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Dog Breeds

This section contains in depth information on all AKC recognized dog breeds. In addition to the more serious information about dog breed characteristics, care, and history, we have also included pictures and reader-submitted stories so you can have some fun while you do your research. Do you have a dog? Help us build the biggest collection of dog and puppy pictures on the internet by sharing your pictures.


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Affenpinscher Affenpinscher
The Affenpinscher is a small, terrier-like dog famous for its monkey-like expression. The skull is domed with a short muzzle and an undershot or level bite. The small ears are small and stand erect when cropped - erect, semi-erect or... Read more
Afghan Hound Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is one of the most regal and aristocratic of all the canine breeds. The head is rather lengthy, with a balanced foreface and skull. The muzzle is normally long and very slender; this feature is sometimes referred... Read more
Airedale Terrier Airedale Terrier
Among the largest of the terriers, the Airedale has a long flat head and a very wiry and hard coat. The head gives the animal the terrier look, with sharp keen eyes and a beard reminiscent of a Scotty. The... Read more
Akita Akita
Large, powerful and heavy of bone, the Akita is a classic working spitz. The head is large and smooth with powerful jaws and muzzle, and a distinct stop. Ears and eyes are small and triangular; ears stand erect, and eyes... Read more
Alaskan Malamute Alaskan Malamute
The Alaskan Malamute excels at hauling heavy loads over great distances in brutal conditions, and its construction is consistent with such use. The long body is powerful and well muscled throughout, heavy boned with a straight back and very strong... Read more
American Eskimo Dog American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo Dog is a member of the Spitz family. Like most Spitz breeds, the American Eskimo Dog has pointed, erect ears and an impressive coat. The head is fairly small and carries an intelligent expression. The eyes have... Read more
American Foxhound American Foxhound
Quick and agile, the American Foxhound is the product of a centuries long effort to produce the perfect fox hunting breed. The dog has a lean, strong build and is covered by a solid, tight coat that may be of... Read more
American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull) American Staffordshire Terrier
Note: the breed recognized by the AKC as the American Staffordshire Terrier is very similar in appearance to the breed recognized by the UKC as the American Pit Bull Terrier, though the Am Staff is generally slightly larger. Stocky and... Read more
American Water Spaniel American Water Spaniel
The American Water Spaniel is a dog bred to hunt in any environment. Its medium size, muscular body and curly water-proof coat contribute to its abilities as an all-around hunting dog. The breed is dense in both muscle and bone,... Read more
Anatolian Shepherd Anatolian Shepherd
The Anatolian Shepherd's appearance clearly reflects its vocation as a guardian; the breed is large (categorized as giant), strong and fast. The Anatolian Shepherd has an intelligent expression and wide-set, dark brown, almond-shaped eyes. The ears are approximately four to... Read more
Australian Cattle Dog Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized dog with a smooth, flat coat texture. Coloring is either blue or red speckle. If blue, the acceptable colors and markings are blue, black, white and tan that is distributed evenly. For red... Read more
Australian Shepherd Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd, also known as the Aussie, is a well-proportioned dog that can come in a variety of colors including black, blue-merle, red and red-merle. The breed is slightly longer than it is tall, has a strong but not... Read more
Australian Terrier Australian Terrier
The Australian Terrier is a small, medium-boned dog that is significantly longer than it is tall. The breed's coat is tan, sandy, blue or red and has a very rough texture. The Australian Terrier has a long head with a... Read more
Basenji Basenji
The Basenji is a relatively small, short-haired hunting dog native to Africa. This dog sports a light build, short back and long legs. The head is finely wrinkled, especially when the ears are erect. The eyes are almond in shape... Read more
Basset Hound Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is a short-legged, strong boned dog bred to track and hunt. The head is of medium width with the length being longer than the width. The skin on the head is loose and floppy. The muzzle is... Read more
Beagle Beagle
The Beagle is a small hound bred for hunting rabbit and hare. The head is somewhat lengthy and is domed at the occiput. Eyes are hazel or deep brown in color, large and set apart with a soft, "pleading" expression... Read more
Bearded Collie Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized working dog with an air of strength and hardiness. The head is proportional to the body with a moderate stop and a flat, broad skull. The foreface is the same length as the distance... Read more
Beauceron Beauceron
The Beauceron is a large French herding dog that is strong, tall and noble. The long, well-chiseled head is proportionate, with the muzzle and skull being equal in length. The eyes are oval shaped and horizontal, dark brown, with an... Read more
Bedlington Terrier Bedlington Terrier
The Bedlington Terrier is a graceful medium-sized dog of good proportion. The head is well-rounded yet narrow, with a short skull and long jaw. On top of the head is a thick topknot which is lighter in shade than the... Read more
Belgian Malinois Belgian Malinois
The Belgian Malinois is a dog of medium size that is fawn to mahogany in color with a black mask and black tipped fur. The Malinois is a short-haired dog and looks similar to the German Shepherd, but there are... Read more
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