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Affenpinscher
  • BREED GROUP: Toy
  • WEIGHT: 7-9 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 9-11.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) black, gray, silver, or black and tan
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Afghan Hound
  • BREED GROUP: Hound
  • WEIGHT: Male: 60; Female: 50 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 27; Female: 25 inches
  • COLOR(S) all colors permissible except spotted
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Airedale Terrier
  • BREED GROUP: Terrier
  • WEIGHT: 45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 23 inches
  • COLOR(S) tan with black or grizzle saddle
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Akbash
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: Male: 120; Female: 90 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 28-31; Female: 27-29 inches
  • COLOR(S) Solid White
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Akita
  • BREED GROUP: Working
  • WEIGHT: Male: 85-130; Female: 65-110 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 25-28; Female: 23-26 inches
  • COLOR(S) any color, including white, pinto, or brindle
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Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: Male: 100; Female: 78 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 23-26; Female: 20-23 inches
  • COLOR(S) blue merle, brown merle, red merle brindle, tan, red, brown, black, white
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Alaskan Klee Kai
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: Toy: 10; Miniature: 15; Standard: 23 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Toy: 13; Miniature: 13-15; Standard: 15-17.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) All colors; Markings must be symmetrical. The facial mask is distinctly defined.
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Alaskan Malamute
  • BREED GROUP: Working
  • WEIGHT: Male: 85; Female: 75 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 25; Female: 23 inches
  • COLOR(S) light gray through to black, with white shading and a white mask or cap; also shades of sable or red with shading, or all white
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American Bulldog
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: Male: 70-120; Female: 60-100 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 22-28; Female: 20-26 inches
  • COLOR(S) white, brindle, brown, red, or tan
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American English Coonhound
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: 40-65 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24-26; Female: 23-25 inches
  • COLOR(S) Blue and white, red and white, black and white with ticking; tri-color with ticking, brindle, or solid
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American Eskimo Dog
  • BREED GROUP: Non-Sporting
  • WEIGHT: 6-40 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 9-19 inches
  • COLOR(S) white, or white with biscuit cream
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American Foxhound
  • BREED GROUP: Hound
  • WEIGHT: Male: 70-75; Female: 65-70 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 22-25 Female: 21-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) Black, white, tan in either a bi-color or tri-color pattern
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American Hairless Terrier
  • BREED GROUP: Foundation Stock Service
  • WEIGHT: 5-16 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 7-16 inches
  • COLOR(S) Parti-color over underlying skin color; white, black, tan, fawn; bi or tri-color, sable, brindle.
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American Pit Bull Terrier
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: 22-110 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 18-22 inches
  • COLOR(S) multicolored, black and white
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American Staffordshire Terrier
  • BREED GROUP: Terrier
  • WEIGHT: 57-67 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 18-19; Female 17-18 inches
  • COLOR(S) any solid or partial color, but more than 80 percent white, black and tan, or liver are less preferred
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American Water Spaniel
  • BREED GROUP: Sporting
  • WEIGHT: Mle: 30-45; Female: 25-40 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 15-18 inches
  • COLOR(S) solid liver, brown, or dark chocolate
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Anatolian Shepherd
  • BREED GROUP: Working
  • WEIGHT: Male: 110-150; Female: 80-120 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 29; Female 27 inches
  • COLOR(S) any, most common is fawn with black mask
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Appenzell Mountain Dog
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: Male: 60-70; Female: 50-60 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 22-23 Female: 18-20 inches
  • COLOR(S) Tri-Color; Black, tan, and white.
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Argentine Dogo
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: Male: 90-100; Female: 80-90 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24.5-27.5 ;Female: 23.5-26 inches
  • COLOR(S) White
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Aussiedoodle
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: 25-70 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 14-23 inches
  • COLOR(S) Blue merle, red, tan and white, black.
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Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 35-45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 18-20; Female: 17-19 inches
  • COLOR(S) Blue or blue-mottled with or without other markings; red speckled. Puppies are born white but get their color within a few weeks.
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Australian Kelpie
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: 25-45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Males: 17-20; Females: 17-20 inches
  • COLOR(S) Red, red and chestnut, black, black and chestnut, tan, blue-gray, dark chestnut
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Australian Shepherd
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 50-65; Female: 40-55 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 20-23; Female: 18-21 inches
  • COLOR(S) blue merle, black, red merle, or red, all with or without white markings and/or tan points
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Australian Terrier
  • BREED GROUP: Terrier
  • WEIGHT: 12-14 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 10-11 inches
  • COLOR(S) blue and tan, solid sandy, and solid red
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Azawakh
  • BREED GROUP: Miscellaneous Class
  • WEIGHT: Male: 44-55; Female: 33-44 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 25-29; Female: 23-27 inches
  • COLOR(S) Fawn; black mask. White bib on chest, tip of tail, white stockings on feet.
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