Dog Breeds

Information on all purebred dog breeds and hybrid dog breeds.

Learn more about your favorite dog breeds by perusing our comprehensive list of dog breed profiles. We outline dog breed basics and give you the skinny on what you should know before bringing a new dog home – everything from the history of your breed of choice to common health concerns and what they are typically like to live with. Browse our guides to the best dog breeds for families with children, people with allergies and more. And while you're here, check out our Dog Breed Finder, a quick survey that will help you discover your ideal breed based on your lifestyle, living situation and the qualities you’d like in a dog.

Talk About Breeds

What Happens to Those Unsold Pet Store Puppies

I often see people who purchase a pet store puppy because they want to "rescue" it. By doing so, they support a system that allows dogs to live in misery. I realize their hearts are in the right places and they want to save the dog. I also realize that they do not know what happens to the unsold pet shop dogs, so I wanted to tell you about three pet store puppies and what happened to them. They are a Pug and two Westies, all nine weeks old. The miller breeds for the pet trade and sent them off to the pet store to be sold. When they got there, the store owner discovered all three had physical defects. The Pug had a bum knee and the Westies had hernias. The pet store owner, not wanting to lose money, called the miller and arranged to send them back. The miller took them back. This is what happens to most unsold puppies in pet stores. Of course, the miller had no use for them. That is where rescue comes in. Many rescues work to develop a relationship with the millers. It is not easy because what they do is a horror to those who rescue dogs, but it helps the animals from death in some situations. The miller called a friend of mine who works at a rescue and told her what happened. She said that if my friend wanted them, she could have them. No money changed hands and as I type, those puppies are in the vet's office being altered and otherwise fixed up. Once they are better, they will be posted for adoption. I realize that this is not the fate of every unsold puppy, but it really is typical. So next time a sweet little puppy in the pet store catches your eye, go home and check out breed rescue. Many times, you can find a dog or puppy who was bred under the same conditions that pet store dogs are, but is up to date on shots and vetted. Same quality, better price, vetted and you will not be feeding the cycle of misery.

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A Calm Breed For a Busy Person

I have a very busy life - work, kids, school, extra curricular activities, you name it. So I am thankful I have a young Shih Tzu that is calm (most of the time) in comparison to everything that is going on around her. She is content to sit in my lap while I read, watch TV or use the computer. She really de-stresses me. This doesn't mean that this is necessarily the right breed for you, but it was for me! Do a little research to see what breed fits your lifestyle.

Tamika S., owner of a Shih Tzu

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