Affenpinscher  

Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher (or “Affen” as it is often affectionately called) is a small dog with the build, personality and sturdy constitution of a terrier. It has a short, thick and wiry coat, with longer wisps falling over its face and a slightly curly undercoat. The Affen has a squarish frame and face, round eyes, a short nose and an undershot jaw (giving its nickname, “the monkey terrier”). Traditionally its ears and tails are docked by a third of its length.

 

Afghan Hound  

Afghan Hound

Known for its aristocratic bearing, the Afghan Hound is tall, willowy, with an elongated head and a silky topknot. Its convex muzzle gives it an appearance of a “Roman nose,” complemented by delicate almond shaped eyes. Its legs are long and straight. It has a silky coat, with its face and ears in a deeper shade, and a curled tail. This majestic appearance has given it the title “a king of dogs”. The Afghan Hound is also considered to be one of the oldest known breeds.

 

Airedale Terrier  

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale is the largest in the terrier family, giving it the nickname “The King of Terriers.” It has a flat and elongated head, a deep chest, and very straight front legs. It has a rough, wiry coat that resists dampness (a must for the rainy weather of the Valley of Aire, England, where it was originally bred and from which it gets its name). This is lined by a softer undercoat. The fur is usually tan with dark griddle saddle markings. Ears fold forward, the short tail, which it holds gaily but never curls over the back, is often docked.

 

Akita  

Akita

The Akita is the National Dog of Japan, and is considered to be one of its National Monuments. It is the largest of the Japanese Spitzes. It is very muscular, with a solid and powerful frame. The Akita's head is broad, with a short muzzle, triangular eyes, and a shallow groove in the center of the forehead. It has a bushy tail which curls over its back, and webbed paws ideal for swimming. They also have a very thick and waterproof topcoat, lined with a softer undercoat.

 

Alaskan Malamute  

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a descendant of the Arctic wolf. It has figured in the short stories of Jack London and Rudyard Kipling, which showcased the breed’s admirable strength and noble stance. It has a very solid and sturdy build, with a wide head and erect ears, and almond-shaped eyes that are obliquely spaced. The Alaskan Malamute have a thick plumed tail, and a double coat that gives ample protection from the elements.

 

english coonhound  

American English Coonhound

The American English Coonhound is a breed of dog that can be compared to a well-conditioned athlete. Its head is broad with a very slightly domed skull. Its ears hang rather low, reaching nearly at the end of the nose when drawn out and an expression that can be best described as kind and houndy. The coat is a medium length, hard, protective hair with a deep chest, strong back and broad loin without any exaggerated parts. It moves effortlessly with its head carried up and alert, a true picture of great endurance, strength and vigor.

 

American Eskimo Dog  

American Eskimo Dog

A member of the Spitz family, the American Eskimo has been bred into three different varieties—toy, miniature and standard. The “Eskie” as it is affectionately called has a head shaped like a wedge, with a perfectly proportioned muzzle and skull. The American Eskimo are intelligent dogs, with their erect triangular ears adding to their alert and energetic expression. They have a thick coat topcoat, which grows up and through the soft undercoat. This creates a ruffed appearance that is particularly prominent around the neck.

 

American Foxhound  

American Foxhound

The American foxhound is a large hound developed to be lighter, faster, and taller than its English equivalent, and it is also known to have a stronger sense of smell. It has long and straight front legs, a long, large head with broad, hanging ears, hazel or brown eyes, and an upward-curving tail. The breed is known to have bounding ability, great endurance and speed, as well as eagerness to pursue quarry as part of a pack. The breed can be further divided into show hounds, pack hounds, and field trial hounds.

 

American Staffordshire Terrier  

American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire terrier (also called AmStaff) was a well-known fighting dog back in the 1800s, developed by crossing the bulldog with several types of terriers. The development of this type of fighter dog began in England, where it was known as the Staffordshire Bullterrier. After it was brought to America, where it was enhanced to have a stronger head and sturdier build, the result of further modification was established as a separate breed from the English counterpart.

 

american water spaniel  

American Water Spaniel

The American Water Spaniel, currently recognized as the state dog of Wisconsin, first enjoyed popularity as an exemplary hunting companion in the midwestern regions of the US. Though there are no accurate records of its origin, this breed is believed to have derived from the Irish water spaniel, to which it has a close resemblance, and possibly the English water spaniel as well. This breed is quite skilled, its relatively small build notwithstanding. It has a long, powerful muzzle suitable for carrying quarry, tough legs that are fit for swimming, and a tail that is often used to steer while in the water. Its wavy or curly coat and dense undercoat provide protection from weather and water, as well as thorny cover.

 

American Shepherd Dog  

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Despite the name, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog was never a herder, but more of a flock guard, protecting livestock from predators like bears and wolves. A breed of ancient origin, the Anatolian varies greatly in coat type, color, and size, as it served as a companion to traveling shepherds, adapting to different conditions. This tough breed is endowed with great endurance and agility, in a strong but flowing pace. A dense undercoat and short to rough outer coat make up the fur, which tends to be longer at the mane and neck.

 

appenzeller sennenhunde  

Appenzeller Sennenhunde

The Appenzeller Sennenhunde is one of the four Swiss mountain dog breeds and is considered rare and threatened by extinction. It got its name from the Appenzell region which was its original breeding territory and Sennenhunde which means the dog of the Alpine dairymen. It has a compact and muscular body with a back that is moderately long and straight and a deep broad chest that reaches to the elbow.

 

argentine dogo  

Argentine Dogo

The Argentine Dogo, also known as the Argentinian Mastiff is the only native purebred large-game hunting dog developed by Argentina. It has a big skull with a head that has a concave-convex profile. Its eyes are deeply set, its nose strongly pigmented in black, its lips taut and its ears of triangular shape is well on top of its head. The body is muscular yet graceful, giving an over-all impression of strength. It has a long tail and a short white coat with no undercoat. It is said that the breed’s developer used at least 10 separate breeds to come up with the perfect pack hunter and guardian that is the Argentine Dogo.

 

Australian Cattle Dog  

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog came about as the answer to the need for a herding breed that could endure the heat and the harsh Australian terrain, along with long journeys over expansive grazing lands. Not only did this breed prove to be resilient, it is also capable of effectively driving cattle, without startling them by barking. The Australian cattle dog’s solid and compact build allows for the agility and quickness required to manage wild cattle.

 

Australian Shepherd  

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd was so named as it made its way to the US through Australia, though it is originally from a breed of European dogs that served as companion to Basque shepherds exporting Merino sheep. It is believed that this breed was crossbred with the Collie, thus beginning the development of the Australian shepherd. This breed is quick, agile, muscular, and thus capable of carrying out a full day’s work, even if it means keeping up with boisterous sheep. It has a weatherproof double coat, with a straight or wavy outer coat of moderate length.

 

australian terrier  

Australian Terrier

As a working dog that has shorter legs and is smaller than most in its breed group, the Australian terrier developed a gait that allows it to cover a fair ground area. The breed has a long head, dark nose, angular-shaped ears, dark luminous eyes, a scissors bite, and a strong chest. It has a straight, rough outer coat that’s around 2.5 inches in length, and a short, smooth undercoat.

 

azawakh  

Azawakh

A sighthound, the Azawakh is known to be an elegant-looking dog, long, lean, and rangy, giving the impression of great ability and nobility. The Azawakh is high-stationed, meaning that he is taller than he is long, with a figure suited toward swiftness and agility when running. The Azawakh has a long, graceful neck and holds its tail high with pride when excited; their coat is smooth and short, with colors ranging from browns, mauves, sables, blacks, blues, and grays.

 

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