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.
A note to the reader: We are aware of the ongoing conflict between those who would like to see the Parson and Jack Russell Terrier recognized as separate breeds and those who would not. The AKC changed the recognized name of the breed from Jack Russell Terrier to Parson Russell Terrier in 2003, much to the dismay of fanciers of the working Jack Russell Terrier. The rest of this article will use the name Jack Russell Terrier simply because that is the name with which most people are... read more about the Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier.
A member of the Toy Group, the Japanese Chin was once the favored companion of Chinese and Japanese royalty. This dainty dog has a square build that is compact yet refined. The Japanese Chin should never appear coarse nor should they be so lightly boned that their bodies seem excessively fragile. The skull is large and broad but should never be domed, only rounded between the ears. The face is similar to that of the Shih Tzu, with large dark eyes, a flattened face and a short upturned nose... read more about the Japanese Chin.