7 Pawsitively British Dog Breeds and Their History

Corgis & English Bulldogs Aren’t The Only Beloved Brits

By Catalina Barrios

One of my most precious memories with my grandma will always be sitting as a little girl beside her and watching the Royal weddings. We enjoyed everything that revolved around the British Royal family: their likes, dislikes, customs, and even their pets

Do you know the origin of your dog’s breed? Researching it is like finding your own ancestry. The following dog breeds will take you back to a journey through history of some prominent dog breeds of British origins

I had no idea about this curious fact on the Beagle’s tail … Read on to learn more about these pawsitively British breeds.

1. Airedale Terrier

This loveable breed was first seen during the middle of the 19th century and is the result of the crossbreeding between the Old English Terrier and the Bloodhound Otterhound. By looking at pictures of these two breeds, you will realize how the Airedale Terrier got their cute characteristic. They are called “Airedale Terrier” because this breed was developed in the Aire Valley in Yorkshire County, England.

These dogs are used for guarding and protection. They can also be seen as the Buckingham Palace guard dogs.

2. French Bulldog

Every day I learn something new. If you are like me who, until today, though that the French Bulldog was from, um, France, don’t worry you are not alone. This affectionate and active dog breed is over 100 years old. During the middle of the 19th century, British workers seeking new opportunities were led to France. This loving companion was created to be a miniature version of a Bulldog. They are excellent watchdogs and will alert their owner when strangers are approaching.


Credit: Instagram / @ladygaga

Lady Gaga is among the proud owners of French Bulldogs. She has three of them!

3. King Charles Spaniel

Also known as English Toy Spaniel, these gentle and playful dogs have existed for centuries and were among the royal families’ favorites. King Charles II of England greatly enjoys the company of these spaniels. They are also called “Charlies” because King Charles I and King Charles II were extremely attached to these dogs.

Did you know these flirtatious dogs were the favorites of the Royal Family ladies? They were seen in portraits dated as early as the 1400’s sitting in the laps of queens and princesses

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