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Affenpinscher

 

Country of Origin: Germany

Size: Shoulder height: 25-30 cm (9.75 - 11.75 inches)

Coat: Coarse, growing in swirls. Can be brown or grey, but is generally black.

Character: Affenpinschers are intelligent, friendly, loyal, alert, and lively.

Temperament: Affenpinschers get along fine with children, other Affenpinschers, and other types of household pets. They may be alarmed by unknown visitors.

 

Afghan Hound

 

Country of Origin: Afghanistan/England

Size: Shoulder height: 68 - 74 cm (26.74 - 29.25 inches).

Coat: Consists of very long and fine hair.

Character: This dog is calm indoors, but fast and active outdoors. It is very proud, noble and intelligent.

Temperament: Males are often very dominant toward other males. Afghan Hounds are tolerant of children, provided they are not constantly pestered.

 

Airedale Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 58-61 cm (22.75 - 24 inches).

Coat: Is smooth, hard, and wire-haired.

Character: This dog is loyal, but can be stubborn. Airedales are active, intelligent and playful. Barking is infrequent.

Temperament: This breed is patient with children and tolerant of other household animals. It may sometimes try to dominate other dogs, depending on how it was trained

 

Akita

 

Country of Origin: Japan.

Size: Shoulder height: 61 - 67 cm (24 - 26.25 inches).

Coat: The hair is straight and coarse, and the undercoat is soft and dense. Permitted colors are red, white, and streaked.

Character: Akitas have a strong hunting instinct and are calm, intelligent, and good watchdogs. Barking, however, is infrequent.

Temperament: Akitas prefer not to have other dogs around. There will be problems if they do not become acquainted with cats and other household pets early in life. They get along with children, provided that they do not invade their personal space. Strangers will get a chilly reception.

 

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

 

Country of Origin: This is a Rare breed originating in the USA in the 1800's

Size: Shoulder height: Weight: Males up to 100 lbs. Females up to 78 lbs. Height: Up to 24 inches

Coat: Coat is short and fairly stiff.

Character: Guardian, companion. Powerful. Will protect if threatened.

Temperament: Aloof with strangers, alert and athletic, agile.

 

 

 

Alaskan Husky

 

Country of Origin: N/A

Size: N/A

Character: N/A

Temperament: N/A

 

Alaskan Malamute

 

Country of Origin: North America (Alaska).

Size: Shoulder height: About 64 cm (25.25 inches).

Coat: The outer coat is think and coarse and under-coat is greasy and wooly.

Character: This dog is friendly, affectionate, and loyal, but can have a mind of its own.

Temperament: Alaskan Malamutes generally get along well with children. Their friendliness makes them somewhat unsuitable for watchdogs.

 

American Bulldog

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 20 to 27 inches.

Coat: The coat is short, stiff to the touch, and close. Any color combination is acceptable, except solid black, solid blue, or white with patches of black and tan.

Character: The American Bulldog is powerful, confident, and agile. It is naturally alert, inqusitive and fearless.

Temperament: This breed is affectionate toward children, if taught how to properly behave around them. It can be somewhat standoffish or aggressive around strangers. Because they were originally bred to bring down bulls and other livestock, the instinct to be aggressive with other animals is strong. Proper socialization is key.

 

American Eskimo Dog

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: Toy : 9 - 12 inches. Miniature: 12 - 15 inches. Standard: 15 - 19 inches.

Coat: Has two layers. The undercoat is short and dense, and the outer coat consists of long straight hair. It is thicker and longer around the chest and neck. Any color other than white or biscuit cream is unacceptable

Character: The American Eskimo Dog is intelligent, inquisitive, and playful. It is fun-loving and generally outgoing to everyone.

Temperament: This breed is is very sociable with its family and good with children, other dogs, and household pets.

 

American Foxhound

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 22 - 25 inches.

Coat: Is medium - length, close and hard. All possible colors are allowed.

Character: Though traditionally not a house pet, the American Foxhound does well in the home. This dog is tolerant, friendly, and gentle.

Temperament: This breed is at its best with canine or human companionship. It is very sociable, and should not be expected to live alone, although it is usually reserved around strangers.

 

American Hairless Terrier

 

Country of Origin: USA

Size: Shoulder height: 10 to 18 inches at shoulder

Coat: Hairless

Character: This dog is affectionate, uncomplicated, gentle, intelligent, and sensitive, and fearless

Temperament: Although  its lack of fur makes them not suitable for hunting they still retains a strong hunting instinct. They seem to have unlimited energy. They are exceptionally friendly companions. Good with children, dogs and  cats.

 

American Pit Bull Terrier

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 43.2 - 48.4 cm (17 - 19 inches).

Coat: Short and shiny. Any color is acceptable, however red and beige with highlights, either with or without white highlights, is preferred. Less favored are black and tan, liver, or any color combination that is more than 80 percent white.

Character: This dog is loyal, tough on itself, and tenacious. It makes a good watchdog, has lots of stamina, and can be domineering over other dogs.

Temperament: Provided proper socialization has taken place, this breed gets along fine with cats or other household pets. It makes a good family dog as long as the family can handle its boisterousness. It will protect your home, and it may be eager to fight other dogs.

 

American Staffordshire Terrier

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 43.2 - 48.4 cm (17 - 19 inches).

Coat: Short and shiny. Any color is acceptable, however red and beige with highlights, either with or without white highlights, is preferred. Less favored are black and tan, liver, or any color combination that is more than 80 percent white.

Character: This dog is loyal, tough on itself, and tenacious. It makes a good watchdog, has lots of stamina, and can be domineering over other dogs.

Temperament: Provided proper socialization has taken place, this breed gets along fine with cats or other household pets. It makes a good family dog as long as the family can handle its boisterousness. It will protect your home, and it may be eager to fight other dogs.

 

American Water Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 15 - 18 inches).

Coat: Consists of longish oily hair. Colors can be liver, brown, or dark chocolate.

Character: This dog is sensitive, has a high pain tolerance, and is sometimes timid. It is intelligent and loyal to its master. Barking can be a problem.

Temperament: The American Water Spaniel is good with other dogs in the family, but can be aggressive toward strange dogs. It is generally gentle with other animals and children.

 

Anatolian Shepherd

 

Country of Origin: Turkey

Size: Shoulder height: 74-81 cm (29.25 to 31.75 inches).

Coat: Smooth and mainly short, but longer around the collar and tail.

Character: Anatolian Shepherds are brave, cautious around strangers, and can sometimes be stubborn.

Temperament: Anatolian Shepherds get along well with other animals that they have known since they were young. While somewhat guarded around strangers, there are rarely problems with children in their own family.

 

Australian Cattle Dog

 

Country of Origin: Australia.

Size: Shoulder height: 46-51 cm(18 - 20 inches).

Coat: The outer layer is weather-resistant, short and somewhat rough. The inner layer is thick and short.

Character: The Australian Cattle Dog is intelligent and willing to work. It is loyal and seldom barks.

Temperament: If adequately socialized when young, this dog's behavior towards other dogs and children is ideal.

 

Australian Kelpie

 

Country of Origin: Originally from England. Imported to Australia latter half of 19th century.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 25-45 pounds

Coat: Has double coat. Short and dense undercoat and hard, straight outer coat. Outer coat is weather-repellent. Colors: black and red, with or without tan, fawn, chocolate and blue.

Character: Working dog. Devoted. Very work oriented and energetic. Not for a house or apartment existence. Easily trained. Will try to herd other dogs, pets, animals. Independent. Make excellent watch dogs and can be trained as a seeing-eye dog.

Temperament: Good with children when raised with them from puppy hood. Workaholic. Not an aggressive dog but can be protective when needed. Will guard family and their belongings when necessary even with risk to itself.

 

Australian Shepherd

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 50-57 cm (19.5 - 22.5 inches).

Coat: Hair ranges from medium to long with a dense undercoat.

Character: This dog is intelligent and eager to learn. It is loyal and bonds closely with the family.

Temperament: This dog is generally good with children and other pets. They can be shy around strangers.

 

Australian Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Australia.

Size: Shoulder height: About 25 cm (9.75 inches). Weight is around 5.5 - 6.5 kg (12 - 14.5 lb).

Coat: Consists of medium length hair that is straight and hard.

Character: This dog is playful and alert and very intelligent.

Temperament: This breed gets along fine with children, provided they do not tease it. It is somewhat wary around strangers.

 

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Basenji

 

Country of Origin: Africa

Size: Shoulder height: 40 - 43 cm (15.75 - 17 inches)

Coat: Is short-haired, fine and dense.

Character: The Basenji has an unusual yodel-like bark. Although very independent-minded, it bonds very closely with its family.

Temperament: This breed can be trusted with children, but does not make an ideal playmate. Basenjis must be socialized at a young age so that they know that other household pets are not prey.

 

Basset Fauve de Bretagne

 

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 32 - 38 cm (12.5 - 15 inches).

Coat: Consists of small dense short hard hairs.

Character: This dog is independent, friendly, brave and cheerful.

Temperament: This breed must be introduced at a young age to other household pets. It gets along fine with children and other dogs.

 

Basset Hound

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 33 - 38 cm (13 - 15 inches).

Coat: Hair is short, dense, and smooth.

Character: This breed is independent but sociable, calm, patient and playful.

Temperament: Bassets are excellent playmates for children and get along fine with dogs and other animals. Bassets do not like to be left alone.

 

Beagle

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 33 - 41 cm (13 - 16.25 inches). Generally weighs about 33 lbs.

Coat: The coat is short and weather-proof. Liver-colored Beagles are not acceptable.

Character: This dog is sociable, cheerful and independent.

Temperament: Early socialization with other household pets is recommended. Beagles are friendly to dogs and children as well as strangers.

 

Bearded Collie

 

Country of Origin: Scotland.

Size: Shoulder height: 51 - 56 cm (20 - 22 inches).

Coat: Bearded Collies have a dense and wooly undercoat. Their outer coat is straight, long and rough.

Character: This dog is high-spirited, cheerful and clever. It is independent, sociable, and active.

Temperament: This breed gets along equally well with children, other household pets and even strangers.

 

Beauceron

 

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 24 - 27.5 inches.

Coat: The outer coat is straight, coarse and dense. It should be medium-length and lie flat. The undercoat is dense. Colors can be black and tan or harlequin with patches of grey, black, and tan.

Character: Beaucerons are calm, intelligent, obedient and faithful. They are working dogs with a strong herding instinct.

Temperament: Beaucerons are good with children if they have been brought up around them. They are sociable with other dogs but are very territorial and do not tolerate intruders.

 

Bedlington Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 41 cm (16.25 inches).

Coat: Sheep-like curly short hair.

Character: This dog is playful, loving with children, and intelligent. It does not bark very often

Temperament: This breed gets along well with children. If socialized early with other household pets, there should be no problems. Males are fierce fighters, if challenged.

 

Belgian Malinois

 

Country of Origin: Belgium.

Size: Shoulder height: 24 - 26 inches.

Coat: Is short and straight. Colors can be rich fawn to mahogany, with black-tipped hairs.

Character: This breed is intense, full of energy, serious and smart. It is a great watchdog and guard dog.

Temperament: The Belgian Malinois is wary around strangers and can be aggressive toward other dogs and animals. It is good with children, provided they are not unruly, and it has grown up around them. It should not be left alone with small children if not unsupervised.

 

 

Belgian Shepherd

 

Country of Origin: Belgium.

Size: Shoulder height: 58 - 62 cm (22.75 - 24.5 inches).

Coat: Long - haired coat with undercoat.

Character: The Belgian Shepherd is energetic, lively and eager to work.

Temperament: This breed gets along well with other pets especially if socialized early. It is shy around strangers, but get along well with children.

 

Bernese Mountain Dog

 

Country of Origin: Switzerland.

Size: Shoulder height: 58 - 70 cm (22.75 - 27.5 inches).

Coat: Hair is medium-length, straight to slightly curly, with a thick undercoat. Color is almost totally black with rust and white markings.

Character: This breed is friendly, vigilant, and very loyal to its family. It is intelligent, attentive, calm, and seldom barks without a good reason.

Temperament: Bernese Mountain Dogs are great with children and will protect them. Provided proper socialization has taken place, they get along fine with cats and other household pets. They will announce unfamiliar visitors with hearty barking and then carefully watch them. They have been known to be dominant toward others of their own breed.

 

Bull Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 21-22 inches (53-56 cm). Weight: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg).

Coat: Is short-haired, and can be white, white with markings on the head, or a solid color with highlights. Acceptable colors are black and tan with some white, red, broken black, and fawn.

Character: Bull Terriers think for themselves, are very lively, and tough.

Temperament: This breed gets along well with children. Provided proper social training has taken place, it gets along fine with cats or other household pets. Depending in its individual nature and upbringing, it may try to dominate other dogs. If you already own a dog, it may be unwise to purchase a Bull Terrier as a second dog

 

Brussels Griffon

 

Country of Origin: Belgium.

Size: Shoulder height: 7 - 8 inches (17.78 - 20.32 cm). Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg).

Coat: Is rough-haired and reddish-pink. It may have black on its nose and chin.

Character: Curious, mischievous, and playful, the Brussels Griffon is eager to learn.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. It always enjoys company.

 

 

Brittany

 

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 17.5 - 20.5 inches.

Coat: Is either flat or wavy. Can be orange and white, liver and white, tricolored, or black.

Character: This dog is athletic, intelligent, quick and curious.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children and any household pets.

 

Briard

 

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 56 - 68 cm (22 - 26.75 inches).

Coat: Hair is long and wavy with a light undercoat. Can be a variety of colors, but white and chestnut are not allowed.

Character: This dog is tough, brave, alert, and loyal. It does not like teasing.

Temperament: With proper training and socialization, the Briard is a great pet that exists happily with other pets. However, it can be slightly aggressive toward other dogs, and is suspicious of strangers

 

Boykin Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: N/A

Size: N/A

Character: N/A

Temperament: N/A

 

Boxer

 

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: 53 - 63 cm (21 - 25 inches).

Coat: White should not cover more than a third of the dog. Coat is short and smooth.

Character: This dog is happy, friendly, and intelligent. It bonds closely with the family.

Temperament: Boxers get along especially well with children. They also get along well with other dogs and household pets. They are naturally inclined to protect your family from strangers.

 

Bouvier des Flandres

 

Country of Origin: Belgium.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 23 - 27 inches. Weight: 60 - 80 lbs

Coat: A tousled, double coat capable of withstanding the hardest work in the most inclement weather. The outer hairs are rough and harsh, with the undercoat being fine, soft and dense.

Character: This dog is tough, brave, alert, and loyal. It does not like teasing.

Temperament: The Bouvier is an equable dog, steady, resolute and fearless.This breed needs reasonable amounts of exercise.

 

Boston Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England/United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 15 - 17 inches. The largest should not weigh more than 24 lbs.

Coat: Black with white markings or black roan.

Character: The Boston Terrier is intelligent, enthusiastic, affectionate and playful.

Temperament: This breed gets along well with other pets, dogs, and children.

 

Borzoi

 

Country of Origin: Russia.

Size: Shoulder height: 70 - 82 cm (27.5 - 32.25 inches).

Coat: Coat is soft, and consists of medium-length wavy hair.

Character: The Borzoi is proud and loyal to its family. It is also known for being calm and independent.

Temperament: This dog is not fond of strangers. It gets along well with children but is not an ideal playmate.

 

Boarder Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 35 cm (13.5 inches).

Coat: Is hard and thick with a dense undercoat. Allowable colors are red, wheat, or grey with grey markings.

Character: This breed is brave and tenacious, and occasionally stubborn. It is sporty and seemingly untiring. It is loyal to its handler and good with children

Temperament: If socialized early, this breed gets along well with other pets. It gets along well with children.

 

Boarder Collie

 

Country of Origin: Scotland or England.

Size: Shoulder height: 53 - 55 cm (20.75 - 21.5 inches).

Coat: White should not be predominant, however all colors are acceptable.The most common color combination is black with white markings. The undercoat is thick, medium-length, and shiny.

Character: Intelligent, determined and brave, this dog forms a close bond with its family and is also eager to work.

Temperament: This dog gets along quite well with other pets and children, provided it has plenty of activity to keep it occupied.

 

Bolognese

 

Country of Origin: Italy.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 -30 cm (9.75 - 11-75 inches). Weight is around 5.5 - 8-75 lbs.

Coat: Consists of a big mass of straight long locks.

Character: The Bolognese is cheerful, intelligent and obedient.

Temperament: This breed enjoys the company of other dogs, pets, and children. As it enjoys being with its family, it should not be left alone often.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boerboel

 

Country of Origin: South Africa

Size: Shoulder height: Height: males 25-28 inches (64-70 cm.) female 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm.) Weight: 154-200 pounds (70 and 90 kg.)

 

Blue Tick Coonhound

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 21 to 27 inches.

Coat: Hair is short, with blue ticking. A dark blue is preferred, with some black, although dark blue should be the predominant color

Character: The Blue Tick is loyal, intelligent and considered a good watch dog, with a variety of barks for different situations.

Temperament: This breed is friendly toward strangers, although it is always ready to sound the alarm when bothered by someone or something creeping around. It has a high tolerance for children and other animals, provided it has been raised around them.

 

Bloodhound

 

Country of Origin: Belgium.

Size: Shoulder height: 58 - 69 cm (22.75 - 27.25 inches).

Coat: This breed has a short, smooth coat. Colors are black and red, liver and red, or plain red. A small amount of white on the chest, feet or tip of the tail is acceptable

Character: This dog is independent, gentle and affectionate. The Bloodhound barks loudly but infrequently. It is well-known for its good scenting nose.

Temperament: As long as children do not pester the dog, this breed gets along well with them. Bloodhounds will greet visitors happily and live in harmony with other dogs and household pets.

 

Black Russian Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Russia

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 25-29 inches Weight: 80-143 lbs.

Coat: The coat is weatherproof. The hair is wavy and wiry. It lies close to the body.

Character: Protective and brave. Love to please the family

Temperament: Love children and crave human contact. Usually good with other animals. Will try to avoid fighting. But Males should be the dominant dog in the home.

 

Black and Tan Coonhound

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 23 - 27 inches.

Coat: Is short but dense, and protective in all weather. Any colors other than black and tan are not acceptable.

Character: Black and Tan Coonhounds are mellow, calm and unobtrusive indoors. Outdoors, their hunting instincts take over. They are strong, independent and stubborn

Temperament: This breed is gentle and tolerant with children, but somewhat reserved around strangers.

 

 

 

 

Biewer

 

Country of Origin: Germany

Size: Shoulder height: Height: Up to 8.5 inches Weight: 7 pounds

Coat: Long hair, hangs straight down side of the body. Shiny, silky texture. No undercoat.

Character: Very alert. Companion dog. Intelligent.

Temperament: Enjoys companionship with owner. Happy sitting on owner's lap. Playful.

 

Bichon Frise

 

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 9.5 to 11.5 inches.

Coat: The double coat consists of a soft dense outercoat and coarse curly outer coat.It has a puffy appearance and springs back when patted.

Character: The Bichon Frise is sensitive, responsive, affectionate, and eager to cuddle or play.

Temperament: This dog is friendly toward strangers, other dogs and children. It can bark a lot.

 

Bich Poo

 

Country of Origin: The Bich-poo is a cross breed between the Bichon Frise and the Miniature Poodle. Refer to both breeds for information. When crossing a breed, you can get any combination of traits.

Size: Shoulder height: Refer to Bichon Frise and Poodle information to get possible sizes.

Coat: Refer to Bichon Frise and Poodle information for possible coat combinations.

Character: Refer to Bichon Frise and Poodle information for possible characterics.

Temperament: Refer to Bichon Frise and Poodle information for possible temperments.

 

Bullmastiff

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 61 - 68.5 cm (24 - 27 inches).

Coat: Is short-haired. Colors may be tan or reddish-brown, with a darker muzzle and ears. Some white on the chest is permissible.

Character: The Bullmastiff is intelligent, loyal, obedient, and courageous.

Temperament: This dog can be somewhat dominant toward other Bullmastiffs. However, it is very tolerant towards children and can get along with other household pets provided proper socialization has taken place. Unwanted visitors will be driven away.

 

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Ca de Bou

 

Country of Origin: Spain.

Size: Shoulder height: 52 -58 cm (20 - 22.7 inches).

Coat: Is short and rough to the touch. May be Fawn colour and black or Brindle. White patches on the feet, chest, and muzzle and a black mask are permitted.

Character: This rare breed is intelligent, loyal, obedient, and courageous

Temperament: The Ca De Bou is devoted to its master and loves children. It enjoys playing with other dogs and being with its family.

 

 

Cairn Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Scotland.

Size: Shoulder height: 28 - 31 cm (11 - 12.25 inches). Weight can vary from 13.25 - 16.25 lbs.

Coat: Double-layered, consisting of a topcoat that is hard and abundant and a soft, short undercoat.

Character: The Cairn Terrier is affectionate and eager to learn. It is lively, intelligent, and playful.

Temperament: This dog needs to be socialized early with cats and other household pets. Occasionally it will fight other dogs.

 

Canaan Dog

 

Country of Origin: Israel.

Size: Shoulder height: 19 - 24 inches).

Coat: Double coat, with soft undercoat and straight, flat outer coat.

Character: Canaan Dogs are intelligent, docile, devoted, and willing to please

Temperament: This breed is generally good with other pets and dogs, but is somewhat aloof toward strangers. It is protective of its family and may be aggressive toward other dogs.

 

Cane Corso Italiano

 

Country of Origin: The Cane Corso originated in Italy.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: Males can be between 24-27 inches Females can be between 23-25 inches Weight: Males weigh between 99-110 lbs Females weigh between 88-99 lbs

Coat: The Cane Corso has short, dense, stiff hair.

Character: This is a highly intelligent, loyal and protective dog that is very trainable.

Temperament: The Cane Corso is loyal, docile to owner and children in the family. Affectionate. Will make an excellent guard / watchdog for the family.

 

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

 

Country of Origin: Wales.

Size: Shoulder height: 30.5 cm (12 inches).

Coat: Short-haired and weather-resistant. The only restriction on color is that white areas cannot exceed 30 percent of the coat.

Character: This dog is smart, brave, calm, and forms a close bond with its family.

Temperament: This breed has been known to be somewhat reckless with other dogs. Early socialization is necessary in order for it to get along with cats and other household pets. It gets along fine with children.

 

Carlin Pinscher

 

Country of Origin: N/A

Size: N/A

Character: N/A

Temperament: N/A

 

Caucasian Ovtcharka

 

Country of Origin: Europe

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 25-28 inches Weight: 99-154 pounds

Coat: There are two different coat types: Long and Short Coat is thick, dense and water-resistant

Character: This breed is very loyal, protective and brave. Weary of strangers.

Temperament: Assertive and strong-willed, very alert.

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 12 - 13 inches (30.5 - 33 cm). Weight: 11.75 - 17.75 lbs.

Coat: Consists of light to firmly-waved soft hair.

Character: This dog is lovable, energetic, intelligent, obedient, and adaptable.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets.

 

Cavapoo

 

Country of Origin: The Cavapoo is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle. Refer to both breeds for information. When crossing a breed, you can get any combination of traits.

Size: Shoulder height: Refer to both breeds for information. When crossing a breed, you can get any combination of traits.

Coat: Refer to both breeds for information. When crossing a breed, you can get any combination of traits.

Character: Refer to both breeds for information. When crossing a breed, you can get any combination of traits.

Temperament: Refer to both breeds for information. When crossing a breed, you can get any combination of traits.

 

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 53 - 66 cm (20.75 - 26 inches).

Coat: Coat is thick and short with a wooly undercoat.

Character: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is friendly, intelligent and obedient.

Temperament: This breed will chase cats, but will get along with your existing cat provided proper socialization has taken place. It will generally try to dominate other males.

 

Chi Poo

 

Country of Origin: This is not a pure bred dog. It is a cross between a Miniature Poodle and a Chihuahua.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: can be between 6-15 inches Weight: can be between 2-17 pounds

Coat: Can be any combination of Poodle and/or Chihuahua. Because of the Poodle within the breed, not usually a shedder.

Character: Intelligent. Should be easily trained.

Temperament: Due to the Miniature Poodle within the breed, usually the dogs are friendly, good-natured.

 

 

Chihuahua

 

Country of Origin: Mexico.

Size: Shoulder height: 6 - 9 inches (15.24 - 22.86 cm). Weight: 1 - 5.5 lbs.

Coat: Can be long or short. A variety of colors are acceptable.

Character: These dogs are intelligent and sometimes too brave for their own good. They usually bond with only one person.

Temperament: Living with other dogs and cats is usually not a problem. Small children may regard the dog as a toy.

 

Chinese Crested

 

Country of Origin: China.

Size: Shoulder height: 23 - 33 cm (9 - 13 inches).

Coat: There are two varieties. One only has hair on its head, ears, tip of its tail, and feet. The other, known as the Powder Puff, has an undercoat and a silky topcoat.

Character: Although cautious of people they do not know, they are playful, sensitive, and high-spirited.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children (provided they do not disturb it in its own territory), other dogs, and any household pets.

 

Chinese Imperial

 

Country of Origin: China

Size: Shoulder height: Height: Less than 8 inches Weight: 8.5 pounds or less (ideally 4-7 pounds)

Coat: Dense, straight double-coat. Short to medium cut.

Character: Bred as a companion / family pet. Sturdy, playful. Intelligent, energetic.

Temperament: Loving and affectionate, trusting. Good with children and other animals.

 

Chinese Shar-Pei

 

Country of Origin: China.

Size: Shoulder height: 48 - 58 cm (18.75 - 22.75 inches). Weight is around 40 lbs

Coat: There are two varieties. Both have very hard coats. The horsecoat variety's coat is short and bristly. The brushcoat variety has longer hair. The brushcoat is considered inferior to the horsecoat variety.

Character: This dog is brave, loyal, dominant and not always the most obedient.

Temperament: The Shar-Pei bonds quickly with its family, but is not unfriendly toward strangers. It is fine with children and gets along with other household pets, provided socialization has taken place at a young age. It sometimes fights with other dogs.

 

Chow Chow

 

Country of Origin: China.

Size: Shoulder height: 46 - 56 cm (18 - 22 inches).

Coat: There are two varieties, long- and short-haired. The coat of the long-haired variety consists of long straight hairs. Common colors are red, black, blue, and cream.

Character: This is an independent dog that is calm and vigilant. It may try to dominate other dogs.

Temperament: Although domineering around other dogs, Chows are usually good with children. This breed needs to get to know other household pets early in life and is cautious with strangers.

 

Clumber Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: N/A

Size: N/A

Character:  N/A

Temperament: N/A

 

Cokapoo

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 35-38 cm (14-15 inches).

Coat: Is thick and curly, combining aspects of the Poodle and Cocker Spaniel coats. Colors can be combinations of white, cream, and tan.

Character: This breed is known for its pleasant temperment, loyalty and patience.

Temperament: The Cockapoo's sweet disposition makes it an ideal family pet. It is gentle and loving with children and enjoys the company of all living things.

 

Cocker Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 38 - 41 cm (15 - 16.5 inches). Weight is around 29 lbs.

Coat: Hair is smooth and medium length. It should never be curly.

Character: This dog is intelligent, cheerful, lively and affectionate.

Temperament: Cocker Spaniels get along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets.

 

Collie

 

Country of Origin: Scotland.

Size: Shoulder height: 22 - 24 inches.

Coat: Can be either rough or smooth. Acceptable colors are sable and white, tricolor, blue merle, or white. If white, markings are preferred.

Character: The Collie is mild-mannered, gentle, and eager to work. Occasionally it can be a bit stubborn.

Temperament: This breed is good with children, and if properly socialized it gets along well with other household pets.

 

Coton De Tulear

 

Country of Origin: Originated in Madagascar

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 12-15 pounds

Coat: Fluffy / cotton coat. Long topcoat. Colors are white or white and black. White is preferred. Should be brushed daily.

Character: Gentle, affectionate, friendly.

Temperament: Very sociable dogs. Get along with children, dogs and other animals. Loyal.

 

 

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Dachshund

 

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: Standard: Chest girth of at least 35 cm (13.75 inches), maximum weight of 20 lbs. Miniature: Chest girth of 30 - 35 cm (11.75 to 13.75 inches). Kaninchen: Chest girth smaller than 30 cm (11.75 inches).

Coat: Can be smooth, long, or wire-haired. Colors can be reddish-brown, black or tan, or chocolate brown, or deep chestnut in reddish-brown and black and tan. The hairs on the Wire-haired Dachshund should lie flat and be as hard as possible.

Character: The Dachshund is brave, intelligent and independent.

Temperament: This breed is somewhat reserved around strangers, but forms a strong bond with its family. It can be over-courageous around other dogs.

 

Dalmatian

 

Country of Origin: Croatia.

Size: Shoulder height: 54 - 61 cm (21.25 - 24 inches).

Coat: Coat must be short. Ideally, spots must not overlap each other, and should have a diameter of 2 - 3 cm (.75 - 1.75 inches).

Character: This dog is sociable, full of stamina, friendly, and affectionate.

Temperament: This breed makes a good playmate for children, although it may be a little too rambunctious for smaller children. It can be watchful around strangers. Dalmatians get along well with other dogs or household pets.

 

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Scotland.

Size: Shoulder height: 23 cm (9 inches). Weight is 15.5 to 24 lbs.

Coat: The coat has two layers. The undercoat is soft and the topcoat is hard. Colors are near-black to silver-grey or reddish-brown to pale beige.

Character: This dog is high-spirited and devoted to its family.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. Visitors should cause no problems.

 

Deerhound

 

Country of Origin: Great Britain.

Size: Shoulder height: 71 - 76 cm (28 - 30 inches).

Coat: The most common color is a dark blue-grey, although other colors are possible. The coat is rough, medium-length and should not feel wooly.

Character: This dog is not overly watchful and is gentle, noble, sensible,

Temperament: This breed gets along fine with similar dogs and children. It sometimes has difficulty controlling its hunting instincts around smaller animals.

 

Doberman Pinscher

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: 63 - 72 cm (25 - 28.5 inches). Weight is between 70 - 99 lbs. for males.

Coat: Is sleek and smooth, and is usually black and tan, or brown and tan.

Character: Dobermans have a tendency to become very loyal to one particular person. They are brave, intelligent and excellent guard-dogs.

Temperament: If properly socialized, Dobermans get along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. Dobermans do not take kindly to unwanted visitors.

 

Dogo Argentino

 

Country of Origin: Argentina

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 80-100 pounds

Coat: Thick white coat. Average shedder.

Character: Excellent home safety. Loyeal to family. Good with children. Playful and highly intelligent.

Temperament: Can be agressive with other dogs, though is not usually one to provoke confrontation. Good with household pets if raised with from puppyhood. Should be socialized early.

 

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Elkhound

 

Country of Origin: Norway

Size: Shoulder height: 55 - 65 cm (21.5 to 25.5 inches).

Coat: Thick undercoat with thick, dense covering hair. The outercoat is grey. There are usually cream patches on the nose, throat, legs, chest and tail.

Character: This dog is straightforward, intelligent and cunning.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, and any household pets. It gets along well with other dogs, although they may be frightened by its bark. The Norwegian Elkhound makes a sensible guard dog.

 

English Bulldog

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 31 - 36 cm (12 -14 inches). Weight: 22 - 25 kg (48.5 - 55 lbs).

Coat: Short-haired. Acceptable colors are beige, piebald, brindle, and white.

Character: The bulldog is affectionate, uncomplicated, gentle, intelligent, and sensitive, and fearless.

Temperament: Bulldogs enjoy mixing with other dogs and household pets. They are good with children. Some are cautious with strangers, but most are friendly to everyone.

 

English Cocker Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 38 - 41 cm (15 - 16.5 inches).

Coat: Medium-length, silky and smooth. It should not be curly. The most common colors are liver roan (with or without tan markings), orange roan, blue roan, liver patches (with or without tan markings), black, black and tan, white with black, red, russet brown, or liver.

Character: The English Cocker Spaniel is intelligent, lively, gentle, affectionate, and easygoing.

Temperament: This dog gets along very well with other dogs, family pets, and children.

 

English Setter

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 61 - 68 cm (24 - 26.75 inches).

Coat: Long, silky, and wavy. Colors are white with liver, white with orange, white with bluish-black, and white with yellow.

Character: English Setters are friendly, intelligent, and sensitive.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets.

 

English Springer Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 51 cm (20 inches).

Coat: Dense and smooth. Dirt- and water-resistant. Allowable colors are black with white or liver with white and possible tan markings.

Character: English Springer Spaniels are obedient, friendly, and sociable.

Temperament: This dog is well-known for its ability to get along well with other pets, dogs, and children.

 

English Toy Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: This Breed was primarily developed in the British Isles.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: Approximately 10 inches Weight: 9-12 pounds

Coat: Silky and soft

Character: Intelligent. Can be timid at times. Average barker. Well behaved. Can be willful at times.

Temperament: Friendly, happy, playful, loving. Friendly with other dogs. Normally friendly with children but do better with older children.

 

Entlebucher

 

Country of Origin: Origin is not certain. Popular in Switzerland.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 19-20 inches Weight: 55-66 pounds

Coat: Smooth, harsh coat. Tricolor

Character: Alert and eager to please. Working dog. Used to guard livestock.

Temperament: Loves to be around people. Eager to please. Companion dog.

 

Estrela Mountain Dog

 

Country of Origin: Portugal.

Size: Shoulder height: 62 - 72 cm (24.5 - 28.5 inches).

Coat: There are two types of coat possible: long- and short-haired. Allowable colors are reddish-brown or wolf-grey with yellow, plain or white markings.

Character: This breed is watchful, intelligent and eager to learn, but can be stubborn.

Temperament: This dog will regard strangers with suspicion. It will look after all those who are known to its family.

 

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Field Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 46 cm (18 inches).

Coat: The coat is shiny, wavy and somewhat water-resistant. Most common colors are brown, yellow-brown, mahogany, or black, sometimes including markings of white or tan. Character: Field Spaniels are gentle, affectionate, and intelligent. They may tend to become more attached to one member of the family than others.

Character: Field Spaniels are gentle, affectionate, and intelligent. They may tend to become more attached to one member of the family than others.

Temperament: These dogs are friendly to everyone. They are good with children, provided they do not play too rough.

 

 

 

 

 

Fila Brasileiro

 

Country of Origin: Brazil.

Size: Shoulder height: 23.5 to 29.5 inches.

Coat: Is smooth, short and close to the skin. All colors are permitted except white, mouse grey, patches, dappled, or black and tan.

Character: The Fila Brasileiro is courageous, determined and very faithful.

Temperament: This breed is obedient toward the family it lives with. They are very protective of their family (including other pets they are raised with) and their home. This breed is not for a social family.

 

Flat Coated Retriever

 

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 22 to 24.5 inches

Coat: Is straight and lies flat. Colors can be solid black or solid liver.The coat must be kept clean and brushed weekly, but its appearance must be kept as natural as possible.

Character: The Flat-coated Retriever is intelligent, sensible, confident, and happy-go-lucky. It should not be kept in a kennel. It needs to be part of the family.

Temperament: Flat-coated Retrievers are good with children, but can knock over toddlers with their enthusiasm. They welcome visitors into the home, but will bark at intruders.

 

French Bulldog

 

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 30 cm (12 inches). Weight: 9 - 13 kg (19 - 28 lbs).

Coat: Coat is moderately fine, brilliant, short and smooth. Skin is soft and loose, especially at the head and shoulders, forming wrinkles.

Character: The French Bulldog has the appearance of an active, intelligent, muscular dog of heavy bone, smooth coat, compactly built, and of medium or small structure. Expression alert, curious, and interested.

Temperament: Well behaved, adaptable, and comfortable companions with an affectionate nature and even disposition; generally active, alert, and playful, but not unduly boisterous.

 

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German Pinscher

 

Country of Origin: Germany

Size: Shoulder height: Weight: 25-35 pounds Height: 16-19 inches

Coat: Short and dense, smooth and shiny.

Character: Loyal and alert, energetic and playful. Needs early socialization. Can be weary of strangers.

Temperament: Good companion dog but enjoys having a job to do. Barks to announce visitors.

 

German Shepherd dog

 

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: 55 - 65 cm (21.5 - 25.5 inches).

Coat: Can be coarse and straight-haired, long and coarse and straight-haired, or wavy long-haired. Colors can be black, grey, with regular brown or yellow-to-light brown markings. Character: This dog is intelligent, unconditionally loyal, obedient, brave, and protective.

Temperament: Their territoriality makes them among the least likely of breeds to run away. Unwanted visitors are stopped. This breed gets along fine with children and other animals, provided proper socialization has taken place.

 

German Shorthaired Pointer

 

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: 58 - 66 cm (22.75 - 26 inches).

Coat: Coat can be brown, light brown, dark brown, white, or black. Brown, white or yellow markings are permissible

Character: The German Shorthaired Pointer is intelligent, eager to learn, loyal and brave.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. It can also play a role as a watchdog.

 

German Wirehaired Pointer

 

Country of Origin: Germany

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 22-26 inches Weight: 60-70 pounds

Coat: Like the name implies, the coat is wirey and coarse. It is weather-resistant.

Character: This breed is loyal to its family, intelligent and friendly. Very affectionate. Active.

Temperament: Enjoy working for its owner. Likes to roam. Can be willful. Good all-around gun dog. Able to track, point and retrieve.

 

Giant Schnauzer

 

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: 60- 70 cm (23.5 - 27.5 inches).

Coat: The usual color is salt-and-pepper. a dark face is desirable.

Character: This breed is alert, watchful and does not like to wander. It bonds closely with its family.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. It tends toward shyness around strangers.

 

Golden Retriever

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 51 - 61 cm (20 - 24 inches).

Coat: May be golden or cream-colored. It is smooth and wavy and the undercoat is weather-resistant.

Character: This breed is very self-confident, sensitive, intelligent, and adaptable. Barking is infrequent.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. It can be belligerent with unknown visitors.

 

Gordon Setter

 

Country of Origin: Originally developed in Scotland in 1600's.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 23-27 inches Weight: 45-80 pounds

Coat: Silky coat. May be straight or wavy. Medium in length shiny.

Character: They are loyal, intelligent. Brave. Likes to roam.

Temperament: Gentle and pleasant as companions. Excellent with children in the family. Reserved with strangers. Generally good with other pets.

 

Grand Bleu de Gascogne

 

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 34 - 40 cm (13.5 - 15.75 inches).

Coat: Short haired and dense. May be white with black speckles or patches, or black with tan markings.

Character: The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is friendly and sociable, gentle, and independent. Its bark is loud, but fortunately it is infrequent.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets, provided early socialization has taken place.

 

Great Dane

 

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: 72 - 80 cm (28.5 - 31.5 inches). Weight is 110 lbs. or more.

Coat: Short and smooth.

Character: Great Danes are affectionate, calm, loyal, and intelligent. They do not bark much, but make great watchdogs.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. It is usually wary around strangers, but will welcome friends of the family.

 

Great Pyrenees

 

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 - 32 inches. The weight is around 90 - 110 lbs.

Coat: The weather resistant double coat consists of a long, flat, thick, outer coat of coarse hair, straight or slightly undulating, and lying over a dense, fine, woolly undercoat.

Character: This dog is good-humored, gentle, friendly with all living creatures, and will protect its family if necessary.

Temperament: This breed will be a good friend to any other dog, animal, child, or visitor with good intentions.

 

Great Swiss Mountain Dog

 

Country of Origin: Switzerland.

Size: Shoulder height: 60 - 72 cm (23.5 - 28.5 inches).

Coat: Has a thick undercoat, and is straight-haired.

Character: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are eager to work, friendly, intelligent, reliable, and protective. They are known for their sociability and obedience. Although they make good watchdogs, their barking is infrequent.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with dogs and other household animals. It makes a wonderful friend for children. It will protect you and your family from any potential wrongdoers.

 

Greyhound

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 68 - 76 cm (26.75 - 30 inches).

Coat: Is smooth, close and short-haired. Colors are orange, black, white, fawn, or a roan of these colors with or without white markings.

Character: Greyhounds are calm and sociable. When indoors, they can be so relaxed that some are considered lazy. They are intelligent, have tremendous stamina, sensitive, and bond closely with their family.

Temperament: The Greyhound likes to chase anything that moves quickly, so it generally is not a good companion for cats. Although cautious around strangers, it is normally very good with children and enjoys the company of other dogs.

 

Groenendael Belgian Shepard

 

Country of Origin: Belgium.

Size: Shoulder height: 61 - 66 cm (22-26 inches).

Coat: The outer coat is dense, long and straight. It is especially long and abundant around the neck, particularly around males.Black or black with limited white is acceptable.

Character: This breed is watchful. It is neither timid nor aggressive.

Temperament: Early socialization of this dog is crucial to its well-being. If this has taken place, it will get along well with other animals and children.  

 

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Harrier

 

Country of Origin: N/A

Size:  N/A

Coat: N/A

Character: N/A

Temperament: N/A

 

 

Havanese

 

Country of Origin: Cuba or the Mediterranean.

Size: Shoulder height: 8.5 to 11.5 inches.

Coat: Is non-shedding, and can come in a variety of colors including cream, chocolate, pure white, or combinations of several colors.

Character: The Havanese is very intelligent, happy-go-lucky, lively, and playful.

Temperament: Havanese get along well with children and other pets. They do well in almost every social situation.

 

Hovawart

 

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: 58 - 70 cm (23 - 27.5 inches).

Coat: Long-haired and wavy and lies flat. Can be black, black with a marking, or blond.

Character: This dog is good-natured and loyal, but has a tendency to become devoted strictly to one family member. Hovawarts make good watchdogs.

Temperament: Provided early socialization has taken place, this dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. Hovawarts must be convinced that visitors are OK.

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Ibizan Hound

 

Country of Origin: The Balearic Islands.

Size: Shoulder height: 60 - 72 cm (23.5 - 28.5 inches).

Coat: Colors are various shades of red, white, or combinations. Can be short-haired, long-haired, or rough-haired. The long-haired Ibizan Hound is very rare.

Character: This dog is calm and affectionate, obedient, energetic, and brave, with a strong hunting instinct.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children but is wary around strangers. Males can be dominant toward other males. Provided early socialization with other household pets has occurred, it will get along fine with them.

 

Icelandic Sheepdog

 

Country of Origin: Iceland

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 20-30 pounds

Coat: Two types of coats: Long and short. Both types of coats are thick and weatherproof.

Character: Tough and energetic. Agile herding. Alert.

Temperament: Not an aggressive dog. Cheerful, friendly and playful. Most love children and get along with other animals. Inquisitive and courageous.

 

Irish Setter

 

Country of Origin: Ireland.

Size: Shoulder height: 65 cm (25.5 inches) although sizes may vary.

Coat: Long and flat. Should be very few curls. The color should be rich chestnut, without a trace of black. White markings are common. There is a red-white Irish Setter that is mostly white with red markings

Character: This dog is lively, energetic, playful, and independent. Barking is infrequent.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets, and will enthusiastically welcome visitors.

 

Irish Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Ireland.

Size: Shoulder height: 46 - 50 cm (18 - 19.5 inches). Weight should be around 31 lbs.

Coat: Outer coat is hard, but soft underneath.

Character: This dog bonds very closely to its family. It is watchful, protective, and playful.

Temperament: Irish Terriers may want to fight other dogs, and need to be taught not to chase cats when young. They are friendly toward people and love children.

 

Irish Water Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: Ireland.

Size: Shoulder height: 51 - 59 cm (20 - 23.25 inches).

Coat: Consists of dense permanent curls. It is somewhat oily. The only allowable color is dark liver.

Character: The Irish Water Spaniel is lively and cheerful, intelligent, and independent.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets, provided early socialization has taken place.

 

Irish Wolfhound

 

Country of Origin: Ireland.

Size: Shoulder height: 71 - 79 cm (28 - 31.25 inches).

Coat: Is rather unkempt-looking, cough, coarse and hard. Can be plain white, brown, black, red, or grey.

Character: Irish Wolfhounds are friendly, gentle, loyal, and calm.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. There will be no problems provided early socialization has taken place

 

 

Italian Greyhound

 

Country of Origin: Italy/Egypt

Size: Shoulder height: 32 - 38 cm (12.5 - 15 inches

Coat: Consists of fine, short hair. The color is often slate, black, or greyish yellow, occasionally with white on the chest and feet. There are flecked versions, but not all countries consider them acceptable.

Character: Italian Greyhounds are affectionate, cheerful, active and intelligent.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with other dogs and cats. It gets along with children, provided that they know not to treat the dog as a toy. They get along very well with each other, and it is a good idea to have more than one.

 

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Jack Russell Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England

Size: Shoulder height: 10-12 inches high 14-18 lbs

Coat: The coat comes in 3 varieties: Smooth, broken, wire-haired

Character: This breed is perky, loving, energetic, fearless. Enjoys playing with toys. Intelligent. Can be willful.

Temperament: This breed can be aggressive toward other dogs. Need to be socialized at an early age. Generally kind to children. Children need to be taught not to tease or strike the dog.

 

Japanese Akita

 

Country of Origin: Japan

Size: Shoulder height: 61 - 67 cm (24 - 26.25 inches).

Coat: Hair is straight and coarse, and the undercoat is soft and dense. Permitted colors are red, white, and streaked.

Character: This breed has a strong hunting instinct

Temperament: They prefer not to have other dogs around. There will be problems if they do not become acquainted with cats and other household pets early in life. They get along with children, provided that they do not invade their personal space. Strangers will get a chilly reception.

 

Japanese Chin

 

Country of Origin: China.

Size: Shoulder height: 20 - 25 cm (7.75 - 9.75 inches).

Coat: Hair is long and soft and should not be curly. Accepted colors are black and white or red and white.

Character: This dog is affectionate, playful, and cheerful. They like to be the center of attention but do not bark often.

Temperament: This breed cannot cope with rough handling by larger dogs or children. Otherwise, it gets along with just about all living creatures.

 

Japanese Spitz

 

Country of Origin: Japan.

Size: Shoulder height: 51 - 60 cm (20 - 23.5 inches).

Coat: Hair is thick, medium-length with a thick under-layer of straight hair

Character: This breed is curious and lively, and a good watchdog. It barks infrequently.

Temperament: This breed gets along well with other dogs, as well as children. It will bark when visitors come around.

 

 

 

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Keeshond

 

Country of Origin: The Netherlands

Size: Shoulder height: 46 cm (18 inches).

Coat: Can be grey, black, brown, or white. The undercoat is thick with longer covering hair.

Character: This dog is an eager learner, upbeat, watchful, and loyal.

Temperament: They need to be introduced to cats at a young age. They get along fine with children, and will bark at strangers.

 

Kerry Blue Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Ireland.

Size: Shoulder height: 45 - 48 cm (17.75 - 18.75 inches).

Coat: Is very curly, soft and thick. There is no undercoat. Puppies are born black, and after a year to a year and a half the coat changes color to blue.

Character: The Kerry Blue Terrier is intelligent, self-confident, brave, and has a good memory. It bonds closely with its handler. It can be somewhat obstinate, has a mind of its own, and is somewhat contentious with other dogs. Barking is infrequent.

Temperament: It is necessary to socialize the dog early with children, household pets, and cats in order to avoid problems down. road. Most Kerry Blue Terriers prefer to be the only dog in the family.

 

King Charles Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 - 30 cm (9.75 - 11.75 inches). Weight is around 11 lbs.

Coat: Hair is long, soft, and lightly waved. Colors can be black and tan, ruby, or chestnut on pearl white.

Character: This dog loves to be with the family and craves attention. They are cheerful, playful, and intelligent. They hardly ever bark.

Temperament: The King Charles Spaniel gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets.

 

Komondor

 

Country of Origin: Hungary

Size: Shoulder height: Height: At least 25.5 inches Weight: Up to 125 pounds

Coat: The always white coat is long and corded. It is not to be brushed. It is to be kept divided into cords and trimmed ocassionaly.

Character: Confident and alert, protective and loyal. Good family dog if given early socialization.

Temperament: Territorial. Reserved with strangers. Can be willful.

 

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Labradoodle

 

Country of Origin: N/A

Size: N/A

Coat: N/A

Character: N/A

Temperament: N/A

 

 

 

Labrador Retriever

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 54 - 57 cm (21.25 - 22.5 inches).

Coat: Thick and dense and weather-resistant. Can be black, yellow or chocolate brown. A small white marking on the chest is permissible

Character: This breed is obedient, sociable, affectionate, and loyal. They have a very keen sense of smell.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. They are not great watchdogs.

 

Lakeland Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 37 cm (14.5 inches).

Coat: Is thick and hard, and somewhat water-resistant. Colors can be black and tan, blue and tan, reddish grey, black, blue, red, wheat, or liver.

Character: The Lakeland Terrier is a good watchdog, active, intelligent and affectionate.

Temperament: Although this dog can be somewhat reserved around strangers, it gets along very well with children and other dogs. Early socialization is necessary in order for it to get along with cats or other household pets.

 

Leonberger

 

Country of Origin: Germany

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 27-31 inches Weight: 100-130(bitches) 130-170 pounds (males)

Coat: Waterproof, rough coat. Has a thick mane and creates a lion-like expression. It takes up to 4 years to develop mane and the mane in females is less recognizable than in males.

Character: Lively, steadfast. Highly intelligent. Loyal. Serious and brave. Agile for the giant breed.

Temperament: Known as a gentle giant. Loves everyone. Friendly personality. Highly patient, even with children. Wants to please. Gets along well with other dogs.

 

Lhasa Apso

 

Country of Origin: Tibet.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 cm (9.75 inches).

Coat: The topcoat is long and straight. The undercoat is shorter and slightly softer.

Character: Lhasa Apsos are calm, loyal, and lovable. They enjoy company, but are wary of strangers.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets.

 

Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

 

Country of Origin: USA

Size: Shoulder height: Weight: 55-80 lbs Height: 20-26 inches

Coat: Coat is short in length. Single Coat.

Character: Protective. Territorial

Temperament: Loving to those it knows. Reserved with strangers. Independent.

 

 

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Maltese

 

Country of Origin: Italy/Malta.

Size: Shoulder height: 20 - 25 cm (7.75 - 9.75 inches).

Coat: Long white hair and no undercoat.

Character: This dog is eager to learn, friendly, and sociable.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets.

 

Malti Poo

 

Country of Origin: The Malti-Poo is a cross between the Maltese and a Toy Poodle.

Size: Shoulder height: Please refer to breeds that make up the Malti-Poo for possible sizes.

Coat: Refer to both breeds that make up the Malti-Poo for possible coat characteristics. Little to no shedding.

Character: The Malti-Poo is an intelligent dog. Usually good with other animals

Temperament: Loving and loyal. Intelligent. May be wary of strangers.

 

Manchester Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 38 - 41 cm (15 - 16.25 inches).

Coat: Usually black and tan. It is short, sleek, and shiny.

Character: This dog is high-spirited, intelligent and cunning. It only barks in times of danger.

Temperament: They get along well with children, but may try to dominate other dogs. This breed needs to get used to cats and other household pets at a young age.They make excellent watchdogs.

 

Maremma Sheepdog

 

Country of Origin: Italy.

Size: Shoulder height: 60 - 73 cm (23.5 to 28.75 inches).

Coat: A dense under-layer that is long-haired and wiry. A white color with markings of light orange, yellow, or ivory are permitted.

Character: This dog is friendly, loyal, intelligent, and a good guard-dog.

Temperament: This breed is forgiving with children and gets along well with other dogs and pets. It can be slightly reserved with strangers.

 

Mastiff

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 70 - 76 cm (27.5 - 30 inches).

Coat: Coat is short-haired. Can be silver, yellow, apricot, or streaked. Character: The Mastiff will rarely bark, but will defend its territory and family. This breed is confident, dignified, and gentle-natured.

Temperament: Mastiffs are usually good with children, and if properly socialized, they get along fine with other dogs and household pets.

 

Mi Ki

 

Country of Origin: There are different theories as to the origin of the breed and standards for the breed differ from club to club. Some say the breed originated in Asia. Others say the breed originated in the U.S.A.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 10-11 inches Weight: up to 10 pounds

Coat: There are two coat types: Smooth Coat Long Coat Colors: Solid colors are rare and highly prized. All colors are acceptable.

Temperament: Calm, sweet natured, seldom bark, friendly. Loves children. Adapt to surroundings easily.

 

Miniature Australian Shepherd

 

Country of Origin: United States

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 14-18 inch Weight: 20-40 lb

Coat: Medium-length coat. Slightly wavy. Comes in blue or red merle, red or black tri-color, all with white and or tan markings. Coat may be straight or slightly wavy.

Character: Loves to play. Loyal and affectionate. Great with children. Lively, devoted.

Temperament: Easy going, courageous. Naturally protective. Can be nervous and destructive if left alone too much without proper exercise.

 

Miniature Bull Terrier

 

Country of Origin: N/A

Size: N/A

Coat: N/A

Character: N/A

Temperament: N/A

 

Miniature Bulldog

 

Country of Origin: England

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 25-40 lbs

Coat: Short and smooth

Character: Active and playful. Intelligent, loyal.

Temperament: Loving toward family. Okay with children

 

Miniature Pinscher

 

Country of Origin: Germany

Size: Shoulder height: 10 inches to 12.5 inches.

Coat: Is smooth, short and lustrous. Colors can be chocolate with rust-red, stag red, or black with red markings.

Character: Miniature pinschers are alert, bold, spirited and lively.

Temperament: This breed gets along fine with children, provided it is not pestered by them. Some have been known to be aggressive with other dogs and strangers, however this behavior is not common if proper socialization has taken place.

 

Miniature Poodle

 

Country of Origin: France has been officially recognized as the country of origin.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 11-15 inches Weight: 15-17 pounds

Coat: Fine, frizzy, wooly. Permitted colors are grey, brown, apricot, black, and white. A Poodle with a corded coat is rare.

Character: Poodles are sensitive, intelligent, lively, playful, and eager to learn. They bond closely with their family

Temperament: This breed gets along well with other animals, other dogs, and children. Visitors will be announced, but they are generally friendly toward them.

 

Miniature Schnauzer

 

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: 33 - 36 cm (13 - 14 inches).

Coat: Can be black with silver markings, or salt-and-pepper colored. Occasionally they are completely white.

Character: This breed is lively, intelligent, attentive, and can be stubborn. It is very loyal to its family.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. Strangers will be announced with loud barking.

 

Mountain Feist

 

Country of Origin: This breed has roots in the Rat Terrier breed. Mountain Feist also known as Treeing Feist.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 10-22 inches Weight: 10-30 pounds

Coat: Smooth and short coat.

Character: Energetic. Used for Squirrel hunting as well as rabbits and other small game.

Temperament: Loveing.

 

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Neapolitan Mastiff

 

Country of Origin: Italy.

Size: Shoulder height: 60 - 75 cm (23 - 29.5 inches).

Coat: Is short, dense and hard, uniformly smooth and fine. Colors can be grey, leaden grey, leaden black, brown, fawn, deep fawn, hazel, dove-grey and light fawn. White patches on the chest and tips of the toes are not uncommon. The skin is loose all over the body and forms numerous folds and wrinkles on the head.

Character: This breed is confident, gentle-natured, and powerful. It is protective of its property and family and is intelligent, majestic, and noble.

Temperament: Neapolitan Mastiffs are usually good with children if socialized early. If not threatened, they are accepting of strangers. They generally get along fine with other dogs and household pets.

 

Newfoundland

 

Country of Origin: Canada.

Size: Shoulder height: 66 - 71 cm (26 - 28 inches). The weight is around 110 - 152 lbs

Coat: Coat is greasy and dense, medium-length and water-resistant.

Character: This dog is good-humored, gentle, friendly with all living creatures, and will protect its family if necessary.

Temperament: This breed will be a good friend to any other dog, animal, child, or visitor with good intentions.

 

Norfolk Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 cm (9.75 inches).

Coat: Coat is hard and wire-haired. The hair is shorter around the head and ears. Allowable colors are black with rust-brown, straw-yellow, and grey. There can be a small amount of white, although it is not preferred.

Character: This dog is cheerful, lively and intelligent, and playful.

Temperament: This dog gets along with other dogs quite well. It rarely has a problem with children, and will briefly announce visitors with loud barking.

 

Norwich Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 10 inches Weight: 10-12 pounds

Coat: Medium-length, waterproof, shaggy coat. Can be wiry or straight.

Character: Affectionate and courageous.

Temperament: Active, balanced. Without nervousness. Loving, good with children. Will dig and bark if left outside for long periods of time with nothing to occupy them.\

 

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

 

Country of Origin: Canada.

Size: Shoulder height: 45 - 51 cm (17.75 - 20 inches).

Coat: Consists of medium-length hair with a softer undercoat. Color can be reddish-orange. Typically there is a blaze with white markings on the chest, tip of the tail, and the feet.

Character: This dog is high-spirited, lively, friendly, and intelligent.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets.\

 

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Old English Sheepdog

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 56 - 60 cm (22 - 23.5 inches).

Coat: Hair is very long, with a waterproof under-layer. Allowable colors are blue or grey. The head, belly, and front quarters are white.

Character: This dog is intelligent, social, and adaptable.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. Visitors will get a warm reception.

 

Olde English Bulldogge

 

Country of Origin: Developed by David Leavitt. Encompasses half English Bulldog and the other half made up of Bullmastiff, American Bulldog and Pit Bull. Recognized by APRI, CKC, OREBA, NKC, CKC

Size: Shoulder height: Height: varies. Usually at least 16 inches Weight: varies. At least 50 pounds or greater.

Coat: Coat is either short and close or can be medium in length and fine. Colors vary.

Character: Gentle with family and those it knows but fearless when defending owner and property.

 

Ori Pei

 

Country of Origin: Created in North America in 1970's.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 12-15 inches Weight: 15-30 pounds

Coat: Has 2 coat types. Brush Coat: 1/4 to 1/2 inch long with undercoat. softer texture. Horse Coat: extremely short, feel harsh and prickly to touch.

Character: Intelligent. Devoted to family.

Temperament: They get along well with children and are devoted to their family.

 

Otterhound

 

Country of Origin: Great Britain.

Size: Shoulder height: 63 - 67 cm (24.75 - 26.25 inches).

Coat: The coat is weather-resistant and rough. All acceptable hound colors are permitted.

Character: This breed is intelligent, affectionate, and lively.

Temperament: Otterhounds are friendly to people, other dogs, household pets, and children.

 

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Papillon

 

Country of Origin: Belgium.

Size: Shoulder height: 28 cm (11 inches).

Coat: Is long-haired, usually white with colored patches. A white blaze on the head is desirable.

Character: Although somewhat reserved around strangers, these are lovable, affectionate, boisterous little dogs that are eager to learn.

Temperament: Depending on how socialization was carried out, some Papillons may be jealous if their owner's attention is diverted elsewhere. This is not usually the case, however. They generally get along quite well with children and other household pets.

 

Parson Russell Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 33 - 35 cm (13 - 13.25 inches).

Coat: There are two varieties. The Jack Russell Terrier can be either smooth-haired or rough-haired. They are usually white with tan, black, or lemon, or with markings in three colors. Markings restricted to the head and base of the tail are preferred.

Character: This dog is brave (sometimes excessively so), boisterous, watchful, a self-starter, and very self-confident.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. It is however, still a hunting dog, so it sometimes can't resist the urge to chase the family cat. It may try to be dominant over other dogs, regardless of size. Visitors will always be announced with a distinctive bark.

 

Patterdale Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 10 to 13 inches.

Coat: Is dense and coarse. May appear smooth or broken. Colors include Black and tan, chocolate, red, or plain black.

Character: The Patterdale Terrier is playful and outgoing, smart and likes to keep busy.

Temperament: If properly socialized, this breed is good with children and other animals.

 

Peek A Poo

 

Country of Origin: This is a cross between the Pekingese and the Miniature Poodle. Not a recognized breed.

Size: Shoulder height: Please refer to the breeds that make up this cross to determine possible sizes.

Coat: Average shedder.

Character: Friendly dog. Loves the family. Intelligent.

Temperament: Wary of strangers. Protective of family. Socialize early. Should get along with other animals.

 

Pekingese

 

Country of Origin: China.

Size: Shoulder height: 20 cm (7.34 inches). Weight is 8.75 - 11 lbs.

Coat: Hair is long and abundant. A variety of colors is possible, but the most common combination is black and beige, sometimes combined with white.

Character: This dog is affectionate and noble, but not particularly fond of strangers.

Temperament: If socialized properly, this breed gets along fine with other animals. It does not like to be disturbed when resting, so it is not well-suited for homes with small children.

 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

 

Country of Origin: Wales.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 - 30.5 cm (9.75 - 12 inches).

Coat: Is water-resistant and consists of hard straight hairs. Acceptable colors are beige, red, black and tan, and there may be white markings on the neck, chest, and legs.

Character: This is an energetic dog that bonds quickly with its family. It is brave, intelligent, alert, and self-confident.

Temperament: Pembrokes are good with children as long as they do not tease them. They are somewhat watchful around strangers, but not suspicious. Occasionally they can be domineering over each other.

 

Perro de Agua Espanol

 

Country of Origin: Spain.

Size: Shoulder height: 38 - 45 cm (15 - 19.5 inches).

Coat: Wooly, curly, weather-resistant. The most common colors are brown and white, black and white, or brown, black, or white.

Character: This dog is intelligent, playful, friendly, and an eager learner.

Temperament: This Perro de Agua Espanol gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets.

 

Perro de Presa Canario

 

Country of Origin: Developed in Canary Isalnds.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 21-25 inches Weight: 84-106 pounds

Coat: Coat is rough and short. Average shedder.

Character: Devoted, intelligent.

Temperament: Great guard dog. Protection

 

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

 

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 13 - 15 inches.

Coat: Is tousled and rough. Colors can be white with any combination of orange, lemon, girzzle, or tricolor markings.

Character: This breed, despite its appearance, is very terrier-like in temperament. It is inquisitive, busy, tough, and always on the lookout for opportunities to explore, trail, and dig.

Temperament: This dog is friendly toward strangers, other dogs, children and pets.

Pharaoh Hound

 

Country of Origin: Malta.

Size: Shoulder height: 53 - 56 cm (20.75 - 22 inches).

Coat: Color is various shades of reddish-brown. White markings on the feet and chest, as well as a small white blaze are permissible. A white tip to the tail is desirable.

Character: This dog is loyal, affectionate, playful, brave and calm. It has a very strong hunting instinct.

Temperament: Pharoah Hounds are somewhat wary around strangers. They get along well with children. They can be rather dominant around other males. Early training is necessary in order for the Pharoah Hound to learn to live with the family cat.

 

Pointer

 

Country of Origin: Portugal.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 - 26 inches.

Coat: Short and dense. Possible colors are liver, lemon, black, or orange and can either be solid or mixed with white.

Character: Pointers are gentle, sweet and kind, but may a bit too boisterous for small children. They are very loyal and love their family but can be somewhat reserved around strangers.

Temperament: This dog needs the companionship of its family. It gets along very well with other dogs and household pets.

 

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

 

Country of Origin: Poland.

Size: Shoulder height: 42 - 50 cm (16.5 - 19.5 inches).

Coat: Usual colors are grey or white with grey or black. However, other colors are permissible. The exterior is long and wire-haired while the under-layer is soft.

Character: This dog is happy, alert, animated, and intelligent. It has a good memory and is obedient. It is a little less confident around strangers.

Temperament: Visitors will be loudly announced. It is excellent with children, dogs and other household pets

 

Pomapoo

 

Country of Origin: This is a cross breed between the Pomeranian and Poodle.

Size: Shoulder height: The best way to get sizes of Pomapoos is to read the profiles of Poms and of Poodles. Sizes will defer due to the crossing of two breeds.

Coat: Please refer to Pomeranian and Poodle coat descriptions for possible coat combinations.

Character: Energetic, playful. Please refer to breeds that make up this cross breed for possible character combinations.

Temperament: Loving, loyal. Please refer to breed profiles for both Pomeranian and Poodle for possible Temperament combinations.

 

Portuguese Water Dog

 

Country of Origin: Portugal.

Size: Shoulder height: 43 - 57 cm (17 - 22.5 inches).

Coat: Dense, curly, wavy. Most common colors are black, brown, white, black and white, or brown and white.

Character: The Portuguese Water Dog is obedient, sociable, high-spirited, and friendly.

Temperament: This dog enjoys the companionship of dogs, other animals and children.

Care: Regular

 

Pug

 

Country of Origin: Asia

Size: Shoulder height: 35 cm (13.75 inches). Weight is about 15 - 16 lbs.

Coat: Consists of short hairs. Colors can be black, beige, or silver. Must have a black mask.

Character: Easy-going and straightforward, Pugs are sociable, intelligent and calm.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. It may get jealous if its owner ignores it.

 

Puggle

 

Country of Origin: This is a cross breed of a Pug and a Beagle. This is not a recognized breed.

Size: Shoulder height: Will vary. Research both Pugs and Beagles for possible sizes.

Coat: Will vary. Research both Pugs and Beagles for coat possibilities. May take after one or both breeds.

Character: Please refer to both Pug and Beagle profile for character possibilities.

Temperament: This is a cross breed. May take traits from one or both of the breeds.

 

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Rat Terrier

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 13 - 18 inches. Weight: 5 - 35 lbs.

Coat: The coat is short, dense, and smooth, with a sheen. Whiskers are not removed.

Character: This dog is affectionate, uncomplicated, gentle, intelligent, and sensitive, and fearless.

Temperament: The Rat Terrier has sometimes been described as having a dual personality. He is a fearless, tenacious hunter with seemingly unlimited energy. When he is not hunting, however, the Rat Terrier is an exceptionally friendly companion, getting along well with children, other dogs, and even cats.

 

Redbone Coonhound

 

Country of Origin: America

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 21-27 inches Weight: 50-70 pounds

Coat: Short, smooth, shiny coat.

Character: Very good with Children. Even-tempered. Strong desire to please. Affectionate.

Temperament: Instinctive hunter. Alert and quick. Able to work in all types of terrain. Loves being with people.

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback

 

Country of Origin: Zimbabwe.

Size: Shoulder height: 61 - 69 cm (24 - 27.25 inches).

Coat: Short-haired with a strip of hair that runs in the opposite direction along the back. Color is light to reddish brown. The mask is dark.

Character: This breed is intelligent and straightforward. They are independent, brave, cautious around strangers, and learn quickly.

Temperament: Early socialization with cats and other dogs will prevent later problems. Provided they are not pestered by them, the Ridgeback is kind with children. It is somewhat reserved around strangers.

 

Rottweiler

 

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: 56 - 68 cm (22 - 26.75 inches).

Coat: Short, thick, and coarse outer layer with a thick under layer. It must always be black with brown markings. Occasionally there are long-haired varieties or there may be a white chest marking, but these traits are considered undesirable.

Character: This breed is brave, very loyal, obedient, protective, watchful, and strong. It will risk life and limb to defend its family.

Temperament: If properly socialized, a Rottweiler makes a good playmate for children and gets along well with cats and other household animals. This is all contingent on whether the dog has had positive experiences with them when young, however.

 

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Saint Bernard

 

Country of Origin: Switzerland.

Size: Shoulder height: 65 - 70 cm (25.5 - 27.5 inches). Should weigh at least 60 kg (132 lbs).

Coat: Can be long- or short-haired. Colors are red with white or white with red, or white with streaked patches. The legs, chest, and tip of the tail must all be white. There must be a white blaze and white neck patch or collar.

Character: The St. Bernard is very friendly, good-natured, and excellent with children. It will defend you and your possessions and is intensely loyal.

Temperament: Children, other dogs, and household pets are all friends to the St. Bernard.

Care: Regular

 

Saluki

 

Country of Origin: Iran.

Size: Shoulder height: 58 - 71 cm (22.75 - 28 inches).

Coat: Smooth and silky. The hair on the back of the legs, ears, and tail should be longer and feathery. Colors can be three-colored (white, black, and brown), black with brown, grey, red, golden, cream, sandy, white or various combinations of those colors.

Character: Salukis have a mind of their own, but are graceful, peaceful, and need to be with their owner. This dog is cautious around strangers and has a very strong hunting instinct.

Temperament: This breed gets along well with dogs that are similar in nature. The hunting instinct is too strong in it to allow it to live with other types of animals.

 

Samoyed

 

Country of Origin: Western Siberia.

Size: Shoulder height: 53 - 57 cm (20.75 - 22.5 inches).

Coat: Topcoat is straight and wiry, and the undercoat is dense and short. Can be white, cream, or white with light brown.

Character: This dog is a complex one. It is friendly, intelligent, and somewhat obedient, but it can be obstinate and stubborn. It can be dominant and watchful, yet sensitive and gentle-natured. Samoyeds love to bark.

Temperament: Samoyeds are gentle with children but may try to dominate other dogs. They have a strong hunting instinct so they will chase other animals. They need to be trained early to get along with your other pets.

 

Schipperke

 

Country of Origin: Belgium.

Size: Shoulder height: 10 - 13 inches

Coat: Abundant and dense, with longer hair on the neck, shoulders, chest and back of rear legs.

Character: Alert, loyal, and is insatiably inquisitive.The breed will impress you with its personable ways and unending energy.

Temperament: The breeds temperament shows it to be a positive dog, exhibiting very strong likes and dislikes, capable of making a decision about a situation.The breed is fond of children if properly socialized and supervised and frequently will attach itself to the children of the family, becoming their loving, loyal and watchful companion.

 

Schnoodle

 

Country of Origin: This is a cross between the Schnauzer and the Poodle. Since there are three types of Schnauzer breeds and three types of Poodle breeds, any cross between the two is called Schnoodle.

Size: Shoulder height: The size varies depending upon the size of pure breed that is used in the cross.

Coat: Varies. Can take after the Schnauzer (course) or after the Poodle (softer) or any variation in between.

Character: Intelligent, loving and playful. They are alert. Traits will vary depending upon the breed used.

Temperament: Usually a happy breed who enjoy being with the family. Makes a good companion dog / family pet. Usually gets along well with others.

 

Scottish Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Scotland.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 -28 cm (9.75 - 11 inches). Weight is around 18.75 - 23 lbs.

Coat: The hair on the coat is wiry and hard. Colors can be plain black, black with highlights, and wheat.

Character: Scotties become very attached to their family, are watchful, noble, and sporty, and think for themselves.

Temperament: The dog is naturally inclined to get along with other pets. Scotties are good with children, provided that the children treat them with kindness

Sealyham Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Developed in Wales

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 12 inches and under Weight: 20 pounds and under

Coat: Coarse and medium-long coat. Little-to-no shedding

Character: Loyal and independant. Brave, loving and affectionate. Like to bark. Good watchdog.

Temperament: Reserved with strangers. Good with other pets for the most part but can be agressive toward other dogs. Best with older children.

 

Shetland Sheepdog

 

Country of Origin: Scotland.

Size: Shoulder height: 35.5 - 37 cm (14 - 14.5 inches).

Coat: Outer layer of the coat is long and wiry. The inner layer is short and soft. Colors are sable (with and without black tips on the hairs), black and tan with white markings, black-white, and blue-black.

Character: This dog is loyal, obedient, sharp, and happy.

Temperament: Although watchful around strangers, this dog is extremely sociable with children, other dogs, and household pets.

 

Shiba Inu

 

Country of Origin: Japan.

Size: Shoulder height: 36.5 - 39.5 cm (14.25 - 15.5 inches).

Coat: Short, straight-haired, with a soft undercoat. The most common colors are red, red and white, white, black, black and tan, and salt-and-pepper.

Character: Shiba Inu are curious, cheerful, and watchful. They bond closely with their owners. They are easily housebroken and bark infrequently.

Temperament: They are normally reserved around children and strangers but they normally get along well with all living things.

Care: Periodically remove dead hairs with a metal-toothed

 

Shih Tzu

 

Country of Origin: Tibet.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 cm (9.75 inches).

Coat: Is longhaired and can be a variety of colors including black, red, beige, and sometimes white.

Character: The Shih Tzu is an independent breed that is intelligent, lovable, affectionate, sociable, and cheerful. It is not as outgoing as most breeds. It seldom barks.

Temperament: This dog always behaves with dignity, and gets along with other household pets and children.

 

Siberian Husky

 

Country of Origin: Alaska.

Size: Shoulder height: 51 - 60 cm(20 - 23.5 inches).

Coat: Coat is double-layered and medium-length. Every color and combination are acceptable.

Character: This dog wants to be everyone's friend, a fact that makes it a less-than-ideal watchdog. Huskies love to wander, and they are full of energy and independent.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with other Huskies, but needs to be trained carefully in order to interact with other household pets. It will not get along with cats or other small animals. Huskies have no problem with children. It is wise to have more than one Husky because they have a very hard time being left alone.

 

Silky Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Australia.

Size: Shoulder height: 23 cm (9 inches).

Coat: Long, smooth, silky, and shiny. There is no undercoat. Steel-blue is the most prized color. The most common color is light to dark blue-grey with brown.

Character: This dog is upbeat, lively, intelligent, loyal, and surprisingly protective.

Temperament: Silky Terriers need to get used to cats when young to avoid chasing them later on. Normally they are very affectionate with children. They will bark when visitors arrive.

 

Skye Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Scotland.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 - 26 cm (9.75 - 10.25 inches). Can be more than 100 cm (39.5 inches) long.

Coat: The coat is double-layered. The top layer is straight and long, while the bottom layer is short, wooly and thick. Allowable colors are black or gray, or borwn and blond with dark markings on the ears, muzzle, and tail.

Character: This dog is affectionate, loyal, and a little reserved around strangers. It makes a good watchdog.

Temperament: As long as children do not tease them, Skye Terriers get along fine with them. Provided proper socialization has taken place, this breed gets along fine with other household pets, although it may try to dominate other dogs.

 

Smooth Fox Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England

Size: Shoulder height: 13-16 inches

Coat: Coat is short, smooth, flat, hard and dense.

Character: This dog is very loyal and affectionate. It is playful and energetic and has an abundance of courage.

Temperament: Needs to be socialized well as a puppy. Will pick fights with other dogs. Although playful with children, they need to be watched as they can bite. Likes to bark and explore.

 

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Ireland.

Size: Shoulder height: 17 - 19 inches. Weight should be around 30-40 lbs.

Coat: Is abundant and wheaten-colored and falls in soft waves in adulthood.

Character: The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is active, but not hyperactive. It is always eager to make new friends. It is alert and watchful, cheerful and curious.

Temperament: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers get along well with children and other animals, provided proper socialization has taken place.

 

Spinone Italiano

 

Country of Origin: Italy.

Size: Shoulder height: 58 - 70 cm (22.75 -27.5 inches). Weight is 28 - 37 kg (61.75 - 81.5 lbs).

Coat: Coat is rough and thick and lies somewhat flat. Allowable colors are white, white with orange markings, white with brown markings, or speckled brown - with and without larger brown markings.

Character: This dog is friendly, gentle, and affectionate, but has a slight stubborn streak.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. All visitors will be greeted warmly.

 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 35 - 41 cm (13.75 - 16.25 inches). Weight should be 11 - 17 kg (24 - 37.5 lbs).

Coat: Short and smooth. The colors are white or white with brindle or red patches, fawn, red, any shade of brindle from tiger brindle through to black brindle, or blue.

Character: This dog is brave, loving with children, and obedient. It possesses tremendous stamina, tenacity, and intelligence.

Temperament: This breed gets along well with children and rough play does not bother it. Provided proper socialization has taken place, it gets along fine with other household pets.

Standard Poodle

 

Country of Origin: France has been officially recognized as the country of origin.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: 35 - 45 cm Weight: 45-70 pounds

Coat: Fine, frizzy, wooly. Permitted colors are grey, brown, apricot, black, and white. A Poodle with a corded coat is rare.

Character: Poodles are sensitive, intelligent, lively, playful, and eager to learn. They bond closely with their family.

Temperament: This breed gets along well with other animals, other dogs, and children. Visitors will be announced, but they are generally friendly toward them.

 

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Tervuren Belgian Shepherd

 

Country of Origin: Belgium.

Size: Shoulder height: 58 - 62 cm (22.75 - 24.5 inches).

Coat: Long - haired coat with undercoat.

Character: This breed is energetic, lively and eager to work.

Temperament: This breed gets along well with other pets especially if socialized early. They are shy around strangers, but get along well with children.

Care: Excessive

 

Thai Ridgeback

 

Country of Origin: Thailand.

Size: Shoulder height: 17 to 22 inches.

Coat: Can be blue, black, red, or fawn. Is short, but grows longer in winter.

Character: This breed is smart, obedient and watchful. It will protect its family always.

Temperament: Thai Ridgebacks are naturally protective of their home and family and can be aggressive with other dogs. They get along fine with all other living creatures if properly socialized. However, they have a strong hunting instinct which may become prevalent around smaller animals.

 

Tibetan Mastiff

 

Country of Origin: Tibet.

Size: Shoulder height: 61 - 66 cm (24 - 26 inches).

Coat: The coat is long and thick with a heavy underlayer. Colors can be black and tan, golden brown, plain black, or grey with or without tan markings.

Character: This breed is reserved around strangers, dignified, loyal, and calm. It is very self-confident, and can tend to be stubborn and dominant.

Temperament: This dog is loving with children but is distrustful around strangers. Provided proper socialization has taken place, this breed gets along fine with other household pets. It usually has no problem with other dogs.

 

Tibetan Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: Tibet.

Size: Shoulder height: 25 cm (9.75 inches).

Coat: The coat is double, long and silky-haired. The most common color is golden, but any color is acceptable.

Character: Although cautious with strangers, this dog does not bark a lot and jump all over them. It is confident, watchful, intelligent, and brave.

Temperament: Provided proper socialization has taken place, this breed gets along fine with other household pets. It is also good with children.

 

Tibetan Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Tibet.

Size: Shoulder height: 35.5 - 43 cm (14 - 17 inches).

Coat: This breed has a long, luxurious, fine topcoat that is either straight or wavy. The undercoat is wooly and dense.

Character: This dog is brave, intelligent, noble, and loyal to its handler. It is cautious around strangers and dislikes being left alone.

Temperament: Provided proper socialization has taken place, this breed gets along fine with other household pets. It is good with children, provided they know when to leave it alone. It may try to dominate other dogs.

 

Toy Fox Terrier

 

Country of Origin: United States.

Size: Shoulder height: 8.5 to 11 inches.

Coat: Is short and smooth. It can be white and black, or white and tan.

Character: The Toy Fox Terrier is outgoing, friendly, fearless, and very loyal to its family. Its alertness makes it a good watchdog.

Temperament: The Toy Fox Terrier is not generally recommended for children due to its small size. It will easily accept other dogs into its living situation.

 

Toy Poodle

 

Country of Origin: France has been officially recognized as the country of origin.

Size: Shoulder height: Height: up to 10 inches Weight: 6-9 pounds

Coat: Fine, frizzy, wooly. Permitted colors are grey, brown, apricot, black, and white. A Poodle with a corded coat is rare.

Character: Poodles are sensitive, intelligent, lively, playful, and eager to learn. They bond closely with their family.

Temperament: This breed gets along well with other animals, other dogs, and children. Visitors will be announced, but they are generally friendly toward them.

 

Treeing Walker Coonhound

 

Country of Origin: N/A

Size: Shoulder height: N/A

Coat: N/A

Character: N/A

Temperament: N/A

 

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Vizsla

 

Country of Origin: Hungary.

Size: Shoulder height: Shoulder height on the short-haired Vizsla: 52 - 61 (20.5 - 24 inches). Shoulder height on the wire-haired Vizsla: 54 - 62 cm (21.25 - 24.5 inches).

Coat: The short-haired Vizsla is either dark gold or a dark wheat color. The wire-haired Vizsla is usually a shade of sandy-yellow.

Character: This breed is loyal, affectionate, intelligent, and enjoys field sports.

Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. It will bark at strangers.

 

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Weimaraner

 

Country of Origin: Germany.

Size: Shoulder height: 57 - 70 cm (22.5 - 27.5 inches).

Coat: Coat can either be short-hiared or long-haired. Either type of coat is can be silver or mouse-colored.

Character: This dog is friendly, eager to work, intelligent, and energetic.

Temperament: Provided proper socialization has taken place, this breed gets along fine with other household pets. The Weimeraner gets along fine with other dogs, and is friendly toward children. Although not unfriendly toward strangers, this dog will protect its family in times of danger.

 

Welsh Springer Spaniel

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 17 - 18 inches.

Coat: Flat and straight, dense enough to protect it from the weather. Colors are rich red and white.

Character: The Welsh Springer Spaniel is steady and easygoing. It is an independent breed, yet very devoted to its family.

Temperament: This breed is somewhat reserved, even timid, around strangers. It is good with children, and gets along fine with other household pets, provided proper socialization has taken place.

 

Welsh Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Wales.

Size: Shoulder height: 39 cm (15.25 inches).

Coat: Hard, wire-haired, and very thick. Color is usually reddish-brown with black.

Character: The Welsh Terrier is cheerful, easy-going, obedient, and active. It is brave and obedient, bonding closely with its family but being more reserved around strangers.

Temperament: Although less outgoing with people it doesn't know, this breed is patient with children. It will get along fine with cats and other household pets, provided it is socialized early enough.It can sometimes try to dominate other dogs.

 

West Highland White Terrier

 

Country of Origin: Scotland.

Size: Shoulder height: 28 cm (11 inches). Weight is around 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs).

Coat: Double-layered with a topcoat that is rough and hard and a soft, short undercoat. The color is always white.

Character: Also commonly referred to as the Westie, this breed is a boisterous, playful, alert, and independent breed. It is very extroverted and can be stubborn.

Temperament: The West Highland White Terrier needs to be trained at a young age not to try to dominate other dogs or chase cats. If you have children, it makes a good playmate because it can handle rough play.

 

Whippet

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: 44 - 51 cm (17.25 - 20 inches).

Coat: Fine and dense. There are many possible colors, but most often seen are beige, blue, roan, black, black and white, or white with streaked or yellow patches.

Character: The Whippet is affectionate, peaceful, intelligent, and great with children.

Temperament: Whippets are good with children but do not take kindly to strangers. They cannot suppress the urge to chase anything that moves quickly. They are tolerant of other dogs, enjoy children, and will leave the family cat alone.

 

Wire Fox Terrier

 

Country of Origin: N/A

Size: Shoulder height: N/A

Coat: N/A

Character: N/A

Temperament: N/A

 

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Country of Origin: France.

Size: Shoulder height: 20 - 24 inches.

Coat: Is medium-length, wiry, and straight. The Undercoat is abundant and thick. Colors can be dirty white mixed with chestnut, white or steel gray with chestnut markings, gray, chestnut, or roan.

Character: Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are obedient, intelligent, eager to please and easy to train.

Temperament: Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are obedient, respectful with strangers, good with other dogs, but like to chase cats. They are particularly good with older, respectful children.

 

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Yorki Poo

 

Country of Origin: This is a cross breed between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle.

Size: Shoulder height: Varies upon Poodle used in cross breed. Can weigh between 4-15 pounds.

Coat: The coat will vary. Each pup can take after either breed or a combination of both. Usually little shedding and good breed for allergy sufferers.

Character: Energetic, happy, brave, intelligent. It is an alert dog and very clever. Great watchdog.

Temperament: Wants to be involved in the family activity. Great companion dog. Loving and cheerful.

 

Yorkshire Terrier

 

Country of Origin: England.

Size: Shoulder height: Weight is: 2 - 3 kg (4.5 - 6.5 lbs).

Coat: Consists of very long, silky hair. The color is golden-brown wtih steel-grey.

Character: Yorkshire Terriers become very attached to their families. They are lively, intelligent and bark when they sense danger.

Temperament: This dog is tolerant of children, provided that they respect its territory. It can be a bit too brave occasionally when dealing with larger dogs but gets along fine with cats and other household pets.

 

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