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Domestic Dog Breeds

The Brazilian Mastiff is a large working dog of the Molosser group, developed in Brazil. It was most likely developed from the Mastiff, the Bulldog and the Bloodhound. They originated on plantations and cattle farms and are excellent tracking dogs once...

The Braque du Bourbonnais is a French gun dog with a ticked liver or fawn coat and a short tail. It thrived during the Renaissance and after WWI. A breed club was established in 1925 but that did not keep the dog from practically becoming extinct for a...

The Bracco Italiano is a gun dog developed in Italy which is fairly common in Europe, but rare elsewhere. The breed is most likely a cross between a coursing hound called the Segugio Italiano and the Asiatic Mastiff. There are two variations of the Bra...

The Boxer is a stocky, medium-sized German breed. It is the seventh most popular breed of dog in the United States based on 2006 AKC statistics. The Boxer is part of the Molosser group and was bred from the Bulldog and the extinct Bullenbeisser. The...

The Boykin Spaniel is slightly larger than the English Cocker Spaniel, and a member of the same family. It stands from 14 to 17 inches tall and weighs 25 to 35 pounds. It is a retrieving breed, and the state dog of South Carolina. The coat of the Bo...

The Boston Terrier is a compact breed, and the first non-sporting dog bred in America. It is a compact breed with a square face and a short, wrinkle-free muzzle. It is a well proportioned breed weighing 10 to 25 pounds and standing 15 to 17 inches tall...

The Borzoi, also called the Russian Wolfhound, is a Russian breed of sight hound. It is a large variety, similar in shape to the Greyhound. It is bred to pursue game and can cover large distances quite quickly. The Borzoi is a tall streamlined dog, wei...

The Border Terrier is a small, narrow-bodied dog belonging to the terrier group. The breed was originally bred to hunt fox and other vermin. The Border Terrier takes its name from the area near the Scottish-English border, where the breed originated. ...

The Border Collie is a herding breed that descended from breeds near the border of England and Scotland. It is commonly considered the most intelligent breed of dog. It has always been a herding breed and has more recently become popular as a pet and ...

The Bolognese is a companion dog and a descendent of the Bichon group. The Bolognese stands from 9 to 12 inches tall and generally weighs 8 to 11 pounds. It is a small, white dog with a curly, wooly coat. It has large, dark eyes and an extremely compac...

The Boerboel is a very large South African working breed. It was originally bred to be a farmer's dog and to defend the homestead. It is a heavy mastiff breed that is obedient, intelligent and dominant. It is thought that the breed was derived from int...

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is a French sporting dog, first recorded in the 1870s, bred from the English Setter and the Picardy Spaniel. It stands 22 to 24 inches high and generally weighs around 45 pounds. The Picardy looks like a setter with its long le...

The Blue Lacy originated in Texas in the mid 1800s and is now recognized as the official state dog breed of Texas. The breed is named after the Lacy brothers of Burnet County, Texas. It is a mixture of a scent hound, Greyhound and coyote, or so the Lac...

The Bloodhound is a French breed bred for tracking human beings. It is a scent hound, known for its ability to follow a scent over long distances, even if it is days old. It is frequently used to trace missing persons or prison escapees. The Bloodho...

The Black Russian Terrier is both a working and a guard dog breed. It is an athletic dog, often used on police forces; it was developed in the former USSR as a military dog. The coat of the Black Russian Terrier should appear rustic, and be both ha...

The Blackmouth Cur is a hunting dog that originated in the southern United States. It is used as a herding dog as well as for hunting. The breed is strong, and has incredible jumping and climbing ability, excellent for treeing prey. The Blackmouth C...

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a scent hound primarily used for tracking raccoon. It is one of six recognized varieties of Coonhound. It is a somewhat rare breed that is not only great at tracking but also hunting various animals as well as agility. ...

The Brussels Griffon, named for the city in Belgium from which it originated, is a toy breed which is broken down into three sub-categories. The term Brussels Griffon can refer to three different breeds, the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge, and t...

The Bichon Frisé is a small, white, lapdog; it is a very popular and intelligent pet. The Bichon Frisé descended from the Poodle, Water Spaniel, and a small white dog which existed in the Mediterranean as far back as 600 B.C. At one point in the ...

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large Swedish farm dog. It is a hard-working breed, recognized primarily by its coloration. It has a black body, neck, legs, head and ears; its cheeks and stockings are rust or tan and the toes, muzzle, chest, and between ...