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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
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The American Staffordshire Terrier or Amstaff is a medium-sized, short-coated breed very popular in Australia. They are larger and more powerful than the English Staffy but are just as friendly with people. Amstaffs get unfairly labelled as ‘pit bulls’ but the only problem we see is fighting if two or more are kept together. 

Coat: Smooth

Temperament: Devoted, Loyal, Courageous, Friendly, Tenacious, Attentive

Height: 46–48 cm

Weight: 28–40 kg

Colours: Black, Brindle, Fawn, Blue, Brown, Sable

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Australian Cattle Dog
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The Australian Cattle Dog, or simply Cattle Dog, is a breed of herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain. Here in South Australia, we call them Blue or Red Heelers. They are a clever, loyal breed who are happiest when being trained or worked.

Origin: Australia

Temperament: Obedient, Loyal, Protective, Energetic, Cautious, Brave

Height: 46–51 cm

Weight: 18–24 kg

Colours: Red, Blue

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Australian Kelpie
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The Australian Kelpie, or simply Kelpie, is an Australian sheep dog successful at mustering and droving with little or no guidance. It is a medium-sized dog and comes in a variety of colours.

Origin: Australia

Coat: short double coat

Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Friendly, Energetic, Alert, Eager

Height: Male: 46–51 cm

Weight: 15-20kg

Colours: Chocolate, Black, Fawn, Black & Tan, Blue, Brown

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Australian Shepherd
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The Australian Shepherd, often known simply as the “Aussie” in the US, is a medium-sized breed of dog that was, despite its name, developed on ranches in the Western United States. It shares many traits with the Border Collie but is probably more tolerant of children. Both breeds are very intelligent and do best when trained and exercised regularly.

Origin: United States of America

Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Protective, Good-natured, Active

Height: 51–58 cm

Weight: 20-25 kg

Colours: Merle, Black, Red Merle, Black tricolour, Red tricolour, Blue Merle, Red

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Australian Silky Terrier
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The Australian Silky Terrier is a smaller, more affectionate terrier with a longer, finer coat than the Australian Terrier. The breed was popularised after WWII when dogs were taken back to the US by returning servicemen. They are an active and alert dog and may do better in apartments than other terriers if given daily exercise. 

Temperament: Responsive, Friendly, Inquisitive, Alert, Quick, Joyful

Height: 23 – 26 cm

Weight: 4-6 kg

Origin: Australia

Colours: Black & Tan, Blue & Tan, Silver & Tan, Silver Black & Tan, Grey & Tan

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Australian Terrier
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The Australian Terrier is a small breed of dog of the terrier dog type. The breed was developed in Australia, although the ancestral types of dogs from which the breed descends were from Great Britain.

Temperament: Companionable, Loyal, Courageous, Spirited, Alert, Even Tempered

Height: 23–28 cm

Weight: 6.4–7.3 kg

Colours: Blue & Tan, Red, Sand

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Basenji
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The Basenji was bred from hunting dogs that originated in central Africa. They are known for their unique yodel-like sound and (like the Dingo) only coming into season once a year. Basenjis are alert, energetic, curious and often reserved with strangers.

Origin: The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Intelligent, Energetic, Curious, Alert

Height: 41–43 cm

Weight: 10 kg

Colours: Black, Brindle, Tricolour, Black & White, Red, Tan

https://g.co/kgs/wjBK3F

Basset Hound
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The Basset Hound is an unmistakeable short-legged, long-bodied, long-eared large dog. The Basset is a scent hound that was originally bred for the purpose of hunting hare. Their classic wiener-dog shape is due to chondrodystrophy which also causes their higher risk of spinal disc problems, especially if overweight.

Temperament: Affectionate, Devoted, Gentle, Friendly, Sweet-Tempered, Tenacious

Height: 30–38 cm

Weight: 22-27 kg

Colours: Tri-colour, Lemon & White, Black & White, Brown & White, Red & White, Black & Brown

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Beagle
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The Beagle is a breed of small-sized hound, similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. They are social, active and generally good with other dogs. The Beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare and loves nothing more than to follow a scent trail wherever it leads!

Temperament: Even Tempered, Intelligent, Excitable, Determined, Amiable, Gentle

Height: 36–41 cm

Weight: 10–13 kg

Colours: Lemon & White, Tri-colour, Brown & White, Red & White, White & Tan, Chocolate Tri, Orange & White

Origin: United Kingdom, England, Great Britain

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Bearded Collie
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The Bearded Collie, or Beardie, is a herding breed of dog once used primarily by Scottish shepherds, but now mostly a popular family companion. The coat is spectacular but requires a lot of care if kept long. Many Adelaide owners choose to keep the coat clipped short for practical reasons.

Temperament: Self-confidence, Lively, Intelligent, Alert, Active, Hardy

Height: 53–56 cm

Weight: 18–27 kg

Colours: Black, Fawn, Tri-colour, Blue, Brown, Black & Brown

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Bedlington Terrier
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The Bedlington Terrier is a breed of small dog named after the mining town of Bedlington, in North East England. Its show clip has a distinctive topknot which requires a little more maintenance. Bedlingtons appear to be quieter and more thoughtful than other terriers.

Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Spirited, Good-tempered

Origin: United Kingdom, England

Height: 41–44 cm

Weight: 9 kg

Colours: Liver, Blue & Tan, Liver & Tan, Blue, Sandy, Sandy & Tan

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Belgian Shepherd
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The Belgian Shepherd is a breed of medium-to-large-sized herding dog. Four types have been identified by various registries as separate breeds or varieties: Groenendael, Laekenois, Tervuren, and Malinois. They are loyal, intelligent, fun, highly trainable and are used as working dogs by many armed services.

Origin: Belgium

Higher classification: Dog

Height: 61 – 66 cm

Weight: 25 – 30 kg

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Bernese Mountain Dog
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The Bernese Mountain Dog, called in German the Berner Sennenhund, is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. Bernese, though outdoor dogs at heart, do well in the house as long as they get plenty of walking exercise.

Origin: Switzerland

Temperament: Affectionate, Loyal, Intelligent, Faithful

Height: 64–70 cm

Weight: 39–50 kg

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Bichon Frise
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The Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog with a dense, curly coat. The Bichon was popularised in Australia in the mid-1960s, largely thanks to the Channel Nine mini-series Meweth, starring Bruce Gyngell alongside his pet Bichon, Molly. The Bichon, due to its ancestry as a sailor’s dog, often enjoys water and retrieving.

Coat: Medium length, silky texture with corkscrew curls

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Gentle, Feisty, Cheerful, Sensitive

Height: 23–30 cm,

Weight: 5–8 kg

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Border Collie
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The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Anglo-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. Border Collies should be sold with a warning label that says: “only suitable for owners willing and able to provide sufficient exercise to prevent boredom”.

Temperament: Intelligent, Responsive, Energetic, Tenacious, Alert

Height: 48–56 cm

Weight: 14–20 kg

Origin: United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Colours: Black, Blue, Lilac, White, Brindle, Red Merle, Chocolate, Sable, Liver, Blue Merle, Sable Merle, Red, Gold

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Border Terrier
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The Border Terrier is a small, long-legged, rough-coated breed of dog bred as a fox and vermin hunter. They are a hardy, independent breed who are usually shown with their harsh coat hand-stripped. Andrew owns one and never strips his coat!

Temperament: Affectionate, Obedient, Fearless, Intelligent, Alert, Even Tempered

Height: 33–40 cm

Weight: 5.9–7.1 kg

Origin: United Kingdom, England, Scotland

Colours: Blue & Tan, Red, Grizzle & Tan, Wheaten

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Borzoi
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The Borzoi is descended from dogs brought to Russia from central Asian countries. It is like a long-haired greyhound and is also a member of the sighthound family. “Borzáya sobáka” (“fast dog”) is the basic term used by Russians, though “sobáka” is usually dropped.

Height: Female: 66 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)

Temperament: Intelligent, Respectful, Gentle, Athletic, Quiet, Independent

Origin: Russia, Belarus

Weight: 34–47 kg

Colours: Black, White, Brindle, Fawn, Cream, Red

https://g.co/kgs/2TSoHO

Boston Terrier
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The Boston Terrier originates in the United States but is not a true terrier. This “American Gentleman” was originally bred for fighting and vermin control but is now a small, gentle companion dog. Like all brachycephalic breeds, they are prone to heat stress and eye and upper airway problems.

Temperament: Lively, Intelligent, Friendly

Height: 38 – 43 cm (At the withers)

Weight: 4.5 – 11 kg

Colours: Brindle & White, Black & White, Brown & White, Seal & White

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Bouvier Des Flandres
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The Bouvier des Flandres is a powerfully built, compact, rough-coated dog breed originating in Flanders. They were originally used for general farm work including cattle droving, sheep herding, and cart pulling, and nowadays as guard dogs and police dogs, as well as being kept as pets. A male trained as a trench dog in the First World War, is considered to be the founder of the early Bouvier des Flandres breed.

Height: Female: 59–65 cm, Male: 62–68 cm

Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Protective, Gentle, Familial, Rational

Weight: 35–40 kg

Colours: Black, Brindle, Fawn, Salt & Pepper, Black & Brown, Grey

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Boxer
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The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. They have a distinctive short face but are not affected by brachycephalic diseases to the same degree as bulldogs and pugs. Boxers are a bright, energetic and playful breed and tend to be very good with children.

Temperament: Devoted, Playful, Fearless, Loyal, Intelligent, Friendly, Energetic, Cheerful, Bright, Confident, Calm, Brave

Origin: Germany, Munich

Height: 57–63 cm

Weight: 27–32 kg

Colours: Brindle, Fawn, White

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Briard
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The Briard is an ancient breed of large herding dog, originally from France. They are rugged and agile, with a long high-maintenance coat and unusually have double dewclaws on each rear leg. The Briard’s modern-day roles include both herding and protective duties, as well as being a companion dog.

Origin: France

Temperament: Obedient, Fearless, Loyal, Intelligent, Protective, Faithful

Weight: 27–41 kg

Height: 58–69 cm

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British Bulldog
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The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. The Bulldog is a muscular, hefty dog with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. They commonly develop joint problems and, like most brachycephalic breeds are prone to heat stress and upper airway problems.

Temperament: Docile, Wilful, Friendly, Gregarious

Height: 31–40 cm

Weight: 20–25 kg

Origin: England, United Kingdom

Colours: White, Fawn, Piebald, Brindle & White, Red, Red & White, Red Brindle, Fawn & White

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Brittany
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The Brittany is a breed of gun dog bred primarily for bird hunting. Although it is often referred to as a Spaniel, the breed is more like a small pointer or setter. They are a healthy, easy-going, athletic dog.

Coat: Medium length, flowing

Temperament: Intelligent, Adaptable, Happy, Agile, Attentive, Quick

Height: 47–52 cm

Weight: 14–18 kg

Colours: Piebald, Roan, Tricolour, Black & White, Liver & White, Orange & White

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Bull Terrier
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The Bull Terrier’s most recognisable feature is its head, described as ‘egg-shaped’ when viewed from the front; the top of the skull is almost flat. Despite their fearsome appearance, they are usually friendly, happy-go-lucky dogs. There is also a miniature version of this breed which is officially known as the Miniature Bull Terrier.

Origin: England

Temperament: Trainable, Keen, Protective, Sweet-Tempered, Active

Height: 45 – 55 cm

Weight: 22 – 38 kg

Colours: White, Tri-colour, Brindle & White, Red & White, Fawn & White, White & Black Brindle

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Bullmastiff
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The Bullmastiff is a large-sized breed of domestic dog, with a solid build and a short muzzle. The Bullmastiff was bred from the old Bulldog type and Mastiff breeds to be used by 19th-century gamekeepers to guard estates against poachers. Bullmastiffs are strong, powerful, but sensitive dogs.

Origin: United Kingdom

Temperament: Devoted, Docile, Loyal, Courageous, Reserved, Protective, Loving, Reliable, Alert, Calm, Powerful

Height: 64–68 cm

Weight: 50–59 kg

Colours: Brindle, Fawn, Red

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Cairn Terrier
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The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest of the terrier breeds, originating in the Scottish Highlands. Cairns are plucky, active dogs much like their most famous mascot, Toto from The Wizard Of Oz. Despite what you hear, their wiry coat can happily be left unstripped in its natural scruffy state.

Temperament: Fearless, Intelligent, Assertive, Active, Hardy

Weight: 6–8 kg

Colours: Black, Brindle, Cream, Red, Wheaten, Grey

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Cane Corso
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The Cane Corso, pronounced kha-neh kor-so from Italian cane and latin “cohors” or from “coorte” also known as the Italian Mastiff, is a large Italian breed of dog, for years valued highly in Italy as a companion, guard dog, and hunter.

Origin: Italy

Temperament: Trainable, Reserved, Stable, Quiet, Even Tempered, Calm

Height: 62–70 cm

Weight: 45–60 kg

Colours: Black, Fawn, Black Brindle, Red, Chestnut Brindle, Grey

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a very popular family dog due to its open, friendly nature towards people and animals.  It has a silky, smooth coat and feathering on the tail and legs. The breed was created from the King Charles Spaniel in the 20th century to resemble dogs in antique portraits.

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Fearless, Adaptable, Sociable, Patient

Height: 30 – 33 cm

Weight: 5.9 – 8.2 kg

Colours: Black & Tan, Tri-colour, Blenheim, Ruby

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Cavoodle
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The Cavoodle is the offspring of a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, though now considered by many a breed in itself. If bred ethically, they can be an excellent and healthy family pet. The Cavoodle (called Cavapoo in the USA and UK) became especially popular through crossbreeding programs in Australia in the late 1990s.

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Loyal, Friendly, Good-natured, Sociable

Weight: 6-8 kg

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Chihuahua
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The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named for a Mexican state where they were kept by the Aztecs. They are excellent small dogs full of personality but their size makes them unsuitable for younger children. Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of sizes, head shapes, colours, and coat lengths.

Temperament: Devoted, Lively, Courageous, Alert, Quick

Origin: Mexico

Height: 15 – 23 cm

Weight: 1.5 – 3 kg

Colours: Black, Chocolate, Fawn, White, Cream, Gold

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Chinese Crested
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The Chinese Crested Dog comes in two varieties, with and without complete hair coats, which are born in the same litter: the Powder Puff and the Hairless. The skin of the hairless variety can require special care to prevent dryness or sunburn, and a coat would be advisable in winter. 

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Lively, Happy, Sweet-Tempered, Alert

Origin: China, Mexico, Africa

Height: 28–33 cm

Weight: 2.3–5.4 kg

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Chow Chow
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The Chow Chow is an ancient dog breed originally from northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan, which means “puffy-lion dog”. The breed is known for a very dense double coat, straight hind legs and its characteristic blue tongue.

Origin: China

Temperament: Loyal, Aloof, Quiet, Independent

Height: 48–56 cm

Weight: 25–32 kg

Colours: Black, Blue, Fawn, Cream, Red

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Clumber Spaniel
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The Clumber Spaniel is a breed of dog of the spaniel type, developed in the United Kingdom. It is the largest of the spaniels and comes in predominantly white with either lemon or orange markings.

Origin: England

Temperament: Affectionate, Loyal, Gentle, Dignified, Calm, Great-hearted

Height: 46–51 cm

Weight: 27–32 kg

Colours: White, Lemon & White, Orange & White

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Cocker Spaniel
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The English Cocker Spaniel was originally bred as a gun dog in the United Kingdom, with the term cocker deriving from their use to hunt woodcock. They are active, good-natured, and extremely popular pets. There is also a similar American variety.

Temperament: Trainable, Playful, Affectionate, Faithful, Friendly, Quiet

Height: 38–43 cm

Weight: 13–16 kg

Colours: Black, Orange Roan, Black & Tan, Liver Roan, Liver & Tan, more

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Coolie
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The Coolie also known as the Australian Koolie or by the misnomer German Koolie is an Australian dog breed.

Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Trainable, Friendly, Patient, Active, Dominant, Dedicated, Fun-loving, Diligent, Temperate

Height: 40 – 60 cm

Weight: 20kg

Origin: Australia

Colours: Chocolate, Black, Merle, Red Merle, Blue Merle, Tri-colour, Red, Tri Merle, Black merle

https://g.co/kgs/CkKUKq

Curly Coated Retriever
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The Curly Coated Retriever is a breed of dog originally bred in England for upland bird and waterfowl hunting. It is the tallest of the retrievers and is easily distinguishable by the mass of tight curls covering its body.

Temperament: Lively, Intelligent, Trainable, Sensitive, Clever, Independent

Height: 64–69 cm

Weight: 32–41 kg

Colours: Black, Liver

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Dachshund
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This standard size Dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals but makes an excellent and fun pet. Their classic wiener-dog shape is due to chondrodystrophy which also causes their higher risk of spinal disc problems, especially if overweight or allowed on furniture. There are three dachshund coat varieties: smooth coat (short hair), longhaired, and wirehaired.

Temperament: Playful, Devoted, Stubborn, Lively, Courageous, Clever

Weight: 7.3 – 15 kg (Standard Size)

Origin: Germany

Colours: Black, Chocolate, Black & Tan, Cream, Red, Chocolate & Cream, Blue, Tan

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Dalmatian
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The Dalmatian is noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat, that develops early in a puppy’s life. They are famous as carriage dogs, fire house dogs and a certain Disney movie. However, unlike the fiction, Dalmatians suit a person able to cater for their high exercise needs.

Temperament: Playful, Outgoing, Intelligent, Friendly, Energetic, Active, Sensitive

Height: 58–61 cm

Weight: 23–32 kg

Colours: Black & White, Liver & White

https://g.co/kgs/0f4CHW

Doberman
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Doberman Pinschers are well known as intelligent, alert, and tenaciously loyal companions and guard dogs. However, despite being stereotyped as ferocious and aggressive, Australian dobies are generally easy-going and even a bit silly at times. The picture shows a red colour, but black and tan is by far the most common colour.

Origin: Germany

Temperament: Obedient, Fearless, Loyal, Intelligent, Energetic, Alert

Height: 66–72 cm

Weight: 34–45 kg

Colours: White, Black, Fawn, Red, Blue, Black & Rust, Red & Rust, Blue & Rust, Fawn & Rust

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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. Aired... Read More
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Australian Terrier
The Australian Terrier is a small breed of dog of the terrier dog type. The breed was developed in Australia, although the ancestral types of dogs from which the breed descends were from Great Britain.... Read More
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Basenji
The Basenji was bred from hunting dogs that originated in central Africa. They are known for their unique yodel-like sound and (like the Dingo) only coming into season once a year. Basenjis are alert, energeti... Read More
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Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is an unmistakeable short-legged, long-bodied, long-eared large dog. The Basset is a scent hound that was originally bred for the purpose of hunting hare. Their classic wiener-dog sha... Read More
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Beagle
The Beagle is a breed of small-sized hound, similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. They are social, active and generally good with other dogs. The Beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for h... Read More
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Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie, or Beardie, is a herding breed of dog once used primarily by Scottish shepherds, but now mostly a popular family companion. The coat is spectacular but requires a lot of care if kept long. ... Read More
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Bedlington Terrier
The Bedlington Terrier is a breed of small dog named after the mining town of Bedlington, in North East England. Its show clip has a distinctive topknot which requires a little more maintenance. Bedlingtons ap... Read More
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Belgian Shepherd
The Belgian Shepherd is a breed of medium-to-large-sized herding dog. Four types have been identified by various registries as separate breeds or varieties: Groenendael, Laekenois, Tervuren, and Malinois. The... Read More
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Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog, called in German the Berner Sennenhund, is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. Bernese, though outdoor dogs at heart, do w... Read More
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Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog with a dense, curly coat. The Bichon was popularised in Australia in the mid-1960s, largely thanks to the Channel Nine mini-series Meweth, starring Bruce Gyngell alongs... Read More
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Border Collie
The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Anglo-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. Border Colli... Read More
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Border Terrier
The Border Terrier is a small, long-legged, rough-coated breed of dog bred as a fox and vermin hunter. They are a hardy, independent breed who are usually shown with their harsh coat hand-stripped. Andrew owns... Read More
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Borzoi
The Borzoi is descended from dogs brought to Russia from central Asian countries. It is like a long-haired greyhound and is also a member of the sighthound family. “Borzáya sobáka” (“fast ... Read More
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Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier originates in the United States but is not a true terrier. This “American Gentleman” was originally bred for fighting and vermin control but is now a small, gentle companion dog. Like al... Read More
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Bouvier Des Flandres
The Bouvier des Flandres is a powerfully built, compact, rough-coated dog breed originating in Flanders. They were originally used for general farm work including cattle droving, sheep herding, and cart pullin... Read More
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Boxer
The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. They have a distinctive short face but are not affected by brachycephalic diseases to the same degree as bulldogs and pugs. Boxers ... Read More
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Briard
The Briard is an ancient breed of large herding dog, originally from France. They are rugged and agile, with a long high-maintenance coat and unusually have double dewclaws on each rear leg. The Briard’s mod... Read More
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British Bulldog
The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. The Bulldog is a muscular, hefty dog with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. They comm... Read More
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Brittany
The Brittany is a breed of gun dog bred primarily for bird hunting. Although it is often referred to as a Spaniel, the breed is more like a small pointer or setter. They are a healthy, easy-going, athletic dog... Read More
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Bull Terrier
The Bull Terrier’s most recognisable feature is its head, described as ‘egg-shaped’ when viewed from the front; the top of the skull is almost flat. Despite their fearsome appearance, they are usually fr... Read More
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Bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff is a large-sized breed of domestic dog, with a solid build and a short muzzle. The Bullmastiff was bred from the old Bulldog type and Mastiff breeds to be used by 19th-century gamekeepers to guard estates against poachers... Read More
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Cairn Terrier
The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest of the terrier breeds, originating in the Scottish Highlands. Cairns are plucky, active dogs much like their most famous mascot, Toto from The Wizard Of Oz. Des... Read More
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Cane Corso
The Cane Corso, pronounced kha-neh kor-so from Italian cane and latin “cohors” or from “coorte” also known as the Italian Mastiff, is a large Italian breed of dog, for years valued high... Read More
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a very popular family dog due to its open, friendly nature towards people and animals.  It has a silky, smooth coat and featheri... Read More
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Cavoodle
The Cavoodle is the offspring of a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, though now considered by many a breed in itself. If bred ethically, they can be an excellent and healthy family pet. The Cavoodle ... Read More
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Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named for a Mexican state where they were kept by the Aztecs. They are excellent small dogs full of personality but their size makes them unsuitable for younge... Read More
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Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested Dog comes in two varieties, with and without complete hair coats, which are born in the same litter: the Powder Puff and the Hairless. The skin of the hairless variety can require special c... Read More
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Chow Chow
The Chow Chow is an ancient dog breed originally from northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan, which means “puffy-lion dog”. The breed is known for a very dense double coat, straight hind ... Read More
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Clumber Spaniel
The Clumber Spaniel is a breed of dog of the spaniel type, developed in the United Kingdom. It is the largest of the spaniels and comes in predominantly white with either lemon or orange markings. ... Read More
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Cocker Spaniel
The English Cocker Spaniel was originally bred as a gun dog in the United Kingdom, with the term cocker deriving from their use to hunt woodcock. They are active, good-natured, and extremely popular pet... Read More
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Coolie
The Coolie also known as the Australian Koolie or by the misnomer German Koolie is an Australian dog breed. Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Trainable, Friendly, Patie... Read More
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Curly Coated Retriever
The Curly Coated Retriever is a breed of dog originally bred in England for upland bird and waterfowl hunting. It is the tallest of the retrievers and is easily distinguishable by the mass of tight curls cover... Read More
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Dachshund
This standard size Dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals but makes an excellent and fun pet. Their classic wiener-dog shape is due to chondrodyst... Read More
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Dalmatian
The Dalmatian is noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat, that develops early in a puppy’s life. They are famous as carriage dogs, fire house dogs and a certain Disney movie. However, u... Read More
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Doberman
Doberman Pinschers are well known as intelligent, alert, and tenaciously loyal companions and guard dogs. However, despite being stereotyped as ferocious and aggressive, Australian dobies are generally easy-go... 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.


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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