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How many times have you seen a dog and proudly recognized the breed, only to find out you're wrong and that a doppelganger breed exists? Don't worry, you're not alone. Here are 16 breeds commonly confused with other types of dogs- study up and soon you'll be a proud, dog-loving, know-it-all!
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1. Belgian Malinois: The Belgian Malinois comes in a variety of colors. The fawn sable coloring, paired with the tall, erect ears, and long, powerful nose make the breed look eerily similar to the....
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2. German Shepherd: Although similar in appearance to the Belgian Malinois, The German Shepherd is longer than it is tall, while the Belgian Malinois appears more square.
3. Alaskan Malamute: The Alaskan Malamute's face markings, triangular, erect ears, and thick, coarse coat, commonly confuse the breed with the....
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4. Siberian Husky: The Siberian Husky is moderately more compact than the Alaskan Malamute, who tends to have a thicker build, deeper chest, broader head and nose. A key identifier between the two is the tail. The Siberian Husky has a flat, bushy tail, while the Alaskan Malamute has a bushy tail it carries over it's back.
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5. Bearded Collie: The Bearded Collie's medium length coat and gray and white markings commonly confuse the breed with the......
6. Old English Sheepdog: The Old English Sheepdog has a thicker coat and more muscular build than the Bearded Collie, who is actually longer and leaner.
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7. Shetland Sheepdog: The Shetland Sheepdog's long, tri-color fur, and it's pointed nose commonly confuse the breed with the...
8. Collie: While similar in appearance to the Shetland Sheepdog, the Collie is much larger, with an overall stronger build.
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9. Kuvasz: The large size, sturdy build, and stunning white coat of the Kuvasz commonly confuse the breed with the...
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10. Great Pyrenees: While similar in appearance to the Kuvasz, the Great Pyrenees is bulkier and can have a coat with gray or tan markings.
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11. Portuguese Water Dog: The thick curly coat of the Portuguese water dog, and overall teddy bear appearance, commonly confuses the breed with the...
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12. Standard Poodle: The Poodle's curly coat is similar to the Portuguese Water Dog, but their builds are quite different. The Poodle is lean with a square build, while the Portuguese Water Dog is more broad, with a much bulkier head.
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13. Greyhound: The long, clean build of the Greyhound, as well as it's long, narrow nose, commonly confuse the breed with the...
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14. Whippet: While the Whippet shares a clean, muscular build with the Greyhound, the Whippet is smaller in size and has a graceful natural arch in it's back.
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15. Boston Terrier: The square, flat head, tall, erect ears, and small, sturdy build of the Boston Terrier commonly confuses the breed with the...
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16. French Bulldog Although similar in build to the Boston Terrier, the French Bulldog has a distinct ear, known as a "bat ear," that is broad at the base, elongated, and round at the top.
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