Jodi Helmer

Jodi Helmer

Jodi Helmer writes about pets for Daily Paws, WebMD, AKC Family Dog, Great Pet Care, Under Armour/MyFitnessPal and others. When she's not writing about canine beehive inspectors, finding a great veterinarian or dogs sniffing out COVID, she tries to keep her unruly pack of rescue dogs from chasing chickens, eating strawberries from the garden and poking their noses in the beehives.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof
Entlebucher mountain dogs are energetic workers and enthusiastic companions. The breed, while rare in the U.S., is a great fit for active pet parents who want a smart dog that loves to be on the go.
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  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful, aloof
A cross between a German shepherd and a Siberian husky, the Gerberian shepsky is (typically) a blue-eyed beauty with an independent nature and an exercise routine worthy of an Olympic athlete. Learn more about living with this high-energy mixed breed.
Doxiepoo
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  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, cream, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: curly, medium, wiry, short
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, willful, playful
With their cute looks and self-confident attitude, doxiepoos are small and spirited dogs. Learn more about living with these dachshund and poodle mixes.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, red, fawn
  • patterns: brindle, bicolor, black and tan, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, willful, playful
Miniature bull terriers are intelligent, energetic dogs with personalities that match their distinctive appearances. These little dogs weigh under 30 pounds but are full of affection and curiosity.
Briard
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  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing
Briards are active dogs that will win your affection with their work ethic and rugged good looks. These large, long-haired dogs are loyal, affectionate, and confident.
The fearful special needs dachshund who came into our lives as a foster pup has made huge strides since she became an official member of the family.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: high potential for weight gain, high prey drive, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful, friendly
Parson Russell terriers are active, intelligent dogs with a long history as fearless fox hunters. The breed makes an excellent companion for experienced dog owners willing to provide lots of training and exercise.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful, outgoing
Bearded collies are active and friendly. The herding breed excels on the farm, but families love the long-haired dogs thanks to their affectionate natures, playful personalities, and easygoing attitude. 
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  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, good hiking companion, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: red, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, gentle, playful, friendly
As world-class sprinters, playful Ibizan hounds have energy to spare and do best in homes where they receive plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to suit their on-the-go personalities. 
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, loves water, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion, hypoallergenic
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: curly, medium
  • temperament: gentle, timid, friendly, playful, anxious
Irish water spaniels are a rare breed with A+ personalities. These sweet, laid-back dogs have low-shedding coats, big brains, and affectionate natures, making them wonderful companions.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion
  • colors: black
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, friendly, playful
Manchester terriers are athletic, energetic, and devoted dogs. With sufficient exercise and mental stimulation, these intelligent, spirited pups make great family pets. 
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, red, blue
  • patterns: merle, bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, playful
Miniature American shepherds are active, intelligent dogs that love spending time with their family. The herding breed is best in homes with older children and owners devoted to providing the exercise and training they need to thrive.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, liver and tan, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, medium, wiry
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
Patterdale terriers are small dogs with big energy. Bred as working farm dogs, these compact canines are happiest when there's a job to do, especially one that requires physical stamina and smarts.
Let your kitty satisfy her urge to scratch without sacrificing the sofa.
These over-the-counter options could help provide some sweet relief for your dog (and you!).
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Peekapoo
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  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, cream, white, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
The Peekapoo, a cross between a miniature or toy poodle and a Pekingese, is an adorable, affectionate lapdog. Although the “designer” dogs are small in size, the breed is known for his big bark.
If your dog starts trembling at the mention of a thunderstorm or vet visit, stop the stress with the help of these soothing products.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, playful, gentle, willful
The Alaskan klee kai is an active, intelligent, and loyal breed who loves spending time outdoors with her family. Learn more about living with these pint-sized huskies. 
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful
Though bred as a hunting dog, the wirehaired pointing griffon has evolved into a beloved companion thanks to his friendly demeanor, high intelligence, adorable scruffiness, and low-shedding coat.
Chiweenie
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  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, apartment-friendly, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, black, white
  • patterns: sable, bicolor, merle, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short, long, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, timid, willful, playful, anxious
Chiweenies are small dogs with big personalities. Their penchant for barking and need to be the center of attention can make them a handful, but with proper training they’ll be a lap dog for life. 
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, hot weather tolerant, loves water, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, cream, black, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly
Bred as working dogs, Australian kelpies still love being put to work whether their task is herding sheep, catching a ball, or making it to the finish line of an agility course. They require lots of exercise and mental stimulation and make great pets for active families who want energetic, affectionate, and loyal companions. 
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