Dog Breeds

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The American Staffordshire Terrier is a typically enthusiastic and loyal breed popular for their outgoing personality. Ancestors of the American Staffordshire Terrier were bred in England as fighting dogs—though some were valued as working farm dogs and hunters’ companions. Today, properly socialized and well-exercised American Staffordshire Terriers are among the most loving and loyal companions a family could hope to have.


Beagles are known for their compact size, floppy ears and expressive eyes. They’re equally renowned for their pack instincts, love of family life and outsized personalities. Beagles are typically great with kids and other dogs and thrive on attention and inclusion. Though Beagle’s characteristic hunting barks and howls make them a great living alarm system, they’re usually friendly and outgoing with both strangers and loved ones alike. Because Beagles are curious and energetic, frequent exercise is recommended, but strenuous activity isn’t necessary. Several brisk walks a day or backyard play sessions are usually sufficient for the fitness needs of a Beagle.


Passionate, athletic, adaptable and as smart as they come, the Border Collie is an exceptional dog breed valued for qualities far beyond the herding skills for which it was originally bred. Though still used as working dogs, many Border Collie characteristics make them equally suited for canine sports, family life and even service tasks. Border Collies possess deep intelligence, strong devotion and a free-spirited nature, effortlessly combining many of the most desirable dog traits into one wholly distinctive—and highly trainable—companion.


If you favor an energetic dog and don’t want to choose between brains, brawn and beauty, it’s time for you to meet the Boxer dog breed. Boxers are descended from multipurpose working dogs originally bred for their hunting and guarding skills. Today, the intelligence, alertness and enthusiasm that made them such dependable working pets are traits valued by pet parents who admire a loyal, plucky, playful pup. Whether they’re working hard in a skilled job or just working their way into your heart, you can count on Boxer dogs to do it with spirit.


The Chihuahua may be the smallest breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, but don’t tell them that. These miniature canines are known for their big personality and strong sense of self-confidence. Loyal to a fault, Chihuahuas have been known to stand up to dogs 10 times their size as well as any stranger who steps into their territory without permission.


Dogs come in every shape, size, color and character combination imaginable. Each of them is unique, and all of them are special and worthy of love. But there’s something about Dachshunds that makes them stand out from all other breeds. Their distinctively long, low shape, mischievous personalities and affectionate nature keep Dachshunds high on the list of America’s most beloved dog breeds year after year. Our guide to the characteristics, care and keeping of Dachshund dogs is designed to answer pet parents’ most pressing questions about their little companions.


German Shepherds have a reputation for loyalty and hard work. They are often enlisted by law enforcement, but they can also make wonderful pets. As confident as they are gentle, a German Shepherd Dog can serve as your household’s unrelenting guard dog but also be ready to play when you are, two very good reasons why the breed is one of America’s most popular.


What is a Goldendoodle? You won’t find them listed as a registered breed, and their appealing intersection of looks, personality and intelligence may seem too good to be true. A “designer dog” that’s born from Golden Retriever and Poodle parents, the Goldendoodle holds many of these parent breeds’ best traits while offering a bright-eyed playfulness all their own.


Friendly, sociable, active, intelligent and hardworking, Labradors can be a great fit for a variety of households. While they're are often prized for their energetic personalities and sunny natures, they're also remarkable swimmers and fetchers and often make ideal service dogs.


Shih Tzus were the favored pets of ancient Chinese emperors. These “lion dogs” haven’t forgotten their august lineage, but don’t let their proud bearing fool you; Shih Tzu dogs are absolute lovebugs who excel at charming the pants off anyone they meet.


Siberian Huskies are famous for their historic role as a sled dog. Don’t be fooled by this canine’s wolf-like appearance or icy origins—Siberian Huskies are some of the friendliest and warmest dogs you’ll ever meet. Smart, loyal and more than a little mischievous, Huskies can make a wonderful addition to many families. Just make sure you’re willing to give them all the love and attention they crave, as well as plenty of outlets for their boundless energy.