Dog Breeds

There are so many different dog breeds – which one do you choose? Do you go with perennial favorites such as the Labrador Retriever, Beagle, Boxer or Poodle? Or do you want to stand out at the dog park with an exotic breed such as the Xoloitzcuintli, Schipperke, Great Pyrenees or Tibetan Mastiff. Perhaps a lap dog is more your style – then you’d better check out the Shih Tzu, Affenpinscher, Maltese and Pug. If you like to keep moving, then you’ll need a dog that keeps up with your fast lifestyle – the Husky, Australian Cattle Dog, Collie and English Springer Spaniel are just a few examples of dog breeds that can’t get enough exercise!

PetGuide.com has researched hundreds of dog breeds, breaking down the pros and cons of each breed so you have all the information you need to make the right decision. How much does the dog shed, is it good with children, can it live comfortably in an apartment? Find out more and discover the perfect dog breed for your lifestyle.

American Bulldog

It may have its roots in fighting and working, but the American Bulldog is a big old softie at heart. He's a much-loved companion in many lucky households.

Candoodle

The loyal and loving Candoodle brings together the intelligence of the Poodle and the protective nature of the Canaan dog.

Bo Shih

The perky little Bo Shih brings together the feisty spirit of the Shih Tzu and the often-stubborn personality of the Boston Terrier.

Komondor

The Komondor is a sneaky flock-guarding dog. With his long, heavily-matted white coat, this dog blends right in with the sheep. He's also a loving companion

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest, but in no way least significant, member of the family of four Swiss mountain dogs or Sennenhunds.

Polish Tatra Sheepdog

The Polish Tatra Sheepdog was developed as a mountain herding breed which means that it has a independent nature and a strong will.

Podenco Canario

The word "Podenco" is Spanish for hound, so the name Podenco Canario means Canarian Hound. This breed is great for hunting and as a family pet.

Portuguese Water Dog

A hard working dog that is wonderful to own, the Portuguese Water Dog is the perfect companion for many families. Read on to find out if it's a good fit.

Golden Rottie

The friendly Golden Rottie is a fun-loving family dog that brings together the confident Rottweiler and the gentle Golden Retriever.

Cortese

Cortese Basics Petite, adorable, and happy-go-lucky, the Cortese will charm your pants off in an instant. This designer dog breed comes from crossing the cut…

Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a wonderful addition to the family, thanks to its docile temperament, intelligence and devotion. Expect this do to be easily trainable.

American Pugabull

The bold American Pugabull brings together the friendly nature of the Pug and the protective characteristics of the American Bulldog.

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.

Saint Berdoodle

A designer dog breed, the Saint Berdoodle does well with other dogs and family pets and his social nature means he loves to be the center of attention.

Armant

The Armant is an Egyptian sheepdog breed known for its loyalty and herding ability. Developed as a farm dog, this breed is smart and highly trainable.

Docker

The adorable Docker makes a great pet for seniors or families with older children. This designer dog is a cross between Cocker Spaniel and the Dachshund.

Yorktese

The Yorktese is a cross between a purebred Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese. This dog is popular because it is affectionate, friendly, loyal, and clever.

Golden Sammy

It's hard not to be enamored with the fluffy Golden Sammy, the Golden Retriever and Samoyed mix with a big heart and perfect personality.

Landseer Newfoundland

The Landseer Newfoundland is a black and white color variant of the Newfoundland breed. He is a sweet and gentle dog that makes an excellent family pet.

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.

Tosa

A rare dog, the Tosa is the largest of all Japanese breeds. The Tosa was originally bred for fighting, but now is used as a family protector and companion.

Mastador

A mix of Labrador Retriever and Bullmastiff, the Mastador is a great family dog with a tremendously friendly yet protective nature.

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.

Anglo-Francais De Petite Venerie

It's easy to tell that the Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie is a French hound. Its medium size, tricolor coat, and muscular build are all familiar sights.

Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is truly a family dog as he will dedicate himself to loving and protecting his family for life. As loyal and better friend would be hard to find.

Alusky

The Alusky is a cross between a purebred Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute. These dogs are charming, loyal, loving, outgoing, and playful.

Siberpoo

The Siberpoo - also known as the Poosky, Huskydoodle, or Huskypoo - is a designer breed created by mixing a Siberian Husky with a Poodle.

Golden Irish

The Golden Irish is a cross between a purebred Irish Setter and Golden Retriever. This is a wonderful family dog, and is extremely loyal.

American Bullhuahua

The American Bullhuahua melds the American Bulldog with the Chihuahua. The American Bullhuahua is a highly social dog who loves people.

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!

Goldmaraner

The loyal Goldmaraner is a playful combination of the often aloof Weimaraner and the always sweet-natured Golden Retriever.

Frengle

The Frengle is a cross between a purebred Beagle and French Bulldog. They are known for being affectionate, smart, playful, alert, and social.

Pom-Shi

Pom-Shi or a Shipom is an unsual designer dog: these canines are a cross between the fluffy Pomeranian and the independent Shiba Inu.

Boxachi

The Boxachi combines the feisty nature of the Chihuahua and the playful personality of the Boxer. A fun-loving, medium-sized family dog.

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.

Bergamasco

The Bergamasco Sheepdog looks more like a dreadlocked Rasta. They are generally a peaceful and well-balanced breed of dog.

Peruvian Inca Orchid

The Peruvian Inca Orchid, or Peruvian Hairless Dog, is one of the weirdest looking dog breeds in the world. It is also the country's national dog.

Goldmation

The family-friendly Goldmation brings together the spirited, playful nature of the Dalmatian and the sweet, gentle personality of the Golden Retriever.

Basque Shepherd Dog

If you are looking for a family-friendly breed that is unlike any other dog you've ever seen, consider the Basque Shepherd Dog.

Sloughi

The sleek Sloughi makes for a handsome and energetic family companion. This dog is happiest when he has a large, fenced backyard in which to run and play.

Russian Doodle Terrier

The family friendly Russian Doodle Terrier is the offspring of the intelligent Standard Poodle and the protective Black Russian Terrier.

Peekapoo

Whether he's on your lap or chasing squirrels, the affectionate Peekapoo is a delightful designer dog that's suitable for a wide range of households.

Griffon Nivernais

The Griffon Nivernais is just as talented in tracking down small game as he is coursing larger game. This breed was developed as a scenthound in France.

Parson Russell Terrier

It may be similar to the Jack Russell Terrier, but the Parson Russell Terrier is a breed all its own.It was distinguished as its own breed in 2003.

Scottish Deerhound

Heralded as the "Royal Dog of Scotland", the Scottish Deerhound is elegant, graceful and regal. He is a true gentleman and is a calm and polite dog.

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

Cesky Terrier

The Cesky Terrier, or Bohemian Terrier is a relatively new breed of terrier created. Bred to hunt in packs, the Cesky is a short-legged and well-muscled dog

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointing Dog

The Slovakian Wirehaired Pointing Dog has a noble appearance and he is generally very even-tempered. Used for hunting small and large prey.

Karst Shepherd Dog

The Karst Shepherd Dog is a working dog that can adapt to family life, but requires a great deal of training and socialization to do so.

Pharaoh Hound

The Pharaoh Hound is a medium-sized dog with a slim build and a reddish-brown coat. This breed is athletic, but happy to spend the day lazing on the couch.

Pointer

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

Pomeagle

One of the many popular designer dog breeds, the Pomeagle is a cross between two well-known and loved breeds, the feisty Pomeranian and the loyal Beagle.

Shichon

The Shichon gives you the small size of the Shih Tzu and the friendly disposition of the Bichon Frise. You can have the best of both in one lovable pup!

Jarkie

The Jarkie is a sweet, sassy pooch with a lot of energy. This designer dog is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Japanese Chin.

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is one of the most renowned breeds of dog there is. These dogs are strong, loyal, and are highly response to training.

Lurcher

Technically, the Lurcher is a cross between a sighthound and any non-sighthound breed. These dogs are intelligent and hardy, ideal for hunting purposes.

Great Pyrenees

Sporting a thick, weather resistant white coat, the Great Pyrenees is a gentle giant. Quiet and tolerant, it is a wonderful playmate for kids of all ages.

Lhasa Apso

Calm and subdued, the Lhasa Apso is a wonderful house pet as it doesn't require a lot of exercise. This breed is curious about everything around them.

Irish Red and White Setter

Athletic, strong, intelligent, affectionate, energetic, and loving, the Irish Red and White Setter is great with children and other pets.

Shiranian

The Shiranian is a small breed "designer dog", as it is a mix of pure bred Shih Tzu and Pomeranian. A companion dog in the truest sense of the term.