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.

Cockeranian

Cockeranian as a designer dog breed hasn't been around for too long, but it has already conquered many hearts of dog owners- and with good reason.

Appenzeller Sennenhunde

Also known as the Appenzeller Mountain Dog and Appenzell Cattle Dog, the Appenzeller Sennenhunde is the rarest of the four Swiss mountain dog breeds.

Oriental Bicolor

Oriental Bicolor kitties are known for their outgoing, social, and affectionate personality. They are active cats that need to have plenty of interaction.

Pooghan

The Pooghan brings the intelligent Poodle together with the independent Afghan Hound. A gentle, friendly dog who loves to be part of all family activities.

Snappers

Snappers are generally non-aggressive fish that do well in very large saltwater community tanks. Most live in rocky or coral reefs, and come in many colors.

Kyi-Leo

The Kyi-Leo is a cross between a Lhasa Apso and a Maltese. These designer dogs have a sweet and calm temperament, making them great family dogs.

Mastidoodle

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

Cava Tzu

The super-friendly little Cava Tzu brings together the sweet-natured Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the headstrong little Shih Tzu.

Portuguese Pointer

An asset to the bird hunter, the Portuguese Pointer is considered to be one of the ultimate gundogs. He is a loyal watchdog who is reliable with children.

Schnau-Tzu

The friendly Schnau-Tzu brings together the personalities of the confident little Shih Tzu and the spunky Miniature Schnauzer to make a great family pet.

American English Coonhound

A true Southern U.S. dog, the American English Coonhound loves to hunt. Loud-voiced and hard-working, this dog is one of six official Coonhound breeds.

Deutsche Bracke

The Deutsche Bracke is a scenthound that is known for its exceptional obedience. It's an ancient hound-type dog known for its narrow head and long ears.

Skye Terrier

With a long, flowing coat, people tend to underestimate the feistiness of the Skye Terrier. They are happy living in apartments, condos, homes or estates.

Can De Palleiro

The name Can de Palleiro translates literally to "haystack dog" and this breed is extremely rare. This dog is known for his protective instincts.

Jatese

The Jatese, or the Maltichin, brings together two companion breeds into one cute package- the Maltese and the Japanese Chin.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a prime example of a dog that can be a good challenge for those who want to develop dog leadership skills.

Bordoodle

The Bordoodle is a cross between a purebred Border Collie and Poodle. These canines are affectionate, intelligent, and protective - a great family dog.

Bernedoodle

If you're looking for a fluffy dog that will be a companion for life, look no further than the Bernedoodle. A hybrid of the Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a distinctive breed, thanks to the poof ball on the top of his head. The Dandie is ideal for both urban and country living.

Tzu Basset

The easy-going Tzu Basset brings together the friendly Basset Hound and the headstrong Shih Tzu for a great family pet and companion.

Ocicat

Neither a demanding or clingy cat, the Ocicat loves to be with his humans as much as possible and isn't above nudging you for a bit of attention.

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.

Acara Cichlids

Most acara cichlids are somewhat aggressive and territorial and they have a tendency to eat smaller fish. Acaras come in a wide range of colors.

Leonberger

The Leonberger is a giant breed of dog that is a bundle of energy and craves being close to his family. A relatively easy dog to train.

Morkie

Tiny and adorable, the Morkie is an affectionate crossbreed who loves people and pets. He attaches to his family, which can be a problem when left alone.

Belgian Shepherd

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

Pitbull

Many people believe that the Pitbull is a wonderful family companion while others believe that this hybrid needs to be banned from their communities.

Bea Tzu

The pint-sized Bea Tzu brings together the feisty personality of the Shih Tzu and the good-nature characteristics of the Beagle.

Sco-Shi

The scruffy little Sco-Shi brings together the feisty personality of the Shih Tzu and the tenacious nature of the Scottish Terrier for a loyal family pooch.

Havana Brown

The Havana Brown is unusually expressive with its paws, using them to examine things it finds interesting and to communicate with its owners.

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.

Chorgi

From their distinct short-legged body and fluffy coat to their territoriality and independence, Chorgis are quite distinct in the world of hybrid dog breeds – and will need experienced owners.

Tibetan Spaniel

He may be small, but don't be fooled - the alert Tibetan Spaniel will stand on guard and let you know if a stranger is getting too close to your home.

Braque Francais

Originally bred for hunting, the Braque Francais has easily made the transition to the ideal family pet. This pooch is one of the least dominant dog breeds.

Chusky

The Chusky (a cross between a Chow Chow and a Siberian Husky, and also referred to as the Chowski) is a giant fluffball of love... and protection.

Pomanauze

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

German Wirehaired Pointer

Loving, easily trainable, independent, amiable, and responsive - all of these things describe the German Wirehaired Pointer. Read on to find out more.

Dameranian

The lovely Dameranian will charm you from the get-go! They are a good choice for seniors and families with older children, as well as apartment dwellers.

Norfolk Terrier

A small dog with a big personality, the Norfolk Terrier is out to charm anyone who crosses his path. Playful, affectionate, bold, inquisitive and friendly.

Silkyhuahua

A mix between a Chihuahua and a Silky Terrier is popularly called the Silkyhuahua or Silky Chi and is a quirky, affectionate, fun, and adorable dog.

Bernese Mountain Dog

When you think of a dog with a classic, tri-colored coat appearance, there's a good chance you've met a the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Bavarian Mountain Hound

A breed of scent hound, the Bavarian Mountain Hound hails from Germany where he was developed to trail wounded game during the hunt.

Schipperke

Well-suited for closed environments, the Schipperke is energetic and playful. The Schipperke is versatile and can make a great addition to your household.

Irish Troodle

The Irish Troodle brings together the playful Irish Terrier and the energetic Poodle for an affectionate pooch who gets along well with kids.

Lowchen

Many believe that the Lowchen is the perfect breed of dog. He is extremely friendly, loves everyone, is reliable with kids and boasts a playful nature.

Piranha

Piranha are a family of extremely aggressive freshwater fish. They are characterized by two rows of extremely sharp, triangular shaped teeth.

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.

Fila Brasileiro

The Fila Brasileiro is also known as the Brazilian Mastiff and, like all Mastiffs, it is a large breed dog. It's known for its tracking and guarding skills.

Pugshire

As a designer dog breed, the Pugshire comes from two purebred parents- in his case, it's the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pug.

Ragdoll

Ragdolls are happy, docile cats that tend to go limp when picked up. The Ragdoll is of the most relaxed of all cat breeds and are extremely trusting.

Yorkshire Terrier

Originating in England as rat and small vermin hunters, the cuddly Yorkshire Terrier has become a go-to lap dog. A feisty breed, the Yorkie loves attention.

Shiloh Shepherd

The Shiloh Shepherd is a cross between a purebred German Shepherd and Alaskan Malamute. These dogs are protective, loyal, and loving.

Cadoodle

The Cadoodle is a cross between a collie and a standard poodle. They are also known as Colliedoodles or Colliepoos, they are sweet, smart and energetic.

Marine Angelfish

Marine angelfish are found primarily in tropical waters and shallow reefs. They are known for their laterally compressed bodies and bright colorations.

Australian Terrier

Fond of children, the elderly, and the handicapped, the adventurous and loveable Australian Terrier makes the ideal companion for a variety of households.

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.

Ratshire Terrier

To develop the Ratshire Terrier, breeders cross a Yorkie with a Rat Terrier- a combination that might seem unusual but results in adorable small dogs.

Labollie

The Labollie is a hybrid mix of the Labrador Retriever and the Collie. An ideal family pet learns quickly and loves to be included in all family activities.

Airedoodle

A mix of Standard Poodle and Airedale Terrier, the Airedoodle is relatively new to North America. This active and beautiful pooch is a great family dog.

Lab Pointer

The Lab Pointer is a hybrid of Labrador Retriever and Pointer. An intelligent, energetic dog that is the perfect addition to the active family.