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Dog Breed List: We’ve Got Them All

Group of Dogs Sitting TogetherLook no further. We bring you our dog breed list. From A to Z, Affenpinscher to Yorkshire Terrier, we’ve got your dog breed covered.

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Dog Breed List

  • Affenpinscher – The Affenpinscher is a wire haired terrier that is almost always black but can also be found in black and tan, gray, red or silver. As a terrier it was originally bred to be a ratter when it originated in central Europe. The average size of this monkey faced dog is 9 – 11” tall and the average weight is around 8 lbs.
  • Afghan Hound – The Afghan Hound originated in Afghanistan and is most well known for its long silky coat. Afghans are no particular color and make excellent sight hounds. The average Afghan stands at 26” tall and weighs in at 55 lbs.
  • Airedale Terrier – The Airedale Terrier is known as being the largest terrier and has a thick and curly coat which is always tan, black and tan or brindle in color. The Airedale terrier generally stands at 23” tall and weighs around 55 lbs.
  • Akita – The Akita is known as a hardy Japanese hunting dog and is generally known for its bushy tail which curves up over the dogs back. The Akita comes in a variety of colors including pinto, brindle or simply white. The Akita generally stands at 26” tall and weighs anywhere between 75 to 125 lbs.
  • Alaskan Malamute – The Alaskan Malamute is most often referred to as a “sled dog” due to their strength and their ability to endure cold temperatures. The Malamute has a tail which curves up over the back and its coat ranges in color but is usually light gray to black or red or sable. Malamutes generally stand around 25” tall and weigh between 75 – 85 lbs.
  • American Bulldog – The American bulldog was developed as a working dog rather than a bull baiting dog. This breed has much longer legs than other bulldog type breeds and is known for having much better agility. This mastiff is athletic and muscular in appearance and has a short coat that comes in a variety of brindle shades, red, white, brown, fawn, tan and piebald. Standing between 20 to 28” tall and weighing in between 60 and 120 lbs the American bulldog is a loyal and brave dog.
  • American Bully– The American bully breed is frequently confused with the American Pit bull terrier. This short thick breed comes in a variety of colors and stands between 17 and 21 inches tall. This breed weighs between 70 and 120 lbs.
  • American English Coonhound – The American English Coonhound is something of a rare breed and is known most for its speed and muscular body. The American English Coonhound is generally consistent in coloring to other hound breeds with ticking or tri-coloring. This dog generally stands at 25” and weighs around 60 lbs.
  • American Eskimo Dog – The American Eskimo is a Nordic dog with a solid white coat and triangle shaped ears. The American Eskimo carries its tail over its body and generally stands around 19” tall and weighs around 30 lbs. There is also a toy and miniature version of this dog.
  • American Foxhound – Native to America the American Foxhound is a fox hunting dog that carries traditional hound markings and a long pointed tail. The American Foxhound stands at around 23” tall and generally weighs around 70 lbs.
  • American Hairless Terrier – The American hairless terrier is one of the few hairless breeds of dog and is commonly recommended for allergy sufferers. This hairless breed does not have any hair tufts and stands between 7 to 16 inches tall weighing between 5 and 16 lbs. This breed is not born hairless but by the age of 6 weeks they lose all hair.
  • American Indian Dog – The American Indian dog is a debated breed since many believe that the dogs Native American tribes relied upon became extinct. Still, this breed is recognized by some and stands between 17 and 20 inches tall weighing between 30 and 60 lbs. Coat colors of this breed vary widely.
  • American Mastiff – The American mastiff is recognized for being the mastiff breed that drools the least. This breed is fawn, apricot and brindle in color and stands between 28 and 36 inches tall. Male American mastiffs weigh in between 160 and 200 lbs and females weigh between 140 and 180 lbs.
  • American Pit Bull Terrier – The American pit bull terrier is a muscular dog that comes in a wide variety of colors. This breed stands between 14 and 24 inches tall and weighs in between 22 and 78 lbs. This breed is often confused with the American Bully.
  • American Staffordshire Terrier – Also known as “Staffy’s” these dogs are extremely strong and intelligent. Staffy’s can be solid or patched as far as their coats and they stand at an average of 18” tall. Staffy’s are known for their short and squat stature and weight on average 63 lbs.
  • American Water Spaniel – This is a particularly rare dog and it is generally bred for retrieving much like other water dogs. American Water Spaniels are covered in small curls and are generally brown or liver in coloring. These dogs stand at an average of 16” tall and weigh around 35 lbs.
  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog – Known for its ability to protect livestock the Anatolian Shepherd can be a stubborn but independent dog. Anatolians are generally any color pattern including brindle and fawn marking. Anatolians stand around 28” tall and weigh between 80 – 120 lbs.
  • Appenzell Mountain Dog – The Appenzell Mountain Dog stands between 18 and 23 inches tall and weighs between 49 and 70 lbs. This breed has a short double coat that comes in black or brown with white and rust colored markings. This is a mastiff breed.
  • Argentine Dogo – The Argentine Dogo or the Argentine Dogo has a glossy white coat and features either pink or black eye rims. This breed stands between 24 and 27 inches tall and weighs between 80 and 100 lbs. This breed is heavily restricted by the Dangerous Dogs Act passed in 1991.
  • Australian Cattle Dog – Known for their cattle herding talent the Australian Cattle Dog is strong and agile as well as intelligent. Aussies are generally blue or red and can carry black, tan or blue markings on their coat. The Aussie usually stands at around 18” tall and weighs around 30 lbs.
  • Australian Kelpie – The Australian Kelpie has a double coat and comes in a variety of colors including black and red, black and red and tan, chocolate and fawn. This compact dog stands between 17 and 20 inches tall and weighs between 25 and 45 lbs.
  • Australian Koolie – The Australian Koolie comes in a variety of coat lengths and colors ranging from blue merle, red merle, tri merle, black or red. This energetic breed stands between 15 and 22 inches tall and weighs in between 21 and 44 lbs.
  • Australian Shepherd – Known for their herding talent the Australian Shepherd has a longer wavy coat which is generally black, blue merle, red merle and red with white markings. The Australian Shepherd is energetic and stands on average at 20” tall and weighs around 60 lbs.
  • Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher – The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher has a short coat that ranges in color but includes black, red, fawn, brown, black and tan and brindle. This terrier stands between 14 and 20 inches tall and weighs between 26 and 40 lbs.
  • Australian Terrier – The Australian Terrier has a blue and tan, red or sandy colored coat and is a versatile dog. The Australian Terrier generally stands at 10” tall and weighs around 11 lbs.
  • Azawakh Hound – The Azawakh hound is also known as the Tuared sloughi and is a slender sight hound. This breed has a short and fine coat that comes in a variety of colors including light sable and dark fawn, flecking of the coat varies. This breed stands at between 23 to 29 inches tall and weighs between 37 and 55 lbs.
  • Banter Bulldogge – The banter bulldogge is a strong working breed that stands between 20 and 24 inches tall. Weighing in between 50 and 85 lbs. The banter bulldogge has a short smooth coat that can be a variety of colors and are a solidly built breed.
  • Basenji – The Basenji is well known for its curly tail and its lack of a bark. The Basenji can be chestnut red, pure black or brindle in coloring with white feet, chest and tail tip. The Basenji generally stands at 16” tall and weighs around 22 lbs.
  • Basset Artesien Normand – The Basset Artesien Normand is very similar to the Basset hound in appearance but is lighter weight. The short coat of this breed is orange and white or orange, tan and white. This breed stands between 10 to 14 inches tall and weighs around 33 lbs.
  • Basset Hound – The Basset Hound is most known for its droopy eyes and long pendulous ears. This scent hound can be any hound coloring and generally stands at 14” tall and weighs around 60 lbs.
  • Beagle – The beagle is reminiscent of the Foxhound, however, it is much smaller. The Beagle is known for its hunting skills and its tricolor marking but beagles can also come in other hound colorings as well. The Beagle generally stands at 15” tall and weighs around 23 lbs.
  • Bearded Collie – This dog is most well known for its long shaggy coat and its herding ability. The bearded collie is usually fawn, black, blue or brown in coloring and can have white markings. Coat coloring may change as the puppy ages. Bearded collies usually stand at 21” tall and weigh around 50 lbs.
  • Beauceron – A French herding dog that is loyal and easily trained.
  • Bedlington Terrier – The Bedlington is known most for its soft curly coat which is often clipped with balls of fur on the ends of the long ears. Bedlingtons are generally bluish gray, liver or sandy colored and stand around 16” tall and weigh around 20 lbs.
  • Belgian Griffons – The Belgian Griffons comes in a rough or smooth coated variety and can be beige, red, black and tan or solid black in color. The Belgian Griffons has the appearance of having a mustache and beard due to longer facial hair. This terrier stands between 7 to 8 inches tall and weighs between 6 to 12 lbs.
  • Belgian Malinois – The Malinois is known for its herding ability and is often trained to work with law enforcement. The Malinois are generally mahogany or fawn in color and have black masks and ears. The Malinois generally stands around 26” tall and weighs around 65 lbs.
  • Belgian Mastiff – The Belgian Mastiff is a strong dog with a short coat that can be brown-brindle, black, fawn or red in color. This breed stands between 27 and 32 inches tall and weighs between 99 to 110 lbs. Some question whether or not this breed is currently extinct.
  • Belgian Sheepdog – The Belgian Sheepdog is known for its herding ability and is generally found in all black or black with white markings. This dog usually stands at 24” tall and weighs around 60 lbs.
  • Belgian Shepherd Groenendael – The Belgian Shepherd Groenendael has a muscular body with a weather resistant coat that can be black with white markings or solid black in color. Of all Belgian shepherd dogs, this is the most popular and stands between 22 and 26 inches tall and weighs between 60 and 75 lbs.
  • Belgian Shepherd Laekenois – The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois has a rough wiry coat that can grow as long as 2 inches and can range in color from light fawn to deep mahogany. This is the rarest of the Belgian shepherd dogs and stands between 22 and 26 inches tall weighing in between 55 to 65 lbs.
  • Belgian Tervuren – The Belgian Tervuren is known for having a shaggy coat which always has a black overlay over a russet or fawn colored base coat. The Tervuren measures in at around 25” tall and weighs around 70 lbs.
  • Bergamasco– The Bergamasco has a unique coat that is made up of three types of hair that come together to form mats that give this dog a unique appearance. The Bergamasco’s coat color ranges from silver grey to light black and the coat grows all the way to the floor. This breed grows to between 22 and 23 ½ inches tall and weighs in between 58 to 85 lbs.
  • Berger De Picard– The Berger de Picard is also known as the Picardy shepherd or the Bacardi shepherd. This dog stands between 21.5 and 26 inches tall and weighs in between 50 and 70 lbs. The berger de picard has thick, harsh fur that appears shaggy but is not soft. Coat colors of this breed include grey, red-grey, blue-grey and fawn.
  • Bernese Mountain Dog – This dog is most well known for being a Swiss mountain dog with a long coat with tri-colored markings. The Bernese Mountain Dog generally stands at 26” tall and weighs in between 85 – 110 lbs.
  • Bichon Frise – This dog carried its tail up over its back and is always white in color but can have apricot, cream or buff coloring. The Bichon Frise generally stands around 10” tall and weighs around 10 lbs.
  • Biewer – The Biewer originated from the breeding of two Yorkshire terriers with a piebald genetic recessive gene. This small terrier stands up to 8.5 inches tall and weighs up to 7 lbs. The silky long coat of the Biewer is long and soft and can be varied in color. Common colors include body and headpiece coloring of: black without brown coloration, white, blue and blue-white. Coloration of the hair on the belly should be completely white and the head should have symmetrical while, blue and gold coloration.
  • Black and Tan Coonhound – A persistent and determined hunter; one of the few all-American breeds.
  • Black Mouth Cur– The Black Mouth Cur stands between 16 and 25 inches tall and weighs between 45 and 95 lbs. This hound can have a heavy or a lighter coat and coloration should always include a black muzzle.
  • Black Norwegian Elkhound– The Black Norwegian Elkhound stands between 18 and 21 inches tall and weighs between 40 and 60 lbs. This small dog has a curled tail that sits over the back and a double coat that is thick and hard to the touch. This weather resistant coat is completely black in coloration.
  • Black Russian Terrier – A large, powerful breed developed in Russia as a guard dog.
  • Bloodhound – Known for its fantastic sense of smell the bloodhound can be black and tan, liver and tan and red in color. The bloodhound generally stands at 26” tall and weighs around 100 lbs.
  • Blue Lacy – The Blue Lacy is also known as the Texas State dog and stands between 18 and 23 inches tall and weigh between 30 and 50 lbs. The coat of this breed is short and slick and varies in color but includes: blue, red and tricolor.
  • Bluetick Coonhound – An excellent working and trailing dog; useful for treeing raccoons.
  • Boerboel – The Boerboel or the African Boerboel is a mastiff breed that can grow to 23 to 28 inches tall and can weigh between 150 to 200 lbs. This dog has a short thick coat that can be tawny, cream, red-brown, brown and brindle in coloration.
  • Border Collie – Known for its herding ability the border collie is generally bi-color, tri-color, merle, sable or solid in coloring but is most often known for its black and white coloring. The Border Collie generally stands at 20” tall and weighs around 40 lbs.
  • Bohemian Shepherd – The Bohemian shepherd is believed to have come before the German Shepherd. This breed stands between 19 and 22 inches tall and weighs between 35 and 55 lbs. The Bohemian shepherd has a fluffy medium length coat that can only be black and tan in coloration.
  • Bolognese – The Bolognese is a toy breed that stands between 10 and 12 inches tall and weighs between 4.5 and 9 lbs. This small healthy breed has a long and fluffy coat that should be pure white in coloration.
  • Bonsai Bulldogge – The bonsai bulldogge is a fairly healthy breed that stands up to 12 inches tall and weighs less than 25 lbs. This small dog has a short coat and any coloration is acceptable.
  • Border Terrier – An alert, active, agile and persistent tracking and hunting breed.
  • Borzoi – A graceful an elegant hound that hunts by sight.
  • Boston Terrier – Known for its flat face and propensity to snort the Boston Terrier is black, brindle or seal with white marking. The Boston terrier generally stands around 16” tall and weighs around 20 lbs.
  • Bouvier des Flandres – A rugged, agile and even-tempered breed; makes an excellent farm dog.
  • Boxer – The Boxer is a German dog that is generally fawn or brindle in coloring and is known for having a mask marking over its face. The Boxer generally stands at 23” tall and weighs around 70 lbs.
  • Boykin Spaniel – The official state dog of South Carolina; good all-around hunter with a cheerful disposition.
  • Bracco Italiano – The bracco Italiano is also known as the Italian pointer and the Italian setter. This dog stands between 22 and 26 inches tall and weigh between 55 and 88 lbs. The coat of this breed is short and sleek and should be orange and white, chestnut and white, orange roan or chestnut roan in color.
  • Braque du Bourbonnais –The Braque du Bourbonnais is also known as the French pointer and stands between 18.5 and 22.5 inches tall, weighing between 35 and 55 lbs. The coat of this breed is short and fine and can be liver or fawn in coloration.
  • Brazilian Terrier –The Brazilian terrier stands between 14 and 16 inches tall and weighs between 15 and 20 lbs. This small breed has a short coat that is always tri-colored. Accepted colors include white and tan with blue, black or brown markings.
  • Briard - Native to France, this breed is a vigorous and alert working dog.
  • Brittany - Medium sized with long legs, this breed is a good hunting and show dog.
  • Broholmer – The Broholmer is also known as the Danish Broholmer and stands between 22 and 30 inches tall and weighs between 85 and 175 lbs. The coat of this breed is a short double coat with a thick under coat. Coat colors include yellow with a black mask, golden red and black.
  • Brussels Griffon – An intelligent and affectionate breed; has a human-like expression.
  • Bukovina Sheepdog – The Bukovina sheepdog is a Romanian breed that stands between 25 and 30 inches tall and weigh between 70 and 100 lbs. The coat of this sheepdog is thick and long and grows thicker around the neck to give the appearance of a mane. The coat color of this breed should always be white but can have black, brindle or charcoal colored patches.
  • Bull Terrier – Best known for Spuds Mackenzie the Bull Terrier is a strong and muscular dog that us generally all white but can also be colored. The Bull Terrier generally stands around 21” tall and weighs 60 lbs.
  • Bulldog – Known for their squashed faces Bulldogs can be fawn, white, red, fallow, piebald or brindle in coloring. The Bulldog generally stands at 15” tall and weighs around 45 lbs.
  • Bullmastiff – Known for their sheer size the Bullmastiff can be fawn, brindle or red in coloring. The Bullmastiff generally stands around 36” tall and can weigh between 100 – 130 lbs.
  • Cairn Terrier – Known for appearing as Toto in the Wizard Of Oz the Cairn Terrier may be any color except for white. This energetic dog stands at 10” tall and weighs around 14 lbs.
  • Cambodian Razorback Dog – The Cambodian razorback dog stands at around 20 inches tall and weighs up to 60 lbs. This breed has a long coat with a bushy tail and has the appearance of a tall “peak” of hair that runs dog the back and is particularly pronounced. Accepted colors of this breed include white and black, brown, blue and fawn.
  • Canaan Dog – An inquisitive and loyal herding and competition breed.
  • Cane Corso – Noble and powerful, this breed descended from Roman guard dogs.
  • Canis Panther – The Canis panther stands between 24 and 30 inches tall and can weigh anywhere from 85 to 140 lbs. This is a short haired breed that has a solid color coat that can be chocolate, black, blue, fawn, buckskin or gray in color.
  • Cao de Fila de Sao Miguel – The Cao de Fila de Sao Miguel is also known as the Azores Cattle Dog and is a medium sized breed. Standing between 19 and 24 inches tall, this breed can weigh between 45 and 90 pounds with males being larger than females. This intelligent breed has a coat that encompasses red, yellow and grey coloration; it may also feature white patches.
  • Cao da Serra da Estrela – The Cao da Serra da Estrela stands between 24 and 28 ½ inches tall and weighs between 85 and 110 lbs. This breed can have a long coat or a short coat depending on the breeding and the coat colors include: fawn, wolf grey and brindle.
  • Cao da Serra de Aires – The Cão da Serra de Aires stands between 16 and 22 inches tall and weighs between 26 and 40 lbs. This smaller breed has longer hair that can appear scruffy and can come in a number of colors including: black, fawn, wolf grey, yellow red chestnut and gray.
  • Cao de Castro Laboreiro – The Cão de Castro Laboreiro is also known as the Portuguese cattle dog and stands between 20 and 24 inches tall weighing between 50 and 75 lbs. The short coat of this dog is thick and weather resistant and comes in mahogany, chestnut or black coloration.
  • Caravan Hound – The Caravan hound is also recognized as the Mudhol hound, the Maratha hound and the Pashmi hound. This dog is slender in build and has a long narrow skull. The Caravan hound stands between 23 and 29 inches tall and weighs between 48 to 62 pounds. This slim hound has a short smooth coat or a silky fringed coat that comes in a wide variety of colors.
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi – A low set, heavy boned breed capable of great speed and endurance.
  • Carlin Pinscher – The Carlin Pinscher is a new breed that has been developed from cross breeding of the miniature pinscher and the pug. This small dog stands between 11 and 13 inches tall and weighs between 12 and 14 pounds. This small mixed breed has a short, low shedding coat that is most often bred for black and tan coloration.
  • Carolina Dog – The Carolina dog is also recognized as the American dingo or the Carolina dingo. This dog represents the wild dingo in appearance and stands between 17 to 24 inches tall and weighs between 30 and 44 pounds. The coat of this breed is short but very thick and comes in a variety of colors including: orange, red, ginger, sable, tan, beige, sand and yellow.
  • Carpathian Sheep Dog – The Carpathian sheepdog is also recognized as the Rumanian sheepdog, Carpathian shepherd dog, Romanian shepherd dog and the Carpatin. This large but nimble dog stands between 23 to 29 inches tall and weighs between 70 to 100 pounds. The coat of this breed is thick and rough and is often sandy or wolfish in coloration.
  • Catahoula Leopard Dog – The Catahoula leopard dog is also known as the Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog, the Catahoula hog dog, the Catahoula cur, the Louisiana Catahoula cur and leopard dogs. This strong boned breed stands between 20 to 26 inches tall and weighs between 55 to 80 pounds. The coat of this breed is short and held tightly to the body. Coat coloration varies in this breed.
  • Caucasian Sheepdog – The Caucasian sheepdog is also recognized as the Caucasian Ovcharka, the Caucasian shepherd, the Kavkaskaia ovtcharka, the Caucasian owcharka, the Caucasian mountain dog, the sage ghafghazi, the Kavkazskaia Ovtcharka and the Caucasian Ovtcharka. This large breed stands between 25 and 28 inches tall and weighs in between 99 and 154 pounds. This breed has a thick, dense coat that varies in color but includes: fawn, gray, pied, tan, brindle, pied and white.
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – This dog is known for its silky coat that can be black and tan, ruby, tri-colored or Blenheim as well as its long pendulous ears. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is generally 12” tall and weighs 15lbs.
  • Central Asian Ovtcharka – The central Asian ovtcharka is also recognized as the Middle Asian Ovtcharka, Mid-Asian Shepherd, Central Asian Sheepdog, Central Asian Shepherd Dog, Alabai, Sredneasiatskaïa Ovtcharka and the Turkmen Alabai. This large dog stands between 24 and 32 inches tall and can weigh anywhere from 88 to 176 pounds. The dense coat of this breed can be either long or short haired and comes in a variety of different colors.
  • Cesky Fousek – The Cesky Fousek is also known as the Bohemiam wirehaired pointing griffon, the Czezh coarsehaired pointer, the Slovakian wirehaired pointer and the rough-coated Bohemian pointer. This slender breed stands between 22 and 26 inches tall and weighs between 48 and 75 pounds. The coat of this breed is short and coarse and comes in dark roan with or without brown patches, brown with ticked markings of solid brown.
  • Cesky Terrier – A well-muscled hunting terrier originating in the Czech Republic.
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever – Well known for their webbed feet the “Chessy” has a wavy coat that is deadgrass, sedge or brown in color. A Chessy is also known for having amber eyes and for standing as tall as 26” and weighing up to 80 lbs.
  • Chihuahua – This small breed is generally any color and can be solid, splashed or marked and their hair can be long or short. These tiny dogs stand an average of 8” and shouldn’t be heavier than 6lbs.
  • Chinese Chongqing Dog – The Chinese Chongqing dog is an ancient breed hailing from Chongqing, China. This medium sized dog stands between 14 and 19 ½ inches tall and weighs between 32 and 55 pounds. This dog has a thin coat that is deep brown and mahogany in color.
  • Chinese Crested – Known for their naked bodies and crested fallings of hair the Chinese Crested can have a variety of colors and its skin is smooth. This dog usually stands around 12” tall and weighs around 10 lbs.
  • Chinese Imperial Dog – The Chinese Imperial dog is a compact and small dog. This dog stands under 9 inches tall and weighs under 9 pounds. The coat of this breed is mid-length and somewhat fluffy and can be a variety of colors.
  • Chinese Shar-Pei – Known for its wrinkled skin the Shar-Pei has a tail that curls up over their back. The Shar-Pei can be any solid color and usually stands around 19” and weighs around 50 lbs.
  • Chinook – The Chinook is a compact and powerful sled dog. This breed stands between 21 and 27 inches tall and weighs between 55 and 70 pounds. The medium length coat of this breed comes in a double coat with a coarse outer coat and a soft and downy undercoat. If raised in a warm climate the coat of this breed could be thinner. Most often, this breed has a tawny coat.
  • Chow Chow – Known for its blue colored tongue the Chow Chow resembles a lion with its fluffy red, black, cinnamon, blue and cream colored coat. The Chow Chow generally stands at 18” tall and weighs around 60 lbs.
  • The Cierny Seryl – The Cierny Sery is an athletic dog that stands between 22 and 26 inches tall and weighs between 44 to 66 pounds. The coat of this generally healthy breed is thin and doubled and head but dense to the touch. The Cierny Sery coat can be short, long and rough in nature but should always be black and may have small brown or white markings.
  • Clumber Spaniell – A long and low-built worker dog.
  • Cocker Spaniel – Known for their long ears and silky coats the Cocker Spaniel is generally around 14” tall and weighs around 25lbs.
  • Collie – Most often known as the dog from Lassie the Collie can be sable and white, blue merle, tri-color and white. Collies generally stand at 25” tall and weigh 65 lbs tall.
  • Coton de Tulear – The Coton de Tulear is a small breed that stands between 10 to 12 inches tall and weighs between 12 and 15 pounds. The coat of this breed gives it the appearance of being covered in cotton hence the name. This breed has a fluffy coat that can be white, black and white and tri-colored.
  • Cretan Hound – The Cretan hound is a slender breed that represents both a scent hound and a sight hound in appearance. This breed stands between 19 to 27 inches tall and weighs between 45 and 65 pounds. The coat of this breed is short and can be white, sandy, fawn, cream, black, grey, brindle, bi-colored or tri-colored.
  • Croatian Sheepdog – The Croatian sheepdog is also known as the Hrvatski Ovcar. This intelligent and alert dog stands between 16 to 21 inches tall and weighs between 29 and 43 pounds. The coat of this sheepdog is short on the legs and head but longer and curly on the rest of the body. The coat of this breed is always black but may also show small white patches.
  • Curly-Coated Retriever – A strong and agile multi-purpose hunter and retriever.
  • Czechoslovakian Wolfdog – The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is a large new breed of dog that stands at a minimum of 24 inches tall or 26 inches tall for females and males respectively. This breed weighs in at 44 pounds for the average female and 54 pounds for the average male. Wolf-like in appearance, this dog has a lifespan of around 16 years.
  • Czesky Terrier – The Czesky Terrier is also known as the Cesk Terier and the Bohemian Terrier and stands between 10 and 13 inches tall and weighs between 13 and 23 pounds. Typical in terrier appearance, this breed lives between 12 to 15 years.
  • Dachshund – Known as “wiener dogs” the Dachshund can have a smooth, wiry or long coat that can be a variety of colors. Dachshunds come in standard, toy and miniature breeds and size and height vary depending on the breed.
  • Dakotah Shepherd – The Dakotah Shepherd is a relatively new breed that resulted from the breeding of English Shepherds, border collies and Australian kelpies. This breed stands between 17 and 21 inches tall and weighs between 35 to 50 pounds. This breed has no average life expectancy data available at this time.
  • Dalmatian – Known for their spots Dalmatians are short coated and have a white base with either liver or black spots. Dalmatians generally stand at 22” tall and weigh 55 lbs.
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier – This breed has a long, low body and sword-like tail.
  • Danish Brohlmer – The Danish Broholmer is a mastiff type breed and as such it is a large dog. Standing between 22 to 30 inches tall, this dog weighs between 87 to 176 pounds. This breed can live anywhere from 6 – 11 years.
  • Danish-Swedish Farmdog – The Danish-Swedish Farmdog has an appearance similar to that of the jack Russell. This dog stands between 12 to 14 inches tall and weighs between 15 and 25 lbs. This is a generally healthy breed which lives between 10 to 15 years.
  • Denmark Feist – The Denmark Feist is a breed only currently recognized by the DRA. This breed adapt for hunting and ratting work.
  • Deutscher Wachtelhund – The Deutscher Wachtelhund is also recognized as the German water spaniel. This medium sized dog stands between 17 ¾ and 21 1/4 inches tall and weighs between 45 and 65 lbs. The average lifespan of this water dog is 12 to 14 years.
  • Dingo – The Dingo is controversial as a pet because they have never completely been domesticated. Also known as the Australian native dog, maliki, warrigal, noggum, mirigung and the boolomo, the dingo is characterized by a bushy tail and having no dew claws. The average dingo stands between 19 to 23 inches tall and weighs between 50 to 70 pounds. These are hardy dogs that can live to be 20 years old or longer.
  • Doberman Pinscher – Better known as Dobie’s these dogs are black, red, blue or fawn in color. These dogs are fiercely loyal and generally stand at 26” tall and weigh 75 lbs.
  • Dogo Argentino – The dogo Argentino is also known as the Argentinian mastiff or the Argentine dogo. This large mastiff breed stands between 24 and 27 inches tall and weighs between 80 to 100 pounds. The average lifespan of this dog is between 10 to 12 years.
  • Dogue de Bordeaux – A powerful and muscular French breed with a massive head.
  • Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge – The Dorset olde tyme bulldogge is a medium sized dog that stands between 19 to 21 inches tall and weighs between 60 to 90 pounds. This is a very healthy breed that can live up to 14 years.
  • Drever – The Drever is a smaller, straight-legged dog that stands between 11 and 16 inches tall and weighs between 32 and 34 pounds. An active hunting dog, the Drever is a relatively healthy breed and has a life expectancy of around 12 to 14 years.
  • Dutch Smoushond – The Dutch Smoushond is a terrier breed and grows to between 14 and 17 inches tall, weighing just 20 to 22 pounds. This is a relatively healthy breed and has an average lifespan of between 12 and 15 years.
  • East-European Shepherd – The East-European Shepherd is also known as the Owczarek Wschodnioeuropejski, the Vostochnoevropejskaya ovcharka and the VEO. This is a working dog that was developed from the German Shepherd to work in the army. The East-European Shepherd stands between 24 and 30 inches tall and weighs 73 and 115 lbs. This is a relatively healthy breed that has an average lifespan of 10 to 14 years.
  • English Bulldog – The English bulldog is also known as the British bulldog and is a small but muscular dog that was developed for bull baiting activity. This breed stands at between 12 to 16 inches tall and weighs between 50 and 55 lbs. Unfortunately this is a breed that is prone to a number of health concerns including breathing problems. The average lifespan of this breed is around 8 years old.
  • English Cocker Spaniel – An active sporting dog, made for outdoor work.
  • English Foxhound – A very versatile hunting dog with stamina and great nose.
  • English Setter – Graceful and elegant in appearance; excels as a show dog.
  • English Shepherd – The English Shepherd is a herding breed developed by the Roman’s as a sheep and cattle herder. This herding dog stands between 18 to 23 inches tall and weighs between 40 to 60 lbs. This dog is prone to dysplasia and carrying of the MDR1 gene. This is a dog suited to hunting and watch dog work.
  • English Springer Spaniel – A very sturdy dog; eager to please humans.
  • English Toy Spaniel – A small, square-bodied dog with coat resembling a royal cape.
  • Entlebucher Mountain Dog – A medium sized, strong dog of Swiss origin.
  • Estonian Hound – The Estonian Hound is a hound dog that is recognized as the only dog breed developed in Estonia. This dog stands between 17 and 21 inches tall and weighs between 30 to 45 lbs. A relatively healthy breed, this dog is very vocal and has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
  • Eurasier – The Eurasier is also known as the Eurasian or the Eurasian Spitz. This dog is most often kept as a companion dog and is easily trained. This intelligent breed stands between 16 to 24 inches tall and weighs between 40 to 70 pounds. This is a relatively healthy breed that has an average lifespan of 11 to 13 years.
  • Farm Collie – The farm collie is also known as the Scotch collie and the old farm collie. This herding breed was developed more for working ethic than for physical appearance. This breed stands between 19 to 24 inches tall and weighs between 40 to 70 pounds. This is a relatively healthy dog with an average lifespan of between 12 to 16 years.
  • Feist – The Feist is actually a type of dog that encompasses a number of breeds. Developed in the United States for hunting small game and wildlife, there is no consistent appearance among these breeds other than they are all smaller dogs. The only Feist breed to be recognized by the United Kennel Club is the Treeing Feist.
  • Field Spaniel – A medium-sized dog built for activity and endurance.
  • Fila Braslleiro – The Fila Brasileiro is also recognized as the Brazilian mastiff, the Brazilian Molosser and the Cao de Fila. This large breed stands between 25 to 30 inches tall and weighs between 90 to 110 lbs. This is a strong dog that demands an experienced owner as it is not tolerant of strangers in its territory. This dog is prone to hip dysplasia, bloating, elbow dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. The average lifespan of this breed is 9 – 11 years.
  • Finnish Hound – The Finnish Hound is also known as the Suomenajokoira and the Finsk Stovare. This short coated hound is tan with a black saddle and stands between 20 and 24 inches tall and weighs between 45 to 55 pounds. Originally bred for hunting this is a talkative breed that requires regular exercise. This breed has few known health problems. The average life span of the Finnish hound is around 12 years.
  • Finnish Lapphund – A work dog bred north of the Arctic Circle.
  • Finnish Spitz – A northern breed that resembles a red fox.
  • Flat-Coated Retriever – Resembling the Labrador Retriever the Flat-Coated Retriever has a long coat and is equally skilled in the water. The Flat-Coated Retriever can be black or liver colored and generally it stands at 23” tall and weighs around 65lbs.
  • French Brittany Spaniel – The French Brittany Spaniel is also known as Le Fougueux, Epagneul Breton and the French Brittany. This breed is similar to the American Brittany but is known for having stronger hunting instincts. This breed stands between 17 and 21 inches tall and weighs between 30 to 40 pounds. This breed requires regular exercise and has no known health problems.
  • French Bulldog – The French Bulldog generally has a brindle, fawn, white or brindle and white coat and is known mostly for its large sonar like ears. French bulldogs stand around 12” and weigh around 22 lbs.
  • French Spaniel – The French Spaniel is also known as the Epaneul Francais and the Épagneul Français. This intelligent breed stands between 21 and 24 inches tall and weighs between 44 and 55 pounds. This is an active breed that has high stamina and it requires plenty of room to run so does not do well in apartment life.
  • Galgo Espanol – The Galgo Espanol is also known as the Spanish greyhound and stands between 23 to 28 inches tall and weighs between 44 and 66 pounds. This athletic breed requires regular exercise to thrive. The average lifespan of this breed is around 12 years.
  • German Hunt Terrier – The German Hunt Terrier is also known as the German hunting terrier, the Deutscher Jagdterrier and the Jagdterrier. This is a square shaped breed that stands around 16” tall and weighs between 20 and 22 pounds. This terrier breed requires a job to thrive and rigorous daily exercise is necessary.
  • German Longhaired Pointer – The German Longhaired Pointer is also known as the Deutsch langhaar and the German long-haired pointing dog. This breed resembles the Irish setter in appearance with a deep rust colored long haired coat. This is an athletic breed that requires plenty of exercise to remain at a healthy weight.
  • German Pinscher – A medium-sized, elegant breed; makes an excellent watch-dog.
  • German Shepherd Dog – Also known as the Alsatian the German Shepherd is mostly black and tan but may be other colors as well. The German Shepherd generally stands at 25” tall and weighs around 80 lbs.
  • German Shorthaired Pointer – This dog is always solid liver in coloring or else liver and white. The German Shorthaired Pointer stands on average 24” tall and weighs 65 lbs.
  • German Spitz – The German Spitz is a type of dog rather than a particular breed. Examples of German spitz breeds are the giant German spitz, medium/standard German spitz, the small / miniature German spitz, the keeshond and the Pomeranian.
  • German Spitz Giant – The German spitz also known as the giant German spitz, Deutscher grossspitz, great spitz, Deutscher spitz klein giant and goss spitz. This breed stands between 16 to 17 inches tall and weighs between 38 and 40 pounds. A confident dog this breed requires regular grooming and a daily walk. Few health concerns are known in this breed and the average life span is between 12 and 13 years.
  • German Spitz Medium – The German Spitz Medium also known as the German Spitz mittelspitz, medium / strandard spitz, German spitz and Deutscher spitz standard. This breed stands between 11.5 and 14 inches tall and weighs between 23 and 41 pounds. This breed requires a daily walk but is suited to apartment life. This breed has an average life span of 13 to 15 years.
  • German Spitz Small – The German Spitz Small also known as the toy German spitz, German spitz klein, Deutscher spitz klein toy, kleinspitz, small spitz and the German spitz. This alert breed stands between 9 and 11 inches tall and weighs between 18 and 22 pounds. This breed is suited to apartment life but requires a daily walk. The average lifespan of this breed is between 14 and 15 years.
  • German Wirehaired Pointer – Strong, medium-sized breed with a functional wiry coat.
  • Giant Maso Mastiff – The Giant Maso Mastiff is a very large breed that stands between 27 and 30 inches tall and weighs between 130 to 200 pounds. While large, this breed can adjust to apartment living with adequate exercise to maintain a healthy weight. Like most giant breeds the giant maso mastiff is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, bone cancer and bloat.
  • Giant Schnauzer – This dog has a wiry water resistant coat and is always solid black or salt and pepper in coloring. The Giant Schnauzer generally stands at 26” tall and weighs around 75 lbs.
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier – A working terrier native to Ireland.
  • Golddust Yorkshire Terrier – The Golddust Yorkshire Terrier is a toy sized breed with long silky hair that hangs down and is white gold in color. This breed stands between 8-10 inches tall and weighs up to 11 pounds. This breed has a tendency towards digestive difficulty but with a catered diet this breed has a life span expectancy of between 12 and 15 years.
  • Golden Retriever – The Golden Retriever can be light or dark golden in color and have a silky long coat. Golden retrievers stand on average 21” tall and weigh 75 lbs.
  • Gonczy Polski – The Gonczy Polski is also known as the Polish hunting dog. This slender breed is generally a healthy breed that stands between 19 to 23 inches tall. This dog requires plenty of exercise as well as a strong leader. This is a hound dog that excels in sporting activities.
  • Gordon Setter – A heavy breed built for stamina; good show dog.
  • Great Dane – The Great Dane is known for being one of the tallest breeds of dog and can be brindle, black, blue, mantle, fawn, and harlequin in color. The Great Dane stands on average 32” tall and can weigh anywhere from 100 –150 lbs.
  • Great Pyrenees – Known for its large size this dog always has a white coat that can contain various markings. The Great Pyrenees stands on average 30” tall and can weigh up to 100 lbs.
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog – A large and confident worker dog.
  • Greek Hound – The Greek hound also known as the Hellenikos Ichnilatis, Greek Harehound and the Hellenic Hound. This slender dog has an athletic build and stands between 18 and 22 inches tall and weighs between 38 and 45 pounds. This dog does better with an experienced handler and requires plenty of exercise and freedom to thrive. This dog will not thrive in an apartment lifestyle. The Greek hound has an excellent health record and has an average life span of around 11 years.
  • Greek Sheepdog – The Greek sheepdog is also known as the Greek Shepherd and the Hellenikos Poimenikos. This solidly built dog stands between 23 to 29 inches tall and weighs in between 70 to 110 pounds. The Greek sheepdog is a very energetic dog that requires plenty of room to run. This is a solid breed with few health concerns that has an average lifespan of 12 years.
  • Greenland Dog – The Greenland dog is also known as the Gronlandshunden or the Greenland husky. This breed is similar to the Canadian Eskimo Sleddog however; it is lighter and taller in appearance. This breed stands between 22 and 25 inches tall and weighs between 65 and 70 pounds. This healthy breed needs plenty of exercise. The average lifespan of this dog is around 13 years.
  • Greyhound – Known for their racing ability Greyhounds are almost any color and often carry markings on their coat. On average a greyhound stands 28” tall and weighs 60 lbs.
  • Grosser Munsterlander Vorstehhund – The Grosser Münsterländer Vorstehhund is also known as the large munsterlander. This breed stands between 23 and 26 inches tall and weighs between 50 and 70 pounds. This dog is not a couch potato and constantly wants to play or keep moving. The biggest health concern for this breed is hip dysplasia. The average lifespan of this breed is 12 to 13 years.
  • Hairless Khala – The Hairless Khala is also known as the Hairless Khala Medio, Hairless Khala Grande and the Pila. This small hairless breed comes in two varieties, medio and grande. The Hairless Khala medio stands between 14 and 17 inches tall and weighs between 15 and 30 pounds. The Hairless Khala grande stands between 17 and 20 inches and weighs between 18 and 30 pounds.
  • Hamilton Hound – The Hamilton Hound is also known as the Hamiltonstovare and the Swedish foxhound. This is a stubborn breed but a good hunter. The Hamilton hound stands between 18 and 23 inches tall and weighs between 50 and 60 pounds. The biggest health concerns for this breed are hip dysplasia and epilepsy. The average life expectancy of this breed is around 12 years old.
  • Harrier – A scent hound developed in England as a hunter.
  • Havanese – Strong and sturdy with a friendly disposition; the national dog of Cuba.
  • Hokkaido Dog – The Hokkaido dog is also known as the Hokkaidoken, Hokkaido, Ainu-Ken and Ainu Inu. This sturdy dog is fearless and requires appropriate socialization. The Hokkaido dog stands between 18 and 22 inches tall and weighs between 45 and 65 pounds. There are few known health concerns with this breed that has an average lifespan of 11 to 13 years.
  • Hovawart – The Hovawart is similar to the golden retriever in appearance and stands between 23 and 28 inches tall and weighs between 55 and 90 pounds. This is a healthy breed however; some lines have been known to have hip dysplasia or an underactive thyroid. These dogs are not suited to apartment life. The average lifespan of the Hovawart is between 10 and 14 years.
  • Hungarian Puli – The Hungarian Puli is also known as the Pulik, Puli and Hungarian water dog. This breed is commonly recognized for its long corded coat. This medium sized dog stands between 14 ¼ to 17 ½ inches tall and weighs between 20 and 35 pounds. This is a hardy breed without many known health concerns. The Puli requires plenty of exercise. The average lifespan of this breed is around 12 years.
  • Hungarian Wire-haired Pointing Dog – The Hungarian Wire-haired Pointing Dog is also known as the Wirehaired Vizsla, Hungarian Wire-haired Pointing Dog and the Drotzoru Magyar Vizsla. This is a gentle breed that stands between 21 and 25 inches tall and weighs between 40 and 60 pounds. This breed is prone to hip dysplasia and has an average life span of 12 to 15 years.
  • Ibizan Hound – A deer-like hound with round ears.
  • Icelandic Sheepdog – A playful and friendly working dog.
  • Inca Hairless Dog – The Inca Hairless Dog is also known as the Peruvian Inca Orchid, PIO, Moonflower Dog, Perro Flora, Perro sin pelo del Peru, Al’co Calato and the Peruvian Hairless Dog. This dog has soft skin and no noticeable fur. This breed stands between 20 and 26 inches tall and weighs between 26 and 50 pounds. The Inca hairless dog is not the healthiest breed and is prone to skin and teeth problems. The average lifespan of this breed is between 11 and 12 years.
  • Irish Red and White Setter -A strong, athletic dog, bred primarily for the field.
  • Irish Setter – Known for its silky red coat the Irish Setter can also be red and white in color. The Irish Setter stands on average 25” tall and weighs 65 lbs.
  • Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier – The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is also known as the Irish staff or the Irish staffie. This is a solidly built breed that is very muscular. This breed stands between 17 and 24 inches tall and weighs between 55 and 77 pounds. The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier requires plenty of exercise and can easily become overweight. The average lifespan of this breed is 10 to 16 years.
  • Irish Terrier – A well-tempered breed with a beautiful red coat.
  • Irish Water Spaniel – Strong and intelligent, with a thick, curly tail.
  • Irish Wolfhound – Known for being the world’s tallest dog the Irish Wolfhound has a wiry coat that is gray, brindle, red, black, white and fawn. This dog generally stands at 32” tall and weighs up to 150 lbs.
  • Italian Greyhound – Extremely slender and small, but with grace and elegance.
  • Italian Hound – The Italian Hound is also known as the Italian Segugio, the Segugio and the Italian Hound. The Italian hound stands between 19 and 23 inches tall and weighs between 40 and 62 pounds. This breed is available in a short haired and a wire haired variety. The bark of the Italian hound is very high pitched and distinguished. This is an exceptionally intelligent breed. A very healthy breed, the Italian hound has a lifespan of between 10 and 14 years.
  • Italian Spinone – The Italian Spinone is also known as the Italian Wire-haired Pointing Dog and the Italian Pointer. This wiry haired breed has a square shaped muzzle and is well suited to hunting. This breed stands between 22 ½ to 27 ½ inches tall and weighs between 61 and 85 pounds. Health concerns for this breed include hip dysplasia, bloating and cerebellar ataxia. The average life expectancy of this breed is around 12 years.
  • Jack Russell Terrier – The Jack Russell Terrier is a popular toy breed also known as the Russell terrier and the Rebel terrier. This tough breed requires plenty of exercise and is well adapted to hunting and should not be trusted around small pets. The Jack Russell terrier stands between 10 and 15 inches tall and weighs between 14 and 18 pounds. This small breed is prone to deafness, eye diseases, kneecap dislocation, Legg Perthes and mast cell tumors. The average lifespan of this breed is around 15 years.
  • Japanese Chin – A sensitive and intelligent breed; makes a great companion.
  • Japanese Spitz – The Japanese Spitz is a long haired breed that stands between 12 and 15 inches tall and weighs between 11 and 20 pounds. This dog always has a solid white coat with a tail that curls over the dogs back. This intelligent dog requires a long daily walk and regular grooming. A relatively healthy breed, the Japanese Spitz has a life expectancy of around 12 years.
  • Japanese Terrier – The Japanese Terrier is an active small breed that stands between 8 to 13 inches tall and weighs between 5 to 9 pounds. This is a short haired breed that has a white coat with black and tan markings. This is a rare breed and requires daily walks. This is not a breed that can be trusted with other household pets.
  • Jindo – The Jindo is also known as the Korean Jindo or the Jindo dog. This medium sized spitz type breed comes from Korea and looks similar to the Akita and Shiba Inu in appearance. The Jindo stands between 16 to 25 inches tall and weighs between 25 and 50 pounds. This is a strong willed dog that requires plenty of freedom to move and as such it is not a dog suited to apartment life. The significant health concern with this breed is hypothyroidism. The average lifespan for this breed is 12 to 15 years.
  • Kai Dog – The Kai dog is also known as the Kai Ken, the Kai Inu, Tora Inu and Tiger Dog. This is a Japanese breed that is particularly rare even in Japan. The Kai dog is a medium breed that stands between 17 and 22 inches tall and has a tail that curls over the back of the dog. The coat of this breed is brindle.
  • Kangal Dog – The Kangal dog is also known as the Karabash and the Turkish Kangal dog. This is a large and powerful breed that stands between 28 and 32 inches tall and weighs between 90 and 145 pounds. This dog does not thrive in apartment life and requires plenty of land to roam. This is a sturdy and relatively healthy breed that has an average lifespan of between 12 and 15 years.
  • Kangaroo Dog – The Kangaroo dog is also known as the Australian greyhound, kangaroo hound and Australian Kangaroo dog. This breed is a sight hound that varies greatly in appearance since it was bred for purpose rather than appearance. These dogs are rare but are found more often in warmer areas of Australia where they are better suited to the climate.
  • Karabash – The Karabash is most commonly known as the Anatolian Shepherd Dog but is also recognized as the Coban Kopegi, Karabas, Perro de pastor de Anatolia, Anatolischer Hirtenhund and Chien de Berger d’Anatolie.
  • Karakachan – The Karakachan is also known as the Bulgarian shepherd dog. This breed stands between 25 and 30 inches tall and weighs between 88 and 125 pounds. This is a working breed that requires plenty of space to roam in addition to a job to do. This dog requires a firm and consistent trainer as well as plenty of socialization. Not much is known about potential health concerns with this breed. The average lifespan for this large working dog is between 12 to 14 years.
  • Karelian Bear Dog – The Karelian Bear Dog is also known as the Karelsk Bjornhund, the Karjalankarhukoira and the Karelischer Barenhund. This is a short haired breed stands between 19 to 23 inches tall and weighs between 45 to 50 pounds. This healthy breed does not do well with apartment life but is a fairly healthy breed. The average lifespan for this active dog is between 10 to 12 years.
  • Karst Shepherd – The Karst Shepherd is also known as the Karst Sheepdog, the Istrian Sheepdog, the Krasky Ovcar and the Krasevec. This is a medium sized dog is iron grey in color and stands between 21 and 25 inches tall. The Karst Shepherd weighs between 58 to 88 pounds. This breed does not thrive in small spaces and requires plenty of exercise. A relatively healthy breed, the Karst Shepherd has an average lifespan of between 11 and 12 years.
  • Kelb Tal-Fenek – The Kelb Tal-Fenek is most commonly known as the Pharaoh Hound.
  • Kemmer Feist – The Kemmer Feist is also known as the Kemmer Stock Mountain Cur and the Kemmer Stock Cur. This breed stands around 15 inches tall and weighs between 14 to 20 pounds. This is a dog that requires plenty of exercise and can excel in agility and obedience. While this is a relatively healthy breed, it does have a shorter lifespan of between 10 and 12 years.
  • Kerry Blue Terrier – An intelligent and eager all-purpose breed.
  • King Charles Spaniel – The King Charles spaniel is also commonly known as the English toy spaniel. This small breed stands at around 10 inches tall and weighs between 9 and 12 pounds. This dog will thrive in apartment life but they do require daily walks to prevent problem behavior. This breed is prone to a number of health concerns such as respiratory trouble, heart disease, eye concerns, ear infections and slipped stifle. The average lifespan of this breed is between 10 to 12 years.
  • King Shepherd – The King Shepherd has the appearance of a large German Shepherd to the untrained eye. This large breed comes with two coat types: the coarse haired variety and the straight longhaired variety. The King Shepherd stands between 25 and 29 inches tall and weighs between 90 and 150 pounds. This dog requires plenty of exercise. This is a relatively healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10 to 11 years.
  • Kishu Ken – The Kishu Ken is also known as the Kishu or the Kishu Inu. This is a medium sized breed that stands between 17 to 22 inches tall and weighs 30 to 60 pounds. This dog bears a resemblance to the Shiba Inu, Akita Inu and Ainu dog. Most often this dog is white in color but may also be brindle, sesame or red in color. This is a relatively healthy breed that has an average lifespan of 11 to 13 years.
  • Klein Poodle – The Klein poodle is a poodle known in France by its size. Some people recognize this dog as a new breed while others simply believe it is a large miniature poodle or a small standard poodle. This dog stands between 15 to 20 inches tall and weighs between 20 and 30 pounds. The Klein poodle can have a corded or a curly coat and comes in a wide variety of solid colors. This dog requires regular grooming and can be highly strung if not well trained and socialized. Poodles are susceptible to a number of diseases including blindness, allergies, ear infections, diabetes, epilepsy, immune mediated hemolytic anemia and heart disease. The average lifespan of the Klein poodle is between 12 and 15 years.
  • Komondor – A large, muscular breed with a heavy coat; looks like a mop!
  • Kooikerhondie – The Kooikerhondje is also known as the Kooiker Dog and the Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog. This breed is recognizable for having black tips on their ears. AKC color regulations of this breed make it particularly difficult to breed them but they should be orange and white in coloration, black coloration is not acceptable with the exception of the ear tips and a possible ring of black on the tail. This breed stands on average between 14 and 16 inches tall and weighs between 20 and 40 pounds. This breed is susceptible to a number of health conditions including Von Willebrandt Disease, cataracts, patella luxation and hereditary necrotizing myelopathy. Quality breeders will do their part to eliminate these hereditary conditions by selectively breeding. The average lifespan of this breed is between 12 and 14 years.
  • Koolie – The Koolie is also known as the Australian Koolie, German Koolie and German Coolie. This breed stands between 15 and 22 inches tall and weighs between 21 and 44 lbs. It is not uncommon to find these dogs with varying colored eyes. This dog can have a smooth, short, medium or long coat although long coats are not too common. Coloration includes: blue, red, black and tri-merle. This breed is exceptionally energetic and will not do well in a confined living space and without a “job” that involves plenty of mental stimulation. Deafness and blindness is a problem with some Koolie lines as are joint concerns due to extreme levels of activity. The average lifespan for this breed is 18 years, however, some have been known to live as long as 26 years!
  • Korean Dosa Mastiff – The Korean Dosa Mastiff is also known as the Mee Kyun Dosa and the Korean Mastiff. This breed stands between 23.5 and 30 inches tall and weighs between 145 and 185 lbs. Colors common to this breed include: mahogany, chocolate and red. This is an easy going breed that requires mental and physical exercise regularly. The Korean Dosa Mastiff is prone to cherry eye, bloat, entropia and hip dysplasia. These gentle giants are quite prone to living a lazy lifestyle if it is allowed; however, this can lead to obesity and other health concerns. The average life expectancy of this breed is between 7 and 12 years.
  • Kunming Dog – The Kunming dog greatly resembles the German shepherd in appearance. This breed stands between 25 and 27 inches tall and weighs between 66 and 84 pounds. Unlike German Shepherds, the Kunming has a short coat and is taller on average. This dog will also often carry its tail curled up high unlike shepherds. Similar to shepherds however, this breed has a black saddle and muzzle with black and tan coloration. This dog was bred primarily to serve as a military dog in the 1950’s. Little is known in terms of health concerns and life expectancy for this breed at this time.
  • Kuvasz – A larger working breed; good livestock guard dog.
  • Kyi-Leo® Dog – The Kyi-Leo® Dog is a small dog that carries its tail curled over its back. The long and thick coat can be wavy or straight and is black and white in coloration. This breed also has a distinguishable beard and whiskers. The Kyi-Leo® Dog stands between 8 to 12 inches tall and weighs between 9 to 14 pounds. Potential health concerns for this breed are limited to slipped patella. The silky coat of this dog requires frequent grooming to avoid problems with matting. The Average lifespan for this breed is between 12 and 14 years.
  • Labrador Retriever – Known for being fiercely loyal Labradors can be chocolate, yellow or black in color. Labradors stand on average 23” and weigh 75lbs.
  • Lagotto Romanyolo – The Lagotto Romanyolo is a small to medium sized dog that stands between 14 and 19 inches tall and weighs between 24 and 35 pounds. This working breed was initially developed to search for truffles and is still used for this purpose. This breed has a wooly dense coat that is curled and off white, white and brown, solid white, white with brown / rust patches, solid rust, brown, or brown masked. The wooly coat of this breed is intended to protect the dog from thorny brush during its search for truffles. This dog requires plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Few health concerns are known about this breed and it is believed to have an average life expectancy of 16 years or more.
  • Lakeland Terrier – The Lakeland terrier is a small and squarely built dog that stands no taller than 14 ½ inches tall and weighs between 15 to 17 pounds. This breed is a low shedder and has a wiry coat that comes in blue, black, red, wheaten and liver colors. Frequently Lakeland terrier puppies are born black and develop coloration as they grow. The Lakeland terrier is a very active dog outdoors and requires daily walks as well as intellectual stimulation. This breed will be happiest with a sporting activity on a regular basis. This is a generally healthy dog with no significant health concerns. The average lifespan of this breed is between 10 and 12 years.
  • Lakota Mastino – The Lakota Mastino is a large and muscular breed that stands between 25 and 28 inches tall and weighs between 100 and 130 pounds. These athletic dogs were bred as working dogs and require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy both physically and mentally. This dog has a short and thick coat that most often is blue, black or brindle in coloration. This is a healthy breed with very few known health concerns and an average life expectancy of between 10 and 14 years.
  • Lancashire Heeler - The Lancashire heeler is a smaller breed set low to the ground with short legs and a deep chest. This breed stands on average around 10 to 12 inches tall and weighs between 6 to 13 pounds. This is a breed with a muscular hind end and a tail that is carried over the back. This can be a long or short coated dog with a coat that varies on the season. The Lancashire heeler has a plush coat in the winter and a sleek coat in the summer. This dog has a lot of energy and requires plenty of exercise. There are not many known health concerns with this breed and they live between 12 to 13 years on average.
  • Landseer - The Landseer is also known as the Landseer Newfoundland. In some areas the Landseer is known to be the same breed as the Newfoundland; however, this is not true of all countries. This is a very large and powerful dog standing at 26 ½ to 31 ½ inches and weighs between 100 to 150 pounds. This is a gentle and lazy dog if permitted to be so; however, obesity can be a real problem so regular exercise is encouraged. The Landseer has a thick double coat that is white with black patches on it. This breed is prone to hip dysplasia, obesity and heart disease. The average life span of this breed is around 10 years.
  • Larson Lakeview Bulldogge - The Larson Lakeview Bulldogge is a larger bulldog than the olde English bulldogge. This short necked breed has a deep chest and muscular thighs. The Larson Lakeview Bulldogge has a short and coarse coat that is brindle on white and can be red, grey, brown or black brindle. This dog stands between 16 and 20 inches tall and weighs between 50 and 110 pounds. Little is known in terms of the health concerns of this breed but the average lifespan of this dog is between 12 and 14 years.
  • Latvian Hound - The Latvian hound is also known as the Latvijas Dzinejsuns. This dog stands between 16 and 19 inches tall and weighs around 35 to 45 pounds. This hound has a short and thick coat that is black and tan in coloration. This is an energetic breed that requires regular daily exercise. This is a muscular dog with few health problems known to date. The average lifespan of this breed is around 12 years.
  • Leonberger - A calm, gentle, multi-purpose breed; makes a great family pet.
  • Lhasa Apso – Known for their long silky coat the Lhasa Apso comes in a variety of colors. The Lhasa generally stands at 11” tall and weighs 16lbs.
  • Löwchen – Lively dog, with fur similar to a lion.
  • Lithuanian Hound - The Lithuanian hound is a heavy boned hound with a short coat and a long low tail. On average this dog stands between 21 and 24 inches tall and weighs between 60 and 75 pounds. This sight hound has exceptional tracking ability and should never be let off leash in an unconfined area. Little is known to date in terms of health concerns for this breed and the average life expectancy is believed to be around 12 years.
  • Llewellin Setter - The Llewellin setter is a gentle breed that stands between 21 and 25 inches tall and weigh around 50 pounds. While calm, these dogs require plenty of exercise and do not do well with apartment life. Little is known about potential health problems for this Welsh breed but the average lifespan is between 10 to 12 years.
  • Lowchen - The Lowchen is also known as the little lion dog and the petit chien lion. This dog is a small breed that is named the lion dog because of the common cut for its coat. This dog stands between 10 to 13 inches tall and weighs between 9 and 18 pounds. This breed is most commonly white in color but can also be black, lemon or speckled. Although a healthy dog this breed is prone to patellar luxation. The average lifespan of this breed is between 12 and 14 years.
  • Lucas Terrier - The Lucas terrier is a sturdy and small dog breed that stands between 9 and 12 inches tall and weighs between 11 and 20 pounds. This small dog has a medium length weather resistant coat that can be various colors including blue, grey and piebald. Few Lucas terriers are also completely white. This is a healthy breed that can do well living in an apartment however, they require a daily walk to maintain a healthy weight. This breed does not have any significant health concerns and has an average lifespan of between 14 and 15 years.
  • Maltese – Known for their silky white coats Maltese dogs generally stand at 10” and can weigh up to 9lbs.
  • Manchester Terrier – A neat terrier bred in England for the hunt.
  • Maremma Sheepdog – The Maremma sheepdog goes by many other names including: Maremma, Pastore, Abruzzese, Cane da Pastore, Maremmano-Abruzzese, Cane Da Pastore Maremmano Abruzzese, Abruzzese shepherd dog, Abruzzenhund and the Pastore Maremano Abruzzese. This is a large sheepdog that has a bear-like head and a very thick coat that comes in white with various colors of white and off white markings. This friendly breed stands between 23.5 and 28.5 inches tall and weighs between 66 and 100 pounds. This is a dog that is used to roaming by nature and as such it requires plenty of exercise and does not thrive as an apartment dog. Without sufficient exercise this dog will not only become obese but it will also become bored and find other ways to entertain itself most likely destructive behavior. This is a relatively hardy breed with few known health problems and has an average lifespan of 11 to 13 years.
  • Markiesje – The Markiesje stands at around 16 inches tall and weighs around 13 pounds or less. This dog has a black coat that sometimes has white markings. This dog’s coat is long and silky and has feathering. This is an indoor breed but it does require plenty of room to run and exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight. The nature of this dogs coat means that this breed requires regular combing and brushing to prevent knotting. This native Dutch breed is a great companion dog but is currently only recognized by the Dutch Kennel Club. This breed is relatively healthy and little is known about the average lifespan.
  • Mastiff – Known as one of the biggest breeds of dog the Mastiff can be fawn, apricot or brindle in coloring. The Mastiff stands at an average of 28” tall and weighs up to 160 lbs.
  • Mexican Hairless – The Mexican hairless is more commonly known as the Xoloitzcuintli, the Tepeizeuintli and the Xolo. This smaller hairless breed comes in three varieties, the toy, the miniature and the standard. The toy Mexican hairless stands between 9 to 14 inches tall and weighs between 5 and 15 pounds. The miniature Mexican hairless stands between 15 to 20 inches tall and weighs between 15 and 30 pounds. The standard Mexican hairless stands between 20 to 30 inches tall and weighs between 25 to 40 pounds. While referred to as the Mexican hairless, there is a coated variety of this breed. The hairless variety has black to slate, gray, bronze, brindle, red, fawn, solid or spotted skin. The coated variety has a short and sleek coat like the Doberman. This is a healthy breed of dog with the main health concern being skin care for the hairless variety. This dog breed has been known to live as long as 15 to 20 years.
  • Mi-Ki – The Mi-Ki is an Asian breed that is believed to have been the result of breeding between the Papillion, the Maltese and the Japanese Chin. It was not until 1995 that this breed was recognized by the States Kennel Club. The Mi-Ki stands between 10 to 11 inches tall and weighs anywhere up to 10 pounds. The coat of this breed can be smooth or long. The smooth coat lies close to the skin where the long coat is silky and straight and often presents with a beard or mustache. There are many different accepted colors of the Mi-Ki breed but the solid colors are rarer than dilute colors. This is an intelligent breed. The biggest health concerns with this breed are respiratory problems, dental decay and the trapping of dirt between the hairs of their toes. The Mi-Ki can live well in to their teens, some living as long as 15 to 16 years.
  • Miniature Australian Bulldog – The Miniature Australian Bulldog is also referred to as the Mini Aussie Bulldog. This is a solid breed that stands around 14 inches or less and while there is no set weight for the breed, it should not appear to be overweight. There are quite a few color variations in the breed including apricot, fawn, mahogany, white, orange, red and brindle. This is a strong and solidly built dog with wide set eyes and a broad chest. Although a healthy breed, the short muzzle does lend itself to respiratory concerns, this dog is also very sensitive to cold temperatures. The average lifespan of this breed is unknown but thought to be around 10 to 12 years.
  • Miniature Australian Shepherd – The Miniature Australian Shepherd is also referred to as the toy Australian shepherd, the North American miniature Australian shepherd, the mini Australian shepherd, the North American shepherd, the mini Aussie and the teacup Australian shepherd. There are actually varying sizes of this breed with the teacup being the smallest weighing under 12 pounds, the toy standing between 10 to 14 inches and weighing between 12 to 17 pounds and the miniature standing between 13 and 18 and weighing between 20 and 40 pounds. Unfortunately this breed is prone to deafness from merle coloration. Additionally, hip and eye concerns are present in this breed as is a possibility for the MDR1 gene which makes the dog more sensitive to specific drugs than other breeds. The average lifespan for the miniature Australian shepherd is between 12 and 13 years.
  • Miniature Bull Terrier – A gentle and playful breed.
  • Miniature Fox Terrier – The miniature fox terrier is a loyal breed that stands between 9 to 12 inches tall and can vary in weight from 8 to 12 pounds. This inquisitive breed is an instinctive hunter like its larger counterpart and is “native” to Australia. The coat of the miniature fox terrier is short and requires little grooming. There are only three color varieties of this breed that are accepted, those are black and white, tan and white and tricolored. This loyal breed is also a hardy breed that has been well screened for genetic health concerns since it was originally bred. The average lifespan of this breed is between 10 to 14 years.
  • Miniature Pinscher – Known also as the “Min Pin” this small dog can be chocolate with tan, black with rust, red, or stag red in color. The Min Pin stands on average 11” tall and weighs around 9 lbs.
  • Miniature Schnauzer – Having a distinguished appearance, this breed is characterized by their whiskers.
  • Mioritic Sheepdog – The mioritic sheepdog originated in Romania where it served as a shepherd dog in the Carpathian Mountains. This is a large dog standing between 25 and 29 inches tall and weighing between 110 and 140 pounds. This sheepdog carries its tail high when active. The coat of this breed is thick with a smooth but dense undercoat and a long over coat. Most often this breed is white, cream or pale grey in coloration and can have patches of these colors. The skin of the Mioritic sheepdog is preferred to be gray. This dog requires plenty of room to exercise and most often prefers farmland where it can roam and exercise freely. There are few known health concerns with this breed. On average the Mioritic sheepdog lives between 12 and 14 years.
  • Moscow Watchdog – The Moscow watchdog is a large breed standing between 25 and 27 inches tall and weighing between 100 and 150 pounds. This is now a dog that will thrive in apartment living and requires plenty of space to run. The Moscow watchdog has a thick and medium length coat that is red and white in coloration. This is a strong dog being of the mastiff family and requires a firm handler familiar with dogs. This dog requires plenty of exercise to ensure that obesity does not become a concern. Little is known about the health concerns or life expectancy of this breed.
  • Mountain Cur – The mountain cur has an elaborate history and is most often used as a tree or bay dog. This medium to large breed dog stands between 18 to 26 inches tall and weighs between 30 and 60 pounds. Bred as a working dog, the mountain cur does not do well as an apartment dog. This very active breed requires plenty of exercise and will be happier when it has a real job to do. The mountain cur has a double coat with a soft undercoat and a short outer coat that can be black, brindle, yellow or brindle and black in coloration. This is generally a healthy breed and it has an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
  • Mountain Feist – The mountain feist is also known as the treeing feist, American treeing feist and the American feist. This small breed stands between 10 to 22 inches tall and weigh between 10 and 30 pounds. This breed has a smooth short coat that is white, tricolor, red and white, black, red, blue and white, red brindle and black and tan in color. This is a hunting breed that requires plenty of exercise and is quite hardy overall.
  • Mountain View Cur – The mountain view cur stands between 18 and 26 inches tall and weighs between 30 and 60 pounds. A great companion dog, the mountain view cur is not well suited to apartment life and requires plenty of exercise. This is a breed that will excel when given a job to do as it was bred as a working dog and a hunting dog. The coat of this breed is short and yellow, black, brindle or black and brindle in color. Almost half of this breed is born with a bobbed tail and 99% of this breed is born without rear dewclaws. This is a healthy breed that has a life expectancy of between 12 and 16 years.
  • Mucuchies – The mucuchies stands between 22 and 28 inches tall and weighs between 66 and 110 pounds. This large Spanish breed is believed to have originated from the Spanish mastiff, the Great Pyrenees and the Pyrenean mastiff. The coat of the mucuchies is medium in length and is either all white or white with honey, grey or black spots. This large working dog requires plenty of exercise and is not well suited to apartment life. This dog is not recognized by any major kennel club. The average life expectancy of this breed is between 10 to 14 years.
  • Mudi – The mudi is also known as the Hungarian mudi and the Canis ovilis fenyesi. This breed stands between 14 and 20 inches tall and weighs between 18 to 29 pounds. The mudi is a rare Hungarian breed and is seldom found outside of Hungary and even then it is seldom found within its native land. This is a working breed and while it can be kept in an apartment it is a very energetic dog that does much better with plenty of room to run. This breed is a herder. The mudi is a very healthy dog with hip dysplasia being one of the only health concerns of note. The average lifespan of this dog is between 13 and 14 years.
  • Native American Indian Dog – The Native American Indian dog stands between 23 and 34 inches tall and weighs between 55 and 120 pounds. This breed is classified in to two distinct groups by size. The Native American Indian dog comes with two different coat lengths and two coat colors that range from silver to black to tortoiseshell coloring. This breed has a double coat with a water and windproof undercoat. This is a very intelligent dog that requires plenty of stimulation and exercise in order to remain healthy physically and psychologically. The biggest health concern with this breed is hip dysplasia and the average lifespan of this dog is between 14 and 19 years.
  • Neapolitan Mastiff – A massive dog with a fierce appearance but peaceful demeanor.
  • Nebolish Mastiff – The nebolish mastiff stands between 27 and 36 inches tall and weighs between 95 and 200 pounds. The origin of this breed is in question but as a working mastiff breed this dog requires plenty of exercise to maintain a healthy weight. The coat of this breed is short to medium in length and is fawn or brindle in color. This dog has a black mask. This dog is a very healthy breed however; breeding can be difficult and should be left to professionals. The average lifespan of this breed is between 10 to 14 years old.
  • Newfoundland – Also known as the “Newfie” this dog is known for his swimming ability and strength. The Newfie can be black, black and white, grey, or brown and stands at an average of 27” tall and weighs up to 150lbs.
  • New Guinea Singing Dog – The New Guinea singing dog is a unique dog that is rarely owned by the average person due to how close this breed is to wild dogs. This breed is nearly extinct and has been taken in by a number of zoos in an attempt to preserve the breed. This breed stands between 14 and 15 inches tall and weighs between 18 and 30 pounds. The New Guinea singing dog is a very muscular breed with a medium length coat that can be red, red with white markings or black and tan. This dog got its name from its unique howl which can be heard when the dog is excited or nervous. This is not an easily socialized dog and it does not thrive in the company of other animals and has been known to be particularly aggressive with other dogs of the same breed. This hardy dog has few known health concerns and has a life expectancy of between 15 and 20 years.
  • New Zealand Huntaway – The New Zealand huntaway varies greatly in size from 20 to 24 inches tall and weighs between 40 to 65 pounds. The appearance of this breed varies greatly since it is a dog that was bred for its herding ability rather than for its appearance. These are very intelligent dogs that require constant stimulation in order to be happy and physically fit. The coat length and coat color of this breed varies incredibly. The New Zealand huntaway is a very healthy breed that lives between 12 to 14 years.
  • Norfolk Terrier – One of the smallest working terriers; perfect for the field.
  • Norwegian Buhund – An energetic working dog used to guard livestock, home and family.
  • Norwegian Elkhound – An excellent hunter with a friendly nature.
  • Norwegian Lundehund – A unique hunting breed with six toes on each foot.
  • Norwich Terrier – A small working terrier with a spirited nature.
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever – A small, powerful waterfowl retriever.
  • Old English Sheepdog – Known for his long shaggy coat the Old English Sheepdog can be any combination of gray, grizzle, blue or blue merle in color. The Old English Sheepdog generally stands at 21” tall and weighs between 60 – 100lbs.
  • Ol’ Southern Catch Dog – The Ol’ Southern Catch Dog is an unusual breed currently only recognized by the BBC and none of the other dog breeding clubs. This breed stands between 18 and 25 inches tall and weighs in between 50 and 90 pounds. This bulldog breed originated in the southern United States and is a hunting breed used for catching wild hogs and cattle. This dog is also commonly used as a guard dog. This is an athletic dog breed with a short and wide muzzle, a muscular neck and straight front legs. This breed also has webbing between its toes. This dog can be a variety of colors. These are very energetic dogs that have few health concerns. The average lifespan of this breed is between 10 and 16 years.
  • Olde Victorian Bulldogge – The Olde Victorian Bulldogge stands between 17.5 and 19.5 inches tall and weighs between 55 to 100 pounds. This is a very muscular breed with an upturned snout and a very large head circumference. Colors of this short coated breed include: brindle, solid white, fawn, tan or pied. The coat of the Olde Victorian Bulldogge is close to the skin and silky to the touch. This is a working breed that requires a daily walk as well as occasional rigorous exercise. This breed is known for slow joint development, cherry eye and entropion. The average lifespan of this breed is between 19 to 14 years.
  • Otterhound – Known for his webbed feet and wiry coat the Otterhound may have any color coat. The Otterhound stands at an average of 27” tall and can weigh up to 115lbs.
  • Otto Bulldog – The Otto Bulldog stands at around 22 inches tall and weighs between 65 and 80 pounds. This breed comes in a variety of colors and can include white, black brindle, red and brown without a black mask. This breed should only have brown eyes. This is a friendly breed that is great with families but can also excel as a guard dog. This is a highly trainable dog breed and is loyal to its family. This dog requires long daily walks in addition to off leash exercise opportunities when possible. Very few health concerns are known with this breed. The average lifespan of the Otto Bulldog is between 12 and 15 years.
  • Owczarek Podhalanski – The Owczarek Podhalanski is also known as the Polski Owczarek Podhalanski, the OP and the Tatra. This breed stands between 24 and 28 inches tall and weighs between 80 and 130 pounds. This large breed requires an owner with experience handling big dogs. The Owczarek Podhalanski has a thick coat comprised of a thick dense undercoat and a harder top coat. This dog should always be pure white in color. As a large herding breed this dog is not well suited to apartment life and requires plenty of daily exercise in order to be happy. This is not a drooling breed. The Owczarek Podhalanski can suffer from a number of health conditions including hip dysplasia, juvenile cataracts, allergic dermatitis, bloating, epilepsy and patellar luxation. The average lifespan of this breed is between 10 and 12 years.
  • Pakistani Bull Dog – The Pakistani bull dog is also known as the Gull Dong. This breed stands between 30 and 42 inches tall and weighs between 90 and 140 pounds. This is a large muscular breed with a large head and a short flat coat. This breed is white, grey, black and brindle in color. This dog demands a firm trainer and must be socialized early and trained well in order to prevent dog aggression and fearful behavior. These dogs require plenty of exercise and demand large areas to roam such as farmlands in order to be happy. This is a relatively healthy breed and is easily groomed. The average lifespan of this breed is 10 to 12 years.
  • Pakistani Bull Terrier – The Pakistani bull terrier is also known as the Gull Terrier and the Gull Terr. The average height of this breed averages between 20 to 26 inches tall and weighs between 77 and 90 pounds. This is a taller breed with a broad chest and erect ears. The coat of this breed is short and similar to that of the traditional bull terrier. This dog is almost always pure white but can also have some dark markings around the face. This breed is a very defensive breed and requires firm training and frequent socialization to avoid problems. This dog requires plenty of frequent exercise and is not suited to life in an apartment, doing better with at least a small yard. This breed is prone to deafness – a trait that is common in all white breeds. The average lifespan of the Pakistani bull terrier is between 7 and 10 years.
  • Pakistani Mastiff – The Pakistani mastiff is also known as the bully kutta. This is a powerful dog that stands between 32 and 40 inches tall and weighs between 150 and 170 pounds. This dog has loose skin and a deep brisket. This is a muscular breed that must be raised with constant training and socialization in order to ensure that it remains a controllable and well mannered dog. This dog is known for walking like a lion. The Pakistani mastiff has a smooth coat with short hair and can be white, black, fawn and harlequin in color. This breed requires plenty of exercise and should not be encouraged to be lazy. Little is known about common health concerns with this breed but they have an average lifespan of between 8 and 10 years.
  • Pakistani Shepherd Dog – The Pakistani shepherd dog stands between 20 to 25 inches tall and weighs between 75 to 100 pounds. There are three recognized types within this breed, the shorthaired, the longhaired and the Bhayari Alsatian which is a cross between the Pakistani shepherd and an Alsatian. Most commonly the coat of this breed is black and tan like a German shepherd but it may also be white or gold as well. This is a very muscular dog that has been developed for herding and requires plenty of exercise. This breed thrives when it has a job to do. This dog does have a tendency towards flea allergies but is otherwise a healthy breed. The average lifespan of the Pakistani shepherd dog is between 8 and 10 years.
  • Panda Shepherd – The panda shepherd is generally categorized as a German shepherd dog only it has what is referred to as piebald coloring. Around 35% of the dog is white and the rest of the dog is black and tan. Unusually however, this breed does not have any white German shepherd in its ancestry. This dog stands between 22 and 26 inches tall and weighs between 75 to 85 pounds. This breed is proportioned like the German shepherd breed. This is an intelligent working dog that requires plenty of exercise and thrives with a job to do. Common health concerns with this breed include elbow and hip dysplasia, keratitis, epilepsy, blood disorders, digestive concerns, flea allergies and dwarfism. The average life span of this breed is around 13 years.
  • Papillon – Known for its elegant soft coat and fluffy tail which comes up over the dogs back the Papillon must be parti-color or white with colored patches. The Papillon stands on average 10” tall and weighs an average of 9lbs.
  • Parson Russell Terrier – A true working fox hunter with great strength and agility.
  • Patterdale Terrier – The Patterdale terrier stands at approximately 12 inches tall and weighs between 11 and 13 pounds. This dog can have a smooth or a broken coat type, both of which have a short and thick undercoat. Common colors for the Patterdale terrier include red, black, liver, black and tan, bronze, white and grizzle. This terrier breed is known for being a quieter dog than other terriers however they do have high energy levels. This is not a dog that would be suited to apartment life as it requires plenty of exercise being a hunting and ratting dog by breed. The Patterdale terrier is an independent dog. This is a particularly hardy dog breed with a life expectancy of between 11 and 13 years.
  • Pediguero de Burgos – The pediguero de Burgos is also known as the Spanish pointer, perdiguero burgales and the Burgos pointing dog. This breed stands between 20 and 25 inches tall and weighs between 50 to 70 pounds. This dog has a short and thick coat that is always liver and white in coloration and may or may not have patches and ticking. Bred as a hunting dog, the pediguero de Burgos is a high energy breed that requires frequent activity in addition to a daily walk. This is a breed that does well in water and is very versatile in terms of the terrain where it feels most at home. There are few known health concerns for this breed. The average life span of this dog is between 12 and 14 years.
  • Pekingese – Known for their tails that flow up over their back ends the Pekingese has a coat of any color and a snub nose. The Pekingese stands on average 8” tall and weigh 9lbs.
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Known as the Queen of England’s favorite dog the Pembroke Welsh Corgi can be red, sable, black and tan or fawn on coloring. The Corgi stands on average 11” tall and weighs 25lbs.
  • Perro de Presa Canario – The perro de presa Canario is also known as the presa Canario, dogo Canario or the Canary dog. This dog stands between 21 and 25 inches tall and weighs in at between 80 and 130 pounds. This is a powerfully built dog that has a large head and powerful jaws; most commonly this dog has cropped wars. Common colorations for this breed include various types of brindle and fawn. It is extremely important that owners of this breed understand how to control this dog and exhibit alpha leadership qualities. This is a powerfully dog and should never be a first time dog owners dog. While this breed can live in an apartment with a long walk daily, it is not recommended for apartment life and simply due to its appearance many apartment complexes will ban this breed from living on their premises. There are no known health concerns with this breed and it has an average life span of between 9 and 11 years.
  • Perro de Presa Mallorquin – The perro de presa Mallorquin is also known as the ca de bou, perro dogo Mallorquin, Mallorquin bulldog and the Mallorquin mastiff. This dog takes on more of the look of a bulldog in terms of facial features. This dog stands between 20 and 22 inches tall and weighs between 65 and 85 pounds. This is another breed that demands a powerful leader to keep it in its place within the pack. While this dog may be happy living in an apartment, many of the same concerns that were raised with the perro de presa Canario will be an issue with this breed also. Few health concerns are known with this breed. The average life span of this dog breed is between 10 and 12 years.
  • Perro Raytonero Andaluz – The perro raytonero Andaluz is also known as the Andalusian mouse-hunting dog, Bodeguero Andaluz and the perro ratonero Bodeguero. This Spanish breed stands between 13.75 and 16.9 inches tall and weighs between 15 and 18 pounds. This small breed always has a tricolored coat with a white body and a black and tan coat. The fur of this small dog is held close to the skin and is smooth to the touch and short in length. As a ratter dog this breed tends not to do well with other small house pets and should not be trusted with them. This dog requires plenty of exercise to prevent destructive in home behavior. This is a relatively healthy breed however; they can be prone to glaucoma, entropion, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, ectropian, dislocation of the knee and congenital heart failure.
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen – The petit basset griffon vendeen is also known as the small Vendeen basset and the PBGV. This breed stands between 13 and 15 inches tall and weighs between 30 to 40 pounds. This breed has a short but thick undercoat while it has a rough longer outer coat which includes a mustache, beard and shaggy eyebrows. The most commonly occurring colors for this breed are white with grizzle, tricolor, lemon, orange, black or sable markings. This is a very intelligent breed but requires firm leadership in order to prevent it from becoming headstrong and disobedient. This is a very active dog indoors and while they can live in apartments if exercised sufficiently, the neighboring apartments may not appreciate the sound of your PBGV running around. This dog is a digger so it is important to watch out for any escape attempts if your PBGV frequents a fenced back yard. Common health concerns for this breed include aseptic meningitis, epilepsy, seizure disorders, food allergies, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, skin allergies and hypothyroidism. The average lifespan of this breed is around 14 years.
  • Petit Blue De Gascongne – The petit blue de Gascongne is also known as the small blue Gascony hound. This breed stands between 20 and 23 inches tall and weighs between 40 and 48 pounds. This breed has a thick coat and a deep chest. The coat color of this breed is generally white with heavy black ticking and patches of tan on the legs and feet. This dog has a very good sense of smell and works very well as a tracking hound. This dog does require plenty of exercise and in addition to long walks it will also thrive on other means of exercise such as jogging. This breed should not be trusted off leash as they will eagerly follow any scent. This dog is a relatively healthy breed and has an average lifespan of 12 years.
  • Petit Brabancon – The petit brabancon is recognized by a number of different names including the Belgian griffon, the griffon Belge, the griffon Bruxellois and the Brussels griffon. This breed stands between 7 and 8 inches tall and weighs between 6 and 12 pounds. There are two varieties of coat in this breed, the short straight coated and the rough wiry coat. Coat colors in this breed include: red, black and tan, solid black and red, brown and black also known as “belge”. This is a very intelligent breed that requires a daily walk in order to thrive but will do well with apartment life. Common health concerns with this breed include: respiratory conditions, slipped stifle and eye concerns. The average life span for this breed is between 12 to 15 years.
  • Pharaoh Hound – Known for their Egyptian heritage the Pharaoh Hound has large ears and are generally tan, chestnut or golden red in color. Pharaoh hounds are also the only dog known to blush and they stand on average 24” tall and weigh 50lbs.
  • Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog – The phu quoc ridgeback dog is native to Vietnam and stands at around 21 inches tall and weighs around 40 lbs. The coat of this breed is short and smooth and can be yellow, black, striped or spotted; although more recently this breed has more variations in color. This is a breed with webbed feet. Like other ridgeback breeds, the phu quoc ridgeback has a ridge of hair along its back that runs in the opposite direction to the rest of its coat. This dog requires plenty of exercise and is a very fast runner – often taking off after smaller animals as a result of their natural hunting instinct. The lifespan of this breed can span anywhere from 10 to 13 years.
  • Plott Hound – The plott hound is a muscular and powerful dog that stands between 20 and 24 inches tall and weighs between 45 and 55 pounds. This breed has a short single coat although it is not unheard of for a plott hound to have a double coat. Coats can be black, brindle, black with brindle trim, buckskin or brindle with a black saddle. This is a very intelligent dog that does well as a family dog but also excels on the hunt. This is a brave breed that is known for its high pitch bark and its excessive drooling. This is a dog that requires plenty of exercise and will not do well in apartment living. The most common health concern with this breed is bloating. The average lifespan of this dog is between 12 and 14 years.
  • Plummer Hound – The plummer hound is also frequently referred to as the plummer terrier. This is a working terrier breed that stands between 11 and 14 inches tall and weighs around 25 lbs. Commonly utilized as a ratting breed, the plummer terrier should not be trusted with small pets and is also not particularly reliable when left off leash due to strong hunting instincts. The coat of this small dog is short and shiny and can be copper or copper and white in coloration. While this is a relatively healthy breed, out breeding practices have led this smaller dog to be larger than most ratting dogs which can pose difficulties on the job. The average lifespan of this breed is between 13 and 15 years old.
  • Pocket Beagle – The pocket beagle is also referred to as the mini beagle, olde English pocket beagle, miniature beagle, toy beagle and the teacup beagle. This small breed stands between 7 to 12 inches tall and weighs between 7 and 15 pounds. This small hound has a short coat that is found in a variety of “hound” colorations including black and tan, tricolor, lemon and white, red and white and orange and white. Like other beagles, the pocket beagle has a baying bark and howl that some dog owners can find a little tiresome which is why this is not a breed recommended for apartment living. Despite being small, this dog requires plenty of exercise in order to prevent destructive behavior. This breed does have quite a few health concerns including back trouble, epilepsy, heart disease, eye concerns and dwarfism. The average lifespan of a healthy pocket beagle is between 12 and 15 years.
  • Pointer – The Pointer has a liver, lemon, orange and black shade coat. The Pointer stands on average 26” tall and weighs up to 75lbs.
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog – An intelligent, spirited Polish working dog.
  • Pomeranian – This dog is known for resembling a fox and having a thick fluffy coat that is a variety of colors, however, the most recognized is an orange red color. The Pomeranian stands on average 10” tall and weighs 6lbs.
  • Poodle – Known for their incredible intelligence Poodles can be a variety of solid coat colors including gray, apricot and black. Poodles can be standard or miniature standing at 15” and 12” respectively. Poodles’ weight varies by their size.
  • Porcelaine – The porcelaine is also known as the chien de franche-comte. This dog stands between 21 and 23 inches tall and weighs between 55 and 62 pounds. This dog gets its name from its porcelain like coat which is white and comprised of short thin hairs. The white coat of the porcelain is interrupted with orange markings and the skin of this breed which is pink with black mottling, should show through the thin white coat. This is not a breed that is well suited to apartment life; it has an insatiable need for exercise, a strong prey drive and a frequently used hound-like howl. Frequent and tiring exercise is imperative for this breed to be well adjusted. The porcelaine can be strong willed so it is necessary to begin training early to ensure an obedient dog whether they are intended for hunting work or domestic companionship. This dog has been known to display the pointing commonly attributed to pointers. Very few health concerns are known in regards to the porcelaine. The average lifespan of this breed is between 12 and 13 years.
  • Portuguese Hound– The Portuguese hound is also known as the Portuguese Podengo. This breed comes in three sizes, the large Portuguese hound, the medium Portuguese hound and the small Portuguese hound. The small Portuguese hound stands between 8 to 12 inches tall and weighs between 9 and 13 pounds. The medium Portuguese hound stands between 15 and 22 inches tall and weighs between 35 and 44 pounds. The large Portuguese hound stands between 22 and 27 inches tall and weighs between 44 and 66 pounds. This breed comes in both a smooth haired and wire haired variety. Common colors for this breed include black with white markings, fawn and yellow. This is a very active dog that requires plenty of exercise but little grooming. The Portuguese hound is a healthy dog that has a lifespan of between 12 and 14 years.
  • Portuguese Pointer– The Portuguese pointer is also known as the perdigueiro Portugueso and the Portuguese pointing dog. This breed stands between 20 to 22 inches tall and weighs between 35 and 48 pounds. This dog has a short coat that is light brown or yellow in color and can also have white markings. This is a pointing breed that is used for hunting birds. The Portuguese pointer is a relatively healthy breed but is sometimes affected by hip dysplasia, ectropian, bloating and cryptorchidism. The average lifespan for this breed is between 12 and 14 years old.
  • Portuguese Water Dog – Known for their curly coat and ability to swim this dog can be black, brown, or white in color or a combination of these colors. The Portuguese Water Dog stands on average 20” tall and weighs 50lbs.
  • Posavac Hound– The posavac hound is also known as the posavaz hound, posavatz hound, posavski gonic, kras posavac basin hound and the posavina hound. This breed stands between 17 and 23 inches tall and weighs between 35 and 45 pounds. The coat of the posavac hound is short and flat and quite stiff to the touch. The coat of this breed is a variety of red and wheaten and has white markings on the lower legs, chest, abdomen, neck and head as well as the end of the tail. This is a breed that requires plenty of exercise and is overall very healthy. The average lifespan of this hound is around 12 years.
  • Prazsky Krysarik– The Prazsky krysarik is also known as the Prazsky krysavik and the Prague ratter. This breed is popularly referred to as the smallest breed in the world and stands between 7 and 9 inches tall and weighs between 2 and 6 pounds. One of the disadvantages of being so small, however is that this dog has very thin leg bones which make them prone to breakage and injury. This breed is also sensitive to the cold and should be covered when outside in colder temperatures. This is an active breed but can do well in apartment life. The average lifespan of this dog is between 12 and 14 years.
  • Pudelpointer– The pudelpointer is a hunting breed that is recognized by the FCI, UKC, PCNA and DRA. This breed stands between 21 and 26 inches tall and weighs between 45 and 65 pounds. This breed was created in Germany by crossing pointers with the poodle. This breed is not a heavy shedder and has a wiry coat that is most commonly chestnut and liver in color but may occasionally also be black. Common health concerns with this breed include cherry eye, dislocation of the eye lens, hip dysplasia, degenerative disk disease and bloating. This breed is very athletic and requires a lot of exercise. The pudelpointer has an average lifespan of between 12 and 14 years.
  • Pug – Known for their flat faces and their curled tails Pugs can be fawn, black, apricot fawn or silver fawn in color. Pugs stand on average 14” tall and weigh 16lbs.
  • Puli - A tough herding dog.
  • Pumi– The pumi is also commonly known as the Hungarian pumi. This breed stands between 13 and 19 inches tall and weighs between 18 and 33 pounds. This is a herding breed and has thick long hair that is grey, brown, black or white in color. The coat of this breed is uniform in color. This is a breed that requires a job to do or at least plenty of exercise and it is not recommended for apartment living. Most often this breed is found on farmland where it performs its intended purpose of herding. The Pumi is a relatively healthy breed with few known health concerns and it has an average lifespan of 12 to 13 years.
  • Pyrenean Shepher – A sheepherder native to southern France.
  • Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle – The Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle is also referred to as the Queens beagle. This small dog comes in two size varieties, miniature and standard. The miniature breed stands between 5 to 11 inches tall and weighs 4 to 11 pounds. The standard breed stands between 9 to 13 inches tall and weighs between 12 and 20 pounds. Although small, this dog has a lot of energy and requires regular exercise. The Queen Elizabeth pocket beagle has a short to medium coat that comes in a variety of hound colors. This is a relatively new breed and has few known health concerns although it is advised to avoid a diet based on corn. The average lifespan of this dog is between 12 to 15 years.
  • Rafeiro do Alentjo – The Rafeiro do Alentejo is also known as the Portuguese watchdog or the Alentejo mastiff. This is a large breed that stands between 25 and 28 inches tall and weighs between 100 and 135 pounds. The coat of this breed is medium in length and very thick. Coat colors of this mastiff range but include yellow, black, wolf-like and tawny and can include spotted or striped patterns. This is quite a hardy breed but it has been known to have trouble with hip dysplasia. The Rafeiro do Alentejo does not have high exercise requirements but it is important to exercise them regularly to prevent obesity. The average lifespan of this breed is approximately 12 years.
  • Rajapalayam – The Rajapalayam is an Indian sight hound that stands between 25 and 30 inches tall and weighs between 45 and 55 pounds. This is a muscular breed that is used to hunting and as a result requires plenty of exercise in order to maintain physical and psychological fitness. This is a rare dog breed. The Rajapalayam has a short coat that is most often white in color but may also be black, brown or spotted as well. It is not uncommon for this breed to have no pigmentation. This is quite a health breed with few known concerns and an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
  • Rampur Greyhound – The Rampur Greyhound is another breed that is native to India. This is a sight hound although it is not currently recognized by any of the major kennel clubs. This breed stands between 22 to 30 inches tall and weighs between 60 to 65 pounds. This muscular breed looks like a traditional greyhound however, it is much wider. The coat of the Rampur Greyhound is short and close and can be a variety of colors including black, grey, brindle, grizzle and parti-color. This dog requires plenty of exercise. Common health concerns in this dog include: skin sores, bloating, osteosarcoma and esophageal achalasia. The average lifespan of this breed is between 12 and 15 years.
  • Rastreador Brasileiro – The Rastreador Brasileiro is a large dog that is being restructured after it became extinct. This dog is a scent hound that stands between 24 and 26 inches tall and weighs between 50 to 60 pounds. The coat of the Rastreador Brasileiro is short and coarse and can be black and white, brown and white or merle/spotted/brindled or speckled. This breed does not fare well in cold climates. Little information is available on the overall health or lifespan of this breed currently since it is being reconstructed.
  • Rat Terrier – The rat terrier is commonly referred to as the Feist or the American rat terrier. This breed comes in three sizes, toy, mid-sized and standard. The toy rat terrier stands at around 8 inches tall and weighs between 4 and 6 pounds. The mid-sized rat terrier stands between 8 to 14 inches tall and weighs between 6 to 8 pounds and the standard rat terrier stands between 14 to 23 inches tall and weighs between 12 to 35 pounds. This is a flat short coated breed that comes in a variety of colors including black and tan, pearl, chocolate, sable, tri-spotted, red and white, solid red, red brindle and blue and white.
  • Redbone Coonhound – Known for its ability to hunt and swim the Redbone Coonhound is generally a solid red color. The Redbone Coonhound stands on average at 26” tall and weighs 65 lbs.
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback – Known for the trademark ridge running down their backs the Rhodesian Ridgeback can be light to red wheaten in color. The Ridgeback stands on average 26” tall and weighs around 80 lbs.
  • Roman Rottweiler– The Roman Rottweiler is also known as the Roman Utility Molosser. There are a number of size ranges within this breed that are characterized as small, medium, large and extra large and also divided by gender. For males 26 ½ to 27 inches tall is small, 27 ½ inches is medium, 28 to 29 inches is large and anything 30 inches or over is extra large. For females 24 ½ to 25 inches tall is small, 25 ½ to 26 inches is medium, 27 to 28 inches is large and anything over 29 inches is extra large. Males weigh at least 120 pounds and females weigh at least 80 pounds. The coat of this breed is thick and short and while a number of colors are found the most popular are black and tan, black and rust and black and mahogany. The Roman Rottweiler requires plenty of exercise to avoid problems from obesity. The most common health concerns for this breed include hip dysplasia, obesity, entropion, ACL damage and hip dysplasia. The average lifespan of this dog is between 10 to 12 years.
  • Rottweiler – Known for their black coats with rust or mahogany colored markings these strong powerful dogs are intelligent and willing to work. Rottweilers’s stand on average 26” tall and weigh up to 130 lbs.
  • Rough Collie – The rough collie stands between 22 to 26 inches tall and weighs between 50 to 75 pounds. The coat of this breed is rough as its name implies and long with the exception of the head and legs which feature shorter hair. The rough collie frequently appears to have a “mane” on its chest and around its neck as the coat shifts from short to long. Coat color for the rough collie includes black/white/tan, sable and white, blue merle, white with sable/blue merle or tricolor markings. This is a very intelligent breed that requires plenty of exercise. Health concerns that are frequently encountered with this breed include: arthritis, MDR1 gene positive, skin sensitivity to the sun, PRA, lameness and collie eye syndrome. The average lifespan of this long lived breed is between 14 and 16 years.
  • Russell Terrier – A small, working terrier breed.
  • Russian Spaniel – The Russian spaniel stands between 15 and 17 ¾ inches tall and weighs between 28 to 35 pounds. Although relatively small, this breed is very prone to obesity and overeating so it is important to manage the diet of this breed strictly. This dog is a hunting breed but can do well with apartment life if it receives adequate amounts of exercise. The coat of the Russian spaniel is held tightly to the body and has fringes on the ears and the backs of the legs. The most common colors for this breed are white with spots or speckles of red, black or brown. The average lifespan of this breed is around 14 years.
  • Russian Toy Terrier – The Russian toy terrier goes by a number of names including the Russian toy, Russkiy toy, Moscow toy terrier, Moscovian miniature terrier, Russian longhaired toy terrier and the Moscow longhair toy terrier. This is a small breed that stands between 8 to 10 inches tall and weighs between 3 to 6 pounds. The Russian toy terrier is a good dog for apartment life but still requires a daily walk. This breed can have long hair or shorthair and is most commonly sable, red or black and tan in color. Not too much is known of the common health concerns of this breed or the average lifespan.
  • Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka – The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is also known as the Russian Bolonka and the Bolonka-Zwetna. This breed stands between 7 and 10 inches tall and weighs between 3 to 10 pounds with most dogs on the lighter end of the scale. The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka has quite a fluffy coat that comes in a wide range of colors however; dogs with more than 20% of white are not accepted by kennel clubs. This small breed still requires daily exercise in addition to regular grooming to ensure overall health. The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is prone to a number of health conditions including hip dysplasia, luxating patella, thyroid problems, eye conditions, heart conditions and liver shunt. The average life span for this breed is between 12 and 16 years.
  • Saint Bernard – Known for being hardy rescue dogs Saint Bernard’s stand around 26” tall and weigh anywhere from 110lbs to 200lbs.
  • Saluki – An avid hunting breed with strength and endurance.
  • Samoyed – An eager worker; makes a good show dog.
  • Schipperke – A fox-like dog with a distinctive black coat.
  • Scottish Deerhound – Known as one of the oldest breeds of dog the Scottish Deerhound can be blue gray, brindle, gray or black and is wiry to the touch. The Deerhound stands on average 30” tall and weighs 100lbs.
  • Scottish Terrier – Otherwise known as a Scottie this wirehaired dog can be black, brindle or wheaten in color. The Scottie stands on average 10” tall and weighs around 20lbs.
  • Shetland Sheepdog – Otherwise known as the Sheltie this dog is well known for its soft and silky coat which can be black, blue merle or sable. Shelties stand on average at 15” tall and weigh 25lbs.
  • Shiba Inu – Known for their curling tails that come up over their bodies the Shiba Inu can be red sesame, black and tan or red in color. The Shiba Inu generally stands at 15” tall and weighs 20lbs.
  • Shih Tzu – Known for their long flowing coat the Shih Tzu can be any color and has a long flying tail that comes up over their back end. The Shih Tzu stands on average 10” tall and weighs around 15lbs.
  • Siberian Husky – Known for being sled dogs the Siberian Husky are a hardy breed with thick coats that can be any variation of black through to white, Huskies also have a variety of masking patterns. Siberian Huskies stand on average 21” tall and weigh 55lbs.
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Known for their sheer strength the Staffordshire Bull Terrier originated in Staffordshire, England. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be solid red, fawn, white, blue, black or brindle in color and generally stand around 15” tall and weigh around 30lbs.
  • Standard Schnauzer – This dog is known for looking as though it has a beard and has a wiry coat that must be either black or salt and pepper in color. The Standard Schnauzer generally stands at 18” tall and weighs 35lbs.
  • Tibetan Mastiff – A very large and aloof guardian breed.
  • Vagabundo – This is small breed, a mix of Chihuahua and Fox Terrier. The coat is short and tri-color, black white and tan.This breed has perky ears and soft brown eyes. The weight is around 10 pounds at maturity. Commonly found in South and Central America and recently in Florida USA. A sweet tempered dog that gets along with other dogs and is loyal to his owner. A great dog for families.
  • Vizsla – Known for its smooth rust colored coat the Vizsla stands at an average of 23” tall and weighs around 50lbs.
  • Weimaraner – Known for their silver coat the Weimaraner usually has a docked tail and on average stands at 34” tall and weighs up to 70bs.
  • West Highland White Terrier – Known to most as Westies this terrier has an all white coat. On average the Westie stands at 10” tall and weighs around 20lbs.
  • West Springer Spaniel – A compact worker breed; has an excellent nose and webbed feet.
  • Whippet – Known for their amazing ability to run, the Whippet can be a variety of colors and are always slender in build. The Whippet stands on average at 20” tall and weighs 40lbs.
  • Wirehaired Fox Terrier – Known for its wiry coat and square jaw the Wire Haired Fox Terrier is always mostly white in color and has black or tan markings. The Wire Haired Fox Terrier stands on average 15: tall and weighs 18lbs.
  • Yorkshire Terrier – Better known as the Yorkie this popular breed has a long silky coat that must be blue and tan in color. The Yorkie stands on average at 7” tall and weighs 7lbs.

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About Amy Brannan
Amy grew up in England and in the early 1990's moved to North Carolina where she completed a bachelors degree in Psychology in 2001. Amy's personal interest in writing was sparked by her love of reading fiction and her creative writing hobby. Amy is currently self employed as a freelance writer and web designer. When she is not working Amy can be found curled up with a good book and her black Labrador, Jet.
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10 comments

  1. After taking a look at this huge list of various dog breeds, one cannot help but be amazed at how much variety there is among dogs. After all, who cannot be amazed when looking at just the contrast in sizes between the toy poodle and the Mastiff? I am sure that many people have wondered exactly where dogs came from.

    To me, it is simply incredible to think that all of the various breeds of dogs belong to the same species. Dog breeds all came from what we believe was a type of wolf. According to the research I was able to find, this was the gray wolf of central Asia. Furthermore, fogs were domesticated approximately 14,000 to 17,000 years ago.

    Despite these facts, it seems that most of the various dog breeds did not actually begin appearing on the scene until several centuries ago. I would imagine that even still these changes were occurring for many, many years before the reached the point of being classified as new breeds. I would also imagine that humans played a huge part in this as well, maybe selectively breeding certain types of “dogs” for various traits, such as a louder bark.

  2. This list was cool. As a dog lover, it is always interesting to learn new facts about different breeds and types. Another nice thing about having such a list is that you can also look at the various information and then easily compare it to another breed. This could also be a good method to determine which types of dogs might make good pets for your situation.

    It also leads me to wonder why there are so many different breeds of dogs in the first place. After all, scientists have determined that all of the different breeds of dogs evolved from a single species. In fact, that makes dogs one of the varied types of species in the entire animal kingdom.

    In fact, scientists also believe that all dog breeds have evolved from a single lineage. This leads to the undeniable conclusion (if you accept the premise of a single lineage) that there was a single domestication event. In other words, one person, somewhere back in history, decided that this species (whichever species that may be) ought to be made into a pet. I suppose that instead of a pet, they may have been interested in having a work helper.

  3. Another question this list brings up is what the most popular types of dog breeds are. After all, maybe the popularity of certain types of breeds depends on where you are. Maybe the German shepherd is more popular in Germany than the United States.

    Actually, as I was doing some research into these questions I came upon a list of the top 25 dog breeds in order of popularity. This was a list based on the American Kennel Club, so I feel confident in their accuracy. According to the list, Labrador Retrievers are the most popular type of dog breed in the country. In point of fact, the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular type of dog breed in the country for at least 15 consecutive years. Golden Retrievers also came in at number 4 on the list.

    The way these figures were determined was by the number of registrations. This is certainly a very objective and accurate method of rating. Looking at the list, there were a few things which surprised me. I would not have expected boxers to be number 6. I also would not have imagined that the Siberian Huskie was on the list at all!

  4. The author has provided a very extensive list of dog breeds. According to my count, there are over 90 different types on this list. For each one a lot of information and statistics are included. This includes details such as what color their fur typically is, how tall they are and how much they can weigh fully grown.

    This list made me wonder how many different types of dog breeds are there. Actually, after a little research I was able to determine that there are somewhere in the range of 300 dog breeds in the world. Of course, I would imagine some of these are quite rare and not many people have actually seen other than scientists and those who study dogs.

    If we take at look at these numbers more closely, there are approximately 150 breeds registered with the American Kennel Club and around 200 registered with the Kennel club. I guess that this means there is a breed and type of dog that will appeal to everyone. Even just taking a quick glance at this list can be a great way to get some ideas about which types of dogs someone may interested in choosing as a pet.

  5. I never knew there was such a long list of dog breeds. I tend to stick with my favorites. I have had a few purebred dogs and I have found that in general, they are just a pain in the butt. It's not that they are bad dogs or anything. It's simply that they have been so inbred that they come with a whole stack of health problems. In fact, one dog we had had such a horrible skin problem from inbreeding that when she reached adult age, no one even wanted to pet her.

    Today we have a mixed lab/german shepard dog. He is as goofy as you would expect from a lab, but the mixture really created a bright dog too. The only odd thing about him (and I don't think it has much to do with breeding) is that he wants to play "mommy" to every other small animal. Our chickens get a workout just running from him. I'm sure it's the lab part of him that wants to catch them, but he doesn't want to bring them to us for dinner or anything. He just wants to carry them like he does his stuffed animals and the poor kittens that he constantly mothers. At least he has the gentle bite of a lab, but the security of a german shepard and the physical resilience of a mutt in general.

  6. I found the list which the author provided in this article of various dog breeds to be very fascinating. In fact, it led me to go and do some more research about dogs. Some of the international societies have determined that there around 340 different breeds of dogs.

    It also occurred to me that people have likely been trying to breed dogs and create different combinations for centuries, maybe even thousands of years. I also would imagine that even many of the most popular breeds of today were originally created in this manner.

    The more I thought about this, the more I wondered about the so called designer breeds of dogs. Probably not everyone has heard about these recent ideas, but now there are scientists and other who are attempting to create different varieties of dogs. If you have ever heard of puggle, this is an example of such a designer breed. In this case it is the offspring of a beagle and a pug. This sounds kind of crazy to me, as do the labradoodle (a mixture of a labrador and a poodle) and the cockapoo (the combination of a cocker spaniel and a poodle).

  7. He is the size of a large hound and colored like a beagle but bigger.

  8. My Vagabundo is 10 inches tall.

  9. Vagabundo. [Details added to article -Ed]. I have one I bought in Mexico and am looking for a female to breed with him. If anyone has information for me I can be reached on my facebook account. Deborah Kallase, or Dkallase at hotmail dot com.

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