The Mittel, or standard, form of the German Spitz is the third largest of the five varieties. Like the Giant, it is usually bred in solid colours, but in Britain all varieties and markings are acceptable.

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This dog is of bichon stock, and is related to such breeds as the Bichon Frise. It has a profuse double coat and is usually cream, gold, silver, blue or black.

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This group of dogs is found in three distinct categories, based on size. It is not clear if all the New World hairless breeds are related, but these particular dogs occur predominantly in solid colours only.

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Three forms of this breed are now recognized: the Standard (shown here), the Miniature, and the smaller Toy version. There is also a so-called “Powder-puff’ version of each size, which does have a coat of hair but cannot be exhibited. The Mexican Hairless has a noble stance, not unlike that of a sight hound, and the build of a terrier.… Read the full post here

There are two varieties of this tiny, plucky dog, which can be separated on the basis of coat length. The smooth-coated form has a glossy, short coat, while the long-haired form has a significantly longer, slightly wavy coat. The long-haired form is the result of crossings of Smooth-coated Chihuahuas with Yorkshire Terriers and Papillons.… Read the full post here

Squarely built with a distinctive domed skull this breed’s affectionate nature has made it a popular pet for centuries. The large, dark eves are particularly appealing.

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A modern recreation of the old type of King Charles Spaniel (below), the Cavalier can be distinguished by its longer nose and heavier build. Both breeds have identical coloration. The chestnut and white of each breed is described as the Blenheim, after the estate of the Duke of Marlborough, where spaniels of this colour were first developed.… Read the full post here

With a musculature almost out of proportion to its size, the Bulldog is a diminutive, but powerful, mastiff-type dog. Its head is enormous, the circumference of which may equal its height.

Its eyes are set low. White predominates in the coat, although there are plenty of pied, brindle, and fawn Bulldogs.… Read the full post here

The face, coat, and lush tail of this dog identify it as a spitz-type breed. The pointed muzzle and erect ears are foxlike, its coat is long and thick, and its tail is well-plumed and carried in a curl over the back. Although a small dog, it is nevertheless sturdy, well-muscled, and powerful with a broad back.… Read the full post here

One of the newest breeds to enter the dog world, the Kyi Leo is a small, solidly built animal with a profuse covering of long hair and an alert, friendly face. Usual coat coloration is black and white, but other colours are also commonly seen.

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