Whether it's their muscular frames or shiny coats, many pooches share characteristics that make them hard to tell apart. Why? "All domesticated dogs descended from a single grey wolf about 15,000 years ago," says Lisa Peterson, spokesperson for the American Kennel Club (AKC). Those similarities may make it seem like there are only a few dozen dog types out there. Yet the AKC and the United Kennel Club (UKC)-the two largest dog registries in the US-recognize 175 and 300 breeds, respectively. Click through to meet some of those cuddly creatures and find out how to spot the subtle differences between them. (Psst: The dog descriptions that follow are the ideal standards for the breed, so if your pup doesn't match up with them, that just means he's one of a kind!)
Original article appeared onWomansDay.com.
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