Helpful Tips to Find the Right Dog for You

Dogs for Those Who Workout Allot

rottweilerIf you love the great outdoors, you probably want a canine companion that shares your joy. Just about every dog loves to get out and about, but breeds that adore long daily walks or vigorous exercise tend to be medium-large breeds, including Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, Irish and English Setters, Weimaraners, Border Collies, most pointers, German Shepherds, and Dalmatians.




Dogs that Love to be Around Boys and Girls

dogJust about every kind of dog can turn out to be a great companion for a child, but there are some breeds that are particularly known for their love of children. Beagles and boxers are good for little kids who love to romp and play, dachshunds are great for gentle, older kids, while Great Danes and Saint Bernards adore having children of all ages to play with and protect.




Dogs that are Busy Bees and Independent

alaskan malamutesYou’re a busy one, always on the go. While dogs are pack animals and need companionship, some dogs are more independent than others and may fit your busier life, including Alaskan Malamutes, Borzoi (Russian Wolfhounds), and Chinese Shar-peis. You can also help your pup cope with your absence by having two dogs, and they needn’t be a matching set. A lab can find great companionship with a papillon.




Dogs that Love Attention and are Homebodies

blood houndYou’ve got a lot of love and affection to give. If you want a pup that thrives on human companionship, think Pomeranian, Chinese crested, French bulldog, or toy poodle. For a dog that loves your attention and is a good watchdog too, one who’ll bark when strangers are near, your ideal canine mate may be a Beagle, Bloodhound, Old English Sheepdog, or American Cocker Spaniel.




Dogs for those who like it Quiet, such as Apartment Dwellers

terrier bedlingtonIf you live in an apartment, you’re probably looking for a dog that doesn’t tend to bark without reason, and who also needs only the moderate exercise a short walk. If this is the case, think English Toy Spaniels, Belington Terriers, or Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. A short walk or a good amount of indoor play is all a Havanese, Affenpinscher, or Chihuahua needs too; however, these dogs may tend to be more vocal.




Other Dogs that are Quiet to Help if you have Sleep Problems

basenjiIf sleep problems keep you wide-eyed some nights, a quiet canine companion could be the dog for you. Basenjis are famously known to be non-barking (they make low crowing sounds), though they’re very energetic dogs devoted to play. Other breeds known to have a quiet temperament include Greyhounds and English Sheepdogs. You may want to steer clear of Boxers and Bulldogs, who tend to snore.




Dogs for those who have Allergy Troubles

schnauzerBecause all dogs have a protein in their saliva and dander (flakes of dead skin) to which some people may be allergic, there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. Yet some dogs do produce less dander, while others shed less and so don’t drop as much dander-laden fur around the house. A few dogs that allergy sufferers may consider include Schnauzers, Poodles, Bichon Frises, and Portuguese water dogs.




Dogs that like short Walks - Better if you have Mobility Issues

basset hound Whether it’s knee pain, rheumatoid arthritis, or MS limiting your mobility, you probably want a pooch that can get plenty of exercise romping around the house, or needs only short walks. In that case, it may pay to think very small or very big. Bullmastiffs and Saint Bernards need only moderate exercise, as consider Basset Hounds, Shih Tzu, and Pekingese. Terriers are medium-sized dogs, but usually need lots of action.




Dogs that Love Making Friends with People and Socializing

irish setterIf you’re a party giver, a busy volunteer, an inveterate socializer, or looking for a love connection, you probably crave a canine confederate who likes to go places and loves to meet new people and it would help if your pup doesn’t tend to bite. People-lovers to consider include Clumber Spaniels, English Setters. Irish Setters, Golden Retrievers, Flat-coated Retrievers, and Labrador retrievers. Can alos consider Beagles, Siberian Huskies, and Bichon Frises.




Dogs that Help Give Motivation

pomeranianIf you need a little incentive to get out for a bit of exercise -- perhaps you’re coping with hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, or heart disease - think about a pooch that delights in walking, such as Akitas, clumber spaniels, Airedales, or American Eskimo dogs. Small pups like Pomeranians and toy poodles also enjoy walks, but they need much shorter strolls than larger breeds.




Globe Trotters - Dogs that you can Take Anywhere

yorkDo you travel a lot for work or play? You may want a pet who’ll enjoy the journey with you. This probably means a small, easily-transportable dog, one that enjoys travel, can fit in a suitable carry-on, and remains calm and generally quiet as you two jet from coast to coast. That’s a lot to ask of a little one, but a Yorkshire Terrier or a Maltese pup may be just the ticket.





Dogs Perfect for Waterfronts

poruguese water dogWhether you love the sea’s salty tang, or romping at river’s edge, a Golden Retriever loves to be right there beside you. Another aquatic pooch is the Portuguese water dog, which has a waterproof coat and loves fun with family. Make sure your water-loving dog doesn’t get dehydrated, sunburned, or drink salt water, and never leave your pup alone near water.




All Breeds

List of dog breeds, purebred, hybrid, and mixed breeds from A to Z in alphabetical order. 

Afghan Hound
Airedale Terrier
Alaskan Malamute
American English Coonhound
American Eskimo Dog
American Foxhound
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Water Spaniel
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Appenzeller Sennenhunde
Argentine Dogo
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Shepherd
Australian Terrier
Basset Hound
Bearded Collie
Bedlington Terrier
Belgian Laekenois
Belgian Malinois
Belgian Sheepdog
Belgian Tervuren
Berger Picard
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bichon Frise
Black and Tan Coonhound
Black Russian Terrier
Bluetick Coonhound
Border Collie
Border Terrier
Boston Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Boykin Spaniel
Bracco Italiano
Cairn Terrier
Canaan Dog
Cane Corso
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Catahoula Leopard Dog
Caucasian Ovcharka
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Central Asian Shepherd Dog
Cesky Terrier
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chinese Crested
Chinese Shar-Pei
Chow Chow
Cirneco dell'Etna
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel (American)
Coton de Tulear
Curly-Coated Retriever
Czechoslovakian Vlcak
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Doberman Pinscher
Dogue de Bordeaux
English Cocker Spaniel
English Foxhound
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel
Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Estrela Mountain Dog
Field Spaniel
Finnish Lapphund
Finnish Spitz
Flat-Coated Retriever
French Bulldog
German Pinscher
German Shepherd Dog
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Spitz
German Wirehaired Pointer
Giant Schnauzer
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Golden Retriever
Ibizan Hound
Icelandic Sheepdog
Irish Red and White Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Wolfhound
Italian Greyhound
Japanese Chin
Kai Ken
Karelian Bear Dog
Kerry Blue Terrier
Kishu Ken
Labrador Retriever
Lagotto Romagnolo
Lakeland Terrier
Lancashire Heeler
Lhasa Apso
Manchester Terrier
Mastiff (English)
Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Pinscher
Miniature Schnauzer
Mixed Breeds / Mutts
Neapolitan Mastiff
Norfolk Terrier
Norwegian Buhund
Norwegian Elkhound
Norwegian Lundehund
Norwich Terrier
Old English Sheepdog
Parson Russell Terrier
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Perro de Presa Canario
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
Pharaoh Hound
Rafeiro do Alentejo
Rat Terrier
Redbone Coonhound
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Russell Terrier
Russian Toy
Saint Bernard
Scottish Deerhound
Scottish Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
Thai Ridgeback
Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
Treeing Tennessee Brindle
Treeing Walker Coonhound
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Wirehaired Vizsla
Yorkshire Terrier

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