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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.

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 drop when uncropped. The eyes are round, dark and gleaming, and enhance the monkey-like expression. The body is small and proportional to the head, with a bit of tuckup and a slight curve of the croup. The tail is carried erect and can be docked to 1 – 2” or   ... read more about the Affenpinscher.

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 to in breeding and show circles as the Roman Nose. The Afghan Hound's eyes are so almond shaped that they almost appear triangular, and are dark brown in color. The long ears are set level with the outer corners of the eyes, with the ends almost reaching the nose   ... read more about the Afghan Hound.

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 nose is always black. The ears are V-shaped and can fold to the back of the head depending on the dog’s mood. The dog stands completely square when in formation and is level with straight forequarters and strong hindquarters. The tail is carried high with a slight curve that should not   ... read more about the Airedale Terrier.

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 are dark, deep set and have an intelligent expression. The body is slightly longer than tall, well muscled throughout and designed for maximum efficiency in hunting game in deep snow. The tail is full and carried over the back. The feet are catlike. The dog’s soft, dens   ... read more about the Akita.

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 legs; large feet also help the dog to plod through snow. The head and muzzle are large, broad and deep. The ears are set wide apart on the skull, small, triangular and rounded. The eyes are brown, medium sized and almond shaped, and give the dog   ... read more about the Alaskan Malamute.

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 an oval shape, are dark brown in color, and are surrounded by dark brown or black rims. The nose, like the rims, is a medium to dark brown color. The American Eskimo Dog has a beautifully plumed tail that usually curls up freely over the back but may drop down   ... read more about the American Eskimo Dog.

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 any color. The head is relatively long and the eyes have a gentle or soft look that many describe as “pleading.” The ears are low set, broad, and long enough to reach the nose if pulled forward. The nose is turned slightly upwards, creating what many describe as a Roman-nosed appeara   ... read more about the American Foxhound.

American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull)

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 muscular, the American Staffordshire Terrier, one of the breeds commonly referred to as a Pit Bull, is a dog of unequaled courage and power for its size. The head is of medium length and broad, with distinct stop and highly developed check muscles. Small ears a   ... read more about the American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull).

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, but does not have a stout or clumsy appearance. The body is well-proportioned with the length measuring slightly more than the height. The head is broad and full, with the face carrying an expression of alertness and intelligence. The eyes are rounded and set wel   ... read more about the American Water Spaniel.

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 six inches in length, V-shaped, rounded at the tips and rest on the sides of head. The muzzle has a sturdy, strong appearance and the nose is either brown or entirely black. The Anatolian Shepherd’s body is powerful, w   ... read more about the Anatolian Shepherd.

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 speckled Australian Cattle Dogs there should be red mottling with no cream or white. The head is proportionate to the rest of the body, strong and balanced. The muzzle is medium in length and neither pointed nor cheeky, with a pure black nose. The eyes are o   ... read more about the Australian Cattle Dog.

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 bulky body and a coat that is often ornamented with white markings. The Australian Shepherd’s muzzle tapers a bit from the base to the tip and ends with a rounded nose. The color of the nose is dependent on the coat; blue merles and black Aussies have black noses   ... read more about the Australian Shepherd.

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 muzzle of approximately the same length as the skull. A velvety topknot adorns the dog’s head and small, black or dark brown eyes carry an intelligent expression. The Australian Terrier has small, pointed ears that stand erect and are high-set. The dog’s nose is black and   ... read more about the Australian Terrier.