List of Dog Breeds, AKC Dog Breeds in Alphabetical Order

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List of Dog BreedsOur list of dog breeds is an alphabetical list of recognized AKC breeds for 2012 with links to pictures, details on size, color, temperament, health, training and more.

You may also want to visit our AKC Dog Breeds list that ranks purebred dogs by popularity based on AKC registration statistics.

Now in its 129th year, the American Kennel Club® (AKC) tracks registration statistics on purebred dogs. The list is updated every year based actual AKC registration statistics for new registrations.

Two new dog breeds were added to the AKC breeds list in 2012, denoted by an asterisk next to the name.

The Russell Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound were officially recognized. The list below includes all 175 AKC breeds for 2012.

What’s the most popular dog breed? That hasn’t changed for years. While you might expect a lap dog, the Labrador Retriever has stood atop the popularity list for over a decade.

For information on designer dog breeds, hybrid dogs, hypoallergenic dogs (like a Poodle, Shih-Tzu or Yorkshire Terrier) or other specialty breeds, visit our information pages dedicated exclusively to those breeds.

For help choosing the right dog for you, your family and your lifestyle, visit our dog breeds page to review a list of questions that will help with your decision. Return to this list of dog breeds to learn more about individual breeds when you are ready.

NOTE: For more information on any of these dog breeds, click the breed name.

A – Dog Breeds

Afghan Hound
Airedale Terrier
Akita Dog
Alaskan Malamute
American English Coonhound
American Eskimo Dog
American Foxhound
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Water Spaniel
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Shepherd
Australian Terrier

B – Dog Breeds

Basset Hound
Bearded Collie
Beauceron Dog
Bedlington Terrier
Belgian Malinois
Belgian Sheepdog
Belgian Tervuren
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bichons Frise
Black and Tan Coonhound
Black Russian Terrier
Bluetick Coonhound
Border Collie
Border Terrier
Boston Terrier
Bouviers des Flandres
Boykin Spaniel
Briard Dog
Brussels Griffon
Bull Terrier

C – Dog Breeds

Cairn Terrier
Canaan Dog
Cane Corso
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cesky Terrier
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chinese Crested
Chinese Shar-Pei
Chow Chow
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
Curly-Coated Retriever

D – Dog Breeds

Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Doberman Pinscher
Dogue de Bordeaux

E – Dog Breeds

English Cocker Spaniel
English Foxhound
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel
Entlebucher Mountain Dog

F – Dog Breeds

Field Spaniel
Finnish Lapphund
Finnish Spitz
Flat-Coated Retriever
French Bulldog

G – Dog Breeds

German Pinscher
German Shepherd
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Giant Schnauzer
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Great Dane
Great Pyrenees Dogs
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Greyhound Dog

H – Dog Breeds

Harrier Dog

I – Dog Breeds

Ibizan Hound
Icelandic Sheepdog
Irish Red and White Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Wolfhound
Italian Greyhound

J – Dog Breeds

Japanese Chin

K – Dog Breeds

Kerry Blue Terrier
Komondor Dog

L – Dog Breeds

Labrador Retriever
Lakeland Terrier
Lhasa Apso

M – Dog Breeds

Manchester Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Pinscher
Miniature Schnauzer

N – Dog Breeds

Neapolitan Mastiff
Norfolk Terrier
Norwegian Buhund
Norwegian Elkhound
Norwegian Lundehund
Norwich Terrier
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

O – Dog Breeds

Old English Sheepdog

P – Dog Breeds

Parson Russell Terrier
Pekingese Dogs
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeen
Pharaoh Hound
Plott Hound
Pointer Dog
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Portuguese Water Dog
Puli Dog
Pyrenean Shepherd

R – Dog Breeds

Redbone Coonhound
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Russell Terrier*

S – Dog Breeds

Saint Bernard
Saluki Dog
Samoyed Dog
Scottish Deerhound
Scottish Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
Shetland Sheepdog
Shiba Inu Dog
Shih Tzu
Siberian Husky
Silky Terrier
Skye Terrier
Smooth Coated Fox Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Spinoni Italiani
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Standard Schnauzer
Sussex Spaniel
Swedish Vallhund

T – Dog Breeds

Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
Treeing Walker Coonhound*

V – Dog Breeds


W – Dog Breeds

Welsh Springer Spaniel
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Whippet Dogs
Wire Fox Terrier
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

X – Dog Breeds


Y – Dog Breeds

Yorkshire Terrier

*Dog breeds with an asterisk indicate they were added to the AKC breeds list for the first time in 2012.

This alphabetical list of dog breeds includes only purebred dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club® (AKC). For information on designer dog breeds, hybrid dogs, hypoallergenic dogs and other mixed breeds, visit our information pages dedicated to those options.

The AKC also maintains a list of dog breeds considered purebred, but that are not currently registrable with the American Kennel Club. These dogs are accepted in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service®.

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