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 Weimaraner is a sleek, well-built, medium-sized gray dog. The body is slender, with long, muscular legs. Although not particularly robust, the Weimaraner gives an impression of strength, grace, and athleticism. The coat is short, fine, and smooth, found in a variety of shades of gray, from mouse-gray to silver-gray, and is usually a little lighter on the head and face. Some Weimaraners have a white spot on their chest. Because of their unusual coloring, Weimaraners have been nicknamed,... read more about the Weimaraner.
Compact and muscular, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is built to work. The length of its body is slightly longer than its height, keeping a balanced build. The skull is slightly domed with a defined stop; dark, oval eyes give the breed a kind expression. The ears narrow towards the tip, are lightly feathered, and are held at eye-level. The muzzle is equal to the length of the skull; it is straight and holds a scissor bite. The tail is docked and held either horizontal or slightly elevated when... read more about the Welsh Springer Spaniel.
A rugged, solid, and compact dog, the Welsh Terrier is medium in size and evenly proportioned. Its square body and long legs allow it to move gracefully and effortlessly. The dogs tail is docked so that when held upright, it is level with the base of the skull. Its head is rectangular with dark brown almond-shaped eyes set far apart. Its ears are triangular and thick, set just above the cheek. It is the combination of their alert eyes and the placement of their ears that gives this breed t... read more about the Welsh Terrier.
Although small in size, the West Highland White Terrier is big in confidence and sturdiness. Strong and muscular, it is well balanced with the length of its body slightly shorter than its height. Its dark almond-shaped eyes are set wide apart under heavy brows and give the breed a curious expression. Small, erect and pointed ears are set on the outer edge of the skull and are never cropped. The skull is broad and slightly domed between the ears, giving an appearance of roundness throughout... read more about the West Highland White Terrier.
The Whippet, a member of the Hound group, is a slender, medium-sized sighthound. Similar in appearance to the greyhound (on a smaller scale), the Whippet is graceful, well-balanced, and strong. The coat is short, smooth, and dense, and can be found in a plethora of colors, and with a wide range of spots and other markings. The body is streamlined and symmetrical, with a long, arched neck, well-sprung ribs, deep chest, and retracted abdomen. The muzzle is long and strong, eyes are large and... read more about the Whippet.
The Wire Fox Terrier is an athletic dog that is sturdy of bone yet quick and athletic. The skull is long, moderately flat and narrow, with forward folding v-shaped ears perched on top. Eyes are dark and circular, with a keen and lively expression. Jaws and teeth are strong, and the nose is black. The body is compact and muscular, with a short, level back and evenly proportioned legs. The tail is set high and carried gaily, docked to three quarters of its original length. Feet are compact a... read more about the Wire Fox Terrier.
Bred to cover a wide variety of terrain, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a dog of medium size, slightly longer than it is tall. The head and muzzle are square, with the top of the head rounded; occiput and stop are faint. Eyes can be of any shade of brown or yellow, and along with the dogs characteristic eyebrows and mustache, contribute to an overall friendly expression. The dog has an athletic and muscular build, with the topline sloping a bit toward the rear. The tail is docked betwe... read more about the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.