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Dog Breeds A to Z

Dog Breeds A to Z is the first in a series of pages that include dog breed names, photographs and links to individual breed pages. 

When you have dog breeds in alphabetical order, it is so much easier to find the breed you are looking for.

This page includes all those breeds that begin with the letter A.

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Dog Breeds A to Z Listing


Affenpinscher

Origins:  Germany and France
Size:  Small
Grooming:  Moderate
Training: Easy
Recognition:  FCI:  Group 2, AKC:  Toy, ANKC:  Toy, CKC:  Toy, KC:  Toy, NZKC:  Toy, UKC:  Companion


Afghan Hound

Origins:  Afghanistan 
Size:  Large
Grooming:  Time Consuming
Training:  Time Consuming
Recognition: FCI:  Group 10, AKC:  Hounds, ANKC:  Hounds, CKC:  Hounds, KC:  Hounds, NZKC:  Hounds, UKC:  Sighthounds,Pariahs


Aidi
(aka Atlas Mountain Dog)

Origins:  Morocco
Size:  Large
Grooming:  Moderate
Training: Average
Recognition:
     FCI:  Group 2, 
     UKC:  Guardian

Aidi or Atlas Mountain DogAidi or Atlas Mountain Dog

Airedale Terrier

Origins: England
Size:  Medium
Grooming:  Moderate
Training: Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 3, AKC:  Terriers, ANKC:  Terriers, CKC:  Terriers, KC:  Terriers, NZKC:  Terriers, UKC:  Terriers

Airedale TerrierAiredale Terrier

Akbash Dog

Origins:  Turkey
Size:  Giant
Grooming:  Average
Training:  Easy
Recognition: UKC:  Guardian, FCI


Akita
(a.k.a. American Akita)

Origins:  Japan & United States
Size:  Large
Grooming:  Time Consuming
Training:  Time Consuming
Recognition: FCI:  5, AKC:  Working, ANKC:  Utility, CKC:  Working, KC:  Utility, NZKC:  Utility, UKC:  Northern Breed


Akita Inu (a.k.a.Japanese Inu)

Origins:  Japan
Size:  Large
Grooming:  Time Consuming
Training:  Time Consuming
Recognition: FCI:  5, AKC:  Working, ANKC:  Utility, CKC:  Working, KC:  Utility, NZKC:  Utility, UKC:  Northern Breed


Alaskan Klee Kai

Origins:  The United States
Size:  Small, Medium, or Large
Grooming:  Average
Training:  Average
Recognition: UKC:  Northern Breeds

Alaskan Klee KaiAlaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Malamute

Origins:  The United States
Size:  Giant
Grooming:  Time Consuming
Training:  Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 5, AKC:  Working, ANKC:  Utility, CKC:  Working, KC: Working, NZKC:  Utility, UKC:  Northern Breeds

Alaskan MalamuteAlaskan Malamute
Read more about the Alaskan Malamute

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

Origins:  The United States
Size:Large
Grooming: Minimal
Training: Easy
Recognition:  None


Alentejo Mastiff
(a.k.a. Portuguese Mastiff, Mutt of Alentejo)

Origins:  Portugal
Size: Giant
Grooming: Easy
Training: Challenging
Recognition: FCI:  Group 2, UKC:  Guardian

Alentejo Mastiff (a.k.a. Portuguese Mastiff, Mutt of Alentejo)Alentejo Mastiff (a.k.a. Portuguese Mastiff, Mutt of Alentejo)

Alpine Drachsbracke

Origin:  Austria
Size: Medium
Grooming: Minimal
Training: Average
Recognition:
      FCI:  Group 6,
      UKC:  Scenthound

Alpine DrachsbrackeAlpine Drachsbracke

American Bulldog

Origins:  The United States
Size: Large to Giant
Grooming: Easy
Training:  Average
Recognition: UKC:  Guardian


American Black & Tan Coonhound  (a.k.a. Black & Tan Coonhound)

Origins:  The United States
Size: Large
Grooming: Easy
Training: Time Consuming
Recognition: FCI:  Group 6, AKC:  Hounds, CKC:  Hounds, NZKC:  Hounds, UKC:  Scenthounds

American Black and Tan CoonhoundAmerican Black and Tan Coonhound

American Cocker Spaniel
(a.k.a. Cocker Spaniel)

Origins:  The United States
Size: Small to Medium
Grooming:  Time Consuming
Training:  Easy
Recognition: FCI:  Group 8, AKC:  Sporting, ANKC: Gundog, CKC:  Sporting, KC:  Gundog, NZKC:  Gundog, UKC:  Gundog


American Eskimo Dog

Origins:  Germany
Size: Small to Medium
Grooming:  Time Consuming
Training: Easy
Recognition: AKC:  Non-sporting, CKC:  Non-sporting, UKC:  Northern Breeds

American Eskimo DogAmerican Eskimo Dog
Read more about the American Eskimo Dog (link)

American Foxhound

Origins:  The United States
Size:Medium to Large
Grooming: Easy
Training: Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 6, AKC:  Hounds, CKC:  Hounds, UKC:  Scenthounds

American FoxhoundAmerican Foxhound

American Hairless Terrier

Origins:  The United States
Size: Small
Grooming: Easy
Training: Average
Recognition: AKC:  FSS,  UKC:  Terrier

American Hairless TerrierAmerican Hairless Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier

Origins:  United States
Size: Varies
Grooming: Minimal
Training: Average
Recognition: UKC:  Terriers


American Leopard Hound
(a.k.a. Catahoula leopard dog,  Catahoula hog dog,
Catahoula Cur,  Catahoula hound,  Leopard Dogs,  Leopard Cur)

Origins:  United States
Size: Large
Grooming: Minimal
Training: average
Recognition:
      AKC:  FSS,
      UKC:  Herding

American Leopard Hound (a.k.a. Catahoula leopard dog,  Catahoula hog dog, Catahoula Cur,  Catahoula hound,  Leopard Dogs,  Leopard Cur)American Leopard Hound (a.k.a. Catahoula leopard dog)

American Staffordshire Terrier

Origins:  United States
Size: Medium
Grooming: Minimal
Training: Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 3, AKC:  Terriers, ANKC:  Terriers, CKC:  Terriers, NZKC:  Terriers


American Water Spaniel

Origins:  The United States
Size: Medium
Grooming: Time-consuming
Training:  Easy
Recognition: FCI:  Group 3, AKC:  Sporting, CKC:  Sporting, UKC:  Gundog


Anatolian Shepherd
(a.k.a. Anatolian Blackhead Anadolulu Karabaş, Kangal)

Origins:  Turkey
Size:Large to Giant
Grooming: Average
Training: Demanding
Recognition: FCI:  Group 2, AKC:  Working, ANKC:  Utility, CKC:  Working, KC:  Pastoral, NZKC:  Working, UKC:  Guardian

Anatolian ShepherdAnatolian Shepherd


Anglo-Franḉais de Petite Venerie

Origins: France
Size: Medium
Grooming: Minimal
Training: Easy
Recognition: FCI:  Group 6, UKC:  Scenthounds

Anglo-Franḉais de Petite VenerieAnglo-Franḉais de Petite Venerie

Appenzeller
(a.k.a. Appenzell Cattle Dog,  Appenzeller Mountain Dog)

Origins:  Switzerland
Size: Large
Grooming: Minimal
Training: Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 2, AKC:  FSS, UKC:  Guardian

Appenzeller Cattle DogAppenzeller Cattle Dog

Ariégeois

Origins:  France
Size: Large
Grooming: Minimal
Training: Easy
Recognition: FCI:  Group 6, UKC:  Scenthound

AriégeoisAriégeois

Australian Cattle Dog
(a.k.a. Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, Queensland Heeler)

Origins:  Australia
Size: Medium
Grooming: Minimal
Training:  Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 1, AKC:  Herding, ANKC:  Working, CKC:  Herding, KC:  Pastoral, NZKC:  Working, UKC:  Herding

Australian Cattle DogAustralian Cattle Dog

Australian Kelpie

Origins:  Australia
Size:  Medium
Grooming:  Minimal
Training:  Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 1, ANKC:  Working, CKC:  Herding, NZKC:  Working, UKC:  Herding

Australian KelpieAustralian Kelpie

Australian Shepherd

Origins:  United States
Size: Medium to Large
Grooming: Average
Training:  Easy
Recognition: FCI:  Group 1, AKC:  Herding, ANKC:  Working, CKC:  Herding, KC:  Pastoral, NZKC:  Working, UKC:  Herding



Australian Silky Terrier
(a.k.a. Silky Terrier)

Origins:  Australia
Size: Small
Grooming: Time Consuming
Training: Easy
Recognition: FCI:  Group 3, AKC:  Toys, ANKC:  Toys, CKC:  Toys, KC:  Toys, NZKC:  Toys, UKC:  Terrier

Australian Silky Terrier (a.k.a. Silky Terrier)Australian Silky Terrier (a.k.a. Silky Terrier)

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog  (a.k.a. Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog)

Origins:  Australia
Size:
Grooming:
Training:
Recognition: FCI:  Group 1, ANKC:  Working, CKC:  Herding, NZKC:  Working, UKC:  Herding

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog  (a.k.a. Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog)Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog (a.k.a. Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog)

Photo by Wendy Hodges via Flickr


Australian Terrier

Origins:  Australia
Size:  Small
Grooming: Average
Training:  Easy
Recognition: FCI:  Group 3,AKC:  Terriers, ANKC:  Terriers,CKC:  Terriers, KC:  Terriers, NZKC:  Terriers, UKC:  Terriers

Australian TerrierAustralian Terrier

Austrian Black & Tan Hound

Origins: Austria
Size:Medium
Grooming:  Minimal
Training: Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 6, UKC:  Scenthound


Austrian Pinscher

Origins:  Austria
Size: Medium
Grooming: Minimal
Training: Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 2, UKC:  Terrier

Austrian PinscherAustrian Pinscher

Azawakh

Origins:  Mali & Egypt
Size:  Large
Grooming:  Minimal
Training:  Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 10, AKC:  FSS, ANKC:  Hounds, KC:  Hounds, NZKC:  Hounds, UKC: Sighthounds. Pariahs

AzawakhAzawakh

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