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Let's face it, every dog breed is different. They each have their own look, their own personality and their own special care needs. Our dog breed experts have compiled the latest and greatest information, photos and tips for almost every breed. Select your favorite breed or just explore in this ultimate breed resource.

Here are a handful of featured breeds to get to know. Or select one from the list on the right.

Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher (which means “monkey terrier” in German) originated in Europe as a farm dog, flushing rats out of stables and tracking game in the countryside. Over time, Affenpinschers were bred smaller and became popular home companions; however, they still helped keep pesky mice and rats away...   [ ]

Affenpinscher

American Hairless Terrier

The American Hairless Terrier originated very recently. In 1972, a hairless female appeared in a Rat Terrier’s litter...   [ ]

American Hairless Terrier

Australian Terrier

One of the first recognized Australian breeds, the Australian Terrier was most likely derived from a combination of several English terriers including the Yorkie, the Cairn and the Skye. “Aussies” were and always have been hard workers, herding, guarding and pest-controlling Outback ranches and farms...   [ ]

Australian Terrier

Bichon Frise

Originating in the Mediterranean, the Bichon Frise descended from a mixture of Poodles and Water Spaniels. It is believed that Spanish and Italian sailors discovered these dogs and carried them around the world on their voyages, sometimes using them to barter for other goods...   [ ]

Bichon Frise

Biewer Yorkie

The Biewer Yorkie originated in 1984 when a puppy with unique, white markings appeared in a litter of Yorkshire Terriers owned by German breeders Gertrude and Werner Biewer. The Biewers adored this puppy and immediately began selective breeding to produce more...   [ ]

Biewer Yorkie

Bolognese

Originating in Bologna, Italy during the Renaissance, the Bolognese was a beloved pet among the wealthy. Both Cosimo de Medici and King Umberto gave these fluffy canines as gifts to family, friends and dignitaries...   [ ]

Bolognese

Border Terrier

The Border Terrier originated along the border between England and Scotland. The farmers in this area needed a terrier that was tall enough to follow horses yet short enough to chase a fox...   [ ]

Border Terrier

Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffons were originally bred in 19th century Belgium to help coachmen keep rats out of their stables. Brussels Griffons have long been categorized along with the Petit Brabançon and the Belgian Griffon, creating some confusion about their heritage...   [ ]

Brussels Griffon

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terriers were developed from a strain of Skye Terriers in the highlands of western Scotland hundreds of years ago to serve as hunting dogs. Named after the piles of stones—known as cairns—used to mark property lines and graves in that area, the Cairn Terrier proved to be very helpful routing foxes, squirrels and other small animals from their dens...   [ ]

Cairn Terrier

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are one of the oldest dog breeds in England. The Central European Celts, who cherished them as beloved and sturdy companions, brought them over in 1200 B...   [ ]

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The original King Charles Spaniels were popular dogs during the reign of Charles II, who adored small dogs. In many17th-century paintings, these elegant canines sit on the laps of princes and princesses...   [ ]

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua -- named for the Mexican state that borders Texas and New Mexico -- is the oldest breed on the American continent. Historians believe they evolved from a wild dog called the Techichi that was domesticated by the Toltecs in 9th-century Mexico...   [ ]

Chihuahua

Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested is believed to have evolved from the African Hairless, a small breed prized by sailors and merchants hundreds of years ago. The Chinese bred these dogs to be smaller, and they continued to trade them in Central America, South America and Africa...   [ ]

Chinese Crested

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