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Dog Breed Descriptions:A-B, C-H, I-P, R-Y
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Affenpinscher An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, wavy, wiry, medium length. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Non-shedding 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. Very sociable. Note very independent. Somewhat quieter than average. A good watchdog. 2/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Afghan Hound An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, silky, straight, medium to long-length. Difficult to groom. Very unlikely to drool. Very Very high activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. Somewhat harder than average to train. Not very tolerant of strangers. Somewhat more sociable than average. Somewhat more independent than average. One of the more quiet breeds. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 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. More breed information
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Airedale Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, wavy, short, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Enjoys swimming. An excellent running partner. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat harder than average to train. Not very tolerant of 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. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 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. More breed information
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Akita An AKC recognized breed. Very Large-sized, Enormous The coat generally may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, short, double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Slightly lower than average activity level. Lower on the intelligence scale. Not very tolerant of strangers. Very tolerant of cold weather Somewhat more sociable than average. Quite independent. One of the more quiet breeds. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. 8/10 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. More breed information
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Alaskan Malamute An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, medium length. double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Slightly lower than average activity level. An excellent running partner. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. Somewhat less intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Very tolerant of cold weather Somewhat more sociable than average. Less independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. Alaskan Malamute 8/10 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. More breed information
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American English Coonhound An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, -Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, short, medium length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Somewhat harder than average to train. Very sociable. Somewhat quieter than average. Slightly better than average as a watchdog. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years. More breed information
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American Eskimo Dog-Toy An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, medium length. double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. 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. Responds well to training. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Somewhat less than average tendency to tolerate strangers. Very sociable. Less independent than average. Rather vocal. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. American Eskimo Dog-Toy 4/10 on the popularity scale. Slightly better than average in adapting to apartment living. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a long lifespan of about 15 to 16 years. More breed information
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American Eskimo-Miniature An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, medium length. double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. 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. Responds well to training. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Somewhat less than average tendency to tolerate strangers. Does well with kids 3 and under. Very sociable. Less independent than average. 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. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a long lifespan of about 15 to 16 years. More breed information
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American Eskimo-Standard An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, medium length. double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. 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. Responds well to training. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Somewhat less than average tendency to tolerate strangers. Does well with kids of all ages. Very tolerant of cold weather Very sociable. Less independent than average. Rather vocal. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Mostly happy in small dwellings. This breed has a long lifespan of about 15 to 16 years. More breed information
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American Foxhound An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. Somewhat less intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. A friendly breed and very tolerant of other pets. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate strangers. Slightly less social than average. Somewhat more independent than average. Rather vocal. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years. More breed information
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American Hairless Currently in the AKC’s interim stage of recognition. Probably will be Tiny Many of this breed are miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. No breeds are genuinely hypoallergenic, but this breed is considered to be more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers. Very high activity level. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Responds well to training. Very sociable. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a long lifespan of about 15 to 16 years. More breed information
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American Staffordshire Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. An excellent running partner. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Very sociable. Note very independent. One of the more quiet breeds. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. 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. More breed information
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American Water Spaniel An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, Curly double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Enjoys swimming. An appropriate breed for bird hunting. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat harder than average to train. Somewhat less than average tendency to tolerate 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. 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. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years. More breed information
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Anatolian Shepherd Dog An AKC recognized breed. Very Large-sized, Enormous harsh, silky, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. Very tolerant of cold weather Somewhat more sociable than average. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. Anatolian Shepherd Dog 6/10 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. More breed information
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Australian Cattle Dog An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, short, medium length. double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Would enjoy accompanying you on a jog. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Responds well to training. Not very tolerant of other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. Very tolerant of hot weather Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Rather vocal. 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. More breed information
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Australian Shepherd An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, -Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. An excellent running partner. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat more trainable than average. Not very tolerant of other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Rather vocal. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. Australian Shepherd 6/10 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. More breed information
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Australian Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, silky, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Low Activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Responds well to training. Not very tolerant of 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. Somewhat more sociable than average. Somewhat more independent than average. Rather vocal. 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 lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Azawakh Currently in the AKC’s interim stage of recognition. Many will be small-sized. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, silky, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Very high activity level. An excellent running partner. An independent breed that handles being alone well. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years. More breed information
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Basenji An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. No breeds are genuinely hypoallergenic, but this breed is considered to be more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers. Very high activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. 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. Slightly less social than average. Quite independent. One of the more quiet breeds. 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. More breed information
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Basset Hound An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, short, 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 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. Quite independent. Slightly quieter than average. 8/10 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. More breed information
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Beagle An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, silky, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. An excellent running partner. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. Somewhat harder than average to train. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. 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. Very sociable. Less 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. Happy to spend time on a warm lap. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Bearded Collie An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, double-coated, long-length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat more trainable than average. 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. Less independent than average. Somewhat more vocal 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. More breed information
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Beauceron An AKC recognized breed. Enormous harsh, short, medium length. double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Very high activity level. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Responds well to training. Not very tolerant of other pets. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Note very independent. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. 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. More breed information
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Bedlington Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, Curly medium length. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. No breeds are genuinely hypoallergenic, but this breed is considered to be more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers. Very high 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 Very sociable. Somewhat more 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 lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Belgian Laekenois Currently in the AKC’s interim stage of recognition. Most dogs will be of medium size. A few dogs will be large. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight,, wavy, curly, wiry,, medium length. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. Somewhat more trainable than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years. More breed information
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Belgian Malinois An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, medium length. double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. An excellent running partner. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat more trainable than average. Not very tolerant of strangers. 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. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. 8/10 on the popularity scale. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Belgian Sheepdog An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, short, double-coated, long-length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. An excellent running partner. 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. Rather vocal. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. 4/10 on the popularity scale. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years. More breed information
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Belgian Tervuren An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, double-coated, long-length. Difficult to groom. 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 strangers. 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. 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. More breed information
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Bergamasco An AKC recognized breed. A few dogs will be medium sized. Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, corded, long-length. Difficult to groom. Very high activity level. A rather difficult dog to train. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Very tolerant of cold weather This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Berger Picard Currently in the AKC’s interim stage of recognition. Most dogs will be of medium size. A good chance this dog will grow to belarge. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, wavy, medium length. Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat less than average. Very high activity level. Enjoys swimming. An excellent running partner. A somewhat less than average tendency to have a doggy smell. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. A rather difficult dog to train. 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. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. This breed has a slightly shorter than average lifespan of about 11 to 12 years. More breed information
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Bernese Mountain Dog An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, silky, straight, wavy, double-coated. Difficult to groom. Quite likely to drool. 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 other pets. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very tolerant of cold weather Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. Slightly quieter than average. 10/10 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. More breed information
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Bichon Frise An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized, Miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, silky, Curly double-coated. 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. Low Activity level. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. Somewhat less intelligent than average. Somewhat more trainable than average. A friendly breed and very tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Very sociable. Note very independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. 8/10 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. More breed information
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Black and Tan Coonhound An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, short, Little or no grooming required. Quite likely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Somewhat less 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. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Quite independent. Rather vocal. 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. More breed information
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Black Russian Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. Very Large-sized, Enormous harsh, wavy, medium length. double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Non-shedding 40Very high activity level. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Quite trainable. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Somewhat more independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. 4/10 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. More breed information
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Bloodhound An AKC recognized breed. Very Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Quite likely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. 40Very high activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. 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. Somewhat more sociable than average. Quite independent. Somewhat more vocal than average. 8/10 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. More breed information
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Bluetick Coonhound An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, -Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly higher than average activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. A dog breed that testing and study has shown to be highly intelligent. 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 Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Less independent than average. Rather vocal. 4/10 on the popularity scale. Less average possibility of being appropriate in a small space. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Boerboel An AKC recognized breed. Enormous in size. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat less than average. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat more trainable than average. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. This breed has a short lifespan of about 9 to 10 years. More breed information
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Border Collie An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, silky, straight, double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. An excellent running partner. 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. Not very tolerant of strangers. Very tolerant of hot weather Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Note very independent. Rather vocal. Border Collie 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. More breed information
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Border Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, silky, short, Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Non-shedding Low 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. Very tolerant of strangers. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Somewhat more sociable than average. Somewhat more independent than average. Rather vocal. 6/10 on the popularity scale. Very comfortable in small homes and apartments. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Borzoi An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. Very Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, wavy, long-length. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Very high activity level. A breed developed to accompany animal hunters. Somewhat harder than average to train. Not very tolerant of other pets. Not very tolerant of strangers. Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. 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. More breed information
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Boston Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Miniature-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Sheds somewhat more than average. Low Activity level. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. Lower on the intelligence scale. Somewhat more trainable than average. Not very tolerant of 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. Slightly quieter than average. 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 lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Bouvier des Flandres An AKC recognized breed. Very Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, Curly double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Non-shedding A slightly lower than average activity level. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Not very tolerant of other pets. Not very tolerant of 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. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. 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. More breed information
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Boxer An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Very high activity level. An excellent running partner. Somewhat less intelligent than average. Not very tolerant of other pets. Very sociable. Less independent than average. Somewhat more vocal than average. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. 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. More breed information
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Boykin Spaniel An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, wavy, Curly medium length. double-coated. Difficult to groom. A slightly higher than average activity level. A waterfowl retriever and gamebird flusher and retriever. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. Somewhat more trainable than average. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. An excellent choice for homes with kids 4 years-old and older. Very sociable. Somewhat more 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 lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Briard An AKC recognized breed. Large-sized. Very Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, Curly double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Non-shedding Very high activity level. Somewhat more intelligent than average. Somewhat more trainable than average. Somewhat better than average in its ability to tolerate other pets. Not very tolerant of 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. Not a good choice for a small space environment. This breed has a lifespan of about 13 to 14 years. More breed information
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Brittany Spaniel An AKC recognized breed. Small-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, wavy, medium length. Little or no grooming required. Very unlikely to drool. Very high activity level. Enjoys swimming. An appropriate breed for bird hunting. A breed known to have minimal doggy odor. Not the most, but one of the more intelligent breeds. A breed that is more tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. Does very well with kids three and under. 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. 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. More breed information
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Brussels Griffon An AKC recognized breed. Tiny-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, double-coated. Little or no grooming required. Non-shedding Low Activity level. Lower on the intelligence scale. 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 sociable. Quite independent. Somewhat more vocal 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. More breed information
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Bull Terrier An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized, -Large-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, Little or no grooming required. Quite likely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. Very high activity level. Tolerates strangers reasonably well. Does quite well with kids 4 and over Not the most, but one of the more social breeds. Quite independent. Rather vocal. 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. More breed information
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Bulldog An AKC recognized breed. Medium-sized. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: soft, harsh, straight, short, Little or no grooming required. Quite likely to drool. Sheds somewhat more than average. A slightly lower than average activity level. Not very tolerant of other pets. Very tolerant of strangers. Does well with kids of all ages. Very sociable. Somewhat more independent than average. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. 10/10 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. More breed information
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Bullmastiff An AKC recognized breed. Enormous in size. The coat may have any or all of these characteristics: harsh, straight, short. Little or no grooming required. A slightly lower than average activity level. Not very tolerant of other pets. Very sociable. An independent breed that handles being alone well. A dog known to be quiet. An excellent watch dog that will warn you of intruders and visitors alike. A dog with a protective nature suitable as a guard dog. 8/10 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. More breed information
All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.

All statements are generalizations based on expert opinions and studies. Individual dogs may vary.