Welcome to The Dog Breeds Bible!
Click on any of the pictures to read about all the information you will need to know before purchasing your first dog breed and lifelong friend. In each profile for each breed, you will find descriptions of their behavior, looks, grooming, and a little history of each breed.
There are so many to choose from that we have sorted them into categories of small dog breeds, medium dog breeds, large dog breeds, and giant dog breeds. Select which category you want to browse, or find the complete list below.
Picking A Dog Breed
Before you dive into all the information on the dog breeds we have profiled, here are just a few things you should keep in mind when looking for the perfect companion.
Dog Breeds Temperament
The temperament of the breed that you select should be just like yours! You do not want to pick a breed that is generally lazy if you are the kind of person who likes to keep busy. However, if you like to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies in the afternoon, then you should pick out a dog breed that is going to enjoy doing that with you instead of picking an active dog.
You really do not need a huge house for a larger dog, but if you do, the breed is sure to appreciate it just that much more! If you live in a smaller place but have a larger dog breed, as long as you can take him outside for a walk every day for exercise, then the dog will be perfectly happy in your smaller space.
Larger animals are always going to be a bit more expensive to keep. Being larger, they will consume more food as well as require more flea and tick medicine to make sure that they do not get these problems. Keep all of this in mind when picking out a dog breed.
Larger dogs are also going to excrete more waste than small dog breeds. The more food that goes in, the more waste is going to come out, which is pretty straight forward. If your dog will live inside your house, you need to think about this before making a purchase.
Every dog breed is going to need as much exercise as you can provide them. Going on a walk every day is generally enough exercise for most dog breeds. Some breeds will get almost all of their daily exercise from running around the house, which is plenty.
Others are going to be so energetic, that they are going to have to run around or go on longer walks around the park each day. If you do not exercise some dog breeds as much as they need, they could start to misbehave because of all the energy that has not been spent on other things!
If you honestly do not have enough time to take your dog for a walk each and every day, you will need to pick out a breed that does not need much exercise. The breeds that do require lots of exercise will make perfect pets for running and hoking activities. If these are some of the activities that you take part in, you should pick a breed that has been bred for such physical activity and they will absolutely love running around with you!
How Are The Dog Breeds With Children?
If you have small children around the house, it is very important that you get a dog that is going to be good with children. Most of the dogs that we have profiles on are going to be great with children if they are raised from a puppy around them. Some of the dog breeds can get aggressive around little children when it is time to eat or may see your child as underneath them in the pack order. Take this into consideration when choosing your pet!
There are many dogs that are very patient with children, especially when they get poked or their ears pulled on. These are the best companions if you have small kids in the house.
Dogs that have longer coats are going to require a lot more brushing than those with short hair coats. Dogs with short hair coats are not going to require much grooming if any at all. For dogs with long hair, they may require that they get a hair cut every few weeks to make sure there are no tangles and to keep shedding down to a minimum.
Remember, dog breeds with long coats will require upkeep. This includes keeping their hair clipped and brushed as much as possible. The best scenario would be getting brushed once a day.
If you want to get a dog with a short coat, then a hidden advantage will be that is is much easier to find small bugs such as ticks on their skin.
If you are like me and do not like dog hair all over your house, you need to get a dog that is low shedding. This will ensure that you do not find dog hair over all your furniture and bed. You will also need to brush a short haired dog a lot less which will mean less shedding! This is a win win situation for many.
Allergies To Doggy Dander
A lot of people have allergies, and many people complain about dogs because they are allergic. Remember, allergies come from the dander, not the dog hair! The dander is tiny small skin flakes and they will shed this skin all the time. When these particles become airborn and land on your skin or eyes, this is when the allergy reactions occur.
The dog breeds that shed less than other breeds are also the ones that have the least dander. These hypoallergenic dog breeds are perfect if someone in your household is an allergy sufferer.
Your best bet is to find a breed that you want and then go spend some time around that animal to see if your allergies flair up. If they do not, you may have just found the perfect companion.
Every single dog breed can be trained to learn commands. Some learn commands a lot better than others, making them much easier to train.
Simply put, some dog breeds are a lot more intelligent than others. The intelligent breeds will usually pick up commands in under ten repetitions of the command.
If you do not have very much patience, or do not have a lot of time to train your dog, then try to pick a breed that is more intelligent and easy to train. This will make you a lot happier in the long run and less frustrating for you and your pet.
Many dog breeds make excellent guard dogs. These are dogs that will make a huge fuss, barking and yapping whenever someone comes into your house that they do not know. A lot of small dog breeds are great at yapping, even though they might not be that intimidating, but they will sure make a lot of noise. Make sure you look at how effective dog breeds are at being a guard dog if this is important in your decision on which dog to buy.