Dog Breed Selector

Want to know how we made this tool and why it’s different? Read more below. Visit this page to view all the dog breeds together.

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Afghan Hound
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The Afghan Hound is a long haired relative of the greyhound that is distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat. The breed was selectively bred for its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan. Like all sighthounds, it was bred for lure coursing and so may not be best around cats or rabbits.

Temperament: Happy, Clownish, Aloof, Dignified, Independent

Colours: Black, Cream, Red

Origin: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran

Height: 68–74 cm

Weight: 27kg

https://g.co/kgs/QRwDl9

Airedale Terrier
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The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the terriers and originated in the valley of the River Aire, in Yorkshire. It has a medium length wiry coat which many owners happily manage without hand-stripping. Airedales share the same determination and vigour as their smaller terrier cousins. 

Temperament: Outgoing, Intelligent, Courageous, Friendly, Alert, Confident

Height: 58–61 cm

Weight: 21 kg

Colour: Black or Grizzle and Tan

Origin: United Kingdom, England

https://g.co/kgs/IFkiWf

Akita
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The Akita Inu originates from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. In Australia there are two breeds: the Akita, which derives from dogs brought back to the USA after World War 2, and the Akita (Japanese). Both dogs have a thick coat, large size, regal bearing and strong personality.

Origin: Japan

Temperament: Docile, Courageous, Responsive, Faithful, Friendly, Receptive, Alert, Dignified, Composed

Height: Jap: 64–70 cm, US: 66–71 cm

Weight: Jap: 34–54 kg, US: 45–59 kg

Colours: Brindle, White, Fawn, Red Fawn, Red, Sesame, Pinto

https://g.co/kgs/ZRXsKu

Alaskan Malamute
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The Alaskan Malamute was originally bred for hauling heavy freight, and later as a sled dog in the Arctic. Like other Northern breeds such as the smaller Siberian Husky, it has a very thick double coat which can be clipped off for summer. Malamutes are very affectionate with people but may not be best around cats or rabbits.

Origin: United States of America

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Devoted, Loyal, Friendly, Dignified

Height: 61–66 cm

Weight: 36–43 kg

Colours: Sable & White, Black & White, Brown & White, Red & White, Seal & White, Grey & White

https://g.co/kgs/8hDlUc

American Bulldog
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The American Bulldog is larger and more athletic breed than the English Bulldog, and in fact the two breeds are completely different. Both breeds are happy and playful but the American Bulldog is much stronger and more boisterous. Its longer nose may also reduce the incidence of airway and heat stress problems.

Origin: United States of America

Temperament: Loyal, Assertive, Gentle, Friendly, Energetic, Confident, Dominant

Height: 50–71 cm

Weight: 30–58 kg

Colours: White, Brindle, Fawn, Red, Brown

https://g.co/kgs/qOsbyM

American Cocker Spaniel
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The American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel breeds diverged during the 20th century due to differing breed standards in America and the UK. They are usually smaller and have a shorter muzzle than the English Cockers whose head is more setter-like. American Cockers are active, social dogs who depend on human company.

Origin: United States of America

Temperament: Outgoing, Trusting, Even Tempered, Sociable, Merry, Joyful

Height: 37–39 cm

Weight: 10–14 kg

Colours: Black, Tri-colour, Red, Silver, Tan, Brown, White & Buff

https://g.co/kgs/LMkvh6

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Afghan Hound Image
Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is a long haired relative of the greyhound that is distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat. The breed was selectively bred for its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan. Like all sighthounds, it was bred... Read More
Airedale Terrier Image
Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the terriers and originated in the valley of the River Aire, in Yorkshire. It has a medium length wiry coat which many owners happily manage without hand-stripping. Aired... Read More
Akita Image
Akita
The Akita Inu originates from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. In Australia there are two breeds: the Akita, which derives from dogs brought back to the USA after World War 2, and the Akita (Japanese... Read More
Alaskan Malamute Image
Alaskan Malamute
The Alaskan Malamute was originally bred for hauling heavy freight, and later as a sled dog in the Arctic. Like other Northern breeds such as the smaller Siberian Husky, it has a very thick double coat which ... Read More
American Bulldog Image
American Bulldog
The American Bulldog is larger and more athletic breed than the English Bulldog, and in fact the two breeds are completely different. Both breeds are happy and playful but the American Bulldog is much stronger... Read More
American Cocker Spaniel Image
American Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel breeds diverged during the 20th century due to differing breed standards in America and the UK. They are usually smaller and have a shorter muzzle tha... Read More
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What’s Different About This Guide

  1. It’s Completely Transparent: There are no hidden calculations; you can see how I assessed each breed and agree or not (let me know below if you disagree).
  2. It’s Evidence-based: You get access to health insurance costs for each breed (and therefore an idea of vet costs) plus the latest studies on lifespan and dog bite in children.
  3. It’s Relevant: We haven’t included rare breeds you can’t easily get in Australia that we don’t see in Adelaide. We have included dogs like Cavoodles, Schnoodles or Spoodles that are usually left out of dog breed selectors. I’ve tried to use pictures showing adult dogs how they really are, not cute puppies and not highly groomed dogs for showing.

How The Dog Breeds Were Assessed

Temperament tags are all a bit rubbery and just represent one person’s opinion. There’s no way I can predict any dog will behave in a certain way. Here’s how I did them:

  • ‘Independent’ and ‘affectionate’ tags were used to assess dogs for their ability to be happy if left alone, for example, in homes where everyone is out on weekdays.
  • ‘Courageous’ is used to identify dogs less prone to anxiety
  • Kid friendly dogs were selected from multiple sources, via the link. If this is important to you, please also read our guide to raising dogs with children.
  • Other tags represent the opinions of myself and multiple other sources. Why haven’t I included ‘hypoallergenic dogs’ or ‘good with other animals’? There’s actually no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog (it’s just trial and error) and there isn’t a dog breed that never attacks other animals (though sighthounds, terriers and Arctic breeds are usually worse). For both, you need to use common sense and be careful.

Remember that:

  • All dogs need daily human contact and exercise, the only difference is how much.
  • Non-shedding and long coats require frequent grooming.
  • Personalities are only guides. Assessment of a puppy’s parents is much more accurate.
  • All dogs bark and all dogs protect. It’s breed differences I’m talking about.

Have something to add? Comments are welcome and will appear within 24 hours of lodging.
Have something to add? Comments are welcome below and will appear within 24 hours of lodging.


By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These help topics are from a series regularly posted on Facebook and Twitter. The information provided here is not intended to be used as a substitute for going to the vet. If your pet is unwell, please seek veterinary attention.

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