The Miniature Pinscher originated in Germany and excelled at hunting and kill vermin. Their precise ancestry is unknown although some researchers believe the Miniature Pinscher may be related to the German Pinscher, the Dachshund and the Italian Greyhound. Although they look like miniature Doberman Pinchers there is no direct relation to the breed. Thought to have origins as far back as 2000 years ago, the breed was poorly documented until the 1800s. Breeding programs in both Scandinavia and Germany produced a dog could not only hunt small vermin but guard property as well. Despite his miniature size this breed was feisty and courageous. He still has these traits today with a little bit of mischief thrown in and this dog, known for his trot-like gait, joined the American Kennel Club in 1925. Descendant of the molosser dogs, the French Bulldog was a fighter in the pits, companion to lace makers, help mate to the farmers and entertainer in the show ring. Thankfully, the French Bulldog we know today has a gentler type of lifestyle and is currently the 6th most popular breed in America. Added to the Non Sporting Group of the American Kennel Club in 1898, their AKC breed standard makes for one cute canine.