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PICS: 11 utterly adorable dog breeds with German heritage

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PICS: 11 utterly adorable dog breeds with German heritage
The cutest Rottweiler ever? Photo: Pixabay
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You may not realise it, but many of our favourite dog breeds have German names and were developed in Germany before they became our pets. Here are 11 of the most popular.

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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