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Dog Breeds

Choosing the best dog breed in New York City can be difficult and quite stressful. Biscuits & Bath is here to help you make it easier. Here some of the top breeds currently in NYC!

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The sturdy Airedale is the largest of all terriers. Rangy but muscular legs give Airedales a regal lift in their bearing, and the long head—with its sporty beard and mustache, expressive eyes, and neatly folded ears—conveys a keen intelligence.

  • Group: Terrier Group
  • Personality: Clever, confident, proud; friendly but courageous
  • Energy Level: Very Active; A spirited do-it-all breed, Airedales thrive on physical challenges and mental stimulation
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 23 inches
  • Weight: 50-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large, powerful and alert, the Akita is a working breed that originated in Japan. Dignified and courageous, the Akita today is popular in the show ring and also participates in performance and therapy work.

  • Group: Working Group
  • Personality: Dignified, courageous, and profoundly loyal to their humans
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not a hyper breed, but these big guys enjoy regular exercise
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 100-130 pounds (male), 70-100 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
  • Barking Level: Quiet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The largest and oldest of the Arctic sled dogs, the Alaskan Malamute possesses great strength and endurance.

  • Group: Working Group
  • Personality: Affectionate, loyal, playful but dignified
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; A very strong dog built for heavy work, the big guy craves regular exercise
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 25 inches (male), 23 inches (female)
  • Weight: 85 pounds (male), 75 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animated, adaptable and agile, the Australian Shepherd lives for his job, which still involves herding livestock and working as an all-purpose farm and ranch dog.

  • Group: Herding Group
  • Personality: Smart, work-oriented, exuberant
  • Energy Level: Very Active; True working dogs, unemployment doesn't agree with these guys.
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 20-23 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
  • Weight: 55-70 pounds (male), 35-55 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Basset Hound has such a distinct look—a short, low-to-the-ground body with big, hanging ears—it’s no wonder it has inspired several cartoon characters.

  • Group: Hound Group
  • Personality: Patient and low-key; a bit stubborn but always charming
  • Energy Level: Not Very Active; Bassets are not the most active breed but do need regular walks to stay healthy
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: up to 15 inches
  • Weight: 40-65 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

Not only are Beagles excellent hunting dogs and loyal companions, they are also happy-go-lucky, funny, and—thanks to their pleading expression—cute.

  • Group: Hound Group
  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bearded Collies bear a passing resemblance to another of Britain’s droving dogs, the Old English Sheepdog. But beneath the coats, "Beardies" are the more lean and angular of the two.

  • Group: Herding Group
  • Personality: Bouncy, charismatic, friendly; smart, but also stubborn and independent
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Beardies are energetic, boisterous dogs who love outdoor exercise in all weather
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 21-22 inches (male), 20-21 inches (female)
  • Weight: 45-55 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its name (pronounced BEE-shon Free-ZAY) is French for “fluffy white dog,” which is a very accurate way to describe these 10- to 20-pound four-legged cotton balls.

  • Group: Non Sporting Group
  • Personality: Playful, curious, and peppy
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Short bursts of energy are balanced with cuddly, loveable periods
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic
  • Grooming: Daily
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 9.5-11.5 inches
  • Weight: 12-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Border Collies are athletic, medium-sized herders standing 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder. The overall look is that of a muscular but nimble worker unspoiled by passing fads.

  • Group: Herding Group
  • Personality: Remarkably smart workaholics; not averse to a good cuddle.
  • Energy Level: The uncanny intelligence, athleticism, and trainability of Border Collies have a perfect outlet in agility work.
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 19-22 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
  • Weight: 30-45 pounds (male), 27-42 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-17 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They’re easy to recognize among other terriers by their unique head shape: “otter head,” as Border Terrier fans say.

  • Group: Terrier Group
  • Personality: Plucky, happy, affectionate
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Quick and agile, Borders need exercise and time to explore
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 12-15 inches
  • Weight: 13-15.5 pounds (male), 11.5-14 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The breed is famous for its “tuxedo” coat: white and either black, brindle (a dark striped pattern), or seal (appears black except it has a red cast when viewed in sun or bright light).

  • Group: Non Sporting Group
  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dark brown eyes and wrinkled forehead give the face an alert, curious look. Boxers move like the athletes they’re named for: smooth and graceful, but powerful.

  • Group: Working Group
  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittanys are unique sporting dogs: Smaller than setters but leggier than spaniels, they stand about 20 inches at the shoulder.

  • Group: Sporting Group
  • Personality: Bright, upbeat, fun-loving at home; a tireless, enthusiastic worker afield
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Energetic and alert, Brittanys need plenty of exercise—preferably along their favorite human
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 17.5-20.5 inches
  • Weight: 30-40 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The intelligent and cheerful Brussels Griffon has a terrier-like disposition and is known for his almost human expression.

  • Group: Toy Group
  • Personality: Alert, curious, and loyal
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Griffs are spunky and love to play and to share long, daily walks with their owners
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 7-10 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playful and clownish, the Bull Terrier is best described as a three-year-old child in a dog suit. Given his muscular build, the Bull Terrier can appear unapproachable, but he is an exceedingly friendly dog, with a sweet and fun-loving disposition and popular in the obedience, agility and show rings.

  • Group: Terrier Group
  • Personality: Playful and charming; sometimes mischievous, always loyal
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Lots of exercise is needed to prevent boredom and the problem behaviors that come with it
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 21-22 inches
  • Weight: 50-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

Known for their loose-jointed, shuffling gait and massive, short-faced head, the Bulldog is known to be equable, resolute and dignified.

  • Group: Non Sporting Group
  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long, low-set dogs with sturdy bone, short legs, and a deep chest, Cardigan Welsh Corgis are powerful little workers of deceptive speed and grace.

  • Group: Herding Group
  • Personality: Loyal, affectionate, and smart; even-tempered, never shy
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Athletic, rugged herders with a love for the outdoors, Cardigans thrive on mental and physical activity
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 10.5-12.5 inches
  • Weight: 30-38 pounds (male), 25-34 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can’t help being enchanted by the big, twinkling eyes of the Cavalier, a gentle, pint-sized bundle of tail-wagging joy. Friendly and easily trained, the Cavalier is an ideal companion for families with young children and other pets.

  • Group: Toy Group
  • Personality: Affectionate, graceful, and gentle.
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Cavies do not require an exhaustive workout, they're happy with a good walk every day.
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 12-13 inches
  • Weight: 13-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chihuahuas are tiny dogs that come in many different colors and markings, and can have either long or short coats, but they all have large, alert ears, big moist eyes, and huge personalities.

  • Group: Toy Group
  • Personality: Graceful, charming, and sassy.
  • Energy Level: Though Chihuahuas like to run and play, they are mostly an indoor pet, and do well in apartments.
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 6-9 inches
  • Weight: 3-6 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-20 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their several distinctive features include a lion’s-mane ruff around the head and shoulders; a blue-black tongue; deep-set almond eyes that add to a scowling, snobbish expression; and a “stilted” (stiff-legged) way of moving.

  • Group: Non Sporting Group
  • Personality: Serious-minded, dignified, bright, and aloof
  • Energy Level: Not Very Active; Not particularly busy dogs, a couple of good walks a day will do
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 17-20 inches
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-12 years
  • Barking Level: Quiet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chihuahuas are tiny dogs that come in many different colors and markings, and can have either long or short coats, but they all have large, alert ears, big moist eyes, and huge personalities.

  • Personality: Graceful, charming, and sassy.
  • Energy Level: Though Chihuahuas like to run and play, they are mostly an indoor pet, and do well in apartments.
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 6-9 inches
  • Weight: 3-6 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-20 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cocker has a sturdy, compact body and a silky, flat or wavy coat. He is a merry, well-balanced dog that is capable of considerable speed and great endurance.

  • Group: Sporting Group
  • Personality: Happy, smart, gentle
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Energetic sporting dogs, Cockers love their playtime and brisk walks
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 14.5-15.5 inches (male), 13.5-14.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 25-30 pounds (male), 20-25 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These elegant dogs are legendary for their herding and protecting abilities. They are strong, loyal, affectionate, responsive and fast.

  • Group: Herding Group
  • Personality: Graceful, devoted, and proud
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Collies are active and need daily exercise, but they're happy to chill at home the rest of the time
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 60-75 pounds (male), 50-65 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dachshund, meaning "badger dog" in German, is a lively breed with a friendly personality and keen sense of smell. Known for their long and low bodies, they are eager hunters that excel in both above- and below-ground work.

  • Group: Hound Group
  • Personality: Courageous, determined, and smart
  • 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: 8-9 inches (standard), 5-6 inches (miniature)
  • Weight: 16-32 pounds (standard), 11 pounds & under (miniature)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only spotted breed, the Dalmatian is alert and active, possessing great endurance, speed and intelligence.

  • Group: Non Sporting Group
  • Personality: A well-bred Dal is stable and outgoing; dignified but never shy
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Athletic, durable dogs created for long jaunts, Dals need their exercise
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Frequent
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 19-24 inches
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A square, medium-sized dog, the Doberman Pinscher is muscular and possesses great endurance and speed. He is elegant in appearance and reflects great nobility and temperament.

  • Group: Working Group
  • Personality: Alert, fearless, loyal, and highly trainable
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Dobes are energetic dogs who need regular exercise to keep their magnificent physique
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 75-100 pounds (male), 60-90 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

This is a breed named for its coat, so let’s begin there. The lustrous, flat-lying coat comes in solid black or liver, with feathering at the legs and tail.

  • Group: Sporting Group
  • Personality: Happy, confident, intelligent, and forever young
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Highly energetic gundogs, Flat-Coats need lots of outdoorsy exercise
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 23-24.5 inches (male), 22-23.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 60-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-10 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This affectionate and playful breed—known for its wrinkly, smushy face and bat-like ears—is a great companion for single pet-owners as well as families with young children.

  • Group: Non Sporting Group
  • Personality: Playful, smart, adaptable, and completely irresistible
  • Energy Level: Not Very Active; Frenchies are easygoing, not terribly athletic; brisk walks will keep them trim
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 11-13 inches
  • Weight: under 28 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Quiet

Generally considered dogdom's finest all-purpose workers, German Shepherd Dogs are large, agile, muscular dogs of noble spirit and high intelligence. For such deep-chested, solid dogs, they move quickly with great nimbleness afoot.

  • Group: Herding Group
  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A well-bred Giant Schnauzer closely resembles the Standard Schnauzer—only bigger. As their name suggests, Giants are imposing

  • Group: Working Group
  • Personality: Loyal, alert, trainable, with the stable temperament required in big dogs of great strength
  • Energy Level: Very Active; More energetic and up-tempo than most big breeds, Giants need lots of exercise
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal, Hypoallergenic
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 25.5-27.5 inches (male), 23.5-25.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 60-85 pounds (male), 55-75 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

It’s not surprising that Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. Along with being exuberant and friendly, they are strong dogs and hard workers.

  • Group: Sporting Group
  • 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

Havanese are happy little dogs with a spring in their step and a gleam in their big, brown eyes. Happily, they are just as cute no matter what hairdo you give them.

  • Group: Toy Group
  • Personality: Outgoing, funny, intelligent
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Curious, sociable dogs, Havanese enjoy a good romp but have no special exercise needs
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 8.5-11.5 inches
  • Weight: 7-13 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gentle, intelligent and family-friendly Labrador Retriever from Canada is one of the most popular breed in the United States.

  • Group: Sporting Group
  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maltese are toy dogs. Beneath that all-white mantle is a compact body moving with a smooth, effortless gait.

  • Group: Toy Group
  • Personality: Gentle, playful, affectionate; fearless in a charming toy-dog way.
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; A classic lapdog, but Maltese still like brisk walks, playtime, and learning tricks.
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 6-8 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its trademark is its beautiful, profuse coat, but the intelligent and agile Old English Sheepdog (OES) can easily complete any demanding task asked of him by a shepherd or drover.

  • Group: Herding Group
  • Personality: Adaptable, smart, gentle; OES are famous for their sweet, agreeable nature
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; A mellow housedog, but the OES is a big, agile dog who likes exploring, long walks, and a good gallop
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 22 inches & up (male), 21 inches & up (female)
  • Weight: 60-100 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Papillon is a small, friendly, elegant toy dog with a fine boned structure. He is light and dainty, yet still lively, and is distinguished from other breeds by his beautiful, butterfly-like ears.

  • Group: Toy Group
  • Personality: Happy, alert, friendly
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Curious, quick, and athletic, Paps like exercise and take to training
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 5-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pomeranian is a cocky, animated companion with an extroverted personality. This compact little dog is an active toy breed with an alert character and fox-like expression.

  • Group: Toy Group
  • Personality: Lively, bold, and inquisitive—a prototypical "personality breed"
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Pomeranians are playful and vivacious but also love to be lapdogs
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 6-7 inches
  • Weight: 3-7 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many odd physical characteristics can one breed have? Consider the Shar-Pei, from head to tail: the broad “hippopotamus” muzzle; the blue-black tongue; the small, sunken eyes with their scowling expression; the tiny triangular ears; the abundant folds of loose skin about the head, neck, and shoulders; the high-set, tapered tail—all blanketed by a uniquely harsh, sand papery coat.

  • Group: Non Sporting Group
  • Personality: Steadfastly devoted to loved ones, but standoffish and lordly toward strangers
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not a busy dog; a good walk or two or day will suffice
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 18-20 inches
  • Weight: 45-60 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

Their coat is worth the time you’ll put into it—few dogs are as beautiful as a well-groomed Shih Tzu.

  • Group: Toy Group
  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as "Yorkies," offer big personalities in a small package.

  • Group: Toy Group
  • 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

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