'Pictures Of Dogs' is a photographic collection of some of the most popular dog breeds in the world today. Each set of photos has a brief description of the breeds and many are linked to a more detailed breed guide
Enjoy browsing our pictures of dogs, and don’t forget to tell us what your favorite dog is, in the comments box below. Here are the most popular breeds in the USA today
These are the three most popular dogs in the USA (and possibly the world), and it’s no coincidence that they come from the two groups of dog (sporting and herding) that are easiest to train.
Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are both members of the sporting dog group. These are dogs that have been trained as hunting companions for hundreds of years. Bred to carry game gently in their mouths and to retrieve over long distance on land and from water, they are able and willing to work as a team with their human partners.
The German Shepherd is from the herding dog group and has worked alongside mankind for generations, guarding and herding livestock and protecting families from harm.
Both retrievers and shepherd dogs are able to learn to take instructions from their human partner over long distances. And to respond quickly to whistle or voice.
Bullldogs and French bulldogs are both breeds with significant health problems caused by their flattened faces. You can find out more about brachycephaly (short skulls) and how it affects dogs that suffer from it in our health section.
Beagles on the other hand, are generally healthy little dogs from the Hound breeds group and were originally breed to hunt in a pack with other beagles. They make great pets but can be noisy and independent!
Three very different dogs in this section..!
Often thought of as ‘lap dogs’ Poodles are actually amazing dogs. Intelligent and resourceful, and physically agile, the poodle was originally bred as a working retriever.
Modern poodles come in three sizes, toy, miniature and standard.. The two smaller versions are long lived and healthier than many other breeds
Rottweilers were bred as multipurpose herding and protection dogs. And the tiny and feisty Yorkshire Terrier was originally bred to work underground, catching rats, and flushing foxes from their dens.
Boxers are beautiful dogs that sadly face a number of health problems.. If you are thinking of buying one do make sure that the breeder has carried out all the health tests required by the AKC.
Pictures of dogs can be controversial as well as pretty. In the USA Boxers often have their ears cropped but this is no longer necessary. We support the American Veterinary Medical Association's position on ear cropping. And we prefer pictures of dogs with natural ear carriage, like the boxer in this photo.
German Shorthaired Pointers are another breed from the Gundog or sporting dog group. Bred to work in co-operation with man. They make brilliant pets but need a lot of exercise.
Siberian Huskies are sled dogs that have a reputation for wonderful temperaments and for being difficult to recall train. You have been warned.
14 Great Danes
15 Doberman Pinschers
Dachshunds are just sooooo cute aren’t they? But those long backs come with a whole raft of health issues. Think carefully before you buy. Slipped discs are expensive to repair! And very, VERY painful.
Great Danes look magnificent but like so many giant breeds have a very shortened lifespan. Dobermans are a healthier choice.
You'll notice that our pictures of dogs are outdoor photos rather than studio portraits. We like to see dogs enjoying themselves in the open air and we thought you would too!
There are two herding dogs in this set of three dogs. With Corgis originally being bred to herd cattle rather than sheep. Corgis are a favorite breed of the British Royal Family and several live at Buckingham Palace. Like most dogs with very short legs, they are prone to painful back problems.
The Australian Shepherd makes a great pet for an active person who enjoys dog training
The characterful Miniature Schnauzers make excellent pets but you'll need to keep them clipped or groom them daily.
There are some cute dogs in this group. But some big problems too. All of these little dogs have skulls which are too short. This causes breathing and cooling difficulties in many affected individuals.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a beautiful dog breed with a wonderful temperament. And some of the worst health problems known to afflict pedigree dogs. Do your research. Check out those links. And do consider some of the other lovely breeds that you’ll find here.. Or a breed mix.. You can view the option in our Mixed Breed Section.
The Shih Tzu has fur that grows very long. So needs clipping regularly or thorough daily grooming and restriction on activities to prevent matting. Most pet Shih Tzus are clipped every few weeks so that they can run around outdoors
The Boston Terrier on the other hand an easy care coat,but still has short skull problems. Check out our brachycephaly link for more info
24 Shetland Sheepdog
In this group we have three little dogs with BIG coats. You'll need to enjoy 'grooming' if you take on any of these breeds.
The Pomeranian and Havanese - a Cuban dog breed - belong to the toy group of dogs. And while the Shetland Sheepdog is the smallest of our herding breeds, the Pomeranian is probably also descended from herding dogs.
Shelties can be quite vocal, Poms quite feisty and Havanese need a lot of company.
We aim to be honest when providing information about dogs rather than trying to promote or sell any particular breed. If you are disappointed to find that the dog breed you want has serious health problems, do check out our Puppy Search Guide which will help you to find a healthy puppy.
Or you could consider a mix breed dog, rather than a pure bred pedigree puppy. A Puggle for example, is likely to have less serious brachycephaly than a purebred Pug.
We hope you enjoyed our pictures of dogs and found are breed guides helpful. We are adding to them regularly so be sure to check back soon!
References and further reading:
- Packer et al. Impact Of Facial Conformation On Canine Health. Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. PlosOne 2015
- O'Neill et al. Longevity and Mortality Of Dogs Owned In England. Veterinary Journal 2013
- Jensen and Arnberg. Development of Intervertebral Disc Calcification In The Dachshund. A Prospective Longitudinal Radiographic Study. Journal Of The American Animal Association 2001
- Universities Federation For Animal Welfare
- American Kennel Club