Many a marketing expert has contacted us with offers of their services. Inevitably, every single one of them says, “Why do you have all those dog breed labels? Why don’t you have one label with a dog’s nose on it?
While I'm tempted to scream, "You're a GENIUS...I NEVER thought of that!" I smile and thank them for their input.
One reason we have so many dog breed labels is to celebrate the diversity amongst all of the dog breeds the world over.
Ever since that first friendly wolf puppy crawled to the campfire for a snack, humankind has wanted a dog that was bigger, smaller, fluffier, taller, longer, every imaginable color combination, friendlier, more fierce, better tracker, better swimmer, the list is truly endless.
For eons dogs were expected to hunt or guard. That is all humans in earlier times cared about. Adaptations for the climate and geographical area also shaped the decisions on dog breeding. Tibetan Mastiffs are huge guarding dogs with a very thick coat, to withstand the harsh Tibetan weather. The Saluki is lean, wiry and fast, with a much closer coat, as they were bred to chase prey in the hot, sandy desert.
Canine genetics is relatively easy to work with when compared to many other species. In dogs, ONE genetic variation controls coat type and earset, size and shape. In people every characteristic such as hair or eye color is controlled by complex genetic coding.
CanMap,a mind-boggling research project actually determined that all, as in EVERY, factor that changes how dogs look (ears, coat, color) are controlled by one of only 50 different genetic combinations.
This allows people to breed a dog for every job, every climate, every lifestyle, every canine imaginable variation! Plus, we have the dazzling array of fabulous mixes!
In answer to the question...WHY SO MANY DOG BREED LABELS?
To celebrate the mind-boggling diversity amongst dogs and the people who love them!
Tili, our 175# Leonberger/Great Pyrenees girl and Larkan and Cinnabar, smooth Brussels Griffons (12-15# each) are pictured. We lost Tili in the summer of 2023 to bone cancer and will miss her always.
Our Dog Breed Label List | Names Are Linked to Each Breed's Collection Page
A-B Dog Breeds
Affenpinscher Akita Alaskan Malamute American Bulldog American Eskimo Dog American Staffordshire Terrier Anatolian Shepherd Australian Cattle Dog Australian Shepherd Basenji Basset Hound Beagle Bearded Collie Belgian Malinois Bernese Mountain Dog Bichon Frise Biewer Terrier Bloodhound Border Collie Boston Terrier Boxer Brittany Brussels Griffon Bull Terrier Bulldog Bullmastiff
C-F Dog Breeds
Cane Corso Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Chesapeake Bay Retriever Chihuahua Chinese Crested Chinese Shar-Pei Chow Clumber Spaniel Cocker Spaniel Collie Coton de Tulear Coonhound Corgi Curly-Coated Retriever Dachshund Dalmatian Doberman Pinscher Dogue de Bordeaux Dogo de Argentino English Cocker Spaniel English Springer Spaniel English Toy Spaniel Field Spaniel Fila Brasileiro Flat-Coated Retriever French Bulldog
G-O Dog Breeds
German Shepherd German Shorthaired Pointer Golden Retriever Goldendoodle Gordon Setter Great Dane Great Pyrenees Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Greyhound Havanese Icelandic Sheepdog Irish Setter Irish Wolfhound Italian Greyhound Japanese Chin Keeshond Kuvasz Labradoodle Labrador Retriever Lagotto Romagnola Leonberger Lhasa Apso Lowchen Maltese Mastiff Miniature Pinscher Mixed Breed Neapolitan Mastiff Newfoundland Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Olde English Bulldoggee
P-Z Dog Breeds
Papillon Parson Russell Terrier Pekingese Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Pomeranian Poodle Portuguese Water Dog Pug Puggle Rhodesian Ridgeback Rottweiler Samoyed Schnauzer Scottish Terrier Shetland Sheepdog Shiba Inu Shih Tzu Siberian Husky Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Springer Spaniel St. Bernard Staffordshire Bull Terrier Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan Spaniel Tibetan Terrier Vizsla Weimaraner West Highland White Terrier Whippet Xoloitzcuintli Yorkshire Terrier