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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.

Did I forget some dog breeds that begin with the letter A?

Please let me know.  If you know of any, please use the Contact Me form at the bottom of the page to provide the name of the breed. 

If it happens to be the breed of your dog, please accept my apologies in advance. 



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

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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

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Aidi
(aka Atlas Mountain Dog)

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

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

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Akbash Dog

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

Dog Breeds A to Z

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

Dog Breeds A to Z

Dog Breeds A to Z

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

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Alaskan Klee Kai

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

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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

Dog Breeds A to Z

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

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

Dog Breeds A to Z

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

Dog Breeds A to ZAlentejo Mastiff (a.k.a. Portuguese Mastiff, Mutt of Alentejo)

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


Alpine Drachsbracke

Dog Breeds A to ZAlpine Drachsbracke

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


American Bulldog

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

Dog Breeds A to Z

Dog Breeds A to Z


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

Dog Breeds A to ZAmerican 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

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American Dingo
(aka Carolina Dog)

Origins:  U.S.A.
Size: Medium
Grooming: Easy
Training: Time Consuming
Recognition:  UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)

A breed with Asian roots, crossing into North America thousands of years ago and becoming a feral dog centered around the Carolinas.

American Eskimo Dog

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

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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 Hairless Terrier

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

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American Pit Bull Terrier

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

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

Dog Breeds A to ZAmerican Leopard Hound (a.k.a. Catahoula leopard dog)

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


American Staffordshire Terrier

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

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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


Anglo-Franḉais de Petite Venerie

Dog Breeds A to ZAnglo-Franḉais de Petite Venerie

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


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

Dog Breeds A to ZAppenzeller Cattle Dog

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


Ariégeois

Dog Breeds A to ZAriégeois

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


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 Dingo

Dog Breeds A to ZAustralian Dingo

Origins:  Australia
Size: Medium
Grooming:  Minimal
Training:  Difficult
Recognition:  None

Australian Kelpie

Dog Breeds A to ZAustralian Kelpie

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


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

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

Dog Breeds A to ZAustralian 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 Terrier

Dog Breeds A to ZAustralian 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


Austrian Black & Tan Hound

Dog Breeds A to ZAustrian Black & Tan Hound

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


Austrian Pinscher

Dog Breeds A to ZAustrian Pinscher

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


Azawakh

Dog Breeds A to ZAzawakh

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


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