Kristen Seymour

Kristen Seymour

Kristen tells every dog she meets she loves them -- and she's never once lied. Since she hasn't figured out how to make a living snuggling puppies and kittens, she's a freelance writer who's covered pets for USA Today's Pet Guide, HealthyPet Magazine, Happy Paws Magazine, Vetstreet.com, AOL, Today.com, and more. She shares her office with her sweet senior hound mix named Hollie and gorgeous (but always-judging) rescue kitty, Trixie, both of whom have provided inspiration and cuddles as she pens her first novel.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, loves water, good hiking companion, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: white
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful, aloof
Mellow but never boring, the rare Clumber spaniel is a large love bug who adores attention and makes a delightful companion in any home where fur and drool are welcome.
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  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, gray, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, red
  • patterns: bicolor, merle, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful, gentle
Equal parts sweet, smart, and single-minded when on a scent, the American leopard hound is an energetic, medium-to-large treeing dog who loves to be outside.
Chipoo
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  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly, short
  • temperament: friendly, playful, aloof
A low-allergen cross between the Chihuahua and the poodle, the bright and lively Chipoo is an affectionate, playful, and adorably compact designer mix.
Advances in the pet industry are happening faster than ever. But is all that innovation a good thing for animal lovers? It depends.
Kuvasz
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  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion, tolerates being alone, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: willful, playful, aloof
Impressive in both size and beauty, the Kuvasz is a hard-working, endlessly loyal breed that thrives under the guidance of an experienced and devoted pet parent.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: brindle, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: playful, aloof
Athletic, intelligent, and endlessly loyal, the striking and surprisingly goofy Belgian Tervuren thrives when he has a job to do, space to explore, and an experienced owner to guide him.
Bordoodle
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  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, low prey drive, loves water, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful, willful, aloof
The bordoodle is a medium-sized crossbreed of two of the world's most intelligent dogs: the border collie and the poodle. With her smarts and friendly demeanor, she may be the perfect addition to your family.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, easy to train, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, good hiking companion, high potential for weight gain
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful
One of the first breeds developed in the United States but now exceedingly rare, the friendly American foxhound is an exceptional hunter with a melodious bay that carries for miles.
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From acupuncture for dogs to chiropractic care for horses, holistic vets are changing the way they care for animals, big and small.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high potential for weight gain, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, fawn, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, merle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful, friendly
A medium-sized crossbreed between the Australian shepherd and the Australian cattle dog, the Texas heeler is a whip-smart, lightning-fast herder with energy to spare.
Havapoo
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  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, cream, fawn, black, gray, white
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, tuxedo, black and tan, sable, spotted, blue and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
A low-allergen crossbreed of the Havanese and poodle, the sweet-natured Havapoo is a bright and lively charmer who fits right into homes and families of all types.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, strong loyalty tendencies, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray
  • patterns: brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
Big, brainy, and boasting a shaggy double coat, the Bouvier des Flandres is a versatile working dog and family companion. But because of his intense grooming and activity needs, he’s not for everyone.
Shorkie
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  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, fawn, white, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, long
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly, anxious, playful
The shorkie, a crossbreed between a shih tzu and a Yorkshire terrier, is a small, spirited-yet-snuggly companion with a silky, allergy-friendly coat.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, blue, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, willful, friendly, outgoing, playful
He's small, fluffy, and looks like a lamb, but the Bedlington terrier is all dog—and adaptable enough to join his family in any activity, from hikes to lazy days on the couch.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, highly territorial, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, cream, fawn, black, blue
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
The Chinese shar-pei is easy to recognize because of her loose, wrinkly skin, sandpaper fur, and a "hippopotamus" muzzle. This independent and loyal breed is best for experienced dog owners.
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  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, good hiking companion, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled, tricolor, spotted
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Full of energy and eager to please, the Brittany is a medium-sized breed that delights in all kinds of outdoor adventures with their owners.