Dog Breeds Beginning With N


From the large Neapolitan mastiff to the small Yorkshire terriers, there are some great breeds of dog beginning with N. The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, Norrbottenspets and the Nova Scotia Duck tolling retriever may not be familiar to you, but they are definitely worth getting to know.

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

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neopolitan Mastiff
Neopolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan mastiff is also known as Mastino. This dog traces its origin to Italy. They are a working dog whose appearance radiates lots of charisma.

The face is usually wrinkled, while its eyes seem to be sunk in. The intelligence portrayed by this dog is extremely high.

With this dog, you can always rest assured, knowing that you are under its protection. They are a dog that can sometimes be territorial and overprotective.

This intelligent dog can weigh up to 150 pounds and stands tall at 31 inches.

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Nederlands Kooikerhondje
Nederlands Kooikerhondje

The word Kooikerhondje is an old term in Dutch meaning “small caged dog””. This is a name borrowed from their technique to lure ducks into a trap in past times.

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje has its origins from the Netherlands. They are an affectionate, vigilant and quick to act dog.

What is first noticeable about this dog is its square-built body structure. The eyes are a source of positivity as they are almond-shaped.

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is also a lover of exercise. The ears and belly of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje will in most cases, appear with long hair.

They can weigh up to 30 pounds, as well as grow 17 inches tall.

Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundland Dog
Newfoundland Dog

The Newfoundland dog shares a rich history with the fishermen of Newfoundland. This dog was used as an aid by fishermen while they were at work.

They are classified as a working dog that likes to keep busy. The dog has uniquely webbed feet, and its coat is also repellant to water.

The size of this dog makes this breed one of the biggest dogs on the entire list. The Newfoundland dog can weigh up to 150 pounds and can stand fearlessly at 30 inches. The weight should give you an idea of how strong this breed is.

The Newfoundland’s coat occurs mainly in black and white colors. This dog is a great source of comedy and has a hidden affection that they show when happy. Grooming is a must for the Newfoundland dog.

Norrbottenspets

Norrbottenspets
Norrbottenspets

The Norrbottenspets is an extremely intelligent, courageous and determined Swedish dog. This dog is very alert and was in the early times used as a farm dog.

However, with time, the dog’s agility and determination changed its role to being a hunter. When hunting, the dogs have a serious look that you might not see when at rest.

When on guard, they are also an excellent protector of the family. They are a breed that will bark non-stop, especially if they hear strange footsteps nearby.

They are an easy-going family pet and are friendly to children. These wonderful dogs can weigh up to 30 pounds and may stand 18 inches tall.

The tail tends to curl towards the front and forms a perfect arc. The small erect ears are also quick to notice with great hearing.

The common colors for its gorgeous coat are white, which is also enhanced with yellow-red or sometimes reddish-brown markings.

Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier
Norfolk Terrier

The Norfolk terrier are unique dogs with a kind personality. This breed is outgoing and will accompany you in your daily activities.

They are a dog that knows what love is even better than us humans. The Norfolk is a dog that that does not like going hungry. If you are late preparing their food, prepare to be put up with a lot of barking.

They are very light at 12 pounds, making them a dog you can carry anywhere. They stand up to 10 inches tall.

The Norfolk Terrier has all the attributes to steal your heart if you make them your companion. They have a coat that can be described as hard and wiry.

Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Buhund
Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund is a herding dog that shares some characteristics with the Icelandic sheepdog. They also go by the name of the Norwegian sheepdog.

This dog is very cute and may find a place in your heart easily. This dog is loving towards family and friends.

With this breed, you do have to keep them active to stop them misbehaving, and they do not do well left alone whilst you are work.

The Norwegian Buhund can weigh up to 40 pounds, with a height of 19 inches.

The coat will usually come in wheaten and black colors. They have a head that is wedge-shaped, with dark eyes and medium-sized ears.

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound
Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound is a breed that is usually covered in a soft, dense coat. The coat is water repellant and is an insulator against the cold.

This dog is strong, powerful and full of agility. They do not like to be left alone, enjoying outdoor activities as much as possible. The Norwegian Elkhound is a bold dog, intelligent dog, that has a mind of its own.

They are very resilient, seeing every task through to the end, and completing any jobs efficiently. The Norwegian Elkhound is a prey dog and has a very high stamina amount. This dog can weigh up to 55 pounds and stands at heights of 21 inches.

Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund
Norwegian Lundehund

This working dog is originally from Norway, is known there as the Norsk Lundehund. They have a body that assumes a rectangular shape which exudes elegance.

The dog’s sense of hearing is excellent, enhanced by its erect, medium-sized ears that make the dog always look alert. They have a nicely curved tail at the back.

The tail will appear bushy when erect. They were once a hunting dog, having participated in the hunting of birds along the Norwegian coast.

As with most hunting dogs, they have powerful muscles, great stamina and speed. The modern Norwegian Lundehund can weigh 16 pounds while standing at 15 inches.

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier
Norwich Terrier

The Norwich terrier was bred to hunt rodents such as rats. They are a curious-looking dog that is relatively small in size.

Their high prey drive makes them a harder breed to train, as they will run after anything they see as prey. Keep them properly fed before training so that they resist the urge to chase after any small animals.

This dog is full of love to its friends, family and strangers. The Norwich terrier can weigh up to 12 pounds while standing at 10 inches tall, making them a fantastic companion dog

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck tolling Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

This dog’s name should not confuse you due to its lengthiness. They are a simple, outgoing dog with a warm-hearted personality.

This dog is usually always alert and full of energy. The breed’s origin can be traced back to Nova Scotia. Due to their original job, they are a good swimmer and well adapted to environments with water.

The dog will outrun most people due to their powerful and muscular limbs. They have a gorgeous coat that generally comes in red. This dog can weigh 50 pounds and stands at the height of 21 inches.

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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