You’ve decided to bring a dog into your family, but now it’s time to choose a breed. This can be a difficult process with lots of factors to consider. To help make your search easier, we have put together a listing of the most popular dog breeds in Australia.
You’ll be able to find pictures, learn about breed history, temperament, common breed diseases and conditions and lots of other interesting facts to help guide you through the process of choosing the right dog!
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The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest Terrier breeds. This little terrier is originally from the Scottish Islands where it was originally used as a working dog.
The Cane Corso is of Italian origin; a medium to large-sized dog with a muscular, strong and athletic appearance, the distinguished Cane Corso is an ancient dog of Roman decent.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small dog, equipped with a moderately long coat, long floppy ears and a well-feathered chest and tail. Officially classified as a toy breed, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies was originally developed by cross breeding King Charles Spaniels with Pugs.
The Cavoodle (a.k.a Cavapoo), a cross breed of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle, is the most popular small designer breed in Australia.
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named after its place of origin in Chihuahua, Mexico. Chihuahuas come in many different varieties, and each is as unique as its owner.
The Chow Chow is a medium-sized, sturdy dog with small pointed ears and a very thick coat of long fur.
The Cocker Spaniel is a medium-sized, long-haired dog that originated in the UK as hunting dogs.
Rough Collies, also known as Long-Haired Collies, are a medium-large sized dog that were originally bred for herding.
The Dachshund is a small long dog with muscular short legs. There are three varieties of Dachshunds including shorthaired, wirehaired and longhaired and each of these varieties do shed.
The Dalmatian is a medium-sized, muscular dog known for its distinctive black-and-white spotted coat.
The Doberman Pinscher (usually referred to simply as “Doberman”) is a large, domestic dog named after its creator, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann.
Dogue De Bordeaux
The Dogue De Bordeaux, also known as the Bordeaux Mastiff or Bordeauxdog, is a large dog of the French Mastiff breed.
The English Pointer (or simply “Pointer”) is a large breed of dog originally bred as a gun dog. They are one of the oldest breeds in England, dating back over 3 centuries.
The Fox Terrier is a small sized dog that comes in two varieties: Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier.
The French Bulldog is a very energetic and loyal companion. A small sized, playful dog with a good reputation for playing nice with kids, the French Bulldog has been a favourite of urban dwellers since the mid-1800s, into the early 20thCentury and is now seeing new popularity with the modern Australian family.
The German Shepherd is a large working dog that originated in, you guessed it, Germany. A low-maintenance breed, the German Shepherd is the 3rd most popular breed in Australia according to Australian Geographic.
German Short Haired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointers are a large sized dog. Their coats are short, thick, and water-repellent with the head area featuring softer hair than the rest of the body.
Golden Doodle (Groodle)
The Groodle also known as Goldendoodle is a hybrid breed or crossbreed dog. First developed some time in the 1990s, the Groodle is a mix breed with the Golden Retriever cross Poodle.
The Golden Retriever is one of the world’s favourite dog breeds. Originally bred as gun dogs, the Golden Retriever is a smart, trainable and friendly companion.
The Great Dane is one of the largest dog breeds, classified as “giant”. They are known for not only their huge size but also their gentle, friendly nature. They are often referred to as “gentle giants”.
The greyhound is a large dog of incredible speed that was originally bred for hunting small animals but is it best known as a racing dog today.
The Havanese is a small toy breed of domesticated dog. It has a thick coat of either long and straight or curly fur, ears that droop to the side of its face, and a great deal of personality.
The Hungarian Vizsla (simply referred to as “Vizsla”) is a medium -sized dog originally bred in Hungary for hunting.
The Irish Setter, also known as the Red Setter, is a large sporting dog that can live up to 14 years. The Setter’s long and feathery coat is mahogany or rich chestnut in colour.