Saturday, August 13, 2011

The 12 Most Captivating and Popular Spotted Breeds of Dog


Some breeds of dogs have long hair while others are hairless. Some are shorthaired and a few are colorful. Here are some of the most adorable spotted breeds of dog from around the world.

1.) American Hairless Terrier 


Although the American Hairless Terrier is hairless, it is remarkably a spotted dog breed. This terrier dog is often mistaken for a hairless Chihuahua.

2.) Dalmatian 


Undoubtedly, Dalmatians are the most popular spotted breeds of dogs. These dogs have been filmed a couple of times. It originated in Dalmatia, Croatia, hence, the name. It is known as Dalmatinac and Dalmatiner in the Croatian language. This dog breed is noted for its unique black- or brown-spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days.

3.) English Setter 


Another beautifully spotted dog breed is the English Setter. This gun dog is bred for a mix of endurance and athleticism. The coat is flat with light feathering of long length or short length depending on the type.

4.) English Springer Spaniel 


The handsome-looking English Springer Spaniel with large tufted ears is a gun dog that is traditionally used for flushing and retrieving game. This dog breed is well-known for its affectionate and excitable characteristics. It can live up to 14 years.

5.) Old Danish Pointer 


The Old Danish Pointer is a medium-sized spotted dog breed originally used as a pointing dog. This breed is strongly built and one of the most charming features of the breed is the great difference between male and female. The male is powerful and substantial while the bitch is characterized by being lighter, more spirited, and capricious.

6.) Bluetick Coonhound 


The Bluetick Coonhound is a spotted dog breed that originated in the southern United States. Thus muscular and speedy dog gets its "blue" coloring from black/white mottling which gives the impression of a navy blue color.

7.) Basset Bleu de Gascogne 


The Basset Bleu de Gascogne or Blue Gascony Basset is a long-backed, short legged and spotted dog breed. It is endemic to France and is very rare outside the country.

8.) Braque d'Auvergne 


The Braque d'Auvergne is a spotted dog breed that originated in Auvergne, France, hence the name. This handsome and strong dog is a gundog and a pointer. The Braque d'Auvergne‘s head and ears are always black.

9.) Braques Français


The Braques Français is a spotted hunting dog breed from a very old type of gundog used for pointing the location of game birds for a hunter. The Braques Françaises are popular hunting dogs in France, but are seldom seen outside the country.

10.) Catahoula Cur 


The Catahoula Cur or Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is a spotted dog breed that originated from Louisiana, USA. It is sometimes referred to as the "Catahoula Hound" or "Catahoula Leopard Hound". This dog breed is also called the "Catahoula Hog Dog", reflecting its traditional use in hunting wild boar.

11.) Staffordshire Bull Terrier 


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, short-coated, old-time and spotted dog breed. This English dog is considered as the 5th most popular breed. This bull terrier related dog is also informally known as Staffie, Stafford, Staffy or Staff.

12.) African Wild Dog


The African Wild Dog or scientifically known as Lycaon pictus is a large spotted canid endemic to Africa. It inhabits the continent’s savannahs and other lightly wooded areas. It is also known for a variety of names such as African Hunting Dog, Cape Hunting Dog, Painted Dog, Painted Wolf, Painted Hunting Dog, Spotted Dog, or Ornate Wolf

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