Dog Breeds Beginning With G


Whether it is the sleek German pinscher, the speedy greyhound, or the massive Great Dane, there are some fantastic dogs on this list.

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

German Longhaired Pointer

German Longhaired Pointer

The German Longhaired Pointer is first and foremost defined by a firm and slightly wavy coat. The dog’s undercoat is thick and well developed, keeping it protected and warm.

As the name suggests, the German Longhaired Pointer grows long hair, especially around the belly, ears, and back of legs. They are a dog whose love for open space is incomparable and would thrive best in rural areas.

The breed is also prone to boredom if left unattended, and not suitable to be left for extended periods. German longhaired pointers feet are webbed, making them good swimmers.

The German Longhaired Pointer can weigh 66 pounds while standing up to 28 inches.

German Pinscher

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher has some remarkable characteristics. This dog is handsome with a cylindrical body that is covered by smooth fur. Their fur is also shiny and appears oily, especially if put against the sunrise sun.

Their lower part, which is found below its belly is almost hairless. Their muscular legs show lots of resilience while carrying the body 20 inches above the ground. The dog can weigh 45 pounds when fully grown.

The ears of the German Pinscher almost look as if they are slightly floating in tenderness over its sides. German Pinschers are very agile dogs.

Their strong front limbs are well built for a sudden forward drive while it’s back legs offer powerful propulsion from the back, especially while chasing after prey. The German Pinscher is loyal, playful, and adventurous.

German Shepherd

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is also known as the Alsatian. They can be as heavy as 95 pounds and can stand 26 inches tall. When excited, this dog is very playful and loving but can get also be very fierce if trained properly.

The German Shepherd has amazing strength and great agility. The German Shepherd is known all over the world to be a huge dog. This dog is very protective of his friends and exceedingly smart.

They take and learn commands quicker than most other dogs that are on these lists. Their ability to easily learn and to train has led law enforcement agencies to adopt them for security purposes.

Used by the Police in many countries to track down criminals, the dog is very fast. The dog can also be among the fiercest and will attack any enemy that approaches its family without hesitation. They are also extremely powerful and can climb over structures.

German shepherds can bark very loudly. To ensure that they do not bark too much, make sure they are not bored or hungry. 

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

The German shorthaired pointer is a hunting and sporting dog with lots of power and energy. They have assumed sporting duties more than hunting ones in modern times. This dog can fare well on dry land but is also a good swimmer.

The dog also has strong legs that carry their weight, which can be up to 70 pounds. The German shorthaired pointer can stand at 21 inches tall. This dog has a short flat coat that is water-resistant and is complemented by a thick undercoat full of warmth.

Their coat comes in red or white, which is spotted in another color. They have broad ears, which emerge from a chisel liked head with a big nose. The German shorthaired pointer has a large energy requirement and needs plenty of food.

This dog also needs lots of exercise to use their energy. The breed is friendly and affectionate to family and kids and makes a great addition to the family.

German Wirehaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer

The German wirehaired pointer, also known as the Deutsch Drahthaar, is a crossbreed from various breeds. They are full of some of the best characteristics of various breeds. They have a well-built body that is muscular.

The name comes as a result of its wire-like coat that covers it and is also weather resistant. The breed can do well in both water and on land.

They have a long tail, and webbed feet to help them in the water. They stand at heights of about 26 inches, with a weight up to 70 pounds.

The head is moderately long, with ears that fall weakly over its sides. This dog is also energetic and requires regular exercise.

German Spitz

German Spitz

The German Spitz has a unique elegance that is not easy to explain. This attentive, watchful, and caring dog is full of positivity. They have dark rounded eyes, which are complemented by short erect ears situated near its forehead.

The German Spitz is a dog that is not very friendly to strangers and can do well as a guard dog. The gorgeous dense coat that covers the German Spitz is beautiful in its markings.

Their coat will commonly occur in tan, black, white, and golden colors. Brushing the coat is needed, as they shed their coat twice a year.

The German Spitz has a fox-like nose that protrudes from the face. The German Spitz can weigh up to 26 pounds and stand up to 15 inches tall.

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

The giant schnauzer is a working dog, originally from Germany. This dog is covered in a dense, coarse coat that protects them from the cold.

The coat generally comes in black, but also in salt and pepper colors. Its love for exercise means they need plenty of exercise. The schnauzer is also incredibly strong and can pull people off their feet easily, so it may not be the best dog for small people and children.

Giant schnauzers are large dogs and can stand 28 inches on their strong feet. Its weight can reach 80 pounds if well-fed, giving the bodies a prominent square shape.

When on guard duty, the giant schnauzer can bark a lot, and turn aggressive. Grooming is a must since this dog can easily carry dust and other particles in its wiry coat.

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal is an Irish terrier breed and originally bred for hunting. The big body is supported on short legs at the height of 14 inches.

A fully grown Glen of Imaal can weigh 36 pounds. The head is large and comes with rose-like ears that seem to be always attentive. This dog also has a wiry double coat that keeps it insulated while in the cold.

The Glen is a survivor if placed in cold environments, where most other dogs would not function properly. The coat comes in a bluish, wheat color, or sometimes tan coat.

They are faced with heart conditions, so medical checkups are needed. Being almost silent dogs, they are less demanding, but also less outgoing as well. 

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

The golden retriever falls into the category of gun dogs. Their love for water is unmatched, as they were bred to retrieve shot waterfowl.

Their long and dense coat is an excellent insulator while in water. The coat also repels water molecules. The body of the golden retriever is raised to 24 inches and can weigh up to 30 kilograms.

The coat mainly occurs in golden colors that look beautiful. The breed prefers to live in country areas, where they can interact with nature.

Grooming is an aspect to think of when considering a golden retriever, as they shed lots of hair.

This dog is a confident but kind dog who knows the importance of family and friendship. Treat them well, and they will not leave your side.

Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter

The Gordon setter falls under two categories: hunting dogs and sporting dogs. Their prowess in the hunting of birds was unmatched during the early days. This dog is very intelligent and will not rush to make a decision before employing its wisdom.

Gordon setters occur in a black coat that may also have chest markings of other colors. Their coat can exist in tan or red color on some occasions. The coat can be described to be soft, straight, and long with a feathery look around the belly, ears, legs, and tail.

The Gordon setters are relatively huge, for they can weigh 80 pounds while standing 27 inches above the ground. This dog has great resilience to overcome any simple training that may be granted to them. 

This dog is very intelligent and will not rush to make a decision before employing its wisdom. Gordon setters occur in a black coat that may also have chest markings of other colors. Their coat can exist in tan or red color on some occasions. The coat can be described to be soft, straight, and long with a feathery look around the belly, ears, legs, and tail.

The Gordon setters are relatively huge, for they can weigh 80 pounds while standing 27 inches above the ground. This dog has great resilience to overcome any simple training that may be granted to them. 

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, commonly known by the initials of GBGV, will stand out when its characteristics are compared with those of other dogs.

This dog is a scent hound whose origin is France. Its traits are not unique but are definitely adorable. This happy and intelligent dog hates being idle and loves being occupied by an activity that it loves.

The coat appears shaggy, but still has an elegance to it. This dog is relatively short and would thus do well as a pet in a small home. The dog is friendly to kids and the entire family, thanks to its great affection.

Its ears are long, with lots of hairs that seem to emerge from them. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen likes being neat, so it requires grooming. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen can reach weights of 45 pounds, with a height of 18 inches.

Great Dane

Great Dane

The Great Dane is one of the largest dogs on the entire list. The Great Dane is an excellent working dog but also makes a great pet.

This German dog has been domesticated for quite some time. This dog is additionally among the tallest dogs in the world and can stand at about 45 inches on its long legs. Their bodies are larger and can reach 200 pounds.

The Great Dane can be described to be a combination of strength, agility, and elegance.

They have a smooth coat, that shows the muscular frame underneath. Its coat appears in black, mantle, blue, fawn, and Harlequin colors. The ears are usually triangular shaped and radiate lots of alertness. 

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees is also known as the Pyrenean mountain dog or by the name of Pyr. Its origin leads to the border of France and Spain.

The coat is attractive and will steal your heart. The coat comes as a thick, dense coat that keeps the dog insulated in the cold. The thighs, tail, and the back of the legs are covered in feathering.

Dogs tend to have a mane, while bitches lack the feathering around the head and neck. Their role as guard dogs should also not be underrated either.

These dogs were in the early days known to help Shepherds in their daily herding activities, ensuring security in the field. The Great Pyrenees is also energetic, friendly, and affectionate, as well as compassionate with strangers.

The Great Pyrenees does need regular medical check ups, though. The great Pyrenees stand at heights of 32 inches and can weigh up to weights of 160 pounds.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The Greater Swiss mountain dog is sometimes called a Swissy. They are working dogs who can stand tall at 29 inches and can weigh up to 140 pounds.

This dog is strong, intelligent, handsome, and affectionate. When on duty, this dog does not refrain from unleashing his loud bark. They have a coat, which is a short double coat colored in black, tan, and rust.

They make excellent guard dogs, in part due to their huge size. Confining him in a small apartment would not be appropriate, so a large house and yard is a must. Fill this dog with happiness by giving him a home with big open fields.

The Swissy is also very territorial. They can chase away other dogs that they might be jealous of in the homestead.

If you have other pets, they may not be the dog for you. The dog is, however, friendly and affectionate to its owners, whom it gives maximum respect.

Greyhound

Greyhound

The greyhound is a very fast runner. Their body is well adapted for motion and is complemented by long, strong legs that aid it in achieving flying speeds.

This dog’s intelligence is one of the aspects that make this dog very much trainable. The dog also loves exercise, whether in cold or sunny environments.

The drive to play, chase, and run during physical exercises, especially outside, is notable. The greyhound weighs up to 85 pounds while standing at heights of 30 inches.

They have a beautiful coat that covers their bodies. The coat is usually thin and may require extra clothing for insulation during winters.

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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