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Border Collie
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 30-45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 20-23; Female: 18-21 inches
  • COLOR(S) black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan
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Border Terrier
  • BREED GROUP: Terrier
  • WEIGHT: Male: 13-15.5; Female: 11.5-14 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 10-11 inches
  • COLOR(S) red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten
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Borzoi
  • BREED GROUP: Hound
  • WEIGHT: Male: 75-105; Female: 60-85 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 28; Female: 26 inches
  • COLOR(S) any
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Boston Terrier
  • BREED GROUP: Non-Sporting
  • WEIGHT: 10-25 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 15-17 inches
  • COLOR(S) brindle, seal, or black with white markings on muzzle, between eyes, and forechest, and possibly white collar and lower legs
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Bouvier Des Flandres
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 69-90 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24-28; Female: 24-27 inches
  • COLOR(S) from fawn to black, including salt and pepper, gray, and brindle
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Boxer
  • BREED GROUP: Working
  • WEIGHT: Male: 65-80; Female: 50-65 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 22.5-25; Female: 21-23.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) fawn and brindle, both with or without white flashing and black mask
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Boxerdoodle
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: 12-70 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 10-25 inches
  • COLOR(S) White, black, fawn, red; may be solid or of varying shades and markings.
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Boykin Spaniel
  • BREED GROUP: Sporting
  • WEIGHT: Male: 30-40; Female: 25-35 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 15.5-18; Female: 14-16.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) Brown or Liver
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Bracco Italiano
  • BREED GROUP: Foundation Stock Service
  • WEIGHT: 55-88 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 22.5-26; Female: 21.5-24.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) White. Markings of amber, orange, chestnut. May be roan or speckled.
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Briard
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 75-100 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 23-27; Female: 22-25.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) all uniform colors except white (includes black, tawny, and gray shades)
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Briquet Griffon Vendéen
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: 35-50 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 19-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) White and orange, light brown, fawn, white and gray; may be tri-colored.
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Brittany Spaniel
  • BREED GROUP: Sporting
  • WEIGHT: 30-40 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 17.5-20.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) orange and white, liver and white, or tricolored
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Brussels Griffon
  • BREED GROUP: Toy
  • WEIGHT: 8-10 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 7-8 inches
  • COLOR(S) red, belge (mixed reddish brown and black), black and tan, or black
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Bull Terrier
  • BREED GROUP: Terrier
  • WEIGHT: Male: 55-65; Female: 45-55 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 21-22 inches
  • COLOR(S) white variety: white, with markings on head permissible; colored variety: any color other than white, or any color with white markings; brindle prefer
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Bulldog
  • BREED GROUP: Non-Sporting
  • WEIGHT: Male: 50; Female: 40 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 12-15 inches
  • COLOR(S) brindle, solid white, red, or fawn, or any of these on a white background
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Bullmastiff
  • BREED GROUP: Working
  • WEIGHT: Male 110-130; Female: 100-120 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 25-27; Female: 24-26 inches
  • COLOR(S) red, fawn, or brindle
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Cairn Terrier
  • BREED GROUP: Terrier
  • WEIGHT: Male: 14; Female: 13 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 10; Female: 9.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) any color but white; dark ears, muzzle, tail tip desired
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Cairnoodle
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: 15-20 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 10-15 inches
  • COLOR(S) A varying mixture of cream, red, black, and gray.
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Canaan Dog
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 45-55; Female: 35-45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 20-24; Female: 19-23 inches
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Cane Corso Mastiff
  • BREED GROUP: Working
  • WEIGHT: 80-140 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 22-28 inches
  • COLOR(S) black, black & tan, tan & fawn, red, chocolate, and brindle
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Cao De Castro Laboreiro
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: Male: 66-88; Female: 44-66 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 21.5-23.5; Female: 20.5-22.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) Any shade of gray, although wolf gray is the most common. There may or may not be a black mask. May also present in a brindle.
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Carolina Dog
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: 30-44 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 17-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) Deep red with buff markings along the muzzle and over the shoulders; dark sabling over the back, tail, and loins.
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Catahoula Leopard Dog
  • BREED GROUP: Foundation Stock Service
  • WEIGHT: Male: 70-80; Female: 55-65 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 22-26; Female: 20-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) Blue, Black, Red, Yellow, Brindle. There may or may not be white. The coat can be any pattern or color and is often brindled, leopard, or patchy.
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Caucasian Mountain Dog
  • BREED GROUP: Foundation Stock Service
  • WEIGHT: 100-150 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Males: 25.5; Females: 24 inches
  • COLOR(S) Piebald, brindle, white, cream, fawn, gray, red
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Cavachon
  • BREED GROUP: Not AKC Recognized
  • WEIGHT: 10-20 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 12-16 inches
  • COLOR(S) Black and white, red and white, sable and white; may also be solid or tri-color
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