Dog Breed Selector

Looking for a puppy? Here’s a quick tool to help you choose. Click on the tags that describe your perfect dog. If you don’t get a good shortlist of breeds, unclick a few.

Read our Ultimate New Puppy Guide for more on planning for a puppy. Want to know how we made this guide and why it’s different? Read more below.

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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

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

https://g.co/kgs/2Jbh9

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

https://g.co/kgs/ozS9Dx

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

https://g.co/kgs/JRQThD

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

https://g.co/kgs/39nV0A

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

https://g.co/kgs/fFmCjq

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

https://g.co/kgs/maeqfs

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

https://g.co/kgs/BykbRY

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

https://g.co/kgs/x5ljXg

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

https://g.co/kgs/dmflxl

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

https://g.co/kgs/VPFH6n

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

https://g.co/kgs/L5rY1J

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

https://g.co/kgs/zJMvcP

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

https://g.co/kgs/YpPSuo

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

https://g.co/kgs/kDOdrh

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

https://g.co/kgs/Jl2co2

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

https://g.co/kgs/xdWtQD

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

https://g.co/kgs/iAW3KN

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

https://g.co/kgs/J77fj8

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

https://g.co/kgs/VdC4A5

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

https://g.co/kgs/X3JMsO

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

https://g.co/kgs/ZYqFg7

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

https://g.co/kgs/uy2bgX

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

https://g.co/kgs/xtDTQT

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

https://g.co/kgs/n8AxAj

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

https://g.co/kgs/xirI8b

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

https://g.co/kgs/XwXwbj

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

https://g.co/kgs/flz6qH

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

https://g.co/kgs/81Qk4c

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

https://g.co/kgs/pgvod7

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

https://g.co/kgs/dXASvC

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

https://g.co/kgs/D63AJC

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

https://g.co/kgs/7cEiL5

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

https://g.co/kgs/1FSOC9

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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

https://g.co/kgs/ZQ1dhj

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

https://g.co/kgs/r526p9

Dogue de Bordeaux
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The Dogue de Bordeaux or French Mastiff is one of the most ancient French dog breeds. Some claim it to have the largest head in the canine world, in proportion to the rest of the body. Whether it’s true or not, this is one big, happy, drooly dog.

Origin: France

Temperament: Devoted, Companionable, Loyal, Courageous, Vigilant, Even Tempered

Weight: 50–65 kg

Height: 60–67 cm

Colours: Fawn, Mahogany, Red

https://g.co/kgs/MHUWu9

English Mastiff
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The English Mastiff is a breed of extremely large dog perhaps descended from the ancient Alaunt and Pugnaces Britanniae, with a significant input from the Alpine Mastiff in the 19th century.  Distinguishable by enormous size, massive head, and a limited range of colours, but always displaying a black mask, the Mastiff is noted for its gentle and loving nature.

Origin: England

Temperament: Affectionate, Courageous, Protective, Good-natured, Dignified, Calm

Height: 70–91 cm

Weight: 73–90 kg

Colours: Brindle, Fawn, Apricot

https://g.co/kgs/arpozC

English Setter
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The English Setter is known for its finely flecked coat (called ‘belton’) and long silky feathering. Like all setters, they have a fine friendly personality and a desire for exercise and training. 

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Strong Willed, Companionable

Origin: England, Wales

Length: Male: 69 cm

Weight: 26 kg

Colours: Tri-colour, Blue Belton, Lemon Belton, Orange Belton, Liver Belton, Chestnut Belton

https://g.co/kgs/v9FC9O

English Springer Spaniel
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The English Springer Spaniel is a gun dog much like a large Cocker Spaniel traditionally used for flushing and retrieving game. It is an affectionate, excitable breed. Like many working breeds, there are now separate hunting and show breeding lines.

Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Cheerful, Alert, Active, Attentive

Weight: 20–25 kg

Height: 48–56 cm

Colours: Tri-colour, Lemon & White, Black & White, Liver & White, Red & White, Orange & White

https://g.co/kgs/NryUON

Finnish Lapphund
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The Finnish Lapphund is a hardy, easy going, medium-size breed of the Spitz family. Traditionally it has been used for herding reindeer, and therefore its coat provides extremely good cold protection. While still rare, we are starting to see more and more of this charming breed in Adelaide.

Temperament: Courageous, Keen, Faithful, Friendly, Calm

Height: Female: 41–47 cm, Male: 46–52 cm

Weight: 15–24 kg

Colours: Black, White, Wolf-Sable, Red, Brown, Sable

https://g.co/kgs/moKZ1x

Finnish Spitz
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The Finnish Spitz was originally bred to hunt all types of game from squirrels and other rodents to bears. It would alert the hunter by barking at its prey’s location- you have been warned! That being said, the dogs we see are happy, active and plucky without major problems.

Temperament: Playful, Loyal, Intelligent, Happy, Vocal, Independent

Height: 44–50 cm

Weight: 12–14 kg

Colours: Red, Red Gold, Gold

https://g.co/kgs/ZcjBw6

Flatcoated Retriever
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The Flat-Coated Retriever is a gundog breed originating from the United Kingdom. It was developed as a retriever both on land and in the water. The look a little like a Golden Retriever with a flatter head, and even share their exuberant attitude to life.

Origin: United Kingdom

Temperament: Devoted, Outgoing, Friendly, Confident, Optimistic

Height: 59–62 cm

Weight: 27–36 kg

Colours: Black, Liver

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

Fox Terrier
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The Smooth Fox Terrier, though not a common breed today, was one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia only two generations ago. It is thought to be the ancestor of many other breeds and is easily recognised by its long, broad nose. Foxies seem a quieter and more thoughtful terrier than most.

Origin: England

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Fearless, Intelligent, Alert, Active

Height: 36–41 cm

Weight: 7–9 kg

https://g.co/kgs/db6wzF

French Bulldog
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The French Bulldog, also known as the Frenchy, is the result of a cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris. It is undergoing a surge in popularity, especially among first-time dog owners. If bred ethically and chosen carefully, French Bulldogs can be an excellent and healthy family pet.

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Lively, Keen, Athletic, Alert, Bright, Sociable, Easygoing, Patient

Weight: 10-12kg

Colours: Brindle, White, Fawn, Tan, Brindle & White, Black Brindle, Cream

Origin: France, England

https://g.co/kgs/tgGc5e

German Pinscher
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The German Pinscher is a medium-sized breed of dog, a Pinscher type that originated in Germany. The breed is included in the origins of the Dobermann, the Rottweiler, the Miniature Pinscher, the Affenpinscher, the Standard Schnauzer.

Temperament: Even Tempered, Lively, Intelligent, Loving, Spirited, Familial

Height: 43 – 51 cm

Weight: 14 – 20 kg

Origin: Germany

Colours: Black, Fawn, Red, Blue, Brown

https://g.co/kgs/5LGao7

German Shepherd Dog
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German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding sheep. Since that time, however, because of their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience, German Shepherds have become the preferred breed for many types of work, including disability assistance, search-and-rescue, police and military roles, and even acting. 

Origin: Germany

Temperament: Obedient, Loyal, Intelligent, Courageous, Watchful, Curious, Alert, Confident

Height: 60–65 cm

Weight: 30–40 kg

Colours: Black, Black & Tan, Black & Silver, Red & Black, Grey, Sable

https://g.co/kgs/Uf7QBi

German Shorthaired Pointer
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The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunting breed originally used for both land and water. Nowadays they are the go-to breed for people wanting an energetic, athletic yet family-friendly dog. The success of this is seen by the love owners show for their ‘GSP’.

Temperament: Affectionate, Bold, Intelligent, Trainable, Cooperative, Boisterous

Height: 58–64 cm

Weight: 25–32 kg

Colours: Liver, Black & White, Liver & White, Brown & White, Brown, Liver Roan

https://g.co/kgs/Ecnn89

Golden Retriever
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The Golden Retriever was bred as a gun dog to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds. Today it may be, for very good reason, the most popular large family dog in Adelaide. The mark of the Golden Retriever’s temperament is that it is completely unsuited to being a guard dog.

Temperament: Intelligent, Friendly, Reliable, Confident, Trustworthy, Kind

Height: 56–61 cm

Weight: 30–34 kg

Colours: Cream, Dark Golden, Light Golden, Golden

Origin: United Kingdom, Scotland, England

https://g.co/kgs/2e9Id1

Gordon Setter
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The Gordon Setter is a large breed of gun dog originally bred for searching for game hidden in cover. The 4th Duke of Gordon (1743–1827), established his kennel of Black and Tan Setters at Gordon Castle in Scotland. Gordons today are a friendly, active and boisterous breed.

Temperament: Fearless, Loyal, Alert, Eager, Confident

Height: 61–69 cm

Weight: 25–36 kg

Origin: United Kingdom, Scotland

Colour: Black & Tan

https://g.co/kgs/xpYd5J

Great Dane
Great Dane Image

The Great Dane is known for its giant size; all owners need to get used to constant remarks about horses when out walking.  The Great Dane is one of the tallest dog breeds but is also one of the most placid.

Origin: Germany

Temperament: Devoted, Reserved, Loving, Gentle, Friendly, Confident

Height: 76–86 cm

Weight: 54–90 kg

Colours: Black, Brindle, Fawn, Mantle, Blue, Harlequin

Read our blog about Great Dane health here.

Greyhound
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The Greyhound is an ancient sighthound which has been bred for coursing game and racing. Since the rise in large-scale adoption of retired racing Greyhounds, the breed has seen a resurgence in popularity as a family pet. In the home, they are quiet and inactive, but benefit from a run when possible. 

Speed: 70 km/h (Maximum, Race speed)

Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Gentle, Athletic, Quiet, Even Tempered

Height: Male: 71–76 cm, Female: 68–71 cm

Weight: Male: 27–40 kg, Female: 26–34 kg

Origin: England, British Isles

https://g.co/kgs/wBBM3k

Griffon Bruxellois
Griffon Bruxellois Image

The Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon is a breed of toy dog that has become more popular in recent years. The picture shown is not a great example (their bite should be better) but is valuable in showing the coat how it usually is, rather than groomed for showing.

Origin: Belgium

Temperament: Companionable, Watchful, Inquisitive, Alert, Self-important, Sensitive

Weight: 3-4 kg

Colours: Black, Black & Tan, Red, Blue, Brown, Belge

https://g.co/kgs/s090WT

Havanese
Havanese Image

The Havanese, a breed of Bichon type, is the national dog of Cuba. The breed has been growing rapidly in popularity as a good alternative toy breed to the Bichon or Maltese. In the picture is how we usually see them, rather than the high-maintenance show clip.

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Companionable, Intelligent, Responsive, Gentle

Coat: Very soft double coat (coat is actually hair, not fur)

Height: 23 – 27 cm

Weight: 4.5 – 7.3 kg

https://g.co/kgs/iFUfN6

Hungarian Vizsla
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The Hungarian Vizsla is the smallest of the all-round pointer-retriever breeds and functions as both a sporting dog and loyal companion. No trip to the dog park is complete without the sight of this finely built, golden dog gambolling happily. They resemble Weimaraners or German Shorthaired Pointers in build and coat.

Temperament: Affectionate, Loyal, Gentle, Energetic, Quiet

Height: 56–64 cm

Weight: 20–29 kg

Colours: Golden Rust, Red Golden, Golden

https://g.co/kgs/MDmQML

Irish Setter
Irish Setter Image

The Irish Setter is a deep chested dog with a small waist and spectacular flowing red hair. Their build has led them to be prone to gastric dilation, which prospective owners should learn how to avoid. Irish Setters get along well with children, other dogs, and will enthusiastically greet visitors.

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Lively, Companionable, Energetic, Independent

Height: 58–67 cm

Weight: 27–32 kg

Colours: Mahogany, Red, Chestnut

https://g.co/kgs/YnyGdS

Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhound Image

The Irish Wolfhound is a huge sighthound from Ireland, originally bred to hunt wolves. Nowadays it is hard to imagine this placid and friendly breed doing harm to anything.

Temperament: Loyal, Sweet-Tempered, Generous, Dignified, Patient, Thoughtful

Origin: Belgium, Ireland

Weight: 45-55 kg

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

https://g.co/kgs/WZBuw4

Italian Greyhound
Italian Greyhound Image

The Italian Greyhound is the smallest sighthound, which resembles a miniature Greyhound. They are at the same time both naturally elegant and uncannily like Dobby the house elf. Italian Greyhounds are healthy, active dogs whose only common fault is a high rate of leg fractures in young dogs.

Temperament: Affectionate, Companionable, Intelligent, Agile, Athletic, Mischievous

Height: 33 – 38 cm

Weight: 3.6 – 5 kg

Colours: Chocolate, Black, Fawn, Red Fawn, Red, Blue Fawn, Slate Grey, Blue, Tan, Yellow, Grey, Sable

https://g.co/kgs/BwHuqA

Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier Image

The Jack Russell Terrier is a sturdy, tough and tenacious small terrier that has its origins in vermin hunting. They tend to be extremely intelligent, athletic, fearless, and vocal dogs, and have a tendency to create their own fun if forced to entertain themselves. Jack Russells are great dogs for the owner who wants an active and interesting dog and is prepared to work for it!

Height: 25 – 38 cm

Weight: 6.4 – 8.2 kg

Origin: England

Temperament: Stubborn, Fearless, Intelligent, Energetic, Athletic, Vocal

Colours: White, Black & White, White & Tan

https://g.co/kgs/JbOLNo

Japanese Chin
Japanese Chin Image

The Japanese Chin has always been an important companion breed to Japanese nobility. They are a loyal and affectionate dog with a long, silky coat. While they can be reserved in different situations, early socialisation of puppies leads to a dog that is more outgoing and social.

Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Loving, Alert, Cat-like

Height: 20 – 27 cm

Weight: 1.4 – 4 kg

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

https://g.co/kgs/3rzVrT

Japanese Spitz
Japanese Spitz Image

The Japanese Spitz is a small to medium breed of dog of the Spitz type. The Japanese Spitz is a companion dog and pet.

Origin: Japan

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Obedient, Companionable, Intelligent, Proud

Height: 30 – 38 cm

Weight: 8 kg

Colour: White

https://g.co/kgs/9OKGVg

Keeshond
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The Keeshond (“case-ond” in Australia) is a medium-sized dog carrying a plush two-layer coat of silver and black fur with a ruff and a curled tail. Despite the myth, shaving their dense coat for summer will not prevent full regrowth and will improve comfort considerably. Keeshonds are also known as the Dutch Barge Dog and are a member of the Spitz family.

Temperament: Playful, Obedient, Agile, Bright, Quick, Sturdy

Height: 43 – 46 cm

Weight: 17 – 23 kg

Origin: Germany, Netherlands

Colours: Black, Black & Silver, Silver, Grey Cream & Black, Grey & Black, Grey

https://g.co/kgs/40uV05

Kerry Blue Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier Image

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a breed of dog. Originally bred to control “vermin” including rats, rabbits, badgers, foxes, otters and hares, over time the Kerry became a general working dog used for a  variety of jobs including herding cattle and sheep, and as a guard dog. Today the Kerry has spread around the world as a companion and working dog.

Temperament: Affectionate, Strong Willed, Loyal, Gentle, Spirited, Alert

Height: 46–51 cm

Weight: 15–18 kg

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

https://g.co/kgs/vDqeyc

Photo: Bjørn Erling Løken

Labradoodle
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The Labradoodle is a crossbred dog created from the Labrador Retriever and the Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle. Not all Labradoodles are hypoallergenic and they can exist in hair, fleece or wool-type coats. If bred ethically, they can be an excellent and healthy family pet.

Origin: Australia

Weight: 25 kg

https://g.co/kgs/iGRTuy

Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever Image

The Labrador Retriever is a type of retriever-gun dog bred to have a strong affinity for water. The Labrador shares the honour with the Golden Retriever of being one of the most popular breeds of dog. While both are excellent family dogs, the Labrador is a much more excitable and boisterous breed.

Origin: Newfoundland

Temperament: Outgoing, Intelligent, Agile, Gentle, Trusting, Even Tempered, Kind

Height: 57–62 cm

Weight: 29–36 kg

Colours: Black, Chocolate, Yellow

https://g.co/kgs/KsJiwl

Lagotto Romagnolo
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The Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed of dog that comes from the Romagna sub-region of Italy. The name means “lake dog from Romagna,” originating from the Italian word lago, meaning lake. Its traditional function is a gundog, specifically a water retriever. However, it is often used to hunt for truffles.

Temperament: Companionable, Loyal, Trainable, Keen, Loving, Active

Height: 43–48 cm

Weight: 13–16 kg

Colours: Brown Roan, Brown & White, Brown, Orange & White, Off-White, Orange

https://g.co/kgs/NI6gRM

Lakeland Terrier
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The Lakeland Terrier is a dog breed, which takes its name from its place of origin, the Lake District in England. The dog is a small to mid-sized member of the Terrier family.

Temperament: Bold, Intelligent, Trainable, Friendly, Confident, Independent

Height: 33 – 38 cm

Weight: 7 – 8 kg

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

https://g.co/kgs/fJTaWL

Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso Image

The Lhasa Apso was bred as an interior sentinel in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, to alert the monks to any intruders who entered. This may explain why, despite being very friendly, they are more independent than most lap dogs. The picture shows a Lhasa clipped for practical, not show purposes.

Coat: Long, dense

Temperament: Playful, Devoted, Obedient, Lively, Intelligent, Assertive, Friendly, Energetic, Spirited, Alert, Steady

Weight: 6–8 kg

https://g.co/kgs/Ta07jK

Lowchen
Lowchen Image

The Löwchen’s or Little Lion Dog’s long and wavy coat is presented in a lion cut for showing. This means that the haunches, back legs, front legs and part of the tail are shaved, and the rest of the coat is left natural to give the dog the appearance of a male lion. Of course, most just look like the photograph for practical reasons.

Temperament: Playful, Intelligent, Happy, Friendly, Active, Familial

Origin: Germany, France

Height: 33–36 cm

Weight: 4–8 kg

https://g.co/kgs/dyMNXQ

Maltese
Maltese Image

The Maltese descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area, especially the island nation of Malta. They are a classic companion dog at their best when able to be around a favourite person. Their long coat does not shed but requires frequent clipping and is rarely kept at the show standard length for practical reasons.

Origin: Mediterranean Basin

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Lively, Docile

Height: 21–25 cm

Weight: 3–4 kg

https://g.co/kgs/TiWt3V

Maremma Sheepdog
Maremma Sheepdog Image

The Maremma Sheepdog is a breed of livestock guardian dog indigenous to central Italy, particularly to Abruzzo and the Maremma region of Tuscany and Lazio. It has been used for centuries by Italian shepherds to guard sheep against wolves and is now famous in Australia for being used to also guard threatened wildlife populations. Maremmas can therefore be very independent but still require time with their owners.

Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Determined, Friendly, Alert, Dignified

Height: 65–73 cm

Weight: 35–45 kg

Origin: Italy

Colours: Black, White, Cream, Brown, Grey

https://g.co/kgs/ie2P4I

Miniature Dachshund
Miniature Dachshund Image

The Miniature Dachshund breed was developed in Germany and has existed since at least the 16th century. 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.

Height: 12–18 cm

Weight: 3.5–5 kg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_Dachshund

Miniature Pinscher
Miniature Pinscher Image

The Miniature Pinscher is a tiny and finely built relative of the larger German Pinscher. Pinschers and Dobermans share a characteristic black and tan coat pattern. Min Pins are active and social dogs, and can be fearless despite their size if socialised early and well. 

Origin: Germany

Temperament: Playful, Outgoing, Responsive, Friendly, Energetic, Clever

Height: 25–30 cm

Weight: 4–5 kg

Colours: Stag Red, Black & Tan, Chocolate & Rust, Red, Black & Rust, Chocolate & Tan

https://g.co/kgs/UMt2dI

Temperament: Even Tempered, Lively, Intelligent, Loving, Spirited, Familial

Height: 43 – 51 cm

Weight: 14 – 20 kg

Origin: Germany

Colours: Black, Fawn, Red, Blue, Brown

https://g.co/kgs/5LGao7

Miniature Poodle
Miniature Poodle Image

The Miniature Poodle may descend from either the old French Barbet breed or from Germany as a type of water dog. Unsurprisingly, they are one of the most popular dogs in France. Miniature Poodles are intelligent and loving companions who seem to be happy just being with their owners. 

Temperament: Intelligent, Trainable, Faithful, Instinctual, Alert, Active

Height: 28 – 36 cm

Weight: 7-9 kg

Colours: Apricot, Black, White, Black & Tan, Cream, Black & White, Red, Silver, Blue, Brown, Grey, Sable

Origin: Germany, France

https://g.co/kgs/5vOS5U

Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer Image

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small terrier-type dog with a unique set of eyebrows, moustache and beard.  The breed remains one of the most popular worldwide, primarily for its temperament and relatively small size. Of note is their fondness for barking, which can be managed with early socialisation and training.

Temperament: Obedient, Fearless, Intelligent, Friendly, Spirited, Alert

Height: 30–36 cm

Weight: 5.4–9.1 kg

Colours: Black, White, Black & Silver, Salt & Pepper

https://g.co/kgs/jCdtFr

Moodle
Moodle Image

The Moodle (Maltipoo in the US and UK) is a cross-breed/hybrid dog obtained by breeding a Maltese and a toy or Miniature Poodle. Both original breeds have a soft, non-shedding coat.

Temperament: Outgoing, Intelligent, Loving, Friendly, Quiet

Height: 25 cm

Weight: 5.4 – 8 kg

https://g.co/kgs/7OzAcL

Newfoundland
Newfoundland Image

The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog with a similar ancestry to Mastiffs and Labradors originally from north-west Canada. They are a large, good-natured dog with a thick coat and are said to be good swimmers. 

Temperament: Trainable, Gentle, Sweet-Tempered

Height: 69–74 cm

Weight: 60–70 kg

Colours: Black, Black & White, Brown, Grey

Origin: Canada, England

https://g.co/kgs/jMLgCd

Norfolk Terrier
Norfolk Terrier Image

The Norfolk Terrier is a classic small terrier of English origin, similar to the Norwich Terrier. They are one of the smaller and quieter terriers, much like a smaller Border Terrier in looks and personality.

Temperament: Self-confidence, Fearless, Companionable, Happy, Spirited, Loveable

Height: 23 – 25 cm.

Weight: 5 – 6 kg

Colours: Black & Tan, Red, Wheaten, Grizzle

https://g.co/kgs/V4qxti

Norwegian Elkhound
Norwegian Elkhound Image

The Norwegian Elkhound is one of the ancient Northern Spitz-type breeds of dog and is the National Dog of Norway. The Elkhound has served as a hunter, guardian, herder, and defender.

Temperament: Playful, Bold, Strong Willed, Loyal, Alert, Hardy

Height: 48 – 51 cm.

Weight: 20 – 25 kg

Origin: Norway

Colours: Silver, Grey

https://g.co/kgs/4Nr71w

Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdog Image

The Old English Sheepdog is a large herding breed known for its very long coat, with fur covering the face and eyes. It is similar to the Bearded Collie, with which it shares ancestry. The spectacular appearance of OESDs is only maintained by frequent grooming, many we see are kept shorn for practical reasons.

Origin: England

Temperament: Playful, Intelligent, Adaptable, Loving, Sociable, Bubbly

Height: 56–61 cm

Weight: 32–45 kg

https://g.co/kgs/R5OQJa

Pekingese
Pekingese Image

The Pekingese was favoured by royalty of the Chinese Imperial court as both a lap dog and companion dog, and its name refers to the city of Peking (Beijing). Like all brachycephalic breeds, they are prone to heat stress and eye and upper airway problems. Many Pekes we see are kept with a short coat for practical reasons.

Temperament: Affectionate, Stubborn, Intelligent, Opinionated, Good-natured

Origin: China

Height: 15 – 23 cm

Weight: 3.2 – 6.5 kg

https://g.co/kgs/cSyB0c

Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Image

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a medium-sized, shaggy-coated, sheepdog breed native to Poland. It resembles a smaller Old English Sheepdog or Bearded Collie.

Temperament: Self-confident, Lively, Intelligent, Agile, Even Tempered, Perceptive

Height: Male: 18–20 inches (45–50 cm), Female: 17–19 inches (42–47 cm)

Weight: 16–21 kg

Colours: Black, Tricolour, Black & White, Brown, Grey, Beige

https://g.co/kgs/5D8fiC

Pomeranian
Pomeranian Image

The Pomeranian is the smallest and the most popular member of the Spitz group and is named for the Pomerania region in Central Europe. The breed has a luxurious thick coat that requires some brushing or can be clipped off in summer for comfort. Poms have a confident, outgoing personality despite their small size.

Temperament: Playful, Intelligent, Friendly, Sociable, Active, Extroverted

Height: 20cm

Weight: 3-4 kg

Colours: White, Black, Grey-shaded, Tan, Brown, Orange

Origin: Germany, Poland

https://g.co/kgs/U7qQzq

Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dog Image

Portuguese Water Dogs are originally from the Algarve region of Portugal, where they were associated with fishermen. Their non-shedding qualities have made them more popular in recent years. The Portuguese Water Dog has recently gained more fame by being the chosen breed of U.S. president Barack Obama,

Temperament: Obedient, Docile, Intelligent, Impetuous, Brave

Height: 50–57 cm

Weight: 19–27 kg

Colours: Black, White, Black & White, Brown & White, Brown

https://g.co/kgs/xFj85A

Pug
Pug Image

The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square body with well-developed muscles. Pugs should be a slim and healthy breed but many (like in the photo) are shown in an overweight state.

Origin: China

Temperament: Playful, Stubborn, Docile, Charming, Quiet, Sociable, Attentive, Clever

Height: 30cm

Weight: 6-8 kg

Colours: Fawn, Black, Apricot, Silver Fawn

https://g.co/kgs/19D4AZ

Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgeback Image

The Rhodesian Ridgeback can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi. It was renowned for its ability to keep a lion at bay while awaiting its master’s arrival to make the kill. Nowadays you’re more likely to find them keeping a couch warm awaiting their master’s arrival.

Temperament: Strong Willed, Loyal, Intelligent, Mischievous, Dignified, Sensitive

Height: 63–69 cm

Weight: 35–41 kg

Colours: Red Wheaten, Wheaten, Light Wheaten

https://g.co/kgs/zHnywm

Rottweiler
Rottweiler Image

The Rottweiler was originally used in Germany to herd livestock and pull carts. This continued until the mid-19th century when railways caused droving to be replaced with herding. Despite their fearsome reputation, we see them as attentive and placid dogs who do well with training. Rottweilers are often used as search and rescue dogs, as guide dogs for the blind, as guard dogs and police dogs.

Origin: Germany

Temperament: Devoted, Obedient, Fearless, Courageous, Self-assured, Alert, Good-natured, Confident, Calm, Steady

Weight: 40–60 kg

Height: 60–69 cm

Colours: Black, Mahogany, Tan

https://g.co/kgs/uBDQXK

Rough Collie
Rough Collie Image

Used for herding in Scotland, the Rough Collie achieved fame as Lassie, the only dog to have a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. They are a quiet, even shy dog but are just as playful and outgoing if socialised. The Rough Collie’s luxurious coat requires some brushing or can be clipped off for summer without any problems.

Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Protective, Gentle, Friendly, Active

Height: 56–61 cm

Weight: 20–29 kg

Origin: United Kingdom, Scotland

Colours: White, Sable & White, Sable Merle, Blue Merle, Tri-colour, Sable

https://g.co/kgs/Sk5QAK

Saluki
Saluki Image

The Saluki, also known as Persian Greyhound, is an ancient breed from the middle east, where it was used for hunting. They are quiet and reserved, but like most dogs can be very outgoing if socialised well. The Saluki is classed as a sighthound and is typically deep-chested and long-legged, with silky ears and tail.

Temperament: Intelligent, Reserved, Aloof, Quiet

Height: 58 – 71 cm

Weight: 25 kg

Speed: 69 km/h (Maximum, Adult)

Origin: Middle East

Colours: White, Fawn, Cream, Red, Tan, Gold

https://g.co/kgs/4Pcxmn

Samoyed
Samoyed Image

The Samoyed is a large breed of herding dog, from the Spitz group, with a thick, white, double-layer coat. It takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia, who used them to pull sleds. Today the Samoyed is a friendly dog who guards well but needs protection against summer heat.

Temperament: Playful, Stubborn, Lively, Friendly, Alert, Sociable

Height: 53–60 cm

Weight: 20–30 kg

Colours: White, Cream, White & Biscuit

https://g.co/kgs/o8auvL

Schipperke
Schipperke Image

The Schipperke in its home country of Belgium is considered a small shepherd. It is a naturally curious and active small dog with a thick double coat. Schipperkes are unique and loveable dogs for owners wanting a high-energy breed.

Temperament: Fearless, Agile, Faithful, Curious, Confident, Independent

Height: 28–33 cm

Weight: 3–9 kg

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

https://g.co/kgs/3A8OI0

Schnoodle
Schnoodle Image

A Schnoodle is a cross between a schnauzer and a poodle. Schnoodle is a portmanteau word combining the two breed names. Crossing with a poodle creates a soft, non-shedding coat.

Temperament: Devoted, Obedient, Strong Willed, Intelligent, Protective, Loving, Active, Clever

Weight: 3.2 – 7.3 kg

https://g.co/kgs/JM68Re

Scottish Terrier
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The Scottish Terrier, popularly called the Scottie, is an independent and rugged breed with a wiry outer coat and a soft dense undercoat. They have a characteristic long muzzle and and a long undercoat. Like most terriers, they are a feisty and fearless dog with a loveable personality.

Temperament: Playful, Self-assured, Feisty, Alert, Quick, Independent

Height: 25–28 cm

Weight: 8.5–10 kg

Colours: Black, Brindle, Wheaten

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Shar-Pei
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The Chinese Shar-Pei is a breed of dog known for its distinctive features of deep wrinkles and a blue-black tongue. The breed originates from China.

Temperament: Affectionate, Devoted, Reserved, Loving, Independent

Height: 46–51 cm

Weight: 20–30 kg

Colours: Black, Fawn, Cream, Red, Sand, Lilac

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Shetland Sheepdog
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The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog. This small dog is intelligent, excitable, energetic and willing to please. They resemble a small Rough Collie but are only distantly related.

Origin: Scotland

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Lively, Loyal, Intelligent, Responsive, Reserved, Trainable, Gentle, Alert, Active, Strong

Height: 33–41 cm

Weight: 6.4–12 kg

Colours: Merle, Black & White, Sable & White, Black & Tan, Blue Merle, Tri-colour, Sable

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Shiba Inu
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The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six original and distinct spitz breeds of dog from Japan. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting.

Temperament: Charming, Fearless, Keen, Faithful, Alert, Confident

Height: 35–43 cm

Weight: 8–12 kg

Colours: Red Sesame, Black & Tan, Red, Sesame, Black Sesame

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Shih Tzu
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The Shih Tzu is an affectionate, sturdy little dog with a short muzzle, often undershot jaw and large dark eyes. They are generally kept clipped short for practical purposes although the coat is spectacular when well-cared for. ‘Shih Tzu’ comes from the Chinese for ‘lion’ which in no way describes their strong love for humans.

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Lively, Outgoing, Loyal

Height: 20 – 28 cm

Weight: 4 – 7.2 kg

Colours: Black, White, Brindle, Liver, Black & White, Liver & White, Blue, Dark Brown, Gold, Light Brown

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Siberian Husky
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The Siberian Husky is originally a hunting and sled dog from north-eastern Siberia.  Like the larger Malamute, it has a thickly furred double coat, erect triangular ears, and distinctive markings. In Australian summers they are best either be kept inside or clipped short for comfort.

Temperament: Outgoing, Intelligent, Gentle, Friendly, Alert

Height: 54–60 cm

Weight: 20–27 kg

Colours: White, Black, Agouti, Piebald, Black & Tan, Splash, Black & White, Red, Silver, Copper, Brown, Grey, Sable

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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
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The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is a larger terrier originating from Ireland with a long silky coat. They appear less excitable than other terriers while still retaining the group’s verve and vigour. Terriers in general have a strong prey drive and are less suited to living with other species of pets.

Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Intelligent, Faithful, Energetic, Spirited

Height: 46–48 cm

Weight: 16–18 kg

Colour: Wheaten

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Spoodle
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A Spoodle (or Cockapoo in the UK and US) is the cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle bred specifically for its pet qualities. Crossing with a poodle creates a soft, non-shedding coat that requires regular clipping. Spoodles are livelier dogs than Cavoodles suitable for more active families.

Temperament: Outgoing, Intelligent, Loving, Friendly, Active

Height: 25 – 38 cm

Weight: 5.4 – 12 kg

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St Bernard
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The St Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from the western Alps in Switzerland, Italy and France. Originally it had farming, hunting and rescue functions, and never carried a cask of brandy! Early St Bernards were very different from the massive breed of today, which holds our clinic record for the heaviest dog.

Temperament: Lively, Gentle, Friendly, Watchful, Calm

Height: 70–90 cm

Weight: 64 – 100 kg

Origin: Switzerland, Italy

Colours: Red & White, Reddish-brown Brindle, Reddish-brown Splash, Reddish-brown Mantle, Brownish-yellow

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier
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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is often confused with the larger American Staffordshire Terrier but is a much smaller dog. It is also less independent and has the temperament of an active companion dog. Staffies are very rarely aggressive despite the mislabelling of them as ‘pit bulls’.

Origin: England

Temperament: Affectionate, Bold, Fearless, Loyal, Intelligent, Courageous, Reliable

Height: 36–41 cm

Weight: 11–17 kg

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

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Standard Poodle
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The Standard Poodle is a large and intelligent dog breed used in many dog sports and activities, including agility, obedience, performing and assistance. Like their smaller cousins, they require frequent clipping to maintain their coat but are of quieter temperament. The (frankly ridiculous) show clip is never seen in pet dogs, whose owners opt for an all-over lamb cut.

Temperament: Intelligent, Trainable, Faithful, Instinctual, Alert, Active

Height: 46 – 61 cm,

Weight: 23-26 kg

Colours: Apricot, Black, White, Black & Tan, Cream, Black & White, Red, Silver, Blue, Brown, Grey, Sable

Origin: Germany, France

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Swedish Vallhund
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The Swedish Vallhund was originally bred as a drover and herder of cows in harsh Scandinavian conditions. Often mistaken for a fluffy Corgi, it also has a similar happy personality. Like most thickly coated breeds, Vallhunds need protection from Australian summers. 

Temperament: Fearless, Intelligent, Friendly, Energetic, Watchful, Alert

Height: 32–34 cm

Weight: 9–14 kg

Colours: Mahogany, Blue, Greyish Yellow, Grey, Greyish Brown

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Tenterfield Terrier
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Australian in development, the forebears of the Tenterfield Terrier accompanied British settlers en route to Australia by ship. The forebears of these small dogs had been bred by hunters in Britain, typically for ratting. Affectionate and loyal companion animals and family pets. Intelligent, athletic and expressive.

Temperament: Bold, Fearless, Loyal, Alert, Eager, Confident, Outgoing

Origin: Australia

Weight: 4-6 kg

Colours: Black & white tricolour, black & white, tan & white,  liver & white, liver & white tricolour, blue & white, blue & white tricolour.

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Tibetan Spaniel
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The Tibetan Spaniel is a breed of assertive, small, intelligent dogs originating over 2,500 years ago in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet. They share ancestry with the Pekingese, Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Terrier and Pug. The breed is not a true spaniel but instead is a toy breed with a high affinity for humans.

Height: 25 cm

Weight: 4.1 – 6.8 kg

Temperament: Intelligent, Happy, Wilful, Assertive, Aloof, Independent

Colours: Black, White, Black & Tan, Cream, Red, Gold, Sable

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Tibetan Terrier
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Despite its name, the Tibetan Terrier is not a member of the terrier group. It is a lively and active small dog with an impossibly cute shaggy coat. The hair of Tibetan Terriers grows quite long and will require occasional trimming to keep it tidy.

Temperament: Affectionate, Reserved, Amiable, Gentle, Energetic, Sensitive

Height: 35 – 41 cm

Weight: 8 – 14 kg

Colours: Black, White, Piebald, Brindle, Tri-colour, Golden, Grey

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Toy Poodle
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The Toy Poodle was developed in England in the 18th century from its larger Poodle ancestors. It has remained a popular and valued companion dog ever since. Toy Poodles are much more lively and active than the other Poodles.

Temperament: Intelligent, Trainable, Faithful, Instinctual, Alert, Active

Height: 24 – 28 cm

Weight: 3-5 kg

Colours: Apricot, Black, White, Black & Tan, Cream, Black & White, Red, Silver, Blue, Brown, Grey, Sable

Origin: Germany, France

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Weimaraner
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The Weimaraner was originally bred by German royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. They have a unique blue-grey or silver-grey smooth coat and a regal stance. Weimaraners need considerable exercise and may not be suited to living with cats or other pets.

Temperament: Stubborn, Intelligent, Energetic, Aloof, Alert, Steady, Fast, Powerful

Height: 62–67 cm

Weight: 30–40 kg

Colours: Mouse-grey, Silver, Silver-grey

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Welsh Corgi
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The Welsh Corgi is one of the smallest cattle herding dog breeds. There are two breeds known as a Welsh Corgi: the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Corgis are famous for being owned by Queen Elizabeth II and are generally a charming and inquisitive breed.

Temperament: Playful, Bold, Outgoing, Protective, Friendly, Tenacious

Height: 25–30 cm

Weight: 10–14 kg

Colours: Fawn, Black & Tan, Black & White, Red, Blue, Sable

Origin: Wales, United Kingdom

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West Highland White Terrier
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The West Highland White Terrier is a small, active dog from Scotland with a distinctive white fluffy coat. They have one of the cutest faces of any dog and a fun personality for those wanting an excitable breed. When choosing Westies, ask about skin disease in the parents.

Temperament: Courageous, Friendly, Alert, Active, Hardy, Independent

Weight: 7–10 kg

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Whippet
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The Whippet is a small sighthound breed that originated in England, where they descended from greyhounds. They have been used for racing and coursing events, and love a good run. Whippets are loyal, quiet and dependable dogs.

Temperament: Affectionate, Lively, Intelligent, Gentle, Friendly, Quiet

Speed: 56 km/h (Maximum, Adult, Running)

Height: 48–56 cm

Weight: 6.8 – 14 kg

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

White Shepherd
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The White Shepherd emerged from white-coat lines of the German Shepherd dog in Canada and the United States and from European imports. The White Shepherd breed was officially recognised by the United Kennel Club in 1999. It has the same origins as the White Swiss Shepherd (Berger Blanc Suisse. White Shepherds have an overall more square and upright look and lighter frame as compared to the show lines of German Shepherds

Origin: Switzerland

Temperament: Lively, Aloof, Attentive

Height: 60–66 cm

Weight: 30–40 kg

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Wire-haired Fox Terrier
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The Wire Fox Terrier is an enthusiastic and energetic breed with a loveably scruffy coat (why on earth do people hand-strip it?). Although it bears a resemblance to the smooth Fox Terrier, the two breeds are believed to have developed separately. Snowy (Milou) from the Tintin adventures is probably the most famous Wire Fox Terrier. 

Origin: England

Temperament: Bold, Fearless, Keen, Friendly, Alert, Quick

Height: 36–41 cm

Weight: 7–9 kg

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Yorkshire Terrier
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The Yorkshire Terrier is a tiny breed developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills. Like the larger Silky Terrier, their long soft coat requires regular brushing. They are full of energy and curiosity but are possibly more timid and in need of human contact than other terriers.

Origin: England

Temperament: Bold, Intelligent, Courageous, Confident, Independent

Height: 17 cm

Weight: 2-4 kg

Colours: Black & Tan, Blue & Tan, Black & Gold, Blue & Gold

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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. Li... Read More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
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. Am... Read More
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Australian Cattle Dog
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 B... Read More
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Australian Kelpie
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. ... Read More
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Australian Shepherd
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 wi... Read More
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Australian Silky Terrier
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... 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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Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux or French Mastiff is one of the most ancient French dog breeds. Some claim it to have the largest head in the canine world, in proportion to the rest of the body. Whether it’s true... Read More
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English Mastiff
The English Mastiff is a breed of extremely large dog perhaps descended from the ancient Alaunt and Pugnaces Britanniae, with a significant input from the Alpine Mastiff in the 19th century.... Read More
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English Setter
The English Setter is known for its finely flecked coat (called ‘belton’) and long silky feathering. Like all setters, they have a fine friendly personality and a desire for exercise and training.?... Read More
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English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel is a gun dog much like a large Cocker Spaniel traditionally used for flushing and retrieving game. It is an affectionate, excitable breed. Like many working breeds, there are now s... Read More
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Finnish Lapphund
The Finnish Lapphund is a hardy, easy going, medium-size breed of the Spitz family. Traditionally it has been used for herding reindeer, and therefore its coat provides extremely good cold protection. While s... Read More
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Finnish Spitz
The Finnish Spitz was originally bred to hunt all types of game from squirrels and other rodents to bears. It would alert the hunter by barking at its prey’s location- you have been warned! That being sa... Read More
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Flatcoated Retriever
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a gundog breed originating from the United Kingdom. It was developed as a retriever both on land and in the water. The look a little like a Golden Retriever with a flatter head, an... Read More
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Fox Terrier
The Smooth Fox Terrier, though not a common breed today, was one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia only two generations ago. It is thought to be the ancestor of many other breeds and is easily recogn... Read More
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French Bulldog
The French Bulldog, also known as the Frenchy, is the result of a cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris. It is undergoing a surge in popularity, especially among firs... Read More
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German Pinscher
The German Pinscher is a medium-sized breed of dog, a Pinscher type that originated in Germany. The breed is included in the origins of the Dobermann, the Rottweiler, the Miniature Pinscher, the Affenpinscher,... Read More
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German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding sheep. Since that time, however, because of their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience, German Shepherds have become the prefer... Read More
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German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunting breed originally used for both land and water. Nowadays they are the go-to breed for people wanting an energetic, athletic yet family-friendly dog. The suc... Read More
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Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever was bred as a gun dog to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds. Today it may be, for very good reason, the most popular large family dog in Adelaide. The mark of the ... Read More
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Gordon Setter
The Gordon Setter is a large breed of gun dog originally bred for searching for game hidden in cover. The 4th Duke of Gordon (1743–1827), established his kennel of Black and Tan Setters at Gordon Castle in S... Read More
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Great Dane
The Great Dane is known for its giant size; all owners need to get used to constant remarks about horses when out walking.  The Great Dane is one of the tallest dog breeds but is also one of the most placid.... Read More
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Greyhound
The Greyhound is an ancient sighthound which has been bred for coursing game and racing. Since the rise in large-scale adoption of retired racing Greyhounds, the breed has seen a resurgence in popularity as a ... Read More
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Griffon Bruxellois
The Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon is a breed of toy dog that has become more popular in recent years. The picture shown is not a great example (their bite should be better) but is valuable in showing ... Read More
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Havanese
The Havanese, a breed of Bichon type, is the national dog of Cuba. The breed has been growing rapidly in popularity as a good alternative toy breed to the Bichon or Maltese. In the picture is how we usually se... Read More
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Hungarian Vizsla
The Hungarian Vizsla is the smallest of the all-round pointer-retriever breeds and functions as both a sporting dog and loyal companion. No trip to the dog park is complete without the sight of this finely bui... Read More
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Irish Setter
The Irish Setter is a deep chested dog with a small waist and spectacular flowing red hair. Their build has led them to be prone to gastric dilation, which prospective owners should learn how to avoid. Irish S... Read More
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Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound is a huge sighthound from Ireland, originally bred to hunt wolves. Nowadays it is hard to imagine this placid and friendly breed doing harm to anything. ... Read More
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Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound is the smallest sighthound, which resembles a miniature Greyhound. They are at the same time both naturally elegant and uncannily like Dobby the house elf. Italian Greyhounds are healthy... Read More
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Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier is a sturdy, tough and tenacious small terrier that has its origins in vermin hunting. They tend to be extremely intelligent, athletic, fearless, and vocal dogs, and have a tendency to... Read More
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Japanese Chin
The Japanese Chin has always been an important companion breed to Japanese nobility. They are a loyal and affectionate dog with a long, silky coat. While they can be reserved in different situations, early soc... Read More
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Japanese Spitz
The Japanese Spitz is a small to medium breed of dog of the Spitz type. The Japanese Spitz is a companion dog and pet. Origin: Japan ... Read More
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Keeshond
The Keeshond (“case-ond” in Australia) is a medium-sized dog carrying a plush two-layer coat of silver and black fur with a ruff and a curled tail. Despite the myth, shaving their dense coat for su... Read More
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Kerry Blue Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a breed of dog. Originally bred to control “vermin” including rats, rabbits, badgers, foxes, otters and hares, over time the Kerry became a general working dog used for a... Read More
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Labradoodle
The Labradoodle is a crossbred dog created from the Labrador Retriever and the Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle. Not all Labradoodles are hypoallergenic and they can exist in hair, fleece or wool-type coats.... Read More
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Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is a type of retriever-gun dog bred to have a strong affinity for water. The Labrador shares the honour with the Golden Retriever of being one of the most popular breeds of dog. While bo... Read More
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Lagotto Romagnolo
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed of dog that comes from the Romagna sub-region of Italy. The name means “lake dog from Romagna,” originating from the Italian word lago, meaning lake. Its traditiona... Read More
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Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier is a dog breed, which takes its name from its place of origin, the Lake District in England. The dog is a small to mid-sized member of the Terrier family. ... Read More
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Lhasa Apso
The Lhasa Apso was bred as an interior sentinel in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, to alert the monks to any intruders who entered. This may explain why, despite being very friendly, they are more independent t... Read More
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Lowchen
The Löwchen’s or Little Lion Dog’s long and wavy coat is presented in a lion cut for showing. This means that the haunches, back legs, front legs and part of the tail are shaved, and the rest of the c... Read More
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Maltese
The Maltese descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area, especially the island nation of Malta. They are a classic companion dog at their best when able to be around a favourite person. T... Read More
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Maremma Sheepdog
The Maremma Sheepdog is a breed of livestock guardian dog indigenous to central Italy, particularly to Abruzzo and the Maremma region of Tuscany and Lazio. It has be... Read More
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Miniature Dachshund
The Miniature Dachshund breed was developed in Germany and has existed since at least the 16th century. Their classic wiener-dog shape is due to chondrodystrophy which also causes their higher ... Read More
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Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher is a tiny and finely built relative of the larger German Pinscher. Pinschers and Dobermans share a characteristic black and tan coat pattern. Min Pins are active and social dogs, and can... Read More
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Miniature Poodle
The Miniature Poodle may descend from either the old French Barbet breed or from Germany as a type of water dog. Unsurprisingly, they are one of the most popular dogs in France. Miniature Poodles are intellige... Read More
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Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small terrier-type dog with a unique set of eyebrows, moustache and beard.  The breed remains one of the most popular worldwide, primarily for its temperament and relatively small... Read More
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Moodle
The Moodle (Maltipoo in the US and UK) is a cross-breed/hybrid dog obtained by breeding a Maltese and a toy or Miniature Poodle. Both original breeds have a soft, non-shedding coat. ... Read More
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Newfoundland
The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog with a similar ancestry to Mastiffs and Labradors originally from north-west Canada. They are a large, good-natured dog with a thick coat and are said to be good sw... Read More
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Norfolk Terrier
The Norfolk Terrier is a classic small terrier of English origin, similar to the Norwich Terrier. They are one of the smaller and quieter terriers, much like a smaller Border Terrier in looks and personality.... Read More
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Norwegian Elkhound
The Norwegian Elkhound is one of the ancient Northern Spitz-type breeds of dog and is the National Dog of Norway. The Elkhound has served as a hunter, guardian, herder, and defender. ... Read More
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Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog is a large herding breed known for its very long coat, with fur covering the face and eyes. It is similar to the Bearded Collie, with which it shares ancestry. The spectacular appearan... Read More
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Pekingese
The Pekingese was favoured by royalty of the Chinese Imperial court as both a lap dog and companion dog, and its name refers to the city of Peking (Beijing). Like all brachycephalic breeds, they are pr... Read More
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Polish Lowland Sheepdog
The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a medium-sized, shaggy-coated, sheepdog breed native to Poland. It resembles a smaller Old English Sheepdog or Bearded Collie. Temperame... Read More
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Pomeranian
The Pomeranian is the smallest and the most popular member of the Spitz group and is named for the Pomerania region in Central Europe. The breed has a luxurious thick coat that requires some brushing or can be... Read More
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Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dogs are originally from the Algarve region of Portugal, where they were associated with fishermen. Their non-shedding qualities have made them more popular in recent years. The Portuguese Wat... Read More
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Pug
The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square body with wel... Read More
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Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhodesian Ridgeback can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi. It was renowned for it... Read More
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Rottweiler
The Rottweiler was originally used in Germany to herd livestock and pull carts. This continued until the mid-19th century when railways caused droving to be replaced with herding. Despite their fearsome reputa... Read More
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Rough Collie
Used for herding in Scotland, the Rough Collie achieved fame as Lassie, the only dog to have a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. They are a quiet, even shy dog but are just as playful and outgoing ... Read More
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Saluki
The Saluki, also known as Persian Greyhound, is an ancient breed from the middle east, where it was used for hunting. They are quiet and reserved, but like most dogs can be very outgoing if socialised well. Th... Read More
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Samoyed
The Samoyed is a large breed of herding dog, from the Spitz group, with a thick, white, double-layer coat. It takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia, who used them to pull sleds. Today the Samoye... Read More
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Schipperke
The Schipperke in its home country of Belgium is considered a small shepherd. It is a naturally curious and active small dog with a thick double coat. Schipperkes are unique and loveable dogs for owners want... Read More
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Schnoodle
A Schnoodle is a cross between a schnauzer and a poodle. Schnoodle is a portmanteau word combining the two breed names. Crossing with a poodle creates a soft, non-shedding coat. ... Read More
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Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier, popularly called the Scottie, is an independent and rugged breed with a wiry outer coat and a soft dense undercoat. They have a characteristic long muzzle and and a long undercoat. Like m... Read More
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Shar-Pei
The Chinese Shar-Pei is a breed of dog known for its distinctive features of deep wrinkles and a blue-black tongue. The breed originates from China. Temperament: Affec... Read More
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Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog. This small dog is intelligent, excitable, energetic and willing to please. They resemble a small Rough Collie but are only distantly... Read More
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Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six original and distinct spitz breeds of dog from Japan. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting.... Read More
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Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is an affectionate, sturdy little dog with a short muzzle, often undershot jaw and large dark eyes. They are generally kept clipped short for practical purposes although the coat is spectacular wh... Read More
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Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is originally a hunting and sled dog from north-eastern Siberia.  Like the larger Malamute, it has a thickly furred double coat, erect triangul... Read More
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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is a larger terrier originating from Ireland with a long silky coat. They appear less excitable than other terriers while still retaining the group’s verve and vigour. Te... Read More
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Spoodle
A Spoodle (or Cockapoo in the UK and US) is the cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle bred specifically for its pet qualities. Crossing with a poodle creates a soft, non-shedding coat that requires regul... Read More
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St Bernard
The St Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from the western Alps in Switzerland, Italy and France. Originally it had farming, hunting and rescue functions, and never carried a cask of brand... Read More
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Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is often confused with the larger American Staffordshire Terrier but is a much smaller dog. It is also less independent and has the temperament of an active companion dog. Staffi... Read More
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Standard Poodle
The Standard Poodle is a large and intelligent dog breed used in many dog sports and activities, including agility, obedience, performing and assistance. Like their smaller cousins, they require frequent clipp... Read More
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Swedish Vallhund
The Swedish Vallhund was originally bred as a drover and herder of cows in harsh Scandinavian conditions. Often mistaken for a fluffy Corgi, it also has a similar happy personality. Like most thickly coated ... Read More
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Tenterfield Terrier
Australian in development, the forebears of the Tenterfield Terrier accompanied British settlers en route to Australia by ship. The forebears of these small dogs had been bred by hunters in Britain, typically ... Read More
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Tibetan Spaniel
The Tibetan Spaniel is a breed of assertive, small, intelligent dogs originating over 2,500 years ago in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet. They share ancestry with the Pekingese, Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu, Lhasa... Read More
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Tibetan Terrier
Despite its name, the Tibetan Terrier is not a member of the terrier group. It is a lively and active small dog with an impossibly cute shaggy coat. The hair of Tibetan Terriers grows quite long and will requi... Read More
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Toy Poodle
The Toy Poodle was developed in England in the 18th century from its larger Poodle ancestors. It has remained a popular and valued companion dog ever since. Toy Poodles are much more lively and active than the... Read More
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Weimaraner
The Weimaraner was originally bred by German royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. They have a unique blue-grey or silver-grey smooth coat and a regal stance. Weimaraners need considerab... Read More
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Welsh Corgi
The Welsh Corgi is one of the smallest cattle herding dog breeds. There are two breeds known as a Welsh Corgi: the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Corgis are famous for being owned by Queen Elizabeth II and are gen... Read More
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West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier is a small, active dog from Scotland with a distinctive white fluffy coat. They have one of the cutest faces of any dog and a fun personality for those wanting an excitable bree... Read More
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Whippet
The Whippet is a small sighthound breed that originated in England, where they descended from greyhounds. They have been used for racing and coursing events, and love a good run. Whippets are loyal, quiet and ... Read More
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White Shepherd
The White Shepherd emerged from white-coat lines of the German Shepherd dog in Canada and the United States and from European imports. The White Shepherd breed was officially recognised by the United Kennel Cl... Read More
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Wire-haired Fox Terrier
The Wire Fox Terrier is an enthusiastic and energetic breed with a loveably scruffy coat (why on earth do people hand-strip it?). Although it bears a resemblance to the smooth Fox Terrier, the two breeds are b... Read More
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Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is a tiny breed developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills. Like the larger Silky Terrier, their long soft coat requires regular brushing. Th... Read More

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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