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11 Dog Breeds Named After People

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Dog Breeds Got Their Name After People

Dog Breeds Got Their Name After People

Generally, dog breeds are named after their breed creator, community that created them, country of origin, or the purpose for which they were developed. Some dog breeds got their name after the breeder who created them. Know about ten dog breeds that got their name after the person.

  • Boykin Spaniel
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Doberman
  • Gordon Setter
  • Parson Russell Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Plott Hound
  • Saarloos Wolfhound
  • Sulimov dog
Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel

1. Boykin Spaniel

The Boykin Spaniel is a medium sized, energetic, intelligent and enthusiastic hunting dog that has floppy ears and a deep liver-brown coat. It was bred in the early 1900s in South Carolina, USA for hunting wild turkeys and ducks in the Wateree River Swamp.

They were developed by "Whit Boykin", by mixing between Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, American Water Spaniels, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, and it got its name Boykin Spaniel, after Whit Boykin.

Physical Traits

  • Origin : South Carolina, USA
  • Height : Female,14 to 16 inches and Male, 15 to 18 inches
  • Weight : Average, 25 to 40 pounds (Adult)
  • Life span : 14–16 years


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is a small-sized, hairy dog from toy dog breed category of dogs. Its an active, playful, intelligent, easygoing, and lovable dog that is good around children and strangers that make a good companion and family pet.

They got their name from King Charles II, who was known as the Cavalier King and make them popular.

The Physical Traits

  • Origin : United Kingdom
  • Height : 30 – 33 cm (Adult)
  • Weight : 5.9 – 8.2 kg (Adult)
  • Life span : 9 – 14 years
Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

3. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont is a small-sized dog from terrier family, originated in Scotland. They are intelligent, friendly, active, alert dogs that get along great with children and strangers and make an excellent family and guard dog.

They got their breed name after a fictional character "Dandie Dinmont", in Sir Walter Scott's novel, Guy Mannering.

The Physical Traits

  • Origin : Border country of England and Scotland
  • Height : Average, 8 to 11 inches (Adult)
  • Weight : 8-11 kgs (18-24 lbs) (Adult)
  • Life span : 12 – 14 years
Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

4. Doberman

Doberman Pinscher dogs are powerful, fearless, and intelligent. They're one of the most respected breeds for police and military work, after the German Shepherd. They are very loyal and obedient companions that make good family pets, and their dedication to their owners is unmatched. These qualities make them one of the most in-demand breeds in the world.

It was developed by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, and it got its name after him.

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Physical Traits

  • Origin: Apolda, Germany
  • Height: 68–72 cm (27–28 in) for males; 63–68 cm (25–27 in) for females
  • Weight: 40–45 kg (88–99 lb) for males; 32–35 kg (71–77 lb) for females
  • Life Span: 10–13 years
Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter

5. Gordon Setter

The Gordon Setter is a medium to large sized Sporting or Gundog, from a setter family of dogs, originating in Scotland and England in the 1600s. They are an intelligent, alert, loyal, affectionate and confident dogs, which are strong-minded and fearless dogs. Gordon Setter get along well with children and strangers, but reflect aggression towards other dog of the same sex.

They were developed by, Duke of Gordon IV in Gordon Castle, from where they got their name "Gordon Castle Setter".

Physical Traits

  • Origin: Scotland and England
  • Height: 24 to 27 inches (Adult)
  • Weight: 45 to 80 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

6. Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small-sized hunting dog, that was originating from Germany. It was bred to to hunt foxes. It has short, smooth, rough or broken-coated and sturdy front paw that helps them to take a quick turn, while chasing its prey. Jack Russell Terriers are very energetic, alert and affectionate dogs, who like to please their master, though they are a small dog, but they are more suitable to farm or yard.

It takes its name after Reverend John Russell, who created them.

Physical Traits

  • Origin : England
  • Height : 25–38 cm (10–15 in)
  • Weight : 6–8 kg (14–18 lb)
  • Life Span : 12 to 15 years
Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier

7. Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier is a small-sized hunting dog, that was originating from Germany. It was bred to to hunt foxes. It has short, short double coat and sturdy front paw that help them to take a quick turn, while chasing its prey. Jack Russell Terriers are very energetic, alert and affectionate dogs, who like to please their master, though they are a small dog, but they are more suitable to farm or yard.

The breed takes its name from the Reverend John Russell.

Physical Traits

  • Origin : England (UK)
  • Height : 12 to 15 Inches (Adult)
  • Weight : 13 to 17 pounds (Adult)
  • Life Span : 13 to 15 years
Plott Hound

Plott Hound

8. Plott Hound

The Plott hound is a medium-large sized scent hound dog, developed from North Carolina, America to hunt bear. It has short, shiny coat, an athletic body and exceptional stamina. Plott hounds are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and eager-to-please nature, gentleman at home, and exceptionally good with children.

They are named after Jonathan Plott, who developed them.

Physical Traits

  • Origin : United States of America
  • Height : 20 to 23 inches (female), 20 to 25 inches (male)
  • Weight : 40 to 55 pounds (female), 50 to 60 pounds (male)
  • Life Span : 12 to 14 years
Saarloos Wolfhound

Saarloos Wolfhound

9. Saarloos Wolfhound

The Saarloos wolfhound dog breed was developed by crossbreeding a male German Shepherd Dog with a female European wolf to get better working dogs. The Saarloos Wolfhounds were first recognized by the Dutch Kennel Club in 1975. The Saarloos wolfhounds are strong, energetic, and intelligent dogs that have wolf-like expressions, powerful necks, broad heads, and long legs. They have lots of stamina and need plenty of daily exercise.

The Saarloos wolfhound dog breed was created by the Dutch breeder Leendert Saarloos.

Physical Traits

  • Origin : Germany
  • Height : Male - 25 to 30 inches, Female - 23 to 28 inches
  • Weight : Male - 69 to 90 pounds, Female - 45 to 74 pounds
  • Life Span : 10–12 years
Sulimov Dog

Sulimov Dog

10. Sulimov Dog

The Sulimov dog breed was developed for Aeroflot, the Russian airline, It was created by breeding between a Jackal and a Hybrid. Intension to create this breed was to create a sniffer dog for Aeroflot that can work at -50 to +50°, because jackals are supposed to have a better sense of smell than any breed of domestic dog. The Sulimov dogs are all used to sniff for explosives and other material and drugs at the

The Sulimov dog breed was developed by the, Klim Sulimov "a Biologist (Ph.D. of the Likhachev Scientific Research Institute in Moscow).

Physical Traits of Sulimov Dog

  • Origin: Russia
  • Height: Average, 16 to 18 inches.
  • Weight: Average, 2-16 kg.
  • Life-Span: NA

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