Many dog breeds in a diverse range of sizes and characteristics start with the letter ‘V’. From the small Volpino Italiano to the large Valley Bulldog, these dogs have varying temperaments and personalities. We’ve put together this list of all the dog breeds starting with ‘V’.
1. Volpino Italiano
The Volpino Italiano is an ancient Italian version of the Spitz that goes back centuries and has historically been popular with Italian royalty.
This breed went nearly extinct in the 1960s but was slowly revived. However, it remains a relatively rare breed even today.
The Volpino Italiano has characteristically beautiful white fur and is an energetic small dog. Despite its love for running around, it is also very affectionate and can live well even in apartments as long as it gets regular exercise.
The Volpino Italiano is pretty easy to train and loves being around human beings. It is alert, observant and athletic and can be trained to be an excellent watchdog or a gun dog that retrieves birds during a hunt.
With a name that roughly translates to “searcher” or “tracker” in Hungarian, the Vizsla is an excellent hunter dog that can be traced to Hungary. It is a medium-sized dog. Male dogs of this breed can grow to be between 23 to 27 inches, while female dogs are slightly smaller.
The Vizsla has a characteristically beautiful dark red fur and is extremely good at following instructions and hunting. It is known to be an incredibly affectionate breed and follows the pet owner around everywhere they go.
3. Valley Bulldog
The Valley Bulldog is a cross between the Boxer and the English Bulldog and is a medium-sized dog that can grow up to 25 inches in height.
The Valley Bulldog is sturdy and stocky with a broad neck and shoulders. The dog is an excellent pet that can live in apartments of small sizes as well. However, it does need regular outdoor exercise to direct its energy.
The Valley Bulldog is known to be very playful and silly at times but it is also alert enough to be a watchdog.
This dog is prone to obesity and its diet needs to be taken care of. Due to the folds in its skin, it can also get skin infections and needs to be groomed with care.
4. Valencian Ratter
The Valencian Ratter is similar to terriers and can be traced back to the Valencia region in Spain. It is a small to medium-sized dog that can grow to be up to 15 inches in height.
Bred to catch and manage rodents, the Valencian Ratter is agile, athletic and curious. It loves the company of human beings and other animals and can be a very loving pet to have in the house.
Valencian Ratters are smart dogs and reasonably easy to train. They don’t require much grooming either. However, they need plenty of exercise and are very vocal. Hence, they might not be a great choice for small apartments.
Valencian Ratters are also naturally very protective and courageous, which can be both a positive and negative quality. They can be suspicious of strangers and become aggressive when anxious.
Hence, they are not a great choice to have around small children who might interact with them in unpredictable ways.
5. Victorian Bulldog
The Victorian Bulldog is a variation of the English Bulldog breed and has most of its positive characteristics while being vulnerable to fewer health risks. The Victorian Bulldog can be between 14 to 19 inches in height and can weigh between 55 to 75 pounds.
This dog is quite easy to train and an excellent dog to have if you are looking for a companion pet but don’t have much space. They are not very energetic but are very prone to obesity and hence need to be regularly exercised.
That was our list of dog breeds that start with ‘V’, from which you can choose a pet to suit your needs and lifestyle. These dogs include watchdogs, hunters and companion dogs and can be suited to various settings, from large homes to small apartments.