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Smooth Fox Terrier breed

Considered to be one of the oldest terriers, this breed originated in 18th century England as a foxhunter and ratter. Though not as popular as other terrier breeds, they are well known and established. Today the Smooth Fox Terrier is primarily a family companion and show dog.

St. Bernard Puppy breed

The Saint Bernard is a very ancient breed that was founded in AD 980. The most popular use of these gentle giants is in the area of search and rescue. The Saint Bernards uncanny ability to sense imminent danger, coupled with their heightened abilities of smell and direction, make this breed a useful and trustworthy worker and companion.

Saluki breed

The Saluki is considered to be one of the oldest pure breeds of dogs in the world. This ancient breed originated in the Middle East and continues to be held in great esteem. They were honored and valued companions to Egyptian nobility. A member of the hound group, the Saluki hunts by sight, not scent.

Samoyed breed

The Samoyed proves to be a friendly and gentle breed, warming up to almost anyone. Very easy going, sweet, and beautiful, this breed takes kindly to almost all people. This breed does not do well as a guard or watch dog, however is highly intelligent.

Schipperke breed

A high spirited and energetic breed, the Schipperke is somewhat protective. Very loyal and devoted to his master, this alert little fellow will protect his territory. This breed barks at the sight of strangers, and loves to howl.

Standard Schnauzer breed

Originating in Germany, the Standard Schnauzer is the oldest of the three Schnauzer breeds. As a working class dog this breed was used as a family pet and guard dog. Their principle farm duties included herding, killing vermin, and protecting livestock. This breed was also used to watch children and keep them safe. Today, the Standard Schnauzer is a highly revered watchdog and companion, although they are quite difficult to obtain.

Scottish Deerhound breed

A very friendly and loveable breed, the Scottish Deerhound can come off as intimidating, however is very gentle. Described best as a gentleman, this breed is quite willful and rather difficult to train. Not recommended for a home with non-canine companions.

Scottish Terrier breed

The Scottish Terrier originated in Scotland and is considered to be the most ancient of any Highland Terrier. They are curious and playful, small and muscular. The Scottie makes a good companion for the right family. They have a compact and sturdy build.

Sealyham Terrier breed

The Sealyham Terrier originated in Wales in the middle of the 19th century. They were bred to be a sporting dog of courage and flexibility to exterminate vermin. This breed is relatively uncommon and quite rare in the United States. Sealyham Terriers have a devoted following and is one of the calmest of the terriers.

Sheltie Puppy breed

Resembling a Miniature Collie, this breed is an absolute delight to own. Intelligent, sweet, gentle, making this dog a great companion animal. Throughout the years, this breed has become very popular and is said to have almost a human like intelligence. Sometimes wary of strangers, the Sheltie also loves to bark persistently.

Shiba Inu breed

A very bold, lively and sweet dog, the Shiba Inu has won the hearts of many and has grown in popularity. This breed makes a good companion and does very well with children. Somewhat wary of strangers, but warms up quickly.

Shih Tzu breed

The Shih Tzu is often referred to as a "small lion". They originated in Tibet, but are most associated with China where they were highly revered as a palace pet and prized companion. The Shih Tzu is an active, happy, and affectionate breed.

Shiloh Shepherd breed

The Shiloh Shepherd was bred by a lady (that is unknown at this time), which has been breeding German Shepherd Dogs since the 1960's. The Shiloh Shepherd is rather similar to that of the German Shepherd except it is bigger, has a warmer and sounder temperament, and is said to have better hips. The Shiloh Shepherd is not all that common, however does make a good companion dog for many different homes.

Siberian Husky breed

The Siberian Husky originated in northeastern Siberia as an endurance sled dog. In 1909 large numbers of this breed arrived in Alaska to participate in sled racing. The Siberian Husky's endurance, stamina, and strength quickly made them a popular breed in the Arctic region.

Silky Terrier breed

The Silky Terrier is intelligent, curious, and in constant motion. Originally developed in the 19th century in Australia. The Silky is compact but is light in build. They are a friendly and spirited breed. The Silky Terrier can be possessive with their family and property.

Skye Terrier breed

The Skye Terrier is unique and distinctive among the Terrier breeds. They originated during the 16th century in Scotland on the Isle of Skye. There are two varieties of the Skye Terrier, the drop eared and prick eared. The drop eared were favored for working on the farm, while the prick eared were favored for companion or show. They are a long, low and level breed.

Spinone Italiano breed

This ancient breed originated in Italy and is extremely uncommon in the United States. A versatile and popular hunting dog, they excel in pointing and retrieving. The Spinone Italiano is an excellent swimmer that is suited for hunting on all types of terrain and in all climates. In addition to their hunting skills this breed makes a lovely companion.

Sloughi breed

An ancient sight-hound breed, the Sloughi was developed in North Africa as a desert hunter of fox, hare, jackal, hyena, wild boar, and gazelle. They were highly treasured and the only dog that were treated as a member of the family. Due to the French occupation and a rabies epidemic, the Sloughi breed was decimated. Today this breed is exceedingly uncommon and rare.

South Russian Ovcharka breed

The South Russian Ovcharka is not for everyone. This very large breed can be dominant, wary of strangers, and is very lively making him difficult to care for. He is a great guardian breed however and would do well guarding cattle or flocks of sheep.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed

Originating in England, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred for bull, bear, and lion baiting. The aforementioned "blood-sports" were officially eliminated in 1835 when Britain introduced animal welfare laws. However, "blood-sport" proponents began using this breed for organized dog fighting. Today, with their "blood-sport" history behind them, this breed has become a stable and popular family pet.

Sussex Spaniel breed

A calm and usually collected breed, the Sussex Spaniel are regularly used for hunting. An intelligent dog that is well adapted to retrieving and hunting, but is usually steady and gentle. Very social dogs, this breed is very devoted to his work and master.

Swedish Vallhund breed

A great sense of humor and presence, the Swedish Vallhund is sure to liven up your life. Guarding instincts are usually present and are wary of strangers, however this breed loves attention. Even-tempered and affectionate, this breed also shows signs of herding, nipping at the ankles of people. However, Swedish Vallhunds can be trained not to do so as they are generally intelligent.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breed

Originating in Ireland, this breed was used as an all-purpose farmers' dog. They were vermin killers, guard dogs, herders of sheep and cattle, hunters on land and in water, and a deterrent to trespassers. By 1932 this breed had nearly vanished, but were saved from becoming extinct by dog fancier Patrick Blake. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is highly intelligent and extremely versatile. They are steadily gaining in popularity in the United States.