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18 Dog Breeds that Begin with M

Maltese

Maltese

This spitz-type dog breed originated in the south-central part of Europe in the Mediterranean Basin (maybe Italy). These small pooches have a lively personality and a pleasant temperament. They love to socialize, especially with older children, which is why they are mostly used as family pets or companions.

Majestic Tree Hound

This comparatively new dog is the result of a cross between many breeds, including bloodhound and treeing walker coonhound. Majestic Tree Hounds were originally developed in the United States for hunting large game because of their excellent hunting abilities. Other than that, these large canines can also make great pets because they are very gentle with kids.

Malshi (Maltese Shih Tzu)

Malshi on hard wood floor

This hybrid breed was developed by crossing a Maltese with a Shih Tzu. Malshis are quite friendly and are extremely loyal to their owners. Most of these cute pups are used as family companions because they love to enjoy the company of humans.

Maltipoo

Maltipoo standing on a rocky lake shore

This hybrid dog is a cross combination of Maltese and poodle breeds. Maltipoos have inherited almost all the qualities of their parents. For example, these little canines get their kindness and humor from Maltese while their energy and intelligence comes from Poodle. Due to their fun-loving and affectionate nature, these pups ideal for families with young kids.

Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier standing in grass

This terrier dog was bred in England for controlling vermin, especially rats and rabbits. Manchester Terriers have a smooth coat and are quite energetic. Although they have a small body, their muscular build provides them with the necessary strength. This dog breed is ONLY recommended to those families who have older children.

Maremma Sheepdog

Maremma Sheepdog outdoors in nature

This giant sheepdog was originally developed in central Italy for the protection of livestock. These massive and distinct-looking dogs are quite friendly, loyal, and brave. This is the reason why they are often used as companion dogs. These traits also make Maremma Sheepdog one of the best choices for watchdogs.

Mastador

old Mastador with tongue out  outdoors in nature

This mixed breed was bred by crossing Mastiff and Labrador Retriever dog breeds. Mastadors originated in the United States and have a very energetic and lovable personality. Likewise, these large dogs are brave, loyal, and friendly. All these attributes make them perfect family companions. However, they are NOT recommended for families with young kids because of their big strong bodies.

Miniature American Shepherd

Miniature American Shepherd in a grassy field

This Mini Shepherd hails from the United States and was originally bred as a herding breed. Nowadays, these highly intelligent and loyal canines are mostly used for different types of dog sports. Some of them include agility, flyball, and freestyle games.

Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier standing in grass

Bull Terriers were originally developed in England by crossing Bulldogs and English terriers (extinct as of now). They were initially used as fighting dogs, but have acquired the role of companion dogs in today’s world. Despite their violent background, these miniature bulls have a loyal and friendly nature.

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher standing in grass next to large rocks and boulders

This dog breed originated in Germany and looks quite similar to the Doberman breed. Miniature Pinschers were initially bred for hunting vermin, especially rats in houses and sheds. They are energetic and have a confident nature. Likewise, they are quite fearless, loyal, and intelligent. Therefore, Min Pins are considered ideal candidates to become great watchdogs.

Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodle laying on belly in park setting

This multi-sized Poodle breed originated in France with a beautiful and attractive appearance. These pooches were originally developed for hunting pests. In addition to that, Miniature Poodles make loyal companions and smart agility dogs.

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer with head down standing in tall grass

This small dog breed comes from Germany and was initially bred for guarding farms. Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent and affectionate with a loud temperament and a good sense of humor. With all these traits and trembling passion, these canines do quite well with families and create a lot of fun moments.

Miniature Shar Pei

Miniature Shar Pei in grass field with trees in background

Just like Chinese Shar-Pei, Miniature Shar-Peis also originated in China. They were selectively bred down in size and their small size is caused by a recessive gene in their DNA. These vigilant and confident dogs are always ready to play and enjoy the company of their people. Thanks to their affectionate and loyal attitude towards their handlers, Miniature Shar-Peis make excellent family companions.

Morkie

Morkie sitting in grass

This designer dog breed is a mixture of the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier. Morkies are small, energetic, and super senseless canines. They possibly originate from North America as breeders deliberately mixed the two parent breeds to develop this lapdog. It seems that their efforts were successful because Morkie is one of the best choices for being a family pet.

Mudi

Mudi running in grass

This highly-trainable dog breed originated in Hungry and was bred for herding purposes. Nowadays, these watchful, dynamic, and intelligent canines are used in different roles (besides herding). Some of the favorite occupations of Mudis include hunting, searching, dog sports, and watchdogs.

Mountain Cur

Mountain Cur standing on steep rock formation next to a body of water

This tough-looking breed was originally developed in the United States as a working dog. Other than that, these canines are also used for hunting bears and crazy pigs. Due to their protective and courageous temperament, Mountain Curs are proficient farm dogs, especially for performing guarding duties.

Munsterlander

Munsterlander standing in large grass field

This versatile dog breed hails from Germany and was bred for both hunting and retrieving purposes. Münsterländers are quite intelligent and easy-to-train that enhances their tracking ability. These multi-sized canines can also make great family companions, but they are usually recommended as outdoor pets.

Mountain Feist

This historic breed originated in the Southeastern part of the United States. Mountain Feists were bred to hunt squirrels, but they also love to chase small bird games. They have high spirits and a lovable personality that make them ideal companions for humans.

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