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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Working Height: 23–25.5 inches for females; 25–28 inches for males Weight: 150–200 pounds for both genders Life Expectancy: 10–12 years Boerboel dogs (a.k.a. South African mastiffs) are large, mastiff-type dogs and the most agile of their type. They are strong, balanced and imposing in appearance. Despite their size, they
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Herding Height: 22 inches for females; 23.5 inches for males Weight: 57–71 pounds for females; 70–84 pounds for males Life Expectancy: Around 15 years The bergamasco is a fit, athletic, medium-sized sheepdog with a social personality, powerful build and unique coat, the colors of which include gray, silver and
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Non-Sporting Height: 9–10 inches for females; 10–11 inches for males Weight: 12–15 pounds Life Expectancy: Around 15 years The Coton de Tulear is a small, long-coated dog known for being clownish and having a happy disposition. Coton means “cotton” in French and is used to describe the breed’s fluffy
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Working Height: 23–27.5 inches Weight: 80–100 pounds Life Expectancy: 8–15 years (the majority live 8–10 years due to the high rate of cancer affecting this breed) The Bernese mountain dog (a.k.a. Berners) is the only Swiss mountain dog to have a long coat. The large, strong dog has medium-sized
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Sporting Height: 23–27 inches Weight: 45–80 pounds Life Expectancy: 10–12 years The Gordon setter is the heaviest of the 3 setter breeds. Sturdy and muscular, this gun dog has great strength and stamina. The oval eyes are dark brown, and the long ears hang close to the head. The
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Working Height: Males: 29 inches; females: 27 inches Weight: Males: 110–150 pounds; females: 80–120 pounds Life Expectancy: 11–15 years (depending on the dog’s working life) Anatolian shepherd dogs are large, rugged and powerful working dogs. They have a superior ability to defend livestock and strong protection instincts. The V-shaped
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Sporting Height: 25–27 inches Weight: 60–70 pounds Life Expectancy: Around 15 years The Irish setter is an all-purpose hunting dog and family companion. The body is longer than it is tall, and the head features an either black or brown nose. The almond-shaped, medium-sized eyes can be various shades
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Sporting Height: 13.5–15.5 inches Weight: 15–30 pounds Life Expectancy: 15 years The cocker spaniel is one of the most popular dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club’s registration statistics. They are medium-sized, active sporting dogs, the smallest spaniel breed and the smallest dog in the sporting group. The
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Sporting Height: 22–27 inches Weight: 61–85 pounds Life Expectancy: 12+ years The Spinone Italiano (a.k.a. Italian Spinoni (the plural version of the name), Spinone or Italian coarsehaired pointer) is a large, rugged dog known as Italy’s all-purpose hunting dog. These are excellent hunters, retrievers and pointers with wiry, dense
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Terrier Height: 12.5–14 inches Weight: 34–36 pounds Life Expectancy: 14 years The Glen of Imaal terrier is a working terrier and the least known of the 4 terrier breeds originating in Ireland. The dog’s body is reminiscent of a corgi’s, with a longer-than-tall body and short, bowed legs. The
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