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.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a breed of gun dog, descended from the now-rare Field Spaniel and closely related to the American Cocker Spaniel. Both dogs are named Cocker Spaniels as they were originally bred for hunting woodcocks. English Cocker Spaniel breeders usually focus on either the field-bred English Cocker Spaniel, which is still a working gun dog, or “show” Cockers.
These two strains are quite different, with field-bred spaniels having shorter ears than the sho... read more about the English Cocker Spaniel.
The English Foxhound is medium sized with a very muscular build. The head is wide with low ears hanging next to the cheeks, along with a well-defined brow. The muzzle is long with open nostrils and the eyes provide an expression of friendliness and love. The shoulders, back, and hindquarters are extremely strong with lots of muscle. The legs are very straight with round feet resembling cat paws. The tail is carried gaily and has a slight brush. The coat is short and tough but also glossy a... read more about the English Foxhound.
Elegant and athletic, the English Setter is a dog whose appearance is very much inline with his gun dog heritage. The head is long and has a pronounced stop; the top of the skull, top of the muzzle and bottom of the jaw are parallel. The muzzle is long and square, topped with a dark brown or black nose, and housing scissors bite jaws. Ears are low and set back, and eyes are dark brown, with what some have called a concerned expression. The neck, chest and body are strong and lean, and the... read more about the English Setter.
So named because its job was to spring at birds forcing them into flight, the English Springer Spaniel is both functional and pleasing to the eye. The dog has a compact build, medium in height and obviously athletic. When shown these dogs are required to be in excellent shape reflecting their original purpose as a gun dog. The head is strong and refined with a rounded skull that has a slight groove between the eyes. The upper lips hang slightly just covering the line of the lower jaw, givi... read more about the English Springer Spaniel.
The English Toy Spaniel is one of the most diminutive members of the spaniel family. Classified by the AKC as one of the Toy Group, this spaniel is small yet compact. The breeds rounded head is somewhat large in proportion to the rest of the body. The dogs small size, along with a chubby face and short muzzle, gives the English Toy Spaniel an appearance many compare to a childs stuffed toy. This look is emphasized by the large, soft eyes and long ears heavily fringed with fur. Despite its... read more about the English Toy Spaniel.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a medium-sized dog and the smallest herding dog in the Swiss Mountain Dog family. Similar in coloring to other Swiss Mountain Dogs, including the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Great Swiss Mountain Dog, the Entlebucher has a short, sleek, tri-color coat with black, white, and tan markings. The Entlebucher has a well-proportioned, flat head with small brown eyes and a long, powerful snout.