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25 Dog breeds that Begin with L

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever on green natural background

This popular and beautiful dog breed originated in Newfoundland, in the 1500s. Labradors Retrievers fall in the category of lifesaving and sporting dogs and are loved for their sweet and pleasing nature.

Lupo Italiano

Also known as the Italian wolfdog, this dog originated in Italy, in the 1960s. It was developed by mating a female Apennine wolf and a male German Shepherd. The motive behind the development of this wolf-hybrid was to create an agile working dog.


Labradoodle sitting on leaf covered ground

The first Labradoodle was bred in Australia, in 1989, by the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia. These canines were produced by crossing Labradors with purebred doodles. The primary purpose of this breed was to serve as hypoallergenic guide dogs, who also have a low shedding rate.

Latvian Hound

Latvian Hounds were first bred in the territory of Latvia, during the 1600s. They are a hybrid of different English and Polish dogs along with Lucernese breeds. They were originally bred for hunting.

Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo on grassy natural background

Lagotto Romagnolos are purebred dogs that originated in Eastern Romagna, a sub-region of Italy. These pups were regarded as ‘water dogs’ because they are born-swimmers. They are loving and develop strong bonds with their owners.    

Laizhou Hong

In the 19th century, these dogs were bred by German soldiers that were settled in the German colonies of China. These pooches are a combination of several working breeds including German Shepherd, Rottweiler, and the Shandong Xian Hound.

Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier standing in tall dead grass

Lakeland Terriers get their name from the ‘Lakeland district’ of England, the place of their origin. These pooches are a hybrid of many terrier breeds, including Bedlington, the Border, and the Wire-haired Fox terriers.

La Pom

This is a rather new breed and there is hardly any detail about its history and origin. La Poms were bred by mixing a Pomeranian and a Lhasa Apso. They first arrived in the United States in 1933.

Lancashire Heeler

Lancashire Heeler on sandy beach

The actual origin of this breed is unknown, but it is closely linked with Welsh Corgi and Manchester Terrier. They are also known as Ormskirk Terrier and were bred to herd and guard Livestock. These dogs are not preferred as family dogs because they have very powerful hunting instincts.


La-Chon is a mixed breed that was created by crossbreeding a Lhasa Apso with a Bichon Frise. These pups were bred in the 1990s, and they fall into the category of designer dogs. They are friendly and loving with their families, including kids.

Lapponian Herder

Lapponian Herder standing at end of dock next to blue water

Lapponian herder or reindeer herder was first bred in Finland, in the 1900s. They were originally bred for herding reindeers and guarding them against predators. These dogs are characterized by a strong muscular body and can adjust to most living environments.

Large Munsterlander

Large Munsterlander standing in grassy field

This breed came from Germany, in the year 1966. Large Munsterlanders are versatile and are known for their extraordinary abilities in perusing and retrieving game. These intelligent canines have a cheerful and courageous nature. Owing to their calm and gentle demeanor, they can become good family pets.


Leonberger standing on rocky shore line

Leonberger was created in the 1830s (in Germany) by a notable personality, Heinrich Essig. He was the mayor of the town Leonberger. This majestic breed is an icon because it was owned by the royal family of Europe.     

Lakota Mastino

These historic pooches are more than 400 years old. They go back to the period of Spanish exploration of the New World and were developed as sturdy working dogs. The muscular and agile build of this breed is ideal for working dog sports.  

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso standing on bolder

Lhasa Apso is an ancient dog breed that originated in Tibet (in 800 A.D). This breed has a mystical background as it was kept in monasteries by Buddhist Monks to prevent the intervention of any intruder.


The Lhaffon is a crossbreed that was developed by mixing two famous toy dogs, Brussels Griffon and Lhasa Apso. They were primarily bred for the elimination of rats and mice from stables.


close up portrait of a Löwchen in a natural grass setting

These dogs are also known as Petit Chien Lion or small lion dog. The origin of Lowchens is unknown and they are categorized as companion dogs. They are very loving and devoted to their families.


Lurcher in an evening setting sitting next to a farm fence

These hybrid dogs were developed by mating sighthounds with a herding dog or a terrier. Their origins are believed to be in Great Brittan and Ireland. In the modern era, these dogs are used for hunting, racing, and as pets.


It is a recently developed breed that is a mixture of mystical Lhasa Apso with gorgeous Maltese. These super cute and gentle dogs tend to live joyfully with their families.

Lucas Terrier

Lucas Terrier standing on brick pavement

The Lucas Terrier was first developed by Sir Jocelyn Lucas in the late 1940s, (in England). This is the reason why this breed is named as ‘Lucas’. These calm and quiet pups are always willing to please their owners.

Lithuanian Hound

Lithuanian Hound in natural setting

This is a rare hunting breed that originated from Lithuania, in 1566. These dogs have a well-built body and are known for their stamina and agility. As a result, they require a lot of exercise to burn their energy and stay content. 

Labrador Husky

Labrador Husky is a purebred dog that was developed in the region of “Labrador”, in Canada. These canines were used for Sledge-pulling or freighting before the advent of Snowmobiles. They are typically characterized by sturdy and well-built bodies.


Labernese sitting in door of barn like building

This breed was developed by the Mira foundation in Canada, in the 1990s. These hybrid dogs are developed by combining purebred Bernese Mountain Dog and Labrador Retriever. The primary purpose of this breed was to serve blind and disable people.


These dogs were developed by mixing Lhasa Apso with purebred Poodles. They make excellent companions because of their smart and loving nature. Lhasapoos always tend to please their owners with pride and poise.


black and white closeup of a Labradinger

Labradingers were developed around the 1980s by mixing Labrador with Springer Spaniel. These delightful and friendly canines inherit the good qualities of both the parents. They are excellent in dog sports and make incredible family pets.

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