The Affenpinscher, a toy group dog, was bred to tackle vermin. With a small size, monkey-like face, and wiry coat, they make charming, bold, and entertaining companions.
The Rottweiler, a descendant of Roman cattle dogs, serves as guards, search-and-rescue, and service dogs. They're calm, affectionate with family, despite their intimidating appearance.
The Belgian sheepdog, Groenendael, is intelligent and watchful. It's the only black variant among four Belgian sheepherding breeds. Energetic "workaholics" with a glossy coat
The majestic Newfoundland, a gentle giant, excels with children. Originally used for water rescues, they're strong with webbed feet and a thick, water-resistant coat.
Bouncy and fun-loving, the flat-coated retriever resembles a black-coated golden retriever but is more active and needs extra exercise. Lustrous, straight coat lies flat.
The black Russian terrier resembles a giant schnauzer but is much larger. Affectionately called "blackie," this working dog needs an experienced owner for training.
The standard poodle is intelligent, playful, and trainable, initially used for waterfowl retrieval and circus acts. They come in various colors, mostly solid black or black and white.
The Labrador retriever is America's top dog breed for 30 years. Friendly, trainable, great for families. Water-resistant short coat sheds heavily, regular brushing helps. Needs plenty of exercise
The Portuguese water dog, originally a fisherman's helper, is affectionate and eager to please. Playful and social, they make great pets. Need regular exercise and playtime.
Schipperkes are historic ship and barge ratters from Belgium, meaning "little captain" in Flemish. Charming and feisty, usually jet black with dark-brown eyes.