Dog Breeds That Begin With R


From the small rat terrier, to the Rhodesian Ridgeback, there are some beautiful dog breeds that begin with R. If you are looking for the ideal companion, there is a good chance that a Russell Terrier may be your lifelong friend. If you like small dogs, then the Russian toy terrier may fill that gap in your life.

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

Rafeiro do Alentejo

Rafeiro do Alentejo
Rafeiro do Alentejo

The Rafeiro do Alentejo is also known as the Portuguese Mastiff. This dog is a large dog and can make an excellent guard dog. The dog’s chest is deep, with heavily built, muscular limbs. This dog’s bear-like head is home to dark eyes that peer into your soul.

The coat belonging to the Rafeiro do Alentejo comes in yellow, fawn, black or a combination of one color with white markings. They are a dog that can control their emotions and can appear quite solemn.

Due to its large size, this dog requires an experienced owner. The Portuguese Mastiff must be fed well, exercised and groomed. The Rafeiro do Alentejo can weigh up to 132 pounds. They are large, reaching up to 29 inches tall.

Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier
Rat Terrier

Another dog that radiates positivity, tenderness and elegance is the rat terrier. This dog is a native of the United States, where it was bred.

Other names for this dog include the American rat terrier, Decker giant, or the Ratting terrier.

This amazing dog is built for power and speed, backed up with good looks. The coat that covers the body is usually enhanced with spots and is nicely fitting to its relatively slender body.

Being an expert on the farm, this dog can root out any rodents from their hiding places. A fast dog, the rat terrier, has the perfect body for chasing after rodents.

Rat terriers can weigh 25 pounds and measure up to 13 inches in height.

Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound
Redbone Coonhound

The Redbone Coonhound is a south American breed with distinct characteristics. They are a hound dog, bred for hunting deer, raccoon and bears. This dog is nicknamed reds due to its reddish coat. The legs appear to be long while offering support to its slender body.

The body is also muscular and extremely powerful, helping them in their original task. They also boast a short and smooth coat that covers its body.

The Redbone Coonhound is an intelligent breed and retains information during training. The Redbone Coonhound is smart in decision making and gentle to his owners.

They can weigh 70 pounds and stand up to 27 inches tall.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgeback

This dog is an outstanding dog that has its origin in South Africa. This African bred dog has all the resilience and energy that you could wish a dog to have.

They are also known as African lion dog or African lion hound. Being a product of crossbreeding of indigenous African dogs, this dog knows the actual meaning of survival of the fittest. Agility and masculinity are some of the aspects that befit this dog.

A unique feature of this dog is the ridge of hairs on its back, which is where it gets its name. The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a coat that is identifiable as red or sometimes wheat. This dog can reach 85 pounds, and measure up to 27 inches.

Romanian Mioritic Shepherd 

Romanian Mioritic Shepherd
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd

This dog, the Roman mioritic shepherd from Romania, will always be on the list as one of the largest herding dogs. They are loyal and disciplined, as well as being an independent dog. When given instructions, the Romanian mioritic is rarely disobedient.

This dog is also protective and mindful of its owners and children at home. They are a breed that is not always considerate of strangers and may even scare them away.

Due to their large size, the Romanian mioritic Shepherd dog can get very messy to handle when put in wet environments or dirty locations. Proper hygiene must, therefore, be maintained always to keep them dry and neat.

A full-grown Romanian mioritic sheepdog can weigh as much as 130 pounds and reach heights of 29 inches.

The fluffy coat comes in an almost pure white color, but also come with pale grey and cream patches.

Rottweiler

Rottweiler
Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a German dog, also known as rott or rottie. Rottweilers have a reputation for being herding dogs. They also helped pull carts with meat for butchers in the past. Despite its work ethic, this dog is very loving and caring of its own family.

The Rottweiler can also get fierce when it encounters strangers, and they do have a bad reputation, due to their fierceness. A responsible, experienced trainer is needed.

If you want this dog to mingle with other dogs, you will have to train them early.

The Rottweiler can weigh up to 130 pounds and stands up to 27 inches tall.

Russell Terrier

Russell Terrier
Russell Terrier

The Russell terrier is a powerfully built, but small, English dog. This breed has a prey drive that helps ensure it never gets left behind.

Their coat comes mainly in white with black or brown markings. The Russell Terrier also portrays elegance that is unsurpassed.

They have eyes which are dark and almond-shaped. This terrier lives life to its fullest. The Russell terrier can weigh up to 15 pounds and stands at 12 inches in height.

Russian Toy Terrier

Russian Toy Terrier
Russian Toy Terrier

If you are in search of a small dog with a cheerful soul and a smart mindset, then the Russian toy dog should be on your list. They are also known as the Russian toy terrier, Toychik and Russkiy toy. This dog is also very elegant.

They are also an alert dog but love having their favorite human taking care of them. Games and playing are personal favorites for this dog, and they will always want more.

The Russian toy dog will always remind you in case you aren’t giving them your full attention. When well-fed, the Russian toy dog can be as tall as 11 inches and weigh up to 7 pounds. The Russian toy dog comes in two varieties.

They come in a longhaired version and a smooth coated version. The smooth-coated Russian toy has a coat that looks short, shiny, and closely fitting. Grooming should be easier for the smooth-haired variety, making them an ideal dog for many. 

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

This small but affectionate dog from Russia is also known as the Russian lapdog, Franzuskaya bolonka or even sometimes the Bolonka zwetna.

They have a coat that is full of large, wavy curls that cover the dog’s entire body. They come in various colors of brown, red, grey and black. The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka can live up to 16 years of age.

During outdoor activities, the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is sensible and respectful of others. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonkas can weigh up to 11 pounds, with heights of 10 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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