Dog Breeds: D

The Standard and Miniature Dachshund are small dogs and can both come with 3 different coat types – none of which require large amounts of grooming. The breed originates from Germany and was developed for hunting but it now a popular companion dog around the world. Dachshunds are intelligent but can be stubborn and sometimes difficult to train and require plenty of mental stimulation in addition to exercise. They can suffer from some health problems but special care should be taken to protect their backs as they are prone to spinal problems.

Dalmatians are a friendly, intelligent, athletic breed of dog with a distinctive spotted coat, that make for excellent family pets as long as they are given plenty of opportunity to exercise. The Dalmatian does not require a large amount of grooming, and suffers from relatively few health problems, however, the most common health problems are deafness and urinary stones.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a lively, affectionate and determined little dog that was originally developed in the border country for hunting. It is generally healthy and does not shed, requiring regular brushing and stripping a couple of times a year. It is versatile and can adapt to different lifestyles as long as it has plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

A sweet-natured and very bright little dog, the Danish Swedish Farmdog would make a valuable contribution to any modern day farm, as well as to most family homes. Known for their patient and gentle ways with children, as well as their incredible versatility, it is no surprise that this Scandinavian breed was once used as a performing dog in travelling circuses.

A scent hound rarely seen outside of Germany, the Deutsche Bracke has been traditionally utilised for hunting game. While still used for this purpose today, they are also commonly seen in households as companion pets. Their ideal owner would give them ample opportunity to exercise and work, while providing them with the love and affection that they crave.

The Doberman is a medium-large dog with an imposing posture and alert attitude. Dobermans are loyal guard dogs, with a natural protective instinct towards their owners. They are very intelligent, learn quickly, and are kind and gentle, despite their bad reputation. They are used by the police and the military, but they also make excellent therapy dogs and, of course, wonderful family pets.

A breed of dog specifically developed to be powerful, brave and social with other dogs, the Dogo Argentino displays many of the best characteristics of the numerous breeds it has been developed from. The Dogo Argentino is incredibly versatile; used as a hunter, guard dog and even in search and rescue. Increasingly seen as a family pet today, a well-socialised Dogo makes a great addition to an active family.

The Dogue de Bordeaux is gentle giant with his family, but a fearsome protector when required. These huge dogs are docile and calm around the home, and are usually dependable with children, but need a firm and confident owner to channel their instincts as guard dogs in a healthy direction. They are generally easy to care for, but are heavy droolers.

Affectionate, loving, loyal, and energetic, the Dorgi is half Dachshund, half Corgi – an adorable crossbreed that has been raising in popularity. Dorgis are small dogs with the body of a Dachshund and the head and fox-like looks of a Corgi. They are social dogs, getting along with other pets and children alike. Dorgis are barkers, so they make good watchdogs too.

The Doxiepoo is an extremely variable hybrid that comes in all shapes and sizes, and may be found wearing just about any coat imaginable. At its best, it is an energetic and playful dog with an ear for danger, but it is one of the designer dogs that is sometimes poorly bred, and all pups should be carefully assessed for temperament and health.

A versatile hunting companion, the Drentse Patrijshond is a gun dog that is well-liked and often used in its native country Holland. A super family pet, they are affectionate and gentle, and get on well with children. Very dependent on humans, they will form close bonds with their families, but can be emotionally demanding, and are prone to developing separation anxiety.

Hugely popular in their native Sweden, the Drever is a long low dog with a heart of gold. Created as a hunting dog, his steady temperament and sweet nature mean he’s rightfully popular as a pet. He even gets along well with other dogs, and this hardy soul also has a great track record for being healthy.

The Dunker or Norwegian Hound is a scent hound that excels at tracking. He also has a wonderful temperament, and is considered gentle, reliable, and loyal. But the Dunker is a pack dog and his need for exercise, love of roaming, and fondness for barking make him unsuited to the city or life as a pet.

Traditionally used in Holland by crop farmers as herding dogs, guard dogs and cart-pullers, the Dutch Shepherd has been a prized member of Dutch society for many years. Recognisable by their brindle coat, they bear close resemblance to the German and Belgian Shepherds. Intelligent and obedient, they are used in a huge variety of canine sporting activities, though are relatively rare today.

The Dutch Smoushond is a hidden gem of a breed that is little known outside of the Netherlands. Friendly and even-tempered, this small to a medium-sized dog makes a great family companion that is loyal and loving. A healthy and obedient dog, perhaps his only fault is being rare and therefore difficult to find a breeder!