All you need to know about your breed match

PUG

pug dog

Meet the clowns of the canines, the Pug. They love to be goofy and silly while showing off for any audience that gives them time. They are a whole lot of dog with a little sturdy body. This dog was bred for one purpose, to sit on a lap. They are a companion breed through and through. They boast a short-haired coat, but don’t be fooled, they shed a lot. His square and cobby breed come in fawn or black, with a well-defined “mask” on his muzzle. 


Personality: Even-tempered, charming, mischievous and loving

Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Pugs are not exactly natural athletes, but they do have strong legs and endless curiosity—exercise both regularly

Good with Children: Better with Supervision


Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Responds Well

Height: 10-13 inches

Weight: 14-18 pounds

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years


PODDLE

poddle

Poodles are frequently thought of as a proud and beautiful breed, but they are also quite intelligent and very active. Considered one of the smartest dog breeds, second only to the Border Collie, they thrive on physically and mentally challenging activities, and perform very well in competitive obedience training. They are perhaps such a popular breed due to the fact that they come in 3 size categories and are hypoallergenic with little to no shedding. Don’t let their regal appearance fool you, they can be goofy and highly affectionate and are always up for a game. Their coats will always be solid in color including colors of black, white, brown, and grey with some other variations. 


Personality: Proud, active and very smart.

Energy Level: Very Active; Poodles are enthusiastic walkers, runners, and swimmers. They're eager for all kinds of activity, and they enjoy keeping busy.


Good with Children: Yes

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic


Grooming: Daily

Trainability: Eager To Please

Height: 5 - 15 inches toy and miniature 

Weight: 4-6 pounds (toy), 10-15 pounds (miniature), 60-70 pounds (male standard), 40-50 pounds (female standard)


Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

Barking Level: Barks When Necessary


YORKSHIRE TERRIER

yorkshire terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier, sometimes affectionately called Yorkie, offers a big personality in itty bitty packages. They are a toy breed or small dog, but by nature, they are terriers, which means they are brave, determined, curious, and quite energetic. Ironically they were originally bred to catch rats and were a dog common among the working class, but they have since made the shift to becoming a companion breed among high society in Europe. They are the most popular toy breed with their feisty personalities, loyalty to family, and ease of apartment living. Their coats can be variations of black and tan with markings varying.


Type: Toy

Personality: Sprightly, tomboyish, and affectionate

Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Yorkies are moderately active and will be happy with a daily satisfying walk

Good with Children: Better with Supervision

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Infrequent

Grooming: Daily

Trainability: Independent

Height: 7-8 inches

Weight: 7 pounds

Life Expectancy: 11-15 years

Barking Level: Barks when necessary


POMERANIAN

pomeranian

The compact toy breed that has a Texas-sized personality, Pomeranians are part of the small dog breeds pack. With their fox-like expressions and “can do” attitude they are true extroverts at heart. That can land them in trouble sometimes as they think they are as big as their personalities. Poms have long fur that looks like it would require more care than it does, but weekly brushing is typically enough to keep their coat looking clean. Poms can actually come in a wide variety of colors and markings, though it is uncommon to find all white, or mostly-white Poms.


Type: Toy

Size: 6-7 inches; 3-7 pounds

Personality: Lively, bold, and inquisitive—a prototypical “personality breed”

Energy Level: Medium

Trainability: Medium to Medium High

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Weekly

Life Span: 12-16 years


DACHSHUND

dachshund

The one and only badger hound, Dachshunds were bred to be hunting dogs for burrowing animals such as the badger. They are excellent for small game hunting both above and below ground, but more often than not they are now great companion dogs. Dachshunds are very versatile and, although known as a small dog breed, it can vary a bit in size, colors, coat types, and personality, so there is sure to be a Dachshund for everyone. Their fur can be short, wire-haired, or long with up to 12 colors and 3 markings. The wirehair Dachshund has some Terrier mixed in so they can be a bit mischievous and have some traits similar to that of the Terrier group.


Personality: Go look up the word “spunky.” We’ll wait. Did you see a photo of a Dachsie? We thought so.

Energy Level: Somewhat Active; A moderately active dog, but his intelligence means he gets bored easily, so it’s good to keep him busy

Good with Children: Better with Supervision

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision


Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Responds Well

Height: 5-6 inches (miniature)

Weight: 16-32 pounds (standard), 11 pounds & under (miniature)

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Barking Level: Barks When Necessary


SHIH TZU

shih-tzu

The Shih Tzu is definitely a small dog breed and, though the name means little lion, he is most definitely a lover, not a hunter. There is nothing fierce about this little, affectionate, happy, outgoing house dog. They are a companion dog that does best in a loving family home and love children. One might think they are a snobbish breed with their silky long locks but nothing could be farther from the truth – they love to play and socialize and must have everyone’s attention.


Personality: Outgoing, affectionate, playful and charming

Energy Level: As the sole purpose of the Shih Tzu is companion and house pet, he should be lively, alert, friendly and trusting.


Good with Children: Yes

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Infrequent

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Responds Well

Height: 8-11 inches 

Weight: 9-16 pounds 

Life Expectancy: 10-16 years

Barking Level: Barks When Necessary


CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL

cavalier king charles spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a sweet, loving, and friendly personality that melts your heart with his big brown eyes and the swishing of his plumy tail. First gaining popularity as the favorite dog of King Charles II, this large toy breed is ideal for families as a very active companion breed. Cavalier Kings are active, like their spaniel ancestors, and enjoy flushing and retrieving birds. That being said, they also love to snuggle up on their owner’s lap and get lots of belly rubs. Their ease of training, size, and overall temperament makes them a first choice for many families.


Size: 12-13 inches; 13-18 pounds

Personality: Affectionate, graceful, and gentle.

Energy Level: Medium to Medium High

Trainability: High

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Occasional

Life Span: 12-15 years


ENGLISH BULLDOG

english-bulldog

The original purpose of the English Bulldog was to herd cattle to the market or participate in the bloody sport of bull-baiting. Now Bulldogs enjoy living with their families, taking a walk, and napping in the afternoon. Bulldogs can come in 10 colors with 6 markings. Though cartoons depict Bulldogs as ferocious dogs, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. They are extremely affectionate, loving, and easy going.


Personality: Calm, courageous, and friendly; dignified but amusing.

Energy Level: Not Very Active; Bulldogs won't beg to be exercised, but they require regular walks and the occasional romp.


Good with Children: Yes

Good with other Dogs: Yes

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Weekly

Trainability: Responds Well

Height: 14-15 inches

Weight: 50 pounds (male), 40 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

Barking Level: Quiet


BEAGLE

beagle

Beagles are not only good hunting dogs, they are also loyal companions that love interacting with people and dogs. Beagles love to follow their noses and track anything that might interest them which can land them into some interesting situations. This breed is sturdy and easy going which makes them fairly easy to care for but they do need to run and get plenty of exercise. Their coats can vary from 11 colors between white, brown and black with 1 marking. 


Personality: Merry, friendly, and curious

Energy Level: Very Active; This quick, energetic and compact hound dog needs plenty of exercise

Good with Children: Yes

Good with other Dogs: Yes

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Weekly

Trainability: Responds Well

Height: 13 inches & under, 13-15 inches

Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches)

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal


BOSTON TERRIER

bosotn-terrier

Meet the “American Gentleman” among dogs. With their tuxedo-like markings and loving, affectionate nature they certainly have earned their nickname. They were originally bred to be fighting dogs but today they are anything but aggressive. Boston Terriers are a small-built dog but they are muscular and a very sturdy breed. As with most intelligent breeds, they need physical and mental exercise daily to keep them fit and keep them out of trouble. They can be relatively easy to train and if they do disobey they just make it all better with their big brown eyes that say “I love you.” 


Personality: Friendly, bright, amusing, and adaptable.

Energy Level: Their many charms have made Boston Terriers a true American favorite for more than a hundred years.

Good with Children: Yes

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Infrequent

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Eager To Please

Height: 15-17 inches 

Weight: 10-25 pounds 

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Barking Level: Quiet


MINIATURE SCHNAUZER

mini-schnauzer

If you are looking for the full package of intelligence, affection, and a friendly, outgoing personality, then this little package of a miniature schnauzer is for you. They are just like the regular schnauzer, just smaller in size. Originally bred to be a farm dog and ratter, they are fearless and intelligent without being aggressive. The coat comes in three color patterns: salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black. 


Personality: Friendly, smart, obedient

Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Alert, lively dogs, they enjoy playtime and brisk long walks

Good with Children: Yes

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic

Grooming: Daily

Trainability: Eager To Please

Height: 12-14 inches

Weight: 11-20 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal


PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI

corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a small but very sturdy breed that is the smallest in the herding group of dogs. They are intelligent and very agreeable with their eager-to-please personality. Though most recognize him as a fabulous house dog, he is an avid competitor in dog sports including conforming, obedience and herding. The coat can be red, sable, fawn, black and tan with or without white markings. 


Personality: Smart and alert, affectionate but not pushy, bold but kindly.

Energy Level: Very Active; A strong and athletic little dog, the Pembroke loves physical activity and is happiest when he has a job to do.

Good with Children: Better with Supervision

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Frequent

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Responds Well

Height: 10-12 inches

Weight: up to 30 pounds (male), up to 28 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy: 12-13 years

Barking Level: Barks When Necessary​


LABRADOR RETRIEVER

labrador-retriever

Labrador Retrievers consistently top the charts in the United Kingdom and the United States as the most popular dog breed. Known for being gentle, intelligent, and eager to please they are a favorite for families. Bred initially to assist fishermen, they are a working dog that is now most known for its retrieving skills as they assist hunters. They have since become a very versatile breed that assists law enforcement, work as therapy dogs, guide dogs, as well as search and rescue dogs. Their coat is short and comes in yellow, chocolate, or black with no markings.


Personality: Friendly and outgoing, Labs play well with others

Energy Level: Very Active; Labs are high-spirited and not afraid to show it

Good with Children: Yes


Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Eager To Please Height: 22.5-24.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)

Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Barking Level: Barks When Necessary


GERMAN SHEPHERD

It’s not surprising that the German Shepherd is the 2nd most popular dog in pure-bred form, but did you know it wins the #1 spot as the most popular breed to use when creating a mixed-breed dog? They are intelligent, hard-working, extremely capable animals, not to mention the most loyal companion anyone could ask for. They have been faithful working dogs in multiple industries including but not limited to: law enforcement, military, search and rescue, aiding those with disabilities, and security. They are the most widely used breed in scent work roles. Considered the third most intelligent breed, a German Shepherd dog needs mental games and training daily just as much as they need daily exercise. 


Personality: Smart, confident, courageous, and steady; a true dog lover's dog

Energy Level: Very Active; These big guys were born to work; they require regular mental and physical exercise

Good with Children: Yes

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Frequent

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Eager To Please Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)

Weight: 65-90 pounds (male), 50-70 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy: 7-10 years

Barking Level: Barks When Necessary


GOLDEN RETRIEVER

golden-retriever

Golden Retrievers are very strong, capable, and family-friendly dogs. Their tolerant personality makes them perfect for children, yet their intelligence makes them excellent at many working-dog positions. They have been known to work as search and rescue canines, therapy and guide dogs, as well as hunter companions. Whatever they are called to do they are dedicated to their work. Don’t be fooled though, they still love to play and be silly. Not to be confused with the Labrador Retriever, they have longer fur and a slightly different body structure. Their fur is usually a golden or reddish brown in color and can vary in how light or dark it is. 


Personality: Intelligent, friendly, and devoted.

Energy Level: Very Active; This dog is active and energetic, and needs daily exercise.

Good with Children: Yes

Good with other Dogs: Yes

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Eager To Please

Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)

Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Barking Level: Barks When Necessary


BOXER

boxer

Boxers were originally bred to be a medium-sized guard dog but have become more of a medium-sized affectionate family companion dog. That being said they are a strong and muscular dog that is alert, intelligent, and friendly. They take up to three years to fully mature and exhibit puppy-like behavior and playfulness for years. Their coats can be fawn (tan to mahogany-red) or brindle (kind of like tiger stripes), with white markings. 


Personality: Fun-loving, bright, active and loyal

Energy Level: Very Active; Boxers are strong, quick, busy dogs who need plenty of exercise; they enjoy challenges, both physical and mental

Good with Children: Yes

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Responds Well

Height: 23-25 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)

Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), females are about 15 pounds less than male

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Barking Level
: Barks When Necessary


SIBERIAN HUSKY

siberian-husky

The beautiful Siberian Husky has won the hearts of many with its thick coat, crystal clear eyes, and extremely friendly personality. It is the tenth-most popular breed used to create mixed breed dogs. They were bred to be sled dogs and are very capable workers that have a lot of energy. Some personality quirks of Siberian Huskies need to be taken into account when thinking about purchasing or adopting one. They are escape artists. They are intelligent and can be difficult to train. Last, they are excessively friendly, so much so that they would even welcome an intruder into the home. Huskies may resemble the wolf, but they are anything but a guard dog.


Personality: Friendly, gentle, dignified; alert, but not aggressive.

Energy Level: New owners should be prepared to provide an outlet for daily exercise.

Good with Children: Yes

Good with other Dogs: Yes

Shedding: Seasonal


Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Responds Well

Height: 21-23.5 inches (male), 20-22 inches (female)

Weight: 45-60 pounds (male), 35-50 pounds (female) 

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Barking Level: Barks When Necessary


BORDER COLLIE

Border-Collies

The Border Collie is considered the smartest dog. They are a premier herding dog that has the drive to work and the energy and stamina to complete the job. This breed is known for his ease of training and all-around friendly personality, which thrives on pleasing his owner. Since he is highly intelligent and trainable he also excels in many canine sports such as obedience, flyball, agility, tracking, and flying disc competitions. Both the medium-length rough coat and the shorter smooth coat come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. His oval eyes are the focus of an intelligent expression—an intense gaze, this has made the Border Collie’s famous and given the expression of having a “herding eye.” Last, he loves to snuggle and be with his family.


Type: Herding

Size: 18-22 inches; 27-45 pounds

Personality: Energetic, alert, hardworking, smart, and friendly

Energy Level: High

Trainability: High

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Weekly

Life Span: 10-17 years

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