How many American dog breeds can you name? While there are a massive amount of dog breeds on our planet, quite a few breeds originated right here in the USA. Many of these breeds were bred for working purposes dating all the way back to pre-colonial days.
Alaskan Malamute: This dog is one of the oldest known American breeds. They were bred to pull sleds and act as pack animals. They are named after the Malamute Inuit Tribe. When explorers began discovering Antartica and the Artic, many people including Peary, Cook, MacMillian and Byrd, were aided by the Malamutes, known for their impeccable strength!
American Eskimo Dog: This breed of dog was most commonly found in American communities with German immigrants. The American Eskimo Dog became a popular breed for use in traveling circuses due to the breed’s agility and eye-catching snowy-white coat. The dog was used for many acts, including tightrope walking. Believe it or not, this breed has nothing to do with Eskimos or sled dogs!
American Foxhound: The American Foxhound was bred for hunting purposes. In fact, George Washington kept a large pack of these hounds in Mount Vernon and took such great pride in this breed, he continued to try and improve them.
American Water Spaniel: Did you know that this species is the state dog of Wisconsin? The American Water Spaniel was used through the 19th and 20th centuries as a retriever of wildfowl, a flusher and retriever of upland game of fur and feather and as a personal family companion. Even though it is unclear exactly where these dogs were bred, many signs point to the Midwest.
American Staffordshire Terrier: This terrier is also a breed that was used for farm work, protection, and companionship. They have been around since the early 1800’s as a result of crosses between the bulldogs of that time and game terriers.
Australian Shepherd: Even though it has Australian in its name, this breed has nothing to do with the land down under. Their versatility and trainability made them useful on American farms and ranches. Today, these attentive dogs work in many capacities such as service, therapy, drug detection, and search and rescue.
Black and Tan Coonhound: This coonhound was explicitly bred for hunting purposes. This breed is a powerful and agile dog with the courage and stamina enabling him to hunt deer, bear, and mountain lion. This dog will pick up a trail, and then bark to signal the hunter once the prey has been cornered.
Boston Terrior: Arguable one of the cutest breeds, this pup is known as an “American Gentleman.” Boston Terriors have a calm demeanor and often look like they are wearing a tuxedo due to its markings.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever: No one is exactly sure how this breed came to be, but legend has it that the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was the result of two puppies that were rescued from a shipwreck in the 1800’s. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was renowned for its ability to retrieve hundreds of waterfowl a day from the icy waters of the Chesapeake. This breed has a very dense coat that enables it to endure harsh weather, but also needs to be brushed daily, especially in the Spring months.
Plott: In 1750, the Plott brothers left Germany and emigrated to America with brindle and buckskin Hanoverian Hounds. Johannes Georg Plott, settled in North Carolina with his family and bred his dogs. For generations to come, the Plott’s were known as mountain men who used the family dogs to hunt. As Plott men built homes and raised families all over the Smoky Mountains, their dogs became known by their family name and were referred to as the Plott’s. Coon hunters began to take an interest in those with treeing instinct so, the Plott came to be classified as a coonhound. Although the true work of the Plott’s is to track and bring to bay or tree big game such as bears and mountain lions. Many Plotts today are still performing their original function. It is the official state dog of North Carolina.
No matter what shape or size your dog is, Buy American Mall has something for each of these American dog breeds. Shop from a wide selection of toys, treats, accessories, and health products for your pooch. After all, an All-American dog deserves All-American supplies!