Our Dog Breeds A to Z list is the first in a series of pages that list dog breeds alphabetically, with photographs, brief descriptions and links to the individual breed pages.
The Afghan Hound is aloof and distinguished, with it’s own streak of independence. As their name
suggests, Afghan Hounds originate from the mountains of Afghanistan
where their long, luxurious coat kept them warm in the cold climate.
Origins: MoroccoSize: LargeGrooming: ModerateTraining: AverageRecognition: FCI: Group 2, UKC: Guardian The Aidi is a livestock guardian dog that has also been used for
hunting, as it has a good nose for scent tracking. Mischievous and
comical companions, they will do their utmost to cheer you up and make
Airedales have a great longing for affection and need to feel part of
the family rather than banished outside to live alone in a kennel. Origins: TurkeySize: GiantGrooming: AverageTraining: EasyRecognition: UKC: Guardian, FCI This breed is an alert, courageous,
independent guardian that is happiest on the farm, guarding livestock.
They have the speed of a sight hound and the
power of a guardian coupled with elegance and grace. They have a
strong protective instinct, loyalty, and
intelligence, but they are also very
independently minded, which means they often act alone without the guidance of humans. Origins: Japan & United StatesSize: LargeGrooming: Time ConsumingTraining: Time ConsumingRecognition: FCI: 5, AKC: Working, ANKC: Utility, CKC: Working, KC: Utility, NZKC: Utility, UKC: Northern Breed
Instead, the American is a larger dog and slightly
differs in physical appearance compared to the japanese akita. The Akita Inu would be considered the Japanese
type of this breed. Akita Inu dogs are strong, independent and dominant.
They can be
aloof with strangers but affectionate and loving with family members. They are not for the novice dog owner and require strong handling. Origins: The United StatesSize: Small, Medium, or LargeGrooming: AverageTraining: AverageRecognition: UKC: Northern Breeds
You may have heard of the Alaskan Klee Kai, but you probably haven’t
seen one; they are relatively rare, and were only recognized by the AKC
in 1997. The Alaskan Malamute is an active, loyal breed that loves to be with its family. These dogs
are hardworking and have plenty of energy to play or exert through heavy
Their energetic personality is important to
be taken into consideration when getting one, as they will get into some bad
habits if they are allowed to stay cramped up in their home. An Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog posing for the camera Origins: The United StatesSize:LargeGrooming: MinimalTraining: EasyRecognition: None
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog has a fantastic temperament and gets on
extremely well with children, although they can be a little aloof at
times. They are a loyal breed who also make brilliant guard and
companion dogs. If raised
correctly, your ABBB will be a wonderful companion who will protect
you and your family only when required and without any undue
aggression towards strangers or other dogs.
Origins: PortugalSize: GiantGrooming: EasyTraining: ChallengingRecognition: FCI: Group 2, UKC: Guardian Origin: Austria Size: MediumGrooming: MinimalTraining: AverageRecognition: FCI: Group 6, UKC: Scenthound Origins: The United StatesSize: Large to GiantGrooming: EasyTraining: AverageRecognition: UKC: Guardian
Bulldog is considered one of many different “bully” breeds, each of which is
unique to some degree. All bulldog breeds are descended from a deliberate mix of bull baiting
dogs that were selected for the endurance, strength, and toughness. Originally bred to hunt
Raccoon, they are tenacious when on the trail but laid-back and relaxed
These are large, athletic dogs that cover difficult ground
quickly with a sure-footed, easy stride. The American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest member of the gun dog group and is a lively, playful popular pet for
families with children. They are extremely friendly although they can
throw the odd strop if they don’t get enough attention.
They adore human company and will follow you around constantly and want to lay on your lap for cuddles. Their favorite thing to do is try to please their master and will bring presents to anyone and everyone to make them happy. Origins: U.S.A.Size: MediumGrooming: EasyTraining: Time ConsumingRecognition: UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)
A breed with Asian roots, crossing into North America thousands of years ago and becoming a feral dog centered around the Carolinas. It’s origins are unclear, but it
is believed that they have roots in Asia, and migrated across the Bering
Sea land bridge between Russia and Alaska thousands of years ago. In
more recent times they lived wild along the border between Georgia and
South Carolina, giving rise to the name ‘Carolina Dog‘.
Origins: GermanySize: Small to MediumGrooming: Time ConsumingTraining: EasyRecognition: AKC: Non-sporting, CKC: Non-sporting, UKC: Northern Breeds The American Eskimo Dog is a smart, affectionate
pet that loves to be around its family. These dogs are small enough to live in apartments, so
long as they get ample exercise.
This being said, they are not best for owners
who will not be home for most of the day, as they are prone to separation
anxiety and will bark as a result. Origins: The United StatesSize:Medium to LargeGrooming: EasyTraining: AverageRecognition: FCI: Group 6, AKC: Hounds, CKC: Hounds, UKC: Scenthounds The American Foxhound is a medium-size dog of the Hound Group, hunting
American President George Washington played a
significant role in developing the breed, using English and French stock
to help develop this distinctive American dog Origins: The United StatesSize: SmallGrooming: EasyTraining: AverageRecognition: AKC: FSS, UKC: Terrier The American Hairless is a small dog of the Terrier Group weighing just
12 to 16lbs, with a feisty nature.
The hairless dog is hypoallergenic, but has a few
issues that potential owners should be aware of. With no normal coat to
protect the skin, they may get sunburned if out in bright sun for too
long. At the other extreme, they lose body heat quickly if out in the
cold, and need a dog jacket to keep them warm and prevent hypothermia.
An American Pit Bull Terrier with cropped ears Origins: United StatesSize: VariesGrooming: MinimalTraining: AverageRecognition: UKC: Terriers To someone who doesnt know much
about these dogs, they would just call them pit bulls, but are they
truly different breeds?
Origins: United StatesSize: LargeGrooming: MinimalTraining: averageRecognition: AKC: FSS, UKC: Herding This is the only dog
breed to have originated in Louisiana, and they were used for hunting
and herding swamp pig (hogs). To some, the American Staffordshire Terrier means only one
thing – – PIT BULL – – and with that comes all the negative propaganda that has spread
throughout the news at every level, prompting breed bands and high insurance
It is true that the American Staffordshire Terrier has
suffered and gained a bad reputation. A strong and muscular small gun dog from the Great Lakes of the USA. This breed of Water Spaniel can be recognized by its glossy dark
They are built for cold water, and are extremely agile,
being able to jump out of a small boat without disturbing it. Kangal dogs are originally from the Anatolia region of Turkey. They were
bred to be livestock guardian dogs, protecting flocks of sheep and
goats at night from wolves, jackals and bears.
There is an important
distinction between dogs that help a shepherd to herd animals, ie. Origins: FranceSize: MediumGrooming: MinimalTraining: EasyRecognition: FCI: Group 6, UKC: Scenthounds Origins: SwitzerlandSize: LargeGrooming: MinimalTraining: AverageRecognition: FCI: Group 2, AKC: FSS, UKC: Guardian
Origins: FranceSize: LargeGrooming: MinimalTraining: EasyRecognition: FCI: Group 6, UKC: Scenthound The breed was created in the second
half of the 19th century by Australian cattle breeders who wanted a
tough dog to help them herd cattle over the vast ranches and spaces. They used Dingos tamed by Aboriginals and crossed them with imported
Origins: AustraliaSize: MediumGrooming: MinimalTraining: AverageRecognition: FCI: Group 1, ANKC: Working, CKC: Herding, NZKC: Working, UKC: Herding This is a very active breed, and if you are looking
for a pet to keep you young and on your toes, look no further than this
exuberant Australian. ‘Aussies’ are best suited for people
that are regularly active and have an on-the-go type lifestyle.
This is the
kind of dog that needs regular exercise due to their intense herding instincts,
and if that area is lacking, it can lead to an array of undesirable behavior
issues that is not generally associated with a happy, healthy Aussie. Origins: AustraliaSize:Grooming:Training:Recognition: FCI: Group 1, ANKC: Working, CKC: Herding, Origins: AustriaSize:MediumGrooming: MinimalTraining: AverageRecognition: FCI: Group 6, UKC: Scenthound
Origins: AustriaSize: MediumGrooming: MinimalTraining: AverageRecognition: FCI: Group 2, UKC: Terrier The Azawakh is sometimes mistaken for the Sloughi or even a
Greyhound, but this is a separate breed from the Southern Sahara/West