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

How to Tell if a Breeder You Found Online is Good

Good breeders don't generally sell puppies online. Puppy mills and some backyard breeders do. Some good breeders may have websites, but they won't have pictures of puppies with prices next to them - generally, they won't discuss price at all. Here are some things to keep in mind while browsing breeders on the Web: Good breeders will not always have puppies available, because they breed on or two litters a year, at most. Good breeders will not breed dogs who have not competed successfully in something - conformation, field trials, herding trials, earth dog trials - whatever is appropriate to the breed. "Champion lines" is a meaningless come-on, bait for the unwary. Puppies from good breeders will have champions in the first two generations - parents and grandparents. A good breeder will want to know everything about you, your dog experience, your living arrangements, how you'll provide for you new family member's needs. They will probably want to meet you or have someone they know in your area visit your home and see if it's a good place for a puppy. Genetic health guarantee: If it's for one or two years, it's a fraud; quite a few serious genetic problems just won't show up that early. If it requires you to return the dog in order to collect on the guarantee, rather than just giving you the option of doing so, it's a fraud, because they know that almost no one will do that with a dog they've had even a few weeks, much less months or years. Good breeders care where their puppies are going, and that they'll be safe and cared for and loved in their new homes. If you can buy a puppy online and have it shipped to you, with no check on your suitability except whether or not your payment clears, you are not dealing with someone you want to buy a puppy from.

Lis C., owner of a Chinese Crested

Some Great Small Dogs

Shih Tzus are pretty great small dogs, so are Bichons and Havanese. If you want a really small dog you can go for a Yorkie or a Chi. It all depends on your home and lifestyle and if you're looking for a princess or a tough lil butch! Grooming is also something to consider. Pugs and Bostons are two of my favorites, they're adorable! You can even get a cross between the two, it's called a Bug!

Tabi U., owner of a Shih Tzu mix

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