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Braques du Bourbonnais have ticked and/or spotted coats. Photo: mjk23 1. Key Characteristics of the Braque du Bourbonnais The Braque du Bourbonnais (pronounced brock-do-bor-bon-nay) is a muscular pointing dog developed in the Bourbonnais province in France. The dogs’ rounded heads and large noses match their coat color. Their eyes are big and either hazel or
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Despite their short stature, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are excellent herding dogs. Photo: Pmuths1956/Wikimedia Commons 1. Key Characteristics of Pembroke Welsh Corgis The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is much like the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, but with a shorter body and straighter legs. The Pembroke’s ears stand straight up and come to a point. This dog has a
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Tornjaks are primarily known as livestock guardians but also make great family pets. Photo: Simun Ascic 1. Key Characteristics of Tornjaks The Tornjak is a large, strong dog with a well-proportioned, square-shaped body. The nose is large and dark, and the dark eyes are almond-shaped. The triangular ears are set high; they fold down and
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Redbone Coonhounds are active and energetic. Photo: Crystal Alba 1. Key Characteristics of Redbone Coonhounds The Redbone Coonhound is a versatile, adaptable, medium-sized hunter and possibly the only coonhound with a solid color on the coat. They have great hunting, treeing and tracking abilities and will go after small and large game. Their ears are
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Australian Shepherds come in a variety of coat colors. Photo: Petful 1. Key Characteristics of Australian Shepherds Australian Shepherds are medium or large strong dogs who are built for long hours of herding through all sorts of terrain. They come in black, blue merle, red merle and red, with or without white markings. 2. Where
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Foxhounds are pack animals and don’t do well if isolated for long periods of time. Photo: ccho 1. Key Characteristics of English Foxhounds The English Foxhound (a cousin of the American Foxhound) is a hunting dog and pack hound whose low-set ears hang near the cheeks. Rounded ears means they’ve been cropped (a practice that,
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Swedish Lapphunds originally herded reindeer. Photo: Darkangels 1. Key Characteristics of Swedish Lapphunds Swedish Lapphunds, a.k.a. Lappies, are medium-sized herding and guarding dogs that are also the national dog of Sweden. Lappies have a dark nose and round, large brown eyes framed by small, wide-set, triangular ears. The high-set tail is carried over the back,
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The Brussels Griffon is a small, friendly dog who resembles Chewbacca from Star Wars films. Photo: Pixabay 1. Key Characteristics of Brussels Griffons AKC Group: Toy Height: 7–8 inches Weight: 6–12 pounds Life Expectancy: 15 years Much like the Affenpinscher, the Brussels Griffon looks a little monkey-like in the face. The head is large and
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This recognizable breed is loyal and courageous. Photo: Viv Lynch 1. Key Characteristics of German Shepherd Dogs AKC Group: Herding Height: 22–26 inches Weight: 50–90 pounds Life Expectancy: 9–13 years The German Shepherd Dog, or GSD, is one of the most popular breeds in the United States. The medium-sized dog is strong and muscular with
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Norwegian Buhunds are affectionate family dogs. Photos by: Petful 1. Key Characteristics of Norwegian Buhunds AKC Group: Herding Height: 16–18.5 inches Weight: 26–40 pounds Life Expectancy: Around 15 years The Norwegian Buhund (boo-hund) is a medium-sized, Spitz-type herding dog who might also be called the Norsk Buhund or the Norwegian Sheepdog. The dogs have medium-sized
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This playful, fearless breed has been around for some 2,800 years. Photo: Ann Gordon 1. Key Characteristics of the Maltese AKC Group: Toy Height: 8–10 inches Weight: 4–7 pounds Life Expectancy: 15 years (though some have lived to 20!) The Maltese is a small, ancient breed of dog who is slightly longer than tall, with
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Plott Hounds are the state dog of North Carolina. Photo: Michelle Minor 1. Key Characteristics of Plott Hounds AKC Group: Hound Height: 20–25 inches Weight: 40–60 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–14 years The Plott Hound is a powerful, muscular hunting hound. It’s the state dog of North Carolina. This breed features: A black nose Black lips
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Bull Terriers have a lot of energy. Photo: Petful 1. Key Characteristics of Bull Terriers AKC Group: Terrier Height: 21–22 inches Weight: 50–70 pounds Life Expectancy: 11–12 years A Bull Terrier’s appearance is unmistakable: The egg-shaped head, small almond-shaped eyes and elongated muzzle are immediately noticeable on this medium-sized and muscular breed. The short, flat
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The Komondor has a mop-like coat. The plural form of the breed name is “Komondorok.” Photo: Petful 1. Key Characteristics of a Komondor AKC Group: Working Height: 25.5–27.5 inches Weight: 80–100 pounds Life Expectancy: 10–12 years The Komondor (plural: “Komondorok”) is a large, muscular dog known for its thick, corded coat resembling a mop. These
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Shih Tzus are outgoing and friendly dogs. Photo: Yarnawee Nipatarangkoon 1. Key Characteristics of Shih Tzus AKC Group: Toy Height: 8–11 inches Weight: 9–16 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–16 years The Shih Tzu is a small, compact dog who is slightly longer than tall and features a tail that curls over the back. These are longhaired
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Cardigan Welsh Corgis are wonderful family companions. Photo: Petful 1. Key Characteristics of Cardigan Welsh Corgis AKC Group: Herding Height: 10–12 inches Weight: 25–38 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–15 years The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a long, stocky, fox-like dog with a long, low-to-the-ground tail. The Cardigan’s coat may be any color. Their ears are larger
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Briards are an old French herding breed. Photo: Ducroccobo/Wikimedia Commons 1. Key Characteristics of Doberman Pinschers AKC Group: Herding Height: 22–27 inches Weight: 70–100 pounds Life Expectancy: Around 12 years The Briard is a large, powerful herding dog who has excellent watchdog instincts and a superior sense of hearing. The long, plush, wavy double coat
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Dobermans are energetic, affectionate and easily trained. Photo: YamaBSM 1. Key Characteristics of Doberman Pinschers AKC Group: Working Height: 24–28 inches Weight: 66–88 pounds Life Expectancy: Around 13 years Dobermans are medium-sized dogs who are compact and muscular and boast great endurance and speed. The long head leads to an elegant and regal appearance. Ear
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Australian Cattle Dogs are also known as Blue Heelers. Photo: Petful 1. Key Characteristics of Australian Cattle Dogs AKC Group: Herding Height: 17–20 inches Weight: 35–40 pounds Life Expectancy: 10–13 years This medium-sized dog is strong and highly agile with amazing endurance. These hardworking dogs come in a blue or red mottled or speckled pattern
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Russell Terriers are super smart and highly trainable. Photo: Petful 1. Key Characteristics of Russell Terriers AKC Group: Terrier Height: 10–12 inches Weight: 11–13 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–15 years or longer Formerly named the Jack Russell Terrier, this high-energy dog is smaller than the Parson Russell terrier. A working breed with a strong hunting instinct,
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Saint Bernards are known for search and rescue of humans stranded in extreme weather conditions. Photo: Grigorita Ko 1. Key Characteristics of Saint Bernards AKC Group: Working Height: 26–30 inches Weight: 120–180 pounds Life Expectancy: 8–10 years Saint Bernards are large, muscular and powerful dogs whose coats vary in colors and patterns. They may have
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The Keeshond is an active and friendly dog who is great for children. Photo: Petful 1. Key Characteristics of a Keeshond AKC Group: Non-Sporting Height: 17–18 inches Weight: 35–45 pounds Life Expectancy: 13–15 years The Keeshond (pronounced “kayz-hawnd”) is an active, medium-sized dog with a fox-like expression. The double coat is thick and comes in colors
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Rat Terrier puppies tend to bond to one another. Photo: Angel Sallade 1. Key Characteristics of Rat Terriers AKC Group: Terrier Height: 10–13 inches (Miniature); 13–18 inches (Standard) Weight: 10–25 pounds Life Expectancy: 15–18 years The Rat Terrier is a small to medium-sized companion pet and hunter of small animals and vermin. This muscular and
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Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling have added a furry friend to their family! On Wednesday, the Hitch actress, 45, announced that she and her longtime partner, 38, had adopted a Doberman puppy named Lucho from the Friends for Life Rescue Network. “Meet Lucho. The newest member of our family,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a
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Salukis love the outdoors, but be careful — they can run away pretty quickly. Photo: elisabettabellomi 1. Key Characteristics of Salukis AKC Group: Hound Height: 23–28 inches Weight: 40–65 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–14 years Aristocratic in appearance, Salukis are fast, slim dogs who resemble Greyhounds. These dogs have incredible sight and high endurance, and they’re able
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