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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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Belgian Sheepdog Belgian Sheepdog
The Belgian Sheepdog is a muscular and sturdy medium-sized dog with a well-proportioned body. This dog sports long, straight guard hairs that are neither wiry nor silky, with a moderately harsh texture. The undercoat is thick and dense, although its... Read more
Belgian Tervuren Belgian Tervuren
The Belgian Tervuren is a medium-sized dog that is strong, square and well-proportioned. The head is long without being overly so and features dark brown eyes that are slightly almond shaped. The expression is one of alertness, curiosity and intelligence.... Read more
Bernese Mountain Dog Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, beautifully colored working dog. Its head is broad and flat, with a gentle furrow and distinct stop, and a muzzle that is straight and long. Gently oval shaped eyes are brown in color.... Read more
Bichon Frise Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a small, stocky dog of balanced proportions. The gently rounded skull features a lightly accentuated stop and well-balanced muzzle. The round eyes are dark brown or even black in color, with a curious yet soft expression.... Read more
Black and Tan Coonhound Black and Tan Coonhound
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a medium sized, powerful hunting dog. It has a large oval head with low set ears, smooth skin over its face and round hazel to dark brown eyes. Its expression is eager, friendly and... Read more
Black Russian Terrier Black Russian Terrier
Large and powerful, the Black Russian Terrier is known for its courage and strength. Its blocky head is basically two parallel planes made of the skull and the muzzle, giving an impression of strength. The small, triangular ears and set... Read more
Bloodhound Bloodhound
The Bloodhound is a member of the Sagaces canine group, which means it hunts via scent in groups. The narrow yet long head tapers gently from the temples to the end of the muzzle. The diamond shaped eyes are very... Read more
Border Collie Border Collie
The Border Collie is a medium size dog renowned for its unique herding techniques. The head is well proportioned, with a muzzle that tapers slightly toward the nose. Eyes are wide set, medium in size and oval shaped - color... Read more
Border Terrier Border Terrier
The Border Terrier is an active dog of long leg and narrow shoulders and body. Its head is often described as otter-like, with a flat and broad skull and small, v-shaped ears that are set well apart. Dark hazel eyes... Read more
Borzoi Borzoi
The Borzoi is a sleek, beautiful breed, whose appearance resembles that of a Greyhound. The head is curved into a slight dome shape, with a long jaw line. The ears are small, and fall back onto the neck when at... Read more
Boston Terrier Boston Terrier
Small and stately, the Boston Terrier has a number of features that add to its rather unique appearance. The skull is square with a pronounced stop, and is topped by erect, bat-like ears. The eyes are large, dark and round,... Read more
Bouvier des Flandres Bouvier des Flandres
Also known as the Belgian Cattle Dog, the Bouvier des Flandres is a compact yet muscular herding dog. The large head features both a moustache and beard. The oval eyes are dark brown with black rims, and give the dog... Read more
Boxer Boxer
The Boxer is a powerful, squarely built dog of medium size, easily recognized by its distinct muzzle and face. The head is clean, with a noticeable stop and wrinkles on the forehead and the sides of the muzzle. Ears are... Read more
Briard Briard
The Briard is a strong, powerful dog bred for herding. The head is fairly long with moderate width, and the skull and muzzle are both rectangular in shape. Eyes are large, level, and set far apart. They are either dark... Read more
Brittany Brittany (Spaniel)
The Brittany is an athletic and sturdily built dog of medium size. The ears are short and triangular, lying flat against the skull, which is rounded and medium length. The face is intelligent and expressive, with eyes of various shades... Read more
Brussels Griffon Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon is a short, thick Toy breed. Prominent black eyes are set far apart, large and wide, with what has been described as almost a humanlike expression of intelligence and energy. The high-set ears are small and high... Read more
Bull Terrier Bull Terrier
Strong and handsome, the Bull Terrier is a dog of muscular symmetry and sweet disposition. The head is long and deep, curving from nose to the top of the skull; when viewed from the front, the head should resemble an... Read more
Bulldog Bulldog
The Bulldog is a medium sized dog whose build suggests strength and vitality. It is a stocky dog with broad shoulders and a large, short head. The eyes are moderately sized, round and dark, and set wide apart and low... Read more
Bullmastiff Bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff is a large, powerful breed with an alert and intelligent appearance. The dog has a muscular body covered by short hair. The tight coat is red, brindle, or fawn in color and the chest may have a small... Read more
Cairn Terrier Cairn Terrier
The Cairn Terrier is a gutsy, lively little terrier that has retained its rather shaggy and unkempt look. The harsh, weather-resistant outer coat that can be anything from cream, through red or grey to almost black or brindled protects a... Read more
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