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Domestic Dog Breeds

The Leonberger is a large German guard dog breed. It was originally bred from the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Saint Bernard and the Newfoundland. Its purpose was to pull loads as well as protect livestock and herds. Like many other German breeds, the Leonbe...

The Large Münsterländer is a German gun dog breed which was first recognized in the early 1800s. Prior to that, the breed was recognized as only a German Longhaired Pointer color variant. The breed was first introduced in the United States in 196...

The Lancashire Heeler is a small herding breed. The breed is generally accepted to be a cross between a Welsh Corgi and a Black and Tan Terrier. The breed is listed as vulnerable by the UK Kennel Club. The original purpose of the breed was to herd live...

The Labrador Retriever is a gun dog which specializes in retrieving. It is considered the most popular breed in the world according to its registered ownership. The breed originated in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It was developed using the St. J...

The Lakeland Terrier was originally bred in England's Lake District for the purpose of hunting vermin. The breed descended from the Fell Terrier, Old English Black and Tan Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, and Border Terrier. It was ...

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a gun dog from Italy traditionally used as a water retriever. The breed originated in the lowlands of the Romagna sub-region of Italy and has a natural instinct for working and hunting. The Lagotto generally stands 16 to 19 ...

The Kuvasz is an ancient livestock guardian dog from Hungary. The Kuvasz was originally a nomadic breed which moved with the Magyar tribes around 2000 BC. Fossil remains have been discovered of a Kuvasz-type dog from the 9th century; if these remains a...

The Kunming Dog is a wolf-dog hybrid which was bred in the 1950s as a military dog in Kunming, Yunnan. The breed was developed from a pool of wolfdogs, civil dogs and shepherd dogs. The bred was officially recognized in China in 1988 and is now widely ...

The Kromfohrländer is a German companion breed which originated in Germany in the 1940s. The breed originated when two mutts were mated, or possibly a Fox Terrier and a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. The breed was first recognized in 1955. The Kro...

The Cretan Hound is a Grecian hunting breed; it is considered to be one of Europe's oldest hunting dogs. It is an excellent hare hunter and coursing and tracking dog in general, due to its agility, speed, and scenting ability. The breed also makes an e...

The Jindo, or more specifically the Korean Jindo, is a hunting breed which originated in Korea and is relatively unknown elsewhere. There is no written record of the origin of the breed, but the breed is important enough in its supposed native country ...

The Irish Wolfhound is a sight hound and one of the tallest breeds of dog. The breed was bred around 1st century BC, as a war dog by the ancient Celts. The Irish used them continually as a guard dog. The breed was also once used for coursing, but it ma...

The English Shepherd is a working breed. It was developed as a farm dog used for a variety of services such as herding, hunting, removing rodents, as well as a watch dog and a companion. It is often used to herd livestock; however, unlike other breeds,...

The Kooiker Hound or Kooikerhondje is a Dutch spaniel-type breed originally used for duck hunting and tolling. The breed peaked in popularity in the 17th and 18th centuries, but is quickly gaining popularity in the U.S. and Canada. The breed was used d...

The Komondor is a Hungarian livestock guardian breed, most likely brought to Hungary by Turkish-speaking Nomads during the 12th and 13th centuries. The breed is built for guarding livestock; it is strong and well armored, and its coat allows it to blen...

The Kishu is a Japanese hunting breed which has been developed over thousands of years. The breed appears similar to the Akita and Shiba Inu; however the Kishu was bred prior to either. The breed was bred by the Japanese to hunt boar and deer, and thei...

The Kintamani is an Indonesian breed native to Bali. The breed most likely evolved from Balinese feral dogs and other Asian breeds. It is possible that the breed began around 600 years ago with a Chow Chow, but this is yet to be proven. The Kintaman...

The King Charles Spaniel, also called the English Toy Spaniel is a small companion breed. It is sometimes confused with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; the King Charles Spaniel is a separate, more pug-like breed. The breed originated in Great Britai...

The Kerry Blue Terrier or the Irish Blue Terrier is a working breed from Ireland. The breed was primarily developed for catching vermin, but eventually was used for herding cattle and sheep as well as for a guard dog. The breed is also often used for d...

The Keeshond, originally called the Wolfsspitz, is a medium-sized breed from Germany. It is closely related to the German spitzes. The breed was named after Cornelis (Kees) de Gyselaer, the leader of the Dutch rebellion against the House of Orange duri...