An Amazing List of Different Types of Dogs With Pictures

Fact about mixed and designer breeds of dogs
There are over 157 different types of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club. The following article offers a list of dogs with pictures that will help you in identifying the next breed that you come across.
While there are approximately more than 400 types of dogs currently, not all are pure breeds. Some are mixes of 2 or more breeds, making them mix-breeds. Depending on the work that a dog was bred for, characteristics from two or more dogs were chosen and combined to form a new, specialized breed. Then this breed had to be selectively bred and developed for many generations before it would formally be recognized as a PURE breed. Confirming to this, many breeds have been developed since selective breeding started centuries ago. These breeds were then classified into categories depending on their work, and thus came into existence the 7 main categories into which these breeds were classified -
  1. Herding Group
  2. Hound Group
  3. Sporting Group
  4. Working Group
  5. Terrier Group
  6. Toy Group
  7. Non-sporting Group
Dogs which did not fit into any of these specific groups, or those which could not be classified, were placed into two other categories - This Buzzle article introduces these 7 groups to you, as well as a few of the FSS breeds.

Dog Breeds with Pictures

Herding Group

Earlier part of the working group, these herders were very recently appointed a group of their own. They are very intelligent breeds with an innate instinct for herding and protecting, making them excellent as guard dogs and cattle herders. Eager to learn and please, they are a delight to train, and are very loving companions. They make excellent pets and can also be used as therapy dogs, police dogs and guide dogs (prime example being the German Shepherd). These breeds are brimming with energy and require daily exercise, which is why they do not do very well in small spaces. But they are wonderful pets for committed and experienced owners.

Australian Cattle Dog

Height
Male - 18-20 in
Female - 17-19 in

Weight
44-62 lbs

Lifespan
10-16 years

Country of Origin
Australia
Australian Shepherd

Height
Male - 20-23 in
Female - 18-21 in

Weight
Male - 50-65 lbs
Female - 30-45 lbs

Lifespan
10-14 years

Country of Origin
United States
Bearded Collie

Height
Male - 21-22 in
Female - 20-22 in

Weight
40-60 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Scotland

Beauceron

Height
Male - 26-28 in
Female - 25-26 in

Weight
Male - 70-100 lbs
Female - 66-85 lbs

Lifespan
10-14 years

Country of Origin
France
Belgian Malinois

Height
Male - 24-26 in
Female - 22-24 in

Weight
Male - 64-75 lbs
Female - 55-66 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Belgium
Belgian Sheepdog

Height
Male - 23.6-26 in
Female - 22-24.4 in

Weight
Male - 55-66 lbs
Female - 44-55 lbs

Lifespan
10-14 years

Country of Origin
Belgium

Belgian Tervuren

Height
Male - 26-28 in
Female - 25-26 in

Weight
Male - 70-100 lbs
Female - 66-85 lbs

Lifespan
10-14 years

Country of Origin
France
Border Collie

Height
Male - 24-26 in
Female - 22-24 in

Weight
Male - 64-75 lbs
Female - 55-66 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Belgium
Bouvier des Flandres

Height
Male - 23-28 in
Female - 22-27 in

Weight
Male - 80-120 lbs
Female - 60-80 lbs

Lifespan
10-14 years

Country of Origin
Belgium

Briard

Height
Male - 24-27 in
Female - 23-26 in

Weight
Male - 66-88 lbs
Female - 55-77 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
France
Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Height
Male - 10-14 in
Female - 10-13 in

Weight
Male - 30-38 lbs
Female - 25-34 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Wales
Collie

Height
Male - 22-26 in
Female - 21-26 in

Weight
Male - 45-75 lbs
Female - 35-65 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Scotland

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Height
Male - 19-21 in
Female - 18-20 in

Weight
45-65 lbs

Lifespan
11-16 years

Country of Origin
Switzerland
Finnish Lapphund

Height
Male - 18-20 in
Female - 16-19 in

Weight
Male - 37-42 lbs
Female - 33 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Finland
German Shepherd Dog

Height
Male - 24-26 in
Female - 22-24 in

Weight
Male - 66-88 lbs
Female - 49-71 lbs

Lifespan
9-13 years

Country of Origin
Germany

Old English Sheepdog

Height
Male - 24-26 in
Female - 22-24 in

Weight
80-100 lbs

Lifespan
8-12 years

Country of Origin
England
Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Height
Male - 10-12 in
Female - 10-11 in

Weight
Male - 25-30 lbs
Female - 23-28 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Wales
Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Height
Male - 18-20 in
Female - 17-19 in

Weight
Male - 40-50 lbs
Female - 30-40 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Poland

Puli

Height
Male - 17 in
Female - 16-16.5 in

Weight
Male - 25-28 lbs
Female - 23-25 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Hungary
Pyrenean Shepherd

Height
Male - 15.5-21 in
Female - 15.5-21.5 in

Weight
15-32 lbs

Lifespan
15-18 years

Country of Origin
France/Spain
Shetland Sheepdog

Height
Male - 13-16 in
Female - 12-16 in

Weight
16-20 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Scotland

Swedish Vallhund

Height
Male - 12.5-13 in
Female - 12-12.5 in

Weight
19.8-30.8 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Sweden

The other dogs included in this group are listed below:
  • Canaan Dog
  • Icelandic Sheepdog
  • Norwegian Buhund

Hound Group

The hound group has been developed over hundreds of years to assist man in hunting for food and sport. Few of the members of this group have an extremely sharp and developed vision and are known as 'sight hounds' or 'gaze hounds'. Others have a very acute sense of smell, and they can follow even the mildest of scents for miles. They are often called 'scent hounds'. All hounds have incredible stamina, can tirelessly run for long distances and are some of the fastest dogs. Swift and agile, these beautiful dogs display a single-mindedness when it comes to hunting or running, and are gentle, considerate and wonderful companions to humans.

Afghan Hound

Height
Male - 24-29 in
Female - 24-29 in

Weight
Male - 45-60 lbs
Female - 45-60 lbs

Lifespan
11-13 years

Country of Origin
Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan
American English Coonhound

Height
Male - 22-27 in
Female - 21-25 in

Weight
Male - 40.1-65 lbs
Female - 40.1-65 lbs

Lifespan
11-12 years

Country of Origin
United States
American Foxhound

Height
Male - 22-25 in
Female - 21-24 in

Weight
Male - 63.9-75 lbs
Female - 44.1-63.9 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
United States

Basenji

Height
Male - 16-17 in
Female - 15-16 in

Weight
Male - 22-26.5 lbs
Female - 19.8-24.3 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Basset Hound

Height
Male - 12-15 in
Female - 11-14 in

Weight
Male - 55-75 lbs
Female - 45-65 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Great Britain, France
Beagle

Height
Male - 14-16 in
Female - 13-15 in

Weight
Male - 22-25 lbs
Female - 20-23 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Great Britain

Bloodhound

Height
Male - 25-27 in
Female - 23-25 in

Weight
Male - 89.9-110 lbs
Female - 80-100.1 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Belgium, England, France, Scotland
Borzoi

Height
Male - 30 in
Female - 26 in

Weight
Male - 75-103.6 lbs
Female - 55.1-88.2 lbs

Lifespan
7-10 years

Country of Origin
Belarus, Russia
Dachshund

Height
Male - 8-9 in
Female - 7-9 in

Weight
16-32 lbs

Lifespan
14-17 years

Country of Origin
Germany

English Foxhound

Height
Male - 22-25 in
Female - 21-24 in

Weight
Male - 60-75 lbs
Female - 54.9-70.1 lbs

Lifespan
10-13 years

Country of Origin
Great Britain
Greyhound

Height
Male - 28-30 in
Female - 27-28 in

Weight
Male - 60-88 lbs
Female - 60-75 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
England
Ibizan Hound

Height
Male - 26-28 in
Female - 24-26 in

Weight
Male - 45-65 lbs
Female - 45-65 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Spain

Irish Wolfhound

Height
Male - 30-35 in
Female - 30-34 in

Weight
Male - 90-150 lbs
Female - 90-140 lbs

Lifespan
6-10 years

Country of Origin
Ireland
Norwegian Elkhound

Height
Male - 19-21 in
Female - 18-20 in

Weight
50-60 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Norway
Basset Griffon Vendéen

Height
Male - 13-15 in
Female - 132-14 in

Weight
24-42 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
France

Pharaoh Hound

Height
Male - 22-25 in
Female - 21-24 in

Weight
Male - 39.7-59.5 lbs
Female - 39.7-59.5 lbs

Lifespan
11-14 years

Country of Origin
Malta
Rhodesian Ridgeback

Height
Male - 25-27 in
Female - 24-26 in

Weight
Male - 79.4-90.4 lbs
Female - 63.9-75 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Rhodesia
Saluki

Height
Male - 23-28 in
Female - 22-26 in

Weight
40-60 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Egypt

Scottish Deerhound

Height
Male - 30-32 in
Female - 28-30 in

Weight
Male - 85-110 lbs
Female - 75-95 lbs

Lifespan
8-10 years

Country of Origin
Scotland
Whippet

Height
Male - 19-22 in
Female - 18-21 in

Weight
15-30 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
England

The other dogs included in this group are listed below:
  • Black and Tan Coonhound
  • Bluetick Coonhound
  • Harrier
  • Otterhound
  • Plott
  • Redbone Coonhound
  • Treeing Walker Coonhound

Sporting Group

Sporting dogs make excellent companions for people who have active lifestyles. The breeds in this group are full of energy and enthusiasm and need a considerable amount of exercise on a daily basis. All the pointers, retrievers, setters and spaniels are included in this group. Alert, lovable and brimming with energy, these breeds make wonderful companions for life.

American Water Spaniel

Height
Male - 15-18 in
Female - 15-18 in

Weight
Male - 24.9-39.9 lbs
Female - 30-45 lbs

Lifespan
13-15 years

Country of Origin
United States
Boykin Spaniel

Height
Male - 16-18 in
Female - 14-16 in

Weight
Male - 30-39.9 lbs
Female - 24.9-35.1 lbs

Lifespan
14-16 years

Country of Origin
United States
Brittany Spaniel

Height
Male - 19-20 in
Female - 18-20 in

Weight
Male - 30-40.1 lbs
Female - 30-40.1 lbs

Lifespan
14-15 years

Country of Origin
France

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Height
Male - 23-26 in
Female - 21-24 in

Weight
Male - 65-80.5 lbs
Female - 55.1-70.5 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
United States
Cocker Spaniel

Height
Male - 14-16 in
Female - 14-15 in

Weight
Male - 15.4-30.9 lbs
Female - 15.4-30.9 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
United States
Curly Coated Retriever

Height
Male - 25-27 in
Female - 23-25 in

Weight
Male - 70.1-90.2 lbs
Female - 50-70.1 lbs

Lifespan
9-14 years

Country of Origin
England

English Cocker Spaniel

Height
Male - 15-16 in
Female - 14-15 in

Weight
Male - 28.7-33.1 lbs
Female - 26.5-33.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
England
English Setter

Height
Male - 24-27 in
Female - 23-26 in

Weight
Male - 55.1-79.4 lbs
Female - 44.1-70.5 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
England
English Springer Spaniel

Height
Male - 19-22 in
Female - 18-20 in

Weight
Male - 45-55.1 lbs
Female - 39.9-50 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
England

Field Spaniel

Height
Male - 17-18 in
Female - 16-17 in

Weight
40-55 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
England
Flat-coated Retriever

Height
Male - 23-24 in
Female - 22-23 in

Weight
Male - 59.5-79.4 lbs
Female - 55.1-70.5 lbs

Lifespan
8-10 years

Country of Origin
United Kingdom
German Shorthaired Pointer

Height
Male - 24-26 in
Female - 23-25 in

Weight
Male - 54.9-70.1 lbs
Female - 45-60 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Germany

German Wirehaired Pointer

Height
Male - 24-27 in
Female - 22-25 in

Weight
Male - 59.5-70.5 lbs
Female - 59.5-70.5 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Golden Retriever

Height
Male - 23-24 in
Female - 21-23 in

Weight
Male - 65-75 lbs
Female - 54.9-65 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Scotland
Gordon Setter

Height
Male - 24-27 in
Female - 23-26 in

Weight
Male - 55.1-80.2 lbs
Female - 45.2-70.1 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Scotland

Irish Red and White Setter

Height
Male - 24-26 in
Female - 22-24 in

Weight
Male - 55.1-75 lbs
Female - 55.1-75 lbs

Lifespan
10-13 years

Country of Origin
Ireland
Irish Setter

Height
Male - 23-26 in
Female - 22-24 in

Weight
Male - 59.5-70.5 lbs
Female - 52.9-63.9 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Ireland
Labrador Retriever

Height
Male - 22-25 in
Female - 21-24 in

Weight
Male - 59.5-88.2 lbs
Female - 59.5-77.2 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Canada

Duck Tolling Retriever

Height
Male - 18-21 in
Female - 17-20 in

Weight
Male - 44.1-50.7 lbs
Female - 37.5-44.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Canada
English Pointer

Height
Male - 22-28 in
Female - 21-26 in

Weight
Male - 39.7-75 lbs
Female -35.3-66.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
England
Spinone Italiano

Height
Male - 24-28 in
Female - 23-26 in

Weight
Male - 75-86 lbs
Female - 63.9-75 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Italy

Vizsla

Height
Male - 22-25 in
Female - 21-24 in

Weight
Male - 44.1-63.9 lbs
Female - 39.7-55.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Hungary
Weimaraner

Height
Male - 24-26 in
Female - 23-25 in

Weight
Male - 66.1-88.2 lbs
Female - 55.1-77.2 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Welsh Springer Spaniel

Height
Male - 18-19 in
Female - 17-18 in

Weight
Male - 39.7-44.1 lbs
Female - 35.3-44.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Wales

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Height
Male - 22-24 in
Female - 20-22 in

Weight
Male - 50.7-59.5 lbs
Female - 50.7-59.5 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Germany

The other dogs included in this group are listed below:
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Sussex Spaniel

Working Group

Working dogs were selectively bred to assist man in jobs like rescues, guarding and pulling carts, carriages and sleds. In keeping with this profile, all working dogs are of formidable size and stature, and can be difficult to handle for first time dog owners, if they are not properly trained. These dogs are best suited for working rather than for being family pets, as not having work/purpose in life can lead to unhappiness and behavioral issues. But if they are given work and exercise, they are extremely loyal and dependable companions. All the breeds in this category are intelligent and hence easy to train, making them a pleasure to work with.

Akita

Height
Male - 26-28 in
Female - 24-26 in

Weight
Male - 99.2-130.1 lbs
Female - 70.5-99.2 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Japan
Alaskan Malamute

Height
Male - 24-26 in
Female - 22-24 in

Weight
Male - 79.4-94.8 lbs
Female - 70.5-83.8 lbs

Lifespan
13-16 years

Country of Origin
United States
Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Height
Male - 29-32 in
Female - 28-31 in

Weight
Male - 110.2-143.3 lbs
Female - 88.2-121.3 lbs

Lifespan
13-15 years

Country of Origin
Turkey

Bernese Mountain Dog

Height
Male - 25-28 in
Female - 23-26 in

Weight
Male - 86-110.2 lbs
Female - 79.4-105.8 lbs

Lifespan
7-8 years

Country of Origin
Switzerland
Black Russian Terrier

Height
Male - 26-28 in
Female - 25-28 in

Weight
Male - 100.1-149.9 lbs
Female - 80-130.1 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Russia
Boxer

Height
Male - 22-25 in
Female - 21-24 in

Weight
Male - 66.1-70.5 lbs
Female - 55.1-59.5 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Germany

Bullmastiff

Height
Male - 25-27 in
Female - 24-26 in

Weight
Male - 110.2-130.1 lbs
Female - 99.2-119 lbs

Lifespan
8-10 years

Country of Origin
England
Cane Corso

Height
Male - 24-28 in
Female - 23-26 in

Weight
Male - 99.2-110.2 lbs
Female - 88.2-99.2 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Italy
Doberman Pinscher

Height
Male - 26-28 in
Female - 24-27 in

Weight
Male - 75-90.4 lbs
Female - 59.5-79.4 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Germany

Dogue de Bordeaux

Height
Male - 24-26 in
Female - 23-26 in

Weight
Male - 119.9-143.7 lbs
Female - 119.9-143.7 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
France
German Pinscher

Height
Male - 17-20 in
Female - 16-20 in

Weight
25-45 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Giant Schnauzer

Height
Male - 26-28 in
Female - 23-26 in

Weight
Male - 59.5-79.4 lbs
Female - 55.1-75 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Germany

Great Dane

Height
Male - 30-34 in
Female - 28-32 in

Weight
Male - 119-198.4 lbs
Female - 99.2-130.1 lbs

Lifespan
6-8 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Great Pyrenees

Height
Male - 28-32 in
Female - 26-29 in

Weight
Male - 110-119.9 lbs
Female - 80-89.9 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
France, Spain
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Height
Male - 26-28 in
Female - 24-27 in

Weight
Male - 132.3-154.3 lbs
Female - 110.2-132.3 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Switzerland

Komondor

Height
Male - 28-30 in
Female - 25-27 in

Weight
Male - 80 lbs
Female - 70 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Hungary
Leonberger

Height
Male - 28-31 in
Female - 26-30 in

Weight
Male - 104.9-164.9 lbs
Female - 89.9-130.1 lbs

Lifespan
8-10 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Mastiff

Height
Male - 28-36 in
Female - 28-36 in

Weight
Male - 160.1-229.9 lbs
Female - 119.9-170 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
England

Neapolitan Mastiff

Height
Male - 25-30 in
Female - 23-28 in

Weight
Male - 132.3-154.3 lbs
Female - 110.2-132.3 lbs

Lifespan
8-10 years

Country of Origin
Italy
Newfoundland

Height
Male - 27-29 in
Female - 25-27 in

Weight
Male - 132.3-154.3 lbs
Female - 99.2-121.3 lbs

Lifespan
8-10 years

Country of Origin
Canada, England
Portuguese Water Dog

Height
Male - 20-22 in
Female - 17-20 in

Weight
Male - 42.1-60.2 lbs
Female - 35.1-50 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Portugal

Rottweiler

Height
Male - 24-27 in
Female - 22-25 in

Weight
Male - 110.2-132.3 lbs
Female - 77.2-105.8 lbs

Lifespan
9-11 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Saint Bernard

Height
Male - 28-35 in
Female - 26-31 in

Weight
140-265 lbs

Lifespan
8-10 years

Country of Origin
Italy, Switzerland
Samoyed

Height
Male - 21-24 in
Female - 20-22 in

Weight
Male - 44.1-71.7 lbs
Female - 37.5-55.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Russia, Siberia

Siberian Husky

Height
Male - 21-24 in
Female - 20-22 in

Weight
Male - 45.2-61.7 lbs
Female - 34.2-50.7 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Russia
Standard Schnauzer

Height
Male - 19-20 in
Female - 18-19 in

Weight
Male - 30.9-44.1 lbs
Female - 30.9-44.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Tibetan Mastiff

Height
Male - 26-30 in
Female - 24-28 in

Weight
Male - 100.1-160.1 lbs
Female - 75-119.9 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Tibet

The other dog included in this group is:
  • Chinook

Terrier Group

'Feisty' is the word that would best describe any terrier. 'Terrier' is derived from the Latin word meaning 'Earth', and these breeds are expert diggers. They were originally bred to hunt vermin and while they are no longer used for the same work, they still find it tedious to tolerate creatures other than themselves. They require a considerable amount of grooming to look their best. These spunky and energetic breeds are full of enthusiasm, and can charm even the most seasoned dog handlers. Spirited as they are, they need owners who can be stern when required and can match their zest and spunk.

Airedale Terrier

Height
Male - 23-24 in
Female - 22-23 in

Weight
Male - 50.7-63.9 lbs
Female - 39.7-44.1 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
United Kingdom
American Staffordshire

Height
Male - 18-19 in
Female - 17-18 in

Weight
Male - 61.7-88.2 lbs
Female - 61.7-88.2 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
United Kingdom, United States
Australian Terrier

Height
Male - 9-11 in
Female - 9-11 in

Weight
Male - 14.1-16.1 lbs
Female - 14.1-16.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Australia

Bedlington Terrier

Height
Male - 16-18 in
Female - 15-17 in

Weight
Male - 17-23.1 lbs
Female - 17-23.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
England
Border Terrier

Height
Male - 13-16 in
Female - 11-14 in

Weight
Male - 13-15.7 lbs
Female - 11.2-14.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
England, Scotland, United Kingdom
Standard Bull Terrier

Height
Male - 18-24 in
Female - 20-22 in

Weight
Male - 50-85 lbs
Female - 45-80 lbs

Lifespan
9-12 years

Country of Origin
England

Cairn Terrier

Height
Male - 10-13 in
Female - 9-12 in

Weight
Male - 13.2-17.6 lbs
Female - 13.2-17.6 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Scotland
Cesky Terrier

Height
Male - 11-12 in
Female - 10-11 in

Weight
12-24 lbs

Lifespan
10-15 years

Country of Origin
Czech Republic
Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Height
Male - 8-11 in
Female - 8-11 in

Weight
18-24 lbs

Lifespan
11-14 years

Country of Origin
Scotland

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Height
Male - 12-14 in
Female - 10-13 in

Weight
Male - 34-36 lbs
Female - 32-34 lbs

Lifespan
14-16 years

Country of Origin
Ireland
Irish Terrier

Height
Male - 18-20 in
Female - 18-20 in

Weight
Male - 25-27 lbs
Female - 24-26 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Ireland
Kerry Blue Terrier

Height
Male - 18-20 in
Female - 17-19 in

Weight
Male - 33.1-39.7 lbs
Female - 33.1-39.7 lbs

Lifespan
13-15 years

Country of Origin
Ireland

Lakeland Terrier

Height
Male - 13-15 in
Female - 12-14 in

Weight
15-17 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
England
Manchester Terrier

Height
Male - 15-16 in
Female - 15-16 in

Weight
12-22 lbs

Lifespan
14-16 years

Country of Origin
England
Miniature Schnauzer

Height
Male - 12-14 in
Female - 12-14 in

Weight
Male - 11.9-20.1 lbs
Female - 11.9-18.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Germany

Norfolk Terrier

Height
Male - 9-11 in
Female - 9-10 in

Weight
10-12 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Great Britain
Norwich Terrier

Height
Male - 9-10 in
Female - 8-10 in

Weight
Male - 11-12 lbs
Female - 10-12 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
United Kingdom
Parson Russell Terrier

Height
Male - 13-15 in
Female - 2-14 in

Weight
Male - 13-17 lbs
Female - 12-17 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
England

Scottish Terrier

Height
Male - 9.5-10 in
Female - 9-10 in

Weight
Male - 19-22 lbs
Female - 18-21 lbs

Lifespan
10-13 years

Country of Origin
Scotland
Sealyham Terrier

Height
Male - 12-13 in
Female - 11-12 in

Weight
Male - 20-21 lbs
Female - 19-20 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Wales
Skye Terrier

Height
Male - 9-10 in
Female - 8-9 in

Weight
Male - 35.3-39.7 lbs
Female - 25.4-30.9 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Scotland

Smooth Fox Terrier

Height
Male - 14-16 in
Female - 13-15 in

Weight
Male - 15.4-19.8 lbs
Female - 13.2-17.6 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
England
Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Height
Male - 18-19 in
Female - 17-18 in

Weight
Male - 17-18 in
Female - 30-35.1 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Ireland
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Height
Male - 14-16 in
Female - 13-15 in

Weight
Male - 24.3-37.5 lbs
Female - 22-35.3 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
England

Welsh Terrier

Height
Male - 15-16 in
Female - 14-16 in

Weight
20-22 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Wales
West Highland White Terrier

Height
Male - 10-12 in
Female - 9-11 in

Weight
Male - 15.4-22 lbs
Female - 13.2-15.4 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Scotland
Wire Fox Terrier

Height
Male - 14-16 in
Female - 13-15 in

Weight
Male - 15.4-19.8 lbs
Female - 13.2-17.6 lbs

Lifespan
13-14 years

Country of Origin
England

The other dog included in this group is:
  • Miniature Bull Terrier

Toy Group

The breeds in this group are best described as petite, but that is in contrast with their big personalities. These breeds make wonderful lapdogs and delightful companions. These breeds adapt well to apartment life, and are content with lounging on your lap at the end of the day, are happy with minimum exercise, and hence are ideal pets for people living in apartments. They also make some of the best therapy dogs since they are very cuddly and loving. If you want a dog but are apprehensive about getting a big breed that requires a lot of exercise and maintenance, and want a dog that you can snuggle with at the end of a long day, then these toy breeds are tailor-made for your requirements.

Affenpinscher

Height
Male - 9-12 in
Female - 8-11 in

Weight
Male - 6.5-13.2 lbs
Female - 6-13 lbs

Lifespan
11-14 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Brussels Griffon

Height
Male - 8-11 in
Female - 7-10 in

Weight
8-12 lbs

Lifespan
10-16 years

Country of Origin
Belgium
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Height
Male - 12-13 in
Female - 12-13 in

Weight
13-18 lbs

Lifespan
9-14 years

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Chihuahua

Height
Male - 6-10 in
Female - 5-9 in

Weight
4-10 lbs

Lifespan
15-20 years

Country of Origin
Mexico
Chinese Crested Dog

Height
Male - 11-13 in
Female - 9-12 in

Weight
8-13 lbs

Lifespan
13-15 years

Country of Origin
Africa, China, Mexico
Havanese

Height
Male - 8-12 in
Female - 8-11.5 in

Weight
7-14 lbs

Lifespan
13-15 years

Country of Origin
Believed to be Cuba

Italian Greyhound

Height
Male - 13-15 in
Female - 12-15 in

Weight
8-20 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Italy
Japanese Chin

Height
Male - 8-11 in
Female - 8-10 in

Weight
3-25 lbs

Lifespan
8-12 years

Country of Origin
China, Japan
Maltese

Height
Male - 8-10 in
Female - 8-9 in

Weight
Male - 3-8 lbs
Female - 2-7 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Maalta

Miniature Pinscher

Height
Male - 10-12 in
Female - 10-11 in

Weight
Male - 8.8-11 lbs
Female - 7.7-8.8 lbs

Lifespan
14-16 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Papillon

Height
Male - 8-11 in
Female - 8-10 in

Weight
Male - 8-10 lbs
Female - 7-9 lbs

Lifespan
16-18 years

Country of Origin
France
Pekingese

Height
Male - 7-9 in
Female - 6-8 in

Weight
7-14 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Cina

Pomeranian

Height
Male - 7-12 in
Female - 7-11 in

Weight
3-8 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Toy Poodle

Height
Male - 8-10 in
Female - 8-9 in

Weight
Male - 6-10 lbs
Female - 6-9 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Germany, France
Pug

Height
Male - 12-14 in
Female - 10-12 in

Weight
Male - 13-20 lbs
Female - 12-18 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
China

Shih Tzu

Height
Male - 7.9-11 in
Female - 7.5-10.5 in

Weight
8.8-16.0 lbs

Lifespan
10-16 years

Country of Origin
China
Silky Terrier

Height
Male - 9-10 in
Female - 8-10 in

Weight
Male - 10-12 lbs
Female - 8-12 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Australia
Toy Fox Terrier

Height
Male - 8.5-11.5 in
Female - 8-11 in

Weight
3-9 lbs

Lifespan
13-15 years

Country of Origin
United States

Yorkshire Terrier

Height
Male - 6-7 in
Female - 5-7 in

Weight
Male - 6-8 lbs
Female - 5.5-8 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
England

The other dogs included in this group are listed below:
  • English Toy Spaniel/King Charles Spaniel
  • Miniature Manchester Terrier

Non-sporting Group

This is a motley group. Some of the breeds included in this group are as different as chalk and cheese. There are no specifications regarding size, appearance, personality traits, exercise requirements, etc. Some of the breeds are uncommon while others are more common and popular. The breeds included vary in size as well as personality, but regardless of this, all are excellent as companions.

American Eskimo Dog

Height
Male - 15-20 in
Female - 15-20 in

Weight
18-35 lbs

Lifespan
14-16 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Bichon Frise

Height
Male - 9-12 in
Female - 9-11 in

Weight
Male - 6.6-11 lbs
Female - 6.6-11 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Belgium, France, Spain
Boston Terrier

Height
Male - 15-17 in
Female - 15-16 in

Weight
10-25 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
United States

Chinese Shar-Pei

Height
Male - 18-22 in
Female - 18-20 in

Weight
Male - 55-65 lbs
Female - 40-55 lbs

Lifespan
9-11 years

Country of Origin
China
Chow Chow

Height
Male - 19-22 in
Female - 18-20 in

Weight
Male - 55.1-70.5 lbs
Female - 44.1-59.5 lbs

Lifespan
9-15 years

Country of Origin
China
Dalmatian

Height
Male - 21-26 in
Female - 18-25 in

Weight
Male - 33.1-70.5 lbs
Female - 35.3-52.9 lbs

Lifespan
10-13 years

Country of Origin
Croatia

English Bulldog

Height
Male - 12-16 in
Female - 12-15 in

Weight
Male - 52.9-55.1 lbs
Female - 48.5-50.7 lbs

Lifespan
8-12 years

Country of Origin
England
Finnish Spitz

Height
Male - 17-20 in
Female - 15-18 in

Weight
Male - 26.5-28.7 lbs
Female - 15.4-22 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Finland
French Bulldog

Height
Male - 11-13 in
Female - 10-12 in

Weight
18-28 lbs

Lifespan
8-10 years

Country of Origin
England

Keeshond

Height
Male - 17-19 in
Female - 17-18 in

Weight
30-40 lbs

Lifespan
11-15 years

Country of Origin
Netherlands
Lhasa Apso

Height
Male - 10-11 in
Female - 10-11 in

Weight
Male - 13.2-17.6 lbs
Female - 11-15.4 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Tibet
Lowchen

Height
Male - 12-14 in
Female - 11-13 in

Weight
Male - 12-18 lbs
Female - 10-15 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
France, Germany

Norwegian Lundehund

Height
Male - 13-15 in
Female - 12-14 in

Weight
13.2-19.8 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Norway
Standard Poodle

Height
Male - 15-21 in
Female - 15-20 in

Weight
45-70 lbs

Lifespan
11-12 years

Country of Origin
France, Germany
Schipperke

Height
Male - 11-13 in
Female - 10-12 in

Weight
6.6-19.8 lbs

Lifespan
13-15 years

Country of Origin
Belgium

Shiba Inu

Height
Male - 14.5-16.5 in
Female - 13.5-16 in

Weight
Male - 24-25 lbs
Female - 19-20 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Japan
Tibetan Spaniel

Height
Male - 10-12 in
Female - 9-11 in

Weight
8-16 lbs

Lifespan
12-16 years

Country of Origin
Tibet
Tibetan Terrier

Height
Male - 14-16 in
Female - 14-15 in

Weight
18-30 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Tibet

Xoloitzcuintli

Height
Male - 18-24 in
Female - 18-23 in

Weight
10-50 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Mexico

Foundation Stock Service Breeds

The breeds included in this group are not categorized into the other 7 groups by the AKC. But their records and breeding developments are maintained by the AKC. They are also allowed to compete in dog shows with the rest of the breeds of the 7 groups. But these breeds are not considered eligible for recognition by the AKC.

American Hairless Terrier

Height
Male - 7-18 in
Female - 7-16 in

Weight
5-25 lbs

Lifespan
14-16 years

Country of Origin
United States
Catahoula Leopard Dog

Height
Male - 22-23 in
Female - 20-24 in

Weight
35.3-81.6 lbs

Lifespan
10-14 years

Country of Origin
United States
Bergamasco

Height
Male - 23-24 in
Female - 21-23 in

Weight
Male - 70.5-83.8 lbs
Female - 57.3-70.5 lbs

Lifespan
13-15 years

Country of Origin
Italy

Boerboel

Height
Male - 25-28 in
Female - 23-26 in

Weight
Male - 154.3-198.4 lbs
Female - 154.3-198.4 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
South Africa
Bolognese

Height
Male - 11-12 in
Female - 10-11 in

Weight
Male - 5.5-8.8 lbs
Female - 5.5-8.8 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Italy
Cirneco dell'Etna

Height
Male - 18-20 in
Female - 17-20 in

Weight
Male - 22-26.5 lbs
Female - 17.6-22 lbs

Lifespan
8-10 years

Country of Origin
Italy

Coton de Tuléar

Height
Male - 10-12 in
Female - 9-11 in

Weight
Male - 8.8-13.2 lbs
Female - 7.7-11 lbs

Lifespan
14-16 years

Country of Origin
France
Dogo Argentino

Height
Male - 23.6-30 in
Female - 23.6-27 in

Weight
79.4-99.2 lbs

Lifespan
9-20 years

Country of Origin
Argentina
Eurasier

Height
Male - 20-24 in
Female - 19-22 in

Weight
Male - 50.7-70.5 lbs
Female - 39.7-57.3 lbs

Lifespan
12-14 years

Country of Origin
Germany

Hovawart

Height
Male - 25-29 in
Female - 23-26 in

Weight
66-110 lbs

Lifespan
10-14 years

Country of Origin
Germany
Korean Jindo

Height
Male - 20-22 in
Female - 18-20 in

Weight
Male - 39.7-50.7 lbs
Female - 33.1-41.9 lbs

Lifespan
12-15 years

Country of Origin
Korea
Mudi

Height
Male - 16-19 in
Female - 15-17 in

Weight
Male - 24.3-28.7 lbs
Female - 17.6-24.3 lbs

Lifespan
13-15 years

Country of Origin
Hungary

Portuguese Podengo

Height
Male - 22-28 in
Female - 22-27 in

Weight
44-66 lbs

Lifespan
15-17 years

Country of Origin
Portugal
Spanish Mastiff

Height
Male - 30-35 in
Female - 28-35 in

Weight
Male - 198.4-220.5 lbs
Female - 114.6-169.8 lbs

Lifespan
10-12 years

Country of Origin
Spain

The other breeds which are included in Foundation Stock Service are listed below:
  • Appenzeller Sennenhund
  • Azawakh
  • Barbet
  • Belgian Laekenois
  • Berger Picard
  • Bracco Italiano
  • Braque du Bourbonnais
  • Caucasian Ovcharka
  • Central Asian Shepherd Dog
  • Czechoslovakian Vlcak
  • Danish-Swedish Farmdog
  • Deutscher Wachtelhund
  • Drentsche Patrijshond
  • Dutch Shepherd
  • Estrela Mountain Dog
  • French Spaniel
  • German Longhaired Pointer
  • German Spitz
  • Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
  • Hamiltonstovare
  • Kai Ken
  • Karelian Bear Dog
  • Kishu Ken
  • Kooikerhondje
  • Kromfohrlander
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Lancashire Heeler
  • Miniature American Shepherd
  • Norrbottenspets
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Peruvian Inca Orchid
  • Portuguese Pointer
  • Portuguese Sheepdog
  • Pumi
  • Rafeiro do Alentejo
  • Rat Terrier
  • Russian Toy
  • Schapendoes
  • Sloughi
  • Slovensky Cuvac
  • Small Munsterlander Pointer
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Stabyhoun
  • Swedish Lapphund
  • Thai Ridgeback
  • Tornjak
  • Tosa
  • Treeing Tennessee Brindle
  • Wirehaired Vizsla

Dogs have been man's companions since time immemorial. Whether it was just sitting on his lap providing companionship, helping shepherds with herding their animals, assisting hunters in retrieving their game, pulling sleds or other heavy items for man or guarding his property and life, dogs have been present by man's side faithfully. There are innumerable mix-breeds which do not fit into the above categories, but that does not, and should not, take away from what they have to offer - which is the same as any recognized breed can - unconditional love and companionship.