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- Alaskan Malamute
- American Bulldog
- American Bully
- American Eskimo Dog
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Australian Shepherd Poodle (Aussiedoodle Or Aussiepoo)
- Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)
- Australian Kelpie
- Australian Labradoodle
- Australian Shepherd
- Basset Hound
- Bedlington Terrier
- Belgian Malinois
- Belgian Tervuren
- Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle (Bernedoodle)
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Bichon Frise Poodle (Poochon or Bichpoo)
- Biewer Terrier
- Black Mouth Cur
- Border Collie
- Border Terrier
- Border Collie Poodle (Bordoodle)
- Boston Terrier
- Bouviers des Flandres
- Brussels Griffon
- Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso
- Cardigan Welsh Corgi
- Catahoula Leopard Dog
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle (Cavapoo)
- Central Asian Shepherd
- Chesapeake Bay Retriever
- Chinese Crested
- Cocker Spaniel Poodle (Cockapoo)
- Corgi Poodle (Corgipoo)
- Coton de Tulear
- Doberman Pinscher
- Dogo Argentino
- English Bulldog
- English Cocker Spaniel
- English Mastiff
- English Setter
- English Springer Spaniel
- Flat-Coated Retriever
- French Bulldog
- German Longhaired Pointer
- German Shepherd
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- Golden Retriever
- Golden Reriever Doodle (Goldendoodle)
- Great Dane
- Great Pyrenees
- Husky Poodle (Huskydoodle)
- Irish Wolfhound
- Italian Greyhound
- Jack Russel Terrier
- Japanese Chin
- Labrador Retriever Poodle (Labradoodle)
- Labrador Retriever
- Long-Haired Chihuahua
- Mini Goldendoodle
- Miniature Pinscher
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Mountain Cur
- Norwegian Elkhound
- Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
- Old English Sheepdog
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- Plott Hound
- Pomeranian Poodle (Pomapoo)
- Portuguese Sheepdog
- Rat Terrier
- Red Heeler
- Redbone Coonhound
- Saint Bernard Poodle (Saint Berdoodle)
- Saint Bernard
- Scottish Terrier
- Sheepdog Poodle (Sheepadoodle)
- Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
- Shiba Inu
- Shih Tzu
- Siberian Husky
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Standard Schnauzer
- Swedish Vallhund
- Tibetan Mastiff
- Tibetan Terrier
- Toy Poodle
- West Highland White Terrier (Westie)
- Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)
- Yorkie Poodle (Yorkipoo)
Affenpinscher are known as sassy, self-confident, and charming dogs. And their pint-size bodies and silly mustached faces make them a funny and lovable characters to have around.
The Akita is a big and bold dog breed. They are often described as one of the world’s most loyal dogs. They are deeply affectionate and sweet with their family but very suspicious of anyone outside of their human pack. He’s a lot of dog packed into his stocky body, and not everyone has the knowledge or experience to handle the breed.
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the most friendly and sociable canines around and will invite intruders in for dog treats and belly rubs. A very sociable dog, Malamutes may bark around people they don’t know, that’s the extent of their guarding abilities. However, their sheer size is a great deterrent if you are after a guard dog.
The American Bulldog is known for his friendly personality and work ethic. Squarely built and powerful, American Bulldogs are agile athletes. This personable but hard-working breed was created as an all-purpose farm dog. He is family-friendly but needs proper socialization.
American Bully dogs are intelligent and independent. They are affectionate, fun, and family-friendly. But they have quirks you should know before welcoming one into your home. Although they are beautiful dogs, they aren’t suitable for every family.
American Eskimo Dog
The snowy white American Eskimo Dog is a true beauty. These pearly white pups stand out in the crowd for their striking appearance. Also called the Eskie and “the dog beautiful,” this fluffy pup has a fun personality and attitude much more prominent than her size. The American Eskimo Dog makes a fantastic pet, but there are a few things prospective owners should know.
American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier is one of the four bully breeds that is commonly included in the “Pitbull” group. Fans call this dog the AmStaff or American Staffie, and they are confident and intelligent dogs. When appropriately trained, they are loyal and loving canines worthy of a spot in the family home. They adore their family, especially children, and hate to be without their favorite humans.
Australian Shepherd Poodle (Aussiedoodle Or Aussiepoo)
The Aussiedoodle is a perfect blend of the two parent breeds. These lovely family dogs are very active, so you’ll need to have time to exercise your dog properly every day for at least an hour or so. Aussiedoodles are easy to train too, enjoying most dog sports.
Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)
Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) is a rising star in the canine world. This breed has become increasingly popular over the last decade for his fun and flamboyant personality while being noticed for his dazzlingly unique looks. For many active families, this breed is everything you could ever ask for rolled into one canine package. But there’s than meets the eye with this very unique dog breed.
Australian Kelpie is a modern breed created by Australian landowners from imported working British sheepdogs. The rough terrain and climate of Australia took a special dog to handle. Generations of careful selection for the best individuals to thrive under these circumstances produced what we know as the modern Kelpie.
The Australian Labradoodle is a very calm and gentle dog in the home, who is very affectionate with his human pack, as well as every stranger that he comes across. He is also very excitable and playful during exercise and play sessions which means that there is never a dull day when the Australian Labradoodle is around. And it is this well-balanced personality that makes him a very popular family pet across the world.
From Europe to Australia, all the way to America, the Australian Shepherd is a big hit. They are a flamboyant dog with a stout personality. They are fun, great looking dogs, and they typically know it! But this is all a part of their charm, and it’s loved by many owners across the world.
The Basenji breed is known as the “barkless” dog. However, they are not mute dogs. They can yodel or shriek and quite loudly too! They are very energetic and will require mental and physical stimulation. They can make a great companion for some. Basenjis are quite elegant in appearance and stature. They are more on the smaller end but have a grandiose presence.
With their short legs, droopy eyes, and friendly personality, the Basset Hound is perhaps one of the most iconic dog breeds, as evidenced by their many appearances in pop culture. From the Hush Puppies “spokesbasset” to the animated cartoon dog “Droopy,” it’s undeniable that the Basset has managed to capture hearts around the globe.
Beagles originated in the U.K. where they were used by sporting landowners to hunt hare and deer. History shows that a type of scenthound, which was very similar to the modern Beagle, was around as far back as the 1400s. They are sometimes mistaken for other breeds, like the Foxhound. The name “Beagle” is thought to have come from the French word, meaning “loud mouth.” If you take on one of these pups, you’ll soon find out that these dogs are well-named!
The Beauceron is a French shepherding breed whose name comes from an agricultural region southwest of Paris. Also known as the Berger de Beauce or the Bas Rouge, the Beauceron is one of two categories of French shepherds identified in the nineteenth century. This versatile breed excels at more than just herding sheep. Beaucerons have a long history of military and police work and were instrumental in the trench warfare of World War I.
If you’ve ever mistakenly thought someone had a lamb on a leash, only to discover the lamb was not a lamb at all, you may have met a Bedlington Terrier. This unique breed was once the rat-killing companion of coal miners. In modern times, the Bedlington has become an active and virtually shed-free family friend. Bedlingtons are versatile dogs. While quite effective in the field as hunting dogs, they are more often family companions.
If you asked us to sum up the Belgian Malinois in just three words, we would use smart, confident, and hardworking. There’s no doubt about it, this breed isn’t suited for every family. But, for the right family, he makes an incredibly loving and loyal dog who makes a fiercely dedicated canine companion. The Belgian Malinois is commonly referred to as the “Belgian Mal,” or “the Mal” by breed enthusiasts. “The Mali” is also another common nickname. To say they are “active” is an understatement
More affectionately known as the Terv, the Belgian Tervuren is one of four related Belgian Shepherd dog breeds. However, this canine is described as the most elegant of them all. But don’t let that description lead you to believe they are posh lap dogs. These guys are anything but. They are hardworking and capable of almost any task they are given.
Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle (Bernedoodle)
The adorable Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. This mixed breed is known for being playful yet gentle. The Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle mix loves to be around their family and do well around children. They are loyal but can be somewhat aloof around strangers, making socialization extremely important. Furthermore, they can also have some separation anxiety issues. The breed is well-loved due to their beautiful coats. They hardly shed at all, though this does not necessarily make them hypoallergenic.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a big, fluffy bundle of fun and love looks exactly as you would expect. Bright-eyed, smiley, and super soft and cuddly with his shaggy fur and tri-colored good looks. The Berner is powerfully built and an established working breed. They were designed for work in the mountains, but have quickly become a firm family favorite as a household companion. If you can handle their size, they are excellent, well-rounded dogs that can function well in just about any living situation.
Bichon Frise Poodle (Poochon or Bichpoo)
The Bichon Frise and Poodle mixed pup, more commonly known as the Poochon or Bichpoo, is an adorable little teddy bear dog who is winning the hearts of small dog lovers all around the world. Under all of that fluff a super-intelligent dog can be found, so don’t be fooled by his teddy bear cuteness. In fact, both breeds are quite popular with dog owners and are often compared to one another by potential dog owners.
The Biewer Terrier is a rare, newer breed. These elegant-looking little fluffballs make wonderful pets and are quickly becoming one of the most popular breeds worldwide. They are also making a splash in the show dog world. Their long, silky coats are uniquely colored and make them stand out among small dog types.
Black Mouth Cur
The Black Mouth Cur is an American-born and bred pooch from the southern states. Little is known about their history, and outside America, they are extremely rare. They are all-purpose dogs who excel on ranches, and families that own one say they would never own another dog breed. Curs are fearless and sensitive dogs rolled into one ball of doggy goodness.
The Bloodhound is a distinctive looking dog with a split personality. On the one hand, he is the most docile, calm, and nap-loving dog in the world. But once his nostrils have caught a scent, he transforms into an active, inquisitive, tenacious dog. And one who will stop at nothing until he has found whatever it is he is searching for. They make excellent hunting companions, and can also be extremely well-rounded family pets. But they also have some quirks to their lovable personalities and aren’t known for having the highest IQ.
The Border Collie is the most intelligent dog breed on the planet. Time after time, he herds the largest herds with ease and wins awards in agility, obedience, and service competitions. Border Collies have plenty of love and affection for their family in addition to their intelligence. This sweet, hardworking breed is popular with families worldwide. There’s a good reason for that.
The Border Terrier is a big bundle of energy and full of affection and loyalty. These dogs are happy-go-lucky pooches who live life to the fullest. They are full of cheeky Terrier personality, a hunting dog work ethic, and frenetic energy that needs an outlet. If left under exercised, expect them to destroy your possessions and escape daily. But you can expect tons of fun, love, and canine companionship, all packed into a cute package.
Border Collie Poodle (Bordoodle)
The Bordoodle combines the Border Collie with a Poodle. These two breeds are two of the smartest dogs in the world, so you can be sure you are getting an extremely intelligent pup. Bordoodles are energetic dogs that need plenty of physical and mental stimulation. They hate to be left alone for too long. If you are looking for a gorgeous teddy bear lookalike, who also comes with brains, look no further than this pup.
The Borzoi is known for their long size and silky coat. There is no doubt the beautiful Borzoi is one of the most regal, elegant-looking hounds in the canine kingdom. This longer-than-life pooch has an easy-going and relaxed personality that many dog lovers adore. But it’s true that not every family can offer them the lifestyle that they need to stay happy, healthy, and entertained.
The Boston Terrier is a native American dog breed and is instantly recognizable. Lively, highly intelligent, and compact, he is renowned for being fun and having great manners. Terrific manners, combined with his suit-like coat, have earned him the nickname the ‘American Gentleman.’ Boston Terriers are well-balanced dogs, always ready to cuddle and chill, mixed with a fun side thanks to his terrier genes. It’s tough to find a better family dog if you are looking for a smaller dog breed. That being said, they can be independent at times, making them slightly more difficult to train than other breeds.
Bouviers des Flandres
Bouviers des Flandres are an eager-to-please herding pooch. They are well-balanced and lovable dogs who bring joy to their families. The Bouvier des Flandres is a mighty pooch, best known for its incredible herding abilities and thick, shaggy coat. But they are much more than just versatile working dogs. These guys have a huge heart and love nothing more than feeling like an integral part of their human family.
A well-bred, well-socialized Boxer gets on well with everyone, including kids and other pets. Although they are pretty trainable, they can have a stubborn streak, but that’s generally viewed with amusement by their owners. This breed sits within the AKC’s “working group” of breeds. These dogs are very active and lively, needing lots of exercise and excelling in activities such as agility and flyball. These pups are Molosser breeds and share similar traits to other bully breeds like the Pitbull terrier.
The Brussels Griffon, with his remarkably expressive face and utterly devoted nature, could be the perfect dog for you. The Griff is known for having a range of facial expressions described as quite human in nature. His ability to encapsulate in a look exactly what he is thinking is a characteristic of the breed, and he loves nothing more than to share it with his special human. Griffs are sensitive and intelligent but fun-loving and full of energy.
The Bull Terrier is a truly memorable-looking dog. His long, egg-shaped head and strong profile make him look very regal. This dog is popular as both a pet and as a show dog. Despite the breed history and reputation as a fighter, this dog is a big softie. He loves his humans and wants to be everywhere they are. Bull Terriers are sweet, intelligent, and loyal. They often get a bad reputation due to their connection to the Bully dog family.
The Cane Corso is an Italian Breed of Mastiff that were originally bred to protect property and help with farm tasks. They are natural protectors which makes sense given their name roughly translates to “bodyguard” in Latin. The Cane Corso is even-tempered, fiercely loyal, and intelligent. Their dominating appearance gives way to a dog who is easy to train and eager to please their owners.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
The Cardigan Welsh Corgii is one part of the double Corgi duo. The Cardigan Corgi is slightly less popular of the two Corgi types (not by much, though), but he is the original. Before welcoming one of these pups into your life, you’ll want to understand what this breed offers, and know why they were bred. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi makes for a lovable family pet, but owning one doesn’t come without some quirks.
Catahoula Leopard Dog
The Catahoula Leopard Dog, also known by the monikers Catahoula Hog Dog, Catahoula Cur, and Louisiana Catahoula, is the only breed with roots in Louisiana. A medium to large, independent, working dog, the Catahoula is strong-bodied and strong-willed. The National Association of Louisiana Catahoulas has the motto, “not everyone needs a Catahoula.”
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are known for their unique coloration and muscular build. Particularly suited to hot, humid weather, these short-coated dogs are uniquely marked and can have any eye color.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the best of two doggy worlds. He is a mixture of pretty toy dogs bred for companionship, mixed with the energetic demeanor of sporting Spaniels. His sweet character and friendly nature have lent him to be a firm family favorite. Over the last decade, he has found himself in the top 20 favorite dog breeds consistently ranked by the AKC. This breed is also known as the Comfort Cavalier, the Cavie, the Cav, and just the Cavalier. Originally founded in Britain, this breed goes all the way back to the 17th century. This breed is an excellent family companion, hence their “Comfort Cavalier” nickname.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle (Cavapoo)
The Cavapoo is a relatively new designer dog whose parents are both purebred dogs. This mix is a sweet soul who craves human attention and affection all day long, but he also has a bit of a wild side that he has inherited from his Poodle parent. Cavapoos have been making a name for themselves over the last decade as extremely popular mixed-breed dogs.
Central Asian Shepherd
The Central Asian Shepherd is a massive canine that is also commonly called Alabai or Alabay. This ancient breed has long worked alongside humans as herders and guard dogs. These colossal guardians are intelligent and very independent. This giant, fluffy pooch makes for a loving, loyal companion.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, affectionately nicknamed the “Chessie”, hails from Maryland– more specifically, the Chesapeake Bay area they get their name from. They were originally used to hunt and retrieve waterfowl, and have been bred to be excellent at this job. Chessies are hardy dogs with plenty of stamina and a great talent for swimming. They share these traits with the other dogs of the Retriever family. However, they aren’t as happy-go-lucky as other Retrievers, and will often be quite strong-willed and independent.
The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world. But packed into his tiny body is a forceful and larger-than-life personality. He doesn’t see himself as little, In fact, he sees himself as dogdom’s alpha. He thinks he can take on any person or any dog, and often he will. They can be charming, fun, and bold. But they aren’t suited to everyone and every family. Because these pups can be assertive, many owners let the behavior continue instead of correcting the problem. This leads to aggression, which can be dangerous. They also have a sweet side, they just need to be well trained like any other dog breed.
The Chinese Crested, or “Crestie,” is an unusual breed with a long history of cohabiting with humans. These little creatures traveled the world and are recorded in history books accompanying explorers from many cultures. These adorable little critters are intelligent, playful companions. This is an almost hairless, unique-looking breed.
The Chinook is New Hampshire’s state dog and their answer to the Siberian Husky. They are impressive sled dogs capable of pulling heavy loads over vast areas with great speed. Chinooks are affectionate, gentle giants with sweet personalities who love children. They are also adaptable and mellow as long as their needs are met, which makes them an excellent pairing for active families.
Cocker Spaniel Poodle (Cockapoo)
The Cockapoo is one of the original designer dogs. This pup is the product of the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel. He’s been around for so long now that he has almost become a breed of his own. But not quite yet! He goes by many other names, with the Cockapoodle, Cockerpoo, Cock-a-Poo, and Spoodle being the most common variants. The Cockapoo happens to be one of the most popular Doodle mixes, as well as the most popular Cocker Spaniel crossbreed.
Corgi Poodle (Corgipoo)
What can be cuter than the Corgipoo? These adorable canines resemble Poodles with tiny legs. Their cuteness has made this mixed breed quickly rise in popularity. Corgis are already extremely popular in their own right, so it was only time before people started mixing them with other popular breeds like the labrador. Corgis are actually one of the more popular mixes in the “Designer Dog trend” which means that you’ll frequently see them crossed with other breeds in an effort to make a Corgi hybrid that looks different than a purebred.
Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is a little white bundle of fluffy joy from Africa. This rare and rather exotic pup is becoming increasingly popular in America. So we figured that many of our readers are after the full canine Coton lowdown. This small pooch package is bright, charming, and always happy to see you. In all honesty, there isn’t much not to like about him.
Dachshunds, or Doxies as they’re also fondly known, are classed by the American Kennel Club as members of the hound group. Originally, Dachshunds were larger than they are today and were used to hunt badgers. Packs of these plucky little dogs were even used to track wild boar! Smaller versions of the Dachshund were also bred to pursue tunneling animals such as foxes and rabbits.
Thanks to Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, Dalmatians have become one of the world’s most recognizable breeds. They are also known as Carriage Dogs, Spotted Coach Dogs, Firehouse Dogs, and Plum Pudding Dogs. As that last name suggests, Dalmatians are most known for their spotted coat and sleek physique.
Dingo dogs are synonymous with Australia, although they are not native to the continent. They have inhabited the area long enough to have displaced a previous top predator, the thylacine, and were responsible for the thylacine’s disappearance from mainland Australia. They have also been blamed for the decline of the Tasmanian Devil.
Doberman Pinschers, also sometimes called the “Dobie” is a formidable looking canine. Dobermans are one of the sweetest dogs in the canine kingdom. And it is for this reason that he makes an awesome family pet!
While some breeds date back centuries, others have been created to meet a specific need within the last hundred years. In 1928, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez of Argentina created the Dogo Argentino to be a loving family companion capable of hunting wild boar. If you are an experienced dog owner looking for a companion who is good with children
The English Bulldog is one of the most easily recognizable breeds in the world! With his squat, sturdy frame and wrinkled, jowly face, these pups’ certainly don’t go unnoticed in the dog park. So, it’s no surprise that bulldogs are extremely popular as family pets, ranking at number four of 193 breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. The AKC classes the breed as members of the non-sporting group.
English Cocker Spaniel
The adjectives used to describe the English Cocker Spaniel include merry, athletic, and intelligent. The English Cocker Spaniel was originally developed to hunt woodcock – large, short-legged wading birds that are primarily nocturnal and spend most of the day in dense cover. English Cockers are larger dogs than their American cousins. Leggier and built to hunt and retrieve, the English Cocker is a quick study and ideal sport dog.
The Mastiff, who is sometimes commonly referred to as the English Mastiff, or the Old English Mastiff, is one giant dog. He is handsome, he is sweet, he is gentle, and boy is he big! His size alone means that he is not suitable for many family homes. So, you’ve really got to size him up before you commit to taking him on.
The English Setter is a big bundle of energy and full of affection and loyalty. The breed is known as the gentleman (or gentle lady!) of the canine world because they are professional and capable hunters with an air of elegance and grace rolled into one package. They are sweet, fun, and family-friendly.
English Springer Spaniel
English Springer Spaniels are an excitable, affectionate bunch of dogs. They’ve had a long history as valued companions on the hunt. Their name comes from their ability to “spring” game. Beyond their athleticism, these dogs are known for their charm and love of life. Their happy-go-lucky demeanors make them great family pets; Springers seem to bring cheer wherever they go!
Most everyone knows a Golden Retriever, and perhaps you’ve heard someone refer to a “black” Golden Retriever and found yourself intrigued. These folks likely met a Flat-Coated Retriever (FCR). The Flat-Coated Retriever was a predecessor of the Golden and resembles it at a cursory glance, but the Flat-Coat has distinct differences both in appearance and in temperament. Created as a breed in the 1880s, the Flat-Coated Retriever has a well-earned reputation as the happiest dog in town.
French Bulldogs or Frenchies, are tiny bundles of joy. They are family dogs, love attention, and will happily spend time with kids and adults. Many dog owners, from apartment dwellers to dedicated dog owners with massive yards, are huge fans of this lovable canine companion. The result of breeding miniature bulldogs, Frenchies love people and fit well into small families. They are small, comfortable with limited living spaces, and require quick daily walks. However, they do tend to be challenging to keep healthy, and many have an independent, stubborn streak.
German Longhaired Pointer
While we typically think of the difference between setters and pointers today being a matter of coat length, the German Longhaired Pointer has a longer coat like one of the setter breeds. The GLP is the continental version of a setter and a direct result of the quest to create the all-around hunting dog. He searches, points, tracks, and retrieves game on land or water. Like all German pointers, the German Longhaired Pointer has webbed feet, making him exceptionally skilled in the water.
The handsome, noble German Shepherd is a member of the herding group, and he is currently the second most popular dog breed in the U.S only behind the Labrador Retriever. German Shepherds are big dogs that need plenty of space, so one of these pups won’t suit you if you live in a small apartment without a garden. As he was bred to be a working dog, the German Shepherd needs lots of exercise and games to keep his body and brain occupied. So, be warned, these pups are not couch potatoes.
German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is one of the least well-known popular dogs. He has steadily risen in the American Kennel Club popularity contest each year. And recently, he has consistently found himself amongst the top 10 most popular dog breeds. More popular than Huskies, Boxer dogs, and Dachshunds, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a dog breed that’s surged in popularity as a family dog across the world in the last decade.
Golden Retrievers are gundogs that are bred to work in the hunting field, retrieving shot water and game birds. However, the breed also makes a great family pet. The trustworthy Golden is always eager-to-please and is also highly trainable. These pups just never seem to grow out of their puppyhood, remaining happy, playful, and sanguine right through to their senior years. Goldens love kids, other dogs, and even the family cat!
Golden Reriever Doodle (Goldendoodle)
The Goldendoodle is one of the most popular designer dogs on the planet. And it’s not surprising how much popularity this hybrid dog has gained since his recent creation. But does this mean he is the right dog for you and your family? Not necessarily! A crossbreed of the Golden Retriever and the Poodle, this pup is a big hit with families of all shapes and sizes. But there is more to him than his gorgeous teddy bear looks.
The Great Dane is one of the most instantly recognizable dogs on the planet. He is the second tallest dog in the world. People not familiar with the breed may likely ignore them altogether due to their imposing looks. But for those who know this breed, know that he is one of the biggest doggy goofballs on the planet. And yes, it’s true what they say, this pup is a sucker for Scooby snacks!
The Great Pyrenees is one of the most ancient dog breeds in existence. Going back to the Bronze Age, he is one of the original canine companions that’s had a paw in creating many other large dog breeds. He is one of the best canine defenders and will protect his family, estate, flock, or bucket of toys with his life. This furry looking polar bear lookalike isn’t the perfect breed for everyone though. The Pyrenees can be a very stubborn breed, making them difficult to train. Their larger size can also be a deal-breaker for many families that don’t have space for the breed to roam.
With their lightning-fast running speed, Greyhounds have made a great name for themselves as the fastest dog in the world. They run at around 45 miles per hour, which is an incredible feat. Greyhounds have been around since ancient times, both as a royal status symbol and as the fearless companions of hunters. This has made them much beloved for countless generations. Many Greyhounds still partake in the hunt, with their impressive agility scoring the win in the fields and forests. The Greyhound is a fantastic athlete, and does well in competitive agility, obedience, and lure coursing.
The Havanese is a royal pup, and he has a touch of luxury about him. It’s easy to see why many Havanese owners worldwide fall head over (Cuban) heels in love with him. His beautiful silky locks and adoring personality that places his owner on a pedestal are just a few of the many traits that we love about him. He is an energetic and intelligent breed that makes him a fabulous companion and a top tier entertainer.
The Huntaway is becoming more and more enamored with this dog. Based on his name alone, the Huntaway is an adventure waiting to happen. The trainability and ruggedness of this breed make the Huntaway an excellent fit for the right family. Still, these working dogs retain those original herding traits and best suit a family that can embrace their unique character.
Husky Poodle (Huskydoodle)
The Poodle and Siberian Husky mix has many nicknames, including the Huskydoodle, Poosky, Siberpoo and the Huskypoo. The Huskypoo is a very new designer dog in town, who is the product of the Siberian Husky and the Poodle, who are both purebreds. When mixing these breeds, you get one adorable pup. As the Huskypoo is a relatively new mixed breed dog he is not considered to be a purebred dog, and he typically will not be accepted as such by most kennel clubs until there are at least three steady generations of the Huskypoo.
Have you ever found yourself wondering why the Irish Wolfhound is called so? It’s because he was used for hunting wolves in Ireland, amongst many other things. And although he isn’t used for this purpose anymore, it’s not hard to imagine thanks to his size and strength. Irish Wolfhounds are one of those dogs that you need to see in person to believe his sheer size! For this reason, he doesn’t make the best apartment doggo. This, amongst many other reasons we’ll run you through in this breed guide, makes him unsuitable for all families.
The Italian Greyhound is proof that great things come in small packages. As the miniature version of the Greyhound, they have catlike reflexes and lightning-fast speed. However, they’re most content cuddling up with their owners on the couch, especially if they have a warm lap to lay in. That being said, they are also an athletic breed. These dogs were bred as sighthounds, and many of them still take on hunting duties.
Jack Russel Terrier
The Jack Russel Terrier is often confused with two other recognized breeds, the Parson and the Russell terriers. Although all three breeds look similar and are related, they are fundamentally quite different. The Jack Russell is a super-active, feisty little dog that loves to dig and chase prey animals such as squirrels, rabbits, and your neighbor’s cat. These extremely intelligent, opinionated terriers do best in a home where they are kept occupied, hunting rats in your barn, riding out with you, or competing in earth-dog tests and terrier races.
Although the Japanese Chin is tiny at a mere seven to eleven pounds, his presence carries tremendous weight. Chins rule their families gently and allow themselves to be loved and cherished. They reward their subjects with quiet companionship and a joyful disposition. Once positioned in Imperial Palaces, the Japanese Chin was considered more valuable than gold.
The Kangal’s bite force has been measured at 743 PSI, or pounds per square inch, the strongest bite in the dog world. For comparison, the American Pit Bull’s bite force is 235 PSI, and a wolf/dog hybrid bites at 406 PSI. If a Kangal bites, it has the potential to do a tremendous amount of damage, and that must be a consideration if you choose to keep one. Kangals need a job. Although some farmers allow them to come into the house, they are not house pets.
The Keeshond is a Spitz-type pooch that looks much like the Pomeranian but is much bigger and fluffier. Their black, gray, and cream coat colors and unique markings also make them look wolf-like, so you might have heard of them being called the Wolfspitz. Not only are they gorgeous, but they also have a personality to match. They are super friendly, always happy, and chilled to be around. So what’s the catch?
Labrador Retriever Poodle (Labradoodle)
The Labradoodle is the beautifully sweet canine concoction of the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. He is thought to be the original Poodle mix and possibly the most popular designer dog too. The Labrador is America’s favorite dog breed, and the Poodle adds a fluffy teddy bear look to the mix. This is why he is so popular with families across the world. But there’s more to this guy than just his gorgeous looks.
The Labrador Retriever has been the number one choice of pet dog for families in the U.S. for many years. Number two in that comparison is the GSD. That’s not surprising, given that Labs have the perfect temperament and personality to be a wonderful family dog. Like the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retrievers are friendly, affectionate, and outgoing. They’re intelligent and trainable too. And, as long as you socialize your Labrador Retriever puppy properly, these pups will get along fine with other dogs and cats also.
Long-Haired Chihuahuas are the life and soul of any party. Chis are fierce companions and full to the brim with little canine character. Chihuahuas think of themselves as the top dog, so you might find them getting a little bossy in the doggy park. This is why you need to be a strong-willed dog owner and pack leader. But under their sassy character and all that long hair, they are also sweet and sensitive pups.
Lurchers come in several sizes, but one basic shape. Defined by their ability to give chase, Lurchers are generally slender, bony dogs with deep chests and long legs. They have a long and storied history in their native England. Because so many crosses can create the Lurcher, no breed registry has tried to assimilate them. Some may suggest this is best to retain the working qualities of the breed.
The Maltese is the quintessential lapdog, and they’ve held that job for a long time! They were bred in antiquity to be the perfect companion and have earned well-deserved fame and adoration for all the centuries they’ve been on this earth. It’s not hard to see why! Maltese are incredibly affectionate, sweet, and vibrant dogs who have so much cheer to offer any family they’re welcomed into.
Despite his somewhat comical-sounding name, the Mini Goldendoodle is a serious contender for the perfect family dog award. This designer dog is one of the newer pups on the scene, but he is proving to doggy lovers across the globe that he really is a wonderful animal who makes a great canine companion.
The Miniature Pinscher or Min Pin may be a small dog, but he is large in personality. Pinschers often seem unaware of their small size, and although he is a Toy breed, he is certainly not a toy. Fearless when protecting his loved ones, the Miniature Pinscher makes a surprisingly good guard dog. Despite his size, he sounds the alarm when a stranger approaches and will continue to bark as long as he senses a threat. Min Pins alert their families to any danger they detect.
The Miniature Schnauzer is the smallest of the three Schnauzers, but he possibly has the biggest personality. With all that Schnauzer swag packed into his little frame, he is enough to keep the most active families on their toes. He’s cute, but he is feisty and independent. The Mini Schnauzer appeals to many potential dog owners not just because of their size, but also their grooming needs. They shed very infrequently, often referred to as hypoallergenic. This makes them great for allergy sufferers. But they are also stubborn, which can drive novice dog owners a bit crazy.
The Mountain Cur is a wonderful dog, who is intensely energetic and fun. He is a workaholic who loves to hunt and chase small animals, particularly squirrels and raccoons. He needs at least 90 minutes of intense exercise a day, otherwise, he can become a destructive and worrisome dog. He needs a firm master who will train and socialize him adequately from a young age and he is very affectionate with his immediate family.
The Newfoundland is a strong, strikingly beautiful dog hailing from the Canadian island of the same name. This breed is huge, powerful, and can look intimidating to those inexperienced with them. However, most are pleasantly surprised to find out just how sweet and loving these gentle giants are! Often called the “Newfie” for short, these dogs are popular as both family companions and homestead protectors.
Norwegian Elkhounds are intelligent and independent. They are affectionate, fun, and family-friendly. Before welcoming one into your home, you should know their quirks because although they are lovely, they aren’t suitable for every household. The breed is known as the “Moose” Dog. Although they are named Elkhounds, they are not hounds at all.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers more affectionately called Tollers by their fans, are intelligent, outgoing, and affectionate dogs. They might be rare pups, but they are uniquely skilled in assisting their masters with duck hunting. They also make fantastic family pets and get along with everyone, including children and other doggos. These fox-like dogs have higher than average exercise needs, so those looking for an activity buddy are in for a treat.
Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog, or Bobtail, as he is affectionately known in his community of OES lovers, is a beautiful breed both inside and out. He adores his humans, loves to have a good time, and provides the best canine companionship that anyone could ask for. He might be adorable and lovely, but he certainly isn’t for everyone and every family home.
The Pekingese, affectionately known as the Peke, is a relatively rare dog in America. He is unique in more ways than one! He might be small in stature, but he is a loud and proud dog who likes to think of himself as the boss. And unless you take the reign, he will become the boss of the family. This feisty furball needs an experienced dog owner who can transform him into a well-behaved pooch rather than an unbearable doggy diva.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
If, like Queen Elizabeth, you fancy a little bit of royal canine companionship in your life, look no further than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed as your next furry friend. He is a fun and delightful doggy to share your home with. But he isn’t just a cute canine, and he needs a lot more than just selfies and belly scratches to keep him happy.
The term ‘Pitbull’ is not a dog as such but a general label given to a few canine breeds with similar origins, appearance, and temperaments. The four Pitbull type breeds are the American Pitbull Terrier (red and blue nose), the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Bully.
Plott hounds make lovely family pets but need a particular type of family. They are intense dogs that need a lot of time and attention. Plott Hounds require company most of the day as they dislike being alone. And they also need a lot of vigorous exercise to keep them mentally and physically healthy. Their owner needs strong will and experience to get the best out of their stubborn and independent personalities.
Pomeranian Poodle (Pomapoo)
The Pomeranian Poodle mix is a crossbreed between the tiny Toy Poodle and a Pomeranian, also called the Pomapoo. Crossing these two tiny yet mighty breeds makes for one of the most adorable little pups anyone has ever seen. These teeny tykes are small in stature and enormous in heart and personality.
The Pomeranian, more affectionately known as the Pom, might be small, but he has a huge personality. He is the smallest of the sled-pulling Spitz dog family, including the Alaskan Malamute and the Samoyed. When we say he’s tiny, we mean he’s really tiny! Part of the toy dog gang, this pup has always been a popular choice.
Originally Poodles were duck retrievers. A Poodle would jump into the water and swim to the duck he wanted to retrieve. They were bred to be very good swimmers. They are also a popular breed that gets cross-bred with other dogs like the Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever. The Poodle is a bright, lively, versatile breed that’s currently ranked one of the top dogs in the U.S.
The Portuguese Sheepdog is a herding type sheepdog. Its Portuguese name refers to Serra de Aires, a mountain near Montforte in the Alentejo region. Local shepherds needed a dog to work large herds of sheep, cattle, or goats in a territory with extreme terrains that range from glacial and windy in the winter and hot and dusty in the summer.
The Pug is another big dog personality packed into a teeny weeny body. With his squished face, roly-poly bod, and curly tail, he is instantly recognizable. His nickname is the ‘Dutch Mastiff’ (yes, you read that right … a Mastiff!), and he is one of the loudest canine snorers on the planet. He is adorable, full of fun, and affectionate with his crew.
The Rat Terrier is a little doggo full of all the canine charm and fun you could dream of! But don’t let their angelic face and size fool you – this pup is cheeky (read, super-naughty), and they always think that they’re right. They are also super inquisitive and often find themselves in trouble. If you can accept their delightfully devilish character, you are sure to find a bestie in this little pup.
Red Heelers are medium-sized herding dogs with spirited personalities. They can be wonderful companions for families that spend a lot of time outdoors. As with any breed, there is always more to a pup than what we see on the outside.
The Redbone Coonhound is a gorgeous dog with a fine, red coat. They are one of the American Coonhounds, making them an excellent hunter. This is the purpose they were originally bred for. They are especially good at treeing raccoons and other quarries. They also have a majestic voice they use both in and out of the hunt– which may be a cause of dismay for the neighbors.
Rottweilers are big dogs that aren’t suited to apartment living, and you’ll need a spacious home with a garden if you want to give a home to one of these pups. Rotties can stand up to 27 inches at the shoulder. And these dogs are muscular, powerful animals that can look imposing, especially to strangers visiting your home.
Saint Bernard Poodle (Saint Berdoodle)
The Saint Berdoodle is the best of both his parents. It mixes the gorgeous Saint Bernard and the ever-popular standard-sized Poodle. He is also known as the Saint Berpoo or simply the Saint Bernard Poodle mix. This newly mixed hybrid puppy is an excellent choice for those who cannot choose between these two lovable breeds. Because with the Saint Berdoodle, you get a 2-for-1 designer deal.
While they prove to be intimidating to some due to their size, Saint Bernards are nothing but big balls of cuddliness. Easily trained and greatly attached to their owners, they serve well as companions for people who need a nurturing presence in their lives. Dependable, sociable, and playful, this is a breed that any large dog enthusiast should consider as an option when adopting a dog.
The Saluki is a rare breed in America, and not many people know that they are one of the oldest breeds in the world, possibly the oldest. Salukis originate from the Middle East and are often called a gift from Allah. They are a favorite among Pharaohs, Kings, Conquerors, and more. So, what’s not to like about this breed? Well, there is nothing to dislike, but there are certainly a few things that don’t meet up to everyone’s canine wishlist.
The Schipperke is a tiny dog with a huge coat and an even bigger personality. They look similar to Pomeranians, but they are not related. So, if you are looking for a dog almost identical to the Pom but rarer, this could be the breed for you. They are nearly always black, with a heavily layered and natural coat, but their foxy face and cheeky smile is usually the trait that people fall in love with.
The Scottish Terrier (also known as the Scottie) is a popular dog breed across the world, but they take a very special kind of owner. The Scottish Terrier is a short but seriously feisty little dog, thought to be the forefather of all terriers in Great Britain. This blueprint breed was created to hunt vermin.
Sheepdog Poodle (Sheepadoodle)
The Sheepadoodle is a designer dog that is a seriously cute bundle of fluff. If any famous line from a movie could describe the Sheepadoodle, it would be Agnes’s description from Despicable Me: “it’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!” He’s one of the most popular Poodle mixes you can adopt. He is energetic, he is friendly, he is fun, he is adorable. He has so many other desirable doggy traits that could describe him.
Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
The Shetland Sheepdog is a sprightly little pup who brightens up the days of all those he meets. He is happy, energetic, and fun, but also versatile and hardworking. He can also be independent and hates to be left alone for too long. Affectionately known as the Sheltie, he is a popular dog who makes a fantastic family pet. But, he has to be placed with the right family.
The Shiba Inu is regarded as one of Japan’s national treasures. They’re arguably the most popular of the Japanese native dog breeds and have enjoyed this popularity for generations. These ancient dogs were originally bred to be hunters’ companions, flushing out game in the mountains and forests. In fact, the words “Shiba Inu” mean “Brushwood Dog”. This may mean they were named after the terrain they hunted in, or because they were the color of autumn brushwood!
The affectionate, outgoing Shih Tzu (pronounced Sheed-zoo) is a member of the Toy group. This same group also includes Yorkies and other smaller dogs. This playful little dog currently ranks at number 20 in the AKC’s top breeds chart. Chinese emperors once prized the Shih Tzu as a lapdog. And this pup loves to be spoiled! Consequently, the little “Lion Dog” is one of the most popular of all toy breeds.
Many potential dog owners looking for a medium-sized dog, consider the Siberian Husky due to their striking good looks, and potentially bright blue eyes. The Husky has a beautifully distinct coat and he looks as close to a wolf as you can get. He is the lightest and fastest of the sled dogs, and he brings lots of fun, comedy, and laughter into our lives.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the smallest of the Pitbull-type breeds. They have a history of dog-fighting, but thankfully, they now make some of the best family companions you could ask for. They are super loyal and love their family more than anything, especially the smaller family members. Staffies are intelligent and eager to please, making them easily trainable if you start early.
The Standard Schnauzer is the original German farm dog, and they still retain all the instincts of one. This means you cannot trust them around smaller animals. So, it would be best to have a secure garden and a furry-free home. They are very sociable and are active most of the day. They’re also super stubborn, so they need an experienced owner.
Swedish Vallhunds are fascinating dogs with a long, colorful history, sharing their origins with Vikings. If you think this means they are powerful dogs, despite their size, you’re right. The Vallhund is an amazingly energetic dog with a lot of spunkiness and work ethic. While they may be low to the ground, the Swedish Vallhund (or SV for short) is a giant in the herding world. “Vallhund” itself is a Swedish word that means “herding dog.” They were bred to be short-legged to nip the heels of cattle while avoiding getting kicked.
The Tibetan Mastiff is not a dog you see running around every day at the dog park. These pups are enormous, have a lot of hair, and may not be the right pick for everyone. These mysterious guardian dogs are awe-inspiring, and anyone who sees one will want to know more.
Tibetan Terriers love to exercise and can hike tirelessly across terrain many dogs their size wouldn’t handle. They are also content to relax on the couch with their people or play quietly on their own with a favorite toy. TTs are versatile and flexible and will adjust to fit the energy and routine of most households with a bit of patience.
The Toy Poodle is a bundle of fun for anyone. They are just as well suited for a single human family as for a larger family with dog-friendly children. When you head out on an easy jog around your suburban block or a brisk walk through the city park, your fashionably smart sidekick will trot happily beside you. A generally healthy, happy companion, Toy Poodles do have a few health risks you’ll want to understand before you set out to find your new best friend.
With their lithe legs, gilded fur, and gorgeous brown eyes, the Vizsla is a picture of grace and elegance. This beautiful dog has origins in Hungary, where they were a hunter’s aide for the Hungarian nobility. This is why they are also called the Hungarian Pointer. They have carried this refinement with them through the centuries and done their work excellently. These days, the Vizsla has found a place in homes all over the world as an excellent family pet.
Elegant, refined, and mysterious, the Weimaraner‘s nickname, the Gray Ghost, is well deserved. In their native Germany, they were bred as a gundog. A valued hunter’s companion to help in handling large game. This gives them plenty of strength and stamina, which is something owners will have to consider before bringing this beautiful dog home.
West Highland White Terrier (Westie)
The West Highland White Terrier, affectionately called the Westie, is proof that big things can come in small packages. This dog may be little, but they have no shortage of playfulness and confidence. Westies bring joy with them everywhere they go, and it’s not hard to see why! Their silhouette and white coat are simply iconic and adorable. Their huge personalities command attention no matter where they are.
The Whippet is probably one of the best names for a dog that whips around at lightning speed. He was bred for racing and chasing small prey at high speeds, but built to be smaller and more compact than their Greyhound relatives. This is why you might have heard of his other names, the ‘Poor Man’s Greyhound’ and ‘Lightning Rag Dog.’
The dog of the Aztec gods, the Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo for short, is famous today for his nearly nonexistent, low-shedding coat. Once known as the Mexican Hairless, the Xoloitzcuintli is the National Dog of Mexico. Archaeological evidence shows that ancient people probably believed them to be protective against mortal intruders and evil spirits.
Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)
Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. They are favored for their limited shedding, adorable looks, and itsy-bitsy size. Yorkies are curious, intelligent, and lively. And did you know that these small pups are ideally suited to the speed and action of agility and flyball? So, there’s never a dull moment when you have a Yorkie in your household.
Yorkie Poodle (Yorkipoo)
Yorkipoo is a adorable designer breed that mixes two popular breeds, Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle. and well-loved by pet parents worldwide. A mix of the two is one adorable little puppy that will steal your heart. The mix known as a Yorkipoo, Yorkiepoo, or Yorkie-Poo is one of a growing number of popular Doodle breeds.