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 Field Spaniel is a medium sized dog that is heavier and longer in body than its better known cousin, the Cocker Spaniel. These dogs have a beautiful glossy coat, flat or slightly wavy and moderately long. The legs, chest, and ears may have a moderate amount of feathering. Coloring can be solid or bicolored, liver, golden liver or black, with roaned or ticked areas, and occasionally some white on the chest. The eyes are almond shaped, dark brown or hazel, and convey a look of concern an... read more about the Field Spaniel.
With its red coat and kind face the Finnish Spitz is a uniquely beautiful breed. Originally used to hunt small game and birds the Finnish Spitz is a well-balanced medium sized dog. Square in build they are about as long as they are tall with an energetic trotting gait that can swiftly change into a run when pursuing prey. A coat of varying shades of red, small triangular ears that are held erect, a pointy muzzle, and almond shaped dark eye give this breed the fox-like appearance it is know... read more about the Finnish Spitz.
A powerful and elegant breed, the Flat-Coated Retriever is characterized by clean and fluid features that are free of exaggeration. The muzzle, like the rest of the head, is long and deep, capable of holding large waterfowl. The stop is gradual and the lines of the head are smooth and finely hewn, giving the dog a look that some have described as cast in one piece. Eyes are almond-shaped and hazel or brown in color, and give the dog a kind, intelligent expression. The neck is fairly long,... read more about the Flat-Coated Retriever.
The French Brittany is a medium-sized sporting dog that originated in France in the early 1900s. Due to the French Brittanys long legs and light build, this dog is agile and fast. Also called French Brittany Spaniels, these athletic sporting dogs are often used for bird hunting. The French Brittany has an average-sized head and long, floppy ears. Most are born with short tails and come in color variations including orange and white or liver and white. The coat of the French Brittany is long,... read more about the French Brittany .
The French Bulldog shares many traits with its larger English cousin, while maintaining a few unique characteristics of its own. Massive and square, the head is topped with large, distinctive bat ears. Eyes are round, set wide and low in the skull, and are dark in color (but lighter in light colored dogs). Check muscles are well developed, and the muzzle is wide and deep with hanging flews. The body sports a roach back, deep chest and hindquarters which are longer than the forequarters. Th... read more about the French Bulldog.