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 Papillon is a small, dainty, elegant breed whose characteristic trait is a set of butterfly-shaped ears. Its body is fine-boned and is greater in length than in height with its weight in proportion to its height. The head is small and slightly rounded between the ears, with a muzzle that is thinner than the head and tapered at the nose with a scissors bite. The ears can either be erect or dropped. No matter the type of ear, they should be large with rounded tips, set on the sides and... read more about the Papillon.
A compact dog with the disposition of a lion, the Pekingese is anything but delicate. The breed has a small build, dense muscles and a solid bone structure. The head is large, with a flat face and ears that are heavily fringed with hair. The Pekingese has large, dark eyes that are round but not bulging and a very broad nose with wide, black nostrils. A characteristic V-shaped wrinkle of skin adorns the face just between the bridge of the nose and the eyes. The dog has a flat, whiskered muz... read more about the Pekingese.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the smallest breed in the AKC Herding Group. Described as a big dog in a little package, the breed is quite sturdy and very athletic. Corgis are almost twice as long as they are tall, which gives the dog an unusual look that some find endearing. Their pricked ears and pointy muzzles give the head of the Pembroke a distinct fox-like appearance. The ears should stand erect and taper to a slightly rounded point. Eyes are oval shaped and dark with an alert intelli... read more about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendens body is designed to move easily through dense ground cover, and is about 50% longer than it is tall. The skull is domed with marked occiput and stop, and is flanked by long, low set ears. Oval shaped eyes are large and dark, and convey a look of witty alertness and friendliness upon the PBGV. Other characteristic facial features include a beard, moustache and bushy eyebrows. The back is long and level with a slight arch over the loin, ending in a high set, med... read more about the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.
Medium sized with slender and well balanced lines, the Pharaoh Hound gives an impression of grace and power. The head is long and has a slight slope, and the neck is long and lean. The muzzle is wedge-shaped with a scissors bite. The eyes have an intelligent and noble expression. The body is lean yet muscular, with well-sprung ribs and moderate tuck-up. The fore- and hindquarters are strong and parallel. The tail is thick at the base and tapers at the end. The coat is short and glossy, with l... read more about the Pharaoh Hound.
The Plott is a hunting hound, whose build and carriage suggest balance and grace, speed and agility, intelligence and determination. Moderately sized, it should be neither too heavy and low-set, nor too tall and light. Its head is generally flat and rounded at the crown, held up, with comfortably taut skin. Prominent, brown or hazel eyes give an impression of confidence and curiosity. A muscular neck of medium length gives way to moderately wide ribs and an equally muscular, strong back. The... read more about the Plott.
Bred to hunt, the Pointer has a body that is compact and powerful but also extremely nimble and quick. The breed has a medium-wide skull with well chiseled features and eye-level ears that, when hanging naturally, reach just beneath the jaw. The dark eyes are round, contrast with the color of the dogs markings, and convey a sense of readiness and intensity. The Pointer has a tight, thick coat that can be white, black, liver, orange or lemon. The feet are oval-shaped with arched, somewhat p... read more about the Pointer (English).
Also known as the Polski Owczarek Nizinny (PON), The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a medium sized dog with a rectangular frame. The dog is strong and muscular with long, straight and powerfully built legs. The coat is thick and dense, with long, shaggy straight or wavy hair that hangs over the medium sized oval eyes. The large nose is black or sometimes brown and peeks through the dogs thick facial hair. The heart shaped ears are set moderately high on top of the medium sized head, which is in p... read more about the Polish Lowland Sheepdog.
The Pomchi is a mix between a Chihuahua and a Pomeranian. The Pomchi is a small dog with dainty feet, and a sweet, expressive face with a wedge-like facial structure. The ears are of a medium size, and stand upright. The Pomchi can have either a double coat or a single coat: usually long and soft. The coat comes in a variety of colors depending on the parentage.
The Pomeranian is a dog that looks like it belongs in the lap of luxury. The dogs foxy little face and expressive eyes give this little spitz a look of intelligence and slyness. Its ears are small and pointy, resting high on the head. The dogs body is small and squarely proportioned, and its plumed tail is noticeably curved along its back, giving the dog a rather elegant appearance. The Pomeranians coat is said to be its glory, though in fact is more accurate to say the dog has two coats:... read more about the Pomeranian.
The friendly and energetic Pomsky is a mix of a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. As with all hybrid breeds, the appearance and temperament of a Pomsky can vary since they will have characteristics from both of their parent breeds. The fluffy, loving Pomsky is a pretty new breed, so Pomsky breeders are still working on the ideal look. Generally, a Pomsky should look like a small version of a Siberian Husky. This means they will have be medium sized and well proportioned, with almond-shaped eye... read more about the Pomsky .
Note: For the height and weight information above, "S" denotes Standard, "M" denotes Miniature, and "T" denotes Toy. Squarely built and elegantly proportioned, the Poodle is among the most popular breeds in the world today. The Poodle comes three distinct sizes - Standard, Miniature, and Toy - but other than size the appearance of the three is the same. Trademarks of the Poodle include a rounded skull shape and a thin, long muzzle. The tail is typically docked, though an increasing number of... read more about the Poodle (Standard, Miniature and Toy).
Named for its great love of water, the Portuguese Water Dog is a medium sized dog of robust build. The head is large, with a noticeably wide top skull, well defined stop, and high set, heart shaped ears. Eyes are nearly round, medium sized and wide set. The muzzle tapers slightly toward the nose and houses powerfully developed teeth that meet in a level or scissors bite. The body is strong all around, with a level topline and deep chest. The long, tapering tail is carried in a high ring when... read more about the Portuguese Water Dog.
The Pug is a cobby and square proportioned dog with a unique and endearing face. The head is large and round, and the face is covered with distinct wrinkles. Big, globular eyes figure prominently in the face, and give the Pug a soft and beseeching expression. The muzzle is short, blunt and square, and the bite is undershot. Ears are thin, small and velvety. The neck, body and legs are strong and thick, and give the Pug the appearance of being a big dog in a little dogs body; the tail curves t... read more about the Pug.
So what is a puggle? Half pug, half beagle all cuteness! This adorable little fellow weighs between 15 to 40 lbs and typically stands at 8 to 15 inches from the withers. The Puggle has become a popular mixed breed for families with kids. This gentle pup is a super friendly dog who will relish being part of a home with a large brood. The Puggles coat can be a variety of colors, but is most commonly tan, fawn, or black. The Puggle snout is either elongated, like the Beagle, or squished, like t... read more about the Puggle.
The Puli (pluralized as Pulik) is a compact, squarely proportioned dog notable for its distinctive corded coat. The head is of medium size, with hanging v-shaped ears that are largely obscured by the coat. Eyes are almond shaped, large, deepset and dark brown in color. The stop is well defined, and the muzzle is straight and strong, ending in a black nose and filled with powerful teeth that meet in a scissors bite. The body is strong and athletic, enabling the Puli to change directions quickl... read more about the Puli.
The Pumi is a medium-sized dog that is a part of the herding group and was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016. The majority of Pumi dogs are black in color, but they can also be white or different shades of grey. The Pumi has the intelligence of the herding dog and the alertness of the terrier, so they work best when they have daily tasks to do. The Pumi is a thinking dog that learns quickly and also makes a great house dog as long as they get enough exercise. While they are... read more about the Pumi.