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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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Portuguese Water Dog Portuguese Water Dog
Named for its great love of water, the Portuguese Water Dog is a medium sized dog of robust build. The head is large, with a noticeably wide top skull, well defined stop, and high set, heart shaped ears. Eyes are... Read more
Pug Pug
The Pug is a cobby and square proportioned dog with a unique and endearing face. The head is large and round, and the face is covered with distinct wrinkles. Big, globular eyes figure prominently in the face, and give the... Read more
Puli Puli
The Puli (pluralized as Pulik) is a compact, squarely proportioned dog notable for its distinctive corded coat. The head is of medium size, with hanging v-shaped ears that are largely obscured by the coat. Eyes are almond shaped, large, deepset... Read more
Rhodesian Ridgeback Rhodesian Ridgeback
Named for the distinctive ridge on its back, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a compelling mix of agility, strength and hardiness. The head is large and smooth, free from wrinkles, and characterized by powerful scissors-bite jaws. The eyes are set well... Read more
Rottweiler Rottweiler
The Rottweiler is a medium large breed with powerful features and an impressive appearance. The dog's coat is black with tan or brown markings, and is dense, straight, coarse and of medium length. The head is broad, round and of... Read more
Saint Bernard Saint Bernard
The Saint Bernard is a dog whose every characteristic conveys strength, size and power. The head is large and broad with loose wrinkly skin, and the ears set high on the skull. The muzzle is short with a scissors or... Read more
Saluki Saluki
The Saluki is a fast and agile hound with remarkably good eyesight. Like greyhounds, they're built to run: the body is sleek and narrow with a deep chest and long, graceful legs. The dog has a long and thin face,... Read more
Samoyed Samoyed
The general appearance of the Samoyed is that of a hard working Spitz, well suited to cold weather. The skull is broad and wedge shaped, topped with erect, triangular ears filled with hair. Eyes are set deep and well apart,... Read more
Schipperke Schipperke
The Schipperke is a small, active breed. When viewed from above, the head is a wedge, though in profile the skull is slightly rounded. Forward on the head, the eyes are small, dark brown ovals, and give the dog a... Read more
Scottish Deerhound Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound embodies blazing speed in a sturdily constructed frame, making it an able deer courser. The dog's skull is long and flat, and is widest between the ears. Ears are small and folded, and eyes are dark with... Read more
Scottish Terrier Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier is a small, short legged canine that is very strong despite its small stature. The dog's skull and muzzle are long and rather blockish, and of medium width. The ears are small and sharp, and prick up... Read more
Sealyham Terrier Sealyham Terrier
Small but powerful, the Sealyham Terrier is a proud and pleasant breed. Its head, in perfect balance with its body, is long and broad, with a domed skull and slight groove between the brows. It has a square jaw with... Read more
Shetland Sheepdog Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is a medium sized dog with a marked resemblance to the Collie and exceptional grace. Because the muzzle is the same length as the flat skull, its head makes a long wedge when viewed from... Read more
Shiba Inu Shiba Inu
The smallest of the native Japanese breeds, the Shiba Inu projects power and confidence. Its moderately sized head is defined by a broad and flat forehead, round, full muzzle and small, triangular, pricked ears. Deep set and upward slanting dark... Read more
Shih Tzu Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is one of the most popular of the Toy breeds. It is well known for its long, flowing, luxurious hair, which covers all of its body. It has a round head, pleasant expression, and large, round, dark... Read more
Siberian Husky Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are medium-sized, graceful members of the Working Group with a distinct wolf-like appearance. Siberians have a double-layered, medium length coat which acts as insulation against both cold and heat. The dog's fur is usually black and white, gray... Read more
Silky Terrier Silky Terrier
The Silky Terrier, also called the Sydney Silky or Australian Silky Terrier, belongs to the Toy Group. It is a small, low set dog, slightly longer than it is tall. Although petite and fairly small-boned, The Silky Terrier is well-muscled... Read more
Skye Terrier Skye Terrier
A rather elegant dog, the Skye Terrier has a long, low set body, approximately twice as long as it is tall. The dog has a long, thick, double-layer coat, composed of a short, soft undercoat and a long, harder topcoat.... Read more
Smooth Fox Terrier Smooth Fox Terrier
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a cheerful and active dog of square proportion. The skull is flat and narrow, topped with ears that are v-shaped and fold forward. Eyes are dark and circular, with an expression of vivacity and intelligence.... Read more
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Square and sporty, the multitalented Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been indispensable on Irish farms for centuries. Its head is long and rectangular, and is in good proportion to the rest of the body. Ears are small and are set... Read more
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