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Dog Breed Descriptions:A-B, C-H, I-P, R-Y
Ibizan Hound An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, silky, straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Non-shedding Very high activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. Lower on the intelligence scale. Somewhat more trainable than average. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very sociable. Less independent than average. One of the more quiet breeds. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Icelandic Sheepdog An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized, Short Medium length, double-coated, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat more trainable than average. Not very tolerant of other pets. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very tolerant of cold weather Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Less independent than average. Rather vocal. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Irish Red and White Setter An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, -Large-sized, silky, wavy, Long-length Difficult to groom. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Does well with kids of all ages. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Less independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a short lifespan of about 9 to 10 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Irish Setter An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, silky, straight, long-length. Difficult to groom. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Enjoys swimming. An appropriate breed for bird hunting. Somewhat more intelligent than average. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Does well with kids 3 and under. Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. 6/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Irish Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, wavy, Short, double-coated, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. Does very well with kids three and under. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Irish Water Spaniel An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, -Large-sized, curly, Short Medium length Little or no grooming required. Non-shedding A slightly lower than average activity level. An appropriate breed for bird hunting. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat harder than average to train. Not very tolerant of strangers. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Irish Wolfhound An AKC recognized breed. Enormous soft, wavy, Medium length Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. Not very tolerant of strangers. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. 6/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a very short lifespan of about 7 to 8 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Italian Greyhound An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized, straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Non-shedding No breeds are genuinely hypoallergenic, but this breed is considered to be more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers. A slightly lower than average activity level. Lower on the intelligence scale. Somewhat more trainable than average. Not very tolerant of other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Very tolerant of hot weather Very sociable. Note very independent. Slightly quieter than average. 6/10 on the popularity scale. Mostly happy in small dwellings. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Japanese Chin An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized, silky, straight, long-length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Low Activity level. Lower on the intelligence scale. Somewhat harder than average to train. A friendly breed and very tolerant of other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. An appropriate breed for elderly people. Somewhat more sociable than average. Note very independent. Slightly quieter than average. 6/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Keeshond An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, silky, straight, double-coated, long-length. Difficult to groom. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat more trainable than average. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. Does well with kids of all ages. Very tolerant of cold weather Very sociable. Less independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. 6/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Kerry Blue Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, silky, curly, Short Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. No breeds are genuinely hypoallergenic, but this breed is considered to be more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers. A slightly lower than average activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. Not very tolerant of strangers. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Somewhat more independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Komondor An AKC recognized breed. Very Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, curly, corded, , double-coated, long-length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. Somewhat less intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. Somewhat less than average tendency to tolerate other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 2/10 on the popularity scale. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Kuvasz An AKC recognized breed. Very Large-sized, Enormous soft, straight, Medium length, double-coated, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Very tolerant of cold weather Very sociable. Quite independent. Rather vocal. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a short lifespan of about 9 to 10 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Labradoodle A designer mix, not an AKC recognized breed. This Labrador/Poodle mix will likely be of medium size. Fair chance of this dog being large. Coats can have any of these characteristics: silky, straight, wavy, curly and be of a medium length. Easier than average to groom. Sheds somewhat less than average. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Very tolerant of cold weather Very sociable. 10/10 on the popularity scale. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Labrador Retriever An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized, straight, short in length, double-coated, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Enjoys swimming. An appropriate breed for bird hunting. An excellent running partner. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Somewhat more trainable than average. A friendly breed and very tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 10/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a short lifespan of about 9 to 10 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Lagotto Romagnolo Currently in the AKC’s interim stage of recognition. Many of this breed are miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: curly, double-coated. Likes to swim. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a long lifespan of about 15 to 16 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Lakeland Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. Straight, wavy Short, double-coated, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. Enjoys swimming. Lower on the intelligence scale. Somewhat harder than average to train. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. Does well with kids of all ages. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Leonberger An AKC recognized breed. Very Large-sized, Enormous Straight, double-coated, long-length. Little or no grooming required. A mostly high activity level. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat more trainable than average. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very tolerant of cold weather Very sociable. Less independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a very short lifespan of about 7 to 8 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Lhasa Apso An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. silky, straight, long-length. Difficult to groom. Non-shedding Low Activity level. Somewhat harder than average to train. A friendly breed and very tolerant of other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Quite independent. Slightly quieter than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 8/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Lowchen An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized, Miniature-sized. soft, silky, straight, double-coated, long-length. Sheds somewhat less than average. Low Activity level. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat harder than average to train. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. Very sociable. Note very independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Maltese An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized, silky, straight, long-length. Difficult to groom. Non-shedding No breeds are genuinely hypoallergenic, but this breed is considered to be more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers. Low Activity level. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. Lower on the intelligence scale. Somewhat more trainable than average. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. An appropriate breed for elderly people. Very sociable. Note very independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. 10/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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MalShi A designer mix of Maltese & Shih Tzu, not an AKC recognized breed. Probably will be Tiny. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, silky, straight, wavy, long-length. Harder than average to groom. Sheds very little. Very high activity level. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Somewhat more trainable than average. An appropriate breed for elderly people. Somewhat more sociable than average. Less independent than average. Mostly happy in small dwellings. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Maltipoo A designer mix, not an AKC recognized breed. Probably will be Tiny Many of this breed are miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, wavy, curly, medium to long-length. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds very little. Very high activity level. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Responds well to training. A friendly breed and very tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. An appropriate breed for elderly people. Very sociable. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 10/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Manchester Terrier Size: Miniature. Coat: Soft. Bristly. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Very light shedding. Very high activity level. Moderately intelligent. Somewhat harder than average to train. Very wary of other pets. Tolerates strangers fairly well. Very good with kids of all ages.. Rather affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly vocal. Very long estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Manchester Terrier-Toy An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds very little. Low Activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. This breed has a long lifespan of about 15 to 16 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Mastiff An AKC recognized breed. Enormous straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. Somewhat harder than average to train. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Somewhat more independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 10/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a short lifespan of about 9 to 10 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Miniature American Shepherd Currently in the AKC’s interim stage of recognition. Many of this breed are miniature-sized. Many will be small-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: medium length, double-coated. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Miniature Bull Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, -Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A mostly high activity level. Somewhat less intelligent than average. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Quite independent. Rather vocal. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Miniature Pinscher An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized, straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Low Activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. Not very tolerant of other pets. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. Does very well with kids three and under. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Very tolerant of hot weather Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Somewhat more independent than average. Rather vocal. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 8/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Miniature Poodle An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, curly, Short Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Non-shedding No breeds are genuinely hypoallergenic, but this breed is considered to be more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers. A slightly lower than average activity level. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Responds well to training. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. An appropriate breed for elderly people. Very sociable. Note very independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. 10/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Miniature Schnauzer An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized, Miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, wiry, Medium length, double-coated, Difficult to groom. Sheds somewhat more than average. No breeds are genuinely hypoallergenic, but this breed is considered to be more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers. A slightly lower than average activity level. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Somewhat harder than average to train. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. An appropriate breed for elderly people. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. An independent breed that handles being alone well. Rather vocal. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 10/10 on the popularity scale. Mostly happy in small dwellings. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Mixed Breed, Mongrel, Mutt They come in all shapes and sizes. Their personalities, activity and intelligence levels vary. Studies show that "Heinz 57" dogs on average are both healthier and longer-lived than purebreds. Researchers found that cross-bred dogs were superior mothers compared to purebred mothers, producing more milk and giving better care. These advantages led to a decreased mortality in the offspring of cross-bred dogs. Source: Wikipedia.org Mongrels are much less expensive, contact your local animal shelter for availability.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Neapolitan Mastiff An AKC recognized breed. Enormous Short Little or no grooming required. Quite likely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Quite trainable. Not very tolerant of strangers. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Somewhat more independent than average. One of the more quiet breeds. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a short lifespan of about 9 to 10 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Newfoundland An AKC recognized breed. Enormous straight, Medium length, double-coated, Difficult to groom. Quite likely to drool. A slightly lower than average activity level. Enjoys swimming. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat more trainable than average. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Very tolerant of cold weather Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Somewhat more independent than average. One of the more quiet breeds. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 8/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a short lifespan of about 9 to 10 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Norfolk Terrier Tiny-sized, wavy, Medium length, double-coated, Difficult to groom. Non-shedding A slightly lower than average activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat more trainable than average. Not very tolerant of other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. An independent breed that handles being alone well. Somewhat more vocal than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Mostly happy in small dwellings. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Norrbottenspets Currently in the AKC’s interim stage of recognition. Many of this breed are small-sized. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
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Norwegian Buhund An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized, Medium length, double-coated, Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. A slightly higher than average activity level. Lower on the intelligence scale. Somewhat harder than average to train. Not very tolerant of other pets. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. Very tolerant of hot weather Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Quite independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Norwegian Elkhound An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, straight, short in length, double-coated, Little or no grooming required. Very high activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. Not very tolerant of other pets. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very tolerant of cold weather Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Norwegian Lundehund An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. Medium length, double-coated, Little or no grooming required. Difficult to groom. A relatively heavy shedder. A slightly higher than average activity level. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very tolerant of cold weather Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Less independent than average. Rather vocal. Less average possibility of being appropriate in a small space. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Norwich Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, straight, wavy Difficult to groom. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. Not very tolerant of other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. 6/10 on the popularity scale. Mostly happy in small dwellings. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. Medium-sized, straight, Medium length, double-coated, Little or no grooming required. A relatively heavy shedder. A slightly higher than average activity level. Enjoys swimming. An appropriate breed for bird hunting. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Quite trainable. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very sociable. Less independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Less average possibility of being appropriate in a small space. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Old English Sheepdog An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized, Straight, double-coated, long-length. Difficult to groom. A slightly lower than average activity level. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. Very sociable. Less independent than average. Rather vocal. 6/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Otterhound Size: Enormous. Coat: Bristly. silky. Curly/corded, . Coat length: Medium. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. May drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Bred as a game hunting companion. Not especially intelligent. Among the more difficult to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Tolerates strangers fairly well. Very good with kids four and up. Very affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly quiet. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. In America, a very rare breed. Not well suited for apartment living.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Papillon An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized, silky, straight, long-length. Difficult to groom. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. A rather difficult dog to train. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. Very sociable. Note very independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 8/10 on the popularity scale. Mostly happy in small dwellings. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Parson Russell Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, silky, straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. An excellent running partner. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Quite trainable. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Very tolerant of hot weather Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Somewhat more independent than average. Rather vocal. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Mostly happy in small dwellings. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a long lifespan of about 15 to 16 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Pekingese An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized, silky, straight, long-length. Difficult to groom. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Low Activity level. Somewhat more trainable than average. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. An appropriate breed for elderly people. Somewhat more sociable than average. Somewhat more independent than average. One of the more quiet breeds. 6/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Pembroke Welsh Corgi An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: straight, medium length. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Responds well to training. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Rather vocal. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 10/10 on the popularity scale. Mostly happy in small dwellings. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Peruvian Inca Orchid Currently in the AKC’s interim stage of recognition. Many of this breed are miniature-sized. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
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Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, straight, Medium length Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. Lower on the intelligence scale. Not very tolerant of other pets. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Mostly happy in small dwellings. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Pharaoh Hound AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, silky, straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat more trainable than average. Not very tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Very tolerant of hot weather Very sociable. Note very independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Plott Hound An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat harder than average to train. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Quite independent. Rather vocal. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Pointer An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, -Large-sized, silky, straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Enjoys swimming. An appropriate breed for bird hunting. An excellent running partner. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Polish Lowland Sheepdog An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, wavy, double-coated, long-length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds very little. A slightly higher than average activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Quite trainable. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Less average possibility of being appropriate in a small space. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
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Pomeranian An AKC recognized breed. 100Pocket Tiny-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, straight, double-coated, long-length. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Low Activity level. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat harder than average to train. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. An appropriate breed for elderly people. Very sociable. Note very independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 10/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Poodle (standard) Size: Large. Coat: Soft. Curly/corded, . Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Little to no shedding. Reportedly tolerated by allergy sufferers. High activity level. Likes to swim. Very high intelligence. Comparatively, among the easier to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Tolerates strangers very well. Good with kids four and up. Very affectionate. Very dependent. Fairly vocal. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. A very popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Poodle (toy) Size: Tiny. Coat: Soft. Curly/corded, . Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Little to no shedding. Reportedly tolerated by allergy sufferers. Very low activity level. Very high intelligence. Comparatively, among the easier to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Tolerates strangers very well. Good with kids three and under. Very good with kids four and up. Very affectionate. Very dependent. Fairly vocal. Listed in CDC and/or other reports as an aggressive breed prone to biting. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. A very popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Excellent choice for apartment living.
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Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Currently in the AKC’s interim stage of recognition. Probably will be tiny. The coat may be straight, wavy, curly and wiry. 2/10 on the popularity scale. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
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Portuguese Water Dog An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, curly, Medium length Little or no grooming required. Non-shedding No breeds are genuinely hypoallergenic, but this breed is considered to be more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers. Very high activity level. Enjoys swimming. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat more trainable than average. Not very tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. 8/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Pug An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, straight, short in length. Little or no grooming required. Low Activity level. Lower on the intelligence scale. Somewhat harder than average to train. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. Does quite well with kids 4 and over An appropriate breed for elderly people. Very sociable. Note very independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. 10/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Puggle A designer mix, not an AKC recognized breed. They range from miniature to small silky, straight, short in length, double-coated. Little or no grooming required. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Does very well with kids three and under. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. An appropriate breed for elderly people. 10/10 on the popularity scale. A good dog for first-time dog owners. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
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Puli An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized, curly, corded, , double-coated, long-length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat more trainable than average. Not very tolerant of strangers. Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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Pumi Currently in the AKC’s interim stage of recognition. Many of this breed are miniature-sized. Many of this breed are small-sized The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: curly, medium length. Very high activity level. Somewhat harder than average to train. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years.
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Pyrenean Shepherd An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. Small-sized, Medium length, double-coated, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Not very tolerant of other pets. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Very sociable. Note very independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a short lifespan of about 9 to 10 years.
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.
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