Claudia Guthrie

Claudia Guthrie

Claudia is a freelance writer and editor based in Denver. When she's not writing, you can find her petting every neighborhood dog in sight or knitting sweaters for her cats.

Weimaraner
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  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: blue, gray
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aloof
Weimaraners are friendly, courageous, and obedient dogs with a striking appearance—thanks to their unique silver-grey coat—that draws a lot of attention. Highly energetic and affectionate, this breed needs just the right family fit.
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This little mutt has a huge personality to match his oversized ears.
A few simple tricks—and an understanding of why she scratches in the first place!—can help you coexist.
Is your kitty drinking enough? Here's how you can help her stay hydrated.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: red, fawn, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, willful
Bull terriers are loyal, rambunctious, and endearing companions. This playful breed can also be a bit mischievous and certainly draws attention with their unique physique.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, good hiking companion, prone to health issues
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
Black and tan coonhounds are gentle family dogs, but don’t mistake their calm demeanor as laziness. These hounds are active hunting dogs and want to put their super-sensitive nose to work.
Cockapoo
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  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, cream, black, blue, white, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: long, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
With the intelligence of a poodle and the loving nature of a cocker spaniel, it’s no surprise the cockapoo is one of the most sought-after crossbreeds in the U.S. They are a low-shedding, easy-to-love dog that comes in a myriad of colors and sizes to please any family.
Akita
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  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, liver and tan, black and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, aloof
Known as a national treasure in Japan, Akitas have wooed American dog-lovers with their loyalty, watchfulness, and graceful strength. Learn more about living with the Akita.
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Though she’ll never love anything as much as her cat, these gifts will come close.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, high prey drive
  • colors: red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, anxious, willful, friendly, playful
The Norwich terrier is a small breed with a big personality. Hyper and intelligent, he's a fearless pup who thrives with owners who keep his brain busy with tricks and training.
Sphynx
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: hairless
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Sphynx cats are famous for their (nearly) nude appearance, but there is so much more to these charming, intelligent, and affectionate cats. Learn more about living with a sphynx.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone
Munchkin cats are short on legs and big on personality. Learn more about this incredibly cute one-of-a-kind cat breed.
There are no known risks—or benefits—to giving your pup ice cubes.
  • temperament: affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: black / ebony, lavender / silver, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: solid, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, highly territorial, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies
Savannah cats are a large, athletic breed that’s especially affectionate with their owners, but can be a bit standoffish with strangers. Learn more about this highly intelligent cat.
Persian
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Sweet tempered and loving, Persian cats are famous for their long, flowing coats and round, pansy-like faces. Find out everything you need to know about the Persian cat breed.
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Rottweiler
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  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, black
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof
Rottweilers are smart, hard-working dogs that can be gentle and devoted family pets with proper positive reinforcement training. Learn more about living with Rottweilers.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, fawn, black, blue
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: playful
Sleek, athletic, and incredibly loyal, Doberman pinschers are some of the best guard dogs in the world. But don’t let their reputations fool you.
Toyger
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers
With their bold striping and rolling gait, the toyger can make you feel like a tiger king in the comfort of your own living room.
Cane Corso
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  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray, brown / chocolate / liver, red
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof
The cane corso is a large, dignified Italian dog breed that's extremely loyal and excels at working tasks. Learn more about living with the cane corso.
Dalmatian
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  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, good hiking companion, easy to groom, hot weather tolerant, prone to health issues, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: spotted
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: timid, friendly, playful
With his spotted coat, the Dalmatian is one of the most instantly recognizable dogs in the world. His loyalty and playful personality make him perfect for most families.
Pomeranian
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  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, red, blue, cream, gold / yellow, fawn, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, brindle, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, friendly
Pomeranians are small in stature but big in personality. Alert, intelligent, and confident, Pomeranians have a beautiful coat and a charming personality to match. Read on to learn more about this little, loveable breed.
Siamese
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Siamese cats are social, affectionate, clever animals who make loving and loyal pets. Described as being "dog-like," these kitties mesh well into most families.
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  • breed group: working
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, tendency to chew, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
If you're looking for an exercise companion or a velcro family dog, the fluffy, exuberant Portuguese water dog might be your new best friend.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Bullmastiff dogs are loyal, trusting, and gentle giants that offer only great companionship. If you’re fond of big, smart dogs with sweet dispositions, learn more about the lovable bullmastiff.
Maltipoo
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  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, tuxedo, sable, merle
  • coat length/texture: medium, long, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Maltipoos make the perfect companion for young families, empty nesters, and everyone in between. Highly devoted to their humans, they love to accompany them on walks (and on the couch, of course). Plus, they’re non-shedders and make great apartment dwellers.