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Dog Breed List B


Dog Breed List B: 

What's in a Name? This is a list of dog breeds starting with the letter B.

So, you think you might know what breed you like, but when you look it up, you find many names for the same breed?  Has this ever happened to you? 

Each dog organization that recognizes dog breeds use their own names and for the most part these names are fairly similar, but not always. 

Take the Brussels Griffon for example, listed farther down on this dog breed list B. 

You might find this breed listed as the

  • Belgian Griffon
  • Griffon bruxellois
  • Griffon Belge, or the
  • Petit Brabancon

Part of this has to do with the way dogs are categorized in their registry. 

The AKC (American Kennel Club recognizes one breed:  Brussels Griffon. Member clubs of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognize three separate breeds based on the type and color of the hair. 

So, depending on where you are in the world, you are likely to call the same dog by a different name.

You'll find all those dog breeds that begin with the letter B.  Did we forget to include any on this dog breed list B?  Please feel free to use the contact form at the bottom of the page to inform us of other breeds that should be added to this page. 

As time permits, I add pages about each breed to this website.  Those that are already complete have clickable links to their page.



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Dog Breed List B

Now, onto Dog Breed List B: All those dog breeds beginning with the letter B.

Barbet

Also called Barbet Water Dog, French Water Dog, Griffon d'Arret a Poil)

Origins:  France
Size:  Medium to Large
Grooming: High
Training: Easy
Recognition:  AKC:  FSS, CKC:  Sporting, FCI:  Group 8, UKC:  Gundog

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Basenji

Origins: Africa (Congo)
Size: Small
Grooming: Easy
Training: Time Consuming
Recognition: AKC (Hound), ANKC (Hound, CKC (Hounds), FCI (Group 5), KC (Hound), NZKC (Hound), UKC (Sighthounds and Pariahs)

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Basset Artésien Normand

Origins:  France
Size: Medium
Grooming: Easy
Training: Average
Recognition: FCI:  Group 6,  UKC:  Scenthound

Also Called Artesian Norman Basset or Norman Artesian Basset.

This breed was created in the 19th century by crossing a Basset d'Artois with a Basset Normand. They have an elegant, athletic build with a low body. They stand 12 to 14 inches at the withers. They have a dome-shaped head with long, fine ears. There is a short, fine coat with 2 or 3 colors.

This is a scent hound, and is best suited to hunting rabbit and wild hare. This is a gentle dog that makes a very agreeable companion.

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Basset Bleu De Gascogne

Basset Bleu de Gascogne dog standing in a field, on an autumn day, looking leftBasset Bleu de Gascogne on an Autumn morning

Origins:  France
Size: Medium
Grooming: Easy
Training: Average
Recognition:  FCI:  Group 6,  KC (UK):  Hound;  UKC:  Scenthound

Also Called Blue Gascony Basset,
Bleus de Gascogne


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Basset Fauve De Bretagne

Basset Fauve de Bretagne dog breed standing on a grassy slopeBasset Fauve de Bretagne dog in the garden

Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
(a.k.a. Fawn Brittany Griffon)
Origins:  France
Size: Medium
Grooming: Average
Training: Average
Recognition:  AKC:  (FSS), ANKC:  Hounds,  UK:  Hounds, FCI:  Group 6,  UKC:  Scenthound

Also Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
or Fawn Brittany Griffon


Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)

Basset Griffon Vendeen Grand dog breed standing in snowBasset Griffon Vendeen Grand in snow

Origins:  France
Size: Medium to Large
Grooming: Average
Training: Average
Recognition:  AKC:  FSS,  ANKC:  Hound,  FCI:  Group 6,  NZKC:  Hound,  UKC:  Scenthound

Also Called Vendée Griffon, Griffon Vendeeen


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Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)

Basset Griffon Vendeen Petit dog breed sitting down on brown grassPetit Basset Griffon Vendeen sitting down

Origins:  France
Size: Small to Medium
Grooming: Average
Training: Average
Recognition:  AKC:  FSS,  ANKC:  Hound,  FCI:  Group 6,  NZKC:  Hound,  UKC:  Scenthound

Also Called Vendée Griffon, Griffon Vendeeen


Basset Hound

Origins:  England
Size: Large
Grooming: Easy
Training: Average
Recognition:  AKC (Hound), ANKC (Hound), CKC (Hound), FCI (Group 6), KC (Hound), NZKC (Hound), UKC (Scenthound)

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Bavarian Mountain Hound

Origins:  Germany
Size: Large
Grooming: Easy
Training: Average
Recognition: FCI (Group 6),  KC (Hound),  UKC (Scenthound)

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Beagle

Young Beagle lying down outdoors, looking at the cameraA Beagle outside

Origins:  England
Size:  Small to Medium
Grooming:  Easy
Training:  Average
Recognition: AKC (Hound). ANKC (Hound), CKC (Hound), FCI (Group 6), KC (Hound), NZKC (Hound), UKC (Scenthound)

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Bearded Collie

Origins: Scotland
Size: Medium to Large
Grooming:  Extensive
Training:  Easy to Moderate
Recognition: AKC (Herding), ANKC (Working Dogs), CKC (Herding), FCI (Group 1), KC (Pastoral), NZKC (Working), UKC (Herding)

Also called:  Highland Collie, Beardie

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Beauceron

Origins: France
Size: Large to Giant
Grooming:  Easy
Training: Easy
Recognition:  AKC (Herding), FCI (Group 1), KC (Pastoral), NZKC (Working), UKC (Herding)

Other Names:  Berger de Beauce, Bas rouge, French Short haired Shepherd

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Bedlington Terrier

Origins: England
Size:  Small
Grooming:  Extensive
Training:  Average
Recognition:  AKC (Terrier), ANKC (Terriers), CKC (Terrires), FCI (Group 3), KC (Terrier), NZKC (Terrier), UKC (Terrier)

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Belgian Groenendael

Black Belgian Groenendael dog standing in a grassy fieldA black Belgian Groenendael dog in a grassy field

Origins: Belgium

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

Also Called Chien de Berger Belge, Groenendael, Belgian Sheep Dog


Belgian Laekenois

Origins: Belgium

Size: Large
Grooming: Average
Training: Average
Recognition:  AKC (FSS), ANKC (Working), CKC (Herding), FCI (Group 1), KC (Pastoral), NZKC (Working), UKC (Herding)

Also Called Chien de Berger Belge, Laekenois, Belgian Shepherd Dog

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Belgian Malinois

Origins: Belgium
Size:  Medium
Grooming:  Easy
Training: Average
Recognition:  AKC (Herding), ANKC (Working), CKC (Herding), FCI (Group 1), KC (Pastoral), NZKC (Working), UKC (Herding)

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Belgian Tervueren

A Belgian Tervuren Sheepdog standing outdoors on a path, with grass in the backgroundA Belgian Tervuren dog ready for duty!

Origins: Belgium

Size:  Large
Grooming:  Average
Training:  Easy to Average
Recognition:  AKC (Herding),  ANKC (Working),  CKC (Herding),  FCI (Group 1),  KC (Pastoral),  NZKC (Working,  UKC (Herding)

Also Called Tervuren, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Shepherd Dog, Chien de Berger Belge


Bergamasco Sheepdog

Also called Bergamasco Shepherd Dog, Bergermaschi, Cane da pastore Bergamasco

Origins:  Italy
Size: Large
Grooming: Extensive
Training: Challenging
Recognition: AKC (Herding),  ANKC (Working),  FCI (Group 1),  KC (Pastoral),  NZKC (Working),   UKC (Herding)

Other Names used:  Cane de Pastore

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Berger Picard

Origins: France

Size: Large
Grooming:
Training:
Recognition:  AKC (Miscellaneous),  CKC (Herding),  FCI (Group 1),  UKC (Herding)

Also called Bacardi Shepherd, Berger de Picardy, Picardy Shepherd

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Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain dog sitting on grass, looking up at the cameraA Bernese Mountain dog

Origins:  Switzerland
Size:  Large to Giant
Grooming:
Training:
Recognition:  AKC (Working),  ANKC (Utility),  CKC (Working),  FCI (Group 2),  KC (Working),  NZKC (Utility),  UKC (Guardian)

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Bichon Frisé

Origins: Areas around the Mediterranean
Size:  Small
Grooming:  Extensive
Training:  Average
Recognition:  AKC (Non-Sporting),  ANKC (Toys),  CKC (Non-Sporting),  FCI (Group 9),  KC (Toy),  NZKC (Toy),  UKC (Companion)

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Biewer Terrier

A Biewer Terrier with a bow in its hair, sitting down against a white backgroundBiewer Terrier with a bow in it's hair

Origins: Germany
Size:  Small
Grooming:  Extensive
Training: Average
Recognition:  AKC (FSS)


Black and Tan Coonhound

Origins: United States
Size:  Medium to Large
Grooming:  Easy
Training: Average
Recognition:  AKC (Hound),  ANKC (Hound),  CKC (Hounds),  FCI (Group 6),  NZKC (Hound,  UKC (Scenthound)

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Black Mouth Cur

The head of a Black Mouth Cur dog outdoors, with grass in the backgroundThe head of a Black Mouth Cur

Also called American Blackmouth Cur, Red Blackmouth Cur, Southern Cur, Yellow Blackmouth Cur

Origins:  The United States
Size: Large
Grooming:  Easy
Training: Average
Recognition:  UKC (Scenthounds)

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Black Russian Terrier

A Black Russian Terrier lying down on grassA Black Russian Terrier

Origins: Russia
Size: Large to Giant
Grooming:  Average
Training:  Easy
Recognition:  AKC (Working),  FCI (Group 2),  CKC (Working),  KC (Working),  NZKC (Utility),  UKC (Guardian Dog)

Also Called:  Chiornyi


Blue Heeler
aka. Queensland Heeler,
Australian Cattle Dog

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

Also Called:  Australian Cattle Dog, Queensland Heeler

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Blue Nose Pit Bull

Origins:  United States
Size:  Medium
Grooming:  Minimal
Training:  Average
Recognition:  Not a breed of itself, but registered as an American Pitbull Terrier:  UKC:  Terrier

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Bloodhound

Origins: Western Europe
Size: Large to Giant
Grooming:  Easy
Training: Time Consuming
Recognition:  ANKC:  Hound,  CKC:  Hound,  NZKC (Hound)

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Bluetick Coonhound

A Bluetick Coonhound standing on grass, looking to the left, with trees in the backgroundA Bluetick Coonhound standing in the yard

Origins: The United States
Size:  Large
Grooming: Easy
Training:  Challenging
Recognition:  AKC (Hound).  UKC (Scenthound),  NZKC (Hound)


Boerboel

Also called South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff

Origins:  South Africa
Size: Giant
Grooming:  Easy
Training: Average
Recognition:  AKC Working

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Bolognese

White Bolognese dog playing with a ball in the loungeA white Bolognese dog playing

Origins: Italy
Size:  Small
Training:  Easy
Grooming:  Time Consuming
Recognition:  AKC (FSS),  FCI (Group 9),  KC (Toy),  NZKC (Toy),  UKC:  Companion




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Border Collie

Origins:  England and Scotland
Size:  Medium
Grooming:  Average
Training:  Easy
Recognition:  ANKC (Working),  CKC (Herding),  AKC (Herding),  FCI (Group 1),  KC (Pastoral),  NZKC (Working),  UKC (Herding)

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Border Terrier

Origins:  England & Scotland
Size:  Small
Grooming:  Average
Training:  Average
Recognition:  ANKC:  Terriers,  CKC:  Terriers,  AKC (Terrier),  FCI (Group 3),  KC (Terrier),  NZKC (Terrier),  UKC (Terrier)

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Borzoi

Also Called Russian Greyhound, Russian Wolfhound, Russkaya Psovaya, Borzaya, Siberian Wolfhound

Origins: Russia
Size:  Large to Giant
Grooming:  Average
Training:  Time Consuming
Recognition:  ANKC:  Hound,  CKC:  Hounds,  AKC (Hound),  FCI (Group 10),  KC (Hound),  NZKC (Hound),  UKC (Sighthound and Pariah)

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Boston Terrier

Also called American Bull Terrier, Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier

Origins: United States
Size:  Small
Grooming:  Easy
Training: Easy to Moderate
Recognition:  ANKC:  Non-Sporting,  AKC (Non-Sporting),  FCI (Group 9),  KC (Utility),  CKC:  Non-Sporting,  NZKC:  Non-Sporting,  UKC:  Companion

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Bouvier des Flandres

Black Bouvier des Flandres in a grass fieldBouvier des Flandres enjoying some grass

Origins:  Belgium and France
Size:  Large to Giant
Grooming: Average
Training: Easy
Recognition:  ANKC:  Working,  CKC:  Herding,  AKC (Herding),  FCI (Group 1),  KC (Working),  NZKC (Working),  UKC (Herding)

Also called Belgian Cattle Dog, Flanders Cattle Dog, Vlaamse Koehond

Boxer

Origins: Germany
Size: Large
Grooming:  Easy
Training: Average
Recognition:  ANKC:  Utility,  CKC:  Working,  AKC (Working),  FCI (Group 2),  KC (Working),  NZKC (Utility),  UKC (Guardian)

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Boykin Spaniel

A brown Boykin Spaniel facing the camera, sitting on grassA brown Boykin Spaniel on a grassy field

Origins: United States
Size:
Grooming:
Training:
Recognition:  AKC (Sporting),  UKC (Gun Dog)


Bracco Italiano

A brown and white Bracco Italiano dog breed sitting on dry strawAn Bracco Italiano dog breed on a straw bale

Origins:  Italy
Size:  Large
Grooming:  Easy
Training:  Average
Recognition:  ANKC:  Gundogs,  AKC (FSS),  FCI (Group 6),  KC (Hound),  NZKC (Gundog),  UKC (Scenthound)

Also called Italian Pointer.


Braque d'Auvergne

Black and white Braque d'Auvergne dog breed standing on grass with a wooden fence behindBraque d' Auvergne dog in the garden

Origins:  France
Size: Large
Grooming:  Easy
Training:  Average
Recognition:  FCI (Group 7),  KC (Gundog)  UKC (Gun Dog)

Also called Auvergne Pointing Dog


Braque Francais

A Black and white Braque Francais or French Pointer posing for photograph, against a white backgroundBraque Francais or French Pointer

Origins:  France

Size:  Medium to Large
Grooming:  Easy
Training:  Average
Recognition:  CKC:  Sporting,  FCI (Group 7),  UKC (Gun Dog)

Also Called: Braque Françaisn de Grande Taille, Braque Françaisn de Petite Taille, French Pointer, Gascony Pointer,  Large French Pointer, Pyrenees Pointer, Small French Pointer


Brazilian Mastiff

A Brazilian Mastiff standing on grass, looking aroundBrazilian Mastiff or Fila Brasileiro outdoors

Origins:  Brazil
Size: Giant
Grooming: Minimal
Training: Time Consuming
Recognition:  FCI Group 2 ,  CKC Miscellaneous ,  NZKC Utility

Also Called Fila Brasileiro, Brazilian Molosser


Brazilian Terrier

Small Brazilian Terrier standing against a white backgroundSmall Brazilan Terrier dog

Origins: Brazil
Size:  Small
Grooming:  Easy
Training:  Average
Recognition:  FCI:  Group 3


Briard

A Briard dog sitting down for a photo against a white backgroundShaggy-haired Briard dog

Origins: France
Size:  Large
Groom:  Average
Training: Average
Recognition:  ANKC (Working),  CKC (Herding),  AKC (Herding),  FCI (Group 1),  KC (Pastoral),  NZKC (Working),  UKC (Herding)

Also called Berger de Brie, Chien Berger de Brie


Brittany

Origins: France
Size:  Medium
Grooming:  Average
Training:  Easy
Recognition:  CKC:  Sporting,  AKC (Sporting),  ANKC (Gundog),  FCI (Group 7),  KC (Gundog),  NZKC (Gundog),  UKC (Gun Dog)

Also called American Brittany, Brittany Spaniel.

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Brussels Griffon

Origins: Belgium
Size:  Small
Grooming:  Average
Training Average
Recognition:  CKC:  Toys,  AKC (Toy),  ANKC (Toy),  FCI (Group 9),  KC (Toy),  UKC (Companion),  NZKC (Toys)

Also Called Griffon Bruxellois

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Bulldog

Origins:  England

Size:  Medium to Large
Grooming:  Easy
Training:  Average
Recognition  AKC (Non-Sporting),  ANKC (Non-Sporting),  CKC (Non-Sporting),  FCI (Group 2),  KC (Utility),  NZKC (Non-Sporting),  UKC (Companion)

Also called English Bulldog, British Bulldog

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Bullmastiff

Origins: England
Size:  Giant
Grooming:  Easy
Training:  Average
Recognition:  ANKC:  Utility,  CKC:  Working,  AKC (Working),  FCI (Group 2),  KC (Working),  NZKC (Utility),  UKC (Guardian)

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Bull Terrier

Origins: England
Size:  Large (Miniature Bull Terriers are small to medium)
Grooming:  Easy
Training:  Average
Recognition:  AKC:  Terrier,   ANKC:  Terriers,  CKC:  Terriers,  NZKC: Terrier (Miniature),  UKC:  Terrier

Two sizes:  Standard and Miniature

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