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Table 1 The morphologies of the most popular 20 Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC)recognised breeds in 2013

From: Trends in popularity of some morphological traits of purebred dogs in Australia

Breed Source of Height Height Range (cm) Source of Weight Weight Range (kg) Dog size Cephalic Index (±SDa )
American Staffordshire Terrier ANKC (43, 48) EoDB (25.9, 30.4) Large 67.40 (±3.34)
Australian Cattle Dog ANKC (43, 51) EoDB (15.9, 20.4) Medium 61.60 (±8.75)
Border Collie ANKC (46, 53) EoDB (13.6, 20.4) Medium 56.70 (±4.32)
Boxer ANKC (53, 61) EoDB (22.7, 36.3) Large 66.75 (±6.01)
British Bulldog EoDB (30, 38) EoDB (18.1, 22.7) Medium 86.60 (±4.34)
Bull Terrier EoDB (53, 56) EoDB (22.7, 31.8) Large 55.60 (±10.90)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel EoDB (30, 33) ANKC (5.4, 8.2) Small 76.25 (±4.78)
Cocker Spaniel ANKC (38, 41) ANKC (13.0, 14.5) Medium 48.85 (±4.12)
French Bulldog EoDB (28, 33) EoDB (NAb, 12.7) Medium 101.55 (±2.42)
German Shepherd Dog ANKC (55, 65) ANKC (22.0, 40.0) Large 50.40 (±8.62)
Golden Retriever ANKC (51, 61) EoDB (25.0, 34.0) Large 56.05 (±3.54)
Great Dane EoDB (79, 89) ANKC (46.0, 54.0) Giant 56.60 (±4.56)
Jack Russell Terrier ANKC (25, 30) ANKC (5.0, 6.0) Small 61.45 (±2.75)
Labrador Retriever ANKC (55, 57) EoDB (25.0, 36.3) Large 55.95 (±4.80)
Poodle (Toy) EoDB (NAb, 25) EoDB (1.8, 3.6) Small NAb
Pug EoDB (25, 28) ANKC (6.3, 8.1) Small 98.55 (±6.74)
Rhodesian Ridgeback ANKC (61, 69) EoDB (31.8, 38.6) Large 50.45 (±3.10)
Rottweiler ANKC (56, 68) EoDB (36.3, 61.2) Giant 63.55 (±2.95)
Schnauzer (Miniature) EoDB (30, 36) EoDB (5.9, 6.8) Small 53.40 (±2.44)
Staffordshire Bull Terrier ANKC (36, 41) ANKC (11.0, 17.0) Medium 76.15 (±6.32)
  1. Legend: The morphologies of the 20 most popular dog breeds in Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) registry in 2013, based on data sourced from the ANKC breed standards and the Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds (EoDB). Cephalic Index data were required from a peer-reviewed paper [28]. Characteristics of all ANKC-recognised breeds are presented in Additional file 2
  2. aSD: standard deviation; bNA: missing data