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    99 Kinds of The Most Popular Dogs and Pictures

    Dogs have been bred for special purposes for thousands of years. This has given usa world populated by hundreds of different kinds of dogs. It has also made it very

    difficult to figure out how to choose which dog breed is right for you. You dont wantto rush into a decision just for the sake of making one. Dog breeds are very differentfrom each other, and some have special needs. You dont want to find out that youare in over your head after you have brought your new dog home. Before you makeyour decision, learn everything you can about your choices.

    Afghan Hound

    Afghan Hounds are graceful and distinctive sighthounds who were bred to huntgame, both large and small, in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. This visuallystriking breed has the sleek and powerful sighthound body style accented by fine,flowing hair and a long tail with a curly end.

    Airedale Terrier

    The Airedale Terrier originated in Yorkshire, England. Airedales were knocked fromtheir place as the King of Terriers by the creation of the Black Russian Terrier. The

    sturdy and brave Airedale is ideal for hunting small game and, in England, issometimes used by law enforcement. Their alternate name, the Waterside Terrier ,reflects their historical role as otter hunters near the River Aire in Yorkshire.

    American akita

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    A large and somewhat stubborn breed, the American Akita (referred to generallyas just Akita) originates in Japan where it was used for hunting deer and bears.Though the American Akita is considered separate than the Akita Inu (the Japanese

    Akita) in many countries, in the United States and Canada, they are considered thesame with only slight differences in type. The American Akita was formerly known asthe Great Japanese Dog.

    Alaskan Malamute

    The Alaskan Malamute is part of the working breed group and is still commonlyused as a sled dog in Alaskan terrain. Their thick, double coat keeps them warm inextremely low temperatures and cool in the summertime. Often confused with theSiberian Husky, Alaskan Malamutes are generally larger than Huskies and have adistinctive curl to their tails.

    American Cocker Spaniel

    Used as a hunting dog, mainly as a bird and gun dog, the American CockerSpaniel is a hardy breed with a friendly personality. In England they were used inhunting woodcocks, which gave these engaging companions their name. They comein a medium size with thick coats to protect them from brush and briars. Known bymany as simply Cocker Spaniel in the United States, other countries use the fullname to differentiate between other spaniel breeds such as the English Cocker

    Spaniel.

    American Pit Bull Terrier

    A mix of bulldogs and terriers, the American Pit Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull) is amedium size breed which arose from nineteenth century dog breeders in England,

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    Ireland, and Scotland crossing terriers and bulldogs for a combination of the feistyterrier spirit with the athletic strength of the bulldog. They are most commonlyknown as being used in dog fighting rings, and incidentally, that was why it wascreated. Dog baiting is outlawed in many countries, however. Known also for itsloyalty and protectiveness, Pit Bulls can be a good family dog.

    American Staffordshire Terrier

    Similar to the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier hasbeen commonly used in dog-fighting. They come from the same nineteenth centurycrossings of bulldogs and terriers as seen in the American Pit Bull Terriers. Originallybred to be used as hunting, farm, and guard dogs, the Staffordshire Terrier workswell with people. Staffordshire terriers are generally large and well-muscled, andstrict training must be given early on to ensure a good temperament. British andIrish immigrants to the United States brought these versatile dogs with them duringthe 1800s in an especially large amount after the American Civil War. The passing ofthe Human Ethics Acts in Britain and Ireland in the 1830s made animal fighting,including bear-baiting, illegal; thus, the demand for the original Staffordshire terrierwas reduced.

    Australian Cattle Dog

    A high-energy dog, the Australian Cattle Dog (known also as Queensland Heeler,

    Blue Heeler, or Red Heeler) is commonly used as a herding dog to drove cattle. The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized breed with a short, thick coat and is veryintelligent as well as independent. They must be very agile and strong in order toperform their working duties and needs plenty of exercise.

    Australian Shepherd

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    Despite its misleading name, the Australian Shepherd is a herding dog that comesnot from Australia but from the Western United States. The Australian Shepherdsorigins are not from Australia at all, but rather from the western United States.

    Aussies (a common nickname) were developed by ranchers who needed agile andenergetic working dogs with a strong desire to herd sheep, cows, and otherlivestock. The Australian part of the breeds name came from Basque sheepherders who migrated from Australia to the United States. They are strong,intelligent dogs who take pleasure in a hard days work due to their very high levelsof energy.

    Basenji

    Known most commonly as the bark-less dog, the Basenji was originally bred as ahunting dog out of Africa. In most places, however, the Basenji is classified as asight hound used to chase game into nets. Its signature curled tail and yodel makesit a unique breed and they are commonly described as aloof by their owners.

    Basset Hound

    With the shortest legs of the hound group, the Basset Hound was bred as a scent-hound to track small game such as rabbits. In French, basset means quite low.With a loud howl, they can chase game for hours and spend a lot of time sniffing thefloor. Their tracking abilities are second only to their scenthound cousin, the

    Bloodhound. Basset hounds come in a variety of colors and have a short, easy-to-wash coat, however, they can be prone to ear infections due to their drooping ears.

    Beagle

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    Beagles are small to medium sized scenthounds that look much like their largercousin, the Foxhound. They are not as tall as Foxhounds and have long, silky ears.Beagles are enthusiastic hunting companions that will eagerly track rabbits, hares,and other smaller game using their keen sense of smell. Beagles are used aroundthe world for detection purposes for the importing of agricultural products. Theymake lovely family pets as they are generally easygoing, genetically healthy, and ofa size suitable for homes small or large. These qualities also make Beagles the mostcommonly used dogs in animal testing.

    Bearded Collie

    An uncommon breed, Bearded Collies are attractive and very active dogs thatneed a great deal of grooming if they are to be kept in their natural long, soft coat.Weekly, if not daily, brushing can keep their hair from matting, but some owners optfor a short puppy cut that reduces the grooming burden somewhat. BeardedCollies are the 112th most popular breed in the United States out of a total of 173breeds and are best obtained through reputable breeds or rescues.

    Belgian Malinois

    Differing from the other Belgian sheepdogs, the Belgian Malinois has astreamlined coat, usually seen in brown. They are a highly-intelligent breed oftenused as police dogs in Europe. Bred in Belgium originally, they are a working breed,

    eager to please their owners as well as friendly to strangers. In Belgium, the breedis called the Mechelse Herder for the region in which they originated, which isMeclinian in French or Mechelse or Mechelaar in Dutch.

    Belgian Shepherd Tervuren

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    The Belgian Tervuren comes from the same family of sheepdogs as the Malinoisand the all-black Belgian Sheepdog. Until 1960, all Belgian Sheepdog varieties wereknown as Belgian Sheepdogs, but have since been divided into their own breeds.The Tervuren has a longer, fluffier coat, generally only coming in a brown color.

    Bernese Mountain Dog

    Bernese Mountain Dogs are a large, strong breed, bred as working dogs to pullcarts in the Swiss Alps. They have a thick coat to keep them warm in cold weatherand a tendency to drool. They are a very friendly breed and love all visitors. Often,they are used as rescue dogs in mountain climates.

    Bichon Frise

    A toy breed, the Bichon Frise originates from Italy and is most commonly used as acompanion dog. As a non-shedding breed, the Bichon needs daily grooming to keepthem white and clean. Similar in appearance to a Maltese but larger, the name ofthese attractive and popular pets means curly lap dog in French. As companiondogs, they often traveled on ships and were favored in royal courts.

    Bloodhound

    Bloodhounds (or less commonly St. Hubert Hound ) have been carefully bred tobe the ideal scenthound to track people and animals. These large hounds cantirelessly follow even the faintest scent, no matter how old and no matter how far. Ithas the keenest sense of smell of all hounds and possesses a strong andunshakeable desire to keep tracking. Bloodhounds are faithful members of lawenforcement and rescue teams worldwide.

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    Border Collie

    Considered one of the best herding breeds, the Border Collie developed near theborders of England, Wales, and Scotland that give the breed its name. Border Colliesare highly energetic, extremely intelligent, and protective animals who are mastersat herding sheep and other livestock. Bred exclusively for farm work and herding,Border Collies are also popular in dog sports, and as household pets that can besweet and affectionate. However, as a herding breed they may have a tendency tonip and herd younger members of the family. Without appropriate exercise andmental stimulation, Border Collies can become hyperactive and unhappy. Trainingmust begin early and dutifully or else the breed may be prone to creating their ownmischief.

    Borzoi

    A large but agile breed, the Borzoi originates from Eastern Europe. Also known asthe Russian Wolfhound , the majestic, regal looking Borzoi came to Russia from avariety of middle Asian countries. Very similar to the greyhound, Borzois aresighthounds, originally used to course (chase) game. Nowadays, although theymay have a strong desire to chase small animals, they are a laid back family pet.They come in several colors and have a silky, wavy coat.

    German Shepherd

    German Shepherds are also highly intelligent dogs. They take to training veryeasily, and make very loyal pets. They stay focused for very long periods when givencommands. They can be a little prone to dominance issues, especially with other

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    dogs. They are very suspicious of strangers, and tend to be very protective of theirhomes. Because of this, they make good guard dogs.

    Golden Retriever

    The Golden Retriever is possibly the friendliest dog breed on the planet. Theytend to be very boisterous and really enjoy playing. If they arent exe rcised daily,they tend to start misbehaving. It can be a little distracting.

    Labrador Retriever

    These Labrador Retriever dogs tend to be very even-tempered, good withchildren and other pets, eager to please, and very energetic. They need daily

    exercise or they start acting up. Devoted and friendly, this is one of the mostpopular breeds of dog.

    Poodle

    Poodles are smart and obedient. Though they can be very quiet dogs, they reallylove to play. They are particularly good with children. They learn commands veryquickly.

    Rottweiler

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    Although they have fierce reputations, Rottweilers are loyal members of thefamily, and tend to be very protective. Often used as guard gods, this breed tends tobe brave, alert, and domineering. They can sometimes get overprotective of thefamily if they think the family is threatened. These dogs need constant attention andsocialization, and can become very destructive if they think they are being ignored. Afrustrated Rottweiler left alone at home can destroy a room more completely than agang of vandals.

    Cardigan Welsh Corgi

    These short-legged Cardigan Welsh Corgi dogs love to play, and are little bundlesof energy. They are well behaved in every area except keeping quiet. Theysometimes pick fights with other dogs, even bigger dogs.

    Husky

    Huskies are very loyal and companionable. They are inclined to misbehaving insmall ways, and can be very stubborn about getting what they want. They can beaggressive around dogs they dont know, but tend to get on well with other pets inthe same home. They can also be rather noisy, howling and barking at all hours.They have traditionally been used to pull sleds, and consequently have almostboundless endurance.

    Mastiff

    Though large and powerful, Mastiffs are actually gentle giants. They are laid-back,good natured, and friendly. They are very loyal dogs, and are good with children.However, they dont tend to be very demonstrative or social, and they dont play a

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    lot, so children might not find them to be very fun pets. They were bred as guarddogs.

    Malamute

    Malamutes are very social creatures, and are heavily oriented towards their pack,or human family. They are well-behaved as long as they get daily exercise. If theydont get daily exercise then they tend to become nervous and hyperactive, and willstart tearing up upholstery and scratching the walls and floor. Like huskies they havebeen bred for pulling sleds.

    Black Russian Terrier

    These Black Russian Terriers are both smart and stubborn. Protective of theirfamily, they are suspicious of strangers. They are gentle with kids and good withmost other pets. However, do not introduce them into a house with larger dogs.They almost always get into dominance struggles with larger dogs. They were bredfor military service, and often serve as guard dogs.

    St. Bernard

    St. Bernards are relaxed and gentle, and good dogs for the whole family. However,they dont really like to play as much as other breeds, and they can tend to be slowand stubborn. They were bred for search and rescue missions, and to carry smallloads. They are very strong dogs.

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    Beagle

    Beagles love to play, and they love to go outside. They make excellent companionsto children, and are incredibly friendly. They are prone to howling, both when upsetand happy, and have a tendency to run off to follow interesting scents and trails. Itis not always so easy to keep them from doing this.

    Great Dane

    Although Great Danes were bred to hunt large game and stand guard duty, theyare very gentle and loving with their families. They can be very playfu...