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.
With its massive size and alarming appearance, the Neapolitan Mastiff has been making intruders think twice for ages. The most imposing and recognizable aspect of the Neapolitan Mastiff is its massive head. Broad and wrinkled, with pendulum lips and abundant dewlap, this is a face that is unique in dogdom. The Neos expression is said to go from contemplative and melancholy at rest to intimidating and penetrating when agitated or on guard. Ears are often cropped to form equilateral triangles,... read more about the Neapolitan Mastiff.
The Newfoundland is a large dog, well muscled and heavy of bone. The skull is broad with an arched crown and pronounced occiput; ears are set on the side of the head and are small and triangular. Eyes are wide apart and deep set, small and dark brown in color. The Newfoundlands expression is soft, kind and proud. Every part of the Newfoundlands body and carriage convey power and strength. Neck, back and legs are strong enough to pull a drowning man from the water, and webbed feet also add to... read more about the Newfoundland.
The hardy, compact Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest breeds of working terrier. Its skull is slightly rounded and wide, allowing for a good width between the small, dropped, v-shaped ears. Small, wide-set dark oval eyes give an intelligent, sparkling expression. Its strong, wedge shaped muzzle is defined by a strong jaw with large teeth and a scissors bite. A moderately long neck blends neatly into laid back shoulders and level topline. The Norfolk Terrier has well sprung ribs, and short... read more about the Norfolk Terrier.
The Northern Inuit Dog is a sleek, muscular, medium-sized dog, which came to fame in the HBO series Game Of Thrones. Northern Inuit Dogs were cast to play direwolves, and have become a popular choice for dog owners looking for a dog that looks like a wolf. Northern Inuit Dogs are a mix of Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, and other Inuit breeds. Despite looking like a wolf, Northern Inuits have no wolf content in their DNA.
A classic northern Spitz, the Norwegian Elkhound is square proportioned and well balanced. The wedge shaped head is broad at the ears and clean cut, ending in a tapering muzzle; stop is clearly defined. Eyes are oval, medium sized and very dark brown in color. Ears are high set, erect and pointed. The Norwegian Elkhounds body is muscular and well developed, with substantial bone. The back is straight and strong, and the chest is deep. The dogs tail is set high and is curled tightly over the c... read more about the Norwegian Elkhound.
Small and stocky, the Norwich Terrier is most easily distinguished from the Norfolk Terrier by its pricked, rather than dropped ears. Its skull is broad and slightly domed, and adorned with erect, wide set ears. A strong jaw set defines its wedge-shaped muzzle, and its large teeth have a scissors bite. Dark, small, oval eyes give a foxy expression. A medium length neck tapers into laid back shoulders and a short, level topline. The wide chest is deep with well sprung ribs. Its docked tail is... read more about the Norwich Terrier.
Can you say “Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever” three times in a row?! Perhaps that’s why this majestic red dog is also called the Toller for short. This mid-sized hunting dog, with their hardy frame and lustrous coat, is often mistaken for a small Golden Retriever. Both breeds of dog share an affinity for the outdoors and can often be seen sporting that trademark retriever grin!
The AKC breed standard for the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever defines a mus... read more about the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.