PICS: 11 utterly adorable dog breeds with German heritage

Poodles, Schnauzers, Weimaraners, even Great Danes: they all come from Germany. Many of the most common breeds of dog in the English-speaking world still have German names.

Gallery: 11 beautiful dog breeds that originated in Germany

A Dobermann, a breed created by a German tax collector. Photo: Pixabay

For centuries now, people have been developing dogs for different uses: some were bred to help hunters, some to help fishermen, some as guard dogs, and others just as pets.

And, a surprising number of today’s most recognisable dog breeds came to the UK and the US from Germany, most of which were recognised by the official kennel clubs in the late 19th century.

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