Dog Breeds

Dog breed profiles - a complete list of dog breeds. Click here for advice on choosing the right dog...

Affenpinscher

A tough little dog, mischievous and cheeky in equal measures. The name derives from the German for "monkey-like terrier"…

Afghan Hound

A hardy yet glamorous dog, the Afghan Hound has an exotic history, certainly dating back to the years BC. A favourite of…

Airedale Terrier

Known as the "King of Terriers", the Airedale is largest terrier breed and blessed with a majestic moustache. Renowned…

Akita

The Akita is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan.

Alaskan Malamute

Affectionately known as the "snow train" due to its incredible strength and stamina, the Malamute was bred by an Innuit…

American Cocker Spaniel

A direct descendant of the English Cocker Spaniel, they were initially bred as a gundog excelling in pointing and…

Anatolian Shepherd

Its roots can be traced back to the mountainous regions of Turkey where it was bred to guard sheep and villages against…

Australian Cattle

A breed with an interesting bloodline, originating with a mixture of the now extinct Smithfield, wild Dingoes, early…

Australian Shepherd

Despite their name the breed originated in the United States to help manage livestock in the huge open areas of…

Australian Silky Terrier

Originally bred from crossing Yorkshire and Australian Terriers, the Silky is a stocky toy breed that loves attention…

Australian Terrier

Blessed with exceptional hearing and eyesight the Australian terrier makes an excellent watchdog. They were originally…

Basenji

One of the oldest breeds, images of the Basenji's ancestors have been depicted in the tombs of the Pharaohs. The breed…

Basset Fauve De Bretagne

The Basset Fauve De Bretagne is an excellent bloodhound, originally bred to hunt in packs with French Royalty. The breed…

Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)

A happy go lucky dog who loves to be active. The Basset Griffon Vendeen Grand are independent and although always aim to…

Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)

A happy go lucky little dog who loves to be active. The Basset Griffon Vendeen Petit are independent and although always…

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is a skilled pack hound that has been bred to track game with their excellent sense of smell. Their…

Beagle

The Beagle is an ancient English breed, and have been popular since the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Excellent…

Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie should be considered a sociable breed, they do not like to be left alone and form a strong attachment…

Beauceron

The Beauceron was originally bred to protect livestock on the plains surrounding Paris the breed retains a strong…

Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is a curious looking dog, somewhat resembling a lamb. The breed was developed in the 13th Century…

Belgian Shepherd (Groenendael)

The Belgian Shepherd Groenendael is an intelligent and sociable breed who thrives under firm, fair leadership.…

Belgian Shepherd (Laekenois)

The Belgian Shepherd Laekenois is an intelligent and sociable breed that thrives under firm, fair leadership. Originally…

Belgian Shepherd (Malinois)

The Belgian Shepherd Malinois is an intelligent and sociable breed who thrives under firm, fair leadership. Originally…

Belgian Shepherd (Tervueren)

The Belgian Shepherd Tervueren is an intelligent and sociable breed who thrives under firm, fair leadership. Originally…

Bergamasco

The Bergamasco is an ancient sheepdog breed that was originally found in Alpine regions, hence the shaggy coat. The…

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain dog is a devoted family dog who is excellent with children. The origin of the breed can be traced…

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is an adaptable little dog who will suit many lifestyles. Grooming will be a major part of your…

Bloodhound

The Bloodhound possesses an incredible tracking ability and is widely in use as police and search and rescue dogs. They…

Bolognese

The Bolognese is a beautiful little toy breed closely resembling and related to the Bichon and Maltese, the Bolognese is…

Border Collie

The Border Collie isn't for the novice dog owner - he needs time and dedication if he is to be a happy, well-balanced…

Border Terrier

The Border Terrier is an active dog who was originally bred to keep up with mounted hunts and go to ground after foxes.…

Borzoi

Originating in Russia, where Borzoi is a general term for sight hounds, the breed was used to protect its masters from…

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers thrive on human company and want to spend most of their time with their families. This is an active dog…

Bouvier Des Flandres

The Bouvier Des Flandres is generally amiable and a loving companion, excellent with children.

Boxer

The lovable Boxer has a big heart and bags of personality, so it's no wonder that the breed is the favourite of the…

Briard

A rugged, traditional French herding breed, the Briard is considered to be full of energy and rather boisterous. The…

Brittany

As its name suggests the Brittany breed originated in the Northern region of France. They are the smallest of the…

Bull Terrier

The Brittany is a unique character who loves to act the clown. Despite his hardy appearance he doesn't do well outdoors…

Bull Terrier (Miniature)

Originally bred from crossing a Bulldog with an English Terrier, the Bull Terrier is an enthusiastic dog although they…

Bulldog

Bred to bait bulls, the early examples of the breed were aggressive and tenacious fighters who would continue fighting…

Bullmastiff

Bred to protect gamekeepers from the dangers of poachers, the Bullmastiff has developed into a useful working dog in a…

Cairn Terrier

The most famous example of a Cairn Terrier is Dorothy's dog Toto in the Wizard of Oz. They're lively and confident but…

Canaan

Owing to the harsh conditions of the Middle East desert where the Canaan originates, the breed are highly intelligent…

Cao Castro Laboreiro

The Cao Castro Laboreiro is native to Portugal and is one of the oldest European dog breeds, used for generations as a…

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is classified as a Toy breed. They are affectionate, kind and a great companion, happy…

Cesky Terrier

The Cesky terrier is a relatively new breed, originally bred for hunting they are now more commonly used as companions…

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an active and outgoing dog who loves to swim! The breed is in the Gundog group and was…

Chihuahua (long haired)

The Long Haired Chihuahua is an indoor breed who loves his creature comforts. The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog…

Chihuahua (short haired)

The Short Haired Chihuahua tends to bond very closely with one family member. The Chihuahua's origins are shrouded in…

Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested Dogs are faithful companions and thrive on human company, although they are happy to be left alone for a…

Chow Chow

The chow chow originates from China. His name may well derive from the word "chaou" which means ''dog of great…

Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber is one of the oldest types of spaniel, but his hasn't stopped the breed from slipping down in populairty…

Cocker Spaniel (English)

The Cocker Spaniel wants to please his owner and excels at training. An energetic, bouncy dog best suited to an active…

Coton De Tulear

The Coton de Tulear, also known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, was first recognised in 1990 but he has existed in his…

Curly-Coated Retriever

The Curly-Coated Retriever was the gundog of choice in the UK in the 1800s. They are powerful swimmers and are thought…

Dachshund

Dachshund translates from German as "badger hound", a clear indication of its original role, hence its short stature and…

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is a breed with an incredible history that has accompanied Greek chariots and aristocratic European…

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont is an intelligent breed originally bred as a working dog. Dandie Dinmont Terriers are now included on…

Deerhound

The Deerhound is a sight hound bred through crossing English hounds with shaggy Scottish dogs. As the name suggests - it…

Dobermann

The Dobermann is best suited to a more experienced owner who will be capable of handling such a strong-willed and…

Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is an incredibly intelligent, but can be stubborn. Due to his size he is best suited to a large…

English Pointer

Originally a working dog, the Pointer makes an excellent family companion. It is kind, obedient and sensitive.

English Setter

A gundog that can adapt to 'pet' life providing plenty of opportunity to run freely is given. They love people and are…

English Springer Spaniel

A lively, energetic dog best suited to an active lifestyle. The Springer Spaniel is an incredibly versatile and will try…

English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan)

The English Toy Terrier is a devoted companion and is the oldest of the native toy breeds.

Eskimo

Originally found in the Canadian Arctic, the Eskimo Dog was prized for its ability to pull great loads, search out seal…

Estrela Mountain

Another breed whose characteristics are closely tied into its working past. Estrela Mountain Dogs were used to guard…

Eurasier

Breeding for the Eurasier began back in the 1960s but it wasn't until the German Kennel club added the breed in 1972,…

Field Spaniel

A docile, friendly chap, perhaps more suited to country than town. Provided he is well exercised, he'll make a good,…

Finnish Lapphund

A pastoral breed that was used in its native Finland as a herder of reindeer. The Finnish Lapphund is a Spitz type breed…

Finnish Spitz

The national breed of Finland and conforming to traditional Spitz-type characteristics such as an keenness for hunting…

Flat-Coated Retriever

Flat Coated Retrievers are extroverts and have a sense of humour. They are slow to mature and retain their playful puppy…

Fox Terrier (Smooth)

A classic terrier, bred as its name suggests, to terrorise foxes by bolting down their holes and flushing them out so…

Fox Terrier (Wire)

A classic terrier, bred as its name suggests, to terrorise foxes by bolting down their holes and flushing them out so…

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs thrive on affection and companionship. Your French Bulldog will be an integral part of the family so…

German Longhaired Pointer

The German Longhaired Pointer (GLP) is regarded as one of the best hunt, point and retrieve breeds. They are naturally…

German Shepherd

A GSD can have one of two coat types: standard and long. They are very versatile and adapt well to most living…

German Spitz

Able to trace their ancestry back to the Neolithic, the German Spitz is one of the oldest of domestic breeds.…

German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP), known as the Deutch Drahthaar in its homeland, is a versatile gundog breed. Being a…

Glen of Imaal Terrier

This Irish breed was only exported to America in 1968 and is still rarely seen outside their native Wicklow. Bred as a…

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is an ideal companion, sensitive and sensible. The breed has been adapted for various activities.…

Gordon Setter

A gundog that can adapt to 'pet' life providing plenty of opportunity to run freely is given. They love people and are…

Grand Bleu De Gascogne

An aristocratic French scent hound with a lovely gentle temperament. The Grand Bleu was originally bred in the middle…

Great Dane

Great Danes were originally used as hunting dogs to catch wild boar. Contrary to general belief, you don't need a huge…

Greyhound

The Greyhound can trace its origins back to Ancient Egypt, tomb relief's dating back to 4000BC show Persian Greyhounds…

Griffon Bruxellois

The Griffon Bruxellois is known for its cute monkey-like expression and keen sense of self-importance. They make…

Hamiltonstovare

Also known as the Hamilton Hound, this extremely handsome dog carries himself with dignity. They have an excellent nose…

Havanese

We give you the lowdown on the Havanese - a sturdy toy breed with a joyful character. This little dog would make an…

Hovawart

A hardy, energetic dog with lots of affection to give. Extremely intelligent and always alert. He would make a good…

Hungarian Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is an ancient breed, having worked the trade routes of the Urals. They found their way to Hungary, through…

Hungarian Puli

Also known as the Hungarian Water Dog, the Puli is identified by its corded coat. An ancient herding breed who travelled…

Hungarian Vizsla

The Vizsla is a working breed and this must be taken into consideration. Vizslas have an unusually long puppyhood and…

Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla

The Vizsla is an HPR (hunt, point, retrieve) breed. He has great versatility, with the nose of a Bloodhound, pointing…

Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan Hound is an affectionate and loyal dog who will form a close attachment to its owner. They are a hunting dog…

Irish Red & White Setter

A gundog that can adapt to 'pet' life providing plenty of opportunity to run freely is given. They love people and are…

Irish Setter

A gundog who can adapt to 'pet' life providing plenty of opportunity to run freely is given. They love people and are…

Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier is devoted to his owners and sensitive to their moods. The breed was once referred to as the Irish Red…

Irish Water Spaniel

Almost human-like! The Irish Water Spaniel is a very intelligent dog that requires a lot of attention, plenty of walks…

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is a loving a devoted dog. A Wolfhound wants to be with his family as much as possible - if left…

Italian Greyhound

The graceful Italian Greyhound is believed to have originated in or around Egypt, its ancestors having been found buried…

Italian Spinone

The Italian Spinone or Italian Griffon originates from the Piedmont district of North West Italy. A member of the Hunt,…

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russells are lively, busy little dogs and need to be kept occupied, both physically and mentally. Training needs to…

Japanese Chin

A small breed, best suited to living life indoors and as a close companion. Originally a favourite of the Japanese…

Japanese Shiba Inu

A hardy Spitz-type dog, originally bred to hunt small game and vermin in the mountainous and bushy regions of Japan. The…

Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is closely associated with the Samoyed breed, similar in look an temperament. They are a wonderful…

Keeshond

The Keeshond (pronounced Kays Hawnd), probably one of the most mispronounced breed names. The breed used to be known as…

Kerry Blue Terrier

Taking its name from the County Kerry region of Ireland, the Kerry Blue Terrier is a feisty breed that was originally…

King Charles Spaniel

Also known as the English Toy Spaniel to the Americans, the King Charles was a favoured companion breed of the Royals…

Komondor

Bred in its native Hungary to protect flocks from the danger of wolf attack, the Komondor is a large, athletic breed…

Kooikerhondje

A Dutch working dog, the Kooikerhondje loves water and is an adept swimmer due to their original role luring ducks into…

Labradoodle

The Labradoodle temperament is, without doubt, as good as it gets in the dog world and is a particularly strong feature…

Labrador Retriever

The Lab is a fantastic all-rounder - you name it, he'll most likely be able to do it. They revel in company and love…

Lagotto Romagnolo

Also known as the Romagna Water Dog, this breed is one of the oldest waterfowl retrievers, its ancestors having been…

Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terriers were bred to hunt and kill foxes and vermin around the farms of the Lake District and have been bred…

Lancashire Heeler

Originally used to herd cattle and sheep by nipping on their heels, they also made excellent vermin hunters.…

Leonberger

A large, formidable breed of dog descended from a mixture of St. Bernards, Newfoundlands and Great Pyrenees.…

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apsos originated in the city of Lhasa, Tibet. There they were used to alert the monks of any intruders into their…

Lowchen

Known as the Little Lion Dog due to the preferred cut of their coat, the Lowchen was at one point officially the rarest…

Lurcher

The Lurcher is the first designer cross-breed, and distinctly British in origin.

Maltese

Maltese are merry and full of fun and despite their appearance and reputation are lively dogs.

Manchester Terrier

A breed that has maintained consistency in its conformation to type for nearly two centuries, the Manchester Terrier is…

Maremma Sheepdog

Still used as a working sheepdog in its native Italy, the Maremma is a proud breed and will not be submissive, rather…

Mastiff

A genuinely massive breed, the Mastiff (sometimes referred to as the English Mastiff) is descended from the Roman…

Miniature Pinscher

The 'Min Pin' is an elegant little dog, active and curious in character. Often thought of as a descendant of the…

Munsterlander (Large)

A close companion and hunt-point-retrieve breed blessed with an excellent nose, equally happy tracking game across land…

Munsterlander (Small)

A close companion and hunt-point-retrieve breed blessed with an excellent nose, equally happy tracking game across land…

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiffs are an ancient breed that have been used as guardians for centuries and form the basis of many of…

Newfoundland

A gentle and friendly dog with a clouded history, the debate still rages about the true origins of the breed.…

Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk has a delightful disposition. They are a true terrier - he loves to run, dig, and hunt. Training must be…

Norwegian Buhund

A member of the Spitz type breeds and conforming to many of the type's characteristics such as. They were initially bred…

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhounds and their predecessors have provided companionship and assistance to mankind for centuries, guarding…

Norwich Terrier

A working terrier used to clear barns and stables of vermin all across the Norfolk broads; they became popular with the…

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Toller is an ideal dog for an active family. He is a high-energy dog and needs regular off-lead exercise as well as…

Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog is an intelligent playful breed. The dog's comical appearance sometimes distracts from its…

Otterhound

The Otterhound is a large scent hound, sometimes referred to as 'Woollies' due to their thick double coat. Although…

Papillon

The Papillon (French for butterfly) is a small toy breed. Its name is derived from its large butterfly shaped ears and…

Patterdale Terrier

The Patterdale is a type of Fell Terrier, originating in the Ullswater region of the Lake District. The breed is not…

Pekingese

According to legend, when a lion and a marmoset monkey fell in love, Buddha allowed the lion to shrink in size so that…

Pharaoh Hound

These dogs have an elegant look, an independent yet playful personality and a quick thinking mind and they'll often…

Pinscher (German)

The German Pinscher originated in Germany as a herding breed and is included in the origins of many other breeds such as…

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs originated from Poland in the 1500's. They evolved from ancient herding dogs and this breed is…

Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a companion dog who loves spending time with people. Light-hearted and full of life, these intelligent…

Poodle (Miniature)

The Miniature Poodle is an incredibly versatile dog. He will love whatever walks you can give him, and will make his own…

Poodle (Standard)

Initially bred as a gundog, the Poodle has now found itself as the dog of choice for those seeking to inject a little…

Poodle (Toy)

Initially bred as a gundog, the Poodle has now found itself as the dog of choice for those seeking to inject a little…

Portuguese Water

The Portuguese Water Dog has been in existence for centuries, but it's only in recent years that the breed has become…

Pug

Originating from China, the Pug was very popular with royalty and aristocracy. Nowadays they are popular pets as they…

Pyrenean Mountain Dog

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog's roots can be traced back to before the Bronze Age. They belong to the pastoral group and…

Pyrenean Sheepdog

The Pyrenean Sheepdog, also known as the Berger des Pyrenees, is seen in two varieties, the longhaired and the…

Rhodesian Ridgeback

An African hound of great endurance and fortitude, Rhodesian Ridgebacks were bred to be fast and strong enough to…

Rottweiler

Rottweilers are brainy and need to be kept occupied. They will not cope being home alone all day - they need space,…

Rough Collie

With their elegant good looks the Rough Collie is easily recognised. The Breed was made famous by the 'Lassie' films and…

Russian Black Terrier

Originally bred as a guard/police dog by the former Soviet Union, the Russian Black is a powerful and highly obedient…

Saluki

The Saluki is an independent, elegant breed that dotes on human company and family life yet will escape given the first…

Samoyed

Originally a sled dog and reindeer herder, the Samoyed has adapted to life as a pet relatively well.

Schipperke

A true hardy little dog, excellent watch dog and abiding companion. An excellent all rounder, inquisitive with a caring…

Schnauzer (Giant)

The largest of the three Schnauzers, powerful yet discriminate guard, ever alert and always playful. Does not moult and…

Schnauzer (Miniature)

The Miniature Schnauzer is a very distinctive breed, with a bearded muzzle and big bushy eyebrows. With his quirky looks…

Schnauzer (Standard)

A serious face yet full of fun! Good guard, getting on well with all family members.

Scottish Terrier

A great companion, good guard and nice size to take anywhere.

Sealyham Terrier

A loyal yet stubborn dog, one who needs to know who is boss or will take advantage!

Shar Pei

A strong, powerful dog, yet one who is gentle with children and full of character. Higher-than-average tendency for…

Shetland Sheepdog

Loyal, obedient, strong yet gentle. The Sheltie is a charming pet in the house - although it might try to herd the kids!

Shih Tzu

A lovely companion dog with an independent personality and a slight distrust of strangers.

Siberian Husky

He is a primitive breed with strong chase instincts, and a lethal hunter. He will not get on with cats or other small…

Skye Terrier

A one-man dog, devoted to his owner and distrustful of strangers.

Sloughi

An incredibly loyal dog, so much so that they do not rehome easily. Although the hunting instinct is strong, they are…

Smooth Collie

The smooth collie is a handsome breed with a striking silhouette and soft expression, with a short, weatherproof coat.…

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

A versatile dog, full of fun and character. An excellent dog for children, with a non-moulting coat and enough…

Spanish Water Dog

Those woolly cords and mop-style coat will get some attention! This versatile, family-friendly dog makes a great pet to…

St Bernard

One of the most recognizable, biggest and gentlest breed, not to mention one of the most expensive dogs to keep.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

An easy dog who makes an ideal pet for most owners; however, Staffords are strong and need a firm hand. His fighting…

Sussex Spaniel

An obedient guard dog in disguise! Given the right socialization and training, they will fit well into any family, but…

Swedish Vallhund

A great all rounder who'll fit nicely into family life. Alert, playful and a good watchdog, the Vallhund is an easy dog…

Tibetan Mastiff

A guard dog through and through, although one that is easy-going and likes nothing more than a laid-back lifestyle!

Tibetan Spaniel

A determined, independent dog. Loyal to the family, but suspicious of strangers. A good watch dog and a great companion.

Tibetan Terrier

A lovely all round family dog. Loyal, alert, playful and a clown all in one! There are no 'terrier' instincts in the…

Weimaraner

The 'grey ghost' is a versatile dog that can just about do anything it sets its mind on. Having said that, they are…

Welsh Corgi Cardigan

Devoted, loyal and capable of a good day's work. Originally bred for cattle driving by nipping at their heels -…

Welsh Corgi Pembroke

With his endearing fox-like face and extreme intelligence, the Corgi really does prove that the best things come in…

Welsh Springer Spaniel

A hard working gundog, but one who will make an excellent pet to the right family. Always wanting to please, very…

Welsh Terrier

A compact dog of charming character and a great companion for kids. obedient, happy and cheerful, non-aggressive but…

West Highland White Terrier

Confidant, alert and friendly, the Westie is a popular choice due to their friendly nature and size.

Whippet

Classified in the Hound group, the Whippet is an amicable companion and a solid worker. Loves running, loves a fireplace…

Yorkshire Terrier

Classified as a Toy dog, the Yorkshire Terrier may be small, but try telling him that! Very playful, happy and keen to…