There are 340 dog breeds recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), with the American Kennel Society acknowledging 167 of those breeds. Out of those hundreds of dog breeds, how many five-letter dog breeds can you name?
If you’re stumped on your crossword puzzle or simply have an inquisitive mind to learn more about dog breeds, you’re sure to find your answer on our extensive list.
1. Alano (Español)
Sometimes called the Spanish Bulldog, these dogs originate from Spain, where they were once used during bullfights. These reliable, affectionate, serious dogs do well at herding cattle, hunting, and guarding.
Originating from Japan, this large breed of dog is known as either the Akita Inu or the American Akita. Interestingly, the first Akita was brought to America by Helen Keller. This active and energetic dog is loyal and loving and a fierce guard dog. Their thick double coats require frequent brushing.
This rare breed, also known as the Chien de France-Comte, is part a line of scent hounds that were popular in 19th-century France. This large, light-colored dog is elegant in appearance. Although stubborn due their high level of intelligence, Billys are well-tempered for families and excellent hunting and tracking dogs.
This short-haired breed has a square snout and a medium to large muscular build. Their smooth, short coat makes them easy to groom, and their loyal, intelligent, energetic temperament means that they are wonderful family dogs.
5. Cesky (Terrier)
This small terrier type dog originated in Czechoslovakia. You may not have heard of a Cesky because they’re one of the six rarest dog breeds in the world. These dogs are clever, playful, and eager to join you on a walk.
Made famous by being the favorite of Queen Elizabeth II of England, the humble Corgi makes a wonderful house companion. Better known as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, this small breed of dog has short legs, bright eyes, and a lively personality.
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7. Cairn (Terrier)
Originating in the Scottish Highlands, the Cairn Terrier is known as a working dog who has historically helped farmers rid their land of vermin. This small terrier is fearless, active, and assertive. You may know this breed by its famous role as Toto in the original “Wizard of Oz” movie.
Considered an Asiatic wild dog, the Dhole looks like a hybrid between a fox and a German Shephard. It is a skilled jumper, better left to roam free outside than in your home.
Better known as a Siberian Husky, this large size dog breed is best known for pulling dog sleds across the Alaskan wilderness. Huskies are well suited for their cold-weather, highly active lifestyles due to thick coats, amazing endurance, and the ability to work well in packs.
10. Irish (Terrier)
The Irish Terrier dog breed has a fiery red coat that sets it apart from other terriers. This long-legged terrier has a bold temperament that’s spirited and clever. This breed has its roots in rural Ireland as a farm dog.
11. (Korean) Jindo
The Korean Jindo is a medium-sized dog, an avid hunter, and a loyal companion. These dogs are light eaters.
12. Kerry (Blue Terrier)
Named aptly for its blue coat, the Kerry Blue Terrier is one of the largest terriers in existence. This dog breed has an unusually hued coat that is extraordinarily soft as well. Named for its origins in Kerry, Ireland, this dog makes an alert family companion.
13. McNab (Shephard or Collie)
Originating in the Mendocino region of Northern California, the McNab was bred to be a herding dog with the capability to adapt to the challenging terrain. The McNab is a warm and even-tempered medium-sized dog.
14. Plott (Hound)
The Plott Hound is the state dog of North Carolina. These dogs make fantastic hunters, as well as mellow, loving companions.
15. Silky (Terrier)
Also known as the Australian Silky Terrier, this dog is sometimes confused with the Yorkshire Terrier, as both breeds boast long, fine hair coats. They are known for being energetic, keen, and alert.
This five-letter moniker describes many dog breeds that have similar characteristics: a heavy double coat, pointy ears, almond-shaped eyes, and a general wolf-like appearance.
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