65 Dog Breeds That Start With L – Complete List (with Pictures)

Divider 11. Labahoula

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The Labahoula is a mixed-breed hybrid dog that is the result of crossing two hunting dogs, the Labrador Retriever and the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog. Labahoulas tend to be athletic and even-tempered dogs that love to be busy. They tend to do best with active families that share their love of outdoor adventure.

The Labahoula is best suited to life in a household that has access to a large yard. They are not suitable for apartment living and need plenty of daily exercise to keep them at their best.


2. Lab’Aire

Lab’Aires are a designer dog that is the result of a cross between a Labrador Retriever and Airedale Terrier. The Lab’Aire is not a particularly popular breed. Still, they are kind-hearted and loyal and make good family pets, although they can be a little impatient with young children and need to be watched closely. The breed is known for its trainability, as well as their love of the outdoors and their swimming ability.


3. Labany

The Labany is a hybrid designer dog that is the result of a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Brittany Spaniel. A relative newcomer to the world of designer dogs, the Labany was only developed as a designer breed recently, and as such, they only exist in small numbers.

Labanies are high-energy dogs that love the outdoors, are easily trained, and are extremely affectionate toward just about anyone they meet. They make great family pets for those who love to spend time in the outdoors, but due to their overly friendly nature, they tend to make poor guard dogs.


4. Labbe

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The Labbe is a designer dog that is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and the ever-popular Beagle. Believed to have originated in the United States sometime in the 1990s, this popular dog bread is also known by several names, including Beagador, Labeagle, and the Labbe Retriever.

As a breed, Labbes are known for their friendly disposition, easy-going nature, and endless energy. They love spending time with their families and will become destructive if left alone for long periods.


5. Labernard

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The Labernard is a hybrid dog that is the result of mixing two highly popular breeds, the Labrador Retriever with a Saint Bernard. The result is a giant, friendly teddy bear of a dog that is highly intelligent, loyal, and loving.

Labernards make excellent family pets that love spending time with their families. Due mainly to their size, the breed is not suited to apartment living and needs a home with plenty of space. Labernards do best in a household where somebody can be home with them most of the time, as when left alone for long periods, they can become quite destructive.


6. Labernese

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Labernese are mixed-breed dogs that are a result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Bernese Mountain Dog. The breed takes many of the best traits from their parents and is a large, friendly, and highly active dog. They have a lovingly sweet personality and crave human attention and therefore, make wonderful family pets.


7. Labloodhound

A mixed-breed dog that brings together the best traits of the Labrador Retriever and the Bloodhound. The Labloodhound was originally bred as a companion animal and family pet, but thanks to their unparalleled sense of smell and highly developed ability to retrieve, they’ve also become skilled and highly sought-after hunting dogs.


8. Labmaraner

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The Labmaraner is a hybrid designer dog that is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Weimaraner. A large and intelligent dog, the Labmaraner is known for their strong prey drive, free spirit, and boisterous behavior that can make them difficult to handle and hard to train. These are traits that make them most suited for an experienced dog owner who can give them the time and attention that they need.


9. Labollie

The Labollie is a hybrid dog that is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Collie. Friendly and always eager to please, the Labollie is a dog with bundles of energy and plenty of love to share. They are highly intelligent dogs and easy to train, make fantastic family pets, and are a great breed for first-time dog owners.


10. Lab Pei

The Lab Pei is a designer dog that is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Chinese Shar-Pei. This adorably cute medium-sized dog has an unusual temperament: They tend to develop close, loving bonds with their family but can be standoffish toward strangers.

The Lab Pei is intelligent and loyal and can make an excellent family pet. Although they are not aggressive, they will be protective of their family and their home, barking to alert their owners at the first sign of any trouble. The Lab Pei is best suited to a home without any other pets because while they can tolerate other animals if well socialized, they don’t easily make friends with other household pets and prefer to have their family all to themselves.


11. Lab Pointer

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A designer dog that is thought to have been developed several decades ago, the Lab Pointer is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Pointer. The resulting dog is a popular, good-natured, and friendly mixed breed dog that makes an excellent family pet and personal companion.

Lab pointers are fiercely loyal to their families and make good watchdogs that will bark to alert their owner whenever anybody new arrives at their home. They are great with children of all ages but have quite a strong prey drive and as such, should not be trusted to be alone with other small pets.


12. Labrabull

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The Labrabull is a hybrid dog that is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with an American Pit Bull. A relatively new crossbreed, the Labrabull is growing in popularity in the U.S. as a loyal and energetic family pet. Labrabulls need early training and socialization to ensure that they are not aggressive toward other dogs or new people.


13. Labradane

The Labradane is a mixed breed dog that is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Great Dane. They are exceptionally large, well-mannered dogs that are gentle and patient around children. They are not overly energetic or boisterous dogs, but due to their size, they should still be watched around young children because they could easily inadvertently knock over a toddler and cause them injury.


14. Labradinger

The Labradinger is a relatively new breed of designer dog that is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Springer Spaniel. Well-mannered and energetic dogs, Labradingers make great family pets and have been growing in popularity across the United States over the past few years.

While exceptionally loyal to their owners and always eager to please, Labradingers don’t do well when left alone for long periods, often becoming quite vocal and destructive when left to their own devices. As such, they are best for families where somebody is home with them most of the day.


15. Labradoodle

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The Labradoodle is one of the most popular designer dog breeds in the United States and is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Poodle. Though initially created to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, they have gone on to become popular loving and affectionate family pets across the country. They are highly active dogs that always seem to be on the go, and as such, they are best suited to families with a large and secure yard in which they can run about and play.


16. Labradoodle Australian

The Labradoodle Australian (also known as the Australian Labradoodle) is a mixed-breed dog that combines the Poodle, Labrador, English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, and Irish Water Spaniel into one breed.

The result of this interesting mix is a highly intelligent, energetic, and outgoing dog that needs a great deal of mental stimulation. The breed is known for their trainability and is capable of picking up even the most advanced skills with little effort. Yet, their intelligence is such that they bore easily and constantly need new and exciting activities to keep them interested.

The Labradoodle Australian makes for a great family pet. They are kind and gentle with children of all ages and will likely also get on with any other pet in their household.


17. Labradoodle Miniature

The Labradoodle Miniature is a designer dog that is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Miniature Poodle. They are intelligent and loving smaller versions of the Labradoodle, which is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a standard-sized Poodle.

Apart from their size, the breeds share common traits in their personality and temperaments, and both are fantastic and exceedingly popular family pets.


18. Labrador Corso

The Labrador Corso is a mixed breed dog that is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Cane Corso Italiano. They are large, sturdy, and highly intelligent dogs that are known to have an unreliable and at times, aggressive temperament. They have a strong guarding instinct and make great watchdogs but need an experienced owner who can give them the training and direction that they require. Despite being half Labrador, these dogs are not a good choice of breed for a family pet.


19. Labrador Husky

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The Labrador Husky is a designer dog that is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Siberian Husky. They are highly intelligent and energetic dogs that, like their Husky parent, have a love of running in the outdoors. Friendly and easy to train, they need a family that has both the time and energy to give them the exercise and mental stimulation that they need. They are not a dog that does well when left to their own devices for long periods and will resort to digging and other destructive behavior when bored.


20. Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever is one of the world’s most popular dogs and an absolute favorite with families across the United States. These dogs have an outstanding temperament and a friendly and loyal personality. They are great with children of all ages, and you need only look at the number of times that they are used to create hybrid designer breeds to gauge their popularity.

They are highly trainable dogs that are often used as guide dogs, as well as drug and explosive detector dogs by military and police agencies across the world. Labradors are a highly active breed, but like humans, they will become lazy if they don’t get the regular exercise that they need and they can easily put on excessive weight.


21. Labraheeler

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The Labraheeler is a dog that is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and an Australian Cattle Dog. The breed is highly energetic and almost constantly active and makes for a great family pet. Thanks to their Cattle Dog parent, they can be a little snappy toward other dogs and will benefit from early training and socialization. They are best in single pet households because due to their high prey, they are not ideal around cats and other smaller animals.


22. Labrahuahua

The Labrahuahua is a pint-sized designer dog that is a result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Chihuahua. The breed is thought to have been first developed in the 1980s. Though they are typically gentle and loving dogs, if your Labrahuahua is closer in temperament to their Chihuahua parent, you may find that they display a bit of an attitude.

Labrahuahuas make great family pets. They don’t tend to be overly active dogs; however, they love a good game of fetch and will enjoy getting out for a walk each day.


23. Labrakita

Labrakitas are stock, well-muscled, and noble-looking dogs that are a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Akita Inu. Like their Akita Inu parent, the Labrakita is loyal to a fault, highly devoted, and extremely protective toward their families. While all dogs benefit from early socialization and training, in the case of the Labrakita, these are essential if you hope to have any chance of keeping them as a pet. Otherwise, their overprotective nature and distrust of strangers will become problematic and potentially dangerous.


24. Labrala

The Labrala is a hybrid dog that is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Hungarian Vizsla. While not overly popular in the United States, the breed has quite following in some parts of Europe, where they are known for their friendly and even disposition, their abundance of energy, and their loyalty toward their family.

Labralas make excellent family pets and due to their protective nature, make good watchdogs that will alert their owners to the presence of any stranger. Still, due to their lack of any real aggression, they are not suitable to be employed in any guard dog role.


25. Labrasenji

The Labrasenji is a hybrid dog obtained by crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Basenji. The result is a large dog that can weigh up 70 pounds and stand as tall as 22 inches. The Labrasenji is a loving breed and often described as being catlike in their mannerisms. They also tend to quite stubborn, a trait that can make training them a challenge. Many Labrasenjis don’t bark, but rather take on the Basenji’s ability to yodel. However, this is not always the case, and even within the same litter, there can be some dogs that bark and others that yodel.


26. Labrastaff

The Labrastaff is a popular mixed breed dog that is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Labrastaff are active dogs with bundles of energy and a love of playing outdoors. They’re also extremely loyal dogs that love children. Labrastaffs enjoy being around people and will lap up any attention that they’re given, but they do tend will bore easily when left alone for long periods and will quickly resort to destructive behavior to keep themselves entertained.


27. Labrottie

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The Labrottie is a large designer dog that is the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Rottweiler. Fiercely protective and always full of confidence, these loyal and big-hearted dogs make excellent family pets and guard dogs and will aggressively protect their owners and their property homes from any intruder or perceived threat.


28. Lacasapoo

The Lacasapoo is a rare mixed breed of dog that is a cross between the Lhasa Apso and the crossbred Cockapoo. Small, happy, and affectionate dogs, the Lacasapoo loves attention and will go out of their way to please their owners. Because of this, the breed is usually easily trained.

Though quite energetic, provided that they get an outdoor walk each day, the Lacasapoo is a great choice of dog for apartment living.


29. La-Chon

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The La-Chon is a small mixed breed dog that is a result of crossing a Bichon Frise with a Lhasa Apso. Happy and loving dogs, La-Chons are known for their energetic personalities and the fact that they form strong, lifelong bonds from a young age. A trait that means these dogs do best when they find their forever home early in their lives, as even a young dog that needs to be rehomed will likely pine for their family if separated.


30. Laekenois

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The Laekenois is a rare type of Belgian Shepherd that was originally bred to guard livestock. Like all three Belgian Shepherd breeds, the Laekenois is extremely active and energetic and highly intelligent. They make excellent family pets but do best when kept busy with a job or involved with mentally stimulating activities, such as agility training, frisbee, or other forms of dog sports.


31. Lagotto Romagnolo

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Originally bred as a hunting and retrieving dog in northern Italy, the Lagotto Romagnolo is thought to be an ancestral breed to many European water retrievers. Active, intelligent, and hard-working, the Lagotto Romagnolo was until quite recently, almost extinct. However, due to renewed interest in the breed, they are once again becoming a popular dog in their home country.


32. Laizhou Hong

The Laizhou Hong, also known as the Chinese Red Dog, is a large, strong, and confident breed that has its origins in Shandong province in China in the 19th century. Known for their friendly and calm temperaments, as well as for having a strong protective streak, the Laizhou Hong is a popular family pet and guard dog throughout much of China.

While the breed can now be found in many countries, outside of their homeland, the Laizhou Hong is still considered a relatively rare breed.


33. Lakeland Terrier

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The Lakeland Terrier is a tough, sturdy, and intelligent dog that comes from the Lake Districts of England. Originally bred to hunt foxes and badgers, the breed is a popular family pet. They are known for their energetic and friendly personalities, as well as their typical Terrier tendencies to bark incessantly and dig holes wherever they go.


34. Lakota Mastino

The Lakota Mastino is a type of Bandogge that is believed to have origins that date back to a breed of large war dogs that were transported to the Americas with Spanish explorers 400 years ago. Some of these dogs were left behind and adopted by Native American warriors, who crossed them with local dogs and then used them as both hunting and companion animals.

The breed is known for their strong prey drive and protective streak and is often trained and used as protection dogs. However, the Lakota Mastion is an extremely stable breed, and provided that they’re well socialized, these dogs can make excellent family pets. While they tend to adore children of all ages, due to their size and potential for aggression, it is not advisable to leave them unsupervised around young children.


35. Lancashire Heeler

The Lancashire Heeler is a tough little dog that originates in the northwest of England, where they were breed as a drover’s dog. These brave and feisty little dogs are believed to have been originally bred as a cross between a Welsh Corgi and a Manchester Terrier; however, the exact details of their origin have been lost to time.

Though surprisingly active for their size, the Lancashire Terrier can do well as an indoor dog if they get out daily for a walk and outdoor play.


36. Landseer

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A large and friendly dog, the Landseer is a member of the Mastiff family and was developed originally in Canada as a working dog. They are excellent swimmers and were often employed by fishermen to haul in fishing nets and became a popular water rescue dog.

The Landseer is an extremely gentle dog, and they make excellent family pets. They have a fondness for children and are loyal and protective dogs that will physically place themselves between their owners and perceived danger.


37. La Pom

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A small dog with a big heart, the La Pom, is a pint-sized designer dog breed that is the result of crossing a Pomeranian with a Lhasa Apso. While the exact origin of this breed is unknown, they are a relatively new breed that first appeared in the United States sometime in the last 10-20 years.

La Poms are smart dogs that love to please, and as a result, they respond well to basic obedience training. They’re also playful and gentle little dogs that love children and make wonderful family pets.


38. Lapphund

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The Lapphund is a hard-working dog that was originally developed to herd reindeer in Lapland and the northern parts of Finland.

They are friendly and gentle dogs that love children and make excellent family pets. However, due to their seemingly endless amounts of energy, they will do best with an active family that likes spending time outdoors. They make excellent therapy dogs and can also be trained to do well in obedience trials, agility, and other dog sports.


39. Lapponian Herder

The Lapponian Herder, also known as the Lapinporokoira, is a member of the Spitz family and was developed in Lapland by the indigenous Sami people, who used them to herd reindeer. Rare throughout much of the world, the breed is still popular in Sweden and Finland, where they are often kept as family pets and still occasionally used for herding.


40. Large Münsterländer

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Originally bred as a pointing and retrieving gundog in the Münster region of Germany, these large and versatile working dogs can make excellent family pets yet are rarely ever sold by breeders to non-hunting families.

Active and independent dogs, they are quite boisterous when young, but as they mature, they settle down to become cheerful and calm dogs that respond well to direction but learn to anticipate their master’s commands and will act independently of instruction when working.


41. Larson Lakeview Bulldogge

The Larson Lakeview Bulldogge is considered by many to be the same breed as the Olde English Bulldogge. However, proponents of the Larson Lakeview believe that it is a separate breed and point to efforts made to develop a dog that is both larger and stronger than the Olde English Bulldogge.

Like the Old English Bulldogge, the Larson Lakeview Bulldogge is a friendly, loyal, and protective dog that if well socialized, can make an excellent family pet.


42. Latvian Hound

The Latvian Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog that was developed during the early 1600s in Latvia to hunt wild boar, deer, elk, and small game animals like rabbits.

As a family pet, the Latvian Hound is both loving and loyal. They get on well with children, and if socialized while young, they are also happy living in a home with other dogs. However, the breed does have a highly developed prey drive and therefore, is not really suitable for a home with cats, rabbits, or other small animals.


43. Leavitt Bulldog

The Leavitt Bulldog, also known as the Olde English Bulldogge, is an American breed that was developed in the early 1970s to recreate a dog resembling the original bull-baiting Bulldog.

Despite their strong, muscular, and fierce appearance, the Lezvitt Bulldog is a usually a docile and friendly dog that loves spending time with their human family. The breed does, however, have a strong protective instinct and will, when challenged, fiercely defend their family and their home from any perceived misbehavior.


44. Leonberger

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The Leonberger is a gentle giant that is believed to have been first bred to resemble a lion. A close relative of the St Bernard, the Leonberger makes an excellent family pet for anybody who has enough space to keep one. The breed is renowned for their calm, affectionate, and loving temperament and the fact that they get on well with almost everyone they meet.

Due mainly to their imposing size and loud booming bark, the Leonberger can make a good family watchdog. However, since they are not at all aggressive and are unlikely to do anything more than act as a deterrent, they are not typically used as guard dogs.


45. Leopard Cur

The Leopard Cur is not a formal breed in and of itself, but rather the name given to any mixed breed dog that is a result of crossing a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog with another hound. Usually, these dogs are bred for hunting; however, it is not unusual for Leopard Curs to double as family pets and companions when not working in the field.


46. Levesque

The Levesque was a large hunting dog that was first developed in 1873 in Pampoint, Brittany, by Rogatien Levesque. The dog was known for their short black and white coats, as well as their gentle and loving personalities. Over the years, the Levesque fell out of popularity and is now considered to be extinct.


47. Lha-Basset

The Lha-Basset is a rare mixed breed of dog that is the result of crossing a Basset Hound with a Lhasa Apso. First developed in the United States sometime in the early 2000s, the breed is still quite new and has yet to gain any real popularity.

The Lha-Basset is an excellent family pet and companion dog that will get on well with adults and children alike and is also capable of living in a household with other small pets. However, they are not recommended for families with small children or toddlers, as they are not fond of being poked and prodded and may become a little snappy toward a small child if pushed too far.


48. Lha-Cocker

The Lha- Cocker is a small mixed breed dog that is the result of crossing a Lhasa Apso with an American Cocker Spaniel. First developed in the United States in the early 2000s, the Lha-Cocker is a dog that needs to be the center of attention.

The breed is not recommended for a family with small children or toddlers, as they are known to get a little snappy and aggressive when continually being poked and prodded.


49. Lhaffon

The Lhaffon is a mixed-breed dog that is the result of crossing a Brussels Griffon and Lhasa Apso. As with most of the Lhasa crossbreeds, the Lhaffon is a relatively new breed, having only been developed sometime in the early 2000s, and is still quite rare. The Lhaffon is known to be a bit of a “couch potato,” and tends to be lazy and consequently, can quickly become overweight. This isn’t a breed that will encourage you to take them out for a walk, but they do need at least 30 minutes of walking every day to stay fit and healthy. They are also not a patient dog, and they don’t like being teased or harassed by young children and may become snappy with them. As such, they are not the best dog for families with children younger than school age.


50. Lhasa Apso

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The Lhasa Apso is a rare breed of dog that was originally bred by Tibetan monks as a sentinel dog for use in their monasteries. Brave and feisty little dogs, they were quick to alert the monks to the presence of any strangers approaching or entering the monastery. Rarely seen outside of Tibet, these little dogs are extremely wary of strangers. They are not at all suitable to be kept around children.


51. Lhasa-Corgi

The Lhasa-Corgi is a hybrid breed that is the result of crossing a Lhasa Apso with a Welsh Corgi. The resulting dog is a small and naturally protective dog that has a confident and feisty attitude that you would expect to see from a much bigger dog.

These little dogs are exceptionally loyal and loving toward their owners but are extremely wary of strangers and other dogs. Like many other Lhasa crossbreeds, they have little tolerance for being poked and prodded by small children and will become snappy if pushed too far. As such, this breed is not recommended with families of small children.

52. Lhasa-Coton

The Lhasa-Coton is a hybrid toy dog breed that is the result of mixing a Lhasa Apso with a Coton de Tulear. Energetic and confident little dogs, they are known for their long thick coats and aggressive attitude. These dogs are affectionate and loving toward their owners but are often quite wary and aloof around strangers.

When it comes to training, a Lhasa-Coton puppy must receive plenty of socialization training. It is also advisable to start their obedience training while young, as it is likely that your dog will see the training as a chore rather than as a positive experience, and it may take time to achieve any noticeable results.


53. Lhasa Pin

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The Lhasa Pin is a rare and relatively new hybrid designer breed that is the result of crossing a Lhasa Apso with a Miniature Pinscher. While the exact origins of the breed are unknown, the Lhasa Pin is believed to have been first bred in the United States sometime in the early 2000s.

The breed is known for their loving and friendly temperament, as well as their spirited and lively personalities. Like many Lhasa crossbreeds, the Lhasa Pin can be quite difficult to train. However, they tend to respond best to positive reinforcement and are usually quite willing to play along if they are being rewarded with tasty treats.


54. Lhasa Vendeen

The Lhasa Vendeen is a mixed breed dog that is a cross between a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and a Lhasa Apso.

Friendly, cheerful, and intelligent, the Lhasa Vendeen is a self-assured and curious breed that loves to explore. They are also exceptionally good escape artists and will readily take any opportunity to escape from their yard to explore the outside world.

The breed is suitable for apartment living; however, they do need to get outside for a walk every day and plenty of playtime.


55. Lhasalier

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The Lhasalier is an energetic and happy mixed breed dog that is a cross between a Lhasa Apso and a King Charles Spaniel. These dogs are exceptionally loving and loyal to their families and are especially fond of children — a trait that is somewhat rare in Lhasa Apso crossbreeds.

The breed responds well to training, and despite their independent and at times, sassy personalities, they tend to be quite obedient and well mannered. Though quite a rare breed, the Lhasalier makes for a great family pet that is suitable for life in an apartment or in a house with a secure fenced-in yard.


56. Lhasanese

The Lhasanese is a mixed breed dog that is a cross between a Lhasa Apso and a Pekingese. Sweet, loving, and loyal dogs, they love nothing more than spending time with their families. They are fantastic with children, and unlike many of the Lhasa crossbreeds, they can be trusted not to get snappy or aggressive with them.


57. Lhasapoo

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The Lhasapoo is a hybrid crossbreed that is a result of mixing a Lhasa Apso with a Poodle. Protective, loving, playful, these dogs are one of the more popular Lhasa Apso crossbreeds. Compared to most purebred dogs, though, the breed is still quite rare.

The breed is suitable for apartment living but will equally be at home in a house in the suburbs with a big backyard and plenty of room to run about.


58. Lithuanian Hound

The Lithuanian Hound is a rare breed of dog that was developed in Lithuania as a hunting dog and used to hunt foxes, rabbits, and boar. While the breed is still quite popular in their native country, where they are often used as family pets, they are hardly even seen or heard of in other parts of the world.

A sturdy medium-sized dog, the Lithuanian Hound is loyal and friendly around their family yet are known to be reserved and wary of strangers. They are protective dogs by nature and will fiercely defend their home and their family when threatened, and as such, they make excellent family watchdogs.


59. Llwellin Setter

The Llwellin Setter is an English bird dog that is considered by most breeders to be the same dog as the English Setter. They are medium-sized dogs with a strong athletic build and a strong desire to retrieve. They are primarily employed as bird dogs and used for finding and flushing game birds for their owners.

Despite being good hunters, the Llwellin Setter can be a difficult dog to housetrain, and they often struggle to master basic obedience outside their hunting role. In a domestic setting, these dogs get bored easily, and if not given sufficient mental stimulation, they will quickly become destructive. For this reason, they are not considered to be ideal as family pets.


60. Longhaired Whippet

The Longhaired Whippet was first developed in the 1970s by Walter A. Wheeler Jr., who selectively bred his own dogs with other Whippets displaying a long-haired gene. To this day, there is some disagreement among breeders as to whether the dog is an individual breed or simply a long-haired variety of the standard Whippet.

Longhaired Whippets are kind, sweet-natured, and people-orientated dogs that are always full of energy and can at times seem a little goofy. Their fine, silky hair is relatively simple to maintain despite its length, and overall, the Longhaired Whippet is a relatively easy dog to own. They love children, get on well with other pets, and show little to no aggression, but they will bark to warn of the presence of strangers and are a great pet for families or first-time dog owners.


61. Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

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Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is a hunting dog that is named after Catahoula Parish in Louisiana and has been the official state dog of Louisiana since 1979.

Confident and intelligent dogs, Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dogs are still often used as hunting and as cattle dogs. However, many more have found their way into suburban households as family pets and personal companions. But if not socialized when young, they can be quite aggressive toward people they don’t know and other dogs.


62. Löwchen

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The Löwchen is an extremely old breed of dog that was a popular lap-dog within European aristocracy for hundreds of years. Playful little dogs with big personalities, they were often the center of attention in royal courts, where their long flowing coats were often kept clipped to give them the appearance of a tiny little lion. Going almost extinct toward the end of the 19th century, they remained rare throughout most of the 20th century, but they have gained popularity over the last few decades.


63. Lucas Terrier

The Lucas Terrier is a small, sturdy, and rare breed of Terrier that was developed in the United Kingdom by Sir Jocelyn Lucas in the 1940s. There are currently thought to be fewer than 1,000 Lucas Terriers living throughout the world, with 500 of these living in the United Kingdom and the rest located in other countries, including a small number in the United States.

Kind and well-mannered little dogs, Lucas Terriers are known to get on well with people and other dogs. They are a highly adaptable breed that can make for a great family pet, and it is somewhat surprising that such an amicable breed has not gained more popularity.


64. Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund
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The Lundehund is a small Spitz-type dog that originated in Norway and was traditionally used for hunting puffins and their eggs on difficult-to-reach cliffs and in caves. They are particularly well suited to this work, and over the years, they have developed an unusual range of motion in their joints that allows them to get in and out of incredibly tight and narrow spaces. Unusually for a dog, the Lundehund has six toes on each foot, rather than the usual four, a trait that helps them to navigate narrow paths along cliffs.

Today, the breed is extremely rare, with an estimated 1,400 dogs remaining in existence around the world.


65. Lurcher

The Lurcher is an extremely old breed that dates to the 14th century. Bred originally as a cross between any sighthound breed and any working dog, the Lurcher was developed as a way of getting around the laws of the day that outlawed the owning of sighthounds by the general population.

Despite their longevity as a breed, the Lurcher is yet to be recognized as a separate breed by any major international kennel club.


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