Abby Gilman

Abby is a freelance writer and pup parent to two rambunctious rescued black labs, Archie and Rainey. An outdoor enthusiast, she recently discovered the joys of bringing her pups along for the ride.

Basenji
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  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, apartment-friendly
  • colors: red, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful, aloof
Basenjis are an energetic, clever breed with adorably furrowed brows, a strong hunting drive, and an independent personality. Learn more about living with Basenjis.
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  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, aloof
You know that jowly face, those floppy ears. Basset hounds are excellent tracking dogs, but they're just as happy to spend time napping with your family. Learn more about living with basset hounds.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, gray, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, sable, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful, anxious, aloof
The ever-loyal German shepherd consistently ranks at the top of the most popular dog breeds in America, and it's easy to see why. With their calm, confident demeanor, these protective pups are eager to please and quick to learn.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, gold / yellow
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, playful, aloof
Known for the trademark ridge that runs along their spines, Rhodesian ridgebacks are an independent, strong, and faithful breed. Learn more about living with Rhodesian ridgebacks.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, fawn
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof, protective
The Belgian Malinois (Mal) is a high-energy herding breed who loves to put its intelligence and intense focus to work. Learn more about living with Belgian Malinois.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, cream, black, blue, gray, white, fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: long, wiry, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Muscular yet elegant, shaggy Irish wolfhounds are one of the largest breeds in the world. Their calm, gentle spirit makes them ideal family companions—for those who have the space. Learn more about living with Irish wolfhounds.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, red, blue, cream, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, sable, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled, spotted, merle, blue and tan, black and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, long, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aggressive
Easily recognized by its long body on stubby legs, the small and spunky dachshund has long been a family favorite. Learn more about living with doxies.
Beagle
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  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, red, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, saddle / blanket, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Beagles are gentle, fun-loving hounds who require plenty of exercise and companionship with their owners. Learn more about living with beagles.
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  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, black, blue, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, saddle / blanket, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled, tuxedo, merle
  • coat length/texture: short, medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Border collies are intelligent dogs full of energy and a strong desire to herd anything—and everything—around them. Learn more about living with border collies.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, blue, black
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Australian shepherds are intelligent, loyal, energetic dogs that love spending quality time exploring with their owners. Learn more about living with Aussies.