Dogs that are willful and that have a high prey drive

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  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tuxedo, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Russell terriers are incredibly intelligent, endlessly sociable, and unquestioningly adorable. Learn about their temperament, level of care, and more to decide whether this breed is right for your family.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
American bulldogs might surprise you with their devotion, task management, playfulness, and courage. They’re terrific guardians and working dogs—but they also have a sweet, sensitive side that makes them good family dogs.
  • 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: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Loyal, intelligent, cuddly, and more than a little sassy, Alaskan malamutes apply a dedicated work ethic to everything they do—even playtime! If you’re eager to have one, learn more about their unique personality and needs.  
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, aloof
You know that jowly face, those floppy ears. Basset hounds are excellent tracking dogs, but they're just as happy to spend time napping with your family. Learn more about living with basset hounds.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aggressive
Few animals balance fierce protection with friendly playfulness quite like dogo Argentinos. They’re loyal, independent, high-energy dogs that rely on their human companions for support and guidance. Learn how these sporting dogs respond to family life.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, hairless, sable, saddle / blanket, brindle, merle, black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
Afghan hounds are aristocratic and loving dogs who can run up to 40 mph and require a serious grooming routine. Learn more about caring for an Afghan hound and if it’s the right dog for your family.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: blue, gray
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aloof
Weimaraners are friendly, fearless, and obedient with a striking appearance—thanks to their unique silver-grey coat—that draws a lot of attention. Highly energetic and affectionate, this breed needs just the right family fit. Learn more about living with Weimaraners.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gray, black, white
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, willful, playful, protective
A loyal family companion and an eager outdoor playmate, intelligent Norwegian elkhounds are an ancient dog breed that fits well into an active, modern lifestyle.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, liver and tan, black and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, willful, aloof, protective
Known as a national treasure in Japan, Akitas have wooed American dog lovers with their loyalty, watchfulness, and graceful strength. Learn more about living with the Akita.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, gold / yellow
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, playful, aloof
Known for the trademark ridge that runs along their spines, Rhodesian ridgebacks are an independent, strong, and faithful breed. Learn more about living with Rhodesian ridgebacks.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gray, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled, tuxedo
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, willful, protective
Not only will Pomskies win you over with their darling dainty faces, but they’re also fiercely loyal companions who will follow your every step. They can be stubborn, yet cheeky, and love to make their families laugh.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, red, blue, cream, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, sable, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled, spotted, merle, blue and tan, black and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, long, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aggressive
Easily recognized by its long body on stubby legs, the small and spunky dachshund has long been a family favorite. Learn more about living with doxies.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: long, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
The Scottish terrier is among the oldest, best established, most recognizable breeds in the world. Tenacious, intelligent, and sometimes cantankerous, these dogs can be great companions to the right owner.
  • 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: 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.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gold / yellow, black, blue
  • patterns: black and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, anxious
Yorkshire terriers, or Yorkies, are small, feisty, and fiercely dedicated to their owners. These former rat hunters now enjoy their status as fun, fearless companions especially suited for apartment life. Learn more about living with Yorkies.
  • breed group: herding
  • 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, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, blue, black
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Australian shepherds are intelligent, loyal, energetic dogs that love spending quality time exploring with their owners. Learn more about living with Aussies.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, apartment-friendly
  • colors: red, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful, aloof
Basenjis are an energetic, clever breed with adorably furrowed brows, a strong hunting drive, and an independent personality. Learn more about living with Basenjis.
  • 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.