Willful Dogs

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  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white, cream, black, red, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof
An ancient breed, Canaans are loving and loyal with their families but aloof with strangers. They are highly intelligent and a good fit for experienced dog owners.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, high prey drive
  • colors: cream, gold / yellow, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly, playful
Soft-coated wheaten terriers are spunky, energetic dogs with a signature wavy, cuddly coat. They love to jump, run, and play, and always want to stick by your side like a fluffy shadow.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, blue, gray
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful, aloof
Loyal but independent, an affectionate Australian cattle dog is a great match for anyone who shares his intelligence, high energy, attention to detail, and activity level. Learn more about this exceptional herding dog.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, red, gray, fawn
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: wiry, medium
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful
Affenpinschers are intelligent and playful dogs with unique faces you’re not likely to forget. They love socializing and learning new skills—though sometimes on their own terms.
  • 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: 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: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, loves water, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues
  • colors: fawn, red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: black and tan, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly, playful, anxious
Norfolk terriers are spunky, affectionate, and energetic small dogs who make great travel companions and outdoor adventurers. Happy and social, they thrive with active families.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: spotted, flecked / ticked / speckled, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful, friendly, aloof
German wirehaired pointers are energetic, intelligent, loyal dogs that love spending time outdoors and are easy to train. If you're an avid hiker, a GWP might be for you.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful
Treeing Walker coonhounds are known for helping hunters put food on the table and winning hunting competitions, but these hound dogs can serve as excellent, active companions for you and your family—no matter where you live. 
  • 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: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, gold / yellow, fawn, black
  • patterns: bicolor, sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful, willful
Meet the puggle: A high-energy, affectionate small mixed breed that’s a combination of the pug and beagle. Though short in stature, he’s the ideal pup for active families.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful
Dogues de Bordeaux are known for their massive proportions—and that applies to the big hearts they have for their owners, too. Learn more about what it takes to care for these sweet, drooly giants.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • patterns: bicolor, spotted
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, aloof, protective
Great Pyrenees are smart and serious dogs that enjoy lots of space and make excellent family pets. Learn more about living with Great Pyrenees.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, protective
A friendly, loving family dog who's easy on the allergies makes Labradoodles one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. These dogs love activity, just not as much as they’ll love you.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Samoyeds are so pretty and cheerful, it’s easy to think they’re lazy lap pooches who don’t want to muss up their stunning white coats. But learn why this loyal, clever, and impish work dog lives best with outgoing, athletic people.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, tuxedo, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: willful, playful, aloof
Small but mighty, Shiba Inus are an ancient Japanese dog breed that walk to the beat of their own drum. They’re completely satisfied roaming the house without much human attention, but they still love to entertain and make their owners laugh.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, black, blue, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: willful, aloof
Tibetan mastiffs are smart, strong-willed, and independent dogs who switch between obedient and willful depending on their mood. Learn more about living with the Tibetan mastiff.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, hypoallergenic, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion
  • colors: blue, fawn
  • patterns: blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, willful, anxious
Silky terriers are highly intelligent, curious, and ready for an adventure. These small dogs are well-known for their long sleek coats and silly personalities.