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20 Dog Breeds that Begin with G

German Shepherd

Pair of German Shepherds sitting in grass outside

This large-sized breed was originally bred in Germany for herding sheep. German Shepherds are noble, diligent, loyal, and highly intelligent canines who have proven themselves as superb working dogs. This is the reason why they are one of the most popular canines in the world.

Golden Retriever

Profile of a Golden Retriever on a brown and tan toned background.

Golden Retrievers originated from the Scottish Highlands and are famous for their friendliness, loyalty, enthusiasm for life. Due to their intelligence, these canines have been very successful as guides and search-and-rescue dogs.

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer in tall grass

This adventurous breed is known for its athletic and sporting nature. The flexible nature of these pups allow them to track, point, and retrieve. Therefore, they are loved by hunters all around the world. German Shorthaired Pointers have been developed by cross-breeding several different breeds.

Great Dane

Great Dane laying in grass with head on its paws

Great Dane was first developed in Germany as a boar hunter. It is also known as the gentle giant or the Appolo of dogs. Despite their size and speed, these canines are quite popular as watchdogs and a companion at home. The only drawback is that the life span of this breed is comparatively less than other dogs. 

German Wirehaired Pointer

Pair of German Wirehaired Pointers standing in grassy field.

This gundog is the result of crossbreeding traditional Pointers, Pudel pointers, and Wirehaired Griffons. German Wirehaired Pointers are full of enthusiasm and energy. They are perfect for people who love outdoor activities because of their energetic personality. Likewise, these pups make good family companions because they are loyal and fun-loving.

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees laying in weeds at the base of a building

This elegant, imposing, and majestic breed originated in the Pyrenees Mountains. Great Pyrenees were originally bred to guard flocks on steep mountains and have immense strength and agility. They are very affectionate and loyal to their people. These pooches are particularly gentle and affectionate with children.

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer on a green background

This confident breed was originally developed in Germany to herd cattle and other livestock. Giant Schnauzer is the largest of the three Schnauzer breeds and can grow up to 25.5-27.5 inches. Well-trained and well-socialized dogs of this breed can become an amazing family dog.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog laying in grass

This is one of the oldest breeds that has originated from Switzerland. Great Swiss Mountain dogs are famous as therapy pets and search-and-rescue dogs due to their friendliness, trainability, and strength. The protective nature of these pups for their people allows them to become wonderful and loyal guard dogs.

Gordon Setter

Close up portrait of a Gordon Setter outside in natural setting

These dogs were originally bred in Great Britain as hunting dogs (in the 17th century). Gordon Setters are energetic, smart, and brave. They are incredibly loyal and exhibit deep protective instincts around strangers. Although Gordon Setter can be an excellent pet, it is NOT suitable for apartment life.

German Pinscher

German Pinscher portrait outside on blurred natural background

The German Pinscher was developed as a farm dog to hunt and kill vermin. These canines are quick, muscular, and have some graceful looks. If you are looking for an average-sized dog with a regal appearance and beauty of intelligence, German Pinscher is an ideal candidate.


Greyhound standing at the edge of a body of water

This affectionate dog breed originated from Middle-East and was initially used for coursing and hunting. Their long and narrow legs allow them to run at incredible speeds. In fact, Greyhounds are the fastest dogs in the world as they can clock up to 45 miles per hour. Despite their intense speed and hunting background, these pups make a good companion at home due to their calm demeanor.

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier standing in grassy field

This lesser-known dog was developed in Ireland as a clever and skilled hunter. These canines are characterized by their wired-hairy double coats, short but powerful legs, and muscular physiques. Glens have an affectionate behavior with humans and can make a loving family dog with proper training.

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen laying on hard wood floors

This breed was originally developed in Vendeen (a place in France) to help hunters. They have higher energy levels and exercise needs and a Vendeen can also be stubborn. Therefore, obedience training can be quite helpful in early puppyhood if you are planning to adopt one.

Grand bleu de Gascogne

Grand bleu de Gascogne laying in grass

These gentle giants originated from France and were primarily developed for hunting. For this reason, they prefer a physical lifestyle. Gascognes never get frank with a stranger and this is why they can be used as watchdogs. However, once they’re comfortable with someone, their natural traits of friendliness come to the fore. 

German Longhaired Pointer

German Longhaired Pointer standing in tall grass

German Longhaired Pointers have all the qualities of a multi-purpose hunting dog. This dog needs plenty of exercise and makes a perfect partner for sporty and active people. If you need a loyal companion that could keep you active, this is the breed for you.


Goldendoodle laying in grass outside

Goldendoodle was created by crossbreeding a Golden Retriever with a Poodle. These intelligent, athletic, and lovable creatures love to play with kids and feel comfortable with other pets. This is the reason why they are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States.

Greenland Dog

Portrait of a Greenland Dog

This aloof and very independent breed was developed in Denmark for hunting. Greenland Dogs have an aggressive nature and love to hunt bears and seals. Yes, t can be loving, but only with their owners. Normally, these nordic canines are loyal, but they don’t like to work in a team.

Griffon bleu de Gascogne

Griffon bleu de Gascogne in a grassy field

This rare breed of France is affectionate and is loved by the people who own these dogs. This working hound is tolerant of children and other animals and will surely become more popular with time. This sweet and alert fellow will always grab your attention by its cute actions and preferred roaming.

Gascon Saintongeois

The Gascon Saintongeois is another French breed on the list. These pups are loyal, loving, and easy to train. Although they are NOT aggressive, Gascons are very brave and courageous. They generally accept most of the people, including children, and are considered quite reliable.

German Spitz

German Spitz standing in tall grass

This fluffy companion is an entertaining pet for most families. German Spitz are comfortable and outgoing with people they know. In fact, they normally make good friends with the pets of your friends. Their small size and moderate exercise needs make them extremely popular among people with small houses and apartments.

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