Dog Breeds Beginning With O

There are only two breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club that begin with the letter O. These are the Old English Sheepdog and the Otterhound. Both beautiful, intelligent, clever dogs that can fit in right at home.

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

Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdog

The old English sheepdog is well identified by its dense, long fur that surrounds its front. This dog was bred to drive cattle, but in modern times this dog is more at home spending time with its owners.

They are a large dog that loves to exercise, especially running. They are a swift runner for their size. The old English sheepdog is happy laying around at home though once the exercise is done.

They need training as puppies as they grow into large, hairy dogs. When they are small, a wet, muddy puppy can be adorable. When fully grown, they can be a nightmare.

Fortunately, because they are an intelligent breed they do not forget something once they learn it, making them easy to train.

When running, their coat looks amazing as it flies in the wind. Their coat is long and shaggy, hiding their eyes most of the time. Regular brushing of the teeth and the coat are a must for this dog.

This dog can weigh 100 pounds, and reach heights of 21 inches.



This British originating dog is known to be scarce and uncommon. The dog has a double coat that assumes wheat, blue, black, white and liver colors.

Otterhound dogs are extremely social and will mix well with other dogs.

Their friendliness and ability to mix easily is one of the aspects that makes many people love this dog. They are a breed with lots of energy, and one that will always be there for you to play games with them.

When given cause to bark, this dog usually makes sure that his or her voice is heard. The otterhound dog can reach 115 pounds and up to 27 inches in height.

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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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