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.

Burmese
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray, lavender / silver, chocolate / brown / sable, lilac
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, tolerates being picked up
With their huge eyes, outgoing personalities, and dog-like tendencies, Burmese are the perfect cat for winning over people who say they don’t like cats.
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Bombay
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: black / ebony
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high potential for weight gain, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Want a panther, but also enjoy both of your arms? The Bombay cat breed is the kitty for you!
From the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet to the Olympic king Zeus, there's a mythological name for every kitty.
From Anubis to Zeus, Athena to Isis, one of these god or goddess names is sure to empower your pup to be the king or queen of their domain (or the couch).
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
The sheepadoodle is a cuddly, fluffy cross between an Old English sheepdog and a poodle. Learn more about living with sheepadoodles.
Leonberger
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  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Amazingly strong yet famously gentle, the German-born Leonberger is possibly the largest “companion dog” on the planet. Learn more about living with these soulful giants.
After being born with Manx syndrome, Tuck spent nearly three years in a Denver animal shelter. But now he's found a home with other cats just like him.
Bloodhound
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  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
Bloodhounds are talented trackers who live by their noses, require dedicated care, and love their humans. Learn more about living with a bloodhound.
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Papillon
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  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: white, red, black, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, playful
The papillon is a brilliant, energetic little dog whose unique appearance has made her a royal favorite for centuries. Today, she's happy in just about any family.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, gray, red, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing
Intelligent, fun-loving, and adorable, toy poodles are some of the best family dogs in the world.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: wiry, medium
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, friendly
Brilliant, spunky, and eager to please, the miniature schnauzer is an excellent family dog—provided you can keep him entertained.
From real-life Greek heroes to mythological monsters, you'll find the perfect name for your new pup.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, blue, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful
Tiny, tenacious, and eager to please, the rat terrier's high prey drive and intelligence make him a versatile dog for farm or family living.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, good hiking companion, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gold / yellow, black, white, red
  • patterns: bicolor, saddle / blanket, black and tan, sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: aloof, willful
Carolina dogs are a recently discovered breed. Perhaps descended from primitive dogs who walked to North America via the Bering land bridge, they hold onto their wild instincts and might not behave like a typical house pup.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.