1. AKITA

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 2/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Trainability 4/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 2 feet to 2 feet, 4 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 70 to 130 pounds

Life Span: 10 to 12 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Akita is naturally wary of strangers but extremely loyal, affectionate and playful to their family and want to be part of their daily activities. They are alert, intelligent, and courageous. They tend to be aggressive toward other dogs, especially those of the same sex. They are best suited to a one-dog household. Their strong personality can be overwhelming so they are not the dog for a first-time owner. They need an owner who can provide firm, loving discipline.


CARE

The Akita is happiest and does best when living inside with their family. Activity is essential for this active breed. They need plenty of exercise to keep them from becoming bored and, in turn, destructive. A securely fenced yard is important, too. While they aren't typically aggressive with visitors if their family is home, all bets are off if their owners aren't around. The Akita is a loyal guardian, and they'll protect against anything they perceive to be a threat.

 

2. BEAGLE

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Trainability 4/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 5/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 13 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 18 to 30 pounds

Life Span: 10 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Beagles are hound dogs who love adventures and the freedom to explore anything and everything. They are definitely around for all seasons, whether you need a good laugh or a good companion to show you love when you need it most. Their playful and sometimes naughty nature can be tricky, but there’s nothing like a food reward that can’t make your Beagle obedient.

 

CARE

Generally, Beagles are low maintenance when it comes to grooming, but are high maintenance when it comes to training and exercise. Beagles are prone to obesity and require longer play time and exercise. They benefit most from obedience training with positive reinforcement to make sure they’re well-behaved no matter where you go.

 

3. BICHON FRISE

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 4/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Trainability 3/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 9 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 7 to 12 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

A cheerful attitude is the outstanding trait of the Bichon's personality. This dog loves to be loved, enjoys being the center of attention. This playful, independent breed hates being alone and may suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for many hours. He needs early socialization— exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences — when they're young to ensure that he grows up to be a well-rounded dog. 


CARE

Bichons are active dogs but do well as apartment dwellers with proper exercise and play. Don't leave your Bichon alone for long periods of time. To prevent destructive behavior, the wise owner leaves the Bichon in a crate when leaving the house for even a short time.

 

4. CHIHUAHUA

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Trainability 3/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 3/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 6 to 9 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 3 to 6 pounds

Life Span: 10 to 18 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Chihuahua breed is a combination of a companion and watchdog. They are bold and confident in nature, yet also alert and suspicious of their surroundings. They love attention and usually form an indescribable bond to a single person. When it comes to socialization, Chihuahuas are typically friendly when properly introduced to other people and animals. It helps to expose them to a variety of sights and sounds early on, so they’ll feel comfortable no matter where you go!


CARE

Caring for and maintaining a Chihuahua requires a high level of attention from their pet parent. Due to their very energetic nature, they have an endless need to play, exercise and train. They are best and safest indoors and must be supervised at all times when outdoors to protect them from bigger animals. Luckily, Chihuahuas are easily house and crate trained. All over, Chihuahuas are great companions and are sociable around other people and animals.

 

5. CHOW CHOW

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 1/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Trainability 2/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 2/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 1 foot, 5 inches to 1 foot, 8 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 40 to 70 pounds

Life Span:  12 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Chow Chows are frequently compared to a cat’s disposition – aloof, independent and intelligent. They do their own thing and have little to no interest in strangers, but are obedient and protective of their family, if well-socialized early on. A well-rounded Chow Chow is capable of learning any trick in the book and is able to socialize properly with animals and humans.  


CARE

This breed is generally healthy and are suitable for both big and small homes. They are easily housetrained to encourage good behavior at home. Their thick coat requires them to be kept indoors in cool to cold temperature. Groom their fur at least 3 times a week to maintain their beautiful, voluminous coat.

 

6. DACHSHUND

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 3/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Trainability 4/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 3/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 8 to 9 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 16 to 32 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Dachshund is clever, lively, courageous and sometimes stubborn. They have a reputation for being entertaining and fearless, but what they want most is to cuddle with their people. Like every dog, Dachshunds need early socialization-exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences-when they're young. Socialization helps ensure that your Dachshund puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.


CARE

Dachshunds have a lot of stamina and energy and need a moderate amount of daily exercise. They should live indoors as this breed is not suited to living outdoors or in a kennel. With Dachshunds, pet parents should always be careful to support their backs, rear and chest. Use positive reinforcements such as food rewards or a favorite toy to hold their attention, and keep training sessions short to keep them properly motivated.

 

7. FRENCH BULLDOG

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Trainability 3/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 11 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 16 to 28 pounds

Life Span: 11 to 14 years

 

PERSONALITY

One of the best companion dogs is the French Bulldog. They are loving, friendly, and yet also free-thinkers who tend to be adorably mischievous. They get along with almost everyone, including children. This silly breed is intelligent and can be easily trained with food and attention as rewards for a job well done.


CARE

Typically, French Bulldogs have low energy levels and do well in small homes, yet require daily exercise to stay healthy. However, Frenchies are prone to heat exhaustion and should be exercised in cool temperatures.

 

8. JACK RUSSEL TERRIER

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Trainability 4/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 5/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 10 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 13 to 17 pounds

Life Span: 10 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Jack Russel Terrier is naturally friendly, spirited and energetic, which makes it easy for humans to fall in love with them. They will surprise you with how intelligent and fearless they are. Overall, they’re great terrier dogs who are just simply fun to be around.

 

CARE

Jack Russel Terriers have an abundance of energy and enjoy interacting with others. Schedule play time and training sessions to make sure that they get enough exercise. Always be firm, consistent and yet, positive when it comes to correcting unwanted behavior. Jack Russel Terriers learn well when paired with the right person.

 

9. JAPANESE SPITZ

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Trainability 3/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 3/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 10 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 11 to 12 pounds

Life Span: 10 to 16 years

 

PERSONALITY

Loyal, active, obedient, and affectionate describe the Japanese Spitz. They are very family-friendly and have a playful spirit. These dogs love personal attention, and they won't respond well to being ignored or left alone for long periods of time. Japanese Spitz dogs are known for their courage and protective nature over their family so  they should be introduced to visitors comfortably.

 

CARE

Japanese Spitz dogs tend to be low-maintenance and require fairly basic care. Their teeth should be brushed regularly as recommended by a veterinarian. Their ears and paw pads should be checked for signs of infection, parasites, or debris and kept clean. Keep up with regular vet visits to maintain good health for your Japanese Spitz.

 

10. GERMAN SHEPHERD

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Trainability 4/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 5/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 1 foot, 10 inches to 2 feet, 2 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 75 to 95 pounds

Life Span:  10 to 14 years

 

PERSONALITY

The German Shepherds don't make friends immediately, but once they do, they're extremely loyal. With their family, they're easy-going and approachable, but when threatened, they can be strong and protective, making them excellent watchdogs. This highly intelligent and trainable breed thrives on having a job to do—any job. The German Shepherd can be trained to do almost anything, from alerting a deaf person to a doorbell ring to sniffing out an avalanche victim.


CARE

German Shepherds are built for action and have a lot of energy that they need to burn off with daily exercise. If you leave them alone for long periods of time without mind and body exercise, expect trouble. Boredom and inactivity lead to behavior problems—chewing, digging, and barking. Like every dog, the German Shepherd needs early socialization—exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences—when they're young.

 

11. GOLDEN RETRIEVER

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Trainability 4/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 12 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 55 to 75 pounds

Life Span:  10 to 12 years

 

PERSONALITY

One of the sweetest and kindhearted dogs you’ll meet is the Golden Retriever. This breed is extremely calm and good-natured, great with humans and especially kids. Early socialization brings out their natural need to please their pet parent and be around people. With a Golden Retriever, you’re certainly in for a lifetime of fun and warmth.


CARE

Golden Retrievers love the great outdoors to play and exercise. Since this breed is highly active, they require at least 20 to 30 minutes of vigorous exercise daily to keep them healthy and to exhaust their natural energy.  

 

12. LABRADOR RETRIEVER

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Trainability 4/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 5/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 21 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 55 to 80 pounds

Life Span:  10 to 12 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Lab is known for being one of the most sweet-natured breeds. They're outgoing, eager to please, and friendly with both people and other animals. Aside from a winning personality, they have the intelligence and eagerness to please that make them easy to train. Training is necessary because this breed has a lot of energy and exuberance. This breed needs activity, both physical and mental, to keep them happy.


CARE

The lovable Lab needs to be around their family, and is definitely not a backyard dog. If they're left alone for too long, a lonely, bored Lab is apt to dig, chew, or find other destructive outlets for their energy.  They're also a chewer, so be sure to keep sturdy toys available all the time--unless you want your couch chewed up.

 

13. MALTESE

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Trainability 3/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 3/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 8 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: Up to 7 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Maltese is a natural ham with a lively personality. Because he's so people-oriented, he takes well to training and responds to positive reinforcements such as food rewards, praise, and play. The Maltese assume that everyone they meet — human or animal — is a friend. Sweet and cute, they're widely known for always getting their way — even with people who have no intention of spoiling them.


CARE

Maltese enjoy a regular walk or playing outside. They often remain playful well into old age. Because they are active indoors and don't require a great deal of exercise, it doesn't take a lot of effort to keep them in good shape. Maltese definitely are housedogs and don't tolerate extreme heat or cold well. Many people paper train their Maltese so they don't have to take them outdoors when the weather is too hot or cold.

 

14. MINIATURE SCHNAUZER

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 4/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Trainability 4/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 1 foot to 1 foot, 2 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 11 to 20 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 14 years

 

PERSONALITY

A Miniature Schnauzer loves to be in the thick of the family action. He is not aloof or independent but needs to be with people, and what's more, he wants to be in close physical contact. (Your lap is no longer your own.) He's very intelligent, which makes training easy, but it also means he's a master of manipulation. That combined with his stubbornness will keep you on your toes.


CARE

The Miniature Schnauzer is active when inside the house, playing with toys and following you from room to room. He loves to have a yard to play in, but he'll do well without one if you give him a long walk every day. Crate training at a young age will help your Miniature Schnauzer accept confinement if he ever needs to be boarded or hospitalized. It can also be a safe place where he can retreat for a nap, but he shouldn't spend more than a few hours at a time in it except when he's sleeping at night.

 

15. POMERANIAN

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 3/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Trainability 3/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 3/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 7 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 3 to 7 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 16 years

 

PERSONALITY

Small dog, big personality. Pomeranians are most known for being perky, energetic, and feisty around humans and even other dogs. Interestingly, it’s because they think they are a lot larger than they really are. Although they are tough on the outside, they are actually soft on the inside. They are very loving and loyal to their families.


CARE

Pomeranians are small in nature, which makes them a good choice for people who live in small homes. It’s best to keep Pomeranians indoors at a cool temperature because of their thick fur. They require moderate activity level, such as several short walks, and adequate play time. Pomeranians love learning new tricks and are happiest when they are the center of attention, so don’t hesitate to shower them with praise and treats!

 

16. POODLE

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 4/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Trainability 4/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: From 1 foot, 10 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 45 to 70 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Intelligent, loving, loyal, and mischievous best describe the Poodle. Despite his regal appearance, the Poodle has a goofy streak and loves to play — he's always up for a game of any kind. He's also very fond of people and eager to please. Combine that with his legendary intelligence, and you've got a dog that's highly trainable. Although he's affectionate with his family, he is protective and may take a while to warm up to new people. They learn fast — good habits and bad — and they remember everything.


CARE

Poodles do just fine in any type of home, from apartments to estates, so long as they have regular exercise and plenty of human companionship. This intelligent breed learns quickly, but owners should be careful: It's as easy to accidentally teach your Poodle bad habits as it is to teach him good ones, so if you're new to dogs, sign up for an obedience class with a skilled trainer.

 

17. PUG

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Trainability 2/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 10 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 14 to 18 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Pugs were bred to be companions and they crave affection — and your lap — and is very unhappy if his devotion isn't reciprocated. He tends to be a sedentary dog, content to sit in your lap, but this doesn't mean the Pug is a stick-in-the-mud. He is a playful, comical dog that enjoys living it up, and delights his owner with silly antics.


CARE

The Pug is a low-maintenance companion, making it ideal for older owners and apartment dwellers. They have a great deal of energy, so expect to be entertained with some goofy antics if your Pug doesn't get a walk or some playtime. They are sensitive to heat and humidity, so if you live in a hot or humid environment, be sure your Pug doesn't spend too much time outside. Light sleepers may also want to invest in a pair of ear plugs — Pugs are prone to snore.

 

18. SHIH TZU

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Trainability 3/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 3/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 9 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 9 to 16 pounds

Life Span: 10 to 16 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Shih Tzu is a great companion and a perfect lap dog. They are naturally affectionate and friendly, even to new people, but requires early socialization and training to become a well-rounded dog. When it comes to playtime, you can count on your Shih Tzu to be alert, lively and willing to learn new tricks. He is happiest when he’s around his loved ones and is the center of attention.

 

CARE

The Shih Tzu doesn't really mind where he lives, as long as he's with you. One thing’s for sure – he’s definitely a house dog. He should be taken for short walks daily but remember to keep him cool because he’s sensitive to heat. At home, provide your Shih Tzu with a nice, quiet place to rest and relax.

 

 

19. SIBERIAN HUSKY

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Trainability 4/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 5/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 20 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 35 to 60 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Siberian Huskies are born to work. They are pack dogs and need an owner to take the lead. Their high regard for authority makes it easy to train them, but they do tend to challenge your leadership. Given this breed’s high-energy, it’s best to keep him entertained and wel- exercised. Siberian Huskies tend to attract a lot of attention because of their beautifully bold coat. Luckily, they are very friendly and the least bit curious of strangers.


CARE

Siberian Huskies require a high level of care. They are work dogs that live best in cold climates due to their thick hair. Adequate exercise, as well as space, is required for this breed to expend all their energy. Although they are easily housetrained, they tend to be destructive when bored. They are happiest when outdoors to play!

 

 

20. WELSH CORGI

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 4/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Trainability3 /5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 10 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: Up to 30 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 14 years

 

PERSONALITY

Often seen as a family pet, Corgis are happy and loving dogs who are protective of their families. They are highly suspicious of others, making them excellent watchdogs. Their intelligence and independence makes it easy to train them, especially when there’s food involved.


CARE

Corgis have short legs and a long back. They were bred to be herding dogs, who are athletic and speedy. Their furry coats are water-resistant and do well in most climates. They easily adapt to varying weather conditions as well as people, for as long as they get the attention they need.

 

21. YORKSHIRE TERRIER

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability 3/5 STARS
  • Friendliness 3/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Trainability 3/5 STARS
  • Exercise Needs 5/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Height: 8 to 9 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 4 to 6 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Yorkshire Terriers display a range of personalities, from cuddly and perky to mischievous and outgoing. But no matter what personality the Yorkshire Terriers displays, they make great companions. They benefit most from being trained and socialized as puppies to avoid the development of bad habits.


CARE

In general, Yorkies are perfect for small homes because they’re active even when indoors. Going for walks or scheduled play time and training can be challenging, but giving them attention helps make them more receptive and obedient. When choosing toys for them, toys that can fetch and squeak are generally best.