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Dog Breeds Beginning with the Letter A

Welcome to our index of dog breeds that start with “A” from our complete list of over 340 different dog breeds. Within this list, you’ll find a wide variety of canines from all over the world. Most are recognized by one or more kennel clubs-but there may be some surprises thrown in! From the spirited and spunky Affenpinscher to the loyal, hard working Alaskan Malamute, we’ve got some amazing dogs for you to check out. Each dog has their picture and a summary of essential breed information. Whether you’re a seasoned dog enthusiast, thinking about getting a new pup, or just curious about dog breeds beginning with “A” take your time and scroll through this complete list of the “A” dog breeds!

Complete List of Dog Breeds that Start with A (with Pictures)

AFFENPINSCHER

The Affenpinscher is a small sized dog breed originating from France and Germany. Its history can be traced back to the 17th century, where it was used as a rat catcher in homes and stables. Despite its original purpose, the Affenpinscher is an energetic, playful, and affectionate breed with a strong sense of confidence. Its coat is thick and shaggy, and comes in standard colors in shades of yellow, red, grey and pure black. Although the Affenpinscher has been a popular breed in Europe for many years, it is still considered to be a relatively rare breed outside of its native countries. Throughout its history, the Affenpinscher has been valued for its ability to catch vermin and its charming personality. Today, it remains a beloved breed for many dog owners around the world as a companion and show dog

  • female height | 9.3 to 11.5 inches
  • male height | 8.97 to 11.5 inches
  • female weight | 8.2 to 13 pounds
  • male weight | 8.2 to 13 pounds
  • size | toy | small
  • life span | 11 to 14 years
  • litter size | 1 to 3
  • hair length | long
  • shedding | moderate
  • origin | France | Germany

AFGHAN HOUND

The Afghan Hound is a medium sized breed originating from Afghanistan. Its history can be traced back to ancient times, where it was used as a hunting and companion dog by nomadic tribes. Despite its hunting history, the Afghan Hound is an independent, aloof, and graceful breed with a regal demeanor. Its coat is silky, fine, and long, and, according to FCI breed standard, comes in all colors but should not have white markings on the head or collar. Although the Afghan Hound has been a cherished breed in its native country for many centuries, it has gained popularity around the world as a show dog and companion. Throughout its history, the Afghan Hound has been valued for its speed, elegance, and beauty. Today, it remains a beloved breed for many dog owners around the world who appreciate its unique appearance and dignified demeanor.

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  • female height | 23.9 to 26.1 inches
  • male height | 25.9 to 28.1 inches
  • female weight | 47.9 to 54.1 pounds
  • male weight | 57.9 to 64.2 pounds
  • size | medium | large
  • life span | 11 to 16 years
  • litter size | 6 to 15
  • hair length | long
  • shedding | moderate
  • origin | Afghanistan

AIDI

The Aidi, also known as the Atlas Mountain Dog or the “Chien de l’Atlas,” is a medium-sized, muscular breed of dog that originates from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. They have a thick, dense coat that ranges in color from white to shades of fawn, brown and/or black, and they have a distinctive, shaggy mane around their neck. They are an independent and strong-willed breed, known for their loyalty and protective nature. They were historically used as guard dogs, and they are still used today as working dogs in rural areas. They are relatively rare outside of their native region.

  • female height | 20.4 to 24.6 inches
  • male height | 20.4 to 24.6 inches
  • female weight | 49.9 to 55.1 pounds
  • male weight | 49.9 to 55.1 pounds
  • life span | 10 to 12 years
  • litter size | 1 to 3
  • origin | Morocco

AIREDALE TERRIER

The Airedale Terrier is a medium sized dog breed originating from the United Kingdom. Its history can be traced back to the 19th century, where it was developed by crossing the Old English Terrier with the Otterhound. The breed was originally used for hunting otters, as well as for herding and guarding livestock. Despite its working history, the Airedale Terrier is an energetic, fearless, and affectionate breed with a strong sense of loyalty. Its coat is wiry and dense, and comes in standard colors of saddle black, grizzle and tan. Although the Airedale Terrier has been a popular breed in its native country for many years, it is still considered to be a relatively rare breed outside of the United Kingdom. Throughout its history, the Airedale Terrier has been valued for its courage, intelligence, and versatility. Today, it remains a beloved breed for many dog owners around the world as a companion, working dog, and show dog.

Read more about Airedale Terriers Here.

  • female height | 21.9 to 23.1 inches
  • male height | 22.9 to 24.1 inches
  • female weight | 39.9 to 45.1 pounds)
  • male weight | 49.9 to 65.2 pounds
  • size | medium | large
  • life span | 10 to 13 years
  • litter size | 8 to 12
  • hair length | medium | short
  • shedding | moderate | heavy
  • origin | United Kingdom

AKITA INU

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  • female height | 23 to 26 inches
  • male height | 25 to 28 inches
  • female weight | 74.9 to 110 pounds
  • male weight | 74.9 to 120 pounds
  • size | large | extra large
  • life span | 10 to 15 years
  • litter size | 3 to 12
  • hair length | medium
  • shedding | moderate | heavy
  • origin | Japan

ALASKAN MALAMUTE

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  • female height | 22 to 24 inches
  • male height | 23 to 25 inches
  • female weight | 69.9 to 85.1 pounds
  • male weight | 79.9 to 95.1 pounds
  • size | extra large
  • life span | 10 to 15 years
  • litter size | 4 to 10
  • hair length | long | medium
  • shedding | heavy
  • origin | United States

ALPINE DACHSBRACKE

The Alpine Dachsbracke is a small/medium, sturdy hunting dog breed from Austria. They were originally bred for hunting small game in the mountainous regions of the Alps. They have a distinctive, elongated head with a long, drooping ears and a bushy tail. They are an intelligent and active breed, known for their endurance and agility. They make great companions for active families and are also used as therapy dogs due to their friendly and sociable nature.

  • female height | 13 to 16 inches
  • male height | 13 to 16 inches
  • female weight | 32.9 to 40.1 pounds
  • male weight | 32.9 to 40.1 pounds
  • life span | 12 years
  • origin | Austria

AMERICAN AKITA

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  • female height | 23 to 26 inches
  • male height | 25 to 28 inches
  • female weight | 74.9 to 110 pounds
  • male weight | 74.9 to 120 pounds
  • size | large | extra large
  • life span | 10 to 15 years
  • litter size | 3 to 12
  • hair length | medium
  • shedding | moderate | heavy
  • origin | Japan

AMERICAN COCKER SPANIEL

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  • female height | 13.5 to 14.5 inches
  • male height | 14.5 to 15.5 inches
  • female weight | 15 to 30  pounds
  • male weight | 15 to 30  pounds
  • size | small | medium
  • life span | 12 to 15 years
  • litter size | 2 to 7
  • hair length | long | medium
  • shedding | moderate
  • origin | United States

AMERICAN ESKIMO DOG

The American Eskimo Dog, also known as the “Eskie,” is a beautiful and versatile breed that has captured the hearts of many dog lovers. Contrary to its name, this breed actually originated in Germany, not the United States. Its history can be traced back to the white German Spitz dogs that were brought to America by German immigrants in the 19th century. These dogs were bred selectively to develop the American Eskimo Dog we know today. Traditionally, American Eskimo Dogs were utilized as working dogs, excelling in various tasks such as herding, watchdog duties, and even circus performances. American Eskimo Dog is known for its stunning white coat, which is is true to breed standard, although some cream is permissible. They are not considered a highly rare breed. It is relatively popular among dog enthusiasts, especially in the United States.

  • Dog Breed and Real Weights – American Eskimo Dog (standard)-18-35 pounds (8-16 kg)
  • Life Expectancy – 13-15 years
  • Working Obedience and Intelligence – I-Above Average
  • Percentage of times they follow the first command given – FC-70%
  • Learning a New Command Repetitions – Low End – 16 REPS
  • Learning a New Command Repetitions – High End – 25 REPS
  • Place of Origin – From US/Germany
  • One Word Description-Alert, Friendly, Protective
  • Breed Standard Coat Color – White or White with Cream

American Eskimo Dog has 3 sizes -Toy, Miniature, Standard

  • Toy: 6-10 pounds (3-5 kg)
  • Miniature: 10-17 pounds (5-8 kg)
  • Standard: 18-35 pounds (8-16 kg)

AMERICAN FOXHOUND

The American Foxhound is a medium/large-sized breed of scenthound that originated in the United States. They were bred for hunting foxes and other small game, and are known for their strong sense of smell, endurance, and speed. They have a distinct and elegant appearance, with a lean build and a short, smooth coat which, according to the breed standard, can come in any color. American Foxhounds are energetic and require plenty of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy. They are independent and can be stubborn, but they are also affectionate and loyal to their owners. They are known to be good with children, but they may not be the best fit for apartment living, as they need plenty of space to run and play. They are also known for their loud baying, and can be quite vocal. They are a relatively rare breed.

  • female height | 21 to 26 inches
  • male height | 22 to 25 inches
  • female weight | 64.9 to 75.1 pounds
  • male weight | 64.9 to 75.1 pounds
  • size | large
  • life span | 10 to 13 years
  • litter size | 5-7
  • hair length | medium
  • shedding | moderate
  • origin | United States

AMERICAN HAIRLESS TERRIER

The American Hairless Terrier is a small dog breed originating from the United States, specifically from Louisiana. Its history can be traced back to a single hairless puppy born in 1972 as a result of a natural mutation in a litter of Rat Terriers. This unique puppy was named Josephine, and her hairless trait became the foundation for breeding the American Hairless Terrier we know today. Traditionally, these terriers were used as versatile farm dogs, excelling in various tasks such as hunting small game, vermin control, and serving as loyal companions. They are known for their high energy, intelligence, and strong prey drive. Despite their small size, they possess a fearless and determined temperament. This hairless breed is relatively uncommon. Any and all colors and combinations are permitted except for merle and albino.

  • Dog Breed and Real Weights – American Hairless Terrier-5-16 pounds (2.5-7 kg)
  • Life Expectancy – 14-16 years
  • Working Obedience and Intelligence – Unknown-No Studies
  • Percentage of times they follow the first command given – n/a
  • Learning a New Command Repetitions – Low End – n/a
  • Learning a New Command Repetitions – High End – n/a
  • Place of Origin – From the United States
  • One Word Description – Playful, Energetic Curious
  • Breed Standard Coat Color – Any color EXCEPT merle or albino

AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER AKA AMSTAFF

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  • female height | 17 to 18 inches
  • male height | 17 to 19 inches
  • female weight | 56.9 to 67.1 pounds)
  • male weight | 56.9 to 67.1 pounds)
  • size | large
  • life span | 9 to 16 years
  • litter size | 4 to 10
  • hair length | short
  • shedding | moderate
  • origin | United States

AMERICAN WATER SPANIEL AKA AWS

The American Water Spaniel (AWS) is a breed of dog that originated in the United States, specifically in the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. They are a medium-sized breed with a dense, curly coat that comes in a variety of colors, including brown, liver, and dark chocolate. They have a strong, athletic build and a distinctive, square-shaped head. They were developed specifically for hunting in the marshes, swamps and along the shores of the Great Lakes region, making them well-suited for retrieving and hunting tasks. They have a great sense of smell and endurance, making them well-suited for hunting and retrieving in all types of water, including cold and icy water. They are considered as a rare breed.

  • female height | 15 to 18.1 inches
  • male height | 15 to 18.1 inches
  • female weight | 24.9 to 40.1 pounds
  • male weight | 29.9 to 45.1 pounds
  • size | medium | large
  • life span | 10 to 15 years
  • litter size | 4 to 6
  • hair length | medium | short
  • shedding | moderate
  • origin | United States

ANGLO-FRENCH HOUND

The Anglo-French Hound is a breed of hunting dog that originated in the France, and is a crossbreed between the English Foxhound and French hound breeds. They are known for their strong hunting instincts, endurance and ability to work in tough terrain. They are a medium-sized breed with a short, dense coat that comes in tricolor (black, white and tan), bicolor (white with tan) or white with black and tan markings. They have a distinctive, square-shaped head and a muscular body. They are an active, athletic and lively breed that requires regular exercise and mental stimulation. They have a great sense of smell and endurance, making them well-suited for hunting and trailing tasks. They are considered as a rare breed, and not well-known internationally.

  • female height | 15.9 to 18.1 inches
  • male height | 15.9 to 18.1 inches
  • female weight | 33.9 to 44.1 pounds
  • male weight | 33.9 to 44.1 pounds
  • litter size | 4 to 8
  • origin | France

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