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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.


Low and long, the Dachshund is powerfully muscled and has a characteristic shape that rarely passes unnoticed. In the US, the Dachshund comes in two sizes: standard and miniature. For each size, there are three coat varieties: Smooth the most popular in the US, the coat is short, smooth, and shining. Longhair sleek, glistening, often slightly wavy this coat gives the dog an elegant appearance. Wirehair with the exception of jaw, eyebrows, and ears, the entire body is covered with a unif... read more about the Dachshund.


The Dalmatian is a strong, symmetrical, athletic dog with a distinguished spotting pattern. The body is square, strong, and sturdy, and the skin and coat are tight on the body. The head carries an alert and intelligent look with moderately sized brown or blue eyes, and the ears are wide at the base and taper to a rounded tip. The nose is completely pigmented to correspond with the color of the spots: either black or liver. The tail is never docked, and carried high and curved but never cur... read more about the Dalmatian.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Bred to kill small vermin, the Dandie Dinmont Terriers body reflects its occupation. The breed is small and long, with its height being half the length of its body. Despite its small size, it is a sturdy dog with plenty of muscle. The head is strong and large, but still proportional to the rest of the body with a topknot of hair. The dark hazel eyes are large and round, set wide and low. The ears are broad at the base and come almost to a point at the tip; they are located at approximately... read more about the Dandie Dinmont Terrier.

Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is a dog of medium large size, powerfully built and capable of great endurance and speed. Its body is compact and muscular, with the head, neck and legs in proportion to the body. The tail is almost always docked short. The head is long and wedge-shaped, starting wide at the ears and tapering to the nose. The eyes are almond shaped and deep set, their color ranging from medium to dark brown. Ears are normally cropped and carried erect. The coat is short, hard and smoo... read more about the Doberman Pinscher.