Dog Breeds that Start with the Letter W
January 5, 2019
We’ve scoured the various dog breed kennel clubs and registers to bring you all of the dog breeds which start with the letter “W”. Although there are hundreds of dog breeds, there are only ten which start with the letter W.
Even though the Weimaraner breed seems like it should start with the letter V thanks to the German-sounding name, the breed is an unexpected addition to the list. The very old breed of dog traces its roots back to medieval times and French and German descent. The hunting dog is distinctive for its piercing green eyes and grey coat. There are also very few breeds which are as intelligent and independent as the Weimaraner.
- Welsh Corgi Cardigan
The Welsh Corgi Cardigan is yet another breed with deep ancestral roots. In fact, the breed is one of the most ancient of all shepherd dog breeds. Given the dog’s small stature, it seems unlikely that they’d be much use when it comes to shepherding duties, yet the breed which is of Welsh descent (obviously) has proven time and time again to be a worthy companion of English and Welsh Shepherds.
- Welsh Corgi Pembroke
The Welsh Corgi Pembroke breed is a lot more commonplace than the Welsh Corgi Cardigan. They have proven to be the perfect family pets thanks to their playful, fun and loyal characteristics. Unlike many breeds, the Welsh Corgi Pembroke generally becomes close to all family members who will spend time with them. Yet, just like the Welsh Corgi Cardigan, the Pembroke breed was also originally bred for service.
- Welsh Springer Spaniel
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a close relative of the English Springer Spaniel, however, it one of the oldest breeds of Spaniels ever documented. The Welsh Springer Spaniel was first included on the American Kennel Club register back in 1914, whilst it may have only been popular as a service dog back then, Springer Spaniels are now a popular choice in pets for their lively characters.
- Welsh Terrier
The Welsh Terrier was originally bred to hunt foxes, otters and badgers – however, the terrier also proved to be useful as a watchdog. Whilst there may be no shortage of different hunting breeds, there are very few which will match the courage of the Welsh Terrier. During the second world war, the breed became renowned for its abilities as a working companion. As a pet, they’re notoriously calm, obedient and friendly, what more could you ask for?
- West Highland White Terrier
The small size of the West Highland White Terrier means that they are the perfect hunting dog to go down foxholes, however, now, they’re more common in the family home. Their quirky and adaptable behaviour has meant that they’re sent down fox holes much less these days, yet they require much more stimulation than your average small dog.
- West Siberian Laika
Whilst the West Siberian Laika may not be internationally popular, in Russia, it is the most popular dog in the country. It’s no wonder why Russia can’t help falling in love with the breed with its abilities as a proficient hunter as well as being an eternally loyal breed which is quick to make attachments to its owners. However even the most well-trained of West Siberian Laika’s won’t be stopped from chasing down small animals.
- Westphalian Dachsbracke
As you’d guess from the name, the Westphalian Dachsbracke is of German descent. The nimble and short-limbed breed was bred for purpose for hunters who needed a dog breed which didn’t run too fast which enabled the hunter to follow on foot behind them. Hunting is very much in the nature of the breed, so it’s no surprise that they can quickly become frustrated if they are not given access to large open areas frequently.
The Whippet was first introduced sometime at the start of the 20th century and was believed to have descended from the Pharaoh Hound, yet, the proof of this is fairly scarce. Originally Whippets were bred for hunting game such as waterfowl, however, in recent years it has very much become a status breed thanks to the elegant and slender appearance.
- White Swiss Shepherd Dog
It should come as no surprise that the White Swiss German Dog is of relation to the German Shepherd dogs. Yet, given the breed’s ancestral roots, it was only accepted by the FCI back in 2003. Whilst the White Swiss Shepherd dogs are similar to German Shepherds in many ways, it has often proven to be much gentler and kinder than its distant cousins.