home»»Dog breeds starting with letter P

P dog breeds



Pei Puppy breed

The Chinese Shar-Pei is a somewhat powerful dog. Known for his wrinkles, this breed makes a wonderful watchdog and can at times be intimidating to strangers. Very loyal, and devoted to his family.

Papillon breed

The Papillon originated in the 16th century, a popular lap breed of nobles and aristocracy in Europe. The French translation of Papillon is Butterfly, which they resemble with the white blaze on the forehead as the body, and the fringed ears as the wings. They are quite often considered to be a dainty breed, but in reality are well balanced and lively.

Patterdale Terrier (Fell Terrier) breed

The Patterdale Terrier, sometimes called the "Black Fell Terrier," is not as high energy as some other terriers, but don't be fooled, he is still a lively fellow. This dog was originally bred for hunting or ratting so he still possesses those instincts, which makes him not for the average family.

Pekingese breed

The Pekingese is commonly referred to as "The Peke". They originated in China over 2000 years ago as a favored and revered Imperial pet. For centuries, only members of the Chinese Imperial Palace could own them. They were considered by the Chinese to be a guardian spirit because of their resemblance to Chinese lions.

Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen breed

Originating in France during the 16th century, this hound of ancient descent was developed to hunt small game by scent. They were highly capable of hunting in any type of weather as well as over any type of terrain. They are the smallest of the four hound breeds from France. Today, the Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen is relatively new to the United States and is steadily gaining in popularity.

Pharaoh Hound breed

The Pharaoh Hound is naturally intelligent, well behaved, and very pleasant. Blushing is an endearing quality of this breed. Blushing when excited will steal your heart. Not recommended for a home with non-canine pets as this breed likes to chase things and is a hunter.

Pointer breed

This breed is very active and full of energy making him ideal for an owner that loves the outdoors. Very affectionate and intelligent, the Pointer makes an excellent hunting companion. Hunting instincts are usually always present in this breed.

Pomeranian breed

The Pomeranian is lively and eager to learn. They get along well with other household pets if given a slow and proper introduction. They make wonderful companions for families with older, well-behaved children and the elderly.

Poodle breed

This ancient breed appears in three varieties: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. The Standard is the oldest. The Poodle was originally developed to be a water dog that retrieved game fowl. Favored by royalty as well as gypsies, this versatile breed was able to master many tasks and trades and maintain a reputation as a fine companion.

Polish Tatra Sheepdog breed

This working breed originated during the 1600s in Poland as a herding dog and as a guardian. The Polish Tatra Sheepdog nearly became extinct during World War II, but was re-established by the Polish Kennel Club. This breed is considered to be one of the rarest dogs in North America.

Portuguese Water Dog breed

The Portuguese Water Dog has aided Portuguese fisherman for centuries by herding and catching fish, carrying messages between ships, retrieving anything and everything that fell overboard, and guarding the catch and boats. Being that they were bred for water work, this breed loves the water and is an excellent retriever.

Pug breed

The Pug has unknown origins which have triggered debate among Pug lovers. It is believed that this dog originated before 400 BC in Asia, however one cannot be certain. Some believe that Dutch traders brought this breed back from the East. It is said that this breed descended from a shorthaired Pekingese while others believe that it was the result of crossing a small Bulldog.

Puli breed

The Puli, also known as the Pulik crossed the plains into Hungary with the Magyards a few thousand years ago when they were commonly used as sheep dogs. The Puli was used mainly for driving and herding flocks, while the larger Hungarian breed, the Komondor, was used as a guardian for flocks. Many shepherds preferred the Puli, as they stood out easier among the flock, while the Komondor was used to blend in.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed

Originating in Wales, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is similar to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. A multi-purpose breed, the Pembroke's many duties included that of a bird hunter, duck and geese herder, and sheep and cattle herder. They are the smallest member of the Herding group, and are well known as the favored breed and pet of Queen Elizabeth II.