Hilary Braaksma

Hilary Braaksma is a freelance writer and crazy cat lady living in Des Moines, Iowa. When she's not working, she loves relaxing with family and her incredibly handsome domestic shorthair, Cake.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful, anxious
Cotons de Tulear are bright, affectionate dogs who love children and make loyal family pets. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog or puppy that doesn’t shed, this lovable breed is a great choice for owners with pet allergies.
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  • temperament: sociable
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, tolerates being picked up
Chartreux cats are as quiet and calm as they are silly and personable. Learn more about this fun French breed.
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  • temperament: affectionate, neurotic, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Russian blues are intelligent, loving, and loyal cats while preserving their independent streak. Learn more about this playful, pretty breed.
  • breed group: sporting
  • 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, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
German shorthaired pointers are agile, athletic dogs who are always up for an outdoor adventure. Learn more about German shorthaired pointer puppies and dogs.
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