The border collie, one of the smartest breeds of dogs, was created to herd sheep along the border between England and Scotland.
The greyhound's origins can be traced to ancient Egypt, but it was in medieval England that the breed evolved into the quick racer we are familiar with today.
Greyhounds, the fastest breed of dog, have a top speed of over 40 mph. This made them perfect for both use as racing dogs as well as hunting dogs that pursued rabbits and other fast-moving prey.
The Jack Russell terrier is a small-to-medium terrier breed that was created by Rev. John Russell in the early 1800s for use in fox hunting.
It is a very clever, active, and occasionally rowdy breed that needs a lot of daily activity and exercise to avoid barking or other undesired tendencies. Jack Russells are excellent with kids and have a lot of affection.
Pointers were an old breed with hazy beginnings that were eventually imported to England in the early 1700s and heavily bred for use as hunting dogs.
Their speciality is pointing in the direction of game birds, such pheasants or quail, to signal their presence. They are quick, nimble, and athletic dogs who make great jogger or runner friends.