Dog Breeds Beginning With B


From the bubbly Barbet to the Bullish Bullmastiff, there are some amazing breeds of dog beginning with the letter B. From the shortest hair to the longest, the lightest to the heaviest, on this list may be your next companion.

The dogs listed below are breeds that have been recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Barbet

Barbet

The Barbet is a medium-sized breed, with distinctive curly hair and beard. The name Barbet comes from the French word ‘barbe,’ meaning beard. Standing at 25 inches, they can weigh up to 65 pounds.

Their curly hair needs to be groomed regularly; otherwise, they can lose tufts of fur. This breed comes in a variety of colors, including black, brown, grey, fawn, and white.  

Basenji  

Basenji

Part of the Hound group, the Basenji is almost cat-like in the way it will groom itself. The Basenji is known as the “barkless dog” due to the yodeling sound it makes.

These sounds are due to their larynx being a different shape than most dogs. They are a small breed, with a height of 17 inches and weighing up to 24 pounds. 

Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Also known as the Fawn Brittany Bassett, this breed is also part of the AKC Foundation Stock Service. They stand at a height up to 15.5 inches and weigh up to 35 pounds.

Being a small breed, they make a fantastic companion as they are very friendly and lively. They do, however, require excellent training as a puppy to become cooperative. 

Basset Hound  

Basset Hound  

One of the most iconic dogs on the list, the Basset Hound was bred for hunting hare, and have a very keen sense of smell. They are small hounds, with a height up to 15 inches, but can weigh up to 65 pounds.

Basset hounds are entrenched in popular culture, from the iconic character of droopy, through to the comic strip of Fred Basset and the logo for Hush Puppies.  

Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound

Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound

Another breed from the Foundation Stock Service, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound, has a short, harsh coat. They are very calm dogs, loyal to their owners.

This is not a breed that enjoys being in the city. They need a lot of space and exercise to be happy. They stand up to 20.5 inches and weigh up to 66 pounds.

Beagle  

Beagle

One of my favorite breeds on this list, the beagle, is an excellent companion dog. There are two varieties, one that stands under 13 inches and a larger variety that reaches 15 inches. The former weighs up to 20 pounds, while the larger variety weighs up to 30 pounds.

One of the cutest dogs because of their faces, they also come in various colors, including red and white, lemon, and also tricolor. The beagle is known as the most popular hound dog to pet owners.  

Bearded Collie  

Bearded Collie  

This long-haired collie stands up to 22 inches and weighs up to 55 pounds. Their double coat resembles the coat of the Old English Sheepdog, but are slightly smaller.

They have a bouncy nature with high energy. Their hair also requires weekly grooming; otherwise, their hair becomes matted. A very loyal dog, the Bearded Collie is highly intelligent and can become bored if training is not varied enough for them. 

Beauceron   

Beauceron

This large dog can weigh up to 110 pounds and stands up to 27.5 inches high. The Beauceron is an ancestor of the Doberman Pinscher. They were originally bred to guard and herd cattle and sheep.

The Beauceron is a very versatile as a working dog, and has been used as a search dog, police dog, supply transport dog, messenger dog, land mine detection dog, and a rescue dog. They are very dominant dogs but can be trained to be great watchdogs.  

Bedlington Terrier  

Bedlington Terrier  

Also known as the Rothbury’s Lamb, the Bedlington Terrier does remember a baby sheep. They are extremely quick runners and have been said to possess the spirit of a thoroughbred racehorse.

Standing at just 17.5 inches tall, they weigh up to 23 pounds. They are born with dark brown or black fur, which lightens to gray or a liver color as they age.

Belgian Laekenois    

Belgian Laekenois    

Originally bred as a sheep-herding dog, the Belgian Laekenois (pronounced Lak-in-wah) is one of four dogs native to Belgium. Standing at 26 inches tall, and weighing 65 pounds, they have a brown and white woolly coat.

They have a black muzzle and tail and require regular brushing. They need a lot of daily exercise and are excellent working dogs.

Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is another dog bred to be a sheepdog. They are a medium to large dog, standing 26 inches tall and weighing up to 80 pounds.

They generally have a black mask with black ears. Their coat is fawn to mahogany and tan. They are very loyal dogs and are very people-oriented. They need a lot of exercise, and a lot of one to one attention from their master to keep them happy.

Belgian Sheepdog   

Belgian Sheepdog 

The Belgian Sheepdog is also known as the Belgian Shepherd. They are a medium to large-sized dog. They stand in height up to 26 inches and weigh up to 75 pounds.

They are a very intelligent breed and form strong relationship bonds with their owners. They are a high energy breed and need to be mentally stimulated, as well as physically. They have a long coat, which is predominantly black, sometimes with small white markings.   

Belgian Tervuren   

Belgian Tervuren

Another breed from the herding group of the AKC, the Belgian Tervuren is a medium-size dog standing at 26 inches tall and weighing up to 75 pounds.

Mahogany in color, their double coat has a black overlay and a black mask. They also have a ruff around the neck. They need a lot of exercise and are highly intelligent as well, outsmarting their owners to their amusement. The Tervuren is a beautiful looking dog.

Bergamasco Sheepdog

Bergamasco Sheepdog

A dog with one of the best hairdos on this list, the Bergamasco Sheepdog has a matted coat.

The coat is made up of three types of hair. They have mats, which is hair that is weaved together. These create flat layers of felted hair that are also called flocks. These flocks protect the dog from predators and cold weather conditions.

They are a muscular dog, standing up to 23.5 inches and weighing up to 84 pounds.  

Berger Picard

Berger Picard

The Berger Picard is one of the rarest dogs on this list and reached near extinction after the first and second World Wars. Bred on the farms of north-eastern France, the breed was decimated by these wars.

Good-natured and loyal, the Berger Picard has a fawn or brindle coat, which is rough. Medium in size, they stand up to 25.5 inches tall and weigh up to 70 pounds. They have a lot of energy and are suited to an owner who can give them lots of exercise. 

Bernese Mountain Dog  

Bernese Mountain Dog  

The Bernese Mounting Dog is a breed that can weigh up to 115 pounds and stand up to 27.5 inches tall. They have a coat of black, rust and white, which is thick and silky.

Originally from Switzerland, the “Berners” thrives in colder conditions. Although large, they are fantastic with children, having a gentle nature.

Being such a large dog, they do need plenty of space, although they can be very well-behaved in the home.    

Bichon Frise  

Bichon Frise  

The Bichon Frise is a sociable breed who likes to go everywhere with their owners. Playful, merry, and curious are some of the words used to describe the Bichon Frise. They have lots of energy and are good around children.

They are a small dog, standing at 11.5 inches and weighing just 18 pounds. They have a white coat, which is medium in length, with corkscrew curls and a silky texture.

The Bichon Frise is an ideal breed for someone with allergies as they do not molt and are considered to be hypoallergenic.   

Biewer Terrier

Biewer Terrier

The Biewer Terrier is also known as the Yorkshire Terrier, or “Yorkie”. A small terrier, they stand just 11 inches tall, with a weight up to 8 pounds. They have a grey, black, and tan coat, which is long and silky.

They are a very vocal dog and will alert you to any danger. Introduced to North America in 1872, they were first registered by the AKC in 1885, making them one of the oldest breeds to be accepted by the AKC.

There is a famous Biewer Terrier called Smoky, who served in the Second World War. I would urge you to read the Wikipedia page about smoky here.   

Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound

Part of the Hound group, the Black and Tan Coonhound is a hunting dog. Primarily used for hunting raccoons, they were bred from a Bloodhound and Black and Tan Virginal Foxhound. Standing at 27 inches tall, they weigh up to 110 pounds.

They are a social breed, but also a strong one. With their sensitive noses, they need to be kept on a leash when walking, as a passing animal will send them on a wild chase.

Although they have a lot of energy, they also like nothing better than sitting on the sofa for hours on end.

Black Russian Terrier 

Black Russian Terrier 

With a height of 30 inches and a weight up to 130 pounds, the Black Russian Terrier was bred as a working dog. They are ideal as guard dogs, but also make fantastic companions.

They are not a true terrier, as not all of the seventeen breeds used to develop them were terriers. They are very powerful, with large muscles and heavy bones. They have an all-black double coat which is hard to the touch.

They are a highly intelligent breed, with a courageous, but calm demeanor.    

Bloodhound  

Bloodhound

Famous for their tracking abilities, the Bloodhound was originally bred to hunt wild boar and deer.

They are now used to track people and can recognize human scent days later, even over great distances. They are used to track escaped prisoners for law enforcement, and also to find missing people.

Standing at 27 inches high, they can weigh up to 110 pounds. They make great family pets, being affectionate and caring. However, they need to be walked on a leash due to their keen sense of smell, sometimes making them take a wrong turn.    

Bluetick Coonhound  

Bluetick Coonhound  

Another breed of dog that is used for raccoon hunting, they can also be pets. Although not blue, they get their name from black ticking on white fur, giving a look of navy blue.

They have paws that are bigger than those of nearly all other breeds on this list. These are highly vocal dogs, as they bay when hunting raccoons.

Having an excellent sense of smell, they do make excellent hunting dogs. They stand up to 27 inches tall and weigh up to 80 pounds.  

Boerboel  

Boerboel

These large dogs are bred for guard purposes of homesteads in South Africa. They stand up to 27 inches tall and can weigh up to a massive 200 pounds.

This breed is very strong, and because of their size, they are very confident dogs. Not great for a novice owner, the Boerboel is, however, great with children, being a natural protector of their territory and their family.  

Bohemian Shepherd

Bohemian Shepherd

The Bohemian Shepherd is a very versatile work dog. They can turn their nose to almost any work, including as therapy dogs, service dogs, search and rescue, and scent work. Standing almost 22 inches tall, they can weigh up to 60 pounds.

They are an old breed, and possibly one of the ancestors of the German Shepherd. They are fantastic with children and family members alike, making them a lovely addition to any family.

They have lots of energy and can be easily trained as they have a friendly and calm temperament.

Bolognese

Bolognese

This small breed only weighs up to 9 pounds, with a height of 12 inches. They have a single coat with no undercoat, which is long, fluffy, and predominantly white.

They shed very little, but do require combing on a regular basis to stop problems with matting. They are great family pets, as they are easygoing, intelligent, loyal, and playful.

They are excellent for training but can become stubborn when they do not get their way. They need lots of attention but will provide a lot of love in return, following their owners everywhere.

Border Collie    

Border Collie

Also known as the Scottish Sheepdog, the Border Collie is one of the most intelligent breeds on this list. Standing at 22 inches tall, they weigh up to 55 pounds.

They come in various colors, including a solid, bicolored, and tricolored variety. These can be made up of eighteen different colors, including blue, red, bear, sable, black, and white.

They are a workaholic and need to be kept occupied to keep their energy levels in check. They compete in dog sports and sheepdog trials. Although they are used in herding livestock, they are becoming more popular as a companion animal.

If you want a border collie, then they need a lot of time to play and exercise with humans and other dogs.    

Border Terrier

Border Terrier

Longer in length than most other terriers, the Border Terrier has a unique otter head shape. They stand up to 15 inches tall and weigh up to 15.5 pounds.

They are very trainable and are excellent dogs for the home as they are affectionate and even-tempered. They also get along with other dogs, but not with other pets such as cats.

Border Terriers also make a great working dog, as they were initially bred for catching fox and rats underground.

Borzoi

Borzoi

Borzoi is a Russian dog that has a wavy coat. This dog is also known as the Russian wolfhound. This dog has a coat that assumes many colors.

The borzoi resembles a kangaroo from afar. Its body is well muscled and heavily built. It also has strong limbs that support its huge body. When in its daily activities, this dog is usually happy at all times.

They are a dog that you can make friends with very quickly.This dog will rarely bark for nothing and will keep to itself. It is thus not the kind of dog that is expected to cause noise or disturbance. This dog weighs 100 pounds and can reach heights of up to 30 inches.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

The Boston terrier is also known as the Boston bulldog. This dog’s origin can be traced back to the United States. The Boston terrier is a dog that can be described to be smart and elegant. They have a rounded body that radiates lots of tenderness.

Their coat is also short and smooth. This dog is relatively short and will stand 15 inches on its toes. With this dog as a pet, you will never be disappointed,as they love to play, and are very affectionate.

This dog will also accompany you wherever you go, and can weigh up to 25 pounds.

Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres is a Belgian bred dog who has been used for a long tie as a working dog. A full-grown Bouvier des Flandres can weigh up to 120 pounds.

They can grow to heights of 28 inches. The coat has a rough nature and is relatively thick. Grooming is a requirement for the Bouvier des Flandres. The coat seems to cover every part of this dog. The Bouvier des Flandres is a unique dog that might stealy your heart.

Boxer

Boxer

The boxer is another dog with a great personality. The appearane of a boxer is strong and powerful. They are composed of muscular limbs that are a source of great agility.

The boxer is also known as the German Boxer or Deutscher Boxer. Boxers have a very determined character, Boxers hate being idle, and no wonder it is considered a working dog.

As part of its elegance, this dog also bears a wrinkled muzzle that is wrinkled. This dog can sometimes weigh 81 pounds while standing at 21 inches.

Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel

The Boykin spaniel is a native breed of the United States. This dog has a lovely coat, with an almost overly furred ears and back.  Its coat comes in  liver and chocolate colors.

This dog is known to be loving and caring to its owners. They are a huge, strong dog. Boykin spoils are hardworking dog with great resilience.

They are social and independent thinkers who rarely get annoyed about anything. The Boykin spaniel weighs 40 pounds and can stand up to 17 inches.

Braque du Bourbonnais

Braque du Bourbonnais

The list is fortunate to have this gun dog included. The dog is known to have originated from France, and features certain characteristics.

The dog’s tail is relatively short for its size. The coat comes in liver or fawn-colored colors.

Also known as the Bourbonnais pointer, this dog weighs as much as 53 pounds. The Braque du Bourbonnais can stand tall at 23 inches in height.

The dog is multi-talented in both hunting as well as for pet duties. They will become an excellent friend to interact with as well as a good explorer outdoors.

Braque Francais Pyrenean

Braque Francais Pyrenean

The Braque Francis Pyrenean is another dog that has gained a reputation over time.

This dog whose origin is France is characterized by a form of elegance that cannot be found from any other kind of dog. 

The dog has a look of bravery and will stand majestically to face troubles that come its way.

The Braque Francais Pyrenean also boasts of having other names like Gascogne type and de Grande taille.

They have a short-haired coat which is unforgettable and occurs as a thick and well fitted covering onto their body. 

Being 23 inches tall, this dog is also blessed with exceptional stability that comes from its weight of up to 55 pounds. 

Despite having splendid hunting skills, this dog loves being close to friends and family.

Getting him near your pool for swimming sessions might be a good idea if you own this dog. This dog absolutely loves the water.

Briard

Briard

The briard is also known as Berger de Brie. This dog has a French origin. Standing at about 28 inches, this dog has a weight of about 80 pounds.

Their coat is unforgettable with its long wavy fur. This coat will grow in grey, fawn, and black colors. The briard is categorized as a herding dog. 

One of the unique things about the briard is that their eyes are almost sandwiched in between its long wavy hairs and will appear as if it has been blinded.

Brittany

Brittany

This dog is sometimes referred to as the Brittany spaniel. This dog traces its roots to France. This dog has a nice coat that offers an agreeable elegance.

The Brittany is cheerful when in the presence of family members. Due to their reduced undercoat, they are easy to maintain with minimal grooming required. 

When among people, this dog is respectful and will always give its people space to do whatever they need.

The Britany has large ears that fall helplessly over the dog’s head on its sides. This dog weighs 45 pounds and can stand tall at 21 inches.

Broholmer

Broholmer

The broholmer, which is also known as the Danish Mastiff, traces its origin from Denmark. They are another type of intelligent dog that are easy to take care of.

If you establish a good relationship between you and the broholmer, they can become very social.

Broholmers are also known to be very protective of their family. This dog will not allow anyone to threaten its owner while in his or her presence.

They are, however, known to bark less than a lot of dogs, a trait many people like. This dog is usually energetic and deserves some time each day to be spent exercising. 

Broholmers can stand up to 30 inches in height. They can also weigh up to  weights of 150 pounds when fully grown. 

Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

If you need an obedient toy dog that won’t disappoint you, then you cannot ask for more than a Brussels griffon. They stand at just 10 inches and is full of loyalty, curiosity, and devotion. They can weigh up to 10 pounds.

Their small bodies are a perfect match for those who may require a small family pet. The Brussels griffon adapts quickly to apartment living and will fare well with other pets such as cats.

They come with coats of red, black, reddish-brown, black, and black and tan. Their coats also come in smooth and rough variants. Depending on the type of coat, grooming must be completed regularly. However, rough-coated griffons shed rarely.

If you are looking for a curious, loyal, and obedient pet, the Brussels Griffon may steal your heart.

Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

The bull terrier has its origin based in Britain. Its coat is dense and requires some attention when it comes to grooming. This dog is energetic, affectionate, confident as well as outgoing. They can, therefore, be well suited to serve as a companion dog.

Bull terriers have been noted to portray defiance, and will not take commands by force. Outdoor activities and playing are some of the things that melt their hearts. Bullterriers love their food and hates to run on an empty stomach. Their rear is complemented by a slender tail that looks strong. The bull Terrier weighs 65 pounds and can stand up to 25 inches.

Bulldog

Bulldog

The bulldog is also known as the British bulldog. This dog displays a distinctively wrinkled face. They have a short, smooth coat that is also closely fitting. The coat mainly comes in red, white, and brindle.

The bulldog is also known to get along well with kids and other dogs due to their social nature. Grooming for this dog must be put in place, especially around the places with wrinkles to keep them neat and presentable.

Bulldogs can weigh 55 pounds and stands up to 24 inches.

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

The bullmastiff has a kind look that will make you fall in love with it automatically. The bullmastiff is classified as a working dog. Their elegant coat comes in red, fawn, and brindle.

This dog is known to have originated from Britain, where they were domesticated. Bullmastiffs are strong, agile, and ambitious. They are an affectionate dog that loves the company of humans.  This dog weighs up to130 pounds.

Bryan Harding

Bryan has spent his whole life around animals. While loving all animals, Bryan is especially fond of mammals and has studied and worked with them around the world. Not only does Bryan share his knowledge and experience with our readers, but he also serves as owner, editor, and publisher of North American Mammals.

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