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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

This breed of gundog has a broad nose for scenting, a generous, square muzzle, a pronounced stop, and a precise yet delicate bite ideal for retrieving game. Its long coat is silky in texture but not curly. In solid-coloured dogs, white markings are permissible only on the chest.

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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

Despite its diminutive size, this breed is still used to herd stock in its native Tibet. This dog is not a true terrier, however, and is more like a small Old English Sheepdog.

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Well-proportioned and squarely built, the Miniature Poodle lies between the larger Standard and the tiny Toy in size. This intelligent breed has a sporty disposition, and is easy to train.

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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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