Saint Bernard  

Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard is a very large and muscular dog breed that is known for its very thick coat. Their coats come in two varieties: the rough coat and the smooth coat. However, both coats are very dense and come with red, mahogany, brindle and black markings. The toes of the Saint Bernard are strong and well-arched, which gives a strong footing, especially in snow and ice. Saint Bernards are also known for their very keen and well-developed sense of smell and are even reported to have an uncanny ability of sensing impending dangers such as storms and/or avalanches.

 

Saluki  

Saluki

The Saluki is a very limber and graceful breed. Similar to a Greyhound, it has a slim body and has long, silky feathering on the ears and the tail. However, there is also a rare smooth variety that has no feathering. The smooth variety has a coarser coat as compared to the feathered variety, which has a silky fur. The Saluki can be described as an animal of long proportions – it has a long and flexible neck, giving it a dignified air and an elongated yet muscular body. Its feet are hairy in between the toes, serving as protection for rough terrain. The Saluki is very graceful when it runs, as all four legs are suspended in mid-air when it picks up its gait.

 

Samoyed  

Samoyed

The Samoyed has a compact muscular body that betrays its strength, despite its relatively small size. It has a powerful, wedge-shaped head, black or brown almond-shaped eyes and a strong jaw. Its coat, which has an equally thick yet soft undercoat, is dense, which protects it from the cold. It is the tail, however, that is the distinguishing feature of the Samoyed breed. The dog’s tail is held in a thick and tight curl across the back. The Samoyed is sometimes nicknamed as “The Smiley Dog” because it has a perpetually smiling look and is thus, pleasant to look at.

 

Schipperke  

Schipperke

The Schipperke dog is small, with oval brown eyes, triangular upright ears and a face that resembles that of a fox. The body must appear to be square when viewed from the side while the chest must be wide and should reach the elbows. It also has a distinctive double coat – a soft undercoat covered by a rough, shaggy outer coat. A long ruff also surrounds the Schipperke’s neck, particularly the nape, the chest as well as the back of its hind legs.

 

Scottish Deerhound  

Scottish Deerhound

The Scottish Deerhound is comparable to the Greyhound dog. The former, however, has bigger bones and is relatively larger in size. The head of this breed is long and proportionate to its body. Its eyes are usually of a chestnut or hazelnut shade while the nose is commonly dark in color. The Scottish Deerhound’s ears become half-perked when it gets excited; otherwise, it lies flat on its head. The Scottish Deerhound has a rough and shaggy coat that is 3 to 4 inches long that can adapt to almost any kind of weather condition. The coat also keeps the dog clean despite dirty environments.

 

Scottish Terrier  

Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier is a small and compact breed that is stronger and more agile than it actually looks. It has a long head, almond-shaped eyes, large nose and teeth, sharp, perky ears and a stop between the skull and the muzzle. Its bushy eyebrows and beard give the Scottish Terrier an endearing thoughtful expression. It has a soft, tight undercoat and a dense, wiry outer coat, which protects it from extreme weather conditions. The tail is medium in length and can be either straight or curled.

 

Sealyham Terrier  

Sealyham Terrier

The Sealyham Terrier are dogs that have dome shaped skulls, round, dark eyes, wide ears, a large nose and a powerful jaw that reveals very strong teeth. The breed also has a long and muscular neck and short yet powerful legs while its tail is docked and carried across its back. Its body is flexible, allowing it to pass in between tight spaces. The coat of the Sealyham Terrier is long and coarse and requires periodic stripping.

 

Shetland Sheepdog  

Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog is often said to be a smaller, long-haired version of the Rough Collie. It has a long, wedge-shaped head, almond-shaped eyes, black nose, small yet flexible ears and teeth that come together in a scissor bite. It sports of a lush double coat – the dense and woolly undercoat is covered by a long and straight outer coat. The coat is so frilly that it gathers like a lion’s mane around the neck. The Shetland Sheepdog’s legs and tail are feathered while the hair on the face and feet is smooth. The tail must also be long enough to reach the hock.

 

Shiba Inu  

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is a furry and compact dog, said to be a miniature version of the similarly Japanese Akita breed. It has a pointed face, small dark eyes, dark nose and teeth that come together in a scissor bite. It also has small, perky ears that are triangular in shape. The Shiba Inu’s tail is comparable to another Japanese breed – the Spitz. Its long and furry tail is thick and is carried over its back either in a tight ring or in a silky curve. Another trademark of the Shiba Inu is the white or cream markings on its cheeks, throat, underside, chest and the sides of the muzzle. However, some dogs have these markings until the legs and the tip of its tail.

 

Shih Tzu  

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is nicknamed the “Chrysanthemum Dog” because of the upward growing hair on its nose, thus creating a chrysanthemum face. The breed has a round face, large wide-set eyes and furry ears that seem to disappear into its equally furry body. The Shih Tzu’s body is long and abundantly covered with a long and silky outer coat with a wooly under coast beneath. The tail is curled and is spread across the dog’s back.

 

Siberian Husky  

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a very strong and muscular dog that is used for hard labor. The breed comes in a wide variety of colors from solid black to pure white. The markings on its head also vary in color combinations. This impressive coat consists of a thick undercoat and a soft outer coat that can withstand temperatures as low as -50 to – 60 degrees Celsius. The feet of this dog, which is called “snow shoe feet”, also has hair between the toes to provide it with better traction on snow and ice surfaces.

 

Silky Terrier  

Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier, also referred to as the Sidney Terrier, is a lightly built yet compact dog. It has a wide, flat head, erect ears and a sturdy jaw that reveal teeth that form a scissor bite. The eyes of the Silky Terrier are dark and round and display a very intense expression. The body of this dog is long and covered with long and silky hair that is quite prone to matting and tangling, especially when not professionally groomed. The Silky Terrier’s coat, which is parted at the center of its back, should not be permitted to reach the floor.

 

Skye Terrier  

Skye Terrier

The Skye Terrier is a long and elegant-looking dog, whose length is twice its height. The breed has dark brown eyes, a black nose, normally upright ears (although there are dogs with droopy ears) and a strong muzzle that encases teeth that from a scissor bite. It also has a long and coarse outer coat that covers a soft under coat. The feet of the Skye Terrier are large and long and point forward.

 

Sloughi  

Sloughi

Sloughis have fairly broad skulls with a wedge shaped muzzle, their skulls and muzzles are about equal in length. They have a complete scissor bite with very strong jaws. These dogs have slightly slanted, triangular eyes that are large and dark. Sloughis have relatively long, strong, and arched necks. Their ears are triangular-shaped and close to their heads. This dog’s chest is just the right size – not too broad, with the topline almost level and short. With long, well angulated back legs and well-muscled front legs, they have no problem moving quickly. Their feet are oval shaped, long, and thin. They cover the ground well and with no apparent effort.

 

Smooth Fox Terrier  

Smooth Fox Terrier

The Smooth Fox Terrier is also named the Fox Terrier Smooth Coat, or simply, the Smooths. It is a small dog but well built, elegant and smart. Its eyes are small, dark, circular and deep-set. Its V-shaped ears droop forward. Its short tail is upright and strong. The coat is smooth (as opposed to Wire Fox Terrier, which is wire-haired), flat, dense, and usually is dominantly white. The Smooths is good in hunting, tracking, and even in performing tricks. It is also a good watchdog but be warned of its high-pitched barking, which can be annoying.

 

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier  

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, also known as the Wheaten Terrier or Wheaten, has a boxy appearance, with its short but tough muzzle and overall squared proportions, and an upright tail. One can tell it apart from other terrier breeds by its soft, thick, slightly wavy, and silky coat. The Wheaten puppy is born with a dark coat that lightens, as it grows older.

 

Spanish Water Dog  

Spanish Water Dog

Also known as the Perro de Agua Espanol, Turco Andaluz, or the Turkish Dog, the Spanish Water Dog carries itself with elegance. Their strong head is positioned regally and they have flat skulls. They have well-fitting lips, well-formed white teeth, and very expressive, somewhat oblique eyes that are usually hazel to chestnut in color. Their robust bodies have straight toplines, with a broad chest and well-arched ribs. This dog’s belly is slightly tucked up with the tail set at medium height. They have rounded front feet, tight toes, nails of different colors, and resistant pads. Their fine, supple skin adheres well to their bodies.

 

Spinone Italiano  

Spinone Italiano

The Spinone Italiano, also known as the Italian Spinone or Italian Coarse-haired pointer, is a hunting breed that is noted for its gentle mouth – a good characteristic for hunting companions, as it allows for retrieving hunting targets still intact. It has a moderately long muzzle and head, and big hanging ears. Endowed with a strong built, this dog is quite agile and able to retrieve on land and water. Its single coat, which consists of dry, coarse, dense hair that is about 1.5-2.5 inches long, allows the Spinone to hunt in any type of weather. Longer hair on the eyebrows and around the lips gives additional protection.

 

Stabyhouns  

Stabyhouns

Stabyhouns have some very typical characteristics, with their sleek coats on top of the list. Also known as the Stabijhoun, Dutch Stabyhoun, or the Friesian Pointer, this dos has a sturdy built, with a long coated pointer greater in length than height. Stabyhouns have tight skins that hug the body closely. Their ears have hair – long at the top and decreasingly shorter up to the last 1/3 of the ear where the hair is short. The Stabyhoun’s ear takes the form of a mason’s trowel. They have typical hair on the legs and tail. As with their tail, they have bushy front and hind legs that should not be feathering. They have fairly big, well-developed feet and a rather wide brisket. They have gentle, intelligent expressions and warm eyes.

 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier  

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier comes with various identifications – English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffordshire, Stafford, or simply, Staffie. It is among the most popular breeds in the United Kingdom. Its muscular built, broad head, and strong jaws reflect its immense strength. It has round brown eyes, black nose, and short muscular neck. Its front legs are spaced wide apart. Its coat is short, dense but smooth, and comes in various colors.

 

Standard Schnauzer  

Standard Schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer breed began in Germany where it is known as the Mittelschnauzer. It is a handsome dog with aristocratic features that it has become a favorite subject among painters including Durer and Rembrandt. Its long, rectangular head has bushy eyebrows, whiskers, and a strong muzzle (the German translation of muzzle is “schnauze”, which is where it got its name from). Its forelegs are straight. It has a harsh outer coat but its undercoat is soft and dense. Its coat color is either black or salt and pepper. This breed is often referred to as the “dog with a human brain”. It combines intelligence with a happy disposition and spirited energy.

 

Sussex Spaniel  

Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is a strong dog watchdog with several skills in tracking, hunting, and endurance games. As a hunter, it hunts slowly but its excellent nose makes it efficient in tracking. It also has a great stamina that makes it last long in such game. But such sporty attributes are not very evident because of its charming looks. This dog has large and expressive hazel eyes, liver-colored nose, and long heavy ears. It is built long and low to the ground and has a deep chest. It has feathered legs, undersides, and tail (which is docked). Its silky coat is golden liver in color and blends well with color of barks of trees at sunset, making it seemingly invisible.

 

Swedish Vallhund  

Swedish Vallhund

The Swedish Vallhund, whose native name is Västgötaspets, is also commonly called the Swedish Cattle Dog or Vallhund for short. It was originally bred in Sweden for herding purposes and was brought to the US only in the 1980s. This small breed is actually a type of spitz and is said to be the ancestor of Welsh Corgi. Its mid-length topcoat is close and tight while its undercoat is soft and dense. Its eyes are mid-size, oval, and dark brown. Its ears are also mid-size but pointed and smooth-haired, while its nose is black. Its neck is long and muscular. It has a long tail. These features give the Vallhund its fox-like appearance, which is typical among spitz.

 

 

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