Dog Breeds which Start with the Letter "N"

Dog Breeds which Start with the Letter "N"
January 5, 2019

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of dog breeds which start with the letter “N” after checking kennel club registers from around the world. Many of the dogs come from Norway, yet there are still plenty which has made it onto the list from different parts of the world.

 Neapolitan Mastiff

 The Neapolitan Mastiff definitely isn’t one of the most majestic dog breeds, but instead, due to their facial folds, they have one of the most distinctive appearances. The giant breed is one of the largest to originate from Italy, and it has been part of the countries landscape for over 3000 years. In popular culture, many people recognise the Mastiff from the Harry Potter films as Hagrid’s drooling sidekick.

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

 The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a Dutch breed of hunting dog which has been around since the 17th century. Nowadays, they’re more common as a pet and found in the family home rather than as a working dog. Yet, they happen to be the perfect deterrent for household pets. In the 20th century, the breed neared total extinction, yet in 1942 the numbers of the breed slowly started to creep up again.


 The Newfoundland breed originates from Canada, the ancient breed has a thick coat and webbed feet which enables them to be great swimmers even in the iciest of waters. The lineage of the breed goes back 8000 years. However, it still remains just as popular today due to its extremely loyal character and intelligence.

Norfolk Terrier

 The Norfolk Terrier is one of the most iconic British dog breeds. It was originally bred to hunt pests and rodents. The breed was also employed to guard the dorms at Cambridge University, and they even had a role to play in WW2. Even though the Norfolk Terrier is happy and friendly, it can also be incredibly stubborn and therefore not ideal for first-time dog owners.


 The Norrbottenspitz is an ancient breed, so ancient, that no one knows exactly how long they’ve been around for, however, it is believed that the Swedish breed was a companion to Vikings. Nowadays, the Norrbottenspitz breed isn’t utilised as a raiding companion, instead, it is far more likely that you will see them in a family home setting.

Norwegian Buhund

 The Norwegian Buhund has been around since the Middle Ages, the English translation to their name is “Village Dog”, which tells you a lot of the breed’s historical purpose. Originally, the Spitz dog was owned and raised by peasants before they were utilised as farm dogs. The rural breed was only added to the FCI in 1943 after the Nordic breed wasn’t taken seriously for its lineage.

Norwegian Elkhound Black/Grey

 There are a fair few distinctions between the Norwegian Black Elkhound and the Norwegian Grey Elkhound, but as you can guess from their name, they both originate from the chilly climates of Norway and come complete with a thick fur, and hardy muscular frame. The Norwegian Black Elkhound is often regarded as the little brother of the Grey Elkhound due to their notable size differences. Historically, the breeds were used to hunt bears, dears, and even their distant ancestors – wolves.

Norwegian Hound

 The Norwegian Hound has only been around since the 1920s, so, it’s a fairly new breed of dog, which is commonly referred to in Norway as “Dunker”. Whilst the breed may be gaining popularity in Sweden, it is almost unheard of in parts of Europe, America and Canada, this is one of the main reasons why the breed is still not recognised on American and English kennel club registers.

Norwegian Lundehound

 The Norwegian Lundehound was originally bred for hunting seabirds which nest around the crevices on the cliffs in Norway. The breed first became popular in the 16th century during a time when bird’s eggs and seabirds were considered a delicacy in Norway. In the middle of the 19th century, the dogs started to be replaced with nets to capture the birds, and this saw a rapid decline in their numbers. Even today, it is believed that there are only approximately 1,500 pure breed Norwegian Lundehounds left.

Norwich Terrier

 The Norwich Terrier was first established in the late 1800s for hunting rodents and companionship. It is also the mascot of Cambridge University. The Norwich Terrier and the Norfolk Terrier may seem like the same breed of dog to the untrained eye, yet, they are distinguishable by their ears. You can spot a Norwich Terrier by how erect their ears are.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

There are no prizes for guessing what the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was bred for. However, no one knows how exactly the breed was first created. Yet, they appeared at some time around the start of the early 20th century and appears to be a cross between a Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel and an Irish Setter.