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Can You Guess the Dog Breed Based On Its Puppy Picture?

These pups are the most popular dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club—and we'll even throw in the adult weight and height and a few hallmark traits. Ready, set, guess!

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puppy tea cup poodle dogArmen Kosyan/Shutterstock

I’m adorable in any size

Take your pick—black, white, or apricot—because you can’t go wrong with this adorable curly dog breed. Another hint, this breed comes in three sizes: a standard (45 to 70 pounds), miniature (15 to 17 pounds) and toy (six to nine pounds). Perhaps its popularity has to do with the cuddle factor (as you can tell by this adorable puppy picture). It’s hard to resist a cheek rub with that curly and soft coat—which by the way, is actually hair, not fur. And bonus—its hypoallergenic.

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Mouse close-up portrait on white backgroundJagodka/Shutterstock



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One Month Puppy Rottweiler Running In NatureKalypsoWorldPhotography/Shutterstock

I’m fiercely protective of my family

You can just tell this pup is going to be a big one when it grows up. Take a closer look, and you might just guess the dog breed from the telltale traits of the broad head, almond-shaped eyes, and black canvas coat with defined rust coloured markings on the muzzle, paws, and chest. Tipping the scales between 80 to 135 pounds and standing at 22 to 27 inches let’s just say this pup probably won’t be a lap dog for long.

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 Adult Rottweiler lie on the wooden bridge , natural summer forest backgroundEKATERINA SOLODILOVA/Shutterstock



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Running cavalier king charles spaniel puppy from frontDTeibe Photography/Shutterstock

I’m a gold medallist cuddler

Just gaze into those big, sweet puppy dogs eyes, and you’re hooked. This compact little nugget of cuteness is just about the height of ruler and only weighs 13 to 18 pounds, ideal for lap sitting and snuggling. Also, characteristics of this dog breed are the silky, medium length, coat with patches of red, chestnut, jet black, or black and tan.

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A purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog without leash outdoors in the nature on a sunny day.BIGANDT.COM/Shutterstock


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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A cute little Shih Tzu puppy in a basket with a blooming Azalea bush as the background.Darren K. Fisher/Shutterstock

Some people call me the “lion dog”

This posh pup has a noble Chinese ancestry and to this day, carries itself with a bit of playful arrogance. Although it’s a toy dog breed and tiny (nine to 16 pounds, and standing between eight and 11 inches), the body is sturdy and compact. Pet parents may opt for shorter cuts or go all out for a long flowing look with the hair on top of the head gathered up into a pretty bow.

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Shih TzuAngel Sallade/Shutterstock


Shih Tzu.

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english bulldog puppyotsphoto/Shutterstock

I’m the national dog of England

The wrinkles and short, blocky body are characteristics of a few well-muscled breeds, but this particular pup will always be close to the ground, given his short, stocky legs, and adult height of around 15 inches. But if you think you can carry him around like a short toy dog breed, you may need to beef up your own muscles because this tenacious bruiser will weigh between 40 to 50 pounds once he’s grown.

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Portrait of an adult English Bulldog, outside on the nature Meriluxa/Shutterstock



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skinny beagle puppy in natural green backgroundSigma_S/Shutterstock

I’m pretty vocal when I catch wind of an interesting scent

This pup already has something to howl about, and it likely involves hunting. You can’t get past the large expressive eyes, floppy ears, and melt-your-heart puppy face, without snagging a cuddle—as long as you don’t try to snuggle too long. This hound has a wanderlust quality. But what kind of hound it is? The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes two heights of 13 inches (under 20 pounds) and 15 inches (20 to 30 pounds).

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beagle puppy, beagle puppy at home.RAY-BON/Shutterstock



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happy puppy of golden retrieverOrientgold/Shutterstock

I’m a firm family favourite

This pup commands attention immediately with its exceptional good looks. Even as a puppy, you can see the broad face and chiseled cheekbones, that are typical of this breed. And take a gander at that strapping chest and burgeoning athletic build. It’s not a lap dog with a mature weight between 55 to 80 pounds, but this family favourite will want to sit on your lap and cuddle.

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Labrador retriever dog in autumn heather flowersfotorince/Shutterstock


Labrador retriever.

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German shepherd puppy relaxing on a warm summer dayLurin/Shutterstock

I’m one of the hardest working and smartest dogs around

The saddle coat is also a trademark of the Corgi, but this breed gets a lot taller (22 to 26 inches) and heavier (50 to 90 pounds). The colours of the saddle coat are different in this breed—usually a black and tan or a black and red. It carries its head high, and its tail low.

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German Shepherd Dog resting outdoors in a field.Cvandyke/Shutterstock


German shepherd.

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Little Yorkshire Terrier posing an grass. Yorkie DogSteve Bruckmann/Shutterstock

My groomer is on speed dial

Aww, just look at those big, round puppy eyes on that scruffy yet delicate little head. The puppy cut is quite popular unless she’s in the show ring, then it’s a full length, to the floor. Always black and tan, this short-legged breed won’t grow too big. In fact, you can probably carry its entire body weight of seven pounds fairly easily around town, which this diva pooch wouldn’t mind at all.

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A purebred Yorkshire Terrier dog without leash outdoors in the nature on a sunny day.BIGANDT.COM/Shutterstock


Yorkshire terrier.

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German Shorthair Pointer puppyCSNafzger/Shutterstock

My web feet make me an excellent swimmer

Are those speckles or freckles? Whatever you call them, they are distinctly cute on this little pup. The coat may have a lot of variations with its patches of solid colour and speckling, but the colours can only be liver and white. Its coat is short and thick and feels a little rough, which is ideal because this breed points to a gun dog heritage.

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German Shorthaired Pointer portraitEvaHeaven2018/Shutterstock


German shorthaired pointer.

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VARIOUS Miniature American Shepherd or Miniature Australian Shepherd or Mini Aussie puppy, Black Tri, sitting in flower meadowAlessandra Sarti/imageBROKER/Shutterstock

I’m a smaller version of my Australian cousin

It’s smaller than its sheep herding cousin—at 13 to 18 inches, it stands about half as tall as a sheep and is certainly lighter than one, too, at 20 to 40 pounds. While its appearance is identical to its larger cousin, this pup prefers the company of horses instead of sheep and is a dedicated and loyal companion when travelling to horse shows. When it is not minding the stable, he loves to compete in agility, herding, and rally events.

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Nala the Miniature Australian Shepherd, portrait Helen Rose Gabriel/Shutterstock


Miniature American Shepherds.

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Beautiful puppies Bloodhound in the basket.Helen Sushitskaya/Shutterstock

My top-notch sniffing skills are considered legal testimony in a court of law

This pup is inquisitive from birth, but when it’s not on active duty as a super sniffing sleuth, it is typically lazy as the day is long. The pup’s long ears grow as does its body to a hefty 80 to 110 pounds and 23 to 27 inches tall. No doubt the thin and loose skin folds and ridges along the face contribute to its renowned tracking ability, but we like them because they’re adorable.

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Bloodhound puppy in the woodsHuckleberry14/Shutterstock



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dachshund puppy Liliya Kulianionak/Shutterstock

My roots are in Germany and I love to burrow

These clues may narrow it down for you—the breed comes in two sizes (standard and miniature) and either a wire-haired, long-haired, or smooth coat. The tapered muzzle sits atop a broad chest with a body longer than it is tall at five to six inches for a mini version or eight to nine inches for the standard size.

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Black and tan dachshund dog on exhibition on a leashZanna Pesnina/Shutterstock



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VARIOUS Great Dane, puppy, spottedimageBROKER/Shutterstock

You might confuse me for a small horse

This pup will be huge one day and could easily tower over you when it stands on it hind legs. It may even outweigh you with a full-grown weight between 110 to 175 pounds. But while its size could be alarming to strangers, the good looks of its nicely chiseled, broad face will help win people over.

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Great Dane puppy with flipped over eareverydoghasastory/Shutterstock


Great Dane.

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cute puppy Pembroke Welsh Corgi with one ear standing up outdoor in summer parkNatalia Fedosova/Shutterstock

I’ve roamed the halls of Windsor Castle

Fans lovingly refer to the backside of this breed as a “loaf of bread.” And those short legs carrying a long body aren’t going to get much taller growing into just 10 to 12 inches tall. Other hallmark traits are the tulip shaped ears, a bushy curly tail and a fox-like face with a smile fitting of royals.

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Beautiful dog pembroke welsh corgi among yellow leaves, portraitNatalia Fedosova/Shutterstock


Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

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doberman puppieslarstuchel/Shutterstock

I have a side-hustle in law enforcement

A couple of things will change on this pup right away. Tails are docked shortly after birth and ears are cropped from floppy to erect and positioned high on the head (if the pet parent is following AKC breed standard). Always black and tan, this lean breed will weigh between 60 and 100 pounds when fully grown.

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Doberman pinscher poses for the camera. Outdoor photoSasaStock/Shutterstock


Doberman pinscher.

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 Australian Shepherd Puppyaleksandr_foto/Shutterstock

Sometimes, I have two different coloured eyes

The variety and individuality of this pup’s coat are pretty unique with colours such as blue merle, black, and red with white markings and copper points. But even more distinguishing are the “ghost eyes” of blue, pale blue, brown, or amber with cool flecks and marbling. When it matures, it will reach about 40 to 60 pounds.

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Australian ShepherdBildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock


Australian Shepherd.

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Mittelschnauzer puppy. Mittel Schnauzer pup sit on green grassSerg Zastavkin/Shutterstock

In the 15th century, I was a barnyard ratter

Look closely, and you can see the beginnings of two hallmark traits of this breed: bushy eyebrows and beard. In time, the eyebrows and beard will feature prominently with the deep-set eyes. Another hint, its larger cousin is almost identical to this smaller version which stands at a mere 12 to 14 inches tall and weighs 11 to 20 pounds.

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Miniature schnauzers playing in to the parkSerg Zastavkin/Shutterstock


Miniature Schnauzer.

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A pure bred Wheaten Terrier puppy dog in a playful mood.Dipali S/Shutterstock

Fans know me as “wheatie”

The farmlands of Ireland were the ancestral home of this pup. It will grow into a sturdy and square shaped body of about 30 to 40 pounds and around 17 to 19 inches tall. Interestingly, the low-shedding, wavy coat starts dark and gets lighter—resembling the colour of wheat. The goatee is a signature trait of this breed as are the eyes, which are always somewhat hidden behind its hair.

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Irish soft coated wheaten terrier dogDora Zett/Shutterstock


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.

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landseer dog puppy pure breed mother and puppy water trainingPandas/Shutterstock

My stellar rep for looking after young children is unmatched

If it is not apparent, this pup is going to bust out and be a dog of mammoth proportions. At a whopping adult weight of 100 to 150 pounds (and 26 to 28 inches tall), it’s basically like having an adult human in your house—well, except for its webbed paws. But as far as family members, this furry and ginormous lifeguard couldn’t be a sweeter, patient, and more devoted family member.

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Boston Terrier PuppyRon Rowan Photography/Shutterstock

Please forgive my farting, snoring, and snorting

Always dressed for a night on the town in its “tuxedo” coat, this pup with a charming and comical personality is party portable even when fully grown at around at 15 to 17 inches and up to 25 pounds. Here are two more clues—it hails from a famous East Coast city and the droopy puppy ears will eventually stand erect on the head.

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Boston Terrier.

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Cute little dog - greeting card idea with wooden background in summer. Maltese pup.