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Information About Dog Breeds

Updated on May 13, 2011
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Whitney has over 10 years of experience in dog training, rescuing and dog healthcare.


Dogs are today's children. Many people care for their dogs as though they were children, buying the best premium foods, toys, clothes, everything. But, when it comes to picking out the right dog for you or you're family, it may not be as easy as you think.

Make sure to do all your research before you go out and purchase or adopt the first dog you see. Remember that just because that cute Australian Shepherd fits in your neighbors lifestyle, it doesn't mean that it will fit into yours.

By picking out the right dog breed, or mix, for you, you'll have more fun building a relationship with the dog versus always running after it because it's running all over the house non-stop or it just won't get up and do anything.

Below, youll find a list of the dog hubs that I've written, to date.

Small Dogs

Probably one of the more popular small dog breeds, the Chihuahua comes in two varietys- long and short hair. They are often seen in a wide variety of colors and patterns, ranging from white, tan, cream, brown, black, blue, albino, and just about any mix therein. Before you bring home a Chihuahua, make sure that you and your family is prepared for some serious training, as they can be very dominant and nippy dogs.

Probably one of the more docile and calm smaller dog breed. Daschunds are known rat hunters and can be the cause of holes in your yard if you have a pest problem. They are probably the smallest hunting breed, but don't put size past them. Daschunds are very sweet and loving dogs.

The smallest in the schnauzer family, the Miniature Schnauzer is can be a good family dog. They are energetic and loving. Plus, they tend not to shed too much, which is almost always an added advantage.

A very gracious breed, the Pomeranian can be a hyper dog breed, but with a great trainer, can fit in just about any home. Their main downfall is probably grooming, but that's nothing a good groomer couldn't fix.

Seen on "Men in Black," the Pug is a steller dog breed. They can have nasal problems and breathing concerns, but overall the breed is a good one (of course not that ay one breed is bad).

My personal favorite small dog breed is the yorkie. They can be hyper at times by very loving. Yorkies tend to be one person dogs. Yorkies, to me, have the best personality of small dogs, but then again I do have a spunky one.

Medium Dogs

Beagles can be consider small dogs, I guess, but they are typically a little bigger than your average small dog. Beagles come in a 13 inch and a 16 inch size, weighing and average of 18-35 pounds, so until there's a 30 pound Chihuahua, Beagles are medium sized dogs.

This medium sized Schnauzer is very sociable and great with kids. If you're looking for a family Schnauzer, then the Standard variety is probably your best bet.

Large Dogs

Often confused with the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Bulldog is typically a larger dog. They can be very goofy and loving dogs, but be prepared to spend a good deal of your time training and socializing.

The most misunderstood dog of the modern times. The APBT is probably one of the best family pets. They are the least likely dog breed that will bite you, but you better be prepared for serious training and socialization. Remember that these dogs are very strong and potentially dominant, so you want to make sure that you're the one in control.

Just one of the many dog breeds that throughout time, have gained popularity from a movie. Disney's '101 Dalmatians' probably tripled the Damatian's popularity throughout the years, but what people don't realize is that those dogs are very well trained. Your average Dalmatian can be very hyper, so training and exercise is a must.

The breed may be a small one, but they're actually considered large breed dogs because of their weight. English Bulldogs tend to have a very friendly nature and do well in family settings.

German Shepherds make great police dogs, as well as, protection dogs, but they are great in family settings, too. These dogs tend to be good with people, but can have an aggressive side towards other dogs, but this can be averted with proper training and socialization.

The Giant Schnauzer is commonly used in police work; they can be very dominant dogs, especially when compared to their smaller counterparts. The Giant Schnauzer can be a great dog, but you will need to plan on investing time for training and socializing.

One of the famous "all around good dog" breeds. The Golden Retriever isn't perfect, but they can be great family dogs. They tend to pick up commands quickly.

The now gentle giant, hasn't always been so. These dogs are commonly used as guard and protection dogs, but they do adapt well to family lifestyles. Just remember that the upbringing, training, and socializing, are very important.

Another very dominant breed, Rottweilers can still be great family pets. Personally, I've heard more stories of great family dogs, that sound like the person was talking about a Lab, but was in fact talking about a Rottie.

Siberian Huskies can be very dominant dogs, so training is the key. They can be protective of their owners, but you want to make sure that you can handle this breed. They can be very stubborn.

Other Breeds

This is a collective group of dog breeds that have a similar background and origin. These dogs range from the typical Mastiff to the Boston Terrier. Although the majority of the breeds in this category are large dogs, not all of them are.

I've used 'Poodles' to collectively group the Miniature Poodle, Standard Poodle, and the Toy Poodle. Find general characteristics for each of the three variations.

Mix Breed Dogs

One of the many new hybrid dogs, the Goldendoodle is not a real dog breed, but a mix breed dog, so don't get fooled when someone in the paper is selling purebred Goldendoodle puppies. There's just no such thing.

Mix breed dogs can be wonder pets. They tend to get the better characteristics from any and all breed that goes into their making. Find out about the more common mix breed dogs.


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    • magnoliazz profile image

      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Whitney05-Oh How I agree with you about Yorkies!! I have a little Yorkie Poo and she is the sweetest baby! you are right,, they are a one person dog!

      Heidi is smarter than our German Shorthairs and jack Russell terrier...and even though she is the youngest dog on the farm..she is the leader of the pack!

    • AC Gaughen profile image

      AC Gaughen 9 years ago from MA

      Great info here! And as a goldendoodle owner, I'm a big fan of mixed breeds!

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      Tania101 9 years ago from Canada

      Great info.

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      raine perez 9 years ago from Philippines

      Nice tip... I was a vet student and presently, am looking for a pet dog. I'd prefer a basset houdn since we don't have much space. Just want to say I enjoy reading your hubs... keep it up.

    • MM Del Rosario profile image

      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Whitney, this is a good resource, well presented and easy to navigate...well done. MM