Breed Research

The path to the perfect pet starts at PetGuide.com. And with our Breed Research resources, it will help you narrow down what pet would make a great addition to your household. We’ve done all the work for you. All you need to do is pick a pet, choose from a drop-down menu of important features and read up on the selections we’ve determined are the best fit for you. Our Breed Research tool is the right place to start – and finish – your pet-picking journey!

You adore kitties, but violently sneeze each time you pet a cat? Find out which breeds are considered hypoallergenic and suitable for people with allergies. Always wanted a kitten with unique looks? Take a look at our informational guides on hairless cat breeds, Bobtail kitties, or unusual and rare breeds. Petguide.com’s section on Cat Breeds has all the insights you need to choose your feline friend!

Choosing a pooch for your family also requires consideration of many breed traits. Read all about new and exotic breeds, such as Pomsky or Labradoodle, or classics like Labrador Retrievers and Poodles. We have the info you need about Dog Breeds, whether you’re looking for a lap dog, energetic pooch or a breed that doesn’t shed.

We at Petguide.com know that cats and dogs are not the only popular choices for a pet. If you’re thinking of getting a fish tank, or want to have a horse, rabbit or a turtle as a pet, we’ve got you covered. Our comprehensive breed guides have everything you need out to pick out your new pet, regardless of their size and shape!

It’s important to pick a companion that will be a perfect match for your needs and personality. Our Breed Research blog has the facts, pros and cons and advice that will help you make an informed decision and choose your perfect pet.

Affenshire

The Affenshire is a designer dog breed, developed by crossing a Yorkshire Terrier to an Affenpinscher. Learn more about these unique tiny dogs!

Taco Terrier

The Taco Terrier is a unique combination of the Toy Fox Terrier and a Chihuahua – two lively, fun, and affectionate toy dog breeds.

English Lop

The English Lop is popular for two main characteristics: its large, floppy ears and its wonderful personality. This rabbit loves to play and cuddle.

Irish Setter

The Irish Setter is a noble, friendly dog that can make not only versatile athletes, but comfortable companions on a daily basis.

Stabyhoun

The Stabyhoun is a medium-sized dog with a long black-and-white coat. This typle of dog is one of the top five rarest breeds in the world (as of 2013).

Mastidoodle

The sweet-natured Mastidoodle brings together the loyal Poodle and the gentle Mastiff for an easygoing family dog that loves kids.

Guppy

One of the most commonly available species of freshwater aquarium fish, the guppy is a long favorite amongst aquarium enthusiasts worldwide.

Afghan Hound

One of the oldest dog breeds, the Afghan Hound has become known as a "king of dogs" for its appearance, general demeanor, and general nobility as a breed.

Hovawart

The Hovawart is a stoic member of the German canine elite. Originating from the Black Forest in Germany, the Hovawart's name means "a guardian of estates."

Aussiedoodle

The Aussiedoodle is a medium sized and almost indecently cute breed of designer dog created by crossing an Australian Shepherd and a Standard Poodle.

Australian Kelpie

The Australian Kelpie is a highly intelligent breed of herding dog that likes to work hard. It is friendly and playful, always eager to please its owner.

Havanese

The Havanese is a lapdog, performer, and companion. Friendly, loving and happy, the Havanese loves to play with its owners and other animals.

Eng-A-Poo

The Eng-A-Poo is a cross between a purebred English Toy Spaniel and Poodle. They are loyal and loving dogs that are playful and a pleasure to be around.

Rattle Dog

The Rattle Dog is a cute combo of the clever Poodle and the stubborn American Rat Terrier. An intelligent, loving little dog that's great with kids.

Jackshund

The Jackshund (Jackweenie) is a designer dog created by crossing the Jack Russell Terrier with a Dachshund. This is an energetic dog with a sweet nature.

English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel makes a great house pet. This breed is hardy and sturdy, and you'll soon find that it's happiest when it is by your side.

Rainbowfish

Rainbowfish are a family of small freshwater fish that get their name from their iridescent colorations that change shades in different light settings.

Cheetoh

The Cheetoh is a product of the Ocicat and the Bengal cats. This fun-loving kitty enjoys playing, running, and jumping through every room in your house.

Pointer

The Pointer is a affectionate, active and intelligent family friendly dog with a strong built and high energy levels that loves to hunt.

Boston Huahua

The Boston Huahua brings the sweet disposition of the Boston Terrier together with the inquisitive nature of the Chihuahua.

Miniature Shar-Pei

The Miniature Shar-Pei shares their history with the traditional Chinese Shar-Pei but they have been selectively bred down in size.

Loaches

Loaches are a large family of highly intelligent freshwater fish. There are over 200 different species and they are characterized by their eel-like bodies.

Dragonets

Dragonets are a family of small, vibrantly colored saltwater fish. There are over 130 species of dragonets identified and similar in appearance to gobies.

Peterbald

The Peterbald is a new hairless cat breed that originated in Russia in the 1990s. These cats are renowned for their dog-like loyalty toward their humans.

Borzoi

Popular due to its beauty and temperament, the Borzoi fits into a variety of different households. Quiet and calm, the Borzoi is reserved with strangers.

Swedish Elkhound

The Swedish Elkhound is also known as the Jämthund and the Moosehound. It is an intelligent breed and one that is eager to please.

Oriental

The Oriental is one of the most people-oriented of all cat breeds. They don't just want to share their lives with you, they need to.

Tonkinese

The Tonkinese has a reputation for being a feline innovator. They come up with all sorts of games involving their toys and their humans on a daily basis.

Auggie

Auggie, also known as Aussie-Corgi, Augi, Auggi, or Augie, is a mix between a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and an Australian Shepherd.

Puggle

Lively and full of the spunk, the Puggle is a fun-loving little clown. He'll run around and play like he was a puppy, even after he is well grownup!

Maltipom

The Maltipom is a designer dog breed from crossing two purebred dogs, a Maltese and a Pomeranian. A small, cute pooch, the Maltipom is ideal for apartments.

Foxface Rabbitfish

The foxface rabbitfish is a popular species of saltwater fish belonging to the rabbitfish family. When stressed, they can change to a mottled brown color.

Toy Rat Doxie

If you want a small dog with a big personality, you'll love the feisty Toy Rat Doxie. This designer dog is a mix between a Daschund and a Rat Terrier.

Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres Basics Always an adventurer, the Bouvier des Flandres has rugged good looks and is generally ready and raring to do almost anything. His…

Cao De Castro Laboreiro

A large and impressive livestock herding breed, the Cao de Castro Laboreiro is fairly rare outside his home country of Portugal.

Dalmatian

Often associated as the kind of dogs who help firemen and police, the Dalmatian is a notoriously good workers and are known as an assertive, friendly breed.

Tyrolean Hound

Also known as the Tyroler Bracke, the Tyrolean Hound is known for its scenting skill and ability to withstand rough conditions.

Drum Fish

There are several species of fish that carry the "drum" name. With more than 250 species, drum fish exhibit a wide range of colors and patterns.

Canaan Dog

The Canaan Dog is one of the oldest known breeds in existence today. They belong to the Spitz family and have the appearance of most primitive dog breeds.

Pomanauze

The charming Pomanauze or Schnauzeranian was created by crossing the spirited Pomeranian with friendly and fun Miniature Schnauzer.

Bernese Hound

Also known as the Berner Laufhund, the Bernese Hound was developed in Switzerland for both its scenting ability and its use in the sport of shoots.

Miniature American Shepherd

If you're looking for a loyal companion or a smart dog that can be trained for various sports, the Miniature American Shepherd is the right choice for you.

Thai Ridgeback

Few people in the U.S. have heard of the Thai Ridgeback, let alone seen one. It is a favored companion of those needing a loyal companion and watchdog.

Silken Windhound

The Silken Windhound is a small sighthound with a long, silky coat. This breed is incredibly friendly and affectionate - a great family pet.

Foldex

The Foldex is known for being cheerful, curious, intelligent, and active. It is also an affectionate breed, willing to approach strangers with confidence.

Goldendoodle

Fun-loving and playful, the Goldendoodle is a mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle. Highly trainable, Goldendoodles are great for first-time pet owners.

Bolo Tzu

The affectionate Bolo Tzu is the result of crossing the loving and spirited little Shih Tzu with the quintessential lapdog; the Bolognese.

Northern Inuit Dog

The Northern Inuit Dog is wolf-like in appearance and has recently become popular for portraying the Dire Wolf in the HBO 'Game of Thrones' series.

Poochin

The Poochin is a cross between a purebred Japanese Chin and Poodle. Poochins are loyal and obedient little dogs that make wonderful family pets.

Irish Doodle

The Irish Doodle is a super cute, friendly, and light-hearted medium-sized crossbreed. This designer dog is a mix of Irish Setter and Poodle.

Minuet Cat

The Minuet Cat is a cross between a Persian and a Munchkin cat. These cats are really affectionate and social, as they love to be around people.

Old Danish Pointer

Also known as the Old Danish Pointing Dog, the Old Danish Pointer is a medium-sized pointing breed developed in Denmark for hunting.

Golden Akita

The loyal, protective Golden Akita brings the easy-going nature of the Golden Retriever together with the territorial traits of the Akita.

Engatzu Spaniel

Engatzu Spaniel is a hybrid breed, with two purebred parents: English Toy Spaniel and Shih Tzu. Read on to find out more about these rare designer dogs!

Dorgi

The Dorgi is a cross between a purebred Corgi and Dachshund. This crossbreed is intelligent, and it is usually easy to train.

West Siberian Laika

The West Siberian Laika, from Russia, is known for retaining traits from their wild ancestors, the wolf, both physical and behavioral.

Springador

The Springador is a cross between a purebred English Springer Spaniel and Labrador Retriever. They are active, loyal, and loving dogs.

Toy Fox Terrier

A combination of a toy and a terrier breed, the Toy Fox Terrier can be a bit like the Napoleon of the dog world: small in stature, but full of confidence.

Genetta

The Genetta is a dwarf breed that has been bred to feature short legs and marbled or spotted fur. It's a new feline breed that is still being developed.

Bolognese

A companion dog in every sense of the word, this small breed will be stuck at your side. Forever curious, the Bolognese want to always be with you.