Dog Breeds: F

The Field Spaniel is an intelligent but docile member of the Spaniel family. Originally bred as a sporting and gundog, this breed is favoured as a family dog that is patient with children. They are active dogs and thrive with regular, daily activity.

A powerful and menacing dog that is distrusting of strangers, the Fila Brasileiro is feared internationally with good reason. Outlawed in many countries, including the UK, they have the biting power to kill a human being. Traditionally used in Brazil to seek out runaway slaves in the jungle, they are now more commonly kept as guard dogs, and are incredibly loyal to their family.

A handsome, tri-coloured dog, the Finnish Hound is incredibly well-known within both Finland and Sweden, but relatively unheard of elsewhere in the world. Used to hunting rabbits and foxes, the Finnish Hound is a dedicated worker who loves his job. After a hunt or sufficient exercise, they will be happy to relax calmly with their family, showing them plenty of affection.

Soft and submissive, the Finnish Lapphund is nonetheless a hardy dog with a strong working pedigree, having spent centuries herding reindeer in the frozen fields of Finland. A clever and responsive dog, it is the perfect pet for active families who can provide the hours of daily exercise it requires – and can tolerate the thick trail of hair it leaves in its wake!

The Finnish Spitz is a small fox-like dog that is intelligent, independent and has a lively and determined character. It was originally used for hunting all sorts of game in Finland and barks to mark its prey. The Finnish Spitz has a strong character and learns quickly but bores easily, so must be kept well-stimulated. The breed needs plenty of exercise, so is not suited to city environments.

The Flat Coated Retriever is a large breed of dog that was originally used to retrieve game during shoots on both land and in water. The breed is extremely active and requires around two-hours of exercise a day. It has a bright, kind and affectionate character and is good with children. The breed's coat does not require any specialist grooming but regular brushing is required.

An active dog that likes to keep busy and is smarter than your average bear, the Foodle can be quite the handful. Owners must always be one step ahead and need to provide these guys with ample exercise and mental stimulation. Affectionate and gentle, the Foodle enjoys being close to its family and can be rather protective of them.

There are two types of Fox Terrier, the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier, the main difference being, of course, their coat type. They are small dogs with a big personality, requiring plenty of exercise. Both breeds have a long lifespan and are affected by relatively few health problems. Fox Terriers are intelligent and learn quickly, but must have a stimulating environment, as they become bored quickly.

The Foxy Rat Terrier is a hybrid dog, which is a cross between the Rat Terrier and Toy Fox Terrier. This small dog looks similar to a Jack Russell but is finer boned. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, and terrier-like traits mean they aren’t ideal around small children. Potential health problems include luxating patellas, skin allergies and dental disease.

The French Boodle is a fun-loving, gentle and confident little dog that will bond strongly with all members of the family, especially the children. They are well-suited to apartment life as they do not need a tonne of exercise and can adapt well to living in a small space. Separation anxiety may develop if left alone for too long.

Small and sturdy, fun-filled and loving, sums up the French Bull Jack’s nature. This hybrid breed is a mix between the Jack Russell Terrier and the French Bulldog. Their exercise needs vary depending whether they take after the super-active Jack Russell or the laidback Frenchie. Likewise, they may inherit the feisty Jack temperament or the chilled Frenchie attitude.

The French Bulldog is sociable and small but sturdy looking dog with a playful and friendly nature. They originated from the Toy Bulldog but were subsequently developed in France and America. Today they are an immensely popular companion dog, which does not require large amounts of exercise and has a coat which is easy to care for. The breed does suffer from several health problems so careful selection of healthy lines is important.

A social and fun dog, the French Bullhuahua has plenty to offer and can adapt well to most environments, including urban areas. A combination of the popular French Bulldog and the Chihuahua, this crossbreed is good with most other animals if raised with them from a young age. As some breed members are stubborn and cheeky, it is crucial that their training is consistent and lifelong.

The French Bullweiler is a hybrid dog breed, which is a mix between a Rottweiler mother and French Bulldog father. The result is a living, intelligent companion that is fun to be around. However, the guarding instinct of the Rottweiler parent means the French Bullweiler is not suitable for first-time owners. Potential health problems include breathing difficulties, bloat, bone cancer, and joint disease.

The French Pomerdog is a small hybrid dog, which is a mix between a French Bulldog and a Pomeranian. They are loving, playful fellows that need a good amount of exercise, but may be stressed in a busy household. Their plush coat requires regular grooming, and the breed is best-suited to calm families or people seeking a caring but playful canine companion.

The French Spaniel is a calm, docile, and extremely loyal dog with a long and noble history. An adaptable and intelligent breed, it is a versatile hunter and a loving family pet that is extremely sociable and good with other dogs. It is an energetic breed, and needs regular exercise and outdoor space to explore.

A popular hybrid, the Frenchie Pug relishes the chance to be a part of the family and enjoys spending time with both adults and children. Confident and vibrant, this is a small dog with a big heart that you will quickly fall in love with. As training can be a challenge at times, owners should be prepared to put in the necessary time.

A charming dog that bonds closely with people of all ages, the Frenchton makes a lively addition to any family. They can live happily in the city, require moderate exercise, do not shed much and rarely bark, so are a popular choice for urban dwellers. Given the health issues associated with each parent breed, responsible breeding is key.

The Frengle is a hybrid dog – a cross between the French Bulldog and a Beagle. This blend gives them a longer snout than a Frenchie, and eases breathing problems. These high energy dogs are super affectionate and make great family members. They respond well to training but can have a stubborn streak, and need plenty of play to prevent boredom barking.