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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.


The Labradoodle is an intelligent, friendly breed that results from a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. This breed was intended to be a hypoallergenic service dog, and their coat is divided into three categories: wool (tightly curled), hair (similar to a Labradors coat), or fleece (soft and wavy). Labradoodles also come in three sizes: the miniature Labradoodle, medium, and standard. The Australian Labradoodle refers to a crossbreed that has been bred over multiple generations,... read more about the Labradoodle.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is medium sized, short-coupled and athletically built. The coat is straight, short, dense and, most notably, water resistant. The three coat colors of a Labrador Retriever are black, yellow and chocolate, with yellows having the greatest variation in shading (from cream to fox-red) and blacks having the least. The skull is wide with a moderate stop, the head clean-cut rather than fleshy cheeked. The muzzle is of medium length; the nose is brown on chocolates, black o... read more about the Labrador Retriever.

Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier is a medium sized breed of square build. Its skull is flat and moderately broad, and its muzzle is strong and straight, making the head rectangular. The ears are small, folded triangles. It has relatively small, oval eyes ranging in color from dark hazel to a warm brown. Expressive, the breed may give an air of happiness and mischievousness or determination, and is usually alert. The dog has a long, strong and refined neck, arched slightly and widening smoothly into it... read more about the Lakeland Terrier.

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a small, long haired dog. It has a narrow, apple-shaped skull that drops off markedly behind the eyes, a straight foreface and heavily feathered pendant ears. Its dark brown eyes are large, but not overwhelmingly so, and it has a small underbite. The body is long relative to the height, with a strong loin and well developed thighs. The forelegs are straight, and both fore and hind legs have a heavy coat. Its feet are catlike with good pads and its well-feathered tail is c... read more about the Lhasa Apso.


The name Löwchen means Little Lion Dog, and this dog has historically been groomed to look as such. The head features a broad, blunt muzzle and topskull, and is flanked by pendant ears. Large, round eyes are set deep in the skull and are dark in color. The dogs expression is said to be bright and lively. The body is smooth and elegant, and ends in a high set tail that is carried in a loose curve over the back during movement. Left in its natural state, the coat is long, dense and soft... read more about the Lowchen.