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This section contains in depth information on all AKC recognized dog breeds. In addition to the more serious information about dog breed characteristics, care, and history, we have also included pictures and reader-submitted stories so you can have some fun while you do your research.

Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a cheeky monkey wrapped in a dog’s body. In fact, the name of this little bundle of gleeful mischief comes from “Affen,” the German word for monkey. The French gave them the esteemed title “diablotin moustachu,” or mustachioed little devil. The Affenpinscher dog is prone to funny and bizarre behavior. In fact, this firecracker of a pup packs a lot of energy and entertainment into a compact size.

Their eyes are round and dark, f... read more about the Affenpinscher.

Afghan Hound

One look at the majestic Afghan Hound summons images of palaces, red carpets, and chandeliers. Afghan Hounds have a regal bearing and a distinctive, luxurious coat of fur that drapes down their sides like a royal robe. Their long noses are prominent, and their cultured faces are framed by a topknot of hair that is positively silky to the touch. Even their paws are covered in long fur, almost like slippers.

The color of the Afghan Hound’s coat varies widely, from dark to light.... read more about the Afghan Hound.

Airedale Terrier

Strong-willed and super smart, the Airedale Terrier loves to work. The dog’s strong personality is evident in the way they stand. They have a square formation, with straight front legs and firmly planted back legs, and their stout stance says, “I’m the boss.” The outer coat is quite rough, but the short inner coat is much softer. Their coloring is usually some variant of tan, with darker markings on their back and the occasional splash of white on the chest.

A... read more about the Airedale Terrier.

Akita

Big, strong, and adorable, the Akita is an exciting mix of energy and dedication. Part of an exclusive circle, Akitas are one of only seven dogs native to Japan. These animals have a rich history, and they are even legendary in their homeland!

Akita dogs love snow. Love it, love it, love it. With one look at their powerful chest and shoulders, it’s easy to imagine them bursting through mounds of fluffy white powder in pursuit of a new game with an active family.

The Akita... read more about the Akita.

Alaskan Malamute

With the word “Alaska” in their name, it should come as no surprise this dog is built for snow. The Alaskan Malamute is the epitome of the working dog. Bred to pull heavy loads in the coldest climates on Earth, this dog is strong, tough, and independent. They have a powerful chest, incredibly strong legs, and a straight back, and they use their big, burly paws to keep themselves afloat over piles of snow.

Despite the sheer physical presence of Alaskan Malamutes, their eye... read more about the Alaskan Malamute.

American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog packs a lot of personality into a compact fuzzball. A member of the esteemed spitz family, this breed has pointy, alert ears and a long, fuzzy coat. They have a distinctive grin when they’re happily panting away. While some dogs come in a one-size-fits-all makeup, American Eskimo Dog sizes can vary greatly.

There are standard American Eskimo Dogs, which are the biggest of the breed. Standard males weigh about 25-40 pounds. Miniature American Eskimo Dogs... read more about the American Eskimo Dog.

American Foxhound

Swift, agile, and equipped with a powerful nose, the American Foxhound lives to hunt. In fact, this dog was bred specifically to be the best hunting dog around. Lean and strong, their short coat can be any color. Don’t let their well-earned reputation as a capable hunter give you the wrong impression: they are very affectionate at home, and their gentle eyes have a naturally pleading look that will have you dishing out tummy rubs on demand before you know it.

American Foxhounds... read more about the American Foxhound.

American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull)

A good dog with a bad rap, the courageous American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull) is a lovable pet for responsible, caring owners. There is a lot of breed name confusion and bad press surrounding this amazing dog. Also known as the Amstaff, the American Staffordshire Terrier should not be confused with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a slightly smaller breed, or the American Pit Bull Terrier.

The American Pit Bull Terrier was the origin of the American Staffordshire Terrier, but th... read more about the American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull).

American Water Spaniel

On land or in the water, the American Water Spaniel is ready and willing to hunt in any environment. They are packed with a lot of muscle and strong, dense bones, but nothing about this dog comes off as clumsy or cumbersome. They have a distinct, waterproof coat which enables them to hunt in all kinds of conditions — rain, snow, lakes, rivers, you name it.

Their coat can be wavy or curly with an undercoat, and they tend to be brown or dark chocolate colored. Every once in... read more about the American Water Spaniel.

Anatolian Shepherd

One look at this towering dog and the word “guardian” springs to mind. Actually categorized as a giant, don’t let the enormous size of the Anatolian Shepherd fool you into thinking they are slow and cumbersome. On top of being big and strong, they are lightning fast.

Everything about this dog says protector when they puff out their powerful chest and stand firmly on their strong legs. The tail often curls into a half circle as they lope about. Their undercoat... read more about the Anatolian Shepherd.

Aussiedoodle

An Aussiedoodle is the whip-smart and adorable result of breeding an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle. Generally, their Poodle parent is either standard or miniature. A mini Aussiedoodle can weigh around 25 lbs, but a standard Aussiedoodle can weigh as much as 70 lbs! While Poodles tend to have low-shedding coats, Aussiedoodles wont necessarily be hypoallergenic. This breed can have different types of fur: loose and curly, or long and straight.

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog has brains and brawn, and they’re cute to boot. What’s not to love? They are the perfect blend of a sturdy workhorse and a loveable companion.

This medium-sized breed has short hair that mixes in combinations of white, black, and brown. The result? Some dogs take on a reddish hue, while others have blue undertones. Both red and blue dogs are born white and develop darker hair over time.

Australian Cattle Dogs have short ears th... read more about the Australian Cattle Dog.

Australian Shepherd

If dogs ran businesses, the Australian Shepherd would be on the fast track to becoming CEO. This loyal and hardworking breed makes a loyal companion and can thrive in a variety of environments. The American Kennel Club ranks them as the 17th most popular dog breed with good reason — their good looks, intelligence, and determined nature make them a good match for many types of dog lovers.

The Australian Shepherd Dog, known as an Aussie for short, is most closely related i... read more about the Australian Shepherd.

Australian Terrier

They say good things come in small packages, and that is definitely the case with the Australian Terrier. Also known as an Aussie, this small dog is hardworking and loyal with bright eyes and a loveable face. They love to take charge and get along with a wide variety of people.

The Australian Terrier is the smallest of the Australian working dog family, which also includes the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherd. On average, they are about 10 inches tall and weigh... read more about the Australian Terrier.