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Let's face it, every dog breed is different. They each have their own look, their own personality and their own special care needs. Our dog breed experts have compiled the latest and greatest information, photos and tips for almost every breed. Select your favorite breed or just explore in this ultimate breed resource.

Here are a handful of featured breeds to get to know. Or select one from the list on the right.

Norfolk Terrier

In the early part of the 20th century, breeders in eastern England developed a small rat-catching, fox-chasing terrier called the Norwich Terrier. For several decades, this diverse breed featured both hanging ears and pricked ears, not to mention a variety of colors and coats...   [ ]

Norfolk Terrier

Norwich Terrier

Breeders in turn-of-the-century England developed a small rat-catching, fox-chasing terrier called the Norwich Terrier. For several decades, this diverse breed had both hanging ears and pricked ears, not to mention a variety of colors and coats...   [ ]

Norwich Terrier

Papillon (and Phalene)

Originally called “dwarf spaniels,” these charming little dogs were faithful companions to European nobles and royals for hundreds of years. As the breed developed erect ears that resembled butterfly wings, they became known as the Papillon, which is the French word for butterfly...   [ ]

Papillon (and Phalene)

Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terriers were developed several hundred years ago in southern England. Most likely a cross between the now-extinct Old English White Terrier and a black-and-tan terrier, the Parson Russell was bred to hunt foxes across the English countryside...   [ ]

Parson Russell Terrier

Patterdale Terrier

Patterdale Terriers were developed in England’s Lake District to catch rats, foxes and rabbits. For many years, the Patterdale was found mainly in northern England—a well-kept secret among the locals...   [ ]

Patterdale Terrier

Pekingese

Dating back to the Tang Dynasty of 8th-century China, Pekingese were beloved pets in the emperor’s court and called Fu Lin, or “the Lion Dogs of China,” because of their regal attitudes and flowing manes. For centuries Chinese royals and nobles carefully bred these dogs...   [ ]

Pekingese

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Dating back to 16th-century France, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was bred to hunt game across the rough and rocky terrain of western France. Many details of this breed are covered in its name: Petit (small), Basset (low to the ground), Griffon (rough-coated) and Vendeen (the French region where it originated)...   [ ]

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Pomeranian

Descended from the Spitz family—specifically the sled dogs of Lapland and Iceland—Pomeranians were originally big, sturdy herders of sheep. Over time, they were bred down to a smaller size, becoming cherished pets of Marie Antoinette, Mozart and (famously) Queen Victoria, whose preference for small Pomeranians created a worldwide demand...   [ ]

Pomeranian

Pug

Pugs have murky and mysterious origins. While everyone agrees that this is one of the world’s oldest breeds, no one is sure exactly how old...   [ ]

Pug

Rat Terrier

Rat Terriers originated in America as a cross between Fox Terriers and a long list of European Terriers that includes Manchester Terriers and Bull Terriers. To stop a rabbit epidemic that threatened crops in 1910, farmers increased the speed and agility of these dogs by crossing them with Whippets, Italian Greyhounds and Smooth Fox Terriers...   [ ]

Rat Terrier

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