Peis, a Chinese breed known for their protection skills, which came close to extinction.

  • Breed All About It - St. Bernard (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    St. Bernard

    Profiling St. Bernards, a huge breed known for mountain rescues.

  • Breed All About It - Papillon (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:


    Papillons are thought of as comforting, little lap dogs, however, tests show it's one of the smartest breeds, ranking high in trainability.

  • Breed All About It - Mastiff (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:


    Brought to England by ancient traders, the mastiff is an antique breed.

  • Breed All About It - Newfoundland (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:


    Profiling the Newfoundland, a dog breed with webbed feet and a large lung capacity.

  • Breed All About It - Pug (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:


    Profiling pugs, one of the most documented breeds in history dating to Renaissance paintings.

  • Breed All About It - Portuguese Water Dog (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Portuguese Water Dog

    Portuguese water dogs were originally bred to assist fisherman.

  • Breed All About It - Doberman Pinscher (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Doberman Pinscher

    Dobermans are well-known for their work as police dogs, but they have a softer side as therapy and service dogs, and even as dance partners.

  • Breed All About It - Poodle (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:


    Poodles have exceptional intelligence and a great sense of humor despite their aloof appearance.

  • Breed All About It - Weimaraner (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:


    History of the Weimaraner, a medium-sized hunting dog noted for its tracking ability; William Wegman photographs his Weimaraner models.

  • Breed All About It - Spinone Italiano (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Spinone Italiano

    Exploring the history of the Spinone Italiano, an exceptional gun dog originally bred in Italy's Piedmont region.

  • Breed All About It - Basset Hound (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Basset Hound

    Originally bred as a hunter, the basset hound is now described as the only dog that needs to be coaxed to go for a walk.

  • Breed All About It - Dachshund (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:


    Studying various roles performed by the dachshund, which was originally bred to tunnel to chase beavers.

  • Breed All About It - Borzoi (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:


    Studying the unique characteristics of the borzoi, one of the purest breeds of the ancient Russian wolfhound.

  • Breed All About It - Golden Retriever (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Golden Retriever

    Golden retrievers are trained to help people with disabilities.

  • Breed All About It - Boxer (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:


    Boxer history, a profile of a champion and the controversy over ear cropping.

  • Breed All About It - Jack Russell Terrier (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Jack Russell Terrier

    The Jack Russell terrier is buoyant and intelligent, determined and relentless.

  • Breed All About It - Clumber Spaniel (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Clumber Spaniel

    Spaniel breed's ties to British royalty and hunting instincts are detailed.

  • Breed All About It - Boston Terrier (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Boston Terrier

    One of the few breeds native to the United States, the Boston terrier is considered to be the ultimate house pet.

  • Breed All About It - Chihuahua (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:


    The smallest breed; Gidget, the Taco Bell chihuahua.

  • Breed All About It - Cardigan Welsh Corgi (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Cardigan Welsh Corgi

    The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, a renowned herding dog and household pet, is one of the oldest breeds known to man.

  • Breed All About It - Bull Terrier (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Bull Terrier

    Bred for battling in dog fights, the bull terrier has a positive attitude despite its tough dog history.

  • Breed All About It - Basenji (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:


    Dating to ancient Egypt, the basenji is a small dog prized for its intelligence, speed, hunting ability and silence.

  • Breed All About It - Rottweiler (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:


    Rottweilers have an unwarranted reputation.

  • Breed All About It - Collie (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:


    Profiling collies, a loyal and affectionate dog with a particular affinity for small children.

  • Breed All About It - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    Known as the 'ultimate lap dog,' the Cavalier King Charles was named for a British monarch whose ghost reportedly haunts a historic home in London.

  • Breed All About It - English Fox Hound (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    English Fox Hound

    The English fox hound, noted for its hunting instincts, is one of the few breeds displayed in its natural form rather than as a show dog.

  • Breed All About It - Irish Setter (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Irish Setter

    Tracing the history and development of the Irish setter, known as a bird dog of the highest order.

  • Breed All About It - Great Danes (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Great Danes

    Meeting statuesque and sweet Great Danes, including one owned by former Olympian Greg Louganis.

  • Breed All About It - German Shepherds (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    German Shepherds

    German shepherds, originally bred to herd, have become versatile working as service canines and in law enforcement.

  • Breed All About It - Labradors (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:


    Labrador retrievers are renowned for their ability to hunt and guide.

  • Breed All About It - Greyhounds (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:


    The greyhound, the oldest purebred canine, has a history that can be traced to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.

  • Breed All About It - Cairn Terriers (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Cairn Terriers

    The terrier has come to represent tenacity and feistiness.

  • Breed All About It - Pointers (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:


    The aptly named pointers and their ability to point, flush and retrieve prey.

  • Breed All About It - Afghan Hounds (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Afghan Hounds

    Afghan hounds have strong hunting skills.

  • Breed All About It - Beagles (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:


    Beagles display their hunting abilities at the National Beagle Show in Aldie, Va.

  • Breed All About It - Alaskan Malamutes (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Alaskan Malamutes

    Examining the history of sled dogs named for a native tribe and observing their training regime.

  • Breed All About It - Old English Sheepdogs (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Old English Sheepdogs

    Old English sheep dogs are determined workers and devoted pets.

  • Breed All About It - Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs

    Swiss mountain dogs, known for herding cattle, are endangered.

  • Breed All About It - Dalmatians (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    Dalmatians; speed/endurance test; obstacle course; animal trainers.

  • Breed All About It - Border Collies (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Border Collies

    Border collies show off their ability to herd livestock in Tennessee and Virginia.

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