Gentle Dogs

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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.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver, red
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled, spotted
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Rugged, intelligent, and bred specifically to work closely with humans, English springer spaniels are people-pleasing family dogs who can get along with a variety of other animals and in many living situations.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, gray, fawn
  • patterns: brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, playful, anxious
The Jindo is a loyal, alert dog that originated in South Korea. This breed enjoys a lot of physical activity (hiking is his favorite!) with his family.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies, high prey drive
  • colors: red, fawn, black, white, blue, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, anxious
Greyhounds are gentle, graceful dogs who are known for their sweet temperament and sprinting capabilities. These regal hounds enjoy the comforts of life and make excellent family pets.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, fawn, black, gray, white
  • patterns: bicolor, sable, black and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: curly, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, anxious
Schnoodles are “teddy bear” dogs who are beloved for their calm demeanor, high level of intelligence, and low-allergen coats.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, high prey drive, easy to train
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, aloof, willful, playful
The Chesapeake Bay retriever, the only American-bred retriever, is a loyal family dog who loves a job, whether that’s hunting, hiking, or splashing around in the cold water of his namesake. 
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, requires lots of grooming, cold weather tolerant
  • colors: blue, white, gray, fawn, black
  • patterns: bicolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing
Old English sheepdogs are intelligent, agile dogs with heavy, fluffy coats who are happiest when they are with their human family. Find out if the Old English sheepdog might be the right pet for your lifestyle.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good for first-time pet owners, high potential for weight gain, highly territorial
  • colors: white, cream
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful, protective
American Eskimo dogs are intelligent, energetic pups with fluffy white coats. They are easily trainable and highly loyal to their owners.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn, black, white, blue, gray
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, merle, sable
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Sweet-tempered and eager-to-please, Shetland sheepdogs, or "Shelties" as they’re affectionately called, are a popular hardworking, attentive, and affectionate breed.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, high prey drive
  • colors: blue, black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, willful, gentle
A regal and determined hound, the bluetick coonhound can be a wonderful hunting companion and gentle best friend wrapped into one shiny body. Needing an outlet for their “houndy” behaviors, these special dogs could amaze your neighbors with their ability to “sing”. Find out if this unique breed is a suitable addition to your lifestyle.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, loves water, easy to groom, high prey drive
  • colors: red
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
A handsome, affectionate companion and an exceptional hunting partner, the sweet, gentle—and talkative!—redbone coonhound is a wonderful breed for a person or family who loves the great outdoors.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hot weather tolerant, high prey drive, easy to groom
  • colors: fawn, cream, black, red, gray, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: aloof, gentle, outgoing
Slender, extremely fast, and beautiful, the saluki is a rare breed that needs opportunities to be active in the safety of a fenced-in yard. Discover if the saluki may be a good match for you.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, red, fawn
  • patterns: brindle, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: aloof, gentle
The Tosa is known as the sumo wrestler of the canine world. Learn what it takes to care for these dogs that excel in size, patience, and courage. 
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, medium
  • temperament: outgoing, gentle, friendly, playful
Beagliers are a cute cross between a beagle and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Learn more about living with these friendly, sweet-eyed pups.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, brindle, tuxedo, merle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: long, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Bernedoodles are goofy, charming dogs who love to play outdoors just as much as they love to cuddle up on the couch. They’re the perfect family dog and have a special fondness for children. Plus, they inherit a nearly hypoallergenic coat from their poodle parent.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, tuxedo, sable, merle
  • coat length/texture: medium, long, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Maltipoos make the perfect companion for young families, empty nesters, and everyone in between. Highly devoted to their humans, they love to accompany them on walks (and on the couch, of course). Plus, they’re non-shedders and make great apartment dwellers.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, good hiking companion, apartment-friendly, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues, loves water, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, gray, red, brown / chocolate / liver, fawn, cream, white
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, curly
  • temperament: outgoing, gentle, friendly, playful, anxious
For loving companionship, few breeds compare to the smart, cuddlesome, and playful Cavapoo. This crossbreed might also be a good choice as a low-allergen pet.
  • 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.