Top Ten Lookalike Dogs

While we may think our dog is unique, some breeds do bear definite similarities.
The following list makes the distinctions in this regard.

Number One - The French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, and Bulldog
While the French Bulldog and Boston Terrier are similarly statured, the Bulldog
(often called the English Bulldog) is more thickly set. The Bulldog comes in various
colors, such as red, fawn, white, or brindle. French Bulldogs may be any color
except dark brindle while the Boston Terrier is usually colored black or dark brindle
with distinguishable white marking on his face and chest.

Number Two - The Chow Chow and Keeshond
The Chow Chow and Keeshond both have abundant and thick coats and a wooly undercoat. The Chow Chow has a heavy ruff around his neck and head displaying a coat color that is red, blue, or black. Also, unique to the Chow Chow - his tongue is colored black.

The Keeshond, smaller than a Chow Chow, is ash-gray in color and also displays a ruff around his neck. Both dogs are alert and extremely intelligent. In fact the Keeshond has been used as a guide dog for the blind, but, because of his smaller size, has been limited in being used further in the role.

Number Three - The Airedale Terrier, Irish Terrier, Welsh Terrier, and Lakeland Terrier
All the breeds of this terrier grouping look alike with the main difference in appearance being their size. The dogs all have the familiar terrier features - squared face and a well-formed body.

The Airedale, who stands about two feet at the shoulder, is frequently referred to as the King of the Terriers. He is followed in size by the Irish Terrier (which stands about a foot and a half at the shoulder), the Welsh Terrier (which stands about 15 inches at the shoulder) and the Lakeland Terrier (which stands, at the shoulder, about 14 inches in height).

All four canines display wiry and dense wavy coats. Lakeland and Welsh terriers are usually colored black and tan or grizzle and tan while Airedales exhibit tan and reddish coats and Irish Terriers flaunt golden red, bright red, or reddish tan coats. All dogs excel in both dog show and field competitions.

Number Four - The Border Terrier and Norwich Terrier
Both of these look-alike dogs stand about a foot in height. The Border Terrier looks just like the Welsh Terrier except that his whiskers are not as long and his coat is shorter. The Border Terriers displays a wiry and dense coat, colored red, wheaten, blue and tan or grizzle with tan. The Norwich Terrier's heavy, rough-textured and medium-length coat is typically red, wheaten, grizzle, or black and tan.

Number Five - The Alaskan Malamute, Eskimo, Samoyed, and Siberian Husky
All four of these dogs are sled dogs and exhibit a personality that is affectionate and loyal. Varying in size from eighteen to 25 inches at the shoulder, the dogs display thick and wooly coats and warm undercoats that shed water easily. All the dogs are colored white and blue or wolf-gray except for the Samoyed whose coat is cream, white and biscuit, or pure white.

Number Six - The Bouvier des Flandres and Giant Schnauzer
Both dogs have the same texted coats - coarse and medium and display such colors as fawn and black, pepper and salt, or brindle and gray. However, the Bouvier's coat appears more tousled than the Giant Schnauzer's sleeker looking covering.

Both dogs do well in field tests and obedience training. The Giant Schnauzer stands a bit taller at 22 inches than the Bouvier too, which stands about a foot and a half tall at the shoulder.

Number Seven - The Long-haired Collie and Shetland Sheepdog
The smooth, long-haired Collie and Shetland Sheepdog are also lookalikes, with the Shetland Sheepdog being a miniature version of the Collie. While the Collie stands about two feet at the shoulder, the Shetland is half that height. Both dogs may be any color combination but are generally seen in black, tan and white, or sable and white.

Number Eight - The Old English Sheepdog and Puli
Both of these canines are shaggy dogs whose eyes are completely covered with their long hair. However, the Old English Sheepdog has long and silky hair while the Puli's hair resembles that of a mop. However, unlike a mop, the canine's corded coat is made to shed water rather than soak it up.

In addition, the Old English Sheepdog does not exhibit the long tail of the Puli, still being called a Bobtail because his tail was once docked. Because the practice was outlawed though, Old English Sheepdogs have tails that hang down while the Puli's tail is longer and feathered.

Both dogs can be colored similarly. The Old English Sheepdog though is typically gray and white while the Puli's hues range from gray to black, with most dogs in the breed showing a black coloring. You might say that both dogs each look like a variation of the same breed.

Number Nine - The Greyhound, Saluki, Whitppet, and Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound)
All the dogs in this grouping look similar - slender and graceful with differences in size. The Greyhound, known for its speed, exhibits a short and sleek coat that is colored, contrary to its name, white or white with slate.

The Saluki looks like a Greyhound except its ears are long and feathered. Like the Greyhound, the Saluki can run fast. Its padded feet enable the animal to cover a large distance in a short span of time. The short and sleek coat of the dog comes in varied colors - white, golden, cream, fawn, red, grizzle, white, or black and tan.

The Whippet, an English Greyhound in miniature, is one of the fastest domesticated animals in the world. Like the Greyhound, the dog has been used for racing. Its short, smooth and firm coat can be about any color.

The Borzoi, or the Russian Wolfhound, is fast on his feet too. Like all the dogs in this grouping, the Borzoi is even-tempered, gentle and affectionate. However, being the biggest of the aforementioned dogs, the Borzoi is better suited to living in larger quarters. While all the other dogs exhibit short coats, the Borzoi's coat is long and silky. The coat can be colored white with lemon, tan, black, or brindle.

Number Ten - The English Foxhound, American Foxhound and Harrier
The English and American Foxhound, both cousins, stand about 23 inches at the shoulder. Both dogs have short, hard, and dense coats usually colored in tan, black, and brown with the American Foxhound exhibiting a slightly sleeker appearance. The cousins are good hunters and are often used in fox hunts. The Harrier, which is smaller in stature, can display a blue mottled coat as well as the oft-seen patterned coat colored white, black, and brown.