Dog Breeds: A

Affenpinscher

The diminutive Affenpinscher is a lot of dog in a small package. Known as the “monkey dog” for its distinctive appearance, it is a comical character that nonetheless takes itself quite seriously, being a fearless guard dog. It is easy to care for in terms of exercise and grooming requirements, and can adapt to indoor living, but it does not enjoy the company of children.

Afghan Hound

The reserved and elegant Afghan Hound is one of the oldest of the dog breeds still in existence, having been prized for its abilities as a hunter in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan for many centuries. Today, the breed is among the most visually striking of the breeds, but requires a great deal of time in grooming and exercise.

Aidi

A ferociously protective breed, this North African working dog is still used today in the Atlas Mountains to protect livestock, by acting as a lookout for predators. Now, more than ever, this loyal dog is being kept as a family pet in rural areas, and is particularly suited to an outdoor lifestyle where it can roam the land.

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the terrier breeds and originates from Yorkshire as a multi-purpose farm, hunting and guard dog. It has a strong, independent character and is courageous and extremely loyal and protective of its family. The Airedale is an active dog and requires plenty of exercise and experienced handlers, but is generally a healthy breed.

Akbash Dog

The Akbash Dog is an ancient livestock guardian breed from Turkey and is thought to have been formed by crossing mastiffs with sighthounds. It is a large breed and has a distinctive white coat, which is thick and can shed heavily, but does not require specialist grooming. The breed has a unique personality and is brave and observant, whilst at the same time being affectionate, loyal and calm.

Akita Inu

The Akita Inu is a strong, brave, and loyal dog originally from Japan. Akitas are protective of their family and are a trustworthy companion, being both docile and affectionate. They are reserved with other people and can be dominant and aggressive toward other animals. They require an early an effective socialization and a firm hand to keep their strong and wilful temperament under control.

Alano Español

The Alano Español is a large brachycephalic mastiff type breed found in Spain, which was originally used as a bullbaiting dog and for herding wild cattle, as well as hunting. It needs plenty of exercise and an active lifestyle but is a sociable breed and usually gets on well with other dogs, as well as being highly trainable and quick to learn. The Alano Español has a short coat that requires little or no grooming.

Alaskan Husky

The Alaskan Husky is not a pedigree breed, but rather a type of dog, normally used for competitive dog sledding in North America. Hugely energetic, they require a very active owner to satisfy their exercise requirements. They are known as very affectionate dogs, but can be difficult to train, and have a tendency to excessive vocalisation.

Alaskan Klee Kai

The striking Alaskan Klee Kai is a miniaturised relative of the Siberian Husky. Bred as a companion dog, he is loyal to family but nervous in unfamiliar situations. His wanderlust and strong prey drive mean he is best suited to an experienced owner and can be unreliable with children.

Alaskan Malamute

Built to survive and thrive in Arctic conditions, the Alaskan Malamute has adapted to living as a loving, friendly and outgoing companion dog. Not dependable with small pets or other dogs, but will fit well into life with an active family, as long as the owner is experienced enough to provide the strong pack leadership the breed requires.

Alpine Dachsbracke

The Alpine Dachsbracke is a medium-sized breed belonging to the scenthound group, originating from Austria. It was used to track and hunt game and is capable of covering very rough mountainous terrain. The breed requires plenty of exercise and gets along well with other dogs and children. It has a characteristic deer red coat that sheds but only needs brushing at home to keep it healthy.

American Cocker Spaniel

Unlike its close relation, the English Cocker, the American Cocker Spaniel has been bred primarily as a pet and for the show ring. It is a clever, cheerful, and gentle companion, but is also sensitive and easily stressed. Unfortunately, decades of reckless breeding practices have also burdened it with a large number of inherited illnesses.

American Eskimo Dog

A vibrant and sweet bundle of fur, the American Eskimo Dog is known for its ability to excel at obedience training, even featuring in circus acts in the 1900s. While small, this breed does require quite a bit of attention, as they crave exercise, mental stimulation and lots of human company. Great with kids, they’ll fit right into an active family household.

American Foxhound

The American Foxhound was created around 200 years ago by breeding English, French and Irish Foxhounds. They have an improved sense of smell and are faster than other Foxhounds. Displaying fantastic hybrid vigour they are a breed which highlight the advantage of cross-breeding. A mild-natured and energetic dog, they can make a great pet for an active family.

American Hairless Terrier

The American Hairless Terrier is a newly-developed breed of dog, created by chance due to a genetic mutation in a litter of Rat Terrier puppies. The hairlessness of these lively and intelligent dogs makes them a great option for an allergy-suffering owner, although means that care must be taken to ensure they keep warm in cold weather and avoid excessive sunlight exposure.

American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a sturdy dog of imposing looks but gentle and friendly nature towards humans. They are true companion dogs, they love children, and are active dogs that need both mental and physical stimulation. Confident and strong, Pit Bulls are great athletes and working dogs, performing brilliantly as police, search and rescue, and service dogs.

American Water Spaniel

The American Water Spaniel is an enthusiastic, active, yet even-tempered breed developed in the Midwestern United States as a flushing and retrieving dog. This spaniel retrieves and swims naturally, loves to romp and play in large, open areas, and thrives in a family environment with outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy vigorous activities.

Anatolian Shepherd

The large and imposing Anatolian Shepherd is a devoted, capable, and fierce protector, traditionally of sheep and goats, but now more often of people and property. Its strong instincts and stubborn nature can make it difficult to control in the presence of strangers, and it is not a dog that should be taken on by an inexperienced owner.

Andalusian Hound

A typical hunting breed, rarely spotted outside of its native Spain, the Andalusian Hound is a slim and elegant dog that its known for its speed and endurance. With a light coat colour, and large-pointed ears, this dog can come in a variety of sizes and coat types. While not yet recognised as a breed internationally, this handsome hound is sure to increase in popularity in the near future.

Appenzeller Sennenhund

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is one of four well-recognised Swiss mountain dogs, known both for its athleticism and the steadfast dedication it displays towards its owner. Demanding at times, and with large exercise requirements, this is not a breed for the inexperienced or fainthearted. However, when provided with the correct environment, the Appenzeller Sennenhund can make a richly rewarding family pet.

Aussiedoodle

Aussiedoodles are the geniuses of the designer dog world, inheriting intelligence from both their Poodle and Australian Shepherd parents. They are gentle, affectionate, and playful dogs with a very high energy level, and need plenty of exercise as well as constant companionship to be happy and healthy. They are very dependable with children and easily trained.

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog is a highly intelligent dog, bred to herd wild cattle with tenacity and courage. As a pet, it makes a devoted and fiercely loyal companion, bonding very strongly to one individual. The breed has a strict requirement for hours of daily exercise, and will quickly become bored and destructive if under-stimulated. It has a natural tendency to mouthiness and biting, which must be discouraged from puppyhood.

Australian Kelpie

Developed as farm dogs from a mix of collies and the occasional dingo, Australian Kelpies are among the most clever of the modern breeds, and are ideally suited to working as herders, assistance dogs, and in the emergency services. They make great pets for active owners and are adaptable to many different living situations, but need constant company and vast amounts of exercise.

Australian Shepherd

Despite its name, the Australian Shepherd was first bred on the farms of the Rocky Mountains. It has since become a hugely popular pet for its intelligence and personality, but it retains a working dog’s need for a lot of exercise and a sense of purpose. If adequately stimulated, it makes a wonderful family pet, but it is prone to boredom, which can lead to problem behaviours.

Australian Silky Terrier

The Australian Silky Terrier is a toy breed in stature, but a big dog at heart, and its origins as a vermin hunter have endowed it with a typical terrier attitude. This little dog enjoys being at the centre of family life, though it prefers the company of adults, and is a vocal and effective watch dog.

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog or Stumpy is a medium-sized, active type who needs plenty of exercise. Part herding dog and part dingo, these canine characters do best as working dogs rather than family pets. The Stumpy is considered relatively free from hereditary diseases and has a physical endurance, especially of heat, which is second to none.

Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier is an old and distinguished breed from working origins. Bold and intelligent, this terrier also loves his people and is empathetic to their moods. He can adapt to apartment life, but like all terriers requires a lot of exercise. However, a strong prey instinct and tendency to bossiness mean he’s best kept as a lone pet.

Azawakh

An extremely rare dog outside its native Africa, the Azawakh is an ancient breed, prized by nomadic tribes for its capabilities as a guardian and a hunter. It is reserved and aloof by nature, and tends to be suspicious of strangers. It enjoys the company of adults and older children who will indulge its need for exercise.