DOG BREED
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

Published as an aid to
Shelters, Pounds and the Public
In reuniting
Lost Dogs and their Families


These pages have been assembled to serve as an aid to Dog Pounds, Dog Shelters and Rescue Organizations in the identification of breeds of purebred dogs. We have assembled photos of each breed, representing both the ideal dog groomed for show and for dogs of lesser quality, as they might appear in a pet environment. We have assembled thumbnails in 'breed families' so as to make it easy for you to compare different but generally similar breeds, such as the 'retriever family'. We hope the site will be useful and invite you to submit suggestions for improvements to E-Mail: rescue-showdogsupersite


The AKC and International Dog Registry organizations assemble dogs into groups of similar purpose. The AKC groups are: Hound, Sporting, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-sporting, Herding, and Miscellaneous breeds. We'll use these same classifications to break down the breeds because, in some cases, the individuals in the groups will have some similarities in appearance also. We will also provide some 'sub-groups' where individuals may be similar in size and general appearance. Thumbnails will direct you to the Breed pages, which contain photos and text describing the appearance of both pet and show dogs.


AKC Breeds
Sporting Group

American Water Spaniel
Brittany
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
Curly-Coated Retriever
Pointer
English Cocker Spaniel
English Springer Spaniel
English Setter
Field Spaniel
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Flat-Coated Retriever
Irish Setter
Irish Water Spaniel
Labrador Retriever
Sussex Spaniel
Vizsla
Weimaraner
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Hound Group

Afghan Hound
Basenji
Basset Hound
Beagle
Black and Tan Coonhound
Bloodhound
Borzoi
Dachshund
Foxhound (American)
Foxhound (English)
Greyhound
Harrier
Ibizan Hound
Irish Wolfhound
Norwegian Elkhound
Otterhound
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Pharaoh Hound
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Saluki
Scottish Deerhound
Whippet

Working Group

Akita
Alaskan Malamute
Bernese Mountain Dog
Boxer
Bullmastiff
Doberman Pinscher
Giant Schnauzer
Great Dane
Great Pyrenees
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Komondor
Kuvasz
Mastiff
Newfoundland
Portuguese Water Dog
Rottweiler
Saint Bernard
Samoyed
Siberian Husky
Standard Schnauzer

Terrier Group

Airedale Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Australian Terrier
Bedlington Terrier
Border Terrier
Bull Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Fox Terrier (Smooth)
Fox Terrier (Wire)
Irish Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Lakeland Terrier
Manchester Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Schnauzer
Norfolk Terrier
Norwich Terrier
Scottish Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
Skye Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier

Toy Group

Affenpinscher
Brussels Griffon
Chihuahua
Chinese Crested
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel
Havanese
Italian Greyhound
Japanese Chin
Maltese
Manchester Terrier
Miniature Pinscher
Papillon
Pekingese
Pomeranian
Poodle
Pug
Shih Tzu
Silky Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

Non-Sporting Group

American Eskimo Dog
Bichon Frise
Boston Terrier
Bulldog
Chinese Shar-pei
Chow Chow
Dalmatian
Finnish Spitz
French Bulldog
Keeshond
Lhasa Apso
Lowchen
Poodle
Schipperke
Shiba Inu
Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Terrier

Herding Group

Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Shepherd
Bearded Collie
Belgian Malinois
Belgian Sheepdog
Belgian Tervuren
Border Collie
Bouvier Des Flandres
Briard
Canaan Dog
Collie
German Shepherd Dog
Old English Sheepdog
Puli
Shetland Sheepdog
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)
Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Miscellaneous Class

Plott Hound
Anatolian Shepherd
Italian Spinoni
Jack Russell Terrier

Similar breeds grouped for comparison

SpanielsRetrieversSetters
PoodlesTerriers
BelgiansCorgis

Non-AKC Breeds