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  • 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: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, black
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof
Rottweilers are smart, hard-working dogs that can be gentle and devoted family pets with proper positive reinforcement training. Learn more about living with Rottweilers.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, protective
Mastiffs are loyal, gentle dogs, famous for their extra-large size and propensity for drooling. Learn more about living with mastiffs, one of the oldest dog breeds.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn, black, blue, gray, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, harlequin, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful, protective
Great Danes are enormous, gentle dogs that love spending time with their family, whether on walks or lazing at their elbows. Is this gentle gargantuan dog breed right for you?
  • 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: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, good hiking companion, easy to groom, hot weather tolerant, prone to health issues, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: spotted
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: timid, friendly, playful
With his spotted coat, the Dalmatian is one of the most instantly recognizable dogs in the world. His loyalty and playful personality make him perfect for most families.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, prone to health issues, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful, aloof
Bernese mountain dogs are smart, hardworking, and loyal dogs who love to spend time with their human family. Learn more about living with Bernese mountain dogs.
  • 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: 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: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, highly territorial, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Few dogs fit the description of majestic but gentle giants as well as the loving, sweet, and mild-tempered Newfoundland. Easygoing with children and loyal to their families, they’re devoted pets you’ll want to learn more about.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, black
  • coat length/texture: short, medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Labrador retrievers, or Labs as many know them, are an ideal combination of friendly and active, making them one of the most beloved family pets. Read on for more information about this most popular dog breed.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, high prey drive
  • colors: red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, anxious, willful, friendly, playful
The Norwich terrier is a small breed with a big personality. Hyper and intelligent, he's a fearless pup who thrives with owners who keep his brain busy with tricks and training.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, prone to health issues, low prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Muscular, athletic boxers are fun, cuddly, loyal dogs that love being part of an active family. They thrive in social environments and can be ideal companions. Learn whether these playful pups are the right fit for your lifestyle.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, prone to health issues, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, fawn, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Bred primarily as companion dogs, Frenchies crave all the love and affection we humans have to offer. They’re just as satisfied playing with kids and other dogs as they are being a couch potato. Goofy, yet intelligent, French bulldogs make an easygoing best friend for any dog lover.
  • 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: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, prone to health issues, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly
  • colors: red, fawn, white
  • patterns: brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful, protective
Found in schools and businesses all across the country, the bulldog is a worldwide symbol for tenacity. They are courageous, but also incredibly gentle, and they have a special fondness for children. Learn more about the timeless bulldog here.
  • 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: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, blue, white, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: sable, bicolor, tricolor, blue and tan, black and tan, brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: hairless
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
American hairless terriers are a lively, courageous, and loyal breed that descended from the rat terrier. Learn more about living with this rare hairless breed. 
  • 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
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.