M is for Miniature Pinscher
These little dogs are known as "King of the Toys" as well as 'zwergpinscher' in German (little biter!)
L is for Leonberger
Nicknames: Leo, Gentle Giant, Gentle Lion
-The two World Wars proved tough for the Leonberger in Germany just as it did the Kuvasz in Hungary--not many survived, nearly making the breed extinct.
-Around the beginning of the 20th Century, Leonbergers were imported by the Government of Canada for use as water rescue/lifesaving dogs.
-Legend is the the Leonberger was bred to resemble the coat-of-arms animal of the city of Leonberg, Germany: the lion
K is for Kuvasz
The name most likely comes from the Turkic word kavas meaning guard or soldier or kuwasz meaning protector.
What a story this dog could tell! Another ancient breed, the Kuvasz came with the Magyar tribes when they conquered the Carpathian Basin in Hungary in 896 A.D. Their traditional role was protecting livestock and they were an integral part of the economy. The 15th Century saw the Kuvasz become a highly prized animal and they could be found in the Hungarian royal court.
Their story takes a turn for the worse in more recent history. By the end of World War II, the Kuvasz were nearly extinct in Hungary. With a reputation of being excellent guardians and extremely loyal and protective dogs, they were actively sought and killed by German and Soviet soldiers. Since then the Kuvasz have begun to repopulate Hungary due to dedicated breeders.
J is for Japanese Chin
Alert, intelligent, independent, prefer to rest up high (back of sofa), swift...and it uses its paws to wash and wipe its face--wait, are we talking about a dog or a cat?! The Japanese Chin is considered to have one of the most cat-like attitudes of dogs!
Interesting tidbit: It's name is deceiving--the origins of the Japanese Chin can actually be found in China! They were bred for the purpose of accompanying the ladies of the Imperial Palace and warming the laps of Chinese aristocracy. (the ultimate lap dog!)
F is for French Bulldog
The French Bulldog has always been a companion dog (lap dog!) and because they are not able to effectively regulate their own temperature, are actually indoor dogs as well (no living outside for the Frenchies)!
Some famous people LOVE their Frenchies like Martha Stewart, David and Victoria Beckham, Hugh Jackman, and David Price (A few years ago, the Tampa Bay Rays even gave out a figurine of their starting pitcher along with his French Bulldog Astro!!)