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A Quintessential Toy Dog — The Pomeranian

The bold and cheeky Pomeranian, with his luxurious coat, has found devoted fans the world over. But how did this little spitfire become such an American favorite? Here are eight fun facts about this delightful canine.


Affenpinschers love to goof around. These toy-sized dogs are sturdy and vigorous, with a great sense of high-energy fun.

Afghan Hound

Exotic and beautiful, Afghan Hounds stand out in a crowd. They need lots of love, attention and togetherness.

Ainu Dog

Intelligent and adaptable, Ainu dogs are eager to learn and easy to train. They form very strong bonds with their families and have a gentle way with children.

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale terrier is an independent, problem-solving breed.


The Akbash has an independent spirit that blends with a fierce protectiveness for home and family.


Bred to be courageous hunters, Akitas have powerful personalities. They need an owner who can devote time, patience and training.

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are always game for play or work and make diligent guard dogs.

Alaskan Husky

Friendly with their families and curious about strangers, Alaskan Huskies are calmer than their cousins the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute.

Alaskan Klee Kai

A warm and loyal companion, the Alaskan Klee Kai is an active, friendly and loving and highly intelligent dog.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamutes love to goof around, play games and be rowdy (in a pleasant way, of course).

American Bulldog

Working dogs that need to move American Bulldogs are not the best apartment dogs. They need daily walks, room to run and lots of fresh air to maintain a healthy mind and body.

American Bullnese

The American Bullnese is a natural clown, known for its sense of humor and antics. Their size and laid-back demeanor make them perfect for country or city living.

American Cocker Spaniel

Generally easy-going dogs, American Cocker Spaniels need a moderate amount of exercise.

American Eskimo Dog

Charming, intelligent, warm and friendly, American Eskimo Dogs make for a superb watchdog.

American Foxhound

These dogs form special bonds with their families, but they won’t beg for attention.

American Hairless Terrier

Highly intelligent, the American Hairless Terrier likes constructive games and tasks to keep its active mind sharp.

American Indian Dog

Gentle with children, versatile with adults, the American Indian Dog has a very mellow and serene spirit.

American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terriers are affectionate, loyal, happy dogs with lots of energy and a natural eagerness to please their guardians.

American Staffordshire Terrier

Bred to be both swift and strong, American Staffordshire Terriers love to play fetch, go for runs and work.

American Water Spaniel

American Water Spaniels are wonderful household companions. They get along well with people and play gently with children.

Anatolian Shepherd

Protective and alert, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog makes an excellent watchdog.

Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie

Like many of the French hounds, the Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie looks elegant and delicate. But they're energetic hunting dogs that love to work.

Appenzeller Sennenhund

Some herding dogs can be independent and reserved, but the Appenzeller Sennenhund has a lively, outgoing personality.

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dogs are high-energy, intelligent and active. Not content with sitting around the house, these dogs want to play and work.

Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpies are devoted, friendly and focused canines. They have great personalities, especially when they have “tasks” to accomplish or animals to herd.

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are vigorous, well-proportioned and rustic dogs. Learn about this breed here.

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

High-energy, intelligent and active, Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle dogs want you to take them outside to play.

Australian Terrier

Strong, determined, loving pals, Australian Terriers are eager to please and easy to train.

Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher

Primarily a working dog, Austrian Shorthaired Pinschers are most often found on farms. They are intelligent and easy to train.


Happy, carefree pals, the Barbets are rare—only about a hundred live in the United States.


Basenjis have been known to sleep the day away. But when they wake up,watch out: These dogs love to play, explore and run.

Basset Bleu Gascogne

Contrary to the popular image of a Basset as a lazy dog, the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a real worker.

Basset Hound

Mild-mannered and obedient, Basset Hounds are excellent members of the household. And they’re also a whole lot of fun.


America loves the Beagle. There is nothing fancy or exotic or designer about him, but his loving temperament and handy size make him a perennial favorite.

Bearded Collie

Bearded Collies are fun-loving pals around the house, always wagging their tails and looking for people to entertain.


While Beaucerons are hardworking and determined herding dogs, around the home they are gentle and sociable, always ready to play, walk or cuddle.

Bedlington Terrier

Affectionate and loving, the Bedlington forms strong bonds with its family. It craves attention and likes the occasional cuddle.

Belgian Malinois

Loyal, friendly and affectionate, the Belgian Malinois craves companionship and family time above everything else.

Belgian Sheepdog

A loyal, friendly and affectionate friend, the Belgian Sheepdog craves companionship and family time above everything else.

Belgian Shepherd Groenendael

Both cuddly and athletic, the Belgian Shepherd Groenendael is a loyal, friendly and affectionate pal.

Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

Belgian Shepherd Laekenois crave companionship and family time. This dog really flourishes when given a steady dose of play, cuddling and training.

Belgian Tervuren

A light-boned, elegant, square-built dog the Belgian Tervuren is a loyal, friendly and affectionate companion.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Obedient, smart, curious and eager to please, Bernese Mountain Dogs are are dependable but levelheaded guardians.

Bichon Frise

The charming, friendly and intelligent Bichon Frise is soft and sweet and naturally social dog that will get along with the whole family—even other pets.

Biewer Yorkie

Courageous and stout-hearted, the Biewer Yorkie has a feistiness that’s lovable and slightly contagious.

Black and Tan Coonhound

A working dog by nature, the Black and Tan Coonhound needs patient training, attention and room to run.

Black Mouth Cur

Black Mouth Curs are smart and curious canines. Fearless and relentless in the wild, they are very sensitive and gentle with people.

Black Russian Terrier

No matter how big your house or yard, the Black Russian Terrier will want to be close to you. They passionately love their family.


A big, fenced yard is almost essential for a Bloodhound. Though not at all willful, they do have a healthy sense of independence, adventure and curiosity.

Blue Heeler

Take your Blue Heeler outside to play. These high-energy, clever, active dogs are not content with sitting around the house.

Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhounds were born and bred to hunt in the wild, yet they make a surprisingly gentle, playful and easygoing household pal.


Famous in their native South Africa for being protective guard dogs, the Boerboel is also a gentle and affectionate household companion.


Less boisterous and outgoing than its fluffy white cousin, the Bichon Frise, the Bolognese is slightly reserved around the house.

Border Collie

Border Collies are loyal, trainable, whip-smart pets with an oversupply of energy. They need lots of space to run, so a big backyard (or even a farm) suits them best.

Border Terrier

One of the more laid-back terriers, Border Terriers can be mannerly and calm around the house. They have a friendly, outgoing way with everyone in the family.


Around the house, the Borzoi has a calm nature and impeccable manners. This dog feels an intense loyalty to her family.

Boston Terrier

With his gracious smile, a polished bow, and a slight wink, the Boston Terrier is not only a tuxedo-clad class act; he’s occasionally the class clown.

Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres is friendly, obedient and surprisingly mellow considering its herding-dog genes. It makes a wonderful companion to children.


Boxers may look tough as nails (and they are certainly tough) but under the surface they are lovable, playful, sometimes goofy pals.


Extremely good-natured and loving, Boykin Spaniels are the ultimate pal. Boykins can hang with kids and sportsmen alike.

Brazilian Terrier

Like most terriers, Brazilian Terriers are alert and intelligent and always up for any kind of game. Owners should be prepared to exercise and play with them daily.


Briards are herding dogs with rather gentle personalities. They are relatively easygoing around the house, always ready to play.


Lively and fun, Brittanys are always up for a roll on the carpet, a game in the back yard or a cuddle on the couch.

Brussels Griffon

Energetic and inquisitive, a Brussels Griffon will follow you around the house all day and then jump in your lap the moment you sit down.

Bukovina Sheepdog

Bukovina Sheepdogs are loyal and affectionate but they are high-energy dogs. Be prepared for lots of exercise.

Bull Terrier

Bull Terriers may look like rugby players, but deep down they are sweet, dependable, gentle and downright silly at times.


Bulldogs may look tough, but inside they’re sweet and gentle. They have a friendly temperament and a fond attachment to home and family.


Bullmastiffs are the perfect example of a gentle giant in the dog world: muscular and powerful, yet faithful and kind unless provoked.

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terriers are devoted pets. But while lovable and fun, they are not the cuddly types. Cairns love to run, explore and dig.

Canaan Dog

Gentle and sweet around the house, tough and resilient in the field, Canaan Dogs are adaptable to almost any situation.

Canadian Eskimo Dog

Canadian Eskimo Dogs are gentle, affectionate, playful dogs who need the run of large yards and owners who will give them extensive daily exercise.

Cane Corso

Cane Corsos have stable and dependable personalities. In the yard or around the house, they will stay close to its master.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Welsh Corgis are brave and loyal defenders of the home. Cardigan Welsh Corgis have natural herding instincts. They are loyal and eager to please.

Carolina Dog

Just recently discovered in the wild, Carolina Dogs are still not a fully domesticated breed.

Carpathian Sheepdog

Carpathian Sheepdogs are agile, stately dogs. They make excellent guard dogs with an even temperament and devotion to family.

Catahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula Leopard Dogs are high-energy, independent creatures that need strong-willed owners for proper training and socialization.

Catalonian Sheepdog

Catalonian Sheepdogs make good household pets, but are still very close to their roots: They like to be outside herding something.

Caucasian Ovcharka

Noble and chivalrous at times, the Caucasian Ovcharka is loyal, eager to please and devoted to its family.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels may look like adorable lapdogs, but they need room to run—preferably in a fenced back yard.

Central Asian Ovcharka

Exercise is important to for these dogs; they are mostly slow walkers, so long walks or hiking are best.

Cesky Terrier

He is the terrier with a difference. Actually, many differences.

Chart Polski

The Chart Polski is an enjoyable, intelligent companion when well-trained. They are very affectionate pets who love to be with their family.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Given lots of love and attention, Chessies can develop beaming, warm personalities to go along with their built-in toughness.


Vigilant, self-important and dedicated to his owner, the Chihuahua dog has been a popular companion for centuries.

Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested love lots of attention, affection and togetherness. Whether you’re cooking, cleaning, reading or taking a bath, your Crested will be right there.

Chinese Foo Dog

The Chinese Foo dog is bold, courageous, and king of the castle.

Chinese Shar-Pei

Ropes of wrinkles are never a fashion statement unless you happen to be talking about the Chinese Shar-Pei. From the rarest dog on Earth to Hollywood and Madison Avenue’s media darling, it’s been a wild and, at times, bumpy ride for the Chinese Shar-Pei since he first attracted this country’s attention 40-plus years ago.


The Chinook may have a rough and rugged “outdoor” look, but it prefers to be cuddling or playing with its family indoors—even when there are tons of acres available outdoors

Chow Chow

True Arctic dogs, Chow Chows have a strong “pack mentality” and are considered one-person dogs, bonding intensely with their masters and close family members.

Clumber Spaniel

Easygoing and gentle, the Clumber Spaniel loves quality time with the family, but it also has an independent side.

Cocker Spaniel

An active dog, Cocker Spaniels will keep busy in the house, playing with toys and objects and family members.


The responsive, intelligent and adaptable Collie has focused on family for centuries. Collies adjust to the day and their family’s activities.

Coton de Tulear

Full of heart and humor, the Coton de Tulear makes a great companion for the young and old alike. Around the home, the Coton de Tulear is fun, friendly and very affectionate.

Curly-Coated Retriever

Curly-Coated Retrievers are remarkably easygoing and open when it comes to family, but need a little more time to warm up to strangers.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog tends to be somewhat timid, except around its owner, and nervous in new situations.


Comical yet courageous, playful yet stubborn, the Dachshund is adored throughout the world. Here are some facts about this happy hound.


Dalmatians are people-oriented dogs. Without adequate amounts of attention (and, of course, exercise) they can get a little destructive.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are jovial, fun-loving dogs that bring spunk and attitude to the household.

Danish Swedish Farmdog

The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is an affectionate, playful, intelligent dog who makes a great family companion as well as a good ratter and watchdog.


A unique, friendly and watchful canine, Dingoes have a great sense of teamwork and obedience.

Doberman Pinscher

In spite of their fearsome reputation, Doberman Pinschers are loving, affectionate intelligent dogs.

Dogo Argentino

Easy to train and eager to please, the Dogo Argentino is a pleasant, loving dog with a steady personality.

Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux may look fearsome, but he is even-keeled and sweet with his family.

Dutch Shepherd

The Dutch Shepherd is also a loyal, friendly and affectionate friend that craves companionship and family time above everything else.

English Cocker Spaniel

Sweet, loyal and happy, an English Cocker Spaniel adapts easily to quiet evenings on the couch or long hikes in the wilderness.

English Coonhound

In spite of its powerful hunting instincts, the English Coonhound manages to be relatively gentle and relaxed in the home.

English Foxhound

English Foxhounds make wonderful live-in companions, but they really shine in the great outdoors. Make sure they get plenty of time to run around.

English Pointer

Protective, alert and very loyal, a well-socialized English Pointer combines the best attributes of both sporting dog and household companion.

English Setter

Active outdoors and relaxed indoors, English Setters are very adaptable companions.

English Shepherd

Dependable and easygoing pals, English Shepherds are excellent with children.

English Springer Spaniel

English Springers are people-oriented dogs. They need lots of attention, companionship and positive feedback.

English Toy Spaniel

Loving and energetic, English Toy Spaniels are superb pals for playing around the house, cuddling on the sofa and tossing a ball in the yard.

Entelbucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog has a lively, outgoing personality.

Estonian Hound

The Estonian Hound is laid-back, quiet in the house and almost always well-mannered.

Estrela Mountain Dog

Patient, kind, and gentle, the Estrela Mountain Dog makes a great family dog as well as a fierce guardian.


Easygoing and positive, the Eurasier is a wonderful household companion. While it does have an independent spirit, the Eurasier enjoys being close to its family.


Feists have lots of energy, but around the home they aren’t likely to bounce off the walls—in fact, they are more than happy to cuddle on the couch.

Field Spaniel

Easygoing but independent, intelligent but affectionate, active but cuddly, Field Spaniels are known for having winning, outgoing dispositions.

Fila Brasileiro

In the right, experienced hands, and given a job to do, a Fila Brasileiro can serve its owners well.

Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Lapphund has a calm, well-balanced temperament, combining a watchful alertness, a tireless energy and a friendly demeanor.

Finnish Spitz

Outgoing, playful and affectionate, the Finnish Spitz appreciates togetherness and family time.

Flat-coated Retriever

Flat-Coated Retrievers are warm, loving and amazingly adaptable: active and spirited outdoors, calm and easygoing indoors.

French Brittany

Whether tracking a critter through the woods or playing in the back yard with children, the French Brittany is focused and friendly.

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs may look tough on the outside, but inside they are lovably soft, caring and easygoing. These dogs spread good vibes wherever they go.

French Spaniel

The French Spaniel is a calm, stable family dog that is good with children and other household pets. It is happiest when around its people.

German Coolie

The German Coolie is an intelligent, cheerful, and loyal dog who can make a great addition to a family.

German Pinscher

German Pinschers are intelligent, eager to learn and obedient. Bold, curious and independent, they need proper training and socialization from an early age.

German Shepherd Dog

Proud parent of a German Shepherd Dog who’s looking to learn more or thinking about getting a GSD? Learn the facts about this dog breed here.

German Shorthaired Pointer

Sociable, eager to please and tremendously athletic, the muscular German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) has a heart for the hunt. He also makes a fine family friend.

German Spitz

Intelligent, busy and curious, the German Spitz is lovably independent. But it craves attention and playtime.

German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer is energetic and loyal and easy to train.

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzers are fun and playful, but they need lots of attention and guidance.

Golden Retriever

Eager, loving, intelligent and playful, Golden Retrievers have boundless energy and very few behavior problems.

Gordon Setter

The Gordon Setter is the ideal roommate: protective without being mean, friendly without being clingy, dependable and patient.

Great Dane

Truly gentle giants, Great Danes are loving, affectionate and pleasant companions that like nothing better than to hang around the house with the family.

Great Pyrenees

Gentle, patient and obedient, Great Pyrenees are quick to learn and eager to please. They’re also extremely soft and huggable.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Great Swiss Mountain Dogs get very tight with their families and love being involved in activities and special occasions.


In spite of their obvious quickness and athleticism, Greyhounds are fairly mellow. Generally, they are calm and agreeable types, happy to hang out indoors for hours.


The Hamiltonstovare is an even-tempered, patient, and laid-back. They make an excellent family dog, but must be watched around other pets.


Harriers are very friendly and outgoing, getting along famously with children, other pets and guests. But they may have a hard time adjusting to the relaxed duties of a household companion.


The Havanese is a friendly, affectionate and clever canine. It makes a wonderful member of the household, forming strong family bonds and winning everyone’s heart.

Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla

The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla is a highly alert and energetic dog, that needs a large amount of exercise.

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hounds are polite and friendly. Though sometimes reserved with strangers, they are playful, outgoing and affectionate with family members.

Icelandic Sheepdog

Strong and courageous, the Icelandic Sheepdog is an ideal helper on farms, ranches and large plots of land.

Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier

Irish Glen of Imaal Terriers are easygoing, compatible housemates.

Irish Setter

Full of boisterous energy and love, Irish Setters will want to be involved in everything you do.

Irish Terrier

Full of love and spirit, Irish Terriers form incredibly strong bonds with their families.

Irish Water Spaniel

Though gentle and quiet by nature, Irish Water Spaniels are so intelligent and crafty that they need early obedience training.

Irish Wolfhound

Mellow and relaxed around the house, Irish Wolfhounds can easily be rallied for a jog around the neighborhood.

Italian Greyhound

Clean, dainty and graceful yet capable of impressive speed, the Italian Greyhound is one of dogdom’s aristocrats.

Jack Russell Terrier

Don't be fooled by the small size: Jack Russell Terriers can be a handful.


The Jagdterrier makes an ideal dog for an active individual or family.

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chins are pleasant, charming, devoted and loving.

Japanese Spitz

Around the house, the Japanese Spitz is playful, energetic and most of all warm-hearted.

Japanese Terrier

The Japanese Terrier is a cheerful, animated, intelligent dog.

Kai Ken

The Kai Ken is a wonderful family pet. It is affectionate and playful with family members, showing extra care and sensitivity around children.

Kangal Dog

Alert, on guard, and responsive, the Kangal Dog also makes an excellent family watchdog.

Karelian Bear Dog

The Karelian Bear Dog is a friendly, playful member of any household.


Happy, cheerful and bursting with energy, Keeshondens love everyone—children and other pets included.

Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terriers form very close relationships with their families.


Despite their somewhat comical appearance, Komondors are strong protectors.

Korean Jindo

Korean Jindos are alert, energetic and full of life, but they also tend to follow their instincts and do their own thing.


The Kuvasz is a devoted family dog with a strong sense of independence.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in the United States, as well as in Finland, India, the United Kingdom and many other countries.

Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo loves closeness and affection. It forms a strong bond with all family members and is known to be especially gentle and playful with children.

Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terriers are energetic and determined canines. They love nothing more than to run, play, swim and dig outside.

Lancashire Heeler

The Lancashire Heeler is a tireless worker that needs plenty of exercise.

Large Munsterlander

Even-tempered but alert, the Large Munsterlander is also very huggable.


Gentle, calm and friendly, the Leonberger is a gentle giant that is extremely loyal and dependable around the house.

Lhasa Apso

Lively, friendly and outgoing around the home, the Lhasa Apso is full of spunk.


Friendly with almost everyone, the Lowchen brings cheer and joy to any household.


Lurchers train easily and can be very obedient and well-behaved. They are intense when active but enjoy sitting on the couch too.


Maltese know how to behave: They are gentle, loving, obedient and well-mannered creatures.

Manchester Terrier

Whether playing outdoor games or jogging around the neighborhood, the Manchester Terrier gives its all.

Manchester Toy Terrier

The Manchester Toy Terrier brings a good, upbeat energy to any household.


The Maremma makes a dependable companion and a friend for life.


Recognized for his considerable size and wrinkles, the Mastiff is an ancient breed with a dignified, self-assured personality.


Warm and even-tempered, the McNab is a friendly and tolerant member of any household.

Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintli)

The Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced “sho-lo-itz-queent-lee”) is a caring and sensitive pal around the home.


Though small and cute, the Mi-Ki is alert, friendly and full of personality. Around the home it is gentle, loving and affectionate.

Miniature Australian Shepherd

If you’re an apartment dweller, take a look at easygoing, playful Miniature Australian Shepherds.

Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terriers are sweet, dependable, gentle and downright silly at times.

Miniature Dachshund

Miniature Dachshunds may look cute and cuddly, but they are tirelessly energetic, clever and curious—some might even say “intense.”

Miniature Fox Terrier

Spunky, fun and upbeat, Miniature Fox Terriers are tireless and entertaining little pals.

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinschers are lively and vigorous dogs that need plenty of exercise and activity.

Miniature Poodle

Miniature poodles are clever and lively household companions, adaptable to their environments and are fairly easy to train.

Miniature Schnauzer

Tough without being aggressive, dapper without being a wuss, and sporting the trademark beard and eyebrows, the Miniature Schnauzer has scored worldwide popularity.

Miniature Spitz

Around the home, the Miniature Spitz is busy, curious and clever. It has a good sense of independence, but it also craves attention and playtime.

Mixed Breed

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Mountain Cur

Dependable, sturdy and extremely obedient, the Mountain Cur is an amazing companion for the outdoor enthusiast.


Mudis have a very even temperament and make great companion dogs who are also guard dogs.

Native American Indian Dog

Dedicated and caring, the Native American Indian Dog forms a very strong bond with its family.

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiffs are born and bred protectors. Around the home, they can be serious, sensitive and watchful.

New Guinea Singing Dog

While the New Guinea Singing Dog has ingrained “wild dog” instincts, with the proper training and socialization, this dog can be a fantastic household companion


Newfoundlands are true gentle giants. They blend perfectly with the household.

Norfolk Terrier

One of the smallest working terriers, the Norfolk Terrier is bold, alert and sociable.


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Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund is a very smart, versatile dog. It is even-tempered, affectionate, and alert, and makes a good companion dog for singles or families.

Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound brings character, friendliness and energy to any household.

Norwegian Lundehund

If you aren't a people person, consider a different breed, because Norwegian Lundehunds tend to attract a lot of attention.

Norwich Terrier

One of the smallest working terriers, the Norwich Terrier is bold, alert and sociable.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a charming, outgoing and protective pal.

Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdogs bring warmth, affection and loyalty to any household.

Olde English Bulldogge

Olde English Bulldogges are sweet and gentle dogs with eager-to-please attitudes.


The Otterhound is a big, lovable dog with an excellent personality.

Papillon (and Phalene)

Papillons are happy, lively and sprightly pals. Extremely loyal to their masters, they are the perfect cuddle companions.

Parson Russell Terrier

Full of zest and life, Parson Russell Terriers are athletic, friendly and bursting with energy.

Patterdale Terrier

Patterdale Terriers need fresh air, long walks and room to run. Apartment living is probably not best for them.


Combining keen intelligence, dignity and pride, Pekingese have a pleasant self-assurance that can be lovable, admirable and maddening all at once.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembrokes Welsh Corgis are bubbly, outgoing and sometimes fidgety. They love to play and run around outside.

Peruvian Inca Orchid

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a tranquil, friendly dog about the house.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens spread happiness and fun everywhere they go.

Pharaoh Hounds

Pharaoh Hounds are playful without being rambunctious, vocal without being loud and affectionate without being clingy.

Plott Hound

Plott Hounds are gentle and agreeable, excellent with children and perfectly happy to hang out in the living room.


Protective, alert and extremely loyal, a well-socialized Pointers are intelligent, trainable, and gentle.

Polish Owczarek Nizinny

Hardy and loyal, the Polish Owczarek Nizinny combines a pleasant temperament with a bold independence.

Polish Tatra Sheepdog

Polish Tatra Sheepdogs were bred to spend most of their time without human contact so they can appear aloof and staid.


Faithful companions, Pomeranians are ready for action, preferably with their families.


Easy to train and eager to please, Poodles have a long history of delighting owners.

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dogs are energetic workers and calm playmates.


Potcakes are loving, loyal dogs with intelligence as well as street smarts.

Presa Canario

Strong-bodied and strong-willed, the Presa Canario makes for a powerful canine. It does best with an experienced dog owner.


Pudelpointers are known for their steady temperament, good attitudes and work ethic.


If you happen to be relaxing on the couch, your Pug will rest happily join you


The Puli is an excellent home companion—affectionate, helpful and family-oriented. It is also smart, obedient and easy to train.


The Pumi is a lively, alert, hardworking dog with an intolerance for silliness.

Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherds like to poke their noses into everything that is going on. They are engaged, interactive, playful dogs.

Rat Terrier

Whether you’re a high-energy person or need a companion to keep you moving, a Rat Terrier could be the perfect pal.

Red Heeler

Not content with sitting around the house, Red Heelers will encourage you to take them outside for exercise, play and work.

Redbone Coonhound

As long as they get plenty of outdoor exercise, Redbone Coonhounds will be perfectly happy hanging around the house with the family.

Redtick Coonhound

Redtick Coonhounds are very patient and playful with children, and they can be quite friendly with new people.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Renowned for the remarkable ridge on his back, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dignified and devoted hound. Active, strong and tough, the Ridgeback is also kindhearted and gentle with loved ones.


Rottweilers are tough, strong dogs. Their unflappable self-confidence and intelligence can result in a loving, devoted companion.

Russian Spaniel

Outgoing and friendly, this dog gets along easily with people and other pets.

Russian Toy Terrier

Russian Toy Terrier are curious and fairly active dogs who like to walk with their owners' side.

Saint Bernard

Get to know this canine heavyweight


Though spectacular speedsters outside, Salukis are relatively sedate indoors.


Faithful and intelligent, the Samoyed is willing to help with any task.


Loving, affectionate dogs, Satos are good with all family members.


Schipperkes combine a solid work ethic with a sense of fun. Loving and warm, they are eager to please, easy to train and somewhat feisty.

Scottish Deerhound

With impeccable manners and a good attitude, Scottish Deerhounds are welcoming, warm and easygoing.

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terriers need exercise, attention and activity to stay physically and mentally sharp.

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdogs tend to be one-person dogs, focusing on their masters with an intense love and devotion.

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu are bold and independent dogs with a sensitive side.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu are lively and energetic companions. Yet, they are also low-key if they get an adequate amount of attention.

Shiloh Shepherd

The Shiloh Shepherd has a calm confidence and a loving heart.

Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies enjoy the comfort and security of the home and family.

Silky Terrier

Keen, bold and independent, Silky Terriers are not your typical lap dogs.

Skye Terrier

Skye Terriers are adorable, devoted pets, but they are not exactly the cuddly types.

Small Munsterlander

Even-tempered but alert, the Small Munsterlander is also very huggable.

Smooth Fox Terrier

Though small, Smooth Fox Terriers have big personalities.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Playful and alert around the home, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are sweet and lively pals.

South African Boerboel

The South African Boerboel is famous in its native country for being protective without displaying any aggressiveness.

Spanish Mastiff

If you like living with a noble, massive guard dog that isn't much trouble, this could be the breed for you.

Spanish Water Dog

The Spanish Water Dog is a fun-loving, animated dog who will clown around with the kids and demand everyone's attention during its antics.

Spinone Italiani

The Spinone Italiano is loving and affectionate. It can never get enough cuddles and tummy scratches.


The Stabyhoun is an extremely even-tempered dog who is a good companion for all family members.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terriers combine toughness with a gentle sense of fun. They are friendly companions with an excellent sense of humor.

Standard Poodle

Poodles are generally active and agile. They are happiest with daily walks and lots of outdoor play.

Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzers are lively and fun, but they need positive guidance to offset their fiery (but always lovable) personalities.

Stephens’ Cur

This happy scent hound requires a lot of exercise.

Sussex Spaniel

Quite relaxed and sedate the Sussex Spaniel likes to hang out and lumber around the house.

Swedish Lapphund

Hard to come by these herding dogs have a high-pitched bark.

Swiss Mountain Dog

Swiss Mountain Dogs are amiable household companions, getting along with everyone in the family, including cats.

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

The Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is a very versatile, well-adjusted and adaptable dog who can be quite laid-back for a terrier.

Tenterfield Terrier

The Tenterfield Terrier is a loyal and lively dog, very alert and active.

Texas Blue Lacy

The Texas Blue Lacy is a true Texan -- it loves open spaces and dust in the nose.

Thai Ridgeback

The Thai Ridgeback is a protective yet playful member of the household.

Tibetan Mastiff

Calm and gentle with family members, this massive canine makes for a cuddly pal and beloved friend.

Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel is a pleasant and lively pal. Around the house, it tends to be outgoing but also watchful.

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terriers are sweet and loyal members of the household, forming very strong bonds with their families.


Sensitive and understanding, the Tosa is a loving, loyal household companion.

Toy Fox Terrier

Bringing a warm, sunny spirit to any home, Toy Fox Terriers are are tireless, entertaining little companions.

Toy Poodle

Toy Poodles are clever and lively household companions, adaptable to their environments and are fairly easy to train

Transylvanian Hound

Gentle, with an adaptable personality the Transylvanian Hound grows very close to family members.

Treeing Tennessee Brindle

The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is an affectionate and laid-back dog who is good around children.

Treeing Walker Coonhound

Treeing Walker Coonhounds are high-energy, hardworking canines.

Valley Bulldog

The Valley Bulldog is calm and easygoing—especially around the house—with the occasional bout of goofy and boisterous play.


Vizslas are gentle, energetic dogs that form strong bonds with their families.

Volpino Italiano

This dog is perfectly at ease guarding animals on a farm or relaxing on the couch.


Weimaraners are devoted and loving members of the family. But they are not the type of dog to follow rote commands or have predictable habits.

Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Spring Spaniel is playful and gentle with children, affectionate with adults and protective of everyone.

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terriers have loads of energy. They love nothing more than to run, play, fetch, swim and dig outside.

West Highland White Terrier

They may look cute and cuddly, but West Highland Terriers would much rather be running around than sitting on a couch.

Wheaten Terrier

Playful and lively around the home, Wheaten Terriers are sweet friends to everyone


Whippets have a good-natured, easygoing spirit. They get along with most people and most dogs.

White Shepherd Dog

White Shepherd Dogs are always ready to protect, play or work.

Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terriers are high-energy dogs with loads of personality. They love to spend their days bouncing around the yard.

Wirehaired Dachshund

The Wirehaired Dachshund is energetic, clever and sometimes fiery.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Griffons are perfectly happy to relax on the couch or roll around with the children, but they are not suited for apartment life.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers are not your typical couch companion. They are bold and independent with an energetic feistiness.