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Affenpinscher Size: Tiny Coat: Bristly. Wavy/Wiry. Coat length: Medium. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Little to no shedding. Very low activity level. Moderately intelligent. Somewhat harder than average to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Tolerates strangers fairly well. Very affectionate. Very dependent. Fairly quiet. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. In America, a rare breed. Excellent choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Afghan Hound Size: Large. Coat: Silky. Straight. Coat length: Medium. Long/Double coated. Grooming: High-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Very heavy shedding. Very high activity level. Bred as a game hunting companion. Lowest intelligence. Somewhat harder than average to train. Very wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Somewhat affectionate. Moderately independent. Quiet. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Airedale Terrier Size: Medium. Coat: Bristly. Straight. Wavy/Wiry. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Likes to swim. Highly intelligent. Somewhat harder than average to train. Very wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Good with kids of all ages.. Rather affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly vocal. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. Slightly above average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Akita Size: Very large. Enormous. Coat: Bristly. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Low intelligence. Among the more difficult to train. Very wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Somewhat affectionate. Quite independent. Quiet. Good watchdog potential. Good as a guard dog. Listed in CDC and/or other reports as an aggressive breed prone to biting. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. A popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Alaskan Malamute Size: Large. Coat: Soft. Bristly. Straight. Coat length: Medium. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Not especially intelligent. Somewhat harder than average to train. Very wary of other pets. Tolerates strangers well. Somewhat affectionate. Quite dependent. Fairly vocal. Listed in CDC and/or other reports as an aggressive breed prone to biting. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. Slightly above average popularity in the US. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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American Eskimo Dog-Toy Size: Tiny. Coat: Soft. Straight. Coat length: Medium. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Highly intelligent. Comparatively, among the easier to train. Tolerates other pets well. Somewhat wary of strangers. Very affectionate. Quite dependent. Vocal. Good watchdog potential. Very long estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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American Eskimo-Miniature Size: Miniature. Coat: Soft. Straight. Coat length: Medium. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Highly intelligent. Comparatively, among the easier to train. Tolerates other pets well. Somewhat wary of strangers. Good with kids of all ages.. Very affectionate. Quite dependent. Vocal. Good watchdog potential. Very long estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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American Eskimo-Standard Size: Small. Coat: Soft. Straight. Coat length: Medium. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Highly intelligent. Comparatively, among the easier to train. Tolerates other pets well. Somewhat wary of strangers. Good with kids of all ages.. Very affectionate. Quite dependent. Vocal. Good watchdog potential. Very long estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Good choice for apartment living. More breed information
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American Foxhound Size: Large. Coat: Bristly. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Bred as a game hunting companion. Not especially intelligent. Somewhat harder than average to train. Tolerates other pets very well. Tolerates strangers fairly well. Relatively unaffectionate. Moderately independent. Vocal. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. In America, a very rare breed. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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American Staffordshire Terrier Size: Small. Coat: Soft. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Moderately intelligent. Among the more difficult to train. Very wary of other pets. Very wary of strangers. Very affectionate. Very dependent. Quiet. Good as a guard dog. Listed in CDC and/or other reports as an aggressive breed prone to biting. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. Slightly above average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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American Water Spaniel Size: Small. Coat length: Medium. Coat: Soft. Curly/Corded. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Likely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Likes to swim. Bred to hunt game birds. Moderately intelligent. Somewhat harder than average to train. Somewhat wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Very good with kids four and up. Rather affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly quiet. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. In America, a rare breed. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Anatolian Shepherd Dog Size: Very large. Enormous. Coat: Silky. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Highly intelligent. Among the more difficult to train. Tolerates other pets well. Wary of strangers. Somewhat affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly vocal. Good as a guard dog. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Australian Cattle Dog Size: Medium. Coat: Soft. Bristly. Straight. Coat length: Short. Coat length: Medium. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Very high intelligence. Comparatively, among the easier to train. Wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Very affectionate. Moderately independent. Vocal. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. Slightly above average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Australian Shepherd Size: Medium. Large. Coat: Straight. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Moderately intelligent. Somewhat easier than average to train. Wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Very affectionate. Moderately independent. Vocal. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. A popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Australian Terrier Size: Tiny. Coat: Bristly. Silky. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very low activity level. Moderately intelligent. Comparatively, among the easier to train. Wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Very Good with kids of all ages.. Somewhat affectionate. Moderately independent. Vocal. Good watchdog potential. Very long estimated lifespan. In America, a rare breed. Excellent choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Basenji Size: Miniature. Coat: Soft. Straight. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Reportedly tolerated by allergy sufferers. Very high activity level. Bred as a game hunting companion. Lowest intelligence. Somewhat harder than average to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Tolerates strangers fairly well. Relatively unaffectionate. Quite independent. Quiet. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Basset Hound Size: Medium. Coat: Soft. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. May drool. Moderate shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Bred as a game hunting companion. Lowest intelligence. Somewhat harder than average to train. Tolerates other pets well. Tolerates strangers very well. Good with kids four and up. Very affectionate. Quite independent. Fairly quiet. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. A popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Beagle Size: Small. Coat: Silky. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Bred as a game hunting companion. Lowest intelligence. Somewhat harder than average to train. Tolerates other pets well. Tolerates strangers very well. Very good with kids of all ages.. Very affectionate. Quite dependent. Vocal. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. A very popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Good choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Bearded Collie Size: Medium. Coat: Soft. Straight. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Moderately intelligent. Somewhat easier than average to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Tolerates strangers very well. Good with kids four and up. Very affectionate. Quite dependent. Fairly vocal. Long estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Beauceron Size: Enormous. Coat: Short. Coat length: Medium. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Very heavy shedding. Very high activity level. Highly intelligent. Comparatively, among the easier to train. Wary of other pets. Very wary of strangers. Rather affectionate. Very dependent. Very vocal. Good watchdog potential. Good as a guard dog. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. In America, a very rare breed. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Bedlington Terrier Size: Miniature. Coat: Curly/Corded. Coat length: Medium. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Reportedly tolerated by allergy sufferers. Very high activity level. Moderately intelligent. Somewhat harder than average to train. Wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Good with kids four and up. Very affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly quiet. Very long estimated lifespan. In America, a rare breed. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Belgian Malinois Size: Large. Coat: Bristly. Straight. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Highly intelligent. Somewhat easier than average to train. Very wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Rather affectionate. Moderately independent. Vocal. Good watchdog potential. Good as a guard dog. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. Slightly above average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Belgian Sheepdog Size: Large. Coat: Soft. Bristly. Straight. Coat length: Short. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Highly intelligent. Somewhat easier than average to train. Very wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Very affectionate. Moderately independent. Vocal. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. In America, a rare breed. Very poorly suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Belgian Tervuren Size: Large. Coat: Soft. Bristly. Straight. Long/Double coated. Grooming: High-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Highly intelligent. Somewhat easier than average to train. Very wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Rather affectionate. Moderately independent. Vocal. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Bernese Mountain Dog Size: Large. Coat: Silky. Straight. Wavy/Wiry. Long/Double coated. Grooming: High-maintenance. Very likely to drool. Moderate shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Highly intelligent. Somewhat easier than average to train. Wary of other pets. Very wary of strangers. Good with kids four and up. Very affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly quiet. Comparatively, a very short estimated lifespan. A popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Bichon Frise Size: Tiny. Miniature. Coat: Silky. Curly/Corded. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Little to no shedding. Reportedly tolerated by allergy sufferers. Very low activity level. Not especially intelligent. Somewhat easier than average to train. Tolerates other pets very well. Tolerates strangers very well. Good with kids four and up. Very affectionate. Very dependent. Fairly vocal. Long estimated lifespan. A popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Excellent choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Black and Tan Coonhound Size: Large. Coat: Bristly. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very likely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Bred as a game hunting companion. Not especially intelligent. Somewhat harder than average to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Tolerates strangers fairly well. Good with kids four and up. Rather affectionate. Quite independent. Vocal. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. A popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Black Russian Terrier Size: Large. Very large. Enormous. Coat: Wavy/Wiry. Coat length: Medium. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. May drool. Little to no shedding. Highly intelligent. Comparatively, easier to train. Very wary of other pets. Very wary of strangers. Rather affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly vocal. Good as a guard dog. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. In America, a rare breed. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Bloodhound Size: Very large. Coat: Soft. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very likely to drool. Moderate shedding. Bred as a game hunting companion. Lowest intelligence. Somewhat harder than average to train. Tolerates other pets well. Tolerates strangers fairly well. Somewhat affectionate. Quite independent. Fairly vocal. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. A popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Bluetick Coonhound Size: Medium. Large. Coat: Bristly. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. May drool. Moderate shedding. Slightly higher than average activity level. Very high intelligence. Among the more difficult to train. Tolerates other pets well. Tolerates strangers fairly well. Good with kids four and up. Rather affectionate. Quite dependent. Vocal. Long estimated lifespan. In America, a very rare breed. Below average choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Border Collie Size: Medium. Coat: Silky. Straight. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Very high intelligence. Comparatively, among the easier to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Wary of strangers. Rather affectionate. Very dependent. Vocal. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. A popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Border Terrier Size: Medium. Coat: Bristly. Silky. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Little to no shedding. Very low activity level. Highly intelligent. Somewhat easier than average to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Tolerates strangers very well. Very good with kids four and up. Somewhat affectionate. Moderately independent. Vocal. Very long estimated lifespan. Slightly above average popularity in the US. Excellent choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Borzoi Size: Large. Very large. Coat: Soft. Wavy/Wiry. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Very heavy shedding. Very high activity level. Bred as a game hunting companion. Lowest intelligence. Somewhat harder than average to train. Wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Very good with kids four and up. Rather affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly quiet. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Boston Terrier Size: Miniature. Coat: Soft. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very low activity level. Low intelligence. Somewhat easier than average to train. Wary of other pets. Tolerates strangers fairly well. Very good with kids four and up. Rather affectionate. Very independent. Fairly quiet. Very long estimated lifespan. A very popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Bouvier des Flandres Size: Very large. Coat: Bristly. Curly/Corded. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. May drool. Little to no shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Highly intelligent. Among the more difficult to train. Wary of other pets. Wary of strangers. Rather affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly vocal. Good watchdog potential. Good as a guard dog. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. Slightly below average popularity in the US. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Boxer Size: Large. Coat: Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. May drool. Very heavy shedding. Very high activity level. Not especially intelligent. Among the more difficult to train. Wary of other pets. Very wary of strangers. Very affectionate. Quite dependent. Fairly vocal. Good watchdog potential. Good as a guard dog. Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. A very popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Boykin Spaniel Size: Small. Coat: Soft. Straight. Wavy/Wiry. Curly/Corded. Coat length: Medium. Grooming: High-maintenance. Unlikely to drool. Very heavy shedding. Slightly higher than average activity level. Highly intelligent. Somewhat easier than average to train. Tolerates other pets well. Tolerates strangers well. Very good with kids four and up. Very affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly quiet. Long estimated lifespan. In America, a very rare breed. Below average choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Briard Size: Large. Very large. Coat: Bristly. Curly/Corded. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. May drool. Little to no shedding. Very high activity level. Moderately intelligent. Somewhat easier than average to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Wary of strangers. Rather affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly vocal. Good watchdog potential. Long estimated lifespan. In America, a rare breed. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Brittany Spaniel Size: Small. Coat: Straight. Wavy/Wiry. Coat length: Medium. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very unlikely to drool. Very heavy shedding. Very high activity level. Likes to swim. Bred to hunt game birds. Highly intelligent. Among the more difficult to train. Tolerates other pets well. Tolerates strangers very well. Very good with kids of all ages.. Rather affectionate. Moderately independent. Fairly quiet. Good watchdog potential. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. A popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Brussels Griffon Size: Tiny. Coat: Soft. Bristly. Straight. Long/Double coated. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Likely to drool. Little to no shedding. Very low activity level. Low intelligence. Among the more difficult to train. Tolerates other pets fairly well. Wary of strangers. Good with kids four and up. Very affectionate. Quite independent. Fairly vocal. Comparatively, a short estimated lifespan. Slightly above average popularity in the US. Excellent choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Bull Terrier Size: Medium. Large. Coat: Soft. Straight. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very likely to drool. Moderate shedding. Very high activity level. Lowest intelligence. Among the more difficult to train. Very wary of other pets. Tolerates strangers well. Good with kids four and up. Rather affectionate. Quite independent. Vocal. Listed in CDC and/or other reports as an aggressive breed prone to biting. Somewhat shorter than average estimated lifespan. Slightly above average popularity in the US. Not well suited for apartment living. More breed information
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Bulldog Size: Medium. Coat: Soft. Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Very likely to drool. Moderate shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Lowest intelligence. Among the more difficult to train. Wary of other pets. Tolerates strangers very well. Good with kids of all ages.. Very affectionate. Moderately independent. Very vocal. Good as a guard dog. Comparatively, a short estimated lifespan. A very popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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Bullmastiff Size: Enormous. Coat: Straight. Coat length: Short. Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance. Likely to drool. Very heavy shedding. Slightly lower than average activity level. Lowest intelligence. Among the more difficult to train. Wary of other pets. Very wary of strangers. Very affectionate. Very independent. Very quiet. Good watchdog potential. Good as a guard dog. Comparatively, a short estimated lifespan. A popular breed in the US, according to AKC records. Not an ideal choice for choice for apartment living. More breed information
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