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16 Eight-Letter Dog Breeds (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Are you looking for an eight-letter word for a specific type of canine on your crossword puzzle? Or perhaps you simply have a curious mind about dog breeds. Whatever your reasoning, you’ve come to the right place!

After extensively combing through over 370 dog breeds, we compiled and listed only the breeds that contain eight letters.

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The 16 Eight-Letter Dog Breeds

1. Airedale (Terrier)

Airedale Terrier
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As one of the largest of all terrier dog breeds, the Airedale Terrier is often called the “King of Terriers.” This dog breed has a dense, wiry coat and a unique beard and mustache facial feature. These dogs are great with kids, though they can be stubborn!

2. Alopekis

This ancient dog breed, which originated in Greece, has been in existence for thousands of years. The name is actually Greek for “foxlike,” as this dog closely resembles a small fox.

3. Beaglier

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This mixed dog breed is a cross between a Beagle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These dogs, which more closely resemble their Beagle parent, are loving, quiet, and playful.

4. Brittany

brittany dog close up
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Although often referred to as a Spaniel, the Brittany dog breed shares more characteristics with Pointers and Setters. These medium-sized, long-legged dogs are a popular breed for dog sports and hunting, particularly in wetlands.

5. Cockapoo

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A mixed breed between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, Cockapoos are adorable and small. They make easy-going, affectionate family dogs and have a reputation for being easy to train.

6. Chow-Chow

Chow Chow
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Known as the “puffy lion dog” where they originated in northern China, the Chow-Chow has a fluffed coat, extra rolls of skin, and a unique blue and black tongue that sets them apart from nearly every other dog breed. These medium-sized dogs adapt well to city life and have an aloofness to strangers.

7. Havanese

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The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. This small dog is a favorite among dog lovers who prize their super-soft coat. This bright, lively, cheerful, and affectionate dog breed makes a wonderful family pet, as they’re good with children.

8. Hovawart

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Bred as a farm dog in Germany, the Hovawart makes for a faithful, trustworthy, and intelligent companion. However, they can be stubborn. These large dogs require plenty of attention and long stretches of quality time from their owners. If their needs are met, they make excellent family dogs.

9. Jamthund

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Also known as the Swedish Elkhound, this dog breed is considered a type of Akita. With a wolf-like appearance, Jamthund dogs are curious, energetic, and active. They are tolerant of children and make fine family pets.

10. Keeshond

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The ample fluffy fur on the Keeshond surrounds a smaller, foxlike face. The black coloring around their eyes resembles spectacles. They have a plumed tail that they carry high over their backs. This dog breed originates from Holland, where they were a common sight on canal barges. The Keeshond remains a symbol of Dutch patriotism today.

11. Kishu Inu or Kishu Ken

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Either name—Kishu Inu or Kishu Ken—is eight letters long and refers to the same breed of dog that originates from Japan. They are the top choice for a companion dog in Japan for their faithful and docile temperament. This medium-sized dog breed sports a curled tail and bright, inquisitive eyes.

12. Komondor

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This dog breed is distinguished by their corded, “mop-like” fur. This large, white-colored dog breed is also known as a Hungarian Sheepdog. Komondors were bred as guardian dogs over livestock and property and have a powerful, loud bark.

13. Landseer

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This black-and-white dog is often confused with a Newfoundland. This large dog breed has a noble, calm, and gentle temperament. They were bred in Canada to assist fishermen. Today, this breed makes a wonderful family dog, as long as you’re willing to overlook the excessive amount of drooling.

14. Papillon

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A type of spaniel, the Papillon originated from France. This toy dog breed is known for being happy, alert, and friendly. Their ears stand out for their largeness in contrast to their little body and for their winged shape—papillon is French for “butterfly.” This dog breed thrives in warmer climates.

15. Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu
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A Japanese breed of hunting dog, the Shiba Inu is the smallest of the Spitz breeds. This dog has a foxlike demeanor, a spirited temperament, and a sturdy, muscular body. Like the Kishu Inu, the Shiba Inu is among the most popular dogs in Japan.

16. Tamaskan (Dog)

Tamaskan dog
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Selectively bred to closely resemble a wolf in appearance, the Tamaskan dog is a Finnish crossbreed. This new and rare breed is highly intelligent yet not easily trained. However, they make active, energetic companions and friendly, loving family dogs.

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We hope you enjoyed this list of 16 dog breeds with eight-letter names. From the Airedale to the Tamaskan, they’re a varied bunch. Now get out there and wow your friends with your extensive doggy knowledge!

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