Dog Breeds A-Z
Dog Breeds A-Z, including over 100 of the most popular dog breeds
The domestic dog, canis familiaris, is the most diverse species in the world. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, colors, coat types and personality types.
Think about it - the giant Great Dane and the tiny Chihuahua, the hairless Chinese Crested and the elaborately coated Old English Sheepdog, the affectionate Maltese and the formidable Rottweiler - all share a common ancestor, the wolf.
All of these diverse breeds have been created by man blending the basic DNA provided by the wolf, reducing or exaggerating certain behavioral and physical characteristics.
And this has been going on much longer than you might expect. In fact, distinct types, or breeds, of dogs have existed since pre-historic times.
Today, kennel clubs, around the world recognize hundreds of different dog breeds, and in this section of the sight we explore the origins, temperaments, grooming and exercise requires (and more) of over 100 of the most popular breeds.