The Etymology of Dog Breed Names [Infographic]

The following infographic explores the etymology of various dog breeds. As a passionate dog lover and an owner of two rescue dogs myself, I’ve always been fascinated by the names we call our dogs. Because dogs have partnered with humans in every culture and in every continent, the etymology of dog breeds is highly diverse and multicultural as well.

The etymologies I’ve chosen for the infographic were selected based on, well, the fact that I didn’t know what they meant until I researched them. If you have ideas for a Part 2 infographic, let me know in the comments! (Note: While retrievers, shepherds and bulldogs are some of my favorite dog breeds, I’m looking particularly for breed names that may not be obvious to English speakers.)



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