Dog Breeds Which Start with the Letter “D”
January 13, 2019
There are literally hundreds of different types of dog breeds, I’m pretty sure even the biggest dog buff wouldn’t be able to reel all the breeds off the top of their heads. So, if you’re stuck trying to think of all the different dog breeds which start with the letter “D” we’ve put together the ultimate list for you. We’ve scoured global kennel registers to compile a comprehensive list to make it easy for you.
You can find more information on the listed dog breeds by heading over to the Dog Breeds section of our website.
There are 12 Dog breeds which start with the letter “D” technically. While some are the actual breed name, some are the regionalised breed names, and there’s plenty of Dutch hounds which have made the list.
As the Dachshund is one of the most popular toy breeds, it should really need no introduction. They originally started out as a hunting dog in Germany and their bloodline dates as far back as the 15th century. They were most commonly used to hunt badgers, but they also had their role to play in the war. Their popularity declined during the 20th century and only became prevalent in America in the 1940s.
Of all the dog breeds, the Dalmatian by far has the most distinctive coat, their unique liver spots made the medium-sized breed a desirable pet. Nowadays the Dalmatian is seen as the perfect companion, historically they were used as carriage dogs. It is believed that they first originated from Croatia, but the Dalmatian has been around for so long that no one can really say for sure.
- Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The Scottish breed is a member of the Terrier family with an extra-long body paired with short legs. Even though the small breed may look harmless, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is extremely resilient. If you were wondering where they got their name from, it’s from Sir Walter Scott’s book “Guy Mannering”.
- Danish Swedish Farm dog
The Danish Swedish Farm dog has historical roots in both Denmark and Southern Sweden, however, the tiny, hardy farm dog enjoys popularity all over Scandinavia. They are commonly seen with white and brown, tricolour or black and white coats, yet, whatever coats they have they always prove to be intelligent, lively and alert. The perfect pet if you’ve got plenty of energy to spare!
The Scottish Deerhound is sometimes just known as a Deerhound, yet, there is no differences between the two breeds. The Deerhound originates from the Scottish Highlands and has been used for decades for its hunting ability. If you can handle the Deerhound on a lead they make for the perfect pets, although they will need plenty of exercise. Yet, when they’re not chasing down prey in the field, they’re more than happy snoozing on the sofa.
The Doberman is one of the most misunderstood breeds there is next to Pitbull Mastiffs. Dobermans are very people-orientated, therefore they will be very loyal and affectionate to their human family. Yet, when it comes to strangers, it’s safe to say they are very wary. The Doberman received its bad rep for its work in the military and with police forces. But if the German breed is well socialised and trained, they can make for the perfect family pet.
- Dogo Argentino
If there are any prizes for the bravest dogs around, it would have to go to the Dogo Argentino. Throughout history, there have been multiple accounts of the muscular breed putting their own lives at risk to save humans. One breed even killed a puma to save two small girls. Good Dogo Argentino. They weren’t always used for protection, instead, they were bred and used for big game hunting before owners started to appreciate them for their protective qualities.
- Dogue De Bordeaux
The Dogue De Bordeaux is also known as the Bordeaux Mastiff or the French breed, and it is one of the largest dog breeds to come out of France. There aren’t many dog breeds which can rival the Dogue De Bordeaux in terms of strength, yet despite its intimidating frame, the breed is well down for their tendency to be loyal and devoted to their owners – they are even great with children, but their very short life span of 5 – 8 years may not make them the best family pets.
- Drenste Partridge Dog
Despite their name, the Drenste Partridge Dog is a very versatile hunter. The Dutch Spaniels aren’t the most popular breed there is, in fact, there are only 5,000 of them registered in the Netherlands. So, spotting them outside of the Netherlands is very rare, although anyone who has spent any amount of time around the Partridge Dog recognises them as sweet tempered and obedient.
- Dutch Schapendoes
The Dutch Schapendoes breed is the fluffiest breed to come from the Netherlands! Their fluffy coats helped to keep them warm from the harsh elements of winter when they were put to work as herding dogs or just farm dogs in general. Although they still enjoy popularity in the Netherlands, it isn’t all to often that you’ll see the breed outside of the European continent. The breed also fancies itself as somewhat of a flyball and agility champion too!
- Dutch Shepherd Dog
The Dutch Shepherd Dog has a somewhat wolfish appearance, and they proved to be the perfect breed for Dutch Farmers and Shepherds for herding and protecting livestock. In fact, the Dutch Shepherd Dog is one of the most versatile farm dogs there is. They are built to withstand the harsh elements of the outdoors, so they are a very resilient breed, but this is only matched by how affectionate they can be with their owners.
- Dutch Smoushound
The Dutch Smoushound is a very small breed of dog and a distant relative to the Schnauzer and Pinscher breeds. They may not have been the best breed when it came to herding or protecting livestock, so they were commonly used to eliminate rats and mice from stables across the Netherlands and in Germany.