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 Saint Bernard is a dog whose every characteristic conveys strength, size and power. The head is large and broad with loose wrinkly skin, and the ears set high on the skull. The muzzle is short with a scissors or even bite. The eyes are intelligent and friendly, and are set deep enough in the skull that the eyelids do not close completely. The back and chest are well muscled and powerful, as are the fore- and hindquarters. The legs add significantly to the overall height of the dog an... read more about the Saint Bernard.
The Saluki is a fast and agile hound with remarkably good eyesight. Like greyhounds, theyre built to run: the body is sleek and narrow with a deep chest and long, graceful legs. The dog has a long and thin face, with a slightly wide skull between long ears. The hair is smooth and short on most of the body; the feathered variety has silky feathering on the ears, tail and legs. The eyes are bright, oval shaped and large, without being too prominent. Females are noticeably smaller than male... read more about the Saluki.
The general appearance of the Samoyed is that of a hard working Spitz, well suited to cold weather. The skull is broad and wedge shaped, topped with erect, triangular ears filled with hair. Eyes are set deep and well apart, dark and almond shaped. The muzzle is of medium length and width, and houses jaws that meet in a scissors bite. The expression is animated and cheerful, with the signature Samoyed smile formed by a slight upward curve in the lips. The dog is moderately heavy boned and... read more about the Samoyed.
The Schipperke is a small, active breed. When viewed from above, the head is a wedge, though in profile the skull is slightly rounded. Forward on the head, the eyes are small, dark brown ovals, and give the dog a mischievous, alert expression. Ears are small triangles held erect high on the head. The dog has a slightly arched neck and noticeably sloping back. Its chest is deep, with well sprung ribs, topped by laid back shoulders. Forelegs are straight and placed well under the body, and the... read more about the Schipperke.
The Scottish Deerhound embodies blazing speed in a sturdily constructed frame, making it an able deer courser. The dogs skull is long and flat, and is widest between the ears. Ears are small and folded, and eyes are dark with an amiable expression. A silky moustache and beard adorn the muzzle. The neck and shoulders are powerful and well muscled, capable of holding a struggling stag without suffering injury. The chest is deep, the loin is arched, the hindquarters are wide and drooping, and th... read more about the Scottish Deerhound.
The Scottish Terrier is a small, short legged canine that is very strong despite its small stature. The dogs skull and muzzle are long and rather blockish, and of medium width. The ears are small and sharp, and prick up when the animal is excited. The Scottish Terriers expression is thoughtful and almost philosophical, with the dogs eyebrows and distinctive beard adding to this impression. Dark brown or black almond-shaped eyes tend to be well hidden beneath the dogs protruding brow. The... read more about the Scottish Terrier.
Small but powerful, the Sealyham Terrier is a proud and pleasant breed. Its head, in perfect balance with its body, is long and broad, with a domed skull and slight groove between the brows. It has a square jaw with a level or scissors bite. Wide and deep set, the eyes are dark, medium sized ovals with the characteristic terrier expression of intelligence and framed by thick, folded ears rounded at the tip. Its long, strong neck is well placed on powerful shoulders. It has a deep body with we... read more about the Sealyham Terrier.
The Sheepadoodle is a mixed breed dog that comes from an Old English Sheepdog mother and a Poodle father. This beautiful teddy bear-like dog comes in three sizes: standard, mini, and toy. Find Sheepadoodle puppies or a Sheepadoodle breeder on Breeder Retriever.
The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is a medium sized dog with a marked resemblance to the Collie and exceptional grace. Because the muzzle is the same length as the flat skull, its head makes a long wedge when viewed from either the side or the top. The medium sized, dark eyes (occasionally the eyes can actually be blue or merle) suggest intelligence, alertness and gentility. Its small ears are held three-quarters erect, high on its head. A Sheltie's head is proudly carried on a long, supple... read more about the Shetland Sheepdog.
The smallest of the native Japanese breeds, the Shiba Inu projects power and confidence. Its moderately sized head is defined by a broad and flat forehead, round, full muzzle and small, triangular, pricked ears. Deep set and upward slanting dark brown eyes give a confident, friendly expression. The nose, lips, and rims of eyes are black, and the bite scissors with strong, evenly aligned teeth. A straight back, deep chest with moderately sprung ribs and a tucked-up abdomen give the impression... read more about the Shiba Inu.
The Shih Poo is a crossbreed between a Shih Tzu and a Miniature Poodle. Depending on their parentage, they may inherit more traits from one breed than the other. The Shih Poos coat can be straight or curly, and it comes in any range of colors. The Shih Poos coat is most commonly black, white, brown, cream, black and tan, red, white, or apricot although they can be found in many different colors. The Shih Poo is sometimes referred to as a designer dog breed. They were originally bred to mix t... read more about the Shih Poo.
The Shih Tzu is one of the most popular of the Toy breeds. It is well known for its long, flowing, luxurious hair, which covers all of its body. It has a round head, pleasant expression, and large, round, dark eyes. Its ears are large and covered by the coat. Shih Tzus are very small and compact in size, with a broad, deep chest. Their tails are curved and covered with fur. Shih Tzus can be any color, and tend not to shed. Their hair is in fact a double layer, with a woolly undercoat... read more about the Shih Tzu.
Siberian Huskies are medium-sized, graceful members of the Working Group with a distinct wolf-like appearance. Siberians have a double-layered, medium length coat which acts as insulation against both cold and heat. The dog's fur is usually black and white, gray and white, copper-red and white, or pure white. The breed often has white paws and legs in addition to unique markings on the face. The brush tail is covered by thick fur and is sometimes carried in a sickle-shaped curve over the... read more about the Siberian Husky.
The Silky Terrier, also called the Sydney Silky or Australian Silky Terrier, belongs to the Toy Group. It is a small, low set dog, slightly longer than it is tall. Although petite and fairly small-boned, The Silky Terrier is well-muscled and strong, particularly in the hindquarters. It is characterized by a long, silky coat, which is parted in the middle and falls elegantly down each side. The hair is fine and shiny, with no undercoat, and is blue and deep tan in color, with lighter fawn-... read more about the Silky Terrier.
A rather elegant dog, the Skye Terrier has a long, low set body, approximately twice as long as it is tall. The dog has a long, thick, double-layer coat, composed of a short, soft undercoat and a long, harder topcoat. The hair is usually black, blue, gray, silver, fawn, or cream, with black ears, muzzle, and tail tip and occasionally a white spot on the chest. The hair is parted down the middle of the back. The Skye Terrier has a fairly large, powerful muzzle, a black nose, and round brow... read more about the Skye Terrier.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a cheerful and active dog of square proportion. The skull is flat and narrow, topped with ears that are v-shaped and fold forward. Eyes are dark and circular, with an expression of vivacity and intelligence. Jaws and teeth are strong, and the nose is black. The body is compact and muscular, with a short back and evenly proportioned legs. The tail is set high and carried gaily, docked to three quarters of its original length. Feet are round are compact. As the... read more about the Smooth Fox Terrier.
Square and sporty, the multitalented Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been indispensable on Irish farms for centuries. Its head is long and rectangular, and is in good proportion to the rest of the body. Ears are small and are set flush with the top of the skull. Eyes are wide set, medium sized and almond shaped, reddish brown or brown in color. An abundance of coat on the head that covers the eyes and forms a long beard is perhaps the most distinctive facial feature of the breed. The body is... read more about the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
Spinoni Italiani are gundogs with a thick and muscular profile. They have a square frame with their height and length being relatively equal. The chest is broad and well rounded. The head is long and oval shaped at the top, with gently sloping sides and a square muzzle. The mouth and eyes are framed by long and stiff hair, forming what resembles eyebrows, a tufted beard and mustache. Eyes are large and set fairly far apart. The tail is partially docked and the coat is one dense, wiry an... read more about the Spinone Italiano.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or Staffie as it is sometimes affectionately called, is an English breed that should not be mistaken for its larger American relative, the American Staffordshire Terrier, though both breeds are often referred to as Pitt Bulls in the press and elsewhere. Every part of the Staffordshire should convey power and athleticism. Strong for their size, these animals have a stocky muscular build and are surprisingly agile. A short muscular neck should be in proportion... read more about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Pit Bull).
The Standard Schnauzer is a robust and heavy set dog of square proportion. The head is long and rectangular, and narrows very slightly at the nose and ears, which are small, v-shaped and high set, either cropped or uncropped. Dark brown, oval eyes are set forward. The top of the muzzle runs parallel to the topkull, separated by a slight stop. The face is characterized by abundant moustache and beard, as well as eyebrows that frame and accentuate the eyes. The body is strong, compact and effic... read more about the Standard Schnauzer.
Of all the spaniels, the Sussex Spaniel is the shortest of leg and heaviest of bone, and is built to penetrate dense groundcover. The skull is long and wide, featuring a full stop and indentation in the middle, and is flanked by large, low set ears. Fairly large, hazel colored eyes are topped with a heavy brow that gives the dog a serious, almost frowning expression. The muzzle is short and wide, with pendulous lips and a scissors bite. The body is low, long, heavy and wide; this, combined wi... read more about the Sussex Spaniel.