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The Breed Spotlight

  • Average Adult Weight
    55 to 85 pounds

    Personality
    Intelligent, loving, rambunctious, willful and protective.

    Optimal Home
    Not for novice owners, or homes with cats. Best with children older than 6 years of age.

  • Average Adult Weight
    55 to 90 pounds

    Personality
    Cheerful, confident, obedient, intelligent 

    Optimal Home
    Apartment life is OK with vigorous daily activities. Good with children, and make great family pets

  • Breed Name
    Portuguese Water Dog

    Average Adult Weight

    35 to 60 pounds

    Personality
    Strong, even-tempered, intelligent, playful and easy to train.

    Optimal Home
    Best with kids older than 6. OK in apartment with sufficient exercise. 

  • Breed Name
    Manchester Terrier

    Average Adult Weight

    12 to 22 pounds

    Personality

    Intelligent, loyal, affectionate, protective and strong-willed.

    Optimal Home

    Can remain active indoors, so apartment living is OK. Best in moderate/cool climates and with enough owner attention.

  • Average Adult Weight
    65 to 90 pounds

    Personality

    Intelligent, eager, attentive and protective. Originally bred to hunt raccoons.

    Optimal Home

    Best with a large yard and a family of seniors, adults and older children. Not novice owners.

  • Average Adult Weight
    62 to 81 pounds

    Personality:
    Calm, sweet and playful. Renowned for its hunting skills.

    Optimal Home
    Best with experienced owners. Requires sufficient exercise. Gets along well with children. Known for its relatively long lifespan.

  • Average Adult Weight
    Up to 7 pounds

    Personality
    Energetic, willful, demanding and dependent. Affectionate and lovable.

    Optimal Home
    Best with adults, seniors and older children. Can be aggressive around cats and strange dogs. Active indoors.

  • Average Adult Weight
    75 to 85 pounds

    Personality
    Friendly, dignified and mellow (as an adult), but difficult to train.

    Optimal Home
    Best with adults, seniors and older children. Not suitable for multi-pet homes.

  • Average Adult Weight
    Up to 110 pounds

    Personality
    Intense, protective and powerful, but can be gentle and submissive.

    Optimal Home
    Best with experienced owners and homes with fenced-in yards. OK in multi-pet homes if raised with them since puppyhood.

  • Average Adult Weight
    80 to 100+ pounds

    Personality
    Serious, confident, alert, commanding, loyal, smart and highly protective.

    Optimal Home:
    Not recommended for children or novice owners; best with experienced dog fanciers. Best in homes with large yards.

  • Average Adult Weight
    14 to 18 pounds

    Personality:
    Cheerful, perky, loyal, rambunctious, playful, charming and smart.

    Optimal Home
    Good with children; easy to train. Apartment living OK with sufficient exercise and attention.

  • Average Adult Weight
    50 to 70 pounds

    Personality
    Gentle, sensitive, friendly and social. Loves affection.

    Optimal Home:
    Requires vigorous exercise and space for activity. OK with pets and children, with socialization.

  • Average Adult Weight:
    18 to 24 pounds

    Personality:
    Affectionate, fun loving, willful, independent, dignified.

    Optimal Home:
    Best for older, considerate children; adults; and dog-savvy seniors. Needs attention.

  • Average Adult Weight
    Toy: 5-15 pounds
    Mini: 15-30 pounds
    Standard: 25-40 pounds

    Personality
    Calm and loyal. Good watchdog.

    Optimal Home
    Apartment living OK with sufficient exercise. Best in warm climates. OK with children, but can be dominant.

  • Average Adult Weight
    Up to 7 pounds

    Personality
    Gentle, spirited and playful. Needs ample attention.

    Optimal Home
    Good for novice owners. OK with other pets, and reserved around strangers. Adapts well to apartment living.

  • Average Adult Weight
    45 to 64 pounds

    Personality
    Aristocratic, noble, dignified, independent and somewhat aloof.

    Optimal Home
    Best with older, considerate children. Not recommended for novice owners or for homes with cats.

  • Average Adult Weight
    3 to 7 pounds

    Personality

    Willful, loving and curious. Quick learners.

    Optimal Home

    Best with adults, seniors and older, considerate children. Active indoors. Good for novice owners.

  • Average Adult Weight
    35 to 60 pounds

    Personality
    Playful, exuberant and easy to train. Females are calmer and more submissive than males.

    Optimal Home
    Best for a home with an average-sized yard. Good with children and generally not aggressive with other dogs.

  • Average Adult Weight
    45 to 65 pounds

    Personality
    Intelligent, dignified, proud, playful, calm and trainable.

    Optimal Home
    Good for novice owners; gets along well with everyone. Need regular exercise and companionship.

  • Average Adult Weight
    25 to 27 pounds

    Personality

    Gentle, trusting, loving and devoted. Gets along with everyone.

    Optimal Home

    Apartment living is OK with sufficient exercise. A home with a small yard is optimal. Good for novice owners.

  • Average Adult Weight
    55 to 80 pounds

    Personality
    Intelligent, playful, eager to please, and easy to train.

    Optimal Home:
    Requires sufficient exercise. Good with children, seniors and other pets.

  • Average Adult Weight
    60 to 70 pounds

    Personality
    Smart, active, friendly, playful and even-tempered. Can become easily bored.

    Optimal Home
    Needs a medium-sized yard for regular exercise. Friendly with most dogs. Great for busy families.

  • Average Adult Weight
    35 to 80 pounds

    Personality
    Strong-willed, courageous, playful and sensitive to humans' needs.

    Optimal Home
    Best in homes without non-canine pets and dogs of the same sex. Not recommended for novice owners. Fairly active indoors.

  • Average Adult Weight
    Miniature: 4 to 6 pounds; Standard: 12 to 35 pounds

    Personality
    Intelligent and social. Good at jogging, service-dog work, retrieving, guarding and more.

    Optimal Home
    Does best with regular exercise. Good with novice owners.

  • Average Adult Weight
    50 pounds

    Personality
    Loyal, loving and protective of their pack mates. Requires firm training.

    Optimal Home
    Best with an average-sized yard. Not a breed for novice owners or apartment dwellers.

  • Average Adult Weight
    70 to 90 pounds

    Personality:
    Gentle, loving, faithful and intelligent.

    Optimal Home:
    Needs sufficient daily exercise. Best in a home with an average-sized yard. OK with other pets.

  • Average Adult Weight
    20 to 40 pounds

    Personality
    Loyal, intelligent, playful, loving and easily trained.

    Optimal Home
    Excellent with children; OK in an apartment. Good choice for novice dog owners.

  • Average Adult Weight
    30 to 40 pounds

    Personality

    Loyal, playful and fairly quiet. Enjoys outdoor activities.

    Optimal Home:

    Needs sufficient exercise; can be aggressive with other dogs, so make those introductions early.

  • Average Adult Weight
    40 to 75 pounds

    Personality
    Dignified, loyal and intelligent. Can be willful during training.

    Optimal Home
    Needs sufficient exercise and does best in cold climates. May be aggressive with cats and dogs, particularly those of the same sex.

  • Average Adult Weight
    10 pounds

    Personality
    Playful, loving and curious. Can learn new tricks and commands at ease.

    Optimal Home
    Apartment living is OK with sufficient exercise. Best for seniors, adults and older children.

  • Average Adult Weight
    75 to 100 pounds

    Personality
    Affectionate, loyal, willful and intelligent.

    Optimal Home
    Can be reserved with strangers and aggressive with other dogs, so they are not for novice owners. Apartment living is OK with regular outdoor exercise.

  • Average Adult Weight

    75 to 95 pounds

    Personality
    Intelligent, calm, very protective. Can be dominant. Responds best to firm, positive, consistent training.

    Optimal Home
    Needs sufficient exercise. Best with adults, active seniors and older children.

  • Average Adult Weight
    60 to 75 pounds

    Personality
    Gentle, stable, loyal, confident, loving and eager to please. Excel in obedience competitions.

    Optimal Home
    Thrive in most caring home environments. Should receive sufficient daily exercise. Get along with everyone.

  • Average Adult Weight
    19 to 28 pounds

    Personality
    Playful, sweet, bright, alert and easygoing. Bond strongly to individuals.

    Optimal Home
    Best with older, considerate children. Good with other pets if raised together. Good homes without yards.

  • Average Adult Weight
    45 to 75 pounds

    Personality
    Loyal and devoted. Can be timid, high-strung and willful. Sometimes difficult to train.

    Optimal Home
    Should have a large yard to provide vigorous daily exercise. Not recommended for apartments or families with children.

  • Average Adult Weight
    9 to 18 pounds

    Personality
    Assertive, engaging, proud, loyal. Easy to train

    Optimal Home
    They are active indoors, so apartment living is OK. Best with older children

  • Average Adult Weight
    85 to 200 pounds

    Personality
    Protective, loyal, intelligent, calm and patient

    Optimal Home
    Not recommended for novice owners; get along well with children and other pets (not of same sex, size and temperament) when socialized

  • Average Adult Weight
    35 to 55 pounds

    Personality
    Intelligent, independent, loyal, active

    Optimal Home
    Not ideal for novice owners; get along best with older children. Should get daily exercise

  • Average Adult Weight
    30 to 60 pounds

    Personality
    Alert, outgoing, intelligent, eager to please. Must socialize puppies to prevent aggression problems

    Optimal Home
    Apartment living is OK with daily exercise. Make loving house pets

  • Average Adult Weight
    6 pounds

    Personality
    Highly intelligent, very trainable; sensitive and demanding, but loyal

    Optimal Home
    Do well in apartments. Behave best when around older, considerate children

  • Average Adult Weight
    55 to 65 pounds

    Personality
    >Gentle, devoted, sweet; easygoing, with training

    Optimal Home
    Easy access to outdoor adventures and exercise. Bond well with young kids and other pets

  • Average Adult Weight 
    20 to 24 pounds

    Personality
    Sweet, gentle, loving, lively and fun

    Optimal Home
    Can do well in an apartment with sufficient exercise. Interacts best with older, considerate children.

  • Average Adult Weight
    40 to 50 pounds

    Personality
    With proper socialization, is sweet, devoted and eager-to-please; may not realize their own strength

    Optimal Home
    Can do OK in apartments, with regular activity

  • Average Adult Weight
    40 to 70 pounds

    Personality
    Energetic, playful, crave human companionship

    Optimal Home
    Good-sized home with a backyard. Love to play with children, too rambunctious for toddlers

  • Average Adult Weight
    150 to 170 pounds

    Personality
    Calm, obedient and dignified; patient around children

    Optimal Home
    This large dog requires daily exercise. With proper socialization, makes a great family pet

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