There are so many dog breeds out there that it’s hard to keep track. As a matter of fact, when it comes to breeds that start with the letter “M”, there are nearly 100 different breeds! So, we’ve decided to put together an extremely exhaustive list of every single one.
Let’s take a quick look at each one of these pups!
The 89 Dog Breeds That Start With M
1. Mace Bulk
The Mace Bulk is actually a specially bred German Shepherd breed with Mastiff-like heads.
2. Magyar Agar
3. Mahratta Greyhound
This sighthound-like dog hails from the Indian province of Maharashtra and is bred by the region’s nomadic people as hunting companions.
4. Majestic Tree Hound
A recently developed breed in the bloodhound and coonhound family, this pup was originally bred to hunt large game animals including mountain lions, bears, and bobcats.
5. Majorca Shepherd Dog
This herding dog is commonly used in the Balearic Islands of Spain as a farm dog and a guardian of sheep.
This Maltese-Chihuahua hybrid is an adorable little pooch with a giant, playful personality.
7. Malinois X
8. Mally Foxhound
The Mally Foxhound is not a purebred foxhound, it’s actually a combination of the Foxhound and the Alaskan Malamute.
This Shih Tzu and Maltese hybrid is a beloved little fluff ball! It even goes by four other different names: the Malti Tzu, Mal Tzu, Shih-tese, and Shima!
This fairly new Maltese/Beagle hybrid takes the best of both dogs and turns them into one feisty, little pup. You can often find them playing when they’re not lounging about.
Maltese dogs have been often dubbed the slackers of the canine world. You’re more likely to find them snoozing on the back of the couch than running about.
The Maltichon is one cool cucumber. Crossed between the Maltese and the Bichon Frise, this breed is known for its relaxed, docile temperament and extreme intelligence.
The Maltipom is a designer breed of Maltese and Pomeranian lineage which makes for one extremely adorable little puffball!
A cross between the Toy Poodle and the Maltese, this highly affectionate dog is hypoallergenic and easy to care for.
The spunky personality of a Pug-Maltese hybrid makes for a little comedian and loving companion to boot!
The Malton is a complex designer dog line taking parentage from three different purebreds: the Maltese, the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, and the Bichon Frise.
18. Mammut Bulldog
This old-styled bulldog takes after its ancestors by keeping its long coat. They’re strong, confident, and hard-working animals that are dedicated to their masters.
19. Manchester Terrier
Originally bred in the 1800s as ratters, these dogs quickly grew popular with nobility. They even earned the moniker the “groom’s pocket piece” as they had their very own designed travel bags in which they could accompany a rider on horseback.
20. Maremma Sheepdog
Also known as the Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdog, this large fluffy dog is a top-notch guardian of sheep all around central Italy.
This Dutch Tulip Hound has been depicted in paintings dating all the way back to the 1600s; however, the modern pup we know today wasn’t officially bred actively until the 1970s.
This Labrador/Mastiff hybrid redefines the term “four-legged garbage truck”. These lovable giants will gobble up just about anything and everything — and in extremely large amounts.
This strong, powerful hybrid is a cross between the American Bulldog and the Mastiff. Although they’re not the most intelligent dog around, they’re fiercely loyal, lovable, and relatively low maintenance.
This Poodle/Mastiff hybrid is just as large as it is loving. And while they get their size from the Mastiff, they receive their high intelligence from the Poodle side. If you’re looking for a giant, loving genius…this pup is for you.
The Mastiff — or English Mastiff — is one of the largest dog breeds in the world. They can weigh up to 230 pounds and are wonderful family dogs and protectors.
26. Mastiff Shepherd
This German Shepherd/English Mastiff hybrid is an uncommon Mastiff hybrid that’s extremely loyal and generally loves to work.
Mauxies are Maltese/Dachshund mixes that maintain the long tubular body of the Dachshund with the flowing coat of the Maltese.
Mixed between the Miniature Schnauzer and the Maltese, this pup tends to make extremely strong bonds with one owner, making them the perfect companion dog.
The McNab Shepherd — or McNab Collie — is a herding dog that originates from the Mendocino area of Northern California. They were bred to survive the rugged desert condition found in the region.
This designer breed is a cross between the Beagle and the Miniature Pinscher. They’re a sassy, curious dog that absolutely loves your attention. And if you catch them judging you from the corner of the couch, that’s just normal.
31. Medium Poodle
Often overshadowed by its larger and smaller siblings (the Toy, Miniature, and Standard), the Medium Poodle is like the best of all worlds. It’s smart, hypoallergenic, and a wonderful family dog.
32. Mexican Hairless
This hairless pup, also known as the Xoloitzcuintle, can be found in a number of different sizes and typically has a mohawk hairdo running from between its eyes down the length of its back.
33. Middle Asian Ovtcharka
This breed — better known as the Central Asian Shepherd Dog — comes from an ancient line of livestock guardian and goat herding dogs.
The Mi-Ki is another complex designer dog with lineages ranging from between four and six different toy breeds. This tiny breed is exceptionally rare and bred strictly for companionship.
35. Mini Australian Shepterrier
36. Mini Cairn Pin
37. Mini Coonhound
This hybrid dog has five different lineages in its family tree, but at the end of the day, they look just like tiny Black and Tan Coonhounds.
38. Mini English Cocker
This beautiful looking pup is a mix between the Dachshund and English Cocker Spaniel. But don’t let their good looks fool you. They can be quite stubborn and are often plotting zany hijinks!
39. Mini Foxillon
40. Mini Kerry Blue Schnauzer
The Mini Kelly Blue Schnauzer is the ultimate terrier mix being bred between the Kerry Blue Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer. Unlike many terriers though, they absolutely crave human attention.
41. Mini St. Bernard
Now, this dog’s name is an oxymoron all on its own. Bred by crossing a St. Bernard with a Cocker Spaniel, even the smallest of this variety still weighs 25 pounds.
42. Miniature American Eskimo
This small American Eskimo Dog is actually a purebred pup! It’s actually the middle size of the American Eskimo dog, with the Toy variety being even smaller.
43. Miniature American Shepherd
Don’t let their size fool you. These small dogs are actually excellent herding dogs with top-notch agility. And as of 2019, they were officially recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
44. Miniature Aussiedoodle
The Miniature Aussiedoodle is a hybrid between the Miniature Australian Shepherd and the Miniature Poodle. They’re absolutely beautiful and one of the most energetic balls of fur you’ll ever meet.
45. Miniature Australian Bulldog
These little meatballs are just tinier versions of the mighty Australian Bulldog. They’re a relatively new breed just starting to garner popularity.
46. Miniature Australian Shepherd
Despite their name, these lovable, little farm dogs actually come from the United States! Coming from a line of small-sized Australian Shepherds, these dogs actually have a working history at rodeos.
47. Miniature Border Schnollie
What do you get when you cross a Border Collie with a Miniature Schnauzer? One of the most energetic dogs you’ve probably ever laid eyes on.
Related Read: Border Schnollie (Border Collie & Schnauzer Mix)
48. Miniature Boxer
This type of Boxer isn’t a purebred pup. There’s always some sort of crossbreeding done to achieve their stunted size. However, they’re super adorable and make for great family dogs.
49. Miniature Bull Terrier
These little guys are very similar to their full-sized cousins and maintain their oddly-shaped head and snout.
50. Miniature Bulldog
Although the Toy Bulldog went extinct in the early 19th century, breeders have managed to recreate this thick little woofer by crossbreeding the English Bulldog and the Pug.
51. Miniature English Bulldach
52. Miniature English Bulldog
Miniature English Bulldogs are technically just English Bulldogs. However, they’re a result of crossbreeding the smaller of the breed in order to get that recessive trait to shine through.
53. Miniature Fox Terrier
These toy-sized terriers were originally bred as ratters and to chase other vermin in its native home of Australia.
54. Miniature French Bull Terrier
This goofy looking dog is a cross between the French Bulldog and the Miniature Bull Terrier. It’s a relatively new and rare breed that may have both the elongated head of the Miniature Bull Terrier and bat ears of the French Bulldog.
55. Miniature French Schnauzer
This expensive designer dog is a mix between the French Bulldog and Miniature Schnauzer. While it may be a good family dog, they are susceptible to a wide array of health issues.
56. Miniature Golden Retriever
This delightful little breed is created by breeding a Golden Retriever with a Miniature Poodle. They’re so lovable and goofy that they’re often known as “Comfort Retrievers”, bringing joy to almost everyone they encounter.
57. Miniature Goldendoodle
This breed is very similar to the Miniature Golden Retriever. However, with this cross, they take on more physical characteristics from their Poodle side. The Miniature Goldendoodle is often hypoallergenic and great for those with allergies.
58. Miniature Labradoodle
59. Miniature Pinscher
These are the smallest of the German Pinscher breeds. The Min Pin has a natural prey drive to hunt down vermin, and he never backs down from a fight.
60. Miniature Poodle
These mild-mannered pups can often be sensitive, but they’re extremely loving and loyal to their masters. The Miniature Poodle is the second smallest Poodle variety.
61. Miniature Schnaupin
62. Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is a stocky, little pup that originates from the Standard Schnauzer. These gruff little buggers definitely have a mind and personality all to their own with their over-dramatized expressions and features.
63. Miniature Schnoxie
64. Miniature Shar-Pei
This wrinkly bundle of love is just a smaller version of the Chinese Shar-Pei. As a matter of fact, this is actually the current desired size of breeders. They are hoping through aggressive selective breeding that the miniature size can become a dominant trait.
A cross between the Boston Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer sounds just like a shaggy, friendly, and goofy pup. And that’s exactly what it is.
66. Minnie Jack
The Minnie Jack is a feisty, hyperenergetic cross between the Jack Russell Terrier and Miniature Pinscher. Although loyal and loving, their energetic nature is sure to test the patience of even the most stoic among us.
67. Minnie Parson
These are a new hybrid between the Miniature Pinscher and the Parson Russell Terrier. Just like the Minnie Jack, these pups are highly energetic and often very vocal.
68. Mioritic Sheepdog
Formally known as the Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog, this is a large breed hailing from the Carpathian Mountains of Romania where they’ve guarded livestock for centuries.
70. Mollett Victorian Bulldog
This breed came about as the vision of Ken and Derek Mollett in order to produce a more athletic, healthier, and family-directed bulldog. The Mollett Victorian is a perfect realization of their dream.
The Molossus is one of the world’s ancient dog breeds. Originally from the ancient kingdom of Molossia (of modern day Western Greece), these mammoth dogs are often considered an ancestor to the more modern Mastiff breeds.
72. Mongrel (Mutt)
These are the most common dogs on the planet. Mongrels, commonly referred to as Mutts, are the ultimate mixed breed. These are mixed dogs that aren’t the direct result of intentional breeding and cannot be declared as one recognized breed. They are without question some of the “goodest boys” in existence, and they deserve all the love we can give them.
This extinct hunting breed was used to breed today’s Billy Dog of France and came from the Poitevin. They were often called the French Greyhound due to their incredible speed. Pictured here is the Poitevin, which they looked very similar to.
The Morkie is a small dog breed developed by crossing a Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier. They’re often little jokers and can be quite entertaining for anyone around.
75. Morkshire Terrier
The name of the Morkshire Terrier can be misleading. The breed is actually a cross between the Maltese and Biewer Terrier. These little furballs have quite a following in North America, having their very own kennel club.
76. Moscow Toy Terrier
Formally designated as the Russkiy Toy, this terrier looks like Russia’s answer to Mexico’s Chihuahua. They can also have two different coat varieties: smooth or long-haired.
77. Moscow Vodolaz
Also known as the Moscow Water Dog or Moscow Watchdog, this is actually an extinct dog breed. They were bred out of existence due to their hyper-aggressive nature. However, they were monumental in developing the Russian Black Terrier — a much more mild-mannered and trainable breed.
78. Mountain Bulldog
The Mountain Bulldog is a large muscular breed developed by breeding the English Bulldog with the Bernese Mountain Dog. However, the breed tends to have quite a few medical and health issues.
79. Mountain Cur
The Mountain Cur is another dog that originated from the United States. The breed is specifically trained for tracking and treeing small game such as raccoons and squirrels.
80. Mountain Feist
Mountain Feists are small hunting dogs from the Southeastern United States. Descended from terriers brought over by European immigrants, these dogs are exceptional when it comes to rooting out small rodents.
81. Mountain Mastiff
Mountain Mastiffs are hybrids created by crossing the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Mastiff. But don’t let their size fool you. They are gentle giants, and if you’re not careful…lap dogs.
82. Mountain View Cur
The Mountain View Cur is a medium-to-large sized dog from the United States that has one thing in mind — pleasing their master. They’re eager to please, easy to train, and deeply loyal. They do have a tendency to become overprotective, however.
The Mucuchies is actually a South American breed hailing from Venezuela and the Sierra Nevada de Merida mountain range. They’re a large long-haired breed and very hard to find outside of their home of origin.
84. Mudhol Hound
The Mudhol Hound is another sighthound from India. They’re formally recognized by the Kennel Club of India and the Indian National Kennel Club under different names including the Karavan Hound or Indian Caravan Hound.
This Hungarian herding dog is a lively, energetic breed and a great family dog. Unfortunately, we don’t see too many of them outside of Hungary.
This little firecracker is a cross between the Pug and the Miniature Pinscher. What these dogs don’t have in size, they more than make up for with their personality.
87. Mullins Feist
The Mullens Feist is actually derived from the Mountain Feist — a dog breed from the same area. This breed was specifically bred with desired characteristics by Jody Mullins using enhanced breeding techniques.
89. Muscle Mastiff
If you’re looking for the true definition of a gentle giant, you’ll find it with the Muscle Mastiff. A hybrid between the Mastiff and the Dogue de Bordeaux, this pup is loyal, loving, and an overgrown lapdog.
Did you find your pup’s breed? There are so many different dog breeds that start with M. Whether you’re looking for a massive Mutt or a miniature Min Pin, this letter contains some memorable dogs. Here’s hoping you found one that melts your heart!
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