Breeds 2017-08-28T14:04:25+00:00

Kunming Dog

The Kunming is a large dog that looks a lot like a German Shepherd. A round head starts off this breed and leads to their long narrow muzzle. Large round eyes are set into their head. Large triangular ears sit high on their round head. A thick neck with loose skin leads to their muscular body. Powerful legs end with small cat like feet. Ending their body is a bushy tail that curls up slightly. Different from a German Shepherd, this breed has short to medium length fur. Only one color combination is allowed which is a black saddle with light to dark tan covering the rest of the body.

Koolie

(Australian Koolie)(German Koolie) (German Coolie)The Koolie is a medium‑sized dog native to Australia, resembling a cross between a Border Collie and a Kelpie. Their coat usually comes in a merled pattern (a bluish gray color mottled with black), although they can also have white bibs and face markings. Their coats can be either smooth, short, or medium. Long-haired Koolies are not common. The Koolie can quite often have eyes of different colors, with one of tem being blue, the other either blue, brown or black. The Koolie Club of Australia defines the breed on its ability to work, rather than on its conformation.

Kooikerhondje

(Kooiker Dog) (Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog) The Kooikerhondje is a small breed, standing a little over a foot high. It has a double coat – the over coat, waterproof, is medium long, with the hair either slightly wavy or straight, and does not require clipping. The coat is bicolored – predominantly white and chestnut. The long ears hang straight down, close to the sides of their heads. The tips of the ears have wisps of black hair, called “earrings.” Their feathered tails are held upright. When the breed was being developed several years ago, dogs with black fur were introduced into the lines in order to develop the black earrings.  However, this introduction also means that some black and white and tri‑colored Kooikerhondjes are born – and dogs with these variations cannot be exhibited at dog shows. If the puppy does not have any black hairs when born, it will not develop the necessary earrings.  In addition, if the dog does not have a white blaze on its head, or a tail that does not have a white tip, it cannot be exhibited. The strict demands of the appearance of the Kooikerhondje’s coat makes breeding very difficult..

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Most puppies do not have black tips on their ears when they are born. The black tips develop around 3 weeks of age. This breed should be slightly longer than it is tall.

Komondor

(Hungarian Sheepdog) (Hungarian Komondor) The Komondor is a large, muscular dog, but extremely agile for its size. It has one of the most unusual coats of all dogs – over the course of two years the undercoat and overcoat fuse together to form cords. After about three years these cords have grown from 8 to 11 inches long, draping the body and making it look rather like a sheep (which the Komondor were bred to guard). The coat is always white. The head of the Komondor is large, the muzzle short, its eyes dark brown. The U-shaped ears hang down, disappear into the rest of its coat.

King Shepherd

The King Shepherd resembles the German Shepherd in appearance, with a muscular body, longer than it is high. There are two types of coats for this breed: the coarse-haired coat consists of short, straight hair, the long-haired coat has, obviously, long hair that is rather wavy. Both have a double coat, the undercoat is light colored.. The ears are pricked. The eyes are medium-sized, and are deep set. The chest is deep and broad. The tail is feathered, carried downward, and slightly curled. (Shepherd tails are not docked.) The paws are round and not too long, the pads, hard, the nails short and strong and generally dark in color. The dewclaws are removed. The King Shepherd breed has a wide range of colors. The show ring does not accept white, blue or liver colored dogs, or those that do not have a black nose. Acceptable colors are sable (which describes both brownish tan with brown or black markings, or a grayish silver with black markings) and a black saddle with tan, gold, cream or silver markings. Small white spots on the chest will not be penalized in the show ring. The colors must be bright and rich, faded colors are not acceptable.

Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a medium-sized dog, well-built and muscular. The coats are black at birth, but over time will change color, lightening from black to a very dark blue or bluish gray. For show dogs, only the colors from slate blue to light gray are accepted. Show dogs may also have black or dark blue pints on the head, muzzle, feet and tail. The coat is soft and wavy, but there is only one layer, rather than the typical terrier which has a double coat. The head is long, and well‑balanced, with fluffy whiskers, beard and eyebrows. The ears are v‑shaped. Once the puppy reaches teething age, its ears are forced to crease to fall towards the outside corner of the eye, by pasting them down. Also, the dewclaws are removed. The tail is docked and is carried upright.

Kemmer Feist

The Kemmer Feist is a small perky looking dog which is often compared to the Rat Terrier. A small round head starts off this dog and leads to their narrow muzzle. Small round eyes sit slightly off to the side of their head. Naturally their ears hang down in a “v” shape, however, they are often cropped into an odd shape. A short skinny neck leads to their small body. Short legs end with tiny rabbit-like paws. Short sleek fur covers their body. There are two common color combinations: one is black, tan, and white which is also called tri-colored or tan and white with the tan varying from light colors to rich colors.

Keeshond

(Wolfspitz) (Chien Loup) (German Wolfspitz) The Keeshond (plural: Keeshonden) is a compact little breed, and strongly resembles its ancestor, the Samoyed. The Keeshond has oblique chestnut eyes and erect triangular ears. The Keeshond has a double coat: the undercoat is cream or pale grey, the outer coat varies in shades of grey, with black tips. The hair stands away from the body, especially the front ruff. The male’s ruff is longer than that of the female. The front and rear legs are feathered. The tail is of medium length and is rolled on its back. The Keeshond has distinctive pale markings around the eye, described as “spectacles.” For show dogs, it is imperative that these markings are present.

Karst Shepherd

(Karst Sheepdog) (Istrian Sheepdog) (Krasky Ovcar) (Kraševec) The Karst Shepherd is a medium-sized, compactly built sheepdog, with a long haired, double coat. The hair comes in different shades of grey, from iron to silver to very dark. Those with darker coats will have a lighter color on the legs. The hair is short on the head and on the front of the legs, and long and thick over the rest of the body, with a mane at the next, a flag tail, and feathering on the hind legs. The hair lies flat along the rest of the body. The Karst has almond-shaped, dark brown eyes, framed by long ears that lie flat against the skull. The face is masked.

Karelian Bear Dog

(Karelsk Bjornhund) (Karjalankarhukoira)(Karelischer Barenhund) information, pictures, photos and descriptions.The Karelian is a well-built, strong‑boned, moderately sized breed, with a short-haired, all-weather, double coat. The under-layer is soft and dense, the over layer is straight and stiff. The Karelian resembles the Laika, with its distinctive black and white coat, so unlike that of most Spitz-type dogs. The head resembles a blunt wedge, with small, alert and intelligent eyes, small, prick ears which point slightly outward, and powerful jaws. The tail is long and curls over the back in the typical Spitz arch. The dog should be black with distinct white markings on the head, neck, chest, belly and legs. White speckles in the black are considered a fault among show dogs. The hair sometimes takes on an iridescent quality, due to the sun bleaching the tips of the hairs from black to brown.

Karakachan

(Bulgarian Shepherd) The Bulgarian Shepherd, officially known as the Karakachan, is a massively large dog, very muscular. The dark eyes are deeply placed, and can be quite expressive. The muzzle is medium in length, also massive and broad. The nose is black, with broad nostrils, the teeth strong, with a scissors type of bite. The ears are highly placed on the head. The chest is broad and deep. The tail has a sickle curve. Even more than its appearance, the Bulgarian Shepherd is noted for its slow movement.  The coat is medium long to long, although the face itself has short hair, as do the legs and feet.. The coat color varies, mostly white with large, asymmetrical black or brown spots on the face and at the base of the tail. Although some Bulgarian Shepherds have all white or all black coats – these are not considered to be pure bred dogs. Females are smaller and much lighter than the males.

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The Karakachan Dog is one of Europe’s oldest breeds. A typical Mollos, created for guarding its owner’s flock and property, it does not hesitate to fight wolves or bears to defend its owner and his family in case of danger. Its ancestors started forming as early as the third millennium BC. The Karakachan Dog is a descendant of the dogs of the Thracians – the oldest inhabitants of the Balkan peninsula, renowned as stock-breeders, whom Herodotus describes as the most numerous people after the Indian one. The Proto-Bulgarians also played an essential part in the formation of the Karakachan Dog as they brought their dogs with them at the time of their migration from Pamir and Hindukush.The dog is named after the Karakachan’s – nomadic shepherds of Thracian origin. Due to their conservative stock-breeding traditions, they managed to preserve some of the oldest breeds of domestic animals in Europe – the Karakachan sheep, the Karakachan horse, and, of course, the Karakachan Dog. It is with this name that the Karakachan Dog appears in the works of some of the classics of Bulgarian literature, namely Yordan Yovkov, Georgi Raitchev and Yordan Radichkov. In 1938 H.B. Peters wrote about it in the German cinologycal magazine. The first researcher of the breed was Todor Gajtandjiev, who proposed the standardization of the breed in the 1970s. The Karakachan Dog’s bravery and dignity, together with its incredible loyalty, make this dog an invaluable friend and helper.

Kangal

(Karabash) (Turkish Kangal Dog) The Kangal is a large and powerful breed, heavily boned. It has a large, moderately wide head, with ears that droop. The muzzle and ears are black, which contrasts with the body color which ranges from light tan to gray. The breed is slightly longer than it is tall, to be considered ideally proportioned. The tail is held high and curled sharply. The Kangal has a double coat of dense, short hair.

Japanese Spaniel

(Japanese Chin) (Chin) The Japanese Spaniel, also called the Japanese Chin or simply Chin, is a small, elegant breed of spaniel (the smaller the better), with drooping, v-shaped ears framing a round forehead and short, wide face. The Chin, looking rather like a cat (the word Chin means cat in Japanese) has dark and almond-shaped eyes, which protrude slightly, and are quite expressive, above a wide, pug nose, and a somewhat undershot chin. For show dogs, Chins with coats of white and black must have black noses – those with colors other than black must have noses that match that color. (White is the main color of the Chin, interspersed with black or various s hades of brown.) The Chin has a soft, silky coat, almost feathery, with a distinctive “mane” visible around the chest. It is fine-boned, with a finicky, high step like a cat, and a tail that swoops up over its back. The Chin is a compact breed – as tall as it is long.

Japanese Spitz

(Nihon Supittsu) The Japanese Spitz is a small breed, with slightly slanted, large oval eyes, over a tapering muzzle with black nose and lips. The face itself is wedge-shaped, the ears are small and pointed upright. The Spitz has a long-haired coat of pure white, with a thick under-layer. The overcoat sticks out in all directions – the Spitz always looks as if its having a bad hair day. The long-haired tail curls over the back. The Spitz has short hair on the bottom half of the legs, with breeches on the hind legs feathering on the forelegs, and dense feathering on the paws.

Jindo

The Jindo, bred on the Korean island of Jindo, is a bright, alert looking breed, (similar in appearance to the smaller Shiba Inu and the larger Akita) with triangular ears that droop while they are puppies, but stand to attention (“prick” ears) after six months or so, dark brown eyes and a short muzzle. The Jindo has a double coat – an outer coat with straight hair that stands away from the body, especially on the neck and shoulders. The undercoat is very dense, but soft. The hairs on the cheek stand out to give the Jindo its recognizable octagonal‑shaped face. Its coat is usually a solid color: white, yellow, red, tan or black, and occasionally red and white, tan and white, black and tan, and brindle (patchy coloring).  The Jindo is divided into two body types: the first is very muscular and called Tonggol, the second is slender and is called Hudu. Breeders are working to combine the two types into one. Typically, the male is larger than the female, and the female’s features appear rather fox-like.

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The Jindo has a triangular face on the top and a short muzzle. They sometimes resemble a fox while in puppy hood.

Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small, compact dog with a flexible body, and a small chest – necessary because as a working dog it must be able to get into burrows after its quarry – which comes in three varieties distinguished by its type of coat: smooth, broken or wire-haired. (The broken coat is a combination of both long and smooth hair.) Usually this terrier’s coat is all white, with reddish black, tan or brown markings on the head and tail. The v-shaped ears of the terrier fold forward over a triangular head, tapering to the black nose. The eyes are almond-shaped and are dark brown or black. The tail is long and  is held high, but is usually docked at about five inches. The legs should be straight. Many Jack Russell terriers have bent legs because of Achondroplasia (a type of dwarfism), but this is considered a fault.

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The three types of coats are known as smooth, broken and rough. If the dog’s coat is less than 51% white, it is considered a fault in the conformation show ring.

Italian Greyhound

(Piccolo Levriero Italiano) (IG)The Italian Greyhound is sleek and elegant.  This breed looks like a miniature Greyhound; however, there are many differences.  A tiny head leads to their long narrow muzzle.  Large round eyes cover most of their head.  Small ears sit back against their head and will become erect when they are alert.  A small, yet long, neck leads to their small bodies.  A deep chest leads to their sunken in stomach and long straight tail.  Long slender legs end with their tiny paws.  Short sleek fur covers their small body.  Mnay colors are acceptable for their coat including red, cream, fawn, gray, black, or blue. These colors often contain white markings.

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(Piccolo Levriero Italiano) Italian Greyhounds, also known as Iggies or IGs, are a sleek, affectionate, and elegant dog. They are similar to Greyhounds, but are smaller and more slender in all proportions. Their heads are narrow and long, and taper to their noses. Their eyes are medium sized and have a bright, intelligent expression. Their ears are small and are carried folded when at rest; when alert, they are carried at right angles to their heads (their ear shape is called a “rose ear.”) Their necks are long and slender, which a graceful arch. They have a deep, narrow chest and a slender tucked-up waist. Their legs are long and well-muscled, with their feet having long, well-arched toes. Their tails are slender and curved. Their soft, silky coats can come in many colors, such as black, blue, seal, red, fawn. In the United States, white markings are often seen. Black and tan (like Dobermans) and brindle (like Greyhounds) are not acceptable IG colors. The Italian Greyhound’s movement is unlike any other breed and has often been compared to a prancing horse.

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is a large-sized dog with an authoritative presence. They are the largest and tallest of the galloping hounds, and their overall appearance denotes swiftness and power. The breed’s back is comparatively long, and their loins are well-arched. Their belly is well drawn up and their shoulders are muscular and sloping. They have a deep chest that is wide and well-breasted. Their well-arched neck is long, strong, and muscular, without loose skin or dewlap. Their forearms are brawny and muscular, and their legs are straight and well-muscled. Thighs of this breed are strong and muscular, and hocks are well let down. They have large, round feet and a set of well-arched toes with strong nails. The thick tail of the Irish Wolfhound is long and slightly curved. Their long, level head is carried high and their ears are small and Greyhound-like in carriage. The breed’s coat is rough and hard across the body, legs, and head, and it is especially wiry over the jaw and eyes. Recognized coat colors for this breed include gray, red, brindle, black, pure white, and fawn.

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According to AKC/UKC the Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all breeds on average by 2-5 inches.

Irish Terrier

(Irish Red Terrier)The Irish Terrier looks similar to the Wirehaired Fox Terrier, but is a bit longer and taller. The outer coat is wiry, over a softer undercoat. The coat color is a soldi red, gold or wheat. The hair of the ears is usually darker than that on the rest of the body. The skull is flat, the ears are v-shaped and fold forward. The eyebrows are bushy over small, dark eyes. The muzzle long, with long whiskers and a beard. The nose is black. The jaws are powerful. The front legs are long, straight and muscular. The tail is docked 3/4 of its original length and carried erect.

Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier

(Irish Staff) (Irish Staffie)The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very powerful and muscular dog, with a soft, sleek coat that comes in black, blue, fawn, red, white or brindle, usually with markings. It is very strong for its size. The head is broad and heavy, with round brown eyes framed by ears that are half pricked. The stop is clearly defined, the muzzle is short, the cheek muscles distinct, the jaws strong. The teeth should form a scissors bite. The neck is short and muscular. Both the front and rear legs are spaced wide apart. The removal of front dewclaws is optional, but the rear dewclaws usually are removed.

Irish Setter

(Irish Red Setter)

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The Irish setter can come in two color varieties, the typical solid red and a red and white combo. The Red Setter with white on its chest, and sometimes other places, is considered a Field Setter. The Red color is usually not as dark and they are smaller than the Irish Setter. There is a Field Setter line that is all Red. But they tend to be stockier than the Irish Setter. Irish Setters are being bred to be smaller than they were 30-40 years ago. The smaller breeding is being driven by dog show breeding lines.

Irish Red and White Setter

(Parti-colored Setter) (Red and White Irish Setter) The Irish Red and White Setter is an athletic, muscular breed. There are no solid colors – the base color is always white, with solid red patches. Mottling or flecking is permitted in show dogs around the face and feet. The coat is finely textured and feathered. A slight wave in the hair is permitted, but the hair cannot be curly. The skull is domed, while the head is broad in proportion to the body. The eyes are round and slightly prominent, and either hazel or dark brown in color. The ears are set well back on the head, and level with the eyes, lying close to the head. The jaw is strong, the bite scissors. The neck is long, muscular, and slightly arched. The body is strong and muscular, with a deep chest and well sprung ribs. The back and hindquarters are muscular and powerful. The feet are close‑knit and well feathered between toes. The tail is strong at the root, tapering to fine point, and should not reach below the hocks. The tail is feathered, and carried level with the back.

Icelandic Sheepdog

(Iceland Sheepdog) (Islandsk Farehond)(Friaar Dog) (Islenkur Fjárhundur) (Icelandic Dog) The Icelandic Sheepdog is a herding dog, with a confident bearing. The body is medium-sized and rectangular – the length of the body from the shoulders to the base of the tail is greater than the height at the withers. The thick, weatherproof coat is a double coat, and can be either long or short. Colors are tan, reddish‑brown, chocolate, grey, or black. For showdogs, patches of white are required. The ears are prick, and frame a triangular-shaped head. The dark brown eyes are medium sized, almond shaped, rimmed in black, and look over a compact muzzle and large nose. The lips are black, the bite scissors. The chest is powerful, and should extend down to the length of the foreleg. The forelegs are sturdy, with double dewclaws. The body is stocky. The tail is curly and held over the buttocks.