There may be over 200 dog breeds registered within the American Kennel Club (AKC), but which dog breeds actually originated in the United States? Check out the below list of dog breeds native to America.
Alaskan Malamute: These dogs are named after a native Inuit tribe who settled on the northwest shores of Alaska. In 2010 they became the state dog of Alaska.
American Foxhound: One of the very first dog breeds developed in the United States.
Redbone Coonhound: Foxhounds were brought to the United States in the 1700’s and coon hunters bred faster dogs that were more successful at hunting raccoons.
Toy Fox Terrier: Developed in the 1930’s by crossing fox terriers with toy breeds including the Chihuahua, Italian Greyhound and Miniature Pinscher.
Australian Shepard: Misleading from its name, the Australian Shepard was actually developed in the United States.
American Water Spaniel: Named the state dog of Wisconsin in 1986.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever: The origin of this breed is traced back to two dogs who were rescued from a sinking ship off the coast of Maryland. These dogs were bred with dogs already in the area and in 1877 there were three types of Chesapeake Bay Ducking Dog types recognized. 41 years later one type of these dogs was recognized by the American Kennel Club as the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
Boston Terrier: Cross between an English Bulldog and a white English Terrier. Originally developed in the United States.
Rat Terrier: Original American breed that was bred by early immigrants.
Catahoula Leopard Dog: These dogs originated in North Central Louisiana near the Catahoula Lake (where they got there name). They were even named the state dog of Louisiana in 1979.
American Staffordshire Terrier: Ancestors of the breed came to the United States from England. A cross between a bulldog and terrier took a handful of forms. American’s preferred a larger dog that came from combining the two breed types and the Staffordshire Terrier emerged in the United States around 1870.
Chinook: Developed in the United States in the early 1900’s in New Hampshire.