There is a lot of different opinions about the breeds name. According to the International Windsprite Club, the breed was formely known as a Longhaired Whippet, but the name was changed in 2016 to Windsprite. In Europe they are known as Silken Windsprites and for exaxmple in Germany, there is even a separate Silken Windsprite and Longhaired Whippet breed club, which is suggesting, that they are two separate breeds and there are slight differences in body structure due to different breeding ideas. But in most countries in the world, they are considered as the same breed.
2) Separate breed
The main reason, why the International Windsprite Club changed the breeds name was probably the future breed recognition. It is because the name Longhaired Whippet suggesting, that they are only a variation of the classic Whippet. For the same reason the word Silken is not used in the breeds name in Canada and USA. It is because the name Silken Windsprite is similar to another breeds name – Silken Windhound, which could cause troubles in the breeds recognition.
As you can see, there is a big ongoing debate about the breeds name and recognition. And guess what? There is even a debate about the breeds origin! It was believed that the Windsprite was developed by crossing Whippets with Shetland Sheepdog, but the breeds founder Walter Wheeler Jr. denied it and he said that he selectively bred his own dogs in the 1970s with other Whippet breeders that displayed observable evidence of carrying the longhaired gene and that he develoepd the breed from this recessive gene. But later, modern genetic studies has shown that the Longhaired Whippets had a herding breed in them, most likely Shetland Sheepdog, and probably a bit of Borzoi.
4) Family companion
Finally, now we will talk about something, most Windsprite breeders and owners will agree and it is that this breed makes a great family companion. The IWC describe this dog as low maintenance, very affectionate, intelligent, athletic, easy-going, easy to train and fun to be around. They are also very adaptable and they will be happy with longer hikes and long playtime, but also with leisure walks or lounging around.
This is a noble looking dog. This is a medium sized dog with very athletic body, deep powerful chest, elongated face with strong muzzle and elegant arched neck. The average height should be between 16-22 inch which is 40-55 cm and weight is typically between 20-30 pounds which is 9-14 kg. Females are naturally little bit smaller than males
Well, the Longhaired Whippets coat is not extremely long, but its definitely longer than coat of most sighthounds. The coat is soft and straight and it is slightly curled or wavy. The fur is visibly longer around the neck, but the length and type of a coat vary quite a bit from dog to dog. Majority of dogs also have feathering under the chest and on the tail, back of thighs and back of the forelegs. You can find this breed in any color combinations and with any markings.
It seems that the Silken Windsprite is more docile, eager to please and more trainable than other sighthounds. Actually many owners report, that this is very willing to learn dog that learns new commands very quickly, which is pretty interesting, especially if you compare it to other sighthounds, who tend to be more stubborn and independent and the training is definitely not an easy task with them. Another great fact about the Longhaired Whippet is, that it is common, that they can be walked off leash. Again, if you compare this to other sighthounds, this is pretty rare. You should train the LHW with positive reward training methods, since they do not respond well to harsh training.
You can see on the first sight, that this is a dog made for speed. And indeed, this is a great and fast runner and you should regularly let them to stretch their long legs. They are great adepts for various dog sports, for example coursing or agility. This breed is quite playful, so they will love almost any kind of play of an adventure, but when they are home, they tend to be pretty calm. This is not a hyperactive breed, but not a coach potate neither and they need daily exercise, walks, runs or good playtime to stay healthy and happy.
It is very easy to groom the Silken Windsprite. Brushing the coat once a week is enough to keep it in great condition. No additional grooming is needed. Just like with all dogs you should regularly check the dogs ears, eyes and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
Generally this is a healthy dog breed with a lifespan between 12-15 years. You should be cauties with some drugs and medicines, because the Windsprite Multi-Drug Resistance Gene which can make them sensitive to certain drugs. They are also prone to Collie Eye Anomaly.
1) Akita Inu
This is the largest of all native Japanese breeds. Btw, i will put a size comparsion table in the end of the video, so you can see the size differences between all these breeds. The Akita Inu originated in Akita region of Japan and originally it was used as a skilled hunter. It is said, that they were even used to hunt bears.
The Akita Inu gained a lot of popularity in the western world after the movie Hachiko was released. It is a story about a loyal dog who is waiting on its owner for several years even when the owner died. It perfectly described the loyalty of the Akita Inu.
Akita Inu is a dominant dog that can be quite bossy, especially towards dogs of the same sex. But they are very affectionate and loyal to its owner and family.
2) Hokkaido Inu
Worldiwide, the Hokkaido is not as popular as Akita Inu, but it is believed that it is the oldest one. Of course it is impossible to properly track down ancestry of these dogs, but one theory says, that Hokkaido was developed from the original Jomon dog.
The Hokkaido has larger paws, smaller eyes and thicker coat. It is because they were developed in the Japan's northernmost island and those characteristics helped him to survive in colder climate.
3) Kai Ken
The Kai Ken is the easiest Japanese dog to recognize. It is due to its striking brindle coat. No wonder that they are sometimes nicknamed as a tiger dog. The Kai Ken is considered as very rare, even in its native Japan. It is also described as more willing to please and less independent than the other dogs in this video.
4) Kishu Inu
All the dogs in the video are skilled hunter, but the Kishu is probably the one, that is used the most in modern day hunting. They are intelligent, brave and independent, but also quite impulsive. They love being active and outdoors and are always ready for any kind of an adventure, but be careful: their intelligence and problem solving ability makes them excellent escape artists!
5) Shikoku Ken
The Shikoku is probably the most wolf like looking dog from all the Native japanese dogs. There are even legends that the Shikoku is a descendant of wolves. They are very rare and it is quite hard to find them. Just like all dogs in this video, the Shikoku is a great fit for active people and families.
6) Shiba Inu
Probably the most popular Japanese dog breed in the world. It is also the smallest one. And it is also the only one that did not get its name after a geographic region where it originated. This was due to the fact that modern day Shiba Inu was bred from a number of Shiba-type dogs in different regions.
Shiba might be small and cute, but they still posses the independent, strong willed and territorial temperament, which is why they are not the best choice for novices and first time dog owners. They definitely need early proper socialization.
The Continental Bulldog is already recognized by Swiss and German kennel club, o i will based the appearance description on the information from those sources. According to it, the Continental Bulldog is medium sized, smooth coated and squared dog breed.
You can tell on first sight that this is bulldog type of a dog, but in comparsion with some other Bulldogs, for example the English Bulldog, the Conti is much more lean and muscular. The average height of the Continental Bulldog should be between 40-46 cm, which is 15-21 inch and weight is typically between 22-30 kg, which is 48-66 pounds. Females tend to be little bit smaller.
The head is still pretty big, but definitely not as massive as English Bulldog has. Also the wrinkles are not that deep, but they are still visible. Overall, the Continental Bulldog has much healthier appearance, than the English Bulldog.
The coat of the Continental Bulldog is short, glossy and flat. You can find them in allmost all colors, the most common would probably be brindle and fawn. Blue color is not desired, but the dogs can have white markings and black mask. All the colors should be accompanied by a dark nose.
This is a friendly, attentive and confident dog breed. The Conti is pretty alert and it can be trained to be a good watchdog that will alert you by barking when something wierd is going on around your home. But do not worry, this is not a big barker, the barking is rather occasional.
This is a charming breed, that is very affectionate and loyal to its owner and family. They are also pretty playful and enjoy a company of older kids who know ho to play with dogs gently. Of course, you should always monitor the situation with a dog and very young kids, but that is true for all the breeds. Overall, this is amazing family companion.
The Conti is more energetic than other Bulldog breeds. If you are only familiar with the English Bulldog, than the Continental Bulldog is definitely much more energetic. But it is not a hyperactive dog. Actually, the Continental Bulldog is pretty inactive indoors, which is why they are perfect choice for apartment living. They need couple longer walks a day accompanied by some playtime or training session to stay healthy and happy. You can take your Continental Bulldog on longer hikes, because they can walk for hours.
As i said in the beggining of the video, this is still fairly young dog breed. They were developed in the beggining of the 21st century by an English Bulldog breeder Imelda Anghern. She was trying to create a, lets say, better version of an English Bulldog, that will keep the dogs loving personality, but that will not have so many health issues and that will be more athletic.
I would say, that she did a great job, because the Continental Bulldog is definitely healthier, it does not suffer so much from breathing issues, they can give natural births and they are more atheltic. The Continental Bulldog is more similar to the original Bulldog than the English Bulldog.
The Continental Bulldog was developed by crossing English Bulldogs with Olde English Bulldogs. The breeding process started in 2001 and the Swiss Kennel Club permitted the creation of the new breed in 2004. To this day, the Conti was officially recognized in Switzerland and Germany, but their popularity is gaining and i am sure it is only a matter of time when other kennel clubs recocgnize them as well.
Health and grooming
It is still soon to say what is the Continental Bulldog lifespan, since it is still a young dog breed, but according to some people it should be around 12 or 13 years. Which is great for a bulldog type of a dog. As i already mentioned, they are healthier than other bulldogs, but they can still suffer from some health issues, for example hip and elbow dysplasia, ear infections, eye problems and bloating.
Thanks to the short and smooth coat, it is not hard to maintain the Continental Bulldogs coat in top condition. Just brush it from time to time to minimize the shedding and it should be enough. You should take proper care about the dogs wrinkles and wipe them, so they are dry and clean to prevent infections. Just like with all dogs you should regularly check the dogs ears, eyes and nails and clean them or clip them if needed.
This is an old breed which ancestry is unknown. It is believed, that they originated in Andra Pradesh region near the lakes. According to the locals, they were originally bred by duck herders. They would also protect the ducks from predators. They were also used to herd other animals and also as hunters.
2) Almost extinct
When the locals turn to more profitable aquaculture and stopped breeding ducks, the Jonangi lost their main purpose and most of them were left on their own. This is a hardy breed and they learned quickly how to survive and they evolved into very skilled fish hunters. The local farmers did not like that Jonangi were killing their fish so they went on killing these dogs to verge of extinction.
Luckily, the breed is not extinct, but it is extremely rare. There are few enthusiastic breeders in India and thanks to them, this breed is still alive and their numbers are slowly raising. Today, you can find the Jonangi in indian regions of Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra.
Jonangi loves to dig. And i am not talking about the typical digging, they love to dig really big holes and than sleep in them. It is probably giving them the feeling of safety, which is why very often they will prefer to sleep in a ditch, rather than a pet bed.
The Jonangi loves its family, but they are suspicious and alert when they see a stranger. Actually, this is quite protective breed. But do not worry, they should not be agressive without a reason.
The Jonangi is highly and most importantly easily trainable breed. It is not because they would be extremely intelligent, but mostly because of they are totally devoted, easygoing and eager to please dogs. Thanks to those temperamental traits, it is easy to train them. Overall, the Jonangi makes great family companion, they create strong bond with its owner and family, they are affectionate, curious, cheerful and playful. They also like company of older kids and get along with other household pets, especially if they are raised with them.
One of the interesting facts about the Jonangi is, that they almost never bark, but they will yodel instead. It is very hard to describe the yodeling, so i if you would like to hear it on your own, i am giving you link to another video in description.
One of the most distinctive features of the Jonangi is the wrinkled forehead. Due to a lot of interbreeding, you can find a lot of differences between various Jonangi dogs, but a typical jonangi has pricked ears, very short, but dense coat, short muzzle and squat face, and athletic body. You can find them in many different colors, the most common would probably be all white, all black, white with black spots, grey and brindle.
The Jonangi is extremely agile and lively dog with high energy. They are capable of covering very large distances and they can easily move over difficult terrain. As you would probably expect, this dog needs a lot of exercise. They are more suited to life in the countryside than in the city and they will love to have access to a big, but fenced yard, where they can burn off their energy.
The Jonangi is medium sized dog breed with average height between 46-56 cm which is 18-22 inches and weight is typically between 20-29 kg, which is 45-85 pounds. The females tend to be little bit smaller and lighter than males.
1) English Bulldog
Lets start with the most popular Bulldog, the English Bulldog. They are ancestors of many other breeds you will see in this video. Sadly, over the time, they changed a lot and today they suffer a lot from brachycaphelic issues and cardiac related ilnesses. Their average lifespan is very short, only around 10 or 11 years. The English Bulldog is known as a loving and affectionate family companion that knows how to be stubborn.
2) Australian Bulldog
The Australian Bulldog is a young dog, developed in the 1998 by crossing the English Bulldog with some other breeds like the Boxer or Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The goal was to breed a more functional bulldog, that could easily adapt to the warmer Australian environment. The major focus was on the breathing issues, which is why the Australian Bulldog has has a less-squished muzzle. They also have longer legs and they are less wrinkled.
3) Campeiro Bulldog
This is a dog breed from Brazil. They are most likely descendants of today already extinct Old English Bulldogs, that were brought to the Brazil by European settlers. They were most often used to work on farms, but they were also used to herd the cattle in slaughterhouses.
4) Olde English Bulldogge
Not to be confused with the Old English Bulldog, this is a different breed. The Olde English Bulldogge development started in the early 1970s by David Leavitt, who wanted to create dog similar to the original bull baiting dogs, that will be healthy, athletic, just like the original dogs, but not as agressive. The breeds used in the breeding process were English Bulldogs, American Bulldogs and Bull Mastiffs. The breed was officially recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2014.
5) Continental Bulldog
The Continental Bulldogs was developed by an English Bulldog breeder in Switzerland to create healthies and more athletic version of the English Bulldog. As you can see from the photos, they truly look more muscular and athletic. The Continental Bulldog is always ready for a long hike, they do not suffer from breathing problems and, unlike the English Bulldog, they can give natural birhts.
6) French Bulldog
The smallest dog in this video is the famous French Bulldog, which is becoming more and more poopular every year. They were developed from already extinct English Toy Bulldogs that were brought to Normandy, France. They are known for being always in a good mood. They are very social and require close contact with their people. They are sometimes nicknamed as little clowns, which is perfectly describing their fun loving and affectioanate temperament.
7) American Bulldog
The American Bulldog is one of the largest of all Bulldogs with height up to 65 cm, which is 26 inch and weight up to 52 kg, which is 115 pounds. This is a stocky, muscular and strong looking breed and they are confident and quite lively. The American Bulldog was developed from the Old English Bulldog.
8) Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
The Alapaha is thought to have existed in the southern United States for approximately 200 years and they were most likely developed from various types and crosses of Bulldogs brought by early settlers to this country. This is a catch dog, which means that they are bred to catch, hold and drive unruly cattle and hogs. But just like all the breed, they are most likely living the spoiled life of family companions today.
9) Serrano Bulldog
Very similar to the Campeiro Bulldog, this is another Brazilian breed. Those two Bulldogs are considered as similar, but separate breeds. They are descendants of various Bulldogs brought to South Brazil by European immigrants. Their ancestors are most likely Bullenbeisers and Old English Bulldogs.
10) Others (Ca de Bou, Valley Bulldog, Spanish Bulldog, Leavitt Bulldog, Bullenbeiser, Old English Bulldog, Toy Bulldog)
There are some other Bulldogs, that are worth mentioning. The Bullenbeiser, Old English Bulldog and Toy Bulldog were all mentioned in this video. All of them are already extinct, but they were used in the development of many breeds in this video.
Than there is the Leavitt Bulldog is the original breed developed by David Leavitt. It is a very similar, almost the same dog as the Olde English Bulldoge. David Leavitt named his own line of dogs as Leavitt Bulldogs to distinguish his line of Olde English Bulldogges from those of other breeders.
Than there is the Ca de Bou, which is sometimes named as the Mallorquin Bulldog, but i would say they are better fitting into the Mastiff category, although they have some bulldog ancestry. And i would also love to mention the Alano Espanol, which is also known as the Spanish Bulldog, but again, i would say that they are much more resembling the Mastiffs, rather than Bulldogs.