Frequently described as a spaniel, in behaviour the rather square-built Brittany appears to have more in common with the setters, certainly in terms of height. It is not a particularly gainly dog, the legs appearing rather out of proportion to the body. The tail is naturally short in length, but it is customarily docked to a maximum length of 10cm (4in).… Read the full post here


A sleek, uniformly grey coat colour and fine, aristocratic features are the main hallmarks of this medium-sized hunting dog. It has a strong muzzle and only a moderate stop. The Weimaraner, originally known as the Weimar Pointer, comes from a long tradition of German hunting dogs, many of which have found favour in other countries all over the world.… Read the full post here

The broad skull, wedge-shaped forehead, and powerful jaws of this breed make it ideal as a retriever, and its very dense coat serves to protect it from the cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay region of the USA, where it was first developed. The oily texture of the hair gives this retriever a rather distinctive smell.… Read the full post here

Smaller than its English counterpart, and with a much longer coat, the American Cocker Spaniel was developed in the USA in the last century.

A black American Cocker must be jet black, with no trace of brown or liver shadings.To be classified as black and tan, tan markings must comprise no less than 10 per cent of the coat.… Read the full post here

This nimble little dog comes in two varieties. One form, the Hairless, only has hair as a crest on its head and toes, and a plume on its tail. The Powder Puff variety is covered with long, soft hair.

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With its long, silky coat trimmed in the traditional “lion clip”, this dog is easily distinguished from other members of the bichon group. The tail is clipped along part of its length, leaving just a plume of hair, completing this attractive, lively breed’s distinctive parody of the “king of the beasts”.… Read the full post here

Closely related to the Papillon the Phalene can be readily distinguished from it by its ears, which hang down on the sides of its head.

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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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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