For dog lovers, wanting to identify a dog’s breed while on the go is a regular, even daily occurrence. There are so many different pedigrees and mixes of good boys and good girls that even experienced owners often can’t always determine what type of dog they are looking at.
One of the features that I think makes my iPhone 13 Pro Max one of the best phones around is that it solves this problem. Using the iPhone’s Visual Look Up, you can quickly and easily identify any dog’s breed from a single photo. It’s a great companion when you spot a great mate you haven’t seen before.
You don’t need to have the latest iPhone to use Visual Look Up – it works on any iPhone with an A12 Bionic chip or newer. This means that if you have an iPhone XR or later and your phone is upgraded to iOS 15, you can enjoy Visual Look Up. (Visual Look Up is also part of iOS 16 and is gaining new features in the software update arriving this fall.)
As a caveat, Visual Look Up isn’t 100% foolproof, especially when shooting images of dogs from weird angles or when shooting weird faces. And the feature may not make a mixed heritage pup’s breeds totally correct either.
Visual Look Up is quite reliable, however, managing to correctly identify my two greyhounds and our other family dogs almost all the time. It also suggests other similar breeds that might fit the profile of the dog(s) depicted, putting you in the right ballpark even if you think Visual Look Up didn’t quite pinpoint the exact breed.
As a second caveat, you should maintain an appropriate level of caution when taking photos of dogs on the move. Don’t get too close to a dog that seems uncomfortable with your presence or gives warning signs like growling or growling. You should also act with respect when taking photos that include people – to avoid confrontation, always ask permission if your photo is to include the dog’s owners and/or their family.
With that out of the way, here’s how to identify a dog’s breed using your iPhone.
How to Identify a Dog’s Breed on iPhone
1. Take a picture of a dogthen open the Photos app and select picture.
2. Swipe up from anywhere on the image to access the information panel. Press Search – Dog.
3. Under Siri Knowledge, you’ll see the suggested breed(s) for the dog.
4. If you have more than one dog in the picture, you should see a paw print on each one. Press the paw print on each separate dog to see the search for this glorious creature.
Now that you know which dog you’re going to get next, it’s time to decide which tutorial you’ll read next as well. If you enjoyed the Visual Look Up feature, why not read our guide on how to identify any plant on iPhone? You can also learn how to identify landmarks on an iPhone. Or your iPhone’s camera can translate any text instantly – here’s how.
If you’re unlucky enough to have dropped your phone in the toilet, be sure to read our guide on how to eject water from an iPhone. And if you are planning to trade in your Apple phone soon, you’d better read our guide on how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, so that you can move all your stuff to your new phone immediately. If you just want some general iPhone tips, start by turning off auto macro mode on the iPhone.