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Affenpinscher

SMALL DOG BREED

Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher was bred in Central Europe to keep rat populations down in stables and farms. Noble ladies discovered the dog was equally capable of decimating mice populations in their closets, so at least some Affenpinschers moved up to fancier social circles.

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Afghan Hound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Afghan Hound

Developed in Afghanistan (from ancient lines, likely Egyptian), the Afghan Hound was bred to hunt large game, pursuing his prey by sight, in both mountains and deserts.

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Airedale Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale originated in England as an all-around working dog, hunting small game and guarding homes. During the world wars, Airedales delivered messages and searched for fallen soldiers.

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Akbash Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

Akbash Dog

A native of Turkey, the Akbash Dog is a striking white flock guard that has made a name for itself on American farms and ranches, where it successfully protects livestock from grizzly and black bears, wolves and coyotes.

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Akita

LARGE DOG BREED

Akita

Honored in its native land as a national treasure, the Akita is the largest of the three Japanese breeds belonging to the spitz family of dogs. At one time its ownership was restricted to the nobility, who used the breed to hunt large game such as wild boar and deer.

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Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

LARGE DOG BREED

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

This Georgia-born bulldog takes its name from the Alapaha River region, where it was developed to work livestock and guard property. Alapaha Blue Bloods are possessive and attentive. They're protective of their people and property and establish their territory at a young age.

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Alaskan Klee Kai

SMALL DOG BREED

Alaskan Klee Kai

An extremely rare breed, the Alaskan Klee Kai is a smaller version of the Alaskan Husky; it was designed to be a companion version of the great sled dogs of the north. It was developed in the 1970s by Linda S. Spurlin of Wasilla, Alaska, and her family, and made available to the public in 1988.

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Alaskan Malamute

LARGE DOG BREED

Alaskan Malamute

Named for an Inuit tribe, the Mahlemut, this breed is a powerful member of the spitz family of dogs. The Alaskan Malamute has been used to track large game and as a pack and sled dog able to transport heavy loads over rough terrain.

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American Bulldog

LARGE DOG BREED

American Bulldog

True to the name, the relatively new breed of American Bulldogs was born in America.

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American English Coonhound

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American English Coonhound

The American English Coonhound is derived from a combination of English Coonhounds brought to the New World by wealthy English land owners and Virginia Hounds, which had arrived with earlier settlers and were more adept at traversing rough terrain and harsher weather.

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American Eskimo Dog

SMALL DOG BREED

American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog descended from European Spitz breeds. Bred for both beauty and agility, he originally made a fine circus performer. The name is misleading because the Eskie was not bred by northern Native Americans, but rather by German immigrants.

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American Foxhound

LARGE DOG BREED

American Foxhound

This breed descended from English hounds imported to America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Over the years, an American type of hound evolved, with varying characteristics depending on whether it was used in competitive field trials, fox hunting, on trails or in packs.

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American Hairless Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

American Hairless Terrier

In 1972, one entirely hairless female dog appeared in a litter of medium-size Rat Terriers. She was normal in every way, and her owners were determined to develop this new strain.

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American Pit Bull Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American Pit Bull Terrier

This canine product of the American melting pot is a true success story, a bulldog-terrier cross that made its way out of the fighting pits and into the hearts of dog lovers.

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American Staffordshire Terrier

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American Staffordshire Terrier

The Amstaff, a cross between the old English Bulldog and one or more terriers, was truly “made in America.” Originally known as the Staffordshire Terrier, American was added to the names to avoid confusion with their British counterpart, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

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American Water Spaniel

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American Water Spaniel

Also known as the Brown Spaniel, this is an American breed that was developed in the Midwest to spring and retrieve waterfowl, but it's an all-around shooting dog that will also bring in rabbits, grouse, quail and pheasant.

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Anatolian Shepherd Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

A breed of ancient lineage, this fiercely loyal guard dog is used to protect sheep in its country of origin, Turkey. The reliable Anatolian is possessive toward family, property and livestock but is quick to learn and gentle with close friends and children.

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Australian Cattle Dog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog was originally bred to heel cattle in Australia's rough outback, but it's also an excellent all-around family dog. The dog is a sturdy, compact, symmetrically built, tough working dog with strength, stamina and endurance.

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Australian Shepherd

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Australian Shepherd

Historians debate the Australian Shepherd's breed origin. Some argue an Australian origin; some accept a Basque heritage; some a Spanish origin. There's probably a little truth in each theory. The breed has been well known in the livestock industry in the United States for more than a century.

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Australian Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Australian Terrier

When Australians wanted a particular type of dog to do a particular job, they created it by crossbreeding dogs that were available to them. Such was the beginning of the Australian Terrier.

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