Dog Breeds: V

The Villano de las Encartaciones is a rare dog breed with a long history. Bred as herding and guarding dogs, they have the strength to bring down a bull. Lacking the more docile traits of a traditional canine companion, the breed nearly went extinct. Breeding efforts in the 1960s have now stabilised the Villano numbers at around 100.

As the name suggests, the Basque Ratter is a working dog, originating from the Basque countries. This dog is now endangered with as few as 50 individuals left in existence. The Basque Ratter is a small to medium-sized dog with the hunting attributes we expect to find in other ratting breeds, such as the Jack Russell Terrier.

A delightful mix between the Weimaraner and Vizsla, the Vizmaraner has inherited some of the best traits from each parent. With their handsome and noble appearance as well as their sense of adventure, this breed makes a wonderful pet and a valuable contribution to most families. With a good work ethic and desire to keep active, those with a sedentary lifestyle should stay away!

The Hungarian Vizsla and the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla are extremely active but loyal, gentle and affectionate dogs which originate from Hungary and have been bred as multi-purpose hunting and gundogs. They require plenty of time to provide sufficient mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy and healthy but need little grooming. Both breeds can suffer from some health problems so it is important breeding dogs are tested for inherited illnesses.

A small yet energetic dog, the Volpino Italiano has a sweet and loyal nature and loves to be kept active. Traditionally used as a watch dog in Italy, they have retained their instinct for vigilance and will bark at any suspected threat. Often living into their mid-teens, this dog tends to enjoy good health during their long life.