If you’re looking for a dog but feel overwhelmed with the task, you’re not alone. In fact, choosing from over 356 recognized breeds (article) and more is no joke! All dogs have their own set of unique personalities and sizes that suit different lifestyles. 

Maybe you want a big dog like Scooby Doo or Clifford, or a fun-loving cutie like Snoopy, but don’t know where to begin. This article provides you with a comprehensive list of all dog breeds that you need to look at before finding just the right one!

What is a Dog Breed?

Known as the domesticated descendants of wolves, dogs or canines are animals that have evolved to fill in for various roles. The term breed hence differs on various aspects—size, training, hypoallergenic, origins, grooming needs, socialization, etc. Ranging from guard dogs, military dogs, sport dogs, show dogs, herding dogs, therapy dogs, or even as companions to little children and old people—there’s a dog for everyone!

Breeds are hence, groups of dogs who share a similar lineage, with an agreed set of physical and behavioral attributes (article). Terriers, Retrievers, Collies, Shepherds, Pointers, Mastiffs, Spaniels, are all breeds, with a common heritage in each group. By breeding them with other breeds with desirable traits, new varieties of dogs are formed. 

How to Identify Your Dog’s Breed?

Well, when it comes down to it, not all dog breeds are easily identifiable. With an increasing trend towards creating new breeds, quite a few can get thrown in the mix and their heritage forgotten. However, while it can take some time, there are still ways to identify your dog’s breed without getting too worked up. 

So the next time someone asks you what breed your dog is, you’ll have an answer to that question. Listed below are some of the aspects to help you trace your dog’s breed:

1. Characteristics

Each dog has its own set of unique personalities or traits that set them apart from other breeds. This can be their levels of socialization, training, mental or physical stimulation. So while there can be a lot of ways to identify breeds, four stand out as primary ones. These are:

  • Intelligence level: All dogs have different levels of intelligence, depending on their roles. Terriers and Poodles are great examples of dogs who love training and learning new tricks. 
  • Shedding: Not all dogs are hypoallergenic, so if you or a family member has allergies, it’s best to find a dog that can suits your family best. 
  • Sociability: While there are definitely a lot of friendly dog breeds, there are still some that are wary of strangers and keep a reserved demeanor. 
  • Trainability: A dog’s attitude and behavior is often shaped by training them. Different breeds have different training requirements. While some can train for more than an hour, others need to train for only 30 minutes. 

2. Size

Definitely one of the easily distinguishable attributes, size can make a big difference. While small and medium sized dogs can be great for apartment life, larger dogs need to have a big backyard and space to run around in. Hence, size become an important aspect towards choosing a dog. 

Over hundreds of years, dogs have evolved in different sizes, each with its own set of unique attributes. Here are the categorizations : 

  • Toy: Known to be one of the tiniest breeds, they are quite high maintenance and a regular contender at dog shows. While they do enjoy the attention, not all toy breeds prefer being lap dogs. 
  • Small: A tad bit bigger than their toy miniature versions, small breeds are the perfect pets for apartments and make great companions for families.
  • Medium: Described to be the size that’s just right, medium sized breeds are super athletic and enjoy training and spending time with family. 
  • Large: Larger than the typical dog, large breeds are courageous and often used as guardian dogs for livestock and homes. Fearless and powerful, these breeds were bred for hard work. 
  • Giant: Indisputably some of the largest breeds in the world, they’re referred to as giants. Despite their intimidating size and demeanor, they’re affectionate and loving, hence, the term gentle giants applies to them. 

3. Coat

All dog breeds have different coats that differ according to breed—wired, curly, straight, thick, etc. Different coat types are suited to different climate conditions. Huskies can lounge in heavy snowfall due to their thick and weatherproof double coat. 

Coats can be categorized into the following types:

  • Hairless 
  • Single or double layer coat 
  • Short, medium, and long fur length 
  • Smooth, coarse, drop and wire texture

4. Activity level

Energy and activity levels are taken into consideration while dog breeding. It differs based on the type of job they used to do and is the easiest way to determine whether a dog would be well suited for your lifestyle. 

 Here are the categories : 

  • High Energy Dogs: Working and Sporting Group dogs 
  • Medium Energy: Small Group dogs 
  • Low Energy: Giant Group dogs 

While looking for a dog, size does matter, especially when choosing between an apartment life, country life, or living in a house with a big yard. All you need to know about dog breed sizes has been mentioned below:

Small Dog Breeds

Small dog breeds make for a man’s best companion in apartment life. They are not usually high-energy dogs that require lots of attention and exercise. But not all of them are lap dogs. Energetic breeds like Alaskan Klee Kais and Dachshunds love country life.

Even though they do not take up much room physically, their attitude can! They are unsuitable in a big household with children and require a quiet environment.

Medium Dog Breeds

Medium dog breeds make up a large portion of all dog breeds. Not too big, not too small, these energetic and playful dogs make for great additions to families. Weighing between 20-60 pounds, this category includes dogs from all breeds (sporting, non-sporting, guard, and hunting).

These are just the right size and are dogs that are easily trainable. Besides, they’re agile and excellent at activities and with children. Houses with young children or teenagers would find medium-sized dog breeds the perfect companion for their kids.

Large Dog Breeds

Gentle giants weighing anywhere from 100-200 pounds require much home space to grow up. They are easy to train and do not have high energy levels. You don’t need to worry about getting the daily miles in!

Large dog breeds are focused on loyalty and affection. They are up for any challenge and your best bet in any rescue mission. Most of us wish to have large dogs as friends, especially when they make great cuddle partners! Despite their size, when trained, they can be extremely great babysitters for children.

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Dog Breeds A-to-Z

1. Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher, or the Monkey Terrier, has a distinctive appearance and a charming personality, making them quite popular with dog lovers worldwide. With its face resembling a primate, the breed is excellent at keeping rodents at bay. 

2. Afghan Hound

Selectively bred in the cold mountains of Afghanistan, Afghan Hounds are sleek and beautiful dogs. With long hair and a thick, silky coat, they are described as an “aloof and dignified aristocrat with sublime beauty.”

3. Aidi

The Aidi is a champion livestock guardian known for its hunting capabilities and fantastic sense of smell. In Morocco, they’re paired with the Afghan Greyhound to chase down prey with the Aidi’s sense of smell and tracking. 

4. Airedale Terrier

Originating in England, the Airedale Terrier is the ‘King of Terrier’ due to its large size among the terrier breeds. With a wide range of capabilities, this versatile breed is amazing police dogs, hunting dogs, and guard dogs.

5. Akbash

The Akbash is a traditional flock guardian dog from Western Anatolia, with a robust build. These Turkish dogs have either long or medium-length hair that’s biscuit colored. The dog’s white coat makes it easy for shepherds to distinguish between the dog and predators at night. 

6. Akita

Samurai initially used the Japanese Akita for fighting, guarding, and hunting bears. Despite their aloof and independent nature, they’re fiercely loyal family dogs and make great companions. However, they are not friendly with strangers. 

7. Alano Espanõl

When it comes to large dogs, the Alano Espanõl is powerful with a muscular build. In fact, due to their strength, they were used for bullfighting, herding cattle, and hunting, making them excellent guard dogs. 

8. Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

Predominantly used as guard dogs, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog shares a history of working in blood sports like bull baiting. Later they transitioned to more homely roles like herding cattle. 

9. Alaskan Klee Kai

As a spitz-type breed, the Alaskan Klee Kai is companion-sized compared to the larger Alaskan Malamute or Siberian Husky. This Klee Kai, or ‘little dog’, is so intelligent that they become stubborn, which becomes a hassle for owners.

10. Alaskan Malamute

The original sled dog, Alaskan Malamutes, are a powerful breed known for their strength and endurance. Malamutes thrive in cold weather conditions and have a thick coat to keep them warm. 

11. Alpine Dachsbracke

The Alpine Dachsbracke is a small breed known for its fantastic tracking abilities. They were bred to track down wounded boar, hare, fox, and deer. While they resemble a Dachshund, their sturdy build makes them an excellent breed for harsh terrains.

12. American Bulldog

When it comes to medium-sized dogs, only a few can share the muscular and sturdy build of the American Bulldog. They’re popular as stock and guardian dogs for livestock, making great additions to farms and ranches.

13. American Cocker Spaniel

When it comes to sporting dogs, the American Cocker Spaniel has been recognized as the smallest. With medium thick silky fur, upturned nose, and hanging ears, it’s no surprise that these dogs have a long history of being ribbon winners at dog shows.

14. American English Coonhound

Also referred to as the English Coonhound or Redtick Coonhound, the American English Coonhound is an athletic and versatile dog breed known for its friendly disposition. The breed made its first appearance in the Westminster Kennel Club show in 2012.

15. American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog is a spitz-type companion dog. Descending from the larger German Spitz, the Keeshond, the white Pomeranian, and the Italian Spitz, the American Eskimo Dog also traces its lineage back to circus dogs and hence enjoys immense popularity as a pet. 

16. American Foxhound

If you’re looking for a family-friendly dog, then look no further than the American Foxhound! Bred to be scent hounds during hunting expeditions, this dog breed is quite energetic and affectionate. Besides, they’re masters of hide and go seek.

17. American Hairless Terrier

A companion breed of dog from the United States, American Hairless Terriers originated from Rat Terriers. These dogs are as hypoallergenic as they come with their hairless body. They make amazing pets due to their inquisitive and loving nature.

18. American Mastiff

The American Mastiff is definitely a giant of a dog, if there ever is one. Growing to a colossal size and weighing over 200 pounds, they tower over most dogs. However, they’re gentle giants, least aggressive, and have a mellow temperament.

19. American Pitbull Terrier

A medium-sized, short-haired dog, the American Pitbull Terrier has ancestors belonging to the British Isles. These well-built dogs are known for their strength, goofiness, confidence, and a zest for life. If you have an active lifestyle, this dog can be the perfect companion. 

20. American Staffordshire Terrier

Known as the AmStaff, these goods are good-natured companions, and make for great friends till the very end if well-socialised and bred responsibly. While the dog is prone to skin allergies, autoimmune diseases, and UTIs, they have a life expectancy of 12-16 years if cared for properly.

21. American Water Spaniel

As the State dog of Wisconsin, the American Water Spaniel continues to be a rare breed. These medium-sized dogs with a curly liver, chocolate, or brown coloured coat have a distinct oily feel to them, which gives off that “doggy smell.”

22. Anatolian Shepherd

The Kangal Shepherd Dog or Anatolian Shepherd is a large dog bred to guard livestock. Descended from Turkish livestock guardian dogs, they are great at protecting livestock from wolves, cheetahs, and other predators.

23. Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie

Used during hunting expeditions, this popular scent hound usually travels in packs. The Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is a breed that was created by crossing French scent hounds with English foxhounds. 

24. Appenzeller Sennenhund

This hard working Swiss breed is distinguished by its tri-color coat appearance and has a warm and social disposition. Known for its loyalty and intelligence, the Appenzeller Sennenhund makes a great guard dog. 

25. Ariège Pointer

A French breed of hunting dog of the pointer type, the Ariège Pointer is a part of France’s National Heritage. Also known as the Braque de l’Ariège, this dog breed is available in chestnut, liver, or orange colors. 

26. Ariegeois

Another French breed originating in the Midi-Pyreneés region of Southern France, these pack-hunting hounds are used both as a courser and for driving game to waiting guns. The Ariegeois is a scent hound and is quite popular at hunting hares, wild boars, and deer.

27. Armant

The Egyptian sheepdog or Armant is a herding dog, believed to be descended from Briards brought to Egypt by Napoleon’s armies. Besides, this hardworking and tough dog makes for an affectionate addition to families, making them great playmates for children.

28. Armenian Gampr

The fierce Armenian Gampr is an excellent livestock guardian dog  against large predators such as wolves, jackals, and bears. With a commanding presence, these dogs possess an unwavering loyalty to their owners, and are fearless in the face of danger.

29. Artois Hound

A rare breed of bloodhound, the Artois Hound is best suited for experienced dog owners, and may not do well with new pet parents. Bred to be independent, this intelligent breed responds well to training, which can be a great way to release excess energy.

30. Australian Cattle Dog

Related to Australia’s famous wild dog, the Dingo, the Australian Cattle Dog is a compact and robust breed of resilient herders. These dogs are in fact, so intelligent, that they routinely outsmart their owners!

31. Australian Kelpie

The Kelpie is an Australian sheepdog whose ancestors were British dogs, known loosely as Collies. Like most sheepdogs, the Australian sheepdog is good-mannered and makes for excellent companions for young children. 

32. Australian Shepherd

Originally from the United States, the Australian Shepherd’s ancestors were brought to Australia from Europe. As a dog breed, they’re relatively easy to train and aim to please. Known for their proficiency in guiding bulls, the Aussies showcase their aptitude by effortlessly navigating between tricks and maneuvers. 

33. Australian Silky Terrier

With a small and compact build, the Australian Silky Terrier is historically used for hunting rodents and snakes, making them excellent additions to keep away pests. Despite their short legs, these dogs love going for long walks, and unless you have a tight fence, can run away given a chance!

34. Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Commonly known as the Stumpy, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a naturally bob tailed or tailless dog, closely related to the Australian Cattle Dog. They are highly intelligent and devoted to their owners.

35. Australian Terrier

Known to be plucky and spirited, the Australian Terrier approaches life with plenty of curiosity and grit. With a topknot of soft, silky hair, they are beautiful to look at and have dazzling dark eyes.

36. Austrian Black and Tan Hound

Like the name suggests, the Austrian Black and Tan Hound resides in Austria and is rarely found outside. While this might not be one of the popular breeds, they are active dogs and make great family companions, especially if you have children.

37. Austrian Pinscher

The Austrian Pinscher was originally bred to be farm dogs, and to keep barns free of pests such as rodents, and to act as livestock guardian dogs. With button ears and a head shaped like a pear, these adorable dogs are a pleasant companion for both rural and suburban areas. 

38. Azawakh

A breed from West Africa, the Azawakh is closely related to the Arabian Greyhound or Sloughi. Slim and elegant, they are used as guard dogs and to hunt gazelles, and hares, catching speeds of up to 65 km/hr. 

39. Bakharwal Dog

An ancient Indian working dog breed found in Ladakh, the Bakharwal Dog is a livestock guardian. These dogs descended from the crossbreeding between the Tibetan Mastiff and the Indian Pariah Dog, they are popular police and military dogs.

40. Barak

The Bosnian Coarse Haired Hound or the Barak is a popular scent hound, originating in Bosnia. Originally bred to hunt large game, they are a lively breed that make great companions. 

41. Barbet

Agile, robust, and strong, the Barbet are French water dogs, known to be tireless swimmers and keen hunters. Unlike most dog breeds of this size, the Barbet is relatively calm and can make great family pets, as long as their exercise needs are met.

42. Basenji

With an affectionate and curious nature, Basenji are considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds. However, don’t be fooled by their sweet nature, as they can seamlessly transition into a crafty hunter when required.

43. Basque Shepherd Dog

As a resident of northern Spain, the Basque Shepherd Dog or Perro de Pastor Vasco, is a rare breed of working dogs. As a notoriously quick learner, they love playing games and training. Their eager nature means that they are keen to please their owners and can be quite understanding with young children.

44. Basset Artésien Normand

Often mistaken for the usual Basset Hound, the Basset Artésien Normand is lighter in weight and has hairy cheeks. If you’re looking for a gentle playmate for your children, there can be no better companion than this dog. Despite their loud bark, they will usually greet you with a warm hello. 

45. Basset Bleu de Gascogne

The Blue Glascony Basset or the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a working scenthound! Given a chance, they shower their owners with love and adoration. However, due to their lovable nature, they require owners who can devote time to them.

46. Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Easily adaptable and courageous, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a serious hunter and an excellent companion dog. Since they have a mischievous side to them, training and early socialization is a must. 

47. Basset Hound

One of the most laid-back dogs to hang out with, the Basset Hound is a scent hound who was originally bred to hunt hares. This breed has a great sense of smell, which is second only to the Bloodhound. The Basset Hound’s calm and social nature also makes it a family favorite!

48. Bavarian Mountain Hound

A scent hound originally from Germany, the Bavarian Mountain Hound appears to be a cross between the Beauceron, Bloodhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Great Dane, German Shepherd, Hanover Hound, and Labrador. Courageous and determined, they are affectionate with owners and wary of strangers.

49. Beagle

A small scent hound that looks similar to a Foxhound, the Beagle is one of the most popular breeds, especially when it comes to families. Compact and friendly, this breed is just the right size for both an apartment lifestyle and a country one.

50. Beagle Harrier

Spirited and loyal, the Beagle Harrier is a cross between a Beagle and a Harrier, combining the best of both worlds. Known to be extremely good with children, you can look forward to endless hours of play time with them.

51. Bearded Collie

Once used by Scottish Shepherds, the Bearded Collie is a herding breed that requires a fair amount of exercise. Despite their fluffy size, these dogs are an active breed and can make a great companion for hikes.

52. Beauceron

Sometimes called the French Shepherd, the Beauceron is an active and graceful breed. They are also known to be one of the top guarding breeds due to their territorial and protective instinct, especially with their owners. 

53. Bedlington Terrier

Originally bred to hunt, the Bedlington Terrier makes a fantastic racing and show dog, competing in dog shows and winning ribbons. This adorable breed loves being the center of attention and showering their love on their family.

54. Belgian Laekenois

A rare and versatile working breed, the Belgian Laekenois is one of the four native dogs of Belgium. With an athletic build and alert personality, they are preferred in many guarding positions. 

55. Belgian Malinois

Known to be one of the top police and military dogs, the Belgian Malinois is an excellent guard dog breed. With proper training, they become fierce protectors and are preferred due to their fearless nature. 

56. Belgian Tervuren

As a long-haired dog with a medium build, the Belgian Tervuren is highly intelligent and energetic. These herding dogs are working professionals who are known to be quite affectionate and possessive of their owners.

57. Bergamasco Sheepdog

Rustic and rugged looking, the Bergamasco Sheepdog is a hairy and solidly built dog with well-proportioned features. Known especially for their mop-like coats, this ancient herding breed is nowadays considered to be a top show dog. 

58. Berger Blanc Suisse

The White Swiss Shepherd Dog or the Berger Blanc Suisse has descended from pure-bred white German Shepherds. Alert, powerful, and courageous, these dogs protect their owners without hesitation and make great pets.

59. Berger Picard

Bred to be herding dogs, the Berger Picard is a rare French breed. With a friendly smile and a shaggy coat, you best believe that they are amazing companions for your outdoor adventures. Their loving nature also makes them dear to families who adopt them.

60. Berner Laufhund

As one of the four Swiss scent hounds, the Berner Laufhund is an intelligent and energetic breed with very few health issues. As they were bred to be hunting dogs, ‘Laufhund’ means walking dogs, which means they were meant to accompany hunters who hunted on foot.

61. Bernese Mountain Dog

Big and powerful, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a breed meant for hard work. Despite their towering build, these gentle giants are known for their calm and affectionate nature, making them a family favorite.

62. Bichon Frisé

Resembling a fluffy white cloud, the Bichon Frisé is known for its distinctive white coat. Cute, funny, loving, and energetic, this breed loves to please its owners and makes a great playmate for kids.

63. Billy

The Billy dog breed is a large and elegant scent hound with a calm and balanced personality. With a solid build, consisting of strong bones, and well-developed muscles, they are amazing working dogs. Plus, they get excited by even the smallest things!

64. Black and Tan Coonhound

An athletic hunter, the Black and Tan Coonhound is a popular breed of scent hounds who can hunt at nights. When they’re not busy hunting raccoons, they like lounging by the fireplace or cuddling with their owners.

65. Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound

Primarily known for hunting foxes, and thus the name, the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound make wonderful family pets. With an intelligent and alert personality, they make good guard dogs and can run around for hours on end.

66. Black Mouth Cur

Also known as the Southern Cur, Southern Black Mouth Cur, and the Yellow Black Mouth Cur, the Black Mouth Cur is a popular hunting companion bred to hunt large varieties of game. These dogs are suspicious of strangers and quite protective of their owners. 

67. Black Norwegian Elkhound

Sleek, beautiful, and sturdy, the Black Norwegian Elkhound is a typical Spitz breed with a compact body and dark eyes. While they might seem aggressive, they are not, and actually make great family pets if socialized at an early age. 

68. Black Russian Terrier

Originally bred to be military dogs, the Black Russian Terrier, also known as the Chornyi Terrier, is a large and powerful dog. Besides their striking appearance, they are a versatile and protective breed, making them great working dogs.

69. Bloodhound

When it comes to scent hounds, only a few can come close to the Bloodhound. As an elite hunting dog, they are used for search and rescue missions, as well as for hunting wild boar, rabbits, and deer.

70. Blue Lacy

The Blue Lacy Dog or the Lacy Dog, traces its origins to Texas, in the United States. These active, intelligent, and alert dogs are known to be great hunters or herders, so you know that they require a large space to exercise.

71. Blue Picardy Terrier

You can call the Blue Picardy Terrier by its French name, which is the Epagneul Bleu de Picardie. Known to be a top sporting dog, the Blue Picardy Terrier’s athletic build helps it to hunt and retrieve game, even in the most adverse situations. 

72. Bluetick Coonhound

A sweet and affectionate charmer, the Bluetick Coonhound is a beautiful and graceful dog. They follow a balanced way of life, which means they can be relentless when hunting game, but on the other hand, can also be found lounging about or dozing in the garden.

73. Boerboel

Tracing its origins to Africa, the Boerboel is a powerful dog, with a muscular body and powerful jaws that can latch onto any prey. This giant dog can weigh up to 200 pounds, making them a strong contender against livestock predators!

74. Bohemian Shepherd

An ancient breed of sheep herding dogs, the Bohemian Shepherd is both beauty and brawns. They are intelligent and quick to learn tricks, so they do well in training. Plus, these dogs love to cuddle.

75. Bolognese

While you might mistake them for the Bichon Frisé, the Bolognese is a stocky and squarely built dog. Calm, fun-loving, and serene, they make great apartment pets. However, they’re an inactive breed so you don’t need to worry about exercising them for hours.

76. Border Collie

With an Anglo-Scottish origin, the Border Collie is one of the top herding breeds, preferred by farmers and shepherds. This beautiful dog is not only hard-working, but loves to play for hours, and is quite active with children.

77. Border Terrier

Upbeat and agile, the Border Terrier is definitely a no-nonsense kinda dog. They have a shared ancestry with the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the Bedlington Terrier, with similarly calm, and even tempered personalities. However, they do not do well when left alone for long periods.

78. Borzoi

The Russian Hunting Sighthound or the Borzoi is an elegant and large dog, with a uniquely built long face. Historically, they were revered by Russian nobility and are considered to be prized hounds. Their happy-go-lucky attitude makes them great pets to have. 

79. Boston Terrier

With a stocky and small body, the Boston Terrier is a lively breed to have at home. Unlike most dogs, the Boston Terrier is friendly towards everyone and has a happy-go-lucky personality, making them a joy to be around. 

80. Bouvier des Ardennes

Originating in Belgium, the Bouvier des Ardennes is a rare dog breed, known for their ability to herd cattle. Besides being a farm worker, this breed is very people-oriented and loves spending time with its owners. They are, however, quite wary of strangers. 

81. Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres is a hard-working dog and no stranger to farm work such as cattle herding, sheep herding, and cart pulling. Hence, these powerful dogs suit rural dwellers or those who are experienced pet parents, and have a large garden. The Bouvier des Flandres does not do well in houses with small children.

82. Boxer

A short-haired German breed, the Boxer is an upbeat and playful dog. With a loud bark and alert nature, they make great watchdogs, and have earned a reputation for themselves when it comes to kids. Their playful demeanor makes them great playmates. 

83. Boykin Spaniel

Energetic and enthusiastic are what describe the Boykin Spaniel best. This medium-sized dog was bred to hunt wild turkeys and ducks in the swamps of South Carolina, hence, also making it the State dog. Besides that, they’re fiercely loyal dogs. 

84. Bracco Italiano

As one of the oldest pointing breeds in the world, the Bracco Italiano is reliable, intelligent, energetic, and easy to train. Historically, they were popular among the Italian noble families like the Medici and Gonzaga, making them the favorite breed in Italy. These dogs are quite rare outside their home country.

85. Braque d’Auvergne

A versatile gundog and pointer breed, the Braque d’Auvergne is a dog with a large head and long ears. Since they were bred to hunt all day on a steady gait, you know that these dogs have a lot of energy and require lots of regular exercise.

86. Braque du Bourbonnais

The Braque du Bourbonnais is a gundog with a rustic appearance, known for their distinctive looks and friendly temperament. Not only are they unrivaled hunters, but they also have a soft side when it comes to family. These dogs are known to be extremely loyal and devoted. 

87. Braque Français

Similar to most gundogs, the Braque Français was bred to point out the location of game birds for their masters. With a well-proportioned and short-haired coat, these dogs are agile hunters and can hunt in most terrains.

88. Braque Saint-Germain

A beautiful hunting dog, the Braque Saint-Germain is not only good at pointing, but also at flushing and retrieving game. This amiable and even-tempered dog makes a great companion to active families, and loves seeking out adventures.

89. Brazilian Terrier

Originally from Brazil, the Brazilian Terrier is a loving and fun-loving companion. Their short coats and small build makes them easy to be cared for, while their amiable nature means that they’re great for both families and single people alike. 

90. Briard

Shaggy and free, the Briard is a large breed of Shepherd dogs, meant to herd livestock and be their guardian. These dogs are fearless and can ward off large predators, making them extremely reliable and protective breeds for their owners. 

91. Briquet Griffon Vendéen

As a medium-sized scent hound, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen has an athletic build and a shaggy looking coat. You’ll find them working most of the time since they love having jobs to perform, and can often be bored without any stimulation. Since they’re also outgoing, they do well with active owners.

92. Brittany Spaniel

Also known as Brittany, these dogs were bred to hunt birds, especially in water and swamps, and are great swimmers. They are great for people who seek an all-purpose hunting dog and don’t mind being roughhoused by children. 

93. Broholmer

Resembling a Mastiff, the Broholmer is a large and powerful dog, with a loud and impressive bark. They make great guard dogs for families and are known for their strength and gentle nature. Additionally, they are confident dogs who don’t need reassurance. 

94. Bruno Jura Hound

Originating from the Jura Mountains in the French-Swiss Border, the Bruno Jura Hound is a breed of scent hound, known for their solid long body and short legs. Their sense of smell is amazing as they can pick up on the slightest hint, and while they were bred to be hunting dogs, they also make great family pets. 

95. Brussels Griffon

As a toy breed, the Brussels Griffon find themselves to be quite tiny in comparison to other dog breeds. However, they were also originally bred to be rat catchers and are used to work. Plus, they are highly intelligent and love to train. 

96. Bucovina Shepherd Dog

The Bucovina Shepherd Dog is a livestock guardian breed, and hence, quite equipped to understand the role of protector. With a large and robust build, they can easily ward off danger. Besides, they are suspicious of strangers, so your house will always be well protected with this breed.

97. Bull Terrier

Robust and big-boned, the Bull Terrier was bred for vermin control and bloodsports, which explains their independent and stubborn nature. These dogs are known for their unique egg-shaped head and their playful and affectionate personality. 

98. Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is a large and powerful dog, with well-developed muscles and big bones. Not only do they make great guard dogs, but are also calm and gentle with family members. Their kind nature makes them a great pet for families with children.

99. Bully Kutta

Described as intelligent, alert, energetic, and independent, the Bully Kutta finds its origins in India. They were originally bred to be hunting and guard dogs, but can also be good pets. While they are often reserved, they can become dangerous if provoked, as they are known to be fearless dogs. 

100. Burgos Pointer

The Burgalese Pointer or the Burgos Pointer is a native Spanish breed, bred to hunt small game. With a steady and purposeful gait, they possess an air of noble demeanor, having captured the hearts of many dog enthusiasts. 


With this comprehensive guide, you are ready to navigate the vast world of dogs. You can find the perfect companion for your lifestyle. Our list has covered it all, be it energetic and highly enthusiastic breeds or calm and relaxed lap dogs. 

Over thousands of generations, the favorable qualities of breeds have been preserved to curate the perfect best friend of man. Consider the heritage of the breed before getting a dog. A dog originally bred for the cold mountains might not do well in apartment life.

Knowing all the quirks and personalities of different breeds, you can formulate the perfect routine to care for your pup. And understanding their qualities will help you pick the ideal companion! 

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