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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

This bichon is distinguished by its double coat, which gives it a fluffy appearance. The coat is fine and silky, consisting of soft, corkscrew curls. These are trimmed back over the eyes to emphasize the rounded appearance of the face.

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Of bichon stock, this tiny, attractive dog has a long, silky, pure-white coat which contrasts starkly with its dark, oval-shaped eyes and black eye rims.

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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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Descended from bichon stock, and so having the characteristic white, cottony coat associated with this group, the Bolognese may in fact have blond markings, although these are not considered desirable. This is a square-built and solid dog for its size.

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This dainty little dog is closely related to the Phalene, but it can easily be distinguished by its erect ears. Its name, Papillon, the French for “butterfly”, refers to the shape of its ears.

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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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The smallest member of the German Spitz group, the Pomeranian is characterized by an upright tail that tilts forward over its body. This breed is a devoted and affectionate companion.

The coat takes three years to reach full maturity, the whole colours include white, red orange, grey, and black.

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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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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