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.

Istrian Shorthaired Hound

The Istrian Shorthaired Hound is a hunting dog, not a household pet. This active working dog is a calm and even-tempered breed.

English Springer Spaniel

As a classic hunting and retrieval dog, the English Springer Spaniel is friendly around the home and obedient enough to make a great outdoor dog.

Dashalier

The Dashalier is a sweet, friendly breed. This designer dog was developed by crossing the popular Dachshund or Doxie with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Maltichon

The lovely Maltichon was developed by crossing the Maltese and Bichon Frise, two well-loved toy breeds. Find out what makes this designer dog so popular!

Otterhound

Gentle natured and amiable, the Otterhound is a delightful breed of dog that practically any dog lover can easily fall in love with. A hardworking breed.

Dartfish

Dartfish are a family of small, colorful saltwater fish. They are similar in appearance to gobies and are characterized by their long, eel-like bodies.

Foldex

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

Miniature Boxer

While they are non-aggressive, the Miniature Boxer is devoted to their families and can prove to be an able guardian if they feel their pack is threatened.

English Foxhound

Originally bred as a hunting dog, the English Foxhound is an iconic symbol of the British Hunt. It is a strongly built breed and has muscular legs.

Coton De Tulear

Sweet-natured and sporting a cottony-soft coat, the Coton de Tulear is a delightful companion that will happily become your shadow.

East Siberian Laika

The East Siberian Laika is a Russian-type dog that retains many of the traits it inherited from its wild ancestor, the wolf.

Jackaranian

Jackaranian designer dog is a mix of Pomeranian and Jack Russell Terrier. You might also know these dogs as Jack-A-Ranian, Pom Jack, Pom-a-Jack or Jack Pom.

Ragamuffin

The Ragamuffin is an extremely docile cat. They love their people and are affectionate and cuddly, so much so, that when they are picked up, they go limp.

Hawkfish

Hawkfish are species of saltwater fish closely related to the lionfish. They are characterized by their large heads and somewhat elongated, thick bodies.

Saltwater Goby Fish

Saltwater Goby Fish are a large family of fish made up of over 2000 distinct species. Most species of saltwater goby fish are extremely small in size.

Beardoodle

The Beardoodle is a fun combination of the smart Poodle and the stubborn Bearded Collie. A great family dog who loves to play and hang out with his people.

Westiepoo

The hybrid Westiepoo is a happy, family oriented dog that loves to be around others and gets along famously with household pets and older kids.

Saltwater Eels

Saltwater eels are one of the most fascinating and demanding species of fish kept by aquarists. They are characterized by their long, snake like bodies.

Blue Picardy Spaniel

The Blue Picardy Spaniel has the long legs of a setter and the responsiveness of a spaniel, making it the ultimate hunting companion.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is as famous a breed as any and is popular enough to be the pet in a number of families' homes all across America.

Triggerfish

Triggerfish are a fish comprised of roughly 40 distinct species. They are characterized by their laterally compressed bodies and comparatively large heads.

Bearded Collie

Cheerful and happy-go-lucky, the Bearded Collie is affectionate and playful. A wonderful playmate for children, this dog loves to be near its family.

Wetterhoun

The energetic Wetterhoun is a hunting and retrieving breed that loves the water. The name of this gun dog breed comes from the Dutch term for "water dog".

Shetland Sheepdog

Thought to be quick learners, willing to please, and obedient, the Shetland Sheepdog can also be somewhat timid and sensitive. Is this dog a fit for you?

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher comes from a long line of German breeds and it was used in the development of the Doberman Pinscher and the Rottweiler.

Papshund

Papshund is a rare designer dog breed, created by crossing two dogs known for their unusual looks and good temperaments- the Dachshund and the Papillon.

Porkfish

The name porkfish is usually used to describe a particular species of grunt that can be found in the tropical regions of the world.

Neon Tetra

The Neon tetra is an incredibly beautiful species of tropical freshwater aquarium fish. Neon tetras usually grow up to around 1.2 inches in length.

Dalmador

The Dalmador is a hybrid of the easy-going Labrador Retriever and the feisty Dalmatian. This is a friendly, trusting breed that is loyal to his family.

Bardino Majorero

The Bardino Majorero was traditionally used as a cattle dog and livestock guardian. This means he can sometimes be aloof or even aggressive around strangers

Highland Maltie

The Highland Maltie combines the fun-loving personality of the Maltese with the bold little West Highland White Terrier for a wonderful dog.

Giant Spitz

The Giant Spitz lives up to its name with his classic, spitz-like characteristics and his large size. These dogs were traditionally used for guarding.

Cheeks

Cheeks, also known as Pek-A-Chis or Pekachi, are a hybrid between a Chihuahua and a Pekingese. These dogs make fantastic family pets and are low maintenance

Exotic Shorthair

The quiet and docile Exotic Shorthair adapts easily to any environment, getting along well with dogs and children. They are inquisitive and outgoing.

Horgi

The Horgi (aka Siborgi) is a mix of a Pembroke or Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Siberian Husky. This outgoing little hybrid dog is a great companion.

Basset Fauve De Bretagne

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a lovable small dog sporting a wiry fawn-colored coat. This breed has short legs and a compact frame.

New World Cichlids

New World Cichlids are some of the most diverse freshwater fish species in the world. The colors and patterns of New World Cichlids are highly varied.

West Highland Doxie

The adorable West Highland Doxie has two purebred parents; the Dachshund and the West Highland White Terrier. Read on to find out about this designer dog!

Dorkie

As a designer dog, the Dorkie has two purebred parents: Dachshund and Yorkshire Terrier. Read on to find out what this unusual mix behaves and looks like!

Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is a sociable, active breed known for its excellent health. They like to be with their humans regardless of the activity at hand.

Estrela Mountain Dog

The Estrela Mountain Dog (also known as Cao da Serra de Estrela) is originally from Portugal, and has been used to guard homesteads and herds for centuries.

Belgian Shepherd

Also known as the Belgian Sheepdog, the Belgian Shepherd is a beautiful, long-coated breed that comes in a variety of colors.

Yorwich

A rare designer dog breed, the charming Yorwich is a mix of purebred terriers. The breed was developed by breeding Yorkshire Terriers to Norwich Terriers.

Kanni

The Kanni hails from South India where he is also known as the Maiden's Beastmaster. As a sighthound, the Kanni is an intelligent and trainable breed.

German Rex

German Rex cats are lively and friendly, and they'll get along really well with just about anyone, from young children to the elderly.

Tornjak

The first thing you'll notice about the Tornjak breed is its thick, wooly coat. These friendly dogs were used in Bosnia and Croatia as mountain sheep dogs.

Lake Victoria Cichlids

Lake Victoria cichlids are fairly aggressive fish. These cichlids are some of the most vibrantly colored freshwater fishes in the world.

Xoloitzcuintli

The Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced "show-low-eats-queen-tlee") or Xolo, turns heads with his unusual looks and earns fans with his attentive personality.

Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an athlete that can be happy flushing birds in the fields or playing Frisbee in the yard. This dog will keep you active.

Bichirs

Bichirs are a species of freshwater fish. They are characterized by their long, eel-like bodies and unique dorsal finlets. Capable of breathing surface air.

Shar Tzu

The easy-going Shar Tzu brings together the quiet, willful Chinese Shar-Pei and the fun, spunky Shih Tzu for a great companion dog.

Lambkin

The Lambkin, which is also referred to as the Nanus Rex, is considered one of the world's rarest cat breeds, thanks to the fact that it is such a new breed.

Shorgi

The sturdy little Shorgi is full of personality; bringing together the feisty character of the Shih Tzu and the people-pleasing Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Bullmasador

The Bullmasador designer dog blends the gentle nature of the Labrador Retriever with the strength and size of a Bullmastiff.

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.

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.

Doberman Pinscher

In the U.S., these dogs can simply be known as Dobermans, but the Doberman and the Doberman Pinscher are just two names for the same breed.

Slovenský Kopov

Also known as the Slovakian hound, the Slovenský Kopov is a medium-sized hunting dog breed known for his scenting ability.

Munchkin

A Munchkin is a fun-loving cat that scurries about on its short legs chasing toys and happily running around the house. Confident and intelligent cats.

Himalayan

Although playful and active, the Himalayan likes lap time. These are people oriented cats who offer their "help" regardless of what their humans are doing.