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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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English Toy Spaniel English Toy Spaniel
The English Toy Spaniel is one of the most diminutive members of the spaniel family. Classified by the AKC as one of the Toy Group, this spaniel is small yet compact. The breed's rounded head is somewhat large in proportion... Read more
Field Spaniel Field Spaniel
The Field Spaniel is a medium sized dog that is heavier and longer in body than its better known cousin, the Cocker Spaniel. These dogs have a beautiful glossy coat, flat or slightly wavy and moderately long. The legs, chest,... Read more
Finnish Spitz Finnish Spitz
With its red coat and kind face the Finnish Spitz is a uniquely beautiful breed. Originally used to hunt small game and birds the Finnish Spitz is a well-balanced medium sized dog. Square in build they are about as long... Read more
Flat-Coated Retriever Flat-Coated Retriever
A powerful and elegant breed, the Flat-Coated Retriever is characterized by clean and fluid features that are free of exaggeration. The muzzle, like the rest of the head, is long and deep, capable of holding large waterfowl. The stop is... Read more
French Bulldog French Bulldog
The French Bulldog shares many traits with its larger English cousin, while maintaining a few unique characteristics of its own. Massive and square, the head is topped with large, distinctive bat ears. Eyes are round, set wide and low in... Read more
German Pinscher German Pinscher
The German Pinscher is an elegant, muscularly built dog. It is a proportional dog with its length equal to its height. Its skull is elongated in the shape of a wedge with an alert expression. Its eyes are dark, oval,... Read more
German Shepherd Dog German Shepherd Dog
With smooth curves and powerful, well developed features, the German Shepherd Dog is like the sports car of canines. The head is evenly proportioned, with no one feature standing out as exaggerated or out of place. Ears are pointed and... Read more
German Shorthaired Pointer German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer, with its athletic physique and smooth lines, conveys the image of a competent and well rounded hunter. The head is clean cut and well developed, with the ears sitting high and lying flat against the dog's... Read more
German Wirehaired Pointer German Wirehaired Pointer
A tough and determined pointer of medium size, the German Wirehaired Pointer is built to hunt. The head is well proportioned, with a medium stop and a muzzle that is equal to the skull in length. Eyes are dark brown,... Read more
Giant Schnauzer Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer is a large, robust, bold dog. Its body is well-muscled and proportional, giving it a square appearance. The head is strong and rectangular, narrowing steadily from the ears to the tip of the nose. The eyes are... Read more
Glen of Imaal Terrier Glen of Imaal Terrier
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a dog of classic terrier features. Its compact body is longer than it is tall; its forequarters are bowed and its feet are turned out. The head is powerful with its eyes dark, round,... Read more
Golden Retriever Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a powerfully built and well-proportioned dog, whose looks bring to mind a breed designed to hunt and retrieve. The skull is broad and rounded, with a well defined stop and smooth muzzle with a scissors bite.... Read more
Gordon Setter Gordon Setter
The Gordon Setter is a stylish, friendly looking dog with a firm build. The coat is soft and smooth, often times with a wavy texture, and is one of the identifying characteristics of the breed. The hair is longer on... Read more
Great Dane Great Dane
The Great Dane is an impressively large yet elegant breed with a muscular and well-built body. While the fawn color does tend to have a dark muzzle and perhaps ears, Danes come in at least 7 different color patterns (brindle,... Read more
Great Pyrenees Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees is an elegant mixture of form and function. Their bodies are slightly longer than they are tall with the bone structure to compliment their size. The head is slightly rounded at the crown and wedge shaped at... Read more
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, or Swissy as it is sometimes called, is a large, strong and confident breed with heavy bones and well developed muscles. The dog's body is a little longer than it is tall, and is covered... Read more
Greyhound Greyhound
The Greyhound is a thin, elegant animal known for its speed. The head is long, narrow, and fluid. The skull is wide between the ears with a very slight stop and the muzzle is strong with even teeth. The ears... Read more
Harrier Harrier
In terms of physical appearance, the Harrier can quite accurately be called a slightly smaller version of the English Foxhound. Built to hunt hare, the Harrier's frame and muscular build provide it with the stamina and ability to run swiftly.... Read more
Havanese Havanese
The Havanese is a Toy breed that sports a bit more length than height. The large, almond-shaped eyes are dark brown in color, wide-set and feature an expression of soft yet mischievous intelligence. The moderately long ears are wide at... Read more
Ibizan Hound Ibizan Hound
The Ibizan Hound is a lithe and agile dog that vaguely resembles a deer in appearance. The wedge shaped head sports small, round eyes that range in color from light caramel to rich amber. The expression is one of intelligence,... Read more
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