Dog breeds named after their original breeder
Boykin Spaniel: named after the original breeder L. Whitaker Boykin.
Dupuy Pointer (Braque Dupuy): according to the legend the tallest of the French braques) obtained its name from the Dupuy brothers (Homere and Narcisse), gamekeepers who supposedly created the breed.
King Charles Spaniel: the favorite dog of Charles II of England to whom the breed owes its name.
Doberman: named after the tax collector Louis Dobermann who created the breed as a personal protection dog that would protect him while making his rounds collecting taxes. See: Doberman.
Dunker: the breed's name came form the man who originally created it in the 1820s.
Gordon Setter: the breed is named after the fourth Duke of Gordon and the sixth Duke of Gordon, whose preferred setters were black and tan and became the model for today's dog. The Duke of Gordon is credited with establishing the breed with its presents characteristics and working ability in the 1820's.
Llewellin Setter, also known as English Setter, named after one of the breed's developers who contributed to the breed's modern appearance and working ability.
Hamiltonstovare: Named after its creator, Count Adolf Hamilton, who was the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club in 1889.
Hygenhound: created by Norwegian breeder Hygen in the late 1800s from German Holsteiner hounds and various other hound breeds.
Jack Russell Terrier and Russell Terrier: probably the only two breeds that were named after the same person, Reverend Jack Russell.
Manchester Terrier: named after the breeder John Hulme of Manchester.
Plott Hound: a dog breed named after the Plott family, a German family who migrated to the US with their red Hanovrian Scenthounds (Hannoverischer Sweisshund). The original scenthounds were crossed with other hounds and cur types which after about seven generations gave a brindle mountain bear dog of an exceptional courage, nose and trainability.
Saarloos Wolfdog: was created by Leenderf Saarloos in 1921 from a cross between a male German Shepherd and a female wolf.
Schiller Hound (Schillerstövare):
Per Schiller, the founder of the breed, started his breeding program with"Ralli I" and "Tamburini" two dogs descending from crosses between local dogs and German bloodhounds.
Stephen's Stock: a strain of mountain curs named after Hugh Stephen of southeastern Kentucky.
St. Hubert: named after the Belgian nobleman and hunter François Hubert. Contrary to what is written in many Bloodhound history articles, François Hubert did not personally breed these dogs, but the breed was indeed named after him, though indirectly. The tradition says he was born around 656 as the son of the Duke of Guyenne, with Merovingian royal blood. He is said to have been a relative of Charles Martel. After his death and canonization in 743 his body was transferred in 825 to the monastery of Andagium, which was renamed St. Hubert abbey. The monks of the St Hubert Abbey, thus named named after him, later bred these dogs. François Hubert is considered as the founder and first bishop of Liège and known as the patron saint of hunters. St Hubert's Day is remembered on the 3rd November with a traditional blessing of hounds and horses. The St. Hubert dog was introduced in England by William the Conqueror under the name of Bloodhound in the XIth century. The Saint-Hubert was the official royal hunting dog until the reign of Saint-Louis. Then it was crossed with the White Pointer to breed the King's White Hounds, used from the reigns of François I to Louis XIV. The Saint-Hubert was initially used for hunting big game, such as boars. Later it was used as a bloodhound because of its excellent nose.
Family Kennels and Estates
Dog breeds named after their kennel of origin
Mountain View Curs are named after the kennel (Mountain View) of their original breeders
Billy: one of the two only dog breeds named after an estate, the château de Billy in Poitou, the castle of the Rivault family. Rivault used three breeds (the Ceris, Montaimboeufs and Larrye), all of which are now extinct, to create the Billy.
Clumber Spaniel: named after Clumber Park, the estate of the Duke of Newcastle in Nottingham an admirer of the breed.
Characters, Patriots, Saints and Dog Painters
Dog breeds named after a famous person or character.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier: named after one of the characters of Walter Scot's novel Guy Mannering (1814) even though the breed pre-existed.
Keeshond: a reference to the nickname of Cornelius De Gyselaer, Kees, a Dutch patriot at the time of the French Revolution. "The Keeshond became the symbol of the common and middle-class Dutch Patriot Party that followed de Gyselaer."
Landseer: a type of Newfoundlands depicted by Sir Edwin Landseer in his paintings, after which the breed is named. See Landseer.
Saint Bernard: the breed owes its name to Bernard of Menthon (later canonized St. Bernard) who, in the 10th century, built a hospice, later converted in monastery, over the old ruins of a temple to Jupiter. The monks developed a breed of dogs capable of rescuing victims of avalanches and aiding travelers to pass the nearby St. Gotthard pass.
Dog breeds named after a people
Nenets herding Laika: named after the Nentsy tribe, an ancient nomad tribe.
Samoyed: The breed is named after the nomadic Samoyed people.
Boerboel: a breed directly descending from the dogs accompanying the Boers (early South Africans) on the Great Trek, a mass exodus of families and their animals to escape British influence. See also: Boerboel.
Tahltan Bear Dog: an extinct bear hunting dog breed raised by the Tahltan Indians in northwestern British Columbian and southern Yukon.
Original dog's name:
Dog breeds named after their foundation dog or another reference dog.
Hertha Pointer: a breed descended from a single dog named Hertha that was brought back from Germany to Denmark in the late 1800's. Hertha, an orange dog with small white markings was mated with an English Pointer and their offspring formed the foundation stock for the Hertha pointer breed.
Chinook: a dog breed named after a crossbred Mackenzie River Husky called Chinook, the favorite dog of the American explorer Arthur Walden. Unlike the Hertha Pointer, the Chinook does not descend from the original dog called Chinook. The breed owes its name to the fact that when Arthur Walden decided to start a breeding program to develop his own breed of sled dogs, he named the first puppy Chinook, in memory of his favorite dog. That puppy later became the foundation dog of his breed.
Dog Breeds Named after A Person
(Dog breeds named after their Original Breeder,
or after Patriots, Painters, Saints,
Kennels, Estates, Peoples, as well as
Dog breeds that owe their name to their Founder Dog)
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