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 Ibizan Hound is a lithe and agile dog that vaguely resembles a deer in appearance. The wedge shaped head sports small, round eyes that range in color from light caramel to rich amber. The expression is one of intelligence, alertness and curiosity. Depending on the mood of the dog, the highly movable ears can be pointed forward, sideways or back. The ears are tall, with the height being around two and a half times the width at the base. The muzzle is slender and pointed with delicate bo... read more about the Ibizan Hound.
The Irish Setter is an elegant bird dog with a large build. Rectangular in shape, it is longer than it is tall. A sturdy dog, it has style and grace and at the same time is an excellent athlete. Its head is long and lean with a defined muzzle and long, thin ears set low and back on the head. Its almond shaped brown eyes give it a soft expression, and its nose is either black or chocolate. The dog has either a scissor or even bite. The tail is long, tapered and feathered, carried straight o... read more about the Irish Setter.
Sleek and graceful, the Irish Terrier has a long straight back and a tall stature. Its head is long and flat with a strong well-muscled jaw filled with powerful teeth. Eyes are small and dark with an intense and intelligent expression. The ears are set high on the head and are small and folded over in a V-shape. The dog's tail sticks up high and is docked one quarter off. The coat is wiry and dense and is harsher on the back than on the sides of the body. The undercoat is soft and thick. C... read more about the Irish Terrier.
The Irish Water Spaniel is easily recognized for its thick, liver-colored, curly coat and unique topknot of flowing, extended curls. Besides giving the dog a distinguished look, this coat also provides a great deal of protection in any terrain. The breed has a somewhat rectangular body that is medium in length. The Irish Water Spaniel has a finely chiseled, large head with medium-sized, almond shaped eyes and sizeable nose. The ears are long and coated in curls of over two inches in length... read more about the Irish Water Spaniel.
The tallest dog in the world, the Irish Wolfhound is a large, swift animal with a muscular build and graceful movements. With an average height of 30 to 35 inches, these gentle giants are taller than most children! Irish Wolfhounds have a long head, a slightly pointed muzzle, and ears that are held back on the sides of the head. They have an expression of kindness and nobility, which reflects their friendly nature. The Irish Wolfhound tail is long, thick, slightly curved, and covered with... read more about the Irish Wolfhound.
The Italian Greyhound is a smaller and more slender version of the Greyhound. Its head is long and flat, tapering to a dark nose. Eyes are dark and bright, giving a look of intelligence, and the ears are small and thrown back unless alert, in which case they are folded at right angles from the head. The jaw is fine with a scissor bite. The tail is slender and tapered with a slight upward curve and carried low. Supple skin is covered with a short, soft, glossy coat. The coat can be any colo... read more about the Italian Greyhound.