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An armful of Pomeranians at the 2018 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin.
Berger Picard booth; Meet the Breeds at the 2017 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, Orlando, FL.
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Berger Picard booth; Meet the Breeds at the 2017 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, Orlando, FL.
Danish-Swedish Farmdog booth. Meet the Breeds at the 2018 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin.
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Meet the Breeds at the 2017 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, Orlando, FL.
Cirneco dell'Etna booth; Meet the Breeds at the 2017 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, Orlando, FL.
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Cirneco dell'Etna booth; Meet the Breeds at the 2017 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, Orlando, FL.
The rare toy breed Affenpinscher at the 2017 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, Orlando FL.
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The rare toy breed Affenpinscher at the 2017 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, Orlando FL.

Hoping to meet a specific dog breed when you visit AKC Meet the Breeds during AKC National Championship in Orlando? Or maybe you just want to meet them all! Don’t miss a single wag or woof with this list of breeds that will be in attendance at the 2019 show. Get your tickets now.

Dog Breeds

  • Affenpinscher +

    Affenpinscher head and shoulders facing forward.The Affenpinscher: loyal, curious, and famously amusing; this almost-human toy dog is fearless out of all proportion to his size. As with all great comedians, it’s the Affenpinscher’s apparent seriousness of purpose that makes his antics all the more amusing.

    Learn about the Affenpinscher

  • Afghan Hound +

    Afghan Hound standing outdoors in the sunlight.Among the most eye-catching of all dog breeds, the Afghan Hound is an aloof and dignified aristocrat of sublime beauty. Despite his regal appearance, the Afghan can exhibit an endearing streak of silliness and a profound loyalty.

    Learn about the Afghan Hound

  • Airedale Terrier +

    His size, strength, and unflagging spirit have earned the Airedale Terrier the nickname “The King of Terriers.” The Airedale stands among the world’s most versatile dog breeds and has distinguished himself as hunter, athlete, and companion.

    Learn about the Airedale Terrier

  • Akita +

    Akita standing in three-quarter view, head turned forward
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    Akitas are muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage, and loyalty. In their native land, they are venerated as family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness, and long life.

    Learn about the Akita

  • Alaskan Malamute +

    Alaskan Malamute sitting facing forward
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    An immensely strong, heavy-duty worker of spitz type, the Alaskan Malamute is an affectionate, loyal, and playful but dignified dog recognizable by his well-furred plumed tail carried over the back, erect ears, and substantial bone.

    Learn about the Alaskan Malamute

  • American Eskimo Dog +

    American Eskimo Dog sitting facing forwardThe American Eskimo Dog combines striking good looks with a quick and clever mind in a total brains-and-beauty package. Neither shy nor aggressive, Eskies are always alert and friendly, though a bit conservative when making new friends.

    Learn about the American Eskimo Dog

  • American Hairless Terrier +

    American Hairless Terrier standing sideways, facing forward
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    The American Hairless Terrier, a Louisiana native, is a smart, inquisitive, and playful dog that comes in hairless and coated varieties. He is a fine choice for allergy sufferers who want a dog with true terrier grit and courage.

    Learn about the American Hairless Terrier

  • American Staffordshire Terrier +

    American Staffordshire TerrierThe American Staffordshire Terrier, known to their fans as AmStaffs, are smart, confident, good-natured companions. Their courage is proverbial. A responsibly bred, well-socialized AmStaff is a loyal, trustworthy friend to the end.

    Learn about the American Staffordshire Terrier

  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog +

    Anatolian Shepherd Dog standing in a rocky, wooded landscape
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    An Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a rugged, imposing flock guardian of ancient lineage. Protective and territorial, but also intelligent, patient, and profoundly loyal, these muscular avengers are prized as working guard dogs without equal.

    Learn about the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

  • Australian Cattle Dog +

    Australian Cattle Dog sitting facing forward
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    The compact but muscular Australian Cattle Dog, also called Blue Heeler or Queensland Heeler, is related to Australia’s famous wild dog, the Dingo. These resilient herders are intelligent enough to routinely outsmart their owners.

    Learn about the Australian Cattle Dog

  • Australian Shepherd +

    The Australian Shepherd, a lean, tough ranch dog, is one of those “only in America” stories: a European breed perfected in California by way of Australia. Fixtures on the rodeo circuit, they are closely associated with the cowboy life.

    Learn about the Australian Shepherd

  • Australian Terrier +

    Australian Terrier standing in three-quarter view, head facing forward
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    The diminutive Australian Terrier is plucky, spirited, and smart—how did they fit so much dog into such a bitty package? Upbeat and lively, the self-assured Aussie approaches life with plenty of the old-time terrier curiosity and grit.

    Learn about the Australian Terrier

  • Azawakh +

    Azawakh jogging in a green grassy field.Tall and elegant, the Azawakh is a West African sighthound who originates from the countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. Befitting its heritage, the Azawakh excels as a companion, guardian and a lure courser in the United States.

    Learn about the Azawakh

  • Barbet +

    Barbet lying in three-quarter view.
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    An archetypic water dog of France, the Barbet is a rustic breed of medium size and balanced proportions who appears in artwork as early as the 16th century. An agile athlete, the Barbet has been used primarily to locate, flush, and retrieve birds. He has a cheerful disposition and is very social and loyal.

    Learn about the Barbet

  • Basenji +

    Basenji standing in three-quarter view
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    The Basenji, Africa’s “Barkless Dog,” is a compact, sweet-faced hunter of intelligence and poise. They are unique and beguiling pets, best for owners who can meet their exercise needs and the challenge of training this catlike canine.

    Learn about the Basenji

  • Basset Fauve de Bretagne +

    Basset Fauve de Bretagne standing on a beach.
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    Smart, courageous and determined, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a serious hunter, easily adaptable to different types of game and terrain. It is equally an excellent companion dog, being cheerful, intelligent and eager to please.

    Learn about the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

  • Basset Hound +

    Basset Hound lying down facing forward in three-quarter view
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    Among the most appealing of the AKC breeds, the endearing and instantly recognizable Basset Hound is a perennial favorite of dog lovers all over the world. This low-slung and low-key hound can be sometimes stubborn, but is always charming.

    Learn about the Basset Hound

  • Beagle +

    Beagle standing facing forward in three-quarter viewNot only is the Beagle an excellent hunting dog and loyal companion, it is also happy-go-lucky, funny, and—thanks to its pleading expression—cute. They were bred to hunt in packs, so they enjoy company and are generally easygoing.

    Learn about the Beagle

  • Bearded Collie +

    Bearded Collie standing facing forward in three-quarter view
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    A boisterous and charismatic droving dog from Scotland, the shaggy-coated Bearded Collie (“Beardie” to his friends) enjoys outdoor exercise in all weather. Bred to be independent decision-makers, they can be willful but are always friendly.

    Learn about the Bearded Collie

  • Beauceron +

    Beauceron sitting in three-quarter view facing left
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    The Beauceron is imposing and powerful, but also remarkably smart, spirited, and a versatile herder—imagine a Border Collie’s brain in a 100-pound body. They are especially beloved by women as a dashing but sensitive companion and protector.

    Learn about the Beauceron

  • Bedlington Terrier +

    Bedlington Terrier sitting, body facing forward, head facing leftGraceful terriers in sheep’s clothing, Bedlington Terriers, named for the English mining shire where they were first bred, are genial housemates, alert watchdogs, versatile athletes, and irresistibly cuddly TV-time companions.

    Learn about the Bedlington Terrier

  • Belgian Laekenois +

    Belgian Laekenois standing in three-quarter view.
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    Strong, agile and full of life, the Belgian Laekenois (pronounced “Lak-in-wah”) is one of four native dogs of Belgium. Although similar in body and temperament to the Malinois, Shepherd and Tervuren, the Laekenois differs in coat color, texture and length, as well as region of origin.

    Learn about the Belgian Laekenois

  • Belgian Malinois +

    Belgian Malinois standing in three-quarter view
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    The smart, confident, and versatile Belgian Malinois is a world-class worker who forges an unbreakable bond with his human partner. To deny a Mal activity and the pleasure of your company is to deprive him of his very reasons for being.

    Learn about the Belgian Malinois

  • Belgian Sheepdog +

    Belgian Sheepdog standing in three-quarter view
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    The Belgian Sheepdog is a highly trainable herder whose versatility and intelligence is the stuff of canine legend. This is a breed built for hard work, and plenty of it. These sensitive souls crave human companionship and abhor neglect.

    Learn about the Belgian Sheepdog

  • Belgian Tervuren +

    Belgian Tervuren sitting facing forward.
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    The elegant, agile Belgian Tervuren is a bright and self-assured herding dog of medium size, known to be affectionate and possessive with loved ones. Lots of hard work and challenging play is heaven for this tireless, do-it-all dog.

    Learn about the Belgian Tervuren

  • Berger Picard +

    Two Berger Picards sitting together in a pasture.The Berger Picard is a lanky herding dog of strong bone and sturdy build. Picards spent centuries as take-charge independent problem-solvers, so early socialization and positive training are necessary to cope with their stubborn streak.

    Learn about the Berger Picard

  • Bernese Mountain Dog +

    bernese mountain dog working groupBig, powerful, and built for hard work, the Bernese Mountain Dog is also strikingly beautiful and blessed with a sweet, affectionate nature. Berners are generally placid but are always up for a romp with the owner, whom they live to please.

    Learn about the Bernese Mountain Dog

  • Bichon Frise +

    Bichon Frise lying down in three-quarter view facing foward
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    The small but sturdy and resilient Bichon Frise stands among the world’s great “personality dogs.” Since antiquity, these irresistible canine comedians have relied on charm, beauty, and intelligence to weather history’s ups and downs.

    Learn about the Bichon Frise

  • Biewer Terrier +

    Biewer Terrier sitting in a field of dandelions.
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    The Biewer Terrier is an elegant, longhaired, tri-colored toy terrier whose only purpose in life is to love and be loved. They maintain a charming, whimsical attitude well into adulthood. Carrying around a toy or two is not surprising.

    Learn about the Biewer Terrier

  • Black and Tan Coonhound +

    Black and Tan Coonhound standing in three-quarter view on a white background.
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    Large, athletic hunters who work nights, Black and Tan Coonhounds are friendly, easygoing hounds who love company. They are snoozy by the fireside but tenacious when on the trail of the wily raccoon. The B&T is a real American original.

    Learn about the Black and Tan Coonhound

  • Black Russian Terrier +

    Black Russian Terrier lying in three-quarter view facing forward
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    The Black Russian Terrier is a large, immensely powerful worker of heavy bone and coarse all-black coat. BRTs are known for their courage, confidence, and intelligence. Bred to guard and protect, they are naturally aloof with strangers.

    Learn about the Black Russian Terrier

  • Bloodhound +

    Bloodhound standing in three-quarter view facing forward
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    The world famous “Sleuth Hound” does one thing better than any creature on earth: find people who are lost or hiding. An off-duty Bloodhound is among the canine kingdom’s most docile citizens, but he’s relentless and stubborn on scent.

    Learn about the Bloodhound

  • Bluetick Coonhound +

    The sleekly beautiful Bluetick Coonhound is a sweet and affectionate charmer who might enjoy snoozing in the shade, but in pursuit of quarry he is relentless, bold, and single-minded. His off-the-charts prey drive must be channeled.

    Learn about the Bluetick Coonhound

  • Border Terrier +

    Border Terrier sitting facing forward
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    Admirers of the upbeat and agile Border Terrier cherish their breed’s reputation as a tough, no-frills working terrier. These plucky, happy, and affectionate dogs are popular pets in town and country. The wiry coat is an easy keeper.

    Learn about the Border Terrier

  • Borzoi +

    Borzoi standing sideways facing left in grass with pine trees in backgroundAmong the most impressively beautiful of all dogs, the aristocratic Borzoi is cherished for his calm, agreeable temperament. In full stride, he is a princely package of strength, grace, and glamour flying by at 35 to 40 miles per hour.

    Learn about the Borzoi

  • Boston Terrier +

    Boston TerrierThe Boston Terrier is a lively little companion recognized by his tight tuxedo jacket, sporty but compact body, and the friendly glow in his big, round eyes. His impeccable manners have earned him the nickname “The American Gentleman.”

    Learn about the Boston Terrier

  • Bouvier des Flandres +

    Bouvier des Flandres standing facing forward
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    They don’t build ’em like this anymore. Burly and barrel-chested, the tousle-coated dog of Flandres is from a time and place where a dog had to work like … well, a dog. These smart and steady all-purpose workers make excellent watchdogs.

    Learn about the Bouvier des Flandres

  • Boxer +

    Loyalty, affection, intelligence, work ethic, and good looks: Boxers are the whole doggy package. Bright and alert, sometimes silly, but always courageous, the Boxer has been among America’s most popular dog breeds for a very long time.

    Learn about the Boxer

  • Boykin Spaniel +

    Boykin Spaniel head and shoulders facing forward.A medium-sized flushing and retrieving dog known for its rich brown coat, the Boykin Spaniel is avid, eager, merry, and trainable. This mellow housedog and tenacious bird dog was once South Carolina’s best-kept secret.

    Learn about the Boykin Spaniel

  • Briard +

    Briard standing sideways facing leftThe Briard packs so much loyalty, love, and spirit into its ample frame that it’s often described as a “heart wrapped in fur.” The dashing good looks of these muscular Frenchmen radiate a distinct aura of Gallic romance and elegance..

    Learn about the Briard

  • Brittany +

    Brittany standing in body of water surrounded by reeds
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    Sportsmen on both sides of the Atlantic cherish the agile, energetic Brittany as a stylish and versatile gundog. Bright and eager at home, and tireless afield, Brittanys require a lot of exercises, preferably with their favorite humans.

    Learn about the Brittany

  • Bull Terrier +

    Bull Terrier standing facing forwardAmong the most comical and mischievous citizens of dogdom, the Bull Terrier is playful and endearing, sometimes stubborn, but always devoted. These unique “eggheads” are exuberant, muscular companions who thrive on affection and exercise.

    Learn about the Bull Terrier

  • Bulldog +

    Bulldog face with tongue outKind but courageous, friendly but dignified, the Bulldog is a thick-set, low-slung, well-muscled bruiser whose “sourmug” face is the universal symbol of courage and tenacity. These docile, loyal companions adapt well to town or country.

    Learn about the Bulldog

  • Bullmastiff +

    Bullmastiff standing in three-quarter view facing forward
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    Fearless at work, docile at home, the Bullmastiff is a large, muscular guarder who pursued and held poachers in Merry Old England—merry, we suppose, for everyone but poachers. Bullmastiffs are the result of Bulldog and Mastiff crosses.

    Learn about the Bullmastiff

  • Cairn Terrier +

    Cairn Terrier

    Cairn Terriers are happy, busy little earthdogs originally bred to fearlessly root out foxes and other small, furred prey in the rocky Scottish countryside. Curious and alert, Cairns like having a place where they can explore and dig.

    Learn about the Cairn Terrier

  • Canaan Dog +

    Canaan Dog standing sideways facing left, head turned rightOne of the AKC’s oldest breeds, the Canaan Dog is the national dog of Israel. This quick, medium-sized pasture dog is docile with family, aloof with strangers. The ever-alert Canaan is a vocal and persistent guardian of flock and home.

    Learn about the Canaan Dog

  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi +

    Cardigan Welsh Corgi sitting in three-quarter view looking up.The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a masterpiece of the breeder’s art: Every aspect of its makeup is perfectly suited to moving cattle, and yet it is so congenial and sweet-faced that it would be a cherished companion even if it never did a day’s work.

    Learn about the Cardigan Welsh Corgi

  • Carolina Dog +

    Carolina Dog
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    Carolina Dogs are generally shy and suspicious in nature, but once a dog accepts a human into its pack, those behaviors disappear toward that human. A sighthound of medium build, they have the general appearance of a jackal or wolf.

    Learn about the Carolina Dog

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel +

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel lying on its side in three-quarter view
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    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel wears his connection to British history in his breed’s name. Cavaliers are the best of two worlds, combining the gentle attentiveness of a toy breed with the verve and athleticism of a sporting spaniel.

    Learn about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

  • Cesky Terrier +

    Cesky Terrier standing in three-quarter viewThe Cesky Terrier, national dog of the Czech Republic, is a clever and adventurous playmate for kids and an eager walking buddy for the folks. They are tenacious at work, but a little more laid back and tractable than the usual terrier.

    Learn about the Cesky Terrier

  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever +

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    The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, peerless duck dog of the Mid-Atlantic, is an American original who embodies the classic traits of a good retriever: loyal, upbeat, affectionate, and tireless. The Chessie is famous for his waterproof coat.

    Learn about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

  • Chihuahua +

    Chihuahua standing in three-quarter view facing forward
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    The Chihuahua is a tiny dog with a huge personality. A national symbol of Mexico, these alert and amusing “purse dogs” stand among the oldest breeds of the Americas, with a lineage going back to the ancient kingdoms of pre-Columbian times.

    Learn about the Chihuahua

  • Chinese Crested +

    Chinese Crested standing in three-quarter view
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    With their spotted pink skin, spiky “crested” hairdo, furry socks and feathery tail, you can’t mistake the sweet and slender Chinese Crested for any other breed. This frolicsome, ultra-affectionate companion dog is truly a breed apart.

    Learn about the Chinese Crested

  • Chinese Shar-Pei +

    Chinese Shar-Pei standing in three-quarter view
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    This fascinating but challenging breed of ancient pedigree is steadfastly loyal to family, but standoffish with strangers. The Chinese Shar-Pei has physical characteristics that make him a one-of-a-kind companion and guardian dog.

    Learn about the Chinese Shar-Pei

  • Chow Chow +

    Chow Chow standing facing left, head turned forwardThe Chow Chow, an all-purpose dog of ancient China, presents the picture of a muscular, deep-chested aristocrat with an air of inscrutable timelessness. Dignified, serious-minded, and aloof, the Chow Chow is a breed of unique delights.

    Learn about the Chow Chow

  • Cirneco dell'Etna +

    Cirneco dell’Etna standing in grass in three-quarter view
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    The sleek and sinewy Cirneco dell’Etna, the ancient coursing hound of Sicily, is an athletic hunter given to quick bursts of speed. As housedogs, Cirnechi are mild, low-maintenance companions cherished for their loyal and gentle nature.

    Learn about the Cirneco dell’Etna

  • Clumber Spaniel +

    Clumber Spaniel lying on a white background.A dignified and mellow hunting companion of kings, the Clumber Spaniel is the largest of the AKC flushing spaniels. For those who can handle some shedding and drooling, the amiable Clumber is an amusing best friend and a gentlemanly housemate.

    Learn about the Clumber Spaniel

  • Cocker Spaniel +

    Two Cocker Spaniels sitting side by side facing forward
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    The merry and frolicsome Cocker Spaniel, with his big, dreamy eyes and impish personality, is one of the world’s best-loved breeds. They were developed as hunting dogs, but Cockers gained their wide popularity as all-around companions.

    Learn about the Cocker Spaniel

  • Collie +

    Collie standing in three-quarter view facing forward
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    The majestic Collie, thanks to a hundred years as a pop-culture star, is among the world’s most recognizable and beloved dog breeds. The full-coated “rough” Collie is the more familiar variety, but there is also a sleek “smooth” Collie.

    Learn about the Collie

  • Coton de Tulear +

    Coton de Tulear sitting in three-quarter view facing forwardThe Coton de Tulear, “Royal Dog of Madagascar,” is a bright, happy-go-lucky companion dog whose favorite activities include clowning, cavorting, and following their special human around the house. The Coton is small but robustly sturdy.

    Learn about the Coton de Tulear

  • Curly-Coated Retriever +

    Curly-Coated Retriever lying in three-quarter view facing forward
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    The Curly-Coated Retriever, among the oldest of the retriever breeds, is a famously versatile gundog and peerless swimmer. Poised, proud, and wickedly smart, the Curly is a thinking person’s retriever who will never quit before you do.

    Learn about the Curly Coated Retriever

  • Dachshund +

    Dachshund standing in three-quarter view facing forwardThe famously long, low silhouette, ever-alert expression, and bold, vivacious personality of the Dachshund have made him a superstar of the canine kingdom. Dachshunds come in two sizes and in three coat types of various colors and patterns.

    Learn about the Dachshund

  • Dalmatian +

    Dalmatian standing in three-quarter view facing forwardThe dignified Dalmatian, dogdom’s citizen of the world, is famed for his spotted coat and unique job description. During their long history, these “coach dog” have accompanied the horse-drawn rigs of nobles, gypsies, and firefighters.

    Learn about the Dalmatian

  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier +

    Dandie Dinmont Terrier standing in three-quarter viewThe unique-looking Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a tough but dignified little exterminator. Sturdily built for the rigors of farm life, they will agreeably adapt to city living. Dandies are compact companions blessed with a big personality.

    Learn about the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

  • Danish-Swedish Farmdog +

    Danish Swedish Farmdog standing in three-quarter view on garden pathKnown as the Little Big Dog, the Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a companion dog that loves to work and enjoys a challenge. They are a small, compact and slightly rectangular dog, known to mature late.

    Learn about the Danish-Swedish Farmdog

  • Doberman Pinscher +

    Doberman Pinscher lying in three-quarter view facing forward
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    Sleek and powerful, possessing both a magnificent physique and keen intelligence, the Doberman Pinscher is one of dogkind’s noblemen. This incomparably fearless and vigilant breed stands proudly among the world’s finest protection dogs.

    Learn about the Doberman Pinscher

  • Dogo Argentino +

    Dogo Argentino standing in three-quarter view.The Dogo Argentino is a pack-hunting dog, bred for the pursuit of big-game such as wild boar and puma, and possesses the strength, intelligence and quick responsiveness of a serious athlete.

    Learn about the Dogo Argentino

  • Dogue de Bordeaux +

    grapesThe most ancient of French dog breeds, the Dogue de Bordeaux (“Mastiff of Bordeaux”) was around even before France was France. These brawny fawn-coated guardians of considerable courage are famously loyal, affectionate, and protective.

    Learn about the Dogue de Bordeaux

  • English Cocker Spaniel +

    English Cocker Spaniel sitting in three-quarter viewThe English Cocker Spaniel lovers often use the word “merry” to describe their breed. Upbeat in the field and mellow at home, this compact, silky-coated bird dog is widely admired for his delightful personality and irresistible good looks.

    Learn about the English Cocker Spaniel

  • English Setter +

    English Setter sitting in three-quarter view
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    The English Setter is a medium-sized sporting dog of sweet temper and show-stopping good looks. It is one of the AKC’s four British setters created to work on the distinctly different terrains of England, Ireland, and Scotland.

    Learn about the English Setter

  • English Springer Spaniel +

    English Springer Spaniel lying on a white background.The English Springer Spaniel is a sweet-faced, lovable bird dog of great energy, stamina, and brains. Sport hunters cherish the duality of working Springers: handsome, mannerly pets during the week, and trusty hunting buddies on weekends.

    Learn about the English Springer Spaniel

  • Finnish Spitz +

    Finnish Spitz standing in three-quarter view
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    The lively Finnish Spitz, the flame-colored, foxy-faced breed from the “Land of 60,000 Lakes,” is a small but fearless hunting dog whose unique style of tracking and indicating quarry has earned him the nickname the “Barking Bird Dog.”

    Learn about the Finnish Spitz

  • Flat-Coated Retriever +

    Flat-Coated Retriever lying in three-quarter view facing forward
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    The Peter Pan of the Sporting Group, the forever-young Flat-Coated Retriever is a gundog of relatively recent origin. Happy, self-assured, and willing to please, a good Flat-Coat will retrieve a duck or a show ribbon with equal aplomb.

    Learn about the Flat-Coated Retriever

  • French Bulldog +

    French Bulldog sitting in three-quarter view facing forwardThe one-of-a-kind French Bulldog, with his large bat ears and even disposition, is one of the world’s most popular small-dog breeds, especially among city dwellers. The Frenchie is playful, alert, adaptable, and completely irresistible.

    Learn about the French Bulldog

  • German Shepherd Dog +

    German Shepherd Dog lying in three-quarter view with front paws crossed.Generally considered dogkind’s finest all-purpose worker, the German Shepherd Dog is a large, agile, muscular dog of noble character and high intelligence. Loyal, confident, courageous, and steady, the German Shepherd is truly a dog lover’s delight.

    Learn about the German Shepherd Dog

  • German Shorthaired Pointer +

    German Shorthaired Pointer lying in three-quarter view, head turned rightThe versatile, medium-sized German Shorthaired Pointer is an enthusiastic gundog of all trades who thrives on vigorous exercise, positive training, and a lot of love. GSP people call their aristocratic companions the “perfect pointer.”

    Learn about the German Shorthaired Pointer

  • German Wirehaired Pointer +

    German Wirehaired Pointer lying in three-quarter view facing forward
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    With his sporty weatherproof coat and can-do attitude, the noble German Wirehaired Pointer is a versatile, sturdy gundog who thrives on outdoor activity. Around the house, the GWP is an eager, affectionate, and amusing family companion.

    Learn about the German Wirehaired Pointer

  • Giant Schnauzer +

    giant schnauzerThe Giant Schnauzer is a larger and more powerful version of the Standard Schnauzer, and he should, as the breed standard says, be a “bold and valiant figure of a dog.” Great intelligence and loyalty make him a stellar worker and companion.

    Learn about the Giant Schnauzer

  • Glen of Imaal Terrier +

    Glen of Imaal Terrier standing in three-quarter view
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    Gentler, less excitable than most terriers, but still bold and spirited, the double-coated Glen of Imaal Terrier is named for one of Ireland’s most remote locales. The brave but docile Glen is a strong, no-fuss dog built for hard work.

    Learn about the Glen of Imaal Terrier

  • Golden Retriever +

    Older Golden Retriever sitting facing forwardThe Golden Retriever, an exuberant Scottish gundog of great beauty, stands among America’s most popular dog breeds. They are serious workers at hunting and field work, as guides for the blind, and in search-and-rescue, enjoy obedience and other competitive events, and have an endearing love of life when not at work.

    Learn about the Golden Retriever

  • Gordon Setter +

    Gordon Setter standing in three-quarter view.The Gordon Setter, the black avenger of the Highlands, is a substantial bird dog named for a Scottish aristocrat. Athletic and outdoorsy, Gordons are bold, confident, and resolute in the field, and sweetly affectionate by the fireside.

    Learn about the Gordon Setter

  • Great Dane +

    The easygoing Great Dane, the mighty “Apollo of Dogs,” is a total joy to live with—but owning a dog of such imposing size, weight, and strength is a commitment not to be entered into lightly. This breed is indeed great, but not a Dane.

    Learn about the Great Dane

  • Great Pyrenees +

    Great PyreneesThe Great Pyrenees is a large, thickly coated, and immensely powerful working dog bred to deter sheep-stealing wolves and other predators on snowy mountaintops. Pyrs today are mellow companions and vigilant guardians of home and family.

    Learn about the Great Pyrenees

  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog +

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    The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large, immensely strong worker famous for a dense coat of striking black, red, and white markings. Dependable and faithful Swissies earned their feed as herders, drafters, and all-around pasture dogs.

    Learn about the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

  • Greyhound +

    Greyhound standing in three-quarter view facing forwardThe champion sprinter of dogdom, the Greyhound is a gentle, noble, and sweet-tempered companion with an independent spirit. For thousands of years these graceful hounds have been an object of fascination for artists, poets, and kings.

    Learn about the Greyhound

  • Hamiltonstovare +

    Hamiltonstovare standing in three-quarter view in the grass.The Hamiltonstovare is a versatile scent hound, bred to hunt hare and fox in Sweden. Hamiltons have been used as service dogs in America since the late 1990s, where their versatility and close bond with their people shine.

    Learn about the Hamiltonstovare

  • Havanese +

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    Havanese, the only dog breed native to Cuba, are cheerful little dogs with a spring in their step and a gleam in their big, brown eyes. These vivacious and sociable companions are becoming especially popular with American city dwellers.

    Learn about the Havanese

  • Ibizan Hound +

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    The Ibizan Hound is a lithe and leggy visitor from the dawn of civilization, bred as a rabbit courser on the rocky shores of Spain’s Balearic Islands. World-class sprinters and leapers, Ibizans need ample space to air out their engines.

    Learn about the Ibizan Hound

  • Irish Setter +

    Irish Setter standing facing forward.The Irish Setter is a high-spirited gundog known for grace, swiftness, and a flashy red coat. They are famously good family dogs: sweet-tempered companions for the folks, and rollicking playmates and tennis-ball fetchers for the children.

    Learn about the Irish Setter

  • Irish Terrier +

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    The Irish Terrier, “Daredevil” of the Emerald Isle, is a bold, dashing, and courageous terrier of medium size. Known for his fiery red coat and a temperament to match, the Irish Terrier is stouthearted at work and tenderhearted at home.

    Learn about the Irish Terrier

  • Irish Water Spaniel +

    Irish Water Spaniel standing in three-quarter viewThe tallest of the AKC’s spaniels, the Irish Water Spaniel is instantly recognizable by its crisply curled coat and tapering “rat tail.” Among the champion swimmers of dogdom, the alert and inquisitive IWS is hardworking and brave in the field, and playfully affectionate at home.

    Learn about the Irish Water Spaniel

  • Irish Wolfhound +

    Irish Wolfhound sitting facing leftThe calm, dignified, and kindly Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all AKC breeds. Once fearless big-game hunters capable of dispatching a wolf in single combat, Wolfhounds today are the most serene and agreeable of companions.

    Learn about the Irish Wolfhound

  • Italian Greyhound +

    Two Italian Greyhounds, one standing and one laying down.A true Greyhound in miniature, the elegant Italian Greyhound is an alert, playful, and highly affectionate toy companion. IGs make decorative couch dogs, but at heart they are flash-and-dash coursing hounds with an instinct for pursuit.

    Learn about the Italian Greyhound

  • Keeshond +

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    The amiable Keeshond is a medium-sized spitz dog of ample coat, famous for the distinctive “spectacles” on his foxy face. Once a fixture on the canal barges of his native Holland, the Kees was, and remains, a symbol of Dutch patriotism.

    Learn about the Keeshond

  • Kerry Blue Terrier +

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    Among the largest of AKC terriers, the Kerry Blue Terrier is famous for his show-stopping blue coat. Named for the Irish county of his birth, this onetime farm dog is today an alert, adaptable, and animated watchdog and family companion.

    Learn about the Kerry Blue Terrier

  • Kromfohrlander +

    Kromfohrlander standing in three-quarter view.The Kromfohrlander is a medium-sized companion breed that is sensitive, loving and loyal to its owners. He has a distinctive “smile” and will sneeze to greet you. Pronunciation of the breed is “krome-for-lahn-dair.”

    Learn about the Kromfohrlander

  • Kuvasz +

    Kuvasz standing in three-quarter view facing forwardThe snow-white Kuvasz is Hungary’s majestic guardian of flocks and companion of kings. A working dog of impressive size and strength, the imposing and thickly coated Kuvasz is a beautiful, smart, profoundly loyal, but challenging breed.

    Learn about the Kuvasz

  • Labrador Retriever +

    Labrador Retriever standing in three-quarter viewThe sweet-faced, lovable Labrador Retriever is America’s most popular dog breed. Labs are friendly, outgoing, and high-spirited companions who have more than enough affection to go around for a family looking for a medium-to-large dog.

    Learn about the Labrador Retriever

  • Lakeland Terrier +

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    A bold, zesty “big dog in a small package,” the Lakeland Terrier, named for the Lake District of his native England, was once a farmer’s dog bred to work in packs on sheep-stealing foxes. The Lakie’s coat is hard, wiry, and low-shedding.

    Learn about the Lakeland Terrier

  • Lancashire Heeler +

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    The Lancashire Heeler is a medium to high energy dog. Intelligent, alert and friendly, they are quick to learn new tasks. A sturdy little dog with a short, weather-resistant coat of black and tan or liver and tan, they are affectionate with their owners, always happy, talkative, and always ready for a walk.

    Learn about the Lancashire Heeler

  • Leonberger +

    Leonberger standing in a grassy fieldThe Leonberger is a lush-coated giant of German origin. They have a gentle nature and serene patience and they relish the companionship of the whole family.

    Learn about the Leonberger

  • Löwchen +

    Lowchen standing sideways facing left.A companion dog whose name is German for “little lion,” the Löwchen has been a popular pet among Continental Europeans for more than 500 years. The portable, non-shedding Löwchen is said to be affectionate, lively, and brave as a lion.

    Learn about the Löwchen

  • Maltese +

    MalteseThe tiny Maltese, “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta,” has been sitting in the lap of luxury since the Bible was a work in progress. Famous for their show-stopping, floor-length coat, Maltese are playful, charming, and adaptable toy companions.

    Learn about the Maltese

  • Manchester Terrier +

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    The Manchester Terrier is named after the English city where much of the breed’s early development took place. Sleek, racy dogs who possess a terrier’s ratting instinct and the graceful contours of coursing hounds, Manchesters are spirited, bright, and athletic. These racy dogs come in two size varieties: Standard (not exceeding 22 pounds) and Toy (not exceeding 12 pounds).

    Learn about the Manchester Terrier (Toy) | Manchester Terrier (Standard)

  • Mastiff +

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    The colossal Mastiff belongs to a canine clan as ancient as civilization itself. A massive, heavy-boned dog of courage and prodigious strength, the Mastiff is docile and dignified but also a formidable protector of those they hold dear..

    Learn about the Mastiff

  • Miniature American Shepherd +

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    The Miniature American Shepherd resembles a small Australian Shepherd. True herders in spite of their compact size, Minis are bright, self-motivated workers and endearingly loyal and lively companion dogs who have an affinity for horses.

    Learn about the Miniature American Shepherd

  • Miniature Pinscher +

    Miniature Pinscher standing facing leftThe leggy Miniature Pinscher is known to fans as the “King of Toys.” This proud, fearless, fun-loving toy breed of lustrous coat and a compact, wedge-shaped physique is a true personality dog, known for a high-stepping “hackney” gait.

    Learn about the Miniature Pinscher

  • Miniature Schnauzer +

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    The Miniature Schnauzer, the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds, is a generally healthy, long-lived, and low-shedding companion. Add an outgoing personality, a portable size, and sporty good looks, and you’ve got an ideal family dog.

    Learn about the Miniature Schnauzer

  • Mudi +

    The Mudi is an extremely versatile, intelligent, alert, agile, all-purpose Hungarian farm dog. His courage is useful for working the most stubborn livestock. The breed is a loyal protector of property and family members without being overly aggressive.

    Learn about the Mudi

  • Neapolitan Mastiff +

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    The Neapolitan Mastiff is a huge, powerful guarder whose astounding appearance has intimidated intruders since the days of ancient Rome. Wary with strangers, the profusely wrinkled Mastino is sweet, placid, and steady among loved ones.

    Learn about the Neapolitan Mastiff

  • Nederlandse Kooikerhondje +

    Nederlandse Kooikerhondje FieldThe Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is lively, agile, self-confident, good-natured and alert. The breed is faithful, easy-going and friendly in the home. Outdoors he is a true sporting dog being keen, swift, tough, attentive and energetic. With sufficient perseverance and stamina, he enjoys working and does so with a cheerful character.

    Learn about the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

  • Newfoundland +

    Newfoundland sitting in three-quarter view facing forwardThe massive Newfoundland is a strikingly large, powerful working dog of heavy bone and dignified bearing. The sweet-tempered Newfie is a famously good companion and has earned a reputation as patient and watchful over children.

    Learn about the Newfoundland

  • Norfolk Terrier +

    Norfolk Terrier sitting facing forwardNorfolk Terriers are little, cute, and loyal, and they will gladly curl up in your lap, but don’t dare call them lapdogs. Norfolks, despite their toyish qualities, are genuine terriers—feisty, confident, sturdy, and game for adventure.

    Learn about the Norfolk Terrier

  • Norrbottenspets +

    Norrbottenspets standing facing leftThe Norrbottenspets is a small, slightly rectangular spitzdog, well poised, with sinewy and well-developed muscles. Alert with head carried high, they have a fearless attitude and are extremely agile. They are calm, keen, and attentive, with a kind disposition.

    Learn about the Norrbottenspets

  • Norwegian Buhund +

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    The densely coated Norwegian Buhund, a Nordic spitz-type closely associated with the Vikings, is a medium-sized cold-weather worker adept at herding and guarding. As family dogs, Buhunds are smart, affectionate, and steadfastly devoted.

    Learn about the Norwegian Buhund

  • Norwegian Elkhound +

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    The Norwegian Elkhound is a robust spitz type known for his lush silver-gray coat and dignified but friendly demeanor. The durable Elkhound is among Europe’s oldest dogs. They sailed with the Vikings and figure in Norse art and legend.

    Learn about the Norwegian Elkhound

  • Norwich Terrier +

    Norwich Terrier lying in three-quarter viewNorwich Terriers are plucky little earthdogs named for their hometown in England. The old cliché “a big dog in a small package” was coined for breeds like the Norwich, who can be oblivious to the fact that they are just 10 inches tall.

    Learn about the Norwich Terrier

  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever +

    The smallest of the AKC’s retrievers, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is intelligent, affectionate, and eager to please. Play fetch with a tireless Toller until your right arm falls off, and he will ask you to throw left-handed.

    Learn about the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

  • Old English Sheepdog +

    Old English Sheepdog sitting in three-quarter view facing forwardThe Old English Sheepdog is the archetypical shaggy dog, famous for his profuse coat and peak-a-boo hairdo, a distinctive bear-like gait, and a mellow, agreeable nature. The OES is a big, agile dog who enjoys exploring and a good romp.

    Learn about the Old English Sheepdog

  • Papillon +

    Papillon standing facing left, head turned forwardThe quick, curious Papillon is a toy dog of singular beauty and upbeat athleticism. Despite his refined appearance, the Pap is truly a “doggy dog” blessed with a hardy constitution. Papillon fanciers describe their breed as happy, alert, and friendly.

    Learn about the Papillon

  • Pekingese +

    Pekingese standing in three-quarter viewThe Pekingese, a compact toy companion of regal bearing and a distinctive rolling gait, is one of several breeds created for the ruling classes of ancient China. These are sophisticated dogs of undying loyalty and many subtle delights.

    Learn about the Pekingese

  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi +

    Pembroke Welsh Corgi standing facing forward.Among the most agreeable of all small housedogs, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a strong, athletic, and lively little herder who is affectionate and companionable without being needy. They are one of the world’s most popular herding breeds.

    Learn about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

  • Peruvian Inca Orchid +

    Two Peruvian Inca Orchids laying side by side facing forward.Agile, smart and swift, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is an elegant sighthound that developed in Peru. The breed can be hairless or coated, and comes in three sizes: small, medium and large. Lively and alert, these dogs can be very good hunters and do well in lure coursing, rally and agility.

    Learn about the Peruvian Inca Orchid

  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen +

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    The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a vivacious small French hunting hound known for a happy demeanor and durable constitution. Bred to work in a pack, PBGVs enjoy company and do well with other dogs and kids.

    Learn about the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

  • Pharaoh Hound +

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    The Pharaoh Hound, ancient “Blushing Dog” of Malta, is an elegant but rugged sprinting hound bred to course small game over punishing terrain. Quick and tenacious on scent, these friendly, affectionate hounds settle down nicely at home.

    Learn about the Pharaoh Hound

  • Plott Hound +

    Plott sitting in grass facing forward, head turned slightly leftThe Plott Hound, a hound with a curious name and a unique history, is a rugged, relentless hunting dog who is a mellow gentleman at home but fearless, implacable, and bold at work. This eye-catching scenthound is North Carolina’s state dog.

    Learn about the Plott Hound

  • Pointer +

    Pointer on point in the woods.The Pointer is the ultimate expression of canine power and grace. The breed’s name is its job description: Pointers point game birds, and they have been pointing for centuries. The high-energy Pointer is an excellent runner’s companion.

    Learn about the Pointer

  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog +

    Polish Lowland Sheepdog sitting in three-quarter view facing forwardA shaggy-coated herding dog who thrives on exercise and hard work, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is clever, confident, and a bit stubborn. Compact, alert, and adaptable, they are beloved companions and watchdogs of Polish city dwellers.

    Learn about the Polish Lowland Sheepdog

  • Pomeranian +

    Pomeranian standing in three-quarter view facing forwardThe tiny Pomeranian, long a favorite of royals and commoners alike, has been called the ideal companion. The glorious coat, smiling, foxy face, and vivacious personality have helped make the Pom one of the world’s most popular toy breeds.

    Learn about the Pomeranian

  • Poodle +

    Whether Standard, Miniature, or Toy, the Poodle stands proudly among dogdom’s true aristocrats. Beneath the curly, low-allergen coat is an elegant athlete and companion for all reasons and seasons.

    Learn about the Poodle (Standard) | Poodle (Miniature) | Poodle (Toy)

  • Porcelaine +

    Porcelaine standing in the grass.The Porcelaine is elegant, energetic, and a fierce hunter; he is used for small game, driving it to waiting guns. He is very fond of his owners, family, friends and children and he loves to take part in all family activities. He excels as a house pet and is easily crate trained and housebroken.

    Learn about the Porcelaine

  • Portuguese Podengo Pequeno +

    Portuguese Podengo Pequeno standing in three-quarter view facing forward.Classified as a hound, the alert and playful little Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is a quick, athletic rabbit hunter of ancient lineage. Pequenos love to run, romp, and chase when outdoors but make charming and well-mannered housemates.

    Learn about the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

  • Portuguese Podengo +

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    Portuguese Podengos are lively, agile, playful, alert, highly intelligent but not always easy to train, independent yet loving with the family and sometimes suspicious of strangers. The breed’s two sizes have different jobs: the larger hunts deer and boar and the medium-sized hunts rabbit.

    Learn about the Portuguese Podengo

  • Pug +

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    Once the mischievous companion of Chinese emperors, and later the mascot of Holland’s royal House of Orange, the small but solid Pug is today adored by his millions of fans around the world. Pugs live to love and to be loved in return.

    Learn about the Pug

  • Puli +

    PuliNo other breed can be mistaken for the Puli, a compact but powerful herder covered from head to tail with profuse, naturally occurring cords. Bred to work closely with humans, these agile and faithful little dynamos are quick learners.

    Learn about the Puli

  • Pumi +

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    A compact, nimble-footed herder of Hungarian origin, the Pumi is easily recognized by a corkscrew-curled coat, two-thirds erect ears, and distinctive whimsical expression. The breed is famed for its intelligence, agility, and boldness.

    Learn about the Pumi

  • Rat Terrier +

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    An American original, with a breed name said to be coined by Teddy Roosevelt, the Rat Terrier is a compact, tough, smooth-coated exterminator dog. RTs come in two size varieties and are happy-go-lucky, playful, and portable companions.

    Learn about the Rat Terrier

  • Rhodesian Ridgeback +

    The Rhodesian Ridgeback is an all-purpose “Renaissance hound” whose hallmark is the ridge, or stripe of backward-growing hair, on his back. Though the breed was made famous in its native Africa for its skill at tracking and baying – but never, ever killing – lions, today Ridgebacks are cherished family dogs whose owners must be prepared to deal with their independence and strong prey drive.

    Learn about the Rhodesian Ridgeback

  • Rottweiler +

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    The Rottweiler is a robust working breed of great strength descended from the mastiffs of the Roman legions. A gentle playmate and protector within the family circle, the Rottie observes the outside world with a self-assured aloofness.

    Learn about the Rottweiler

  • Russell Terrier +

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    Upbeat, lively, inquisitive, and friendly, the jaunty Russell Terrier was developed by England’s “Sporting Parson” for use in foxhunts. The adorable Russell Terrier looks like a plush toy come to life but is an eager, tireless working terrier.

    Learn about the Russell Terrier

  • Russian Toy +

    Russian Toy sitting facing forward.The Russian Toy is a small, elegant, lively dog with long legs, fine bones and lean muscles. They are active and cheerful, possessing keen intelligence and a desire to please. This breed loves to snuggle and be close to their human companions, although sometimes slightly aloof to strangers.

    Learn about the Russian Toy

  • Saluki +

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    Among the world’s oldest breeds, the slim but rugged Saluki was the hunting hound of kings for thousands of years. Salukis are swift and agile sprinters who love a good chase. They make gentle, dignified, and independent but loyal pets.

    Learn about the Saluki

  • Samoyed +

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    Powerful, agile, tireless, impervious to cold—Sammies are drop-dead gorgeous but highly functional. Even their most delightful feature, a perpetual smile, has a practical function: The mouth’s upturned corners keep Sammies from drooling, preventing icicles from forming on the face.

    Learn about the Samoyed

  • Schapendoes +

    Schapendoes sitting in three-quarter view.This shaggy sheepdog of Holland is also known as the Dutch Sheep Dog. Schapendoes are cheerful, funny, clever and brave and are very good family pets. They also have a strong desire to please.

    Learn about the Schapendoes

  • Schipperke +

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    The Schipperke, Belgium’s “little captain,” is the traditional barge dog of the Low Countries. Curious, lively, and intense but mischievous, this little black dog is a robust, long-lived companion for whom there is never a dull moment.

    Learn about the Schipperke

  • Scottish Deerhound +

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    The crisply coated Scottish Deerhound, “Royal Dog of Scotland,” is a majestically large coursing hound struck from the ancient Greyhound template. Among the tallest of dog breeds, the Deerhound was bred to stalk the giant wild red deer.

    Learn about the Scottish Deerhound

  • Scottish Terrier +

    Two Scottish Terriers sitting on grass side by side facing forwardA solidly compact dog of vivid personality, the Scottish Terrier is an independent, confident companion of high spirits. Scotties have a dignified, almost-human character. Their terrier persistence has earned the breed the nickname “The Diehard.”

    Learn about the Scottish Terrier

  • Sealyham Terrier +

    Sealyham Terrier sitting in three-quarter view facing forwardThe Sealyham Terrier is brave and spirited, but not as spiky as smaller terriers. These sturdy, outgoing companions are recognized by their “fall,” the mass of hair covering the forehead. Sealy fans enjoy their dog’s sly sense of humor.

    Learn about the Sealyham Terrier

  • Shetland Sheepdog +

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    The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is an extremely intelligent, quick, and obedient herder from Scotland’s remote and rugged Shetland Islands. Shelties bear a strong family resemblance to their bigger cousin, the Collie.

    Learn about the Shetland Sheepdog

  • Shiba Inu +

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    An ancient Japanese breed, the Shiba Inu is a little but well-muscled dog once employed as a hunter. Today, the spirited, good-natured Shiba is the most popular companion dog in Japan. The adaptable Shiba is at home in town or country.

    Learn about the Shiba Inu

  • Siberian Husky +

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    The Siberian Husky, a thickly coated, compact sled dog of medium size and great endurance, was developed to work in packs, pulling light loads at moderate speeds over vast frozen expanses. Huskies are friendly, fastidious, and dignified.

    Learn about the Siberian Husky

  • Silky Terrier +

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    A charming member of the AKC Toy Group, the compact, glossy-coated Silky Terrier is nonetheless a true terrier of energetic high spirits. The Silky, a native of Sydney, Australia, is larger than his close cousin, the Yorkshire Terrier.

    Learn about the Silky Terrier

  • Skye Terrier +

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    “The heavenly breed with the heart of a lion,” the long, low, and level Skye Terrier is among the AKC’s most distinctive-looking breeds. This elegant but sturdy aristocrat was bred as an exterminator on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye.

    Learn about the Skye Terrier

  • Smooth Fox Terrier +

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    The Smooth Fox Terrier, called the “gentleman of the terrier world,” is a lively, gregarious terrier with a devil-may-care attitude, originally developed for Britain’s traditional foxhunts. They are close relatives to Wire Fox Terriers.

    Learn about the Smooth Fox Terrier

  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier +

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    The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, an exuberant Irish farm dog, is happy, friendly, deeply devoted, and just stubborn enough to remind you he’s a terrier. The unique wheaten coat is low-shedding but needs diligent care to avoid matting.

    Learn about the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

  • Spanish Water Dog +

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    The inexhaustible Spanish Water Dog is a dual-purpose breed whose hallmark is a coat of wooly curls. Used as both a herder and waterfowl retriever in his homeland, this rustic charmer is a lively family companion and vigilant watchdog.

    Learn about the Spanish Water Dog

  • Spinone Italiano +

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    The Spinone Italiano, a densely-coated hunting dog, is sociable, docile, and patient, sometimes stubborn but always endearing. Of ancient Italian lineage, the Spinone is among the field dogs of Continental Europe famed for versatility.

    Learn about the Spinone Italiano

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier +

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    From his brawling past, the muscular but agile Staffordshire Bull Terrier retains the traits of courage and tenacity. Happily, good breeding transformed this former gladiator into a mild, playful companion with a special feel for kids.

    Learn about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

  • Standard Schnauzer +

    standard schnauzer working groupThe bold, bewhiskered Standard Schnauzer is a high-spirited farm dog from Germany. They are the sometimes-willful but ever reliable medium-sized members of the Schnauzer family of breeds. The Standard’s sporty look is a canine classic.

    Learn about the Standard Schnauzer

  • Sussex Spaniel +

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    “Placid, affectionate, even-tempered, true-blue, loyal” — all are words used to describe the Sussex Spaniel, a slow-but-steady hunter and congenial housedog. His frowning expression is delightfully at odds with a typically cheerful nature.

    Learn about the Sussex Spaniel

  • Swedish Vallhund +

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    The long and low Swedish Vallhund, Viking Dog of ancient legend, is a smart and sociable herder of dense coat and boundless energy. These rugged cattle dogs are known for their zest for life, unique vocalizations, and cheerful demeanor.

    Learn about the Swedish Vallhund

  • Tibetan Spaniel +

    Tibetan SpanielThe frisky and curious Tibetan Spaniel was bred ages ago for sentinel work on the walls of Tibetan monasteries. Known for a flat, silky coat and “lion’s mane” around the neck, the Tibbie forms a tight, worshipful bond with their humans.

    Learn about the Tibetan Spaniel

  • Tibetan Terrier +
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    The Tibetan Terrier, “Holy Dog of Tibet,” is an ancient watchdog and companion long associated with Buddhist monasteries. A profusely coated, small-to-medium-sized dog with “snowshoe” feet, the TT is affectionate, sensitive, and clever.

    Learn about the Tibetan Terrier

  • Toy Fox Terrier +

    Toy Fox Terrier standing facing forward.A diminutive satin-coated terrier with an amusing toy-dog personality, the Toy Fox Terrier is, as breed fanciers say, “truly a toy and a terrier.” They began as barnyard ratters but are today beguiling companions with a big personality.

    Learn about the Toy Fox Terrier

  • Treeing Walker Coonhound +

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    A smart, brave, and sensible hunter, the Treeing Walker Coonhound is a genuine American favorite, nicknamed “The People’s Choice.” Don’t let the name fool you — Walkers are runners and are capable of covering a lot of ground in a hurry.

    Learn about the Treeing Walker Coonhound

  • Vizsla +

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    The Vizsla is a versatile, red-coated gundog built for long days in the field. For centuries, these rugged but elegant athletes have been the pride of Hungarian sportsmen and their popularity in America increases with each passing year.

    Learn about the Vizsla

  • Weimaraner +

    Weimaraner lying in three-quarter view facing forwardThe Weimaraner, German’s sleek and swift “Gray Ghost” is beloved by hunters and pet owners alike for their friendliness, obedience, and beauty. They enjoy exercise, and plenty of it, along with lots of quality time with their humans.

    Learn about the Weimaraner

  • Welsh Springer Spaniel +

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    The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a vigorous, medium-sized bird dog of happy disposition, known for versatility in the field, companionability at home, and dashing good looks anywhere. The Welshie is among Britain’s oldest sporting breeds..

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  • Welsh Terrier +

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    The Welsh Terrier is as alert and spirited as any self-respecting terrier, but a bit calmer than most— “game, not quarrelsome,” as breed fanciers say. The Welshman was bred to do battle with badgers, otters, and other dangerous opponents.

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  • Whippet +

    Whippet lying in three-quarter viewThe sleek, sweet-faced Whippet, the “Poor Man’s Racehorse,” is lightning quick. He is an amiable, dignified, and gentle soul, but give him something to chase and he’s all business. The name Whippet is synonymous with streamlined grace.

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  • Wire Fox Terrier +

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    The Wire Fox Terrier breed standard says they should be “on the tip-toe of expectation at the slightest provocation.” Once a mainstay of traditional British foxhunts, today’s Wire is a handsome and amusing companion and master show dog.

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  • Wirehaired Vizsla +

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    The Wirehaired Vizsla is an exuberant hunter on land or lake, whose dense, wiry coat distinguishes him from his close cousin, the Vizsla. Calm and gentle around the house, these upbeat Hungarians like running, swimming, and upbeat play.

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  • Xoloitzcuintli +

    Xoloitzcuintli standing sideways facing left outdoors on a dirt path with green grass and trees in the backgroundThe 3,000-year-old Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced “show-low-eats-QUEENT-lee”), the ancient Aztec dog of the gods, is today a loving companion and vigilant watchdog. The alert and loyal Xolo comes in three sizes, and in either hairless or coated varieties.

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  • Yorkshire Terrier +

    Yorkshire Terrier lying in three-quarter view facing forward
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    Beneath the dainty, glossy, floor-length coat of a Yorkshire Terrier beats the heart of a feisty, old-time terrier. Yorkies earned their living as ratters in mines and mills long before they became the beribboned lapdogs of Victorian ladies.

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