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Text Box: The Ruritanian Canines
Text Box: The Ruritanian Spitz is the Kingdomís own breed.  First bred in circa 1654, they have been the favorites of the people and the Kings as well.  They are a very friendly dog, but an excellent guard dog.  They love to play with their masterís children, but will protect them with their own lives.  They enjoy running free and always seem to remember where their home is.  They range in weight from about 16 pounds for a female and 24 pounds for a male.  Their long fur makes them good pets in hospice care because brushing them is very relaxing.

A typical male Ruritanian Spitz.

A typical female Ruritanian Spitz.

Princess Charlotte Dorothea with her pet, Prince Valiant (Val),† a Ruritanian Spitz.

Text Box: The Ruritanian Wulfhound is another specialized breed indigenous to the Kingdom.  A remarkably silent hound that seldom barks, however they have the remarkable ability to bay short phrases.   Originally bred to hunt during winter months for wolves and bears.  These hounds can be used for tracking and in pulling sleds with high endurance capabilities.  Interestingly, they have fascination with the night sky.  Extremely loyal companions for one and all.