3 Dog Breeds with Surprising Origins
The Australian Shepherd obviously originated in Australia, right? Wrong! Keep reading to uncover the surprising origins of a few of your favorite breeds:
- Australian Shepherd (pictured): This beautiful breed was actually developed in the western United States. However, it is possible that the breed’s ancestors were collie-type dogs from Australia.
- Italian Greyhound: This breed is not from Italy like its name suggests. It’s believed that these speedy canines originated up to 2,000 years ago in either Turkey or Greece.
- French Bulldog: These adorable little dogs actually originated in England, where they were popular pets with lace workers because of their reputation for being great companions and skillful ratters. When many lace workers ended up in France after the Industrial Revolution, the breed took on the name of its new nation.