August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Chihuahua Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Chihuahua averages 6 pounds of diva-dominance and personality The big-eared Taco Bell dog is easy care and easier to love although his Einstein IQ may challenge some owners. Due to his size, the ChiChi is not for young children.

Chihuahua Puppy & Breed Information

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The Chihuahua has no known country of origin other than Mexico.  Sacred to the American Indian, the ChiChi was believed to be imbued with supernatural powers.  Today’s owners would agree.  Physical hardiness and innate intelligence combined with incredibly huge, expressive eyes even a cave man couldn’t resist, allowed the breed to survive since prehistoric times.  Chihuahuas are bigger than life, smarter than smart, and utterly devoted to their person.

Chihuahua Coat, Color, Care:  Long or smooth coat, any color, solid or spotted, the ChiChi can be washed in a hand sink but rarely gets dirty.  Hand stroking the Smooth or combing the Long is grooming enough except for attention to teeth and toenails.

Chihuahua Personality: Contrary to popular opinion, he barks only to sound an alarm. Chihuahuas build an empire around their owners but recognize and love their own kind so, like eating peanuts, one Chihuahua is never enough. He demands to be spoiled but is surprisingly self-sufficient.  Terrier-like, totally unaware of how small he is, Chihuahua owners must protect him from himself.

Exercise Requirements: Extraordinarily agile and playful, he will self-exercise indoors but the Chihuahua loves sunbathing, chasing bugs, and strutting through the park, wearing a fashionable sweater in winter.

Health Concerns: The baby molera (soft spot on top of head) may not totally close so he is anything but hard-headed.  Well bred Chihuahuas have substance and solid bone, not prone to injury but others may have bad knees.  The large eyes can be subject to injury or glaucoma. The ChiChi may lose teeth early without proper dental care.  Allergies or itching are often the result of environmental factors, not excluding medication side effects.  A natural (partially home cooked) diet may correct such disorders but take care not to let your athletic Chihuahua get fat!

More Chihuahua photos, puppy pictures, and the Official Chihuahua Breed Standard

Chihuahua AKC Standard
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