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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.

Maltese

The Maltese is a Toy breed whose distinguishing characteristic is a coat of long, silky white hair. The medium length head is well proportioned to the body, with a gently rounded topskull and a moderately accentuated stop. Eyes are fairly close set, round and dark brown to black with an expression of softness yet alert intelligence. Like the head, the muzzle is medium in length and not overly wide or thin. The nose is black, and the teeth feature a scissors bite. The neck is long enough fo... read more about the Maltese.

Maltipoo

Although the Maltipoo isnt recognized by the AKC, theyre one of the most popular dog breeds in America! Maltipoos are a Maltese/Poodle mix. The teacup Maltipoo is a tiny dog, only weighing 4 to 6 lbs! A standard, full-grown Maltipoo weighs up to 20 lbs. A Maltipoo puppy is absolutely adorable, although the appearance of the litter will vary greatly among Maltipoo puppies. Maltipoo coats can come in a variety of colors, including black, white, brown, gray, and fawn. Most Maltipoos are white an... read more about the Maltipoo.

Manchester Terrier

The Manchester Terrier is a small dog that is black and tan in color. The long, narrow head appears as a blunt wedge shape, and the skull and muzzle are equal in length. The almond-shaped eyes are very dark brown to the point of being black, slanted up at the outer corners, fairly close together. There are three ear types that are acceptable for this breed: the erect natural ear, the cropped ear, or the button ear. The nose is always black and the underjaw features strong definition. The m... read more about the Manchester Terrier.

Manchester Terrier (Toy)

The Toy Manchester Terrier is a smaller variety of the standard Manchester, though they are essentially the same breed. The head is thin and narrow, with the muzzle and skull being the same length. The eyes are almond shaped and black in color. They are fairly close set and gently slanted up at the outer corners. The ears are natural and erect, wide at the bottom with tapered tips. The nose is always black. The neck is slim and of moderate length, leading to a sturdy, small yet muscular bo... read more about the Manchester Terrier (Toy).

Mastiff

Strong and powerful, the Mastiffs great bulk does not easily pass by unrecognized. The head is massive and wide, with dark brown eyes that reflect alert kindness. Ears are relatively small, v-shaped and rounded, and set toward the back of the head. The muzzle is short and broad. The neck, body and legs are large, muscular and imposing. The tail is set high and carried below the level of the topline. Both the outer coat and undercoat are short and straight, with the outer coat being straigh... read more about the Mastiff.

Miniature Bull Terrier

Essentially a scaled down version of its cousin, the Bull Terrier, the Miniature Bull Terrier is powerful, squarely proportioned, and big of bone without being coarse. The long, deep head curves from nose to topskull and forms an oval outline when viewed head on. Small, deep set, triangular eyes are placed close together, as are the small, erect ears. The body is strong and well muscled throughout, with a short, strong back and arch over the loin. Feet are catlike. The tail is low set and... read more about the Miniature Bull Terrier.

Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher, or Min Pin as it is sometimes called, is a compact, sturdy, muscular, sleek dog belonging to the Toy Group. It has a smooth, hard straight coat that closely follows the body and covers it from head to toe. The coat is usually red in color, but can also be found in black and tan or chocolate. The small rust-colored markings are well-defined. The eyes are dark, sometimes even black, and are slightly oval in shape. The ears are triangular and erect, and are usually doc... read more about the Miniature Pinscher.

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a robust and sturdily built dog with an undeniable terrier appearance. The head is strong, long and rectangular, topped by small, v-shaped ears that can be cropped or uncropped. Eyes are deep set, small and brown, and convey a look of keen intelligence and alertness. The powerful muzzle is rather blunt and houses a set of scissors bite teeth. Distinct eyebrows, moustache and beard accentuate the head. A strong, arched neck leads to a straight line that slopes sli... read more about the Miniature Schnauzer.

Morkie

What is a Morkie? A Morkie is a happy-go-lucky cross between a Maltese and a Yorkshire Terrier. These tiny, adorable pups absolutely love to be around people! While Morkies might look like stuffed animals, theyre full of boundless energy and playfulness. In terms of appearance, Morkie puppies might take after either parent. Some Morkies look like Malteses: they have fluffy ears and long, silky fur, and their short tails tend to curl upward. Morkie dogs tend to have a mix of black, brown, and... read more about the Morkie.