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25 Dog Breeds that Begin with D

Dachshund

Dachshund sitting on a beach at sunset

This breed was developed in Germany, over 300 years ago, for hunting badgers. Dachshund comes in three known varieties,  the shorthaired, the wirehaired, and the longhaired. The most unique feature of these dogs is their long body with shorter height.

Dalmatian

Dalmatian sitting in tall grass and weeds

Dalmatians are large muscular dogs that were first bred in Croatia to run along-side horse carriages. As a result, it’s NOT surprising at all that they have a lot of vigor and energy. The name ‘Dalmatian’ comes from their place of origin that was called ‘Dalmatia’, a historical region of Croatia.

Dorgi

This breed was developed by mixing a Dachshund with a Welsh Corgi. Dorgis are smaller in size and have a loyal, social, and friendly personality. Therefore, they can become an excellent companion for all kinds of families.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier standing in field of yellow flowers and grass

Also known as Hindlee Terrier, these dogs were bred in the outskirts of Scotland in 1700 AD. Although they were primarily bred for hunting, Dandie Dinmonts make friendly, affectionate, and playful family dogs.

Doxiemo

Doxiemos were developed by crossbreeding two amazing canines, American Eskimo and Dachshund. They are lively, charming, and very loyal to their families.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog

Danish-Swedish Farmdog standing outside  in purple flowers

This dog breed has originated from Denmark and is also known as Scanian Terrier. They were famous as farm dogs because they did anything from catching mice to herding the cattle for milking.

Deutscher Wachtelhund

Deutscher Wachtelhund laying in grass

This breed was originally bred in Germany. Wachtel Hunds are mostly owned by foresters and professional hunters because they are excellent hunters and retrievers. These dogs love water and can become brilliant swimmers (if trained properly).

Double Doodle

These canines were first developed in the 1990s by crossbreeding purebred Poodles and Golden Retrievers. They are cool-headed and amiable family dogs who enjoy the company of their owners, including kids.

Doberman Pinscher

2 Doberman Pinschers sitting outdoors

This breed was developed in a town of Germany called Apolda, by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann (in 1860). Doberman Pinscher has a tall muscular body and is very strong and energetic. No doubt they were primarily used as watchdogs or bodyguards.

Dogo Argentino

Dogo Argentino outside laying in grass

Also known as Argentinian Mastiffs, these pups were first bred by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, in 1928. They hail from the Cordoba region of Argentina and are regarded as hunting dogs and molossers due to their well-built body.  

Dogue de Bordeaux

3 Dogue de Bordeaux standing on muddy road

Dogue de Bordeaux (Bordeaux bulldog) is an ancient French breed that was developed in the 12th century. These canines are fearless, strong, and devoted. Thanks to these traits, they were used to hunt pigs, wolves, and bears.

Drentsche Patrijshond

Drentsche Patrijshond in the mountains

Hailing from Spain, these dogs arrived in the Netherlands in the 16th Century. Another famous name of this breed is Dutch Partridge Dog. They are versatile spaniel-type hunting dogs that are smart, attentive, and enthusiastic by instinct.

Drever

Over head view of a Drever

These crossbred dogs were developed in Sweden, during the early 1900s. They were made by mixing Westphalian Dachsbracke with local Swedish hounds. Due to their ability to pursue foxes, deer, and other quick animals, Drevers were mostly kept by hunters.

Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd in the snow

This breed was originally developed in the Southern Netherlands in the 1800s. Dutch Shepherds are seasoned farm and police dogs because they can expertly guard their premises. Likewise, they are athletic, alert, and obedient.

Doodleman Pinscher

This hybrid breed is the result of a cross between Doberman Pinscher and purebred Doodle. Doodleman Pinschers are audacious and versatile. They can be a great choice for racing, herding, sighting, and military works.  

Dorkie

Dorkie laying on a red pillow

Dorkies were originally bred in Germany by crossbreeding two purebreds, the Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terrier. They are playful family dogs who show affection and affinity to their owners and family.

Doxiepoo

This mixed breed was developed by crossbreeding a Dachshund and a Toy Poodle. The distinguishing feature between this and other breeds is the unpredictability it carries in inheritance. Even the siblings of the same litter may differ a lot from each other in appearance. These dogs are friendly, intellectual, social, and loyal.

Daisy Dog

Daisy Dog sitting in grass

Also called Shichon Poo, this breed originated in the USA, in the year 1980. It was made by mixing Shih-Tzu, the Bichon Frise, and the Poodle. Due to its cheerful and loving nature, this breed simultaneously falls in the categories of Toy dogs, companion dogs, and lapdogs.

Dalmador

Dalmador was developed by crossbreeding a Labrador Retriever with a Dalmatian. Following its parents, this pup is also friendly and loyal. Therefore, it can make a great family dog. This lively dog has a lot of energy and would love to walk long distances.

Doxle

Close up portrait of a Doxle

Also known as Beaschund, this dog breed was developed by mixing Dachshund and Beagle. Just like their parent, Doxles have short legs and long bodies. These family canines are good companions of their master and guard them devotedly.

Dameranian

Dameranian is a mixed-breed dog that is developed by combining Pomeranian with Dachshund. This breed came to light somewhere in the last decade of the 20th century. Dameranians are good hunters as well as excellent toy dogs, inheriting the traits of both parents.

Dutch Smoushond

Dutch Smoushond sitting on the ground outside looking up at the camera

This purebred dog has its roots in the Netherlands, where it was first developed in 1800 AD. Dutch Smoushonds are closely associated with the Pinscher and Schnauzer breeds. They were primarily developed for eradicating mice and rats from stables.

Double Nosed Andean Tiger Hound

This extremely rare breed was originally bred in Bolivia (in 1913). These hounds were bred to assist locals track jaguars and are often regarded as tigrés by the natives. They have a distinct feature of a double nostril divided by a band of fur and skin.

Daug

Close up portrait of a Daug

It is also known as the Pugsund dog because this breed was developed by mixing Pug and Dachshund. Daugs are extremely devoted and loyal to their owners that make them an ideal family dog.

Denmark Fiest

This breed was first developed in the United States of America (in 1917). Although they are small, Denmark Fiests are incredibly active and agile hunting dogs. They are curious, intelligent, and energetic, but still, have a pretty calm demeanor.

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