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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 small, terrier-like dog famous for its monkey-like expression. The skull is domed with a short muzzle and an undershot or level bite. The small ears are small and stand erect when cropped - erect, semi-erect or drop when uncropped. The eyes are round, dark and gleaming, and enhance the monkey-like expression. The body is small and proportional to the head, with a bit of tuckup and a slight curve of the croup. The tail is carried erect and can be docked to 1 2 or lef... 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

The American Water Spaniel is a dog bred to hunt in any environment. Its medium size, muscular body and curly water-proof coat contribute to its abilities as an all-around hunting dog. The breed is dense in both muscle and bone, but does not have a stout or clumsy appearance. The body is well-proportioned with the length measuring slightly more than the height. The head is broad and full, with the face carrying an expression of alertness and intelligence. The eyes are rounded and set well... read more about the American Water Spaniel.

Anatolian Shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherd’s appearance clearly reflects their historic vocation as a guardian. The breed is large (categorized as giant), strong, and fast. Anatolian Shepherds have an intelligent expression and wide-set, dark brown, almond-shaped eyes. Their ears are approximately four to six inches in length, V-shaped, and rounded at the tips, resting on the sides of the Anatolian Shepherd dog’s head. Their muzzle has a sturdy, strong appearance, and the nose is either brown or e... 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 is a medium-sized dog with a smooth, flat coat texture. Coloring is either blue or red speckle. If blue, the acceptable colors and markings are blue, black, white and tan that is distributed evenly. For red speckled Australian Cattle Dogs there should be red mottling with no cream or white. The head is proportionate to the rest of the body, strong and balanced. The muzzle is medium in length and neither pointed nor cheeky, with a pure black nose. The eyes are oval... read more about the Australian Cattle Dog.

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd, also known as the Aussie, is a well-proportioned dog that can come in a variety of colors including black, blue-merle, red and red-merle. The breed is slightly longer than it is tall, has a strong but not bulky body and a coat that is often ornamented with white markings. The Australian Shepherds muzzle tapers a bit from the base to the tip and ends with a rounded nose. The color of the nose is dependent on the coat; blue merles and black Aussies have black noses w... read more about the Australian Shepherd.

Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier is a small, medium-boned dog that is significantly longer than it is tall. The breeds coat is tan, sandy, blue or red and has a very rough texture. The Australian Terrier has a long head with a muzzle of approximately the same length as the skull. A velvety topknot adorns the dogs head and small, black or dark brown eyes carry an intelligent expression. The Australian Terrier has small, pointed ears that stand erect and are high-set. The dogs nose is black and the ja... read more about the Australian Terrier.