Fetch Your Breed
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.
Meet the Basenji! This little guy isn’t going to be the tallest pup in the dog park, but don’t let their size fool you. Basenji dogs originated from Central Africa. Although they’re a hunting dog, they are technically classified as a hound by the AKC and a Sighthound and Pariah Dog by the UKC. As a hunting dog in Africa, the Basenji was used for controlling vermin and chasing prey toward the hunters’ nets.
Square in the body, but tall in the limbs, t... read more about the Basenji.
Floppy ears, a laid-back attitude, and a heart of gold. Bassett Hounds are just as comfortable lounging around the house as they are out on the hunting trail, which makes them an ideal choice for hunters and families alike. They are perhaps most famous as the mascot for shoe company Hush Puppies and the cartoon Droopy Dog, but their appeal goes far beyond that.
Bassett Hound dogs are natural hunters, but they are more easygoing than their excitable cousin the Beagle. Their sh... read more about the Basset Hound.
The Beagle is a small hound bred for hunting rabbit and hare. The head is somewhat lengthy and is domed at the occiput. Eyes are hazel or deep brown in color, large and set apart with a soft, "pleading" expression that is common to most hounds. The finely textured ears are long, low set and gently rounded at the tips. The medium-length muzzle is square and straight with a somewhat defined stop. The shoulders and chest are broad and muscular, without being bulky. The well-muscled back is sh... read more about the Beagle.
The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized working dog with an air of strength and hardiness. The head is proportional to the body with a moderate stop and a flat, broad skull. The foreface is the same length as the distance between the occiput and stop, and the muzzle is full and sports a square-shaped nose of large size. Eyes are wide-set, their color depending on the tone of the coat, framed with arched brows that blend into the coat. The expression is one of soft affection and intelligence.... read more about the Bearded Collie.
The Beauceron is a large French herding dog that is strong, tall and noble. The long, well-chiseled head is proportionate, with the muzzle and skull being equal in length. The eyes are oval shaped and horizontal, dark brown, with an expression of alert confidence. The high set ears can be natural or cropped, depending on the breeder's preference. Natural ears are short and flat, while cropped ears are erect and pointed gently forward. The muzzle is strong and fairly wide with a pure black... read more about the Beauceron.
The Bedlington Terrier is a graceful medium-sized dog of good proportion. The head is well-rounded yet narrow, with a short skull and long jaw. On top of the head is a thick topknot which is lighter in shade than the rest of the coat. The almond-shaped eyes are set high on the head, and range in color from hazel to dark brown depending on coat color. The expression is one of courage and energy. The low-set triangular ears sport rounded tips and are three inches at their widest point. The n... read more about the Bedlington Terrier.
Loyal, regal, and confident, the Belgian Malinois (pronounced mal-in-wah) is often confused for both the German Shepherd and the Belgian Shepherd. While the German Shepherd is a different breed, the Malinois in one of four types of Belgian Shepherd.
The Malinois is a highly intelligent breed who is often used as a working dog. In fact, the Belgian Malinois is used by Secret Service at the White House as a guard dog. They are also used by international... read more about the Belgian Malinois.
The Belgian Sheepdog goes by many names, but they are reliable and loveable all the same. Known as the Groenendael in Europe and the Belgian Shepherd elsewhere in the US, this breed likes to make an impression. They have a long black coat and elegant expression that comes from a proud head and neck. A Belgian Sheepdog may look intense or standoffish, but don’t let that fool you — these guys are very loyal and loveable.
Like other members of the sheepdog family, th... read more about the Belgian Sheepdog.
The Belgian Tervuren, which is sometimes spelled “Tervueren,” is one of the four varieties of Belgian Shepherd. The Malinois, Groenendael (also called the Belgian Sheepdog), and Laekenois are the three cousins of the Tervuren. Although each dog has similar features, the four breeds of Belgian Shepherd have distinctive, individual coats. This make... read more about the Belgian Tervuren.
Bernedoodles are a mix between the hypoallergenic Poodle and the sturdy Bernese Mountain Dog. Bernedoodle puppies come in three sizes, as do Poodles. The Standard Bernedoodle weighs approximately 50 lbs and stands at 23 - 29 inches at the withers. The Mini Bernedoodle ranges from 25 - 49 lbs and stands at 18 - 22 inches. The Tiny Bernedoodle weighs 10 - 24 lbs and is 12 - 17 inches at the shoulder. Like the Poodle, Bernedoodles are hypoallergenic with a wavy and low to non-shedding coat. Bern... read more about the Bernedoodle.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, beautifully colored working dog. Its head is broad and flat, with a gentle furrow and distinct stop, and a muzzle that is straight and long. Gently oval shaped eyes are brown in color. The ears are triangular, medium in size, set close to the head with softly rounded ends. A long, muscular neck leads to a topline that is even from withers to croup. The chest is deep and well-muscled, and the back firm and wide. The tail is long, bushy and carried low un... read more about the Bernese Mountain Dog.
It only takes one look at a Bichon Frise to know exactly what type of dog you are going to get. These little fluffballs act as cute as they look and make great companions for all ages. This breed is often mistaken for a Poodle, but they are members of the Barbichon family. They stand just under a foot tall and weigh about 10 pounds. Despite their small stature, the American Kennel Club does not classify them as a toy breed. Rather, the Bichon Frise dog is a member of the non-sporting group... read more about the Bichon Frise.
With those big, floppy ears, brown eyes, and friendly face, it's hard to resist the Black and Tan Coonhound. This medium-sized, powerful dog was bred to hunt. They have a strong, agile body that serves them well when roughing it on hunting trips or on hiking trails. Black and Tan Coonhounds have a long, muscular neck that slopes into a strong, level back, a deep chest, and ribs that spring out. Top this off with a tail that can stand at 90-degree angle when the dog is in action, and you ge... read more about the Black and Tan Coonhound.
With a muzzle that’s nearly perpendicular to the skull, the Black Russian Terrier may look like a bit of a blockhead — but this dog is no dummy. Driven by a strong protective instinct, this intelligent breed is known for their courage and power. Their long, thick neck flows into a straight back, and they have a deep, wide chest that slopes up into a tucked-in abdomen. Their high-set tail is sometimes docked, and they have muscular shoulders and hindquarters that power thick leg... read more about the Black Russian Terrier.
Sometimes called a nose with a dog attached, the Bloodhound boasts the most acute sense of smell of any other breed of dog! Everything about this hound is built to help enhance their ability to track a scent, including their loveable wrinkles.
The Bloodhound’s head gently narrows to the muzzle, and loose-hanging skin creates wrinkles around their deep-set, hazel eyes and around the mouth and throat. This means that when the dog lowers their head, the skin droops forward,... read more about the Bloodhound.
Border Collies are famous for their impressive intelligence and herding abilities. In fact, their intelligent, focused gaze can be quite disconcerting to other animals. Border Collies are a medium-sized breed with ears that either fully or semi-erect and a muzzle that tapers slightly inwards at the nose. Their wide-set, oval eyes are usually brown, but they can also be blue, depending on the dog's color pattern. They feature a wide variety of color patterns, including solid, tricolor, bico... read more about the Border Collie.
Though not the fanciest-looking breed of terrier, the Border Terrier can still melt hearts with their otter-like face and plucky personality. This small dog has a flat, broad skull with wide-set, V-shaped ears and dark hazel eyes. Their short, whiskered muzzle rounds out their otter-like appearance.
The Border Terrier has longer legs than many other terriers and an athletic body designed for speed and agility. There's no escaping this dog! Their narrow shoulders and rib cage al... read more about the Border Terrier.
The Borzoi, also called the Russian Wolfhound, is a large sighthound with a slim, waspish body, a narrow skull, and long limbs. Their ears lie flat against the head, and the coat can be long and wavy, curly, or silky. The standard Borzoi colors are golden, white, tan, or grey wit... read more about the Borzoi.
Also known as the American Gentleman because of their tuxedo-like color patterns, the Boston Terrier is a unique dog in both appearance and manner. Their large, pointed, almost bat-like ears sit atop a square skull with a squashed-in muzzle.
The Boston Terrier's extremely expressive face is helped along by their large, dark, and round eyes. Their body is compact and muscular with a straight back and strong hindquarters, giving them rhythmic, confident gait. They have small, rou... read more about the Boston Terrier.
If there was a competition for dog with the best facial hair, the Bouvier des Flandres, also known as the Belgian Cattle Dog, would be a strong contender. It’s one of their most notable features! This breed sports both a mustache and beard on their large head and wide muzzle. This big, fluffy dog was bred to herd cattle, and they certainly have both the strength and energy for the job.
The neck of the Bouvier des Flandres widens into their strong shoulders, giving this bl... read more about the Bouvier des Flandres.
The goofy, extremely active, and expressive Boxer dog is strong and versatile. The Boxer has a distinct, chiseled head with wrinkles along the eyes and muzzle that are especially noticeable when the dog is alert. Their ears are generally cropped to stand up and come to a point, but left uncropped, they naturally lay flat and close to the cheek when relaxed. Their muzzle is blunt and topped with a wide, black nose, and they have a bit of an underbite which helps them keep a firm hold on pre... read more about the Boxer.
With all that hair flopping into their face, it's a wonder the Briard can see anything! However, these intelligent dogs have long been an excellent option for farmers in need of a strong herding dog. The Briard is a powerful dog equipped with a strong, gently sloping back and muscular chest.
The Briard dog’s most striking feature is, hands down, their long, thick, double coat that covers their entire body. Both a beard and mustache hangs off their rectangular muzzle, and... read more about the Briard.
The Brittany, formerly known as Brittany Spaniel, is an athletic and sturdily built dog of medium size. Their ears are short and triangular, lying flat against the skull, which is rounded and medium length. The Brittany’s face is intelligent and expressive, and their eyes are various shades of amber or hazel. The dog’s frame is strong and leggy, with their height at their shoulders equal to their length. The tail is naturally short but is generally docked to a length of about f... read more about the Brittany (Brittany Spaniel) .
The Brussels Griffon may be small, but their personality certainly is not! First developed to hunt rats, these energetic dogs still boast a relatively strong and sturdy frame. This breed is said to have a human-like expression with large, far-set eyes, high-set, small ears (which may be cropped), a round head, and an extremely short muzzle. Their nose is short and black, but it has large nostrils.
Sometimes incorrectly called the Brussel Griffon, this dog has an unmistakeable t... read more about the Brussels Griffon.
Here’s lookin’ at you, kid! The strikingly handsome Bull Terrier breed has a distinctive, strong head and a charming personality, which is a little surprising given their stout, tough appearance. Bull Terriers have a unique, oval head shape that is immediately recognizable.
Like a chiseled prize fighter, these dogs have a powerful set of shoulders and a muscular chest. Their almond-shaped eyes are on the smaller side and close together, which serve as a unique contr... read more about the Bull Terrier.
The Bulldog is an incredibly stout, medium-sized dog with a broad chest, strong shoulders, and blockish head. The jaw is very prominent, featuring a wide mouth and a blunt muzzle. The forehead is broad and flat, but don’t let the scowl on their heavily wrinkled face fool you. These dogs are lovable, sociable, and, despite their impressive physique, first-class couch potatoes.
This dog has character, and the distinct wrinkles on the Bulldog’s face contribute to thei... read more about the Bulldog.
Big and imposing in appearance, Bullmastiffs are actually quite reserved in their temperament. Built like a linebacker, they carry a substantial amount of muscle all over, but especially in their chest, shoulders, and neck. A Bullmastiff’s fur is short and can be red, brindle, or light tan. The chest might have a small splash of white on it. Their dark eyes hold a sympathetic expression, and their down-turned eyes and wrinkly faces can even look a little sad — until they break... read more about the Bullmastiff.