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AKC, UKC and rare breeds at a glance.  Dog breed characteristics, height, weight, coat type, personality, watchdog, lap dog, good with children. Breed photos, Breed Standards, plus breeder contact Information.


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AKC FSS = Breeds that have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service® which allows pure breeds to continue to develop while providing them with a reliable avenue to maintain their records.


AKC FSS Miscellaneous Class = The breeds eligible to participate in the Miscellaneous Class are enrolled in the AKC Foundation Stock Service® until the AKC Board of Directors accepts the breed for regular status.



Dog Breed Name




AKC Toy Group

UKC Companion Dog Group


Little black "monkey-faced" wire coated terrier.  10 inches, 8 pounds of pluck and personality. Whiskered face, easily clipped or stripped coat is worth the trouble. Sturdy, healthy, inquisitive, distinctive expression. Ideally an adult's best friend and an uncommonly fine companion.

Afghan Hound ()

AKC Hound Group

UKC  Sighthound & Pariah Dog Group

Profusely coated, tall, standoffish aristocratic.  Coursing hound draped in silky, beautifully colored coat. No sissy, he ran down everything from wolves to snow leopards. Although dignified, he occasionally lets his hair down and is an entertaining companion, 26 inches, 55 pounds.


Large, short coated Japanese spitz-type guard.  Sometimes called the Hokkaido-ken (ken means dog) this ancient breed is related to the Shiba and Akita.The Ainu is brave, on game he is ferocious, and he is loyal to his owners. Suspicious of strangers, at 20" and 55 pounds, he is capable of defending his home.

Airedale Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

Wiry coated, medium size, clipped or stripped coat,  Still used on large game, he has served on police duty in Germany and the U.K. and interestingly as a messenger dog during the war because of his endurance and high pain tolerance. Sweet disposition, dignified and aloof with strangers, 22 inches, 30 pounds of raw courage.


Giant white medium coated Turkish flock guardian.  Native to Turkey, he may be a very old cross between mastiffs and sighthounds, thus is very large at 32" and over 100 pounds, but is fleet of foot and rangily built. Very keen hearing, great strength, double coat for outside life, he's an excellent family protector.


AKC Working Group

Large, doubled-coated family guard.  Of Japanese origin, the American Akita is a serious, dominant and devoted protector. A former hunter of bear and boar, his courage is immeasurable and at 26 inches, 100 pounds, he has the muscle to enforce his dominance. He is quiet, extraordinarily clean, and comes in a full palette colors

Alapha Blue Blood Bull Dog

Large American bulldog or plantation guardian.  A creation based on old southern "cur" dog stock, the Alapaha is multi-talented and very trainable. Lana Lou Lane is credited with establishing a registry and restoring a breed prized by her grandfather. More mastiff-face than bulldog sourmug, he's 100 pounds of brute muscle standing 24" tall.

Alaskan Malamute

AKC Working Group

Large Arctic freighting-sled dog that can pull 1500 pounds or one frustrated owner with equal ease! Popular in recreational sled work, he is also an excellent companion for active adults. He is an imposing wolf -like companion who enjoys people but will protect his premises. At 24 inches, 80 pounds, he needs room to exercise.

Alpenlandischer (Alpine) Dachsbracke

UKC Scenthound Group

Austria's mid-size indigenous deer hunter.  Rather long bodied at 35 pounds and only 15 inches, this functional native dog has an excellent nose, hard drive, and while not commonly kept as a pet, is a favorite of hunters and outdoorsmen. Hardy, healthy, short coated, easy care


American Black & Tan Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



American Blue Gascon Hound

Giant, blue roan or ticked big game hound.  Called Big n' Blue, at more than 30", he is one of the largest of all hounds. Preserved by American sportsmen, he is unsurpassed on bear, puma, and wild boar and is also an excellent family guardian.

American Bulldog

Large, agile, muscular, tenacious family watchdog.  Taller and not so smash-faced as the "English" Bulldog, this relatively new breed is sometimes called a "pit bull" although his purpose was as a "catch dog" working with wild boar and cattle. He loves children, is anxious to please, but has a dominate nature that needs proper shaping. Standing 25" and weighing over 100 pounds, he is a strong deterrent to intruders.


American English Coonhound

AKC Hound Group

Sweet, Mellow, Sociable. He has the speed, strength, grace and attitude of a well-conditioned athlete. They have a hard, medium length protective coat and come in many colors. Good with other dogs but supervision recommended with kids. 23 to 26 inches and weighing in at 45-65 pounds.


American Eskimo Dog

AKC Non-Sporting Group

Small to medium sized, white double coat, active.  Three sizes, Toy, Miniature, and Standard from to 19 inches of furry arctic fun, black nose and eyes in an appealing foxy face. Needs patient, firm handling and lots of attention or he can become barky and hyper active.

American Foxhound

AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group

Large, athletic, easy care, hearty hound.  Excelling in field trials, trailing, and large packs, he also makes an interesting and active family companion. 24 inches of lean muscle with a beautiful voice.

American Hairless Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

Small very game, spotted terrier.  14" and 14 pounds of fearless "rat terrier" developed around 1970 in Louisiana. Said to be free of semi-lethal genes, it is a fascinating genetic package and worth the trouble to keep warm!


American Leopard Hound

AKC FSS (Hound)

UKC Scenthound Group

Sweet, Mellow, Sociable, spotted coat.


American Pit Bull Terrier

Medium size gladiator, smooth coat.  Modified Boxer-like head with powerful jaws set off by small cropped ears, he is 50 pounds of responsibility. If raised with children, he is loving and trustworthy and no pit bull would ever be people-aggressive.


American Staffordshire Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

Medium sized agile heavyweight, AKA Pit Bull.  The AmStaff is a handsome 18"  and 50 pounds of muscle and athletic ability. He is gentle with people, anxious to please, comes in all colors, and though he can be boisterous, is a good choice for older children.


American Water Spaniel

AKC Sporting Group

Distinctive dark brown wavy coated water retriever.  AKC recognized in 1940, he is a versatile retriever that works land or water. Enthusiastic and cheerful, this easy-care, distinctive breed is also said to be an efficient watchdog. Averaging 40 pounds and 16" he is a handy size for a boat or the family car.


Anatolian Shepherd Dog

AKC Working Group

Giant short coated, fearless guardian.  An unspoiled flock-guardian, he is territorial, possessive, protective, and at 28 inches and over 100 pounds of muscular courage, he can do his job. Gentle with family, fine for older, with proper training and discipline, the Anatolian makes a distinctive family protector.



(de Petite Venerie) UKC Scenthound Group

Three sizes of utilitarian French fox hound.  No strict conformation standard but rigidly selected for ability. Gentle pack hound, kind, noble in appearance, he was bred for work and is therefore happiest when trailing game in the company of the pack.


Appenzeller Sennenhund


Mid-size, short coated easy-care Swiss working dog whether guarding home or flock, pulling a cart, or moving cattle. Possibly left by the Roman legions passing through the Alps, the locals loved his 22" 50 pound size and smart appearance, and so he stayed!



UKC Scenthound Group

Large leanly built smooth coated French hound.  Were it not for his pendulous ears, he could pass for a sighthound so elegant is he. A small game hunter, he is happiest when with the pack but can be a good family dog as well.



Endangered large Egyptian short coated herding dog.  Descended from Napoleon's dogs crossed with Briard-type local dogs, he is fading from today's world due to loss of distinctive type. Usually 22" and about 55 pounds, he is a good guard and family dog.


Australian Cattle Dog

(Queensland Heeler)

AKC Herding Group

Medium size, highly trainable, hard-working dog.  He is happiest after bringing the heifers in from the back forty or an intense session of frisbee. Averaging 18" with weather resistant blue mottled or red speckle coat. Good with children.


Australian Kelpie

Medium size, energetic, short coated farm dog.  Although loving towards people, unless he has more to herd than a couple of children, he will not be really happy. He is a busy 19 inch dog ideally suited to small farm family life.


Australian Shepherd

AKC Herding Group

A natural bobtail (meaning born without a tail) and sound in mind and body. The thick, medium length coat comes in many colors and patterns. There is absolutely nothing a 22" Aussie cannot or will not do when properly trained. Hardy, easy-care, family friend.


Australian Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

Small rough coated, self-assured companion.  A multi-purpose working-sporting terrier. Affectionate, intelligent, and protective. He’s sturdy and not high strung, has an easy-care coat. A 10 inch, 13 pound little cutie that will go to ground or under the covers!


Austrian Brandlbracke

(Austrian Black & Tan Hound)

UKC Scenthound Group

Medium size, black and tan, versatile hunter.  Probably related to the Swiss and German hounds of the same color, this 20" dog is rare outside of Austria but possesses excellent skills, working on various game.


Austrian Shorthaired Pincsher

Medium size, easy-care working watchdog.  Not smooth coated, suitable for outside living, he will sound alarm at the drop of a beer mug! 20" heavily built, tail of often docked



AKC FSS Miscellaneous

A tall, elegant, West African sighthound known for loyalty, Independence and how deeply affectionate they are. Weighing 33-55 pounds and living 12-15 years. His short, fine coat may come in any color or color combination.



UKC Scenthound Group



AKC FSS Miscellaneous (Sporting)

This medium sized dog is used primarily to locate, flush, and retrieve birds, He is friendly, joyful, and fun loving. Standing 19-24.5 inches tall and weighing 35-65 pounds the Barbet can live 12-14 years.


Basenji (African Bush Dog)

AKC Hound Group

Small barkless African hound.  He can’t bark but his yodel can escalate into a screech. He’s clean, alert, and loves mannerly children. His expressive face and mannerisms make him an interesting pet. 17 inches, 23 pounds.


Basset Artesien Normand

UKC Scenthound Group



Basset Bleu De Gascogne

UKC Scenthound Group

Blue roan tri-colored wire haired French hound.  Old world hound believed to be of Gallic descent, the breed comes in Grand (26") and Petit (20") sizes weighing 45 to 75 pounds. Melodious voice and keen scent, he's tough with all but family and friends.


Basset Fauve De Bretagne

AKC FSS (Hound Group)

UKC Scenthound Group

Long and low, this shorter eared Bassett has a coarse terrier-like coat ideal for rough briar hunting. His stubby legs carry him well in the field and he is an exceptionally affectionate companion although at 38 to 40 pounds, he's a bit heavy to carry.


Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)

Large tousled, wire-coated French hound.  As large as 26 inches, he is grand indeed. Used on hare and feathered game, he is in many countries, used as a three-kid TV pillow!


Basset Hound

AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group

Long, low, heavyweight,suited for rabbit or sofa.  He is a slow but gifted hound with a beautiful voice. Smooth easy care coat but pendulous ears do require attention. Does well with small children and at a heavy 14 inches, is a great TV pillow.


Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound


UKC Scenthound Group

Devoted, courageous, agile



AKC Hound Group

Little "H" dog - Happy Hunting Hound.  Popular for field or family, he’s trouble free with the exception of frequent checking of his long satin textured drop ears. Fits under the arm at 13-15 inches and is great with kids.


Beagle Harrier

UKC Scenthound Group



Bearded Collie

AKC Herding Group

A shaggy joyful companion that never meets a stranger. 21" tall  draped in long straight untrimmed coat in black, blue, brown or fawn. Beardies are a natural breed with only the feet trimmed and are a joy for life well into their adult years.



AKC Herding Group

Large, short coated French guard and herding dog with great intelligence, he excells in police, therapy, guide dog, and farm work. Black and tan or blue merle, at 26" he's a lean, muscular 75 pounds. Happiest when outdoors looking after things.


Bedlington Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

Distinctive, adorable “little lamb” but no sissy!  He's a courageous 16 inch, 20 pound athlete with immense energy. Requires clipping and shaping to maintain his non-shedding, non-allergenic distinctive coat and is well worth the grooming.


Bedouin Shepherd Dog

Rugged, medium sized, semi-domestic flock guard.  A pariah-type dog, he is hard and his rugged coat withstands desert sun and harsh climatic conditions. Native to the Sahara and Arabian peninsula, they are uncommon survivors.


Belgian Griffon

Small, dark, disheveled looking easy care friend.  Only 7" and under 7 pounds, he is a tough looking, feisty, energetic little lap dog. A clever combination of oYorkshire Terrier, Pug, and Pekingese, he has that adorable short nosed baby face.


Belgian Sheepdog – Groenendael

AKC Herding Group

Large fully coated black watchdog or service dog.  Averaging 25 inches of ebony beauty, this intelligent, eager-to-please dog has found favor in many areas of service work from search and rescue to therapy, arson, and police work.


Belgian Laekenois

AKC FSS Miscellaneous

Medium size, distinctive reddish harsh bristly coat. He is popular with a small group of breeders in England and is a very stern, hardworking 25" dog, good with family and children..


Belgian Sheepdog – Malinois

AKC; Belgian Malinois

AKC Herding Group

Short coated medium sized undemanding watchdog who forever stands in the shadow of the more popular German Shepherd Dog. His  trustworthiness with children and 25" lean athletic height make him a good alternative choice to more popular herding dogs. 


Belgian Sheepdog

AKC Herding Group

Serious-minded, watchful, and very bright and trainable. An active breed built for hard work, and plenty of it. Supervise with Children and other dogs. Eager to please, needs to be groomed weekly, barks when necessary. 45-75 lbs 22 to 26 inches.


Belgian Sheepdog – Tervuren

AKC; Belgian Tervuren

AKC Herding Group

Luxurious mahogany coated watchdog.  Very intelligent, naturally obedient, striking in appearance, he's the more popular of the Belgians. At a lean 25 inches, he fits the family station wagon and is great with kids and the physical activity they provide.



AKC Herding Group

Large, shaggy mop-coated Italian flock guardian, his heavily corded coat makes him an outside dog but he is adaptable and affectionate and a definitely different dog pal.


Berger Du Languedoc

(Cevennes Shepherd)

Formidable French flock guardian.  Nearly extinct, the 20" breed has been dropped by F.C.I. but may be found in Lower Languedoc or Lower Provence.


Berger Picard

(Picardy Shepherd)

AKC Herding Group

Oldest large French sheep and guard dog.  Still working in Northern France, he survived extinction due to his working prowess and hardiness. At 25" and 60 pounds in medium, shaggy grayish coat, he is happiest outside with a job to do.

Berner Lufhund

(Bernese Hound)

Medium size, smooth coated Swiss scenthound.  Excellent hunter on deer, stag, and other fur. About 15" and 35 lbs, smooth spotted or ticked coat, he is longer than tall.


Bernese Mountain Dog

AKC Working Group

Large tri-color moderately coated 26" Swiss herder. Good with children, affectionate with family, aloof to strangers. He is faithful and enjoys life, preferably outdoors where he can watch over everything connected to the family.


Bichon Frise

AKC Non-Sporting Group

Playful little charmer, 10" white powderpuff he's beautiful both inside and out. Favored as circus dogs because of their ability to perform tricks and willingness to please. Visits to the grooming shop keeps a Bichon looking his absolute best.


Biewer Terrier



Black and Tan Coonhound

AKC Hound Group

America’s large, easy care, multi-purpose hunter.  Superb on deer, lion, bear, and of course raccoons, he makes an interesting 26" pet with beautiful voice and short glossy coat.


Black Forest Hound (Slovakian Hound)

UKC Scenthound Group

Medium size, black smooth coated Czech boar dog.  Known as the Slovensky Kopov, he is an excellent large game hunter, guard and police dog. Long bodied and medium boning make up a 19" 45 pound black and tan dog.


Black Russian Terrier

AKC Working Group

Large heavily coated Schnauzer-like guard dog that is a rugged, capable man-stopper. Tracing ancestory back to the Airedale, Rottweiler, and Giant Schnauzer, the 26" medium boned, docked tailed breed was admitted to AKC Miscellaneous Class 9/2001.



AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group

Large, wrinkled, mellow-mouthed, amiable sad sack, very attuned to his owner. Although short coated, his wrinkles and drop ears do require attention. A good family dog, patient with children, 25 inches and can go over 100 pounds.


Blue Lacy

America's smooth coated herder named for his color and breeder. The 45 pound greyhound-Catahoula relative is a fearless herding dog that despite mechanized herding techniques, can still be found hard at work on ranches of the Southwest.


Bluetick Coonhound

AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group

Smooth coated, smaller and rarer than the Black and Tan, the Bluetick is a superb hunter developed in the American south. Accomplished on coon, fox, cougar or deer, at 25" and 60 # he's a good choice for the serious hunter.



AKC Working Group

A large, strong, confident and muscular dog whose name means "farm dog". He is the most agile of the mastiff-type breeds at 22-27" with a short dense coat and well over 100 pounds. A stately, smart, dominant, watchful loving family pet.




Small, fuzzy white companion probably descended from the Bichon of southern Italy, he was popular with the nobility of the 1500s. Bred solely for companionship, he has served that purpose well at about 8 pounds and 11", just right for the lap!


Border Collie

AKC Herding Group

Owners swear by the incredible intelligence of this breed. Be it herding, agility, obedience or tracking, the Border always gives it his all. All colors are permitted so long as white does not predominate.

Border Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

Smallish, wiry coated, whiskered, and hard working. He's 13 pounds of rugged determination for tough, serious work routing out fox burrows. A great, easy-care family friend active enough for children and sensible enough for adults!



AKC Hound Group

Large aristocratic curly coated Russian wolfhound.  Fast, brave, and intelligent he has a wavy coat, is quiet, gentle, elegant, and at 26 inches and can reach 100 pounds.


Boston Terrier

AKC Non-Sporting Group

Small, smart, combination of Bulldog and Terrier.  One of the few All-American breeds, they are famous for their tuxedo markings and are a happy addition to any family.


Bouvier des Flandres

AKC Herding Group

Large shaggy herding dog now popular in the modern world. His strength, courage, and guarding ability make him a formidable and comforting companion at 26" and 80 pounds. Ears and tail are docked and coat is usually tidied up a bit.



AKC Working Group

Large smooth coated short muzzled, family watchdog. Although once used in bear baiting, today he is an excellent family pet with the courage of his past. His 24 inches of solid muscle fits anywhere and he is playful and patient with children.


Boykin Spaniel

AKC Sporting Group

Medium size multi-purpose "All American" field dog.  Developed in South Carolina he's curly haired, multi-talented and a great 16" 35 pound family friend!

Bracco Italiano (Italian Pointer)


Large drop eared ancient Italian gundog.  Smooth coat covers this level headed hunting breed. About 25" and 70 pounds, he is rare outside of Italy and the U.K. but is a good field choice.


Braque Du Bourbonnais

(Bourbonnais Pointer)

AKC FSS (Sporting)

Medium smooth coated French all-around hunter.  White with brown or orange speckles (roaned), this ancient, newly revived breed that can be used on all types of game. 22" and 50 pounds, he is born with little or no tail!


Braque D’Ariege

Large, fast moving, easy-care French pointer..  Smooth coated powerful at 25" and 60 pounds, probably a cross of the Spanish Pointer and Bracco Italiano.


Braque D'Auvergne

Large, smooth coated fast working French retriever.  Smaller than the d'Ariege, he is fast and elegant at 23" and 55 pounds of spotted bird dog.


Braque Dupuy

Large houndy type of French Pointer.  Very few were preserved during the revolution but he is a workmanlike gundog and at 26" is the tallest of the French pointers.


Braque Francais Pyrenean

AKC FSS (Sporting)

Large, 40–55 lbs. with a soft shorthaired coat. Bred to hunt the rugged, arid Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain, he's friendly, smart, sociable and submissive.

Braque Francais Taille

(De Petit or De Grande)

Large 26" Frend gundog with smooth spotted coat. Large is 26", 65 pounds, Petite is 20", 50 pounds. Related to the Spanish Pointer but native to the Pyrenees.


Braque Saint-German

Large, ancient, French pointer.  Depicted in painting in the Louvre today, a probable cross of the English Pointer-French Braque. Smooth fine coat, 25" and 50 pounds.



AKC Herding Group

Large, dripping in coat and great enthusiasm.  The French say "oui-oui" which means yes-yes and that describes this handsome breed that can never say no to their owners. Average 26" in profuse and straight black or tawny coat



AKC Sporting Group

Mid-size, easy-care, active, obedient, French bird dog.  A very pretty orange/white or liver/white, he retains the abilities of an all-around hunter, pointer, and retriever while making an ideal family companion at about 35 pounds, 18" tall.


Broholmer (Danish Mastiff)

AKC FSS (Working)

Giant smooth coated mastiff-type guardian.  A big, powerful, drop-eared, good natured but capable protector at 28" and averaging 130 pounds!


Bruno Jura Laufhund

(Bruno De Jura)

Smooth coated Swiss hound descended from the St. Hubert-type Belgian hounds, his drop ears and wrinkles suggest a small bloodhound at 22" and 40 pounds.


Brussels Griffon

AKC Toy Group

The real muscles from Brussels.  A 9 pound sturdy little house dog, the Griff has an almost human like expression and uncanny ability to understand their human.


Bull Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

With distinctive egg shaped head, he's a smooth coated 22” heavyweight. A canine gladiator who prefers a human lap in which to park his 60-70 pounds, he does not provoke a fight and is more apt to be clownish than cantankerous. Comes in white or colored to suit any taste.



AKC Non-Sporting Group

A "sour mug" with a heart of gold.  Originally bred for the dangerous job of baiting bulls, our modern day friend from England wouldn't hurt a fly. This 50 pound snoring, grunting, endearing companion is best in the house, not outside in the heat.



AKC Working Group

Giant, powerful, “game keeper’s” watchdog.  120 pounds and 26" of muscle and fearsome strength, this smooth coated, easy care dog is docile and loving with family but is dominant with other dogs, standoffish with strangers.


Cairn Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

Small harsh-coated, whiskery face and bright mischievous expression define this independent thinker.  Active, hardy, and small enough (at 11", 15 pounds) to self exercise but as a true working terrier, he also needs a job to do.


Canaan Dog

AKC Herding Group

Medium size, short coat, easy care watchdog.  The National dog of Israel, he is 23"  lean and very active, a dog that requires patience but one which rewards a good owner immeasurably and has been used successfully in many types of service work.


Cane Corso

(Sicilian Branchiero)

AKC Working Group

Mastiff-type Italian herd guarding dog.  Imposing at 21" and over 60 pounds, he served as butcher's dog, cattle drover, and family protector. A few pups were imported into the U.S. in the 1980s. He is an interesting alternative to more traditional watch dogs.

Cao Da Castro Laboreiro

Large short coated Portuguese Cattle Dog.  Tough enough to protect herd or flock, he makes a dedicated watchdog. He is well muscled at 24" and 60 pounds or more with short, harsh, waterproof coat.


Cao Da Serra Aires

Mid-size shaggy Portuguese herding and guarding dog. They they are remarkably intelligent, often called "monkey dogs" because of expression. Heavy rather wavy long coat covers 35 pounds of willing, reliable, farm hand.


Cao De Fila Miguel

Large short coated Portuguese or Azores Cattle Dog.  A recently developed working dog now recognized by the National Registry, this always-brindle guardsman has yet to catch on elsewhere


Carolina Dog

AKC FSS (Hound)

Large pariah-type dog of the deep south, semi-domesticated by the American Indian, called "Old Yaller" for his color. 22" and 35 pounds, he is a subject of continuing study and can still be found free-roaming in parts of South Carolina


Catahoula Leopard Dog

AKC FSS (Herding)

Large, tough stock dog from Louisiana.  Capable of handling wild pigs and cattle, this multi-purpose dog will hunt all day then watch the farm all night! 24" and 45 or so pounds, he is extremely hardy and healthy.


Catalan Sheepdog

Mid-sized shaggy coated, used as a messenger dog and police dog during the war, this breed works any form of livestock and does it well! He is also a warm fuzzy house dog who appreciates the company of his family.


Caucasian Shepherd Dog (Ovcharka)

AKC FSS (Working)

Giant, medium coated, flock and people guard.  A well kept Russian secret, this rugged dog is bred for functionality. Makes a good estate dog, requires experienced owner to manage the 26" 140 pound, independent and strong-willed canine


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

AKC Toy Group

Beautiful miniature baby-doe eyed Spaniel.  Known to be a favorite of the Royal Family in England. He is equally at home on farm, apartment or estate. Under 18 lbs. of pure tail wagging joy to have around.


Central Asian Shepherd Dog


AKC FSS (Working)

The Ovcharka is a giant short coated Russian flock guardian. Possible ancestor of the Tibetan Mastiff, found as far East as Mongolia and Germany. A hardy guardian at 26” and over 100 pounds, he needs experienced ownership.


Cesky Terrier (Czesky)

AKC Terrier Group


Small bearded dog, long and low!  A genetic research program resulted in this very functional 18 pound, 13" cousin to the Dandie. Good natured and obedient, he's gaining ground in the States.


Chart Polski

Giant smooth coated Polish "greyhound".  Very tall at 30" he is leanly built and beautifully structured. Exceptionally intelligent, affectionate and clean, the breed is an ideal inside companion if given room to stretch out and run daily.


Chesapeake Bay Retriever

AKC Sporting Group

Large, hardy, easy-care water retriever capable of retrieving in the coldest of conditions and with strong will to work, he is at home in the ring or duck blind. He can be stubborn but is a loyal and non-aggressive companion averaging 25" - 70 pounds


Chien D’Artois (Briquet)

UKC Scenthound Group

Mid-size smooth coated French scenthound run in packs, on hare or other small quarry. Artois are considered outstanding in thicket and rough terrain. 22", 50 pounds, his big drop ears and slightly wrinkled expression give him a friendly, likable look


Chien de L'Atlas

A mid-size flock guardian, usually white, medium coated, 24" and 50 pounds. Bred to protect the African nomads and later, to protect the flocks, he is also a good hunter . Domesticated to urban life but requires a lot of exercise and a job.


Chien Francais

(Blanc et Noir) UKC Scenthound Group

Large, hardy French hounds distinguished by color.  Pack hunters, the ability is more prized than specific conformation. Used on deer and other game, he is elegantly able and surprisingly affectionate. The largest variety can go up to 29"


Chien Francais Tricolote

UKC Scenthound Group




AKC Toy Group

Tiny, smooth or long coated "terrier-like" lap dog.  Chinese, Mexican, Colombian? Who cares where he originated, he is 5 pounds of genius and fierce loyalty to his owner. His big doe eyes invite advances but he loves only his family.


Chinese Crested

AKC Toy Group

The "little pony" dog, hairless or powderpuff.  12" of distinctive style, the Hairless variety may need a fashionable sweater in winter and can be sensitive to sun exposure, he is an intelligent, independent but indoors delight.


Chinese Foo Dog

Mid-size, chow-like, amiable and hardy.  A "developed" breed said to be like the original chow, the Foo Dog is good luck and good company. 20" and 45 pounds, requires clipping or regular grooming, great with children


Chinese Shar-Pei

AKC Non-Sporting Group

Wrinkles galore! His short bristly coat and hippo-head also distinguish this medium size dog.  Called the Chinese Fighting Dog when first imported. He is a well adjusted social companion averaging 40 pounds of muscular oddities and wrinkled hide.



AKC Working Group

Large, strong willed, short coated sledding dog.  Developed about 1915 to be a fast and strong sled dog, they carried Admiral Byrd's Antarctic expedition equipment. 25" and 90 pounds that will also watch over his owner's possessions.



Russian gazehound, large, elegant, very rare.  Seldom found outside of the Soviet Union, the breed was named in 1952 as being "worthy of preservation" and indeed it is. 26" of rare beauty, lucky is the Westerner who owns one.


Chow Chow

AKC Non-Sporting Group

Scowl, black tongue, and lions mane mean Chow!  Very popular though reputedly unfriendly with strangers, the Chow is an incredibly clean, 18" heavy weight who avoids exercise, he requires grooming and is well worth the trouble.


Cirneco Dell‘etna

AKC Hound Group

Rare Sicilian sighthound, elegantly mid-sized.  A superb rabbit dog of handy size at 18" and 24 pounds, the breed's popularity has suffered to the Pharaoh and Ibizan hounds. A fawn-red beauty, sleek and chiseled.


Clumber Spaniel

AKC Sporting Group

Short stocky moderately coated dignified retriever.  Distinguished by his long, low, heavy body, this orangey and white is at home anywhere. A most adorable puppy, he is a sweet adult with rather sad expression, just right for kid-cuddling at 80 pounds, 19"


Cocker Spaniel

AKC Sporting Group


Mid-sized, lavishly coated, family favorite.  A hunter gone fancy, the American version’s dramatically coated, long wavy-coated ears, soft expression, and merry nature has made him a highly popular choice. He comes in black and other solid colors, and in Parti-colors. He's active and anxious to please, and stands a cobby 14 to 15"


Collie (rough or smooth)

AKC Herding Group


Large "Lassie" dog. Every boy should have one!  The dog of legend, he's sweet, sensitive, highly intelligent, and pretty talkative. 25", 70 pounds, Smooths require nominal care, Roughs require grooming dedication but are worth the effort.


Coton De Tulear

AKC Non-Sporting Group

Originating from the island of Madagascar, he has round, dark eyes, he's lively and intelligent. This 8 to 13 pound armful of boisterous love. His cottony coat requires regular combing to prevent matting but well worth the trouble as he's charming and highly attentive to friends and family. His round black eyes are appealing, intelligent, and very expressive - what can be seen under his forelock! He's a fairly recent breed gaining rapid popularity in the US


Croatian Sheepdog

Medium sized well coated flock guardian.  Muscular 20" and 40 pounds of ability. He's standoffish and wary of strangers but devoted to flock and shepherd.


Cur Dog

(Black Mouth Cur) UKC Scenthound Group

Large southern U.S. short coated bear and boar dog.  Also known as the Yellow Black Mouth Cur, this tough utility hunter is as good on coon and squirrel as he is on big game. A well respected farm-hand of the south, he is a sweet mouth treeing dog that loves his family and is good natured with all but his quarry. Wide size range from 15 to 25" and up to 90 pounds of lean athleticism.


Curly-coated Retriever

AKC Sporting Group


Large, enthusiastic, hard-working gundog.  An 18th Century creation built for cold water retrieving and family companionship, his solid 26", 75 pounds is covered in distinctive tight curls.


Czechoslovakian Vlcak

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

AKC FSS (Working)

Large dog created by crossing German Shepherds and Carpathian Wolves. Good with kids and pets with training but don't like to be alone.



AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group

Short-legged, easy care, tough little hound.  Smooth, Longhair, and Wirehaired coat types, the little badger dog also comes in two sizes - over and under 10 pounds. Bold, confident, clever, and lively. He is an excellent watchdog and devoted companion. Ideal for field or apartment.



AKC Non-Sporting Group


Large, athletic spotted "fire engine" dog.  101 is not enough of this 4000 year old Yugoslavian breed! Multi-talented, he's survived American over-popularity and is still a friendly, strong (50 pound 22"), loyal, eager-to-please companion


Dandie Dinmont Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


Long, low, fuzzy face, plucked coat, dandy size.  A delightful companion fitting in a small space at 10 inches 20 pounds. He looks like a softy but don’t let his darling face and little top knot fool you. He is a terrier and an absolutely devoted companion for child or adult.


Danish-Swedish Farmdog

AKC FSS (Working)


Small farmer's dog has many jobs: mouser/ratter, livestock herder, hunting dog, watch dog and family companion. The all-purpose dog works the farm and plays with the kids.


Deutsche Bracke

UKC Scenthound Group

Medium size, smooth coated, huntsman's dog.  The only Deutsche Bracke that still exists, this 20" low-stationed, multi-talented hound is in use today


Deutscher Wachtelhund

AKC FSS (Sporting)

Medium size, easy-care wavy coated, German spaniel.  A short-legged, popular bird dog excelling on quail but who also retrieves. Solid, robust 18" 55 pound hunter



Australian warrigal, a wild dog, not kept as a pet, ARBA listed, not pedigreed.  Primitive 20" 60 pound canine Included not because he makes a good pet or working dog but because he is typical "dog" and because his genes lurk in the pedigrees of some domestic breeds…


Doberman Pinscher

AKC Working Group

Large, clean limbed, easy care family watchdog.  Smooth coat is black, red, blue, or fawn colored. Ears and tail usually cropped. Developed in Germany as a working guard dog but has evolved into a highly intelligent family companion averaging 26 inches of elegant, energetic beauty.


Dogo Argentino

AKC FSS Miscellaneous


Large white crop-eared smooth coated guard dog.  Takes a strong hand and experienced owner but is well worth the ownership responsibility. At 26 inches and nearly 100 pounds, he is strong in mind and body. Extremely intelligent, good with his children, he is a fascinating companion that can adapt to city life.


Dogue De Bordeaux

AKC Working Group


Giant smooth coated mastiff-type guardian.  Massive head, powerful body, very wet mouth. The "Hooch" dog that can upstage even Tom Hanks. A former war dog, not all are as funny as the movie character….


Drentsche Patrijshond

AKC FSS (Hound)

Large all-purpose short coated Dutch gundog.  Half spaniel, half-setter in type, he's a strong, willing, gentle, meek, dependable sporting dog. Known since the 1550s at the Dutch Partridge Dog, his 25" 50 pound self fits nicely in today's family room.



AKC FSS (Hound)

UKC Scenthound Group

Not a popular show dog but a prize in the field, he works in Canada as well. 15", 33 pounds of capability on fox, hare, deer, even boar.


Dunker (Norwegian Hound)

UKC Scenthound Group

A swift scent hound, he is trustworthy and reliable in the field or protecting his territory. 20" and 45 pounds, he is powerful and well made



(Hollandse) Smoushond

Re-established in the 70s, the breed is valued in the Netherlands as a companion watchdog. Mustache, beard, eyebrows suggest Schnauzer relatives but he only comes in yellow or straw color


Dutch Shepherd

AKC FSS Miscellaneous

All-around working, herding, guarding breed in three easy-care coat varieties. Averaging 24" and 60 pounds, this noble guy fits family or field.


East Siberian Laika

Large and taller than the better known "Siberian Husky" he is bred to hunt bear, elk, and reindeer and then pull heavy loads. 24" and 45 pounds of capable, thick-coated, strong willed canine. Soviet breeders are more concerned with ability than uniformity..


English Cocker Spaniel

AKC Sporting Group

Handy sized, moderately coated bird dog.  A superb land spaniel, the much older English version better suited for the field with less feathering, he's easier to groom. Highly intelligent expression, alert demeanor, active, happiest when busy. He comes in a pleasing array of colors and at about 30 pounds and 16" he is just right for field or sofa.


English Coonhound

UKC Scenthound Group



English Foxhound

AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group


Ancestor of the American Fox Hound, the English is heavier built but equally adept at field trials, single trailing, and pack work. An active, amicable, smooth coated 25 inch uncommon breed in America.


English Setter

AKC Sporting Group


Over 400 years of useful service make him an equally good choice today. He is a handsomely coated, mild-mannered, sweet aristocrat that alternatively loves to run or lay at your feet. 24" and leanly built.


English Shepherd

A very ancient British breed that is agile, hardy, obedient, and pleasant natured. Averaging 22" and 50 pounds, he is as good in the home as on the farm


English Springer Spaniel

AKC Sporting Group


A very old type from which many hunting spaniels descend. Athletic and stylish, they are great companions in field or home. The soft eager expression, striking black or liver and white, softly feathered coat, and willingness to obey make him a great 20" companion although a bit heavy to carry at 50 pounds.


English Toy Spaniel

AKC Toy Group

An appealing wavy coated companion, rather short on leg and a bit chubby, his coat is easy care, his nature is comical and sweet, and bonds strongly to his favorite person. Ok for older children, he's not a rough and tumble kind of guy at only 10 pounds.


Entlebucher Mountain Dog


AKC Herding Group


A smaller version of the other three Swiss breeds, the Appenseller and Entelbucher are popular in Switzerland. Under 20" and about 55 pounds.


Epagneul Bleu De Picardie

Related to the English setter through crossing with the French Picard, this 40 pound dog is a loving, obedient, joy in field or family setting


Epagneul Francais

Not well known outside of France, they make ideal companions being docile and friendly although wary of strangers. 23" and 50 pounds with slightly feathered liver marked white coat.


Epagneul Picard

Resembling a spaniel in type, the 24" 40 pound easy care hunter is lighter boned and said to be better in nose than some other French spaniels. He is active, gentle, and easy to care for.


Epagneul Pont-Audemer

A dual-purpose dog, he's a great pointer and retriever but rare in numbers and seeking infusion from the Irish Water Spaniel. 22", 45 pounds, a rare treasure for the sportsman


Eskimo Dog

Known as Kingmik, he is a prodigious and capable sled dog, capable of pulling 100 pounds at up to 7 miles per hour! Averaging 25" and up to 100 pounds, he is packed with muscle and comes in various colors.


Estonian Hound

Used on hare and fox, he's good natured but wary of strangers. Found only in the Soviet Union, he's 20" and longer than tall.


Estrela Mountain Dog

AKC FSS (Working)

He needs patience and a firm hand but is an excellent protector of sheep and premisis. Averaging 26" or more and 100 pounds, he is thickly coated, hardy, and enduring


Eurasier (Eurasian)

AKC FSS (Non-Sporting)

A recent creation, called "Wolf-Chow" by the German breeder Julius Wipfel, he is 23" and 60 pounds of sled dog type that will guard and protect


Field Spaniel

AKC Sporting Group


Recognized by major registries but considered rare. Level-headed and intelligent, a dog of great perseverance and hunting instinct. His unusual slightly wavy coat is water resistant and easy to care for. A heavy bodied 18" tall handy size companion.


Fila Brasileiro

Despite his imposing size, the Fila is agile and hardy enough to work cattle. He is used primarily as a guard dog. He averages 28" and can go well over 100 pounds. Drop eared and smooth coated, he is quite handsome


Finnish Hound

UKC Scenthound Group

A relatively new breed of little more than 100 years, he is a fine and enthusiastic hunter averaging 24" and 55 pounds


Finnish Lapphund

AKC Herding Group


Native to Lapland, the Lapphund is a capable herder, a reliable draft dog, and a great companion at 20" 45 pounds


Finnish Spitz

AKC Non-Sporting Group


Usually brilliant red to honey color, at 19 inches of compact structure, he's a neat, natural, adaptable companion. Admittedly noisy, he loves to perform a Finnish mountain yodel! A super quick learner, easy care coat, hardy physique with bouncy personality, great with children, ideal rural family companion.


Flat-Coated Retriever

AKC Sporting Group


A gundog of strength and ability with a touch of elegance, the solid black or liver coat is easy care and naturally glossy. He’s an outgoing, tail wagging, non-aggressive, happy companion for field, showring, or home. Average 23.5" leanly built


Francais Blanc et Orange

UKC Scenthound Group



French Bulldog

AKC Non-Sporting Group


The Frenchie is a wonderful, short coated, cute and clever companion. Be prepared to laugh when you have a French Bulldog as he's got lots of jokes to tell. Little wrinkles need cleaning but he's otherwise easy-care and fun for all.


French Spaniel (Epagneul Français)

AKC FSS (Sporting)

One of the oldest pointing breeds (points rather than flush) and the largest spaniel breed, A descendent form the 14th century. Known for his hunting and falconry ablilities.


Galgo Espanol

A capable and adaptable hound used as courser and companion. At 26" and 65 pounds he is slightly smaller than the Greyhound and has a smooth or wiry coat


German Broken-Coated Pointer

Also called Stichelhaar, Deutscher Stichelhaariger Vorstehhund, and Roughaired Pointer, he averages 25” and weighs about 45 pounds. A useful FCI recognized hunting dog with mustached face and friendly behavior.


German Hunting Terrier

Known as the Deutscher Jagdterrier in Germany, he resembles the English Fox Terrier with good reason. He is a working type terrier, will retrieve, and hardy enough for outside living at 16" and 21 pounds.


German Longhaired Pointer

AKC FSS (Sporting)

Gentle but enthusiastic hunter, pretty liver color with soft feathering, used on all feathered game and is a great water retriever. Averaging 65 pounds, 26”, and recognized by FCI and CKC, he is a rare good choice for field or family.


German Pinscher

AKC Working Group


At 18 inches and about 30 pounds, usually with cropped ears except in England, he does resemble a Doberman but is actually much older than that breed. An effective vermin dog in days past although he is a bit tall to go to ground, he needs outdoors exercise, loves to be needed, is obedient, and after a good run, is a great house dog.


German Shepherd Dog


AKC Herding Group

Legend of movie and war time, this incredibly devoted dog deserves his great reputation. He is a serious worker, playful child's companion, and devoted family friend. Averaging 25" and 80 pounds, he fits the family car nicely!


German Shorthaired Pointer

AKC Sporting Group


No-nonsense, but affectionate, he is muscular, versatile, and amenable. Averaging 24” and 65 pounds, he fits most yards but needs exercise.


German Spitz

AKC FSS (Non-Sporting)

Popular as companion, utility, guarding dogs, from as small as a Pom to 18" (see Wolfspitz) Cobby body, alert fox-like expression, He will protect but is preferred non-aggressive and happy in nature. He comes in all colors with northern colors the most common.


German Wirehaired Pointer

AKC Sporting Group


Muscular, hardy, easy care coat. Naturally obedient and multi-talented in field or home, this 25” 65 pound fellow is a bit aloof with strangers but devoted to family.


German Wolfspitz (Keeshond)

Excellent companion and personal watchdog, the largest of the Spitzen, same as Keeshound in FCI, averaging 18"


Giant Schnauzer

AKC Working Group


The German “Police Dog” that also worked sheep and cattle and today is a highly intelligent, courageous, easily trained, loyal family companion. He is playful and amicable but presents a commanding 26-inch figure when challenged.


Glen of Imaal Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


14 inch, 35 pound, long and low, he’s a hardy and appealing companion who belies his ancient pit fighting skills. Today he is a popular pet in England, ideal for families with limited space.


Golden Retriever

AKC Sporting Group


At 23” and about 70 pounds, the Golden is a handy size, non-aggressive, happy and outgoing companion for home, show ring, or field. Developed in Scotland, his radiantly beautiful, easy-care coat, eagerness to learn, and amiable disposition has made him a popular family and sporting dog.


Gordon Setter

AKC Sporting Group


A boldly colored, moderately coated, excellent hunter of substantial endurance, the Gordon is watchful of strangers and protective of family but gentle with children. He is intelligent, personable, very loyal, an interesting choice for family or field. about 75 pounds, 26"


Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

AKC FSS Miscellaneous

UKC Scenthound Group

Happy and sociable at home, stubborn and tenacious at work. Somewhat active, never high-strung, but GBGVs are busy dogs who don’t tire easily. A 15.5 - 18 inches tall, weighing 40 - 45 pounds, they live approximately 13-15 years


Grand Bleu De Gascogne

UKC Scenthound Group



Grand Gascon-Saintongeois

UKC Scenthound Group



Great Anglo-Francais Tricolor Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



Great Anglo-Francais White and Black Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



Great Anglo-Francais White and Orange Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



Great Dane

AKC Working Group


Made in Germany, not Denmark, he is among the largest of dogs. Used as a boar hound, he retains athletic ability and courage and is well called “The Apollo of Dogs”. He is friendly and basically gentle, guardian of aristocracy who requires a large space at more than 30 inches and well over 100 pounds.


Great Pyrenees

AKC Working Group


A gentle and amicable flock guardian, he also served as a court dog. He’s an ideal estate dog today - a devoted and intelligent protector of family and premises. A majestic dog at 30 inches and well over 100 pounds, his size alone is a deterrent to intruders but with family and friends he is calm, careful, and devoted.


Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

AKC Working Group


Of Alpine Mastiff decent dating back to the 18th Century. A capable draft dog related to the St. Bernard. Averaging 28 inches and well over a 100 pounds, the Greater Swiss is the largest of the four Swiss Mountain dogs.


Greenland Dog


A serious working dog, forced to change from sled dog to companion and trying to adjust. Standing 25 inches and weighing 60 pounds, he is built for a combination of speed and strength.



AKC Hound Group


Performs to delight an audience, a quiet demeanor to please the soul, the greyhound is the ancestor of many coursing breeds. Most often seen at the track, he is excellent, gentle family dog who needs room to stretch his 26 inches and 65 pounds.


Griffon Bleu de Gascogne

UKC Scenthound Group




Griffon Fauve de Bretagne

UKC Scenthound Group




Griffon Nivernais

50 pounds, 24" of shaggy efficient hunter, the breed faced extinction but has recovered for use on bear and boar.


Griffon Vendeen (Briquet)

(Grand) UKC Scenthound Group

One of four breeds called Griffon Vendeen, the Grand and the Grand Basset are the larger varieties standing 26" and weighing up to 75 pounds.


Haldenstover (Halden Hound)

UKC Scenthound Group


Hamiltonstovare (Hamilton Hound)

AKC FSS (Hound)

UKC Scenthound Group

Developed in the late 19th Century, hunted singly rather than in packs, this Swedish breed is a popular hunting dog. 23" and 55 pounds of solid streamlined muscle.


Hanoverian Hound (Schweisshund)

UKC Scenthound Group

As capable as the bloodhound but with fewer wrinkles, he is a dedicated trailer more suited to his task than only serving as family companion. 26 inch 90 pounds with short carefree coat.



AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group


Ancient ancestor of many scent hounds, this handy size rabbit dog makes an uncommonly good pet for an active family. At 20 well muscled inches with gentle disposition, he’s a good size for children.



AKC Toy Group


Short legs keep his size down to about 10 inches with hair that may reach the floor. Eyes are large and peek adoringly from the parted "bangs." He stays "puppylike" and adoring, sheds very little, is clean, adores all people including children and demands attention and affection.


Hellenic Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



Hertha Pointer

Tracing back to a single bitch of 1864, this attractive breed has keen hunting instincts and is an excellent field dog. 25 inches 50 pounds, he has classic Pointer head and is fine limbed.



AKC FSS (Working)

Brave, devoted and Intelligent.  Adapted to survive the severely cold winter climate and rugged landscape, the dogs were revered by the Ainu people for their devout loyalty, bravery, and large game hunting ability.



AKC FSS (working)

Moderately coated attractive dog, also a capable herder. 80 pound 26" of gentle, capable, protective companionship.


Hygen Hound

UKC Scenthound Group

Not well known outside of his country, he is none the less an attractive, tightly built, capable hound developed by a Norwegian fancier, Mr. F. Hygen. Averaging 22" and 50 pounds, he is smooth coated, usually yellow or red brown in color.


Ibizan Hound

AKC Hound Group

UKC Sighthound & Pariah Dog Group


Fascinating history, AKC recognized in 1979, the smooth or wirehaired coat comes in red or cream red attractive white markings. 26 inches and 50 pounds of elegance needing room to run.


Iceland Dog

An well built, attractive herder and hunter of Norwegian decent. Intensely active and ready to work, today serves as an excellent 15” 25 pound, easy care companion.


Icelandic Sheepdog

AKC Herding Group

Confident, cheerful, sociable; the expression “man’s best friend” was coined for dogs like this. A northern breed classified as spitz. 16.5 to 18 inches, 25-30 pounds of eager to please.  He's vocal and good with kids. Very active, a true herding dog, lively, inquisitive and athletic.


Inca (Mexican) Hairless Dog

A distinctive and interesting dog whose skin requires care and protection from the sun. He may have a small fuzzy tuft of hair at the top of the head. Smaller than his relative, the Inca Orchid, this ancient breed makes an ideal companion.


Irish Red and White Setter

AKC Sporting Group


Softly coated and beautifully feathered, he's a very attractive dog that still hunts in the U.K. At 26 inches of lean muscle, softened by moderate feathering, he is sweet, good natured, eager to please, and needs to work or play outdoors after which, he will then lay at your feet or cuddle with the children.


Irish Setter

AKC Sporting Group


His spectacular appearance and happy-go-luck attitude may explain why the Irish is more often seen in the show ring than the field but he is at home in either. Intensely loyal, a bit of a clown, he is a delightful 26" 65 pound companion .


Irish Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


A well built stylish figure, clipped or stripped coat. Devoted and protective of family, fits the apartment but loves activity and children. Death on vermin, he’s an adaptable, multi-purpose dog who also served as messenger and sentinel in WWI. At 18 inches, 26 pounds, he is an imposing but comfortable size terrier with daredevil personality and strong guarding instincts.


Irish Water Spaniel

AKC Sporting Group


Tallest of the spaniels, 24 inches and 60 pounds, he is a smart, eager to please, easy care choice for family or field. Happiest when hunting or entertaining his family.


Irish Wolfhound

AKC Hound Group


Although used as his name suggest, this tallest agile coursing dog is extremely gentle and loves children. At over 30 inches and 110 pounds, with a long, strong tail he can’t help but wag, he can clean off the coffee table with one moment of happiness.


Istrian (Course & Short Haired) Hound

UKC Scenthound Group

40 pounds, smooth and wire hair are recognized separately, excellent cold trailing ability and basso voice they are expert on fox and hare but they will take on wild boar..


Italian Greyhound

AKC Toy Group


Bred for close bonding, as the ancient pet of Greek, Egyptian, and Roman nobility. Averaging 14” his doe like eyes are compensation enough for the extra care one should take in protecting delicately boned legs.


Italian Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



Jack Russell Terrier - Parson Russell

A laugh-a-minute whirlwind of cleverness! He's a working ratter turned movie star and family friend. Loves children, horses, digging, and other dogs. Hardy and adaptable, good inside or out, for active family or farm.



AKC FSS (Terrier)

Low energy, short coated, small breed. Exercise for overall health both mentally and physically. If you live in an apartment even short walks in the hallways can give your dog some exercise.


Japanese Chin

AKC Toy Group

Exquisitely charming, little lion dog of Peking. A 6 pound sleeve dog with a great cultural and historical legend. Draped in beautiful silky, but easy to care for coat.


Japanese Spitz

He's all of that and looks like the American Eskimo in a 13" package. His thick double coat and feathering requires care but he is otherwise trouble-free though talkative. Loves children who love him back, a darling little alarm-dog with big dog bark who loves to run and then cuddle.



AKC FSS (Non-Sporting)

Facing extinction by genetic corruption, his best hope of preservation may be in America. Easy-care reddish yellow double coat, 20" 35 pound active spitz-type.


Kai Ken

AKC FSS (Working)

Often called Tora (tiger) dog, his double coat is shades of brindle. An excellent deer hound and hunter. At 40 pounds, 18"an active and excellent companion.


Kangal Dog

A regional prize, highly valued as a working guard, he is a rare find for the experienced owner. At 30” inches and up to 150 pounds he is an ideal estate dog if one has no sheep!


Karelian Bear Dog

AKC FSS (Working)

22” and 50 pounds of athletic ability and raw courage, he can take on a bear or protect your household. Moderate double coat, hardy and healthy, for experienced owners.


Karelo-Finnish Laika

25 pounds 18” hardy, attractive Nordic-type dog. Still very similar to the Finnish Spitz, a hunter of small game and hare, capable of being a great companion.


Karst (Istrian) Sheepdog

Gainfully employed for centuries, the spectacled good-guy Krasky is sometimes called Istrian Shepherd. Devoted, efficient, wary of strangers. 75 pound 24” with all-weather coat.



AKC Non-Sporting Group


Bespeckled face and luxuriant shaded gray coat define this hunter/companion. Averaging 18” 60 pounds, he requires grooming but is well worth the effort, returning intense love and loyalty.


Kerry Blue Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


Soft curls requiring regular shaping to maintain statuesque appearance. Distinctive blue or steel gray 18 inch 36 pound dog, happiest when working or playing. He will trail and retrieve, and has been used in England for police work. Today he is a popular, plucky, happy-go-lucky but protective companion


Kishu ken

AKC FSS (Working)

The ancient Matagi’s dog, he competed with the German Shepherd and Akita for a place in history - and lost. At 20" usually white, he is a mid-sized, rare good choice for a companion.



AKC Working Group


Distinguished by an unusual coat, he is a devoted and protective companion who accepts family friends. The coat requires much care if he is to be allowed inside the house but outside it protect against inclement weather. His coat, 25 inches with heavy bone, makes him a great outside companion greatly devoted to his family.




Always red and white with moderate length attractive coat. At 15", 25 pounds, an industrious sportsman developed for intelligence and stamina.



AKC FSS (Non-Sporting)

Created in the 40’s by Frau Schleifenbaum in Westphalia, this 16", 25 pound sporting dog descended from one mis-mated fawn colored bitch. An excellent companion.



AKC Working Group


A white Turkish breed, his name translates to “armed guard of the nobility.” The companion of rulers, he measures 29 inches and his 100 pound frame is well covered in medium length thick white coat. He is very sensitive to praise or scolding and is primarily a one family dog, very protective of “his” children.



Established in 1990 in the U.S., the breed originated on the Tibetan plateau. At 26" and 75 pounds, he’s a moderately coated working, guarding companion of good health and even disposition.



Established in 1972and gaining popularity. Profusely coated but well worth the grooming which results in a strikingly beautiful dog. At 10”, he’s just right for the lap.


Labrador Retriever

AKC Sporting Group


Originating in Newfoundland and recognized in England in 1903, his trouble-free short coat and attitude make him a great choice for family or field. He is distinguished by a black, yellow, or chocolate colored waterproof coat and rudder-shaped tail. 65 pounds - 23"


Lagotto Romagnolo

AKC Sporting Group

Easygoing, affectionate, and eager to please, somewhat active; curious and upbeat, but not hyper. Good with other dogs but supervision recommended with children. Considered hypoallergenic they don't shed very much. They stand 16 to 19 inches tall and weigh 24-35 pounds.


Lakeland Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


The farmer’s terrier, he is a 17 pound 14" working terrier quite capable of dispatching his prey. Long strong jaws are softened by a loveable beard and intensely loyal companionship.


Lancashire Heeler

AKC FSS Miscellaneous

A medium to high energy dog, intelligent, alert and friendly. he's short Corgi-like dog with excellent working ability. He makes a wonderful and keenly intelligent family dog averaging 11" and 11 pounds.



FCI recognized as a separate breed, generally taller and lighter boned than the solid color Newfy but with the same patience, strength, and faithfulness, he is a gentle water-loving family dog.


Lapponian Herder

AKC FSS (Herding)

An independent high energy (barks while he works), intelligent and fun breed. Lapps have been used as reindeer herders, are generally eager to please but early socialization is important and they thrive when they have work to do. They do good with kids but not very well being left alone.



(Lapland Reindeer Dog)

21” 60 pound double-coated extremely durable dog, happiest when working but bonds closely with family. He continues to hold a spot in Finnish registrations and hearts.



AKC Working Group

A crossing of Newfs, Saints, and Pyrenees, he was created in 1907. Gentle and genial, a loyal companion and good estate dog at 30” and 130 pounds or more.


Leopard Cur

Adopted by North Carolina and renowned by serious hunters, the blue or merle spotted hound is a superior cattle, hog, and big cat dog. Tall and muscular at 50-70 pounds.


Lhasa Apso

AKC Non-Sporting Group


The Sentinel Dog of the lamaseries, he is keenly watchful (through the hair) of strangers but affectionate with family


Lithuanian Hound

Developed from short coated scent hounds, he is effective on hare but not on wild boar due to his moderate size of 23”. Rare outside of Lithuania.



AKC Non-Sporting Group


A small distinctively clapper fellow at 12 inches and easily carried. His coat is soft and silky, slightly wavy but never curly. He is hardy and playful but also content to sit quietly and listen to music or read a book with his owner. Although thought to have been developed in France, he enjoyed popularity in Spain Germany as far back as the 1500s. He was almost lost during the two World Wars and was even listed among the "rarest breeds" by the Guinness Book.



The Lurcher is only associated with the Romany gypsy and Irish tinkers. A greyhound-terrier-type dog, strictly bred and closely guarded. Large, tall, smooth or short coat of no specific color.


Luzerner Laufhund

Swift, long and low, 16 to 20” and weighing up to 40 pounds, resembles the French Gascogne. Excellent on large and small game. Larger relative of the Small Lucernese Hound, he is often tri-color, heavily ticked, and has a wiry coat.


Magyar Agar

(Hungarian Greyhound)

Today’s Hungarian racing dog descends from the Magyar’s of the 19th Century. Resembles the Sloughi at 26" and 60 pounds, he is capable on track or field and can be a great companion.


Mahratta Greyhound

A possible descendent of the Sloughi who may be related to the Rampur, he is a capable small coursing dog seldom kept as a pet in India. Averages only 21 inches, he is compact, well muscled, and a very agile dark blue and tan streak!


Majestic Tree Hound

Created by American hunters to handle the south’s big cats. Descended from St. Hubert (French) and working bloodhounds, his remarkable size does not prevent speed and agility. 100 pounds of solid muscle, he can stand over 30" at the shoulder. Not bred for looks or to fit a breed standard, he can be any combination of colors in a short tight coat. His ears are somewhat pendulous and often torn He is not recognized by any registry other than that of hunters and dogmen who appreciate his unquestioned abilities.



AKC Toy Group


This 9” 5 pound dog doesn’t know he’s tiny. Originating on the island of Malta, favored by the artistic and nobility of Rome, this breed has provided centuries of love, loyalty, and pride of ownership. He’s hardy and vigorously entertaining.


Manchester Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


Toy size (but not toy group) averages 10 pounds while the Standard is not to exceed 22 pounds, they both fit comfortably on the lap. This enthusiastic and delightful companion must have distinctive “thumbprints” on wrists.  Spirited, bright, keenly observant; dead loyal, in an independent terrier way.


Maremma Sheepdog

Reaching 28 inches and with heavy frame, he is of a grand size and very impressive. Well appreciated in Italy, he is alert, courageous, somewhat aloof, an excellent family protector who does well outside in any kind of weather.



A new breed recreated from Dutch artifacts of the 1700’s. Alert, solid black, 14” 21 pounds, very versatile. Can be independent and aloof but devoted with owners.



AKC Working Group


Ancient progenitor of many similar breeds today, he was a gladiator pitted against bull, bears, lion and tiger. Courageous but quiet and well mannered, he is content in close proximity to his family and is an excellent estate dog, gentle and patient with his children and other family pets. His 30 inches and 150 pounds demands space and a full-size van…..


Mexican Hairless


Requires attention for the skin but is obviously non-shedding and non-allergenic. 11” of warm comfort, revered for healing powers and pain relief. CKC recognized but dropped from AKC in 1959, he’s an interesting and unusual pet.


Miniature American Shepherd

AKC Herding Group


Good-natured, Devoted, Intelligent. Developed in America to be a small sized herding dog. He's highly versatile, and energetic, an athlete with superior intelligence and a willingness to please. This 13-18 inch, 20-40 pound dog is good with kids and other dogs. When he's not working, he likes to be very close.


Miniature Bull Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


13 inches and 30 pounds of firmly packed athleticism. Loves children, laps, and food - in that order! His egg-shaped head and piercing small eyes would amuse a burglar but the Mini-bull is a good little watchdog, in that when he barks, the guest has arrived… His quirky, happy-go-lucky attitude rubs off on all his human friends.


Miniature Pinscher

AKC Toy Group


Actually not related to the Doberman, the MinPin dates back over 300 years. An excellent ratter in olden days, he is now an excellent 11” and 9 pound alarm dog and devoted companion.


Miniature Schnauzer

AKC Terrier Group


Distinctive eyebrows and beard define the smallest Schnauzer. Previously an effective ratter, he now prefers being an alert alarm dog. Hardy and fit at 13" and 14 pounds


Montenegrin Mountain Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



Moscow Longhaired Toy Terrier

Also known as the Muscovian Miniature, a recent Russian development fits well in urban living style, cheap to feed, easily cared for, an ideal 10” 5 pound housedog in Russia


Moscow Watchdog

Created in the 50’s, this 26” 140 pound combination of Ovtcharka and St. Bernard is not known outside the U.S.S.R.


Mountain Cur

UKC Scenthound Group

Developed from pariah dogs of the Central U.S. and European hounds, this 50 pound of lean muscle has slightly more coat than the average hound and his tail is docked or natural bobtail.



AKC FSS Miscellaneous

At 18” and 25 pounds, he's heavier and taller than the Puli with shorter curly coat. His courage is useful for working the most stubborn livestock. The breed is a loyal protector of property and family members without being overly aggressive. Unfortunately near extinction, there are no more than a few thousand Mudi worldwide, making them very rare.



Distinctive black or blue roan with white, he's 24 inches weighing 60 pounds. He is affectionate, not overly active, a serious sporting dog that requires free exercise and time with the owner.


Neapolitan Mastiff

AKC Working Group


Bigger and stronger than many people, this is a dog that does everything in a big way. At 28 inches and 170 pounds, Neos eat like horses, drool like a toothless gargoyle, knock things over, and are quite capable of eating a chair leg for breakfast. They are also absolutely devoted and give an experienced and patient owner the biggest bragging rights! Some size related health problems but a good one is a joy to own.


Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

AKC FSS Miscellaneous


Nenets Herding Laika

Resembles the Samoyed, developed by the Mentsy tribe and chosen by the Soviet Cynological Council, the 17” 45 pound dog is still used for reindeer herding.


New Guinea Singing Dog

It’s howl sounds like singing to fond ears. The 14” 20 pound pariah is now rare in New Guinea but can be seen in zoos in the U.S. and Australia.



AKC Working Group


Distinctive black water rescue dog also used for draft work due to his tremendous strength. Very intelligent and tremendously sweet. Able to help and able to act on his own responsibility when the situation demands. His great size (28 inches 140 pounds) makes him an affective deterrent to intruders but his gentleness makes him a perfect child’s playmate as he seems impervious to childhood antics.



AKC FSS Miscellaneous

They are calm, keen, and attentive, with a kind disposition. White with markings ranging from cream to red, this moderately coated spitz-type companion is very popular with the Swedes. In addition to his shorter finer coat than is associated with the spitzen breeds, he is also much quieter. At 16" and about 30 pounds, he fits right in one's lap and there he loves to stay.


Norfolk Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


10” and 11 pounds of compact, hardy, keen and determined devotion. Requires clip or strip to maintain his stylish outline


Norwegian Buhund

AKC Herding Group


The Buhund (farm dog) is an extremely versatile 18 inch lightly built dog that has been used in Europe as an excellent service dog. He loves children, assists the handicapped, and loves the challenge of a new puzzle for his keen mind.


Norwegian Elkhound

AKC Hound Group


Companion to the Vikings, he has survived for centuries due to his sensitive loyalty and athletic ability. He is hardy, easy-care, dominant, bold, and energetic, an excellent watch dog with an abundance of courage at 20 inches and about 50 pounds.


Norwegian Lundehund

AKC Non-Sporting Group

Developed specifically for hunting the puffin bird, this 13 pound dog has six multi-jointed toes and double-jointed neck for accessing the puffin’s hiding places and his ears close to prevent water from entering


Norwich Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


Short to ground yet tremendously impressive, his foxy muzzle and enthusiastic attitude have earned this 10” 11 pound dog a place in the heart of all who love terriers.


Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

AKC Sporting Group


12th century combination of many of today’s most popular retrievers, he’s instinctually a natural retriever on land or water. The 19”, 45 pound hunter is gaining popularity outside his native country.


Old Danish Pointer

45 pounds, 20” of excellence, he has been used successfully to locate deer and other game. He can also be a seriously devoted housedog.


Old English Sheepdog

AKC Herding Group


He’s 60 pounds of regular grooming but a wonderful choice for the family - let the kids take turns grooming! Entertaining, faithful, and protective, he’s a good watchdog despite his clownish look.


Olde English Bulldog

A recent creation involving Bullmastiffs, Pit Bulls and other breeds. This dog can be a man stopper but is gentle with family and friends.



AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group


An English breed with long drop ears (require cleaning) and disheveled appearance, he’s a big 26 inches, 100 pounds. His waterproof coat requires little care and what he lacks in smartness of appearance is well-compensated by his character and unfailing devotion.


Owczarek Podhalanski

At over 30” and up to 150 pounds, he is a formidable guard and draft dog. Has been used for military and police work, he’s intelligent, aloof, and requires an experienced owner.



AKC Toy Group


Darling fox face and flaring ears give him an irresistible appeal. He is quick, lively, and extremely intelligent, this 10” pet excels in obedience and capturing hearts.


Parson Russell Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

Bold, friendly, athletic, playful companions but also clever with powerful hunting instincts.  They are a very active breed so being energetic, alert terriers they will require plenty of exercise and attention. 13 to 14 inches high and they weigh 13 to 17 pounds.


Patterdale Terrier

13 pounds, hardy, easy care, loves to dig but is a popular pet in England and other countries



AKC Toy Group


A quiet, laid back, distinctively ornamental companion dating back to antiquity. He preceded the empress and guarded her. This lionhearted 14 pounder requires grooming but is well worth the effort.


Pembroke Welsh Corgi

AKC Pembroke Welsh Corgi

AKC Herding Group

A very old breed used as cattle drover but gainfully employed as a companion in many countries. He stands 11” and weighs about 25 pounds. This Corgi has a very short docked tail and a foxy intelligent expression.


Perro de Pastor Mallorquin

At about 20" and up to 60 pounds, this hard working dog tolerates heat and heavy weather of the coastal Mediterranean. A utilitarian breed that will protect his territory and family, he is basically a working dog with variable type.


Perro de Presa Canario


This 100 pound, 25" dog of the Canary Islands is a serious protector. Mastiff type, strong willed, for experienced owners


Peruvian Inca Orchid

AKC FSS Miscellaneous

A naked or coated tousle topped deer-like companion, he's elegant, agile, smart and swift. A sighthound developed in Peru comes in three sizes. Prized by the Incas, he's a "dog without vestments" his delicate skin requires attention.


Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group


Twice as long as his 14" height, this happy little French hound loves kids and hunting


Petit Bleu De Gascogne

UKC Scenthound Group



Petit Gascon-Saintongeois

UKC Scenthound Group



Petit Brabancon

(Piccolo Brabantino)

Looks like a smooth coated Griffon, solidly built at about 10 pounds and 8 inches. Terrier like, descended from Yorkies, Pekes, Affenpinscher, and other handy and interesting breeds, this little guy is easy care except his rather prominent eyes and little face wrinkle needs daily cleaning.



(Continental Toy Spaniel)

Very like the better known Papillon, this little French dog lacks the ear-drama as his ears must lie flat. Bright, cheerful, intelligent, talker…


Pharaoh Hound

AKC Hound Group


The Egyptian Hound has been a prized hunting companion since 3000BC. He blushes endearingly and his unique amber eyes change color when he’s excited. 50 pounds and 24 inches of lean muscular speed. They love children and are active playmates, said to be odorless.



The farmer’s terrier developed to control vermin and serve as watchdog, which he does today. Less popular than the larger Doberman and smaller miniature, he is unfortunately little known outside of Germany.


Pit Bull

The term dates back to the 19th Century when dogs of bull and terrier crosses were used in bull baiting. Variations of those original dogs were later used to fight other dogs before the practice became illegal.


Plott Hound

AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group


A 50 pound, 24” drop-eared American breed with beautiful voice. Associated with the state of North Carolina, developed in the 1750’s, he was so capable that he earned the family name and remains popular today


Podengo Canario

Developed on the Canary Islands, he is an excellent rabbit dog although he can be somewhat stubborn and high strung.


Podengo Portugues


Ranging from a small Chihuahua type to the Grande size at 28.” Has hard short or wire coat, is an eager rabbit dog and capable ratter that hunts larger game in pairs. The 10 pound size makes an excellent lap dog.



AKC Sporting Group


Non-aggressive, good spirited, stylish, obedient. Averaging 26” and 65 pounds, he’s gentle, requires less personal attention than some breeds, and is a handsome companion for field or home.



UKC Scenthound Group

Beautifully symmetrical at up to 28" and 65 pounds, he is lighter built than some foxhounds and thus capable of great speed and agility. Head is slightly finer and sculpted, he is sleek and tight-skinned. He is an old hound, probably developed in the early 1700s, he was revived in the mid-1800s. Friendly and alert, he will work all day and come gladly to heel in the evening.


Polish Hound (Ogar Polski)

UKC Scenthound Group

25" inches with smooth coat and tighter skin than the American Bloodhound, the Polski is slow and persistent. He is a natural tracker with lovely voice. He makes a wonderful pet but is relatively unknown outside of Poland.


Polish Lowland Sheepdog

AKC Herding Group


Leanly built and active at 18 inches, he's a handy size. Endearing and adoring expression peeks through a mop of face fur to charm children and adults alike. He loves children, is very loyal and highly intelligent, good indoors or out but with no flock to work, he does need a good daily run.



AKC Toy Group


At only 10" and six or seven pounds, he's a dynamo of fun and devotion. Spitz-type in a tiny package, he's well coated and requires no less than weekly grooming. When properly groomed, he appears as a little golden-orange ball of hair bouncing about. He is easy to love and easy to care for and is an ideal choice for the apartment if neighbors don't mind his shrill alarm-bark when someone knocks.



Standard, Miniature & Toy

AKC Non-Sporting Group


The Poodle is highly intelligent, alert to his owner's wishes, and quite likely to carry them out! In Germany (probable country of origin) he was a retriever. He is the National Dog of France, an excellent duck retriever, and his intelligence and versatility have made him one of the most popular and well recognized breeds in the world. To be well kept, he should be clipped and groomed regularly, something he doesn't mind. Paint his toenails, give him a bow, he wears them proudly if it pleases YOU. Three sizes to choose from.  Toy (not toy group) 10" and under, Miniature 10"-15" and Standard 15" and up of elegance, he's worth the grooming!



UKC Scenthound Group

This most unusual breed has an extremely fine, very short white coat laid over light lavender-pink skin, giving him indeed, the look of every fine porcelain. He runs 60 pounds and 21" rather delicately built for a hound but that is befitting his name. Deer and hare are his forte but he makes a delightful and stunning companion.


Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

AKC Hound Group

Lively and playful; charming and well mannered around the house. A primitive, small breed with erect ears, wedge-shaped head, comes in short and very dense smooth coat or long and rough wire haired coat. Good with other dogs but supervise with the kids.  They weigh 9 to 13 pounds and stand 8 to 12 inches and can live 12-15 years.


Portuguese Podengo

AKC FSS Miscellaneous

Lively, agile, playful, alert, highly intelligent but not always easy to train, independent yet loving with the family and sometimes suspicious of strangers. The breed's two sizes have different jobs: the larger (22-28 inches tall and weighing 44-66 pounds) hunts deer and boar and the medium-sized (16-22 inches tall and weighing 35-44 pounds) hunts rabbit. They can live 10 to 15 years.


Portuguese Pointer




Portuguese Water Dog

AKC Working Group


Often shown in a lion clip to display the muscles, he may actually have originated in Asia rather than Portugal. An ancient breed serving man for many hundreds of years, he is 22 inches and 50 pounds of adept water dog that fits well on boat or in the living room. Spirited, hard working and active


Posavac Hound

UKC Scenthound Group

A dog of interesting legend, he supposed came as an answer to a lady's prayer to the Virgin Mary. He is very talented on hare and deer and is said to have put food on the table for the desperate family. Be that as it may, he looks capable of being a great hunter, averaging 40 pounds, 22" of muscular construction.



AKC Toy Group


Black or fawn colored with dark mask and shaded facial wrinkles, this little guy looks somewhat worried about his relationship to the Mastiff. He must wonder what shrunk him to only 10" and 15 pounds! He is indeed a lot of dog in a small package, a positively delightful companion, sturdy enough for children and always entertaining. Like the Bulldog, he doesn't like really hot humid weather and needs his wrinkles wiped, but is otherwise trouble-free.



AKC Herding Group


His distinctive wooly, corded coat is the hallmark of this handy sized, hard working herder. Short muzzled under that fall of mop strings, he is medium in all other regards. Although the coat makes him look much larger, his is only about 15" and 30 pounds. He is assertive and energetic, lighthearted and nowadays, quite mellowed out. He has become a rather popular pet in the States and the grooming effort seems well spent.



AKC Herding Group

Solid colored medium length "curls" adorn this impish looking but functional herding watchdog. Related to the Mudi, he is a good cowdog and a great companion. At 25 pounds and about 18" he also a great size and a happy spirited companion.


Pyrenean Mastiff

Nearly allowed to become extinct as a distinct breed, he has seen a revival due to his gentle and devoted nature. He's a big guy at up to 32" and over 150 pounds and can be somewhat prone to the structural problems of giant breeds but his long working background has insured overall soundness.


Pyrenean Shepherd

AKC Herding Group


He's lighter than he looks, mostly hair on a lean strong frame. His endurance is limitless, made for a hard day's work or romping with the kids and keeping them all gathered together. Just the right size for a playmate and you can't muss him up! He is bright and inquisitive, watchful of strangers, and though a bit noisy and a bit of a grooming challenge, he makes a fine farm dog or family pet. He has a tendency to become a one-person dog. Loyal, dedicated, but to the exclusion of other people. They are also extremely intelligent, active dogs with a sense of humor.


Rafeiro Do Alentejo

(Portuguese Watchdog)


Reaching an impressive 30" and weighing in at 100 pounds, he is a most capable intrusion-dissuasion. For experienced owners or as a flock guardian, he is an interesting choice. Native to the south of Portugal, he is a descendent of the Spanish mastiff with a dash of old flock guarding dogs thrown in. His coat is medium short, spotted and he has heavy bone and the dewlap typical of mastiff breeds.


Rat Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

A fearless, little dog with seemingly unlimited energy. Bob-tailed, smooth coated or hairless, Miniature or Standard, he's an unusual original and a great pet!


Redbone Coonhound

AKC Hound Group

UKC Scenthound Group

The beautiful hound represents the breeder's art in creating a special breed from the best genes of the American Southeast. He stands about 26" and weighs in at a rock solid 50 to 70 pounds. He trees coon or cat (wild), is a pack or team hunter with "cur" or terrier courage and tenacity. A woodsman's soft summer evening dream come true.


Rhodesian Ridgeback

(African Lion Hound)

AKC Hound Group


With no lions to confront, he will protect his family and property. At 26 inches, 70 pounds, he is lean and muscular, athletic, needs exercise. This clean, excellent housedog has a distinctive ridge of backwards hair on his back.



AKC Working Group


Companion to the Roman Army, this German breed has served man in many ways. Drover, draft dog, police dog, and today family watchdog. He is a robust short coated, 26-inch heavyweight - a strong deterrent to intruders. Self assured and aloof he does not make indiscriminant friendships but is loyal and gentle with his family.


Russell Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

A strong, hardy, earth-working Terrier. He moves with confidence to match his keen expression. Small sized breed, predominately white bodied, measuring from 10"-12".  Coat may be smooth, broken or rough and may have tan and/or black markings with no preference for coat type or markings.


Russian Toy

AKC FSS Miscellneous

A small, elegant, lively dog with long legs, fine bones and lean muscles. They are active and cheerful, possessing keen intelligence and a desire to please. This toy breed stands 8-11 inch tall and may weigh up to 6.5 pounds. They live 12-14+ years. This breed loves to snuggle and be close to their human but may be slightly aloof to strangers. They are neither cowardly nor aggressive. His lineage dates back to the Russian aristocracy.



Developed by crossing German Shepherd Dogs with a zoo wolf, Mr. Saarloos created this 29" 90 pound hybrid. Recognized in 1975 by the Dutch KC. It is still wolf-like and retains a strong pack instinct and a tendency toward shyness.


Sabueso Espanol de Monte

A bit short on leg but heavy on frame and muscle, this hearty hound is multi-talented. He tracks (game or man) does police work, and hunts singly or in packs. At 22" and 55 pounds, he is not swift but he is reliable.


Saint Bernard

AKC Working Group


Known as the “Hospice Dog,” he’s served as faithful companion for the Monks and over the last three centuries, the Saint may well have saved over 2000 human lives. His 26 inch powerful stance is a deterrent to any intruder but his calm, friendly demeanor provides wonderful family companionship. Comes in rough or smooth coat types.



AKC Hound Group


Far-gazing Spirit of the Desert. Short silky hair and feathered legs add to his 26 inches of exotic beauty. Pastel colors white cream and fawn predominate in this 26 inch sculpted hound. A dignified, extraordinarily beautiful companion for apartment or estate.



AKC Working Group


Extremely hardy, well suited for a nomadic life herding reindeer and pulling sleds. A primitive breed with an almost human understanding of his family. Outgoing and non-aggressive, his characteristic smile and sparkling eyes invite friendship. At 55 pounds, he is an oversized (and vocal) teddy bear.


Sanshu Dog

Larger than the Shiba, smaller than the Akita, he is less popular but an equally nice companion of the same Shika-inu family of hunter-protectors. Weighing 50 pounds and standing 17 to 18", he is comparatively lighter in structure but of the same body type as many native Japanese dogs.



(Illyrian Sheepdog)

Probably descended from the Akbash, this discerning dog is not to be trifled with. He is a competent guardian who makes friends slowly. He is extremely loyal and at 23" and 70 pounds, is a friend you want to keep that way.



(Dutch Sheepdog)


Having less work, he is used primarily as a farm dog and family pet, jobs at which he is adept. About 19" and 30 pounds of tousled coat requiring regular grooming, he is conveniently grayish to suit those who prefer him un-groomed.



(Schiller Hound) UKC Scenthound Group

Short coupled and long legged, he manages rough terrain. Averaging 23" and 50 pounds, covers ground quickly and efficiently, thus is adept on fox and hare. He needs little grooming but lots of exercise



AKC Non-Sporting Group


In addition to being extremely alert, keen, and hardy, this little guy is extremely long-lived. They love nice children and will protect them faithfully. They are excellent little watchdogs and naturally suspicious of strangers but with the family, they are utterly devoted. Among the most curious of dogs, the sparkling black Schip has many talents and at about 17 pounds, he can go anywhere.


Schweizer Laufhund

Lovely long ears, gentle expression typify this 22" 40 pound descendent of ancient French hounds. He is motivated and needs to hunt!


Scottish Deerhound

AKC Hound Group


A 16th Century icon that makes a noble friend today. He strongly needs human companionship and his courage and gentle dignity can fit in well in a large home. Over 30 inches and 100 pounds with long drop tail, he is unwelcome at a tea party but makes a great sofa for the kids.


Scottish Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


Remembered by many as the President’s dog, he is a plucky, very ancient pure terrier. At about 10 inches and 20 pounds, he tucks easily under the arm and being a feisty little guy is often carried there! He is passionately loyal, always entertaining, a good choice for apartment or family life.


Sealyham Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


A muscular, determined little guy with long beard and bushy eyebrows. His hard coat does require care but he’s such a smart looking, stylish dog, he is well worth the effort. Outgoing and friendly with a big dog bark he is inventive and playful and apt to be with you a long, long time.


Segugio Italiano

(Italian Hound)

With unkempt appearing coat, wiry eyebrows, but long ears and houndy expression, he is an interesting study. Averaging 21" and 55 pounds, he's well boned and strong. Usually tan with black saddle, he is still hunted but makes a great family dog


Serbian Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



Serbian Tricolor Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



Shetland Sheepdog

AKC Herding Group


Having no ponies or sheep to roust about on his native island, he is quite content to keep his adored family rounded up. A beautiful animal inside and outside, he is deserving of his high popularity ranking. He can be a bit noisy, demanding that everyone behave and stay where he wants them, but 15" guy is a delight to be near. His lovely coat requires regular combing-through but dog and master treasure this private time together.


Shiba inu

AKC Non-Sporting Group


Smallest of the indigenous Japanese breeds, looking like a small Akita, he is a playful, mischievous, instinct-driven companion who will still hunt both fur and feather. Averaging 14" and 25 pounds, he is easy to carry but not so easy to catch! Not vocal, very clean, he is a delightful companion guaranteed to keep you in good spirits except when you are training him. Even then, his free spirit attitude is hard to resist.


Shih Tzu

(Chrysanthemum Dog)

AKC Toy Group


Nobility, beauty, and delightful appeal characterize this 10" 15 pound Chinese treasure. His silky coat dragged the floor of the palace and temple. He comes in many colors trimmed in white, does require daily combing which is just another way of "stroking" him. He is sound and hardy and tremendously loyal and affectionate.



At 20" he is much like a small Akita, large Shiba in appearance but he comes only in brindle or red coloration. His type is Nordic, small thick ears, short double coat. He has never been as popular as his larger and smaller cousins but was a superb deer dog.


Shiloh Shepherd

Large Breed that is courageous and self confident, this gentle giant possesses superior intelligence wrapped in a heart of gold. He portrays a distinct impression of nobility with a unique aura of intelligence, that radiates a sense of regal wisdom and strength. Powerfully built with unsurpassed beauty and elegance; a picture of true balance; each part being in harmonious proportion to every other part, and to the whole.

Siberian Husky

AKC Working Group


His immense popularity is well earned through constant service to man from the frozen wasteland to the penthouse. Fastidiously clean and a handy size at 22 inches, 50 pounds, he is suited for indoor or outdoor life. Active, spirited, and playful with non-aggressive disposition.


Silky Terrier

AKC Toy Group


Developed in Australia from crosses with the Skye, Dandie, Yorkshire, and other terriers, he is sometimes called the Sydney Terrier. His lovely blue and tan coat most closely resembles the Yorkie but with a shorter haircut. TKC recognized the breed in 1930 but he was belatedly admitted to AKC in 1959, so he's a bit "new" in America but very popular. He is strong and active, fearless and terrier-like but very devoted to the lap! He fits there quite nicely at about 9" and 9 pounds.


Skye Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


Named after the "Misty Isle" of Scotland, the Skye is over 400 years old. He was a favorite of the aristocracy in the sixteenth century and even today, his coat is best cared for by a person of some leisure. Not a sissy dog, he can clear out varmints and vermin with the best of them. He is a one man dog that bonds closely but also gets on well with the whole family including well mannered children. With friends, he is happy and exuberant but he is reserved with strangers. Only 10" tall, he can weigh a hefty 25 pounds or more.



(Azawakh, Tuareg, Arabian Greyhound)

AKC Hound Group

His smooth coat and good health make him an easy dog to live with and care for. Revered by desert dwellers, he does equally well in the city but does need to stretch those long beautiful legs! First coming to Europe through the Netherlands, he immediately captured the hearts of those desiring a statuesque (up to 28") companion.


Slovak Cuvac

A big guy, up to 28" of power combined with speed and agility, his heavy coat and heavy coat mark him as a member of the white flock guards. He is native to the mountains of Czechoslovakia and is a dedicated worker, and a very alert dissuasion to intruders or predators. He is gentle with people.


Smalandsstovare Hound

(Samaland Hound) UKC Scenthound Group

Short coat, smaller size at 35 pounds, 17", he makes a good family dog if allowed hard exercise. Good on fox, hare and most game


Small Munsterlander Pointer




Small Swiss Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



Smooth Fox Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


The smooth hard coat requires moderate stripping or plucking to maintain his clean 15 inch 17 pound outline. Extremely intelligent, devoted to his family and rowdy enough for children. Like many terriers, closely bonded to his person. Sleeps with one eye open….


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


This pastel gold-to-wheat colored dog is quiet and watchful, has great courage but is considered less aggressive than most terriers. He is a devoted companion and not a bad watchdog. His soft, silk, gently waving coat is untypical of most terriers and should not be plucked, scissored, or stripped. He is playful and animated, alert and happy. He stands about 18 inches and weighs an average of 35 pounds.


Spanish Hound

UKC Scenthound Group



Spanish Mastiff


His 29" height and 120 pound frame is lengthy but somehow it all fits properly into a handsome dog. He has the characteristic dewlap but is not draped overly loose-skin. A natural guard, he has passed his great qualities on to a number of breeds. He is gentle with people but can be aggressive around other dogs.


Spanish Water Dog

AKC Herding Group

Faithful, hardworking, lively; affectionate with family, and a vigilant watchdog. Very Active; Upbeat and work-oriented, they do best with lots of playtime as a companion and a job to do like hunting or water work. Hypoallergenic 15-20 inch 31 to 49 pound dog


Spinone Italiano

(aka Italian Spinone)

AKC Sporting Group


A gentle, steady hunting dog that gets along with other dogs and is very protective of children and family. His bearded face is serious and yet comic, somewhat belying his high intelligence and adaptability to training . 26 inches and 75 pounds makes him a oversized somewhat wiry pillow for the kids.






Staffordshire Bull Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


He has a wonderful temperament, calm yet playful. He makes a fine pet and companion as well as an interesting show dog. Although only 15 inches, he makes the medium size by weighing a heavy, muscular, 36 pounds or so. He was indeed fought in the bars and back alleys of England but today is a good natured fellow, sure of his skills and unlikely to flex muscle. Ears and tail are natural and he is overall a hardy trouble free companion.


Standard Schnauzer

AKC Working Group


A middle-sized schnauzer at 18 inches of hard muscle. Hard, wiry coat needs regular clipping or stripping to look best. Wonderful expression accented by arched eyebrows and bristly moustache. He is devoted, brave, and has an uncanny perception of danger thus is an excellent personal watchdog.


Stephens' Cur

UKC Scenthound Group



Styrian Roughhaired Mountian Hound

At only about 20" and 35 pounds, he's a handy size for foot hunters. Lovely voice and lots of stamina, he's a good tempered, reliable hunter or companion


Sussex Spaniel

AKC Sporting Group


Among the rarest of AKC breeds, the little retriever from England has come back in the spotlight with some good show wins. Muscular and a bit vocal, he is amicable and makes a great companion for the hunter on foot or the home at 35-45 pounds


Swedish Lapphund


Very full harsh coat protects him while he protects the herdsman's reindeer, a job he still performs. At 18" and about 40 pounds, he has tremendous endurance and energy. Very closely related to the Finnish Lapphund, he is recognized as a separate breed by FCI but to his appreciative owners, it matters not


Swedish Vallhund (Cattledog)

AKC Herding Group


Sturdy, strong 13 inch tall herdsman, the "forest dog" of Sweden is very similar to the Corgi, including having no tail. An active dog, he is happy when helping his family.


Thai Ridgeback




Tibetan Mastiff

AKC Working Group


A very large 26 inches, the "TM" is a strong deterrent to intrusion. Gentle with family and children, his medium length weatherproof coat keeps him comfortable inside or out. He tends to bark at night when left outside and he has an unusually strong voice!


Tibetan Spaniel

AKC Non-Sporting Group


One of the "lion dogs" common to monastery life, he was bred in the villages and often given to royalty as a token of thanks or esteem. The Tibbie can be found on bronzes dating to 1100 B.C. and is experiencing a revived popularity in America and the U.K. His body is low and long with soft feathering on legs and tail. His large full eyes are to die for!


Tibetan Terrier

AKC Non-Sporting Group


Considered a symbol of good luck, he was never sold, only given to someone as a mark of esteem or gratitude. Recognized in the 30s in England, he has gained popularity in America as well. He was never expected to work, only to serve as a loyal companion and that he is. He is not outgoing with strangers, perhaps because he can't see them or perhaps because that is as he should be!






Toy Fox Terrier

AKC Toy Group

Toy Fox Terrier Breed Standard


Descended from the Smooth Fox Terrier and Chihuahua, this American original is a "feisty" little dog, often confused about being a terrier in a toy dog's body! Averaging 7 pounds and 10", he's sturdy, cobby, and extremely agile. His hardiness, handy size and incredible intelligence made him popular with circus performers and farmers. Absolutely devoted to his owner and brimming with courage, he's the perfect companion/watchdog as nothing escapes his attention. AKA Ameri-Toy and American Toy Terrier.


Toy German Spitz

Never able to compete with the Pomeranian, he is none-the-less as delightful little dog descended from much larger Nordic dogs of Iceland and Lapland. While he can no longer pull a sled, he tugs at your heart strings vigorously.


Toy Manchester Terrier

(English Toy Terrier)

Elegant, racy and sleek in outline, he's all terrier in a toy package. Naturally erect ears mean no cropping and he is a sturdy little guy with courage and devotion. Intelligent, handsome, alert and at only 11" and about 7 pounds, is easily carried everywhere!


Toy Poodle

No sissy this little guy, at 10" of sturdy elegance, he is a miniaturized version of the hard-working water retriever. His perfect size just insures that he can go everywhere his owner goes and most do just that! Devoted, extremely intelligent, well mannered, they are socially acceptable and loved by all. He does require regular clipping in order to maintain his stunning appearance but is well worth the expense.


Transylvanian Hound

An ancient breed in two sizes ranging from 18" to 26" and up to 75 pounds, he's used on hare, fox, and larger game. The shorter variety may be extinct but he's a good guy, loyal but independent


Treeing Tennessee Brindle


Evolved from clever crosses by expert hunters, this solid, square 23" 45 pound dog is a woodsman's delight. Great endurance and desire. Outgoing and affectionate.


Treeing Walker Coonhound

AKC Hound Group

Clearly showing his English Foxhound size, (26", 70 pounds) bone, color, and type, this big guy is the pride of the South. Hard drive and speed make him unstoppable, he's a great dog at work, and at home!


Tyroler Bracke

(Tyrolean Hound)

Rough, Hard, and Smooth coat varieties can cause confusion but this 18 inch 45 pound hunter of western Austria is a great choice for field or home



AKC Sporting Group


An ancient Hungarian multi-purpose, rabbit dog, pointer, and retriever. 24" lean, athletic build, a dog with great stamina and energy, can hunt or play football all day long!


Volpino Italiano

The Italian version of the German Pomeranian, this 11" 9 pound fellow is a little bigger but just as sporty. Curled tail, heavy double coat, alert and happy, this little guy enjoyed popularity with Italian ladies who decorated them with bracelets and jewelry. Today, he'll settle for a warm lap.



AKC Sporting Group


Courageous gun dog used on fur and feather. Great speed and endurance in the field, needs adequate exercise at home and family to care for. His large size, averaging 26 inches, fits comfortably on the sofa.


Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)

AKC Cardigan Welsh Corgi

AKC Herding Group

12" and 30 pounds of active, go-for-anything fun! Extremely intelligent and trainable, he lives to work and please his family. Pillow-shaped for kids.


Welsh Springer Spaniel

AKC Sporting Group


Gentle, merry, amicable disposition. Easy care, silky coat, larger than the cocker, smaller than the Springer. Suited for country life or child’s companion, 18", 40 pounds.. Active, needs a job.


Welsh Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


While extremely game and courageous, he is not quarrelsome, is usually well mannered and easy to handle. At 15 inches and 20 pounds he has plenty of bone and substance but is just right to tuck under the arm. With his elongated moustache and alert expression, he’s a character you’d like to be friends with.


West Highland White Terrier

AKC Terrier Group


Full of Scottish spunk and determination, he is a devoted and intelligent companion. He is close cousin to the Scotty, but is always white. Happy and light-hearted, he is excellent in small quarters and rather embarrassed by pampering. He loves an outdoor romp but is just as happy watching TV with his owner. 11 inches with muscular body


West Siberian Laika

Roughly 23" and 50 pounds of power in a heavy-duty double coat. His agility and endurance in deep snow is legendary. His short, stand-off coat is solid, shaded, or piebald. As a hunter, he earns his keep cornering and taking sable or ermine and it is as a working dog he is kept, not as a pet.


Westphalian Dachsbracke

Thought to descend from Dachshund-crosses with taller dogs, this well boned stocky dog is bad news for hare, fox, and boar. 14" and 40 pounds of determination



AKC Hound Group


Beauty, grace and artistic lines in a handy 20-pound 20-inch size. An athletic standout in field or home, he needs to stretch those powerful legs at least once a day and then he fits nicely on the sofa.


Wire Fox Terrier

AKC Terrier Group

Impressive outline, hard clipped or stripped coat to maintain his stylish outline. Quick, keen, hard expression, he is on tiptoes, ready to challenge or play at the drop of a hat. At 15 inches, 18 pounds he is a handy, go anywhere size, ideal family companion.


Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

AKC Sporting Group


A totalitarian, hearty breed adapted to rough terrain or active children. Medium size with hair like boar bristles and rather unkempt, grizzled appearance, he makes up in intelligence and protectiveness what he lacks in beauty.


Wirehaired Vizsla

AKC Sporting Group

Calm and gentle around the house; an exuberant hunter on land or lake. A medium-sized (45 to 65 pounds) hunting dog that possesses an excellent nose for hunting and tracking, as well as a natural point and retrieve. 21 to 25 inches tall, very active and energetic worker built for long days in the field; they enjoy hunting, swimming, and upbeat play.



Toy - Minature - Standard

AKC Non-Sporting Group

Loyal, alert, calm, trainable; like any good watchdog, they're wary of strangers. One of the oldest and rarest breeds. Xolos like long walks and upbeat play but are famously tranquil around the house. Supervision advised with children and other dogs. Toys are 10-14 inches and 10 to 15 pounds, miniatures range 14-18 inches and weigh 15-30 pounds and the standard size is 18-23 inches and weighs 30-55 pounds. They rarely shed and are considered hyoallergenic.


Yorkshire Terrier

AKC Toy Group


Straight fine coat garnished with rich golden tan markings, he is indeed stunning in appearance. Usually adorned with a little bow to tie the forelock out of his large sparkling black eyes, he exudes an alert intelligent attitude that has endeared him to the public since the late 19th century. At only 9" and 6 or 7 pounds, he is a go-with companion that requires daily combing-stroking to keep him from tangling.


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