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One of the first animals domesticated by ancient man, the dog has long been accurately described as "man's best friend." Raised for companionship, sport and protection, the social nature of these descendents of wild wolves makes them a desirable pet and playmate for humans of all ages. Over generations they have been bred for their strength, intelligence and loyalty, into hundreds of breeds suitable to almost any lifestyle. They are companions and protectors, laborers and lifesavers, for millions of happy pet owners worldwide.

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They may be thought of as fussy now, but the "pom pom" cut familiar to poodles was originally designed to keep the dogs warm while swimming!



Click on the individual breeds on the left to get more facts.