Origins of popular small dog breeds

Where did your small dog come from? Let’s take a look at the origins of some of the most popular small dogs:

American Cocker Spaniel

Flickr/Will Marlow

Spaniels were Spanish hunting dogs back in the 14th century, then brought to America in the late 1800s and developed to be a smaller and distinct breed of their own.


Greek historian Xenophon describes a beagle-style dog in Treatise on Hunting in the 5th century B.C. Miniature sizes were developed by medieval times and even called “glove beagles,” as they were small enough to hold in your hand. Our modern beagle turns up in the 1800s.

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