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SelectSmart.com What Is The Best Dog Breed For Me? Are you considering bringing a dog into your home, but just can't decide which one best suits you? Get some help making this important decision, choosing the right dog breed, with this personalized guide. It's simple: Tell us your preferences, and we'll match them with a list of dog breeds, in ranked order, that best meet your desires.

1. SIZE
What size dog do you prefer?
Pocket: Under 5 lbs/2.3 kg.
Tiny: 5 to 12 lbs./2.3 to 5.4 kg.
Miniature: 13 to 25 lbs/5.9 to 11.3 kg.
Small: 26 to 39 lbs/11.8 to 17.7 kg.
Medium: 40 to 59 lbs/18.1 to 26.8 kg.
Large: 60 to 89 lbs/27.2 to 40.4 kg.
Very large: 90 to 105 lbs/40.8 to 47.6 kg.
Enormous: 105 lbs./47.6 kg. & up
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2. COAT (Texture)
Soft
Bristly
Silky
Not a consideration
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3. COAT (Type)
Straight
Wavy/Wiry
Curly/Corded
Not a consideration
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4. COAT (Length)
Short
Medium
Long/Double coated
Not a consideration
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5. GROOMING
What are your grooming preferences?
Easy, low-maintenance
High-maintenance
Not a consideration
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6. DROOLING
I want to avoid those dogs that slobber.
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7. SHEDDING
I would like a dog that sheds minimally, perhaps not at all.
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8. DOG ALLERGIES
Note: There are no genuinely hypoallergenic dog breeds. All dogs have dander which is the cause of allergies in humans.
I would like a dog rated as more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers.
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9. ACTIVITY LEVEL
What energy level is more appropriate for your lifestyle? Are you looking for a pal to join you on walks and jogs? Maybe you'd like a TV watching buddy. Regardless of the amount of activity, dogs thrive on interaction with humans; it's cruel to tether or chain your dog in the backyard. The Humane Society of the United States advises that "a dog kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive."
Lower activity level
Higher activity level
Not a consideration
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10. SWIMMING
I would like a dog that enjoys swimming.
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11. HUNTING DOGS
Many dog breeds were bred specifically for hunting. For example, some retrieve ducks, some flush out pheasants, others are adept at treeing raccoons.
I would like a dog that enjoys hunting gamebirds with me.
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I would like a dog that enjoys hunting game animals with me.
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12. CUNNING CANINES
"Intelligence does not necessarily equate to trainability," notes Dr. Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. "Often intelligent dogs can think of so many more challenges to authority or variations on response to a command." With this explanation in mind, would you prefer a dog breed that Dr. Coren would deem intelligent, trainable or both?
Intelligent
Easily Trainable
Intelligent & Easily Trainable
Not a consideration
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13. COMPATIBILITY
Pet tolerant. Some breeds have the potential to injure or even kill other pets.
Stranger tolerant. This is an important consideration if people are frequently visiting or passing by.
Pet & Stranger tolerant.
Not a consideration
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14. KID APPROPRIATE
Would you like a dog that is good with children? Some breeds are inappropriate because they might hurt children, others are inappropriate because children might hurt them.
Yes, and the kids are 3 years and under
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Yes, and the kids are 4 years and over
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15. SOCIAL OR INDEPENDENT
Some breeds are by nature more social and affectionate than others. According to Dr. Stanley Coren, independent dogs are less likely to be despondent if left alone. Considering this description and the level of interaction you'll be able to provide, would you prefer a dog breed that is social and friendly, or one that is more independent?
Social
Independent
Not a consideration
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16. QUIET/WATCH DOG
Would you like a silent partner or one that is likely to warn you of intruders?
I'd prefer a dog breed that is noted as quiet.
I'd prefer a dog breed that is likely to warn me of intruders.
Not a consideration
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17. GUARD DOG
Would you like a protective dog that is suited for security?
Yes
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18. BITERS
Would you be concerned about owning a dog that may be aggressive? Keep in mind that socialization directly affects a dog's aggression level. With the proper training, even dogs that have a bad reputation can be wonderful pets.
Avoid dogs that are more likely to be aggressive.
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19. LONGEVITY
The lifespan of your dog can vary by a few years depending upon the breed. The average lifespan of a dog is about 12 years. If you know that your situation is likely to change in change in few years, you might opt for the shorter lifespan.
I prefer a dog with longevity.
I prefer a dog with a shorter lifespan.
Not a consideration
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20. POPULARITY/RARITY
Do you prefer your dog be a common breed or do you prefer a dog that is out of the ordinary? Popularity affects availability. An unusual dog can be a conversation starter.
Popular
Unusual
Not a consideration
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21. YOUR SPACE
Many large dogs and especially high energy dogs probably won't be happy if cooped up in a small space. You won't be happy either. Unless you can provide your pooch with plenty of daily outdoor time and exercise, consider the size of the home you can provide when determining dog breeds.
My dog will be living in an apartment.
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