5+ Unusual Dog Breeds With Long Snout

Black dog with long snout and long hair


The best known of the three main types of Belgian shepherds’ dogs, and named after the village of Groenendael near Brussels, the Groenendael Sheepdog was recognized as a pure breed by the Belgian Kennel Club in 1891 and imported into England about 1931 by Mrs. Grant Forbes, who trained the breed here for general utility work and achieved good results.

Belgian farmers and fanciers take great trouble to work the breed, exhibiting being only a secondary activity. The breed is better known in the U.S.A. than in Britain but there are signs that these dogs are arousing some interest here at the present time.

  • Height 23 in (58.5 cm)
  • Weight 54 lb (24.5 kg)
  • Coat type/color Coat long, smooth and straight all over body with pronounced ruff. Colour black. Head fairly broad with tapering muzzle; ears triangular, erect and pointing very slightly forwards body racy; legs feathered; tail long-haired and set low.

Long nose fluffy small dog

Sheltie Dog

The Shetland Islands are the home of diminutive ponies and sheep and it is understandable that the latter should be taken charge of by diminutive sheepdogs with a strong resemblance to a small-sized Collie. Here they were kept by the crofters who scratched a living from this rather inhospitable terrain.

The Shetland Sheepdog probably developed from a range of dogs brought to these islands over the years but has been established as a pure breed for over a century. It is very similar to the Rough Collie, although smaller in size. In the Zetland dialect, these were known as ‘peerie’ or fairy dogs. Collie breeders were strongly against the breed becoming known as Shetland Collies and after discussion, the breed title of Shetland Sheepdog was accepted in 1914. The breed’s charm has won it many admirers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Shelties are intelligent and easily trained, often featuring in obedience competitions. They have been developed in a wide range of colors, with tri-colors being among the most striking. In such cases. The deep tan creates an attractive contrast against their black and white markings. The blue merle is an unusual shade of clear silvery blue, mixed with black and often with tan coloration as well.

The coat of the Sheltie is relatively soft and light and a firm brushing each day should keep it free from tangles. In terms of exercise, Shelties are quite active dogs and need sufficient space for a good run. They are generally quite trustworthy with other dogs, however, and therefore can be allowed off the leash in a suitable area in a park without fear of them provoking any disturbance.

  • Height 14½ in (37 cm)
  • Weight 14-16 lb (6.4-7.3 kg)
  • Coat type/colour Outer coat long, harsh and straight with a soft undercoat. Definite mane ears semi-erect when alert. Colours black-and-tan with white, black with white, sable, sable with white, black with tan, blue merle and blue merle with white. Tail long with abundant hair.

Fox Terrier (Smooth Haired) Dog

The smooth-haired variety of Fox Terrier is not quite so popular as their wire-haired relations, despite the fact that they are the senior branch of the family. The general appearance of these dogs is that of a gay, lively, and intelligent little dog. The Fox Terrier Club drew up a Standard of Points for the breed as early as 1876. Breeders have taken considerable care to maintain type and it is very popular abroad, especially in hot climates.

  • Weight is not considered a criterion of a dog’s fitness for his work but between 15-18 lb(6.8-8.2 kg) is a good average.
  • Coat type/color Coat short, hard and smooth. Color white should predominate and black or tan markings are the most usual. Ears V-shaped, small and dropping forwards, close to the cheeks. Tail docked and set on high.

Medium dog breed with a super long nose

Podenco Ibicenco Dog

This appears to be another ancient breed, which was known to the Egyptians. Its modern name is derived from the island of Ibiza, where the breed is believed to have been maintained in a virtually pure state for several thousand years. Ibizan Hounds are also traditionally popular in nearby Spain, where a wire-haired version is known. These hounds have only become known to a wider audience during recent years, however, first reaching the United States in 1956.

Their sleek, alert demeanor has ensured that they have established a strong following. Their hearing is acute, and they are now valued as gundogs. Ibizan Hounds will settle easily in domestic surroundings, getting along well with children, and are not aggressive by nature. You will need to be prepared to take considerable exercise, however, if you decide to keep one of these lively hounds. They can be either a solid red, white, or lion (tawny), but are more often a combination of these colors.

The Ibizan Hound is a swift and very ancient type of dog and thought to descend from hounds introduced to Ibiza by the Moors or the Phoenicians. It has maintained a high degree of purity and is valued as a hunter and watchdog. Two specimens were exhibited at Cruft’s in 1929. During the past few years, others have been imported and there are signs of the breed becoming established in England, and a club has been formed to advance its interests.

  • Height 22-29 in (56-73.5 cm)
  • Weight 42-50 lb (19-22.7 kg)
  • Coat type/colour The coat can be short and smooth or rough and wiry. Colour white-and-red, white-and-chestnut, white-and-lion colour, or any of these colours alone. Body racy with a long tail; ears large and erect.

Whippet Dog

Developed for its speed in the north of England, the Whippet used to be known as the poor man’s racehorse. These dogs were raced over straight tracks, which were typically 200 yd (183 m) long, being thrown into the course by their owners. The fastest individuals could reach the finish within 11½ seconds, and even today the Greyhound is not a match for a Whippet in terms of pace over such distances.

A combination of small Greyhounds and terriers contributed to its ancestry, with a later contribution from the Italian Greyhound. The breed was introduced to the United States by emigrants from England during the early years of the present century, although no longer kept primarily for their pace, Whippets have now found a new following in show circles and as a household pet. They are very trustworthy with children but can sometimes prove nervous in unfamiliar surroundings.

No restriction is imposed on their coloration by either the Kennel Club or the American Kennel Club (which did not recognize the breed until 1976), and as grooming of their short coats is straightforward, this breed makes an ideal introduction to the show ring. Whippets are adaptable dogs, although they may chase hares in the country, they will settle well in the town, provided they can have a short, brisk run off the leash every day. In cold or wet weather, they should be fitted with a coat to protect them against the elements when they are out of doors, as they are not a particularly hardy breed.

The Whippet’s ancestors were probably Greyhounds, Manchester Terriers, and English White Terriers. Racing was popularised by Freeman Lloyd, the Welsh sporting writer, who with Sir John Astley introduced Edward VII to the sport in 1894. The dog resembles a typical Greyhound in miniature and was officially recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1895. Whippets are now one of the more popular breeds since their close coats give no trouble and the dogs are affectionate, intelligent, and seldom aggressive.

  • Height 18½ in (47 cm), bitches 17½ in (44.5 cm)
  • Weight 21 lb (9.5 kg), bitches 20 lb (9.1 kg)
  • Coat type/colour Coat fine, short and close. Ears rose-shaped and small and fine in texture. Any colour or mixture of colours.

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