8 Myths And Legends About The Origins Of Dog Breeds’ Unique Traits

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Lots of dog breeds are adored for their unique looks and personalities. But did you ever wonder where these traits come from?

Most dog breeds’ full lineages are hard to trace exactly, as pups have been our personal companions for thousands of years. But there are plenty of myths and stories out there that explain why dogs are the way they are, and legends make these breeds more mysterious and fun to think about.

Here are eight dog breed traits that are steeped in folklore.

Do you know any legends about your pup’s breed? Do any of these stories ring true for your dog? Let us know in the comments below!