Are you thinking of getting a dog? But aren’t sure what kind of breed would fit smoothly into your life? We get it, it’s a big decision!

And one that needs a little (or more) research. Luckily, the fact you’re here shows your due diligence. Taking the time to look through all the relevant factors when deciding on the right pooch is a smart move, one your future self will thank you for. There’s nothing worse than diving into things headfirst, connecting with the wrong dog, and then realizing you have to part ways further down the line. Now, if searching for a suitable breed and understanding what key characteristics to look out for has left your head spinning, we’ve got you covered! To help you move forward with confidence and avoid the heartbreak of having to part with the wrong pet (for you), we’ve compiled the essential facts on 30 popular dog breeds.

But before we dig into the list of popular dog breeds and their key facts, first, let’s give you some context by quickly going over the main headings you’ll see below, and why they’re important to know when looking to choose your perfect match.

Time to take the stress out of deciding what kind of dog will integrate smoothly into your life and home, by learning what to look out for when deciding on a breed.

Characteristics Breakdown

Height & Weight

The general size and weight of a dog are both important factors that should be considered when determining your best match.

Size and weight influences the amount of food needed, exercise required, necessary living space, even grooming, and ultimately the costs involved in raising and living with your dog.

As your dog ages, knowing the general weight of your chosen breed also gives you an indication whether your pup is too thin or putting on too much weight. Like with humans, dogs become vulnerable to a number of health conditions if their weight is not kept in check.

Life Expectancy

When a new dog enters your life they become an integral part of your world. That’s why you need to understand realistically how long a dog is likely to be with you.

Generally smaller breeds of dogs tend to live longer than larger breeds. A dog’s size, weight, gender and living conditions all play a role in determining the longevity of their lives.

Temperament

Bringing a canine member into your home and/or family is a big commitment. While every dog is unique, insights into a breed’s inherited personality traits will give you a good idea whether that specific breed suits your personality and meets your needs.

Trainability

Although a dog’s trainability is directly related to it’s intelligence, some breeds have a shorter attention span or may be a little too stubborn to train easily, despite being smart pups.

Resistance to training can be overcome through positive reinforcement methods and with repetition, time and patience. But it’s always good to know how trainable a breed is, so you’re clear on the effort you’ll likely need to put in.

Intelligence Grade

Throughout the ages humans have bred dogs for variety of different tasks. Brainy dogs have been bred as such in order to help people achieve specific tasks which require above average intelligence, more concentration and skills in decision making.

Dogs with higher levels of intelligence must exercise their brains, much the same as dogs bred for running around all day need to exercise their bodies.

These types of dogs need regular mental stimulation to stop boredom and keep their brains active, if it’s not received, undesirable and destructive behaviors can quickly start taking hold.

Barking Tendencies

Dogs communicate with us in many different ways, and barking is one of the most common ways in which dogs vocalize themselves. But not all breeds sound off the same …

Some breeds are fairly quiet, occasionally barking to alert their owners or because they’re happy to see them, while other breeds have a tendency to put on a good sound show that’s hard to ignore.

If you’re particularly sensitive to noise, have people or neighbors around that are, or live in an area with noise restrictions, this is one area you’ll most likely want to pay close attention to.

Health & Care

Like with people, dogs have the potential to inherit genetic health problems. Some of the most common disorders and diseases in dogs include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, heart disease and degenerative myelopathy.

It’s important to understand that while different breeds have an increased risk of developing certain problems, it doesn’t mean that every dog within that breed will suffer from the same issues.

The health & care level you’ll see listed for each breed below, indicates the amount of potential health issues a breed has.

When speaking to breeders about a likely dog you intend to acquire, always make sure to ask about the physical health and history of a dog’s parents and other relatives.

Exercise Requirements

Dogs originally bred for hunting, herding or any other physically demanding job have a lot of energy and will require plenty of exercise.

If these high-energy breeds do not burn off enough of their pent-up energy, they can put on weight and also find other less pleasant outlets for release.

These breeds are suited best for active people, people who like the outdoors, or have access to plenty of space or time to provide the much needed exercise.

Low-energy dogs generally do better in apartments and one or two leisurely strolls around the block a day is plenty for them.

Shedding Levels

Sharing your home with a dog inevitably means dealing with some level of dog hair. However, like with most things, the amount a dog sheds depends on the breed.

Some breeds shed barely at all, some breeds shed all year round, and other breeds shed seasonally.

If hair on your clothes and around your home is something that would cause you an issue, sticking with a low-shedding breed would be advisable.

Grooming

As you’ve guessed by now, the amount of grooming a dog needs depends on the breed.

Some breeds are brush-and-go dogs, only requiring the occasional brush and bath. Others need regular brushing, bathing, clipping, ear cleaning, nail trimming, and other hygienic tasks to keep them clean and healthy.

Think of the amount of time, patience and money necessary when considering breeds with higher grooming needs. Of course, professional grooming can help you keep things in check, but it does come at a cost.

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30. Brittany

Brittany

The beautiful Brittany is not a dog for the faint of heart. They have a nearly endless supply of energy and a mind that needs something to focus on. If you can get on board with those necessities, the Brittany makes a wonderful, spirited companion. They are eager to please and responsive to training.

Brittany:

Breed Group: Sporting/Gun Dog

Height: 17-21 inches (43-53 cm)

Weight: 28-33 pounds (13-15 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Fun-loving, Social, Responsive, Upbeat

Trainability

Four

Intelligence Grade

Five

Barking Tendencies

Three

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Five

Shedding Level

Two

Grooming

Two

29. Great Dane

Great Dane

To know a Great Dane is to love one. They have hearts as big as their sizable bodies. It might be a surprise to learn they often make great apartment dogs, as they have minimal exercise demands. Keep in mind that everything is more expensive with a Dane, whether that be the giant dog bed, the amount of food, or the necessary flea medication.

Great Dane:

Breed Group: Working Dogs

Height: 28-34 inches (71-86 cm)

Weight: 100-200 pounds (45-91 kg)

Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Confident, Gentle, Patient, Devoted

Trainability

Three and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Three

Barking Tendencies

Three

Health & Care

Four

Exercise Requirement

Three

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

Half One

28. Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs look like teddy bears and have a gentle personality to match. Even with their quiet temperament, these dogs still appreciate regular exercise. Sadly, prone to health issues, the Bernese Mountain Dog has an unusually short life expectancy of 6-8 years.

Bernese Mountain Dog:

Breed Group: Working Dogs

Height: 23-28 inches (58-71 cm)

Weight: 80-110 pounds (36-50 kg)

Life Expectancy: 6-8 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Affectionate, Good-Natured, Calm, Strong

Trainability

Three and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Four

Barking Tendencies

Three and a Half

Health & Care

Five

Exercise Requirement

Three

Shedding Level

Four

Grooming

Three

27. West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

Don’t let that comically cute face deceive you. West Highland White Terriers are full of confidence. They are a pleasant combination of both social and independent. With a strong prey drive, these dogs will chase after anything. They share the same traits as other kinds of terriers, tending to be vocal and boisterous.

West Highland White Terrier:

Breed Group: Hunting/Terrier

Height: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm)

Weight: 13-22 pounds (6-10 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Alert, Affectionate, Happy, Hardy

Trainability

Four

Intelligence Grade

Three and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Five

Health & Care

Five

Exercise Requirement

Four

Shedding Level

One

Grooming

Four

26. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

The sleek Doberman Pinscher has an impressive, somewhat imposing look. While they are instinctively defensive of their loved ones, with proper socialization and training they are good-natured companions. Dobermans are happy in homes where they have a job to do, even if that “job” is simply to complete a fun game.

Doberman Pinscher:

Breed Group: Working Dogs

Height: 24-28 inches (61-71 cm)

Weight: 71-99 pounds (32-45 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-13 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Alert, Fearless, Energetic, Obedient

Trainability

Four and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Five

Barking Tendencies

Two

Health & Care

Four

Exercise Requirement

Three

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

One

25. Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

Originally from Scotland, the Shetland Sheepdog historically herded and protected a flock of sheep. Regardless of their home, these dogs continue to exhibit this behavior, even if only with their own family. While they are prone to repetitive barking and separation anxiety, they are also loyal, decisive, and trainable.

Shetland Sheepdog:

Breed Group: Herding

Height: 13-16 inches (33-41 cm)

Weight: 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-13 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Gentle, Lively, Playful, Responsive

Trainability

Four and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Five

Barking Tendencies

Three and a Half

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Three

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

Four

24. Border Collie

Border Collie

Border Collie minds are as quick as their speedy pace. Always on alert, Border Collies love to keep a watchful eye on everything going on around them. They are incredibly intelligent, so be prepared to bring your “A game” to training sessions.

Border Collie:

Breed Group: Herding

Height: 18-22 inches (46-56 cm)

Weight: 27-45 pounds (12-20 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-17 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Courageous, Confident, Curious, Watchful

Trainability

Five

Intelligence Grade

Five

Barking Tendencies

Four

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Five

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

Three

23. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier might look tough, but under that exterior is usually a huge softie. They bond deeply with their people, but can be reactive to strange dogs – especially if they haven’t been well-socialized. Independent-thinkers, these dogs do well with consistent, assertive handling.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier:

Breed Group: Hunting/Terrier

Height: 13-16 inches (33-41 cm)

Weight: 23-38 pounds (10-17 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Affectionate, Courageous, Tenacious, Reliable

Trainability

Two and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Three and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Two

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Four

Shedding Level

Two

Grooming

One

22. German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

Bred to be a working dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer loves to be on-the-go. Their unique, dappled coat requires little maintenance. While they need an opportunity to release their energy every day, they also love quiet, quality time with their family.

German Shorthaired Pointer:

Breed Group: Sporting/Gun Dog

Height: 21-25 inches (53-64 cm)

Weight: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Affectionate, Boisterous, Bold, Cooperative

Trainability

Five

Intelligence Grade

Four and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Three

Health & Care

Four

Exercise Requirement

Five

Shedding Level

Three and a Half

Grooming

One

21. English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniels are full of energy and affection, making them a fun family dog. It’s crucial they are properly socialized and exercised, or else they can become overly dependent or destructive. If you don’t mind that commitment, these delightful dogs are great company.

English Springer Spaniel:

Breed Group: Sporting/Gun Dog

Height: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)

Weight: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Cheerful, Social, Obedient, Playful

Trainability

Four

Intelligence Grade

Five

Barking Tendencies

Three

Health & Care

Four

Exercise Requirement

Five

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

Three

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20. Maltese

Maltese

Delicate and docile, the Maltese is a wonderful companion. Their eagerness to please combined with their intellect makes them adaptable during training. Be warned that as aesthetically pleasing as they are, that cute coat does require consistent maintenance despite the general grooming level not being so high.

Maltese:

Breed Group: Toy/Companion

Height: 8-10 inches (20-25 cm)

Weight: 4-9 pounds (2-4 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Gentle, Charming, Easygoing, Docile

Trainability

Three and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Three and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Four

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

One

Shedding Level

One

Grooming

Two and a Half

19. English Setter

English Setter

Eye-catching with a freckled, feathered coat, English Setters are undeniable beauties. Notably sociable, these dogs are prone to separation anxiety and excessive barking. The elegant Setter thrives when provided with a constructive outlet for all their energy.

English Setter:

Breed Group: Sporting/Gun Dog

Height: 23-27 inches (58-69 cm)

Weight: 45-80 pounds (20-36 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Merry, Gentle, Energetic, Strong Willed

Trainability

Three

Intelligence Grade

Four

Barking Tendencies

Four

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Five

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

Three

18. Rottweiler

Rottweiler

Rottweilers are highly intelligent dogs who are protective of their family. They tend to be quite confident and need a calm, assertive handler. While they need little grooming, they do shed moderately and should be brushed regularly.

Rottweiler:

Breed Group: Working Dogs

Height: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm)

Weight: 85-130 pounds (39-59 kg)

Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Courageous, Independent, Protective, Loving

Trainability

Four

Intelligence Grade

Four and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Two and a Half

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Three

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

One

17. Pug

Pug

Is there a more recognizable expression than that of a Pug? That compact face packs a mischievous personality. Pugs quickly become attached to their people and desire to be with them at all times. Since they are susceptible to certain health issues, it’s important to thoroughly research this breed before committing.

Pug:

Breed Group: Toy/Companion

Height: 10-14 inches (25-36 cm)

Weight: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Affectionate, Cheerful, Mischievous, Gentle

Trainability

Three

Intelligence Grade

Two and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Three

Health & Care

Five

Exercise Requirement

Two

Shedding Level

Four

Grooming

One

16. French Bulldog

French Bulldog

Adaptable and affectionate, it’s not hard to see why French Bulldogs are an increasingly popular choice. They require minimal exercise and are low-maintenance in the grooming department. Due to their growing demand, many shady “backyard breeders” are popping up with this breed. To avoid an unhealthy dog, make sure to dodge these so-called breeders.

French Bulldog:

Breed Group: Non Sporting/Companion

Height: 11-13 inches (28-33 cm)

Weight: 19-28 pounds (9-13 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-14 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Keen, Lively, Playful, Adaptable

Trainability

Three

Intelligence Grade

Three

Barking Tendencies

Two and a Half

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Two

Shedding Level

Two

Grooming

One and a Half

15. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Despite the regal name, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a gentle and unassuming sweetheart. These dogs love both a long walk through the park and cuddling for hours on the couch. They definitely prefer a home where they can be around people most of the day.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:

Breed Group: Toy/Companion

Height: 12-13 inches (30-33 cm)

Weight: 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-14 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Affectionate, Cheerful,Gentle, Graceful

Trainability

Three and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Four

Barking Tendencies

Three

Health & Care

Four

Exercise Requirement

Three

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

Two and a Half

14. English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

Anyone who lives with an English Cocker Spaniel knows they are an endless source of entertainment. Being curious and enthusiastic, these dogs love going on daily adventures. They respond well to gentle training and are typically friendly with new dogs or people.

English Cocker Spaniel:

Breed Group: Sporting/Gun Dog

Height: 14-17 inches (36-43 cm)

Weight: 26–34 pounds (12-16 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Affectionate, Responsive, Energetic, Friendly

Trainability

Four

Intelligence Grade

Four and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Three and a Half

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Four

Shedding Level

Three and a Half

Grooming

Three and a Half

13. Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

Striking in appearance, the Siberian Husky is beloved for not only an exotic look but also a good-natured intelligence. They are strong-willed dogs that most likely will not suit a first-time owner, at least not without professional guidance. Huskies don’t often bark, but instead have a distinct Siberian howl.

Siberian Husky:

Breed Group: Working Dog

Height: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)

Weight: 35–60 pounds (16-27 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Gentle, Outgoing, Mischievous, Alert

Trainability

Two and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Three and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Four

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Four

Shedding Level

Four and a Half

Grooming

Two and a Half

12. Bulldog

Bulldog

Stout and calm, Bulldogs are well-known for being endearingly stubborn. They are happy to sit on the couch with you and don’t need an extensive amount of exercise. Since they are sensitive to heat, it’s important to keep a close eye on them in the warmer months.

Bulldog:

Breed Group: Non Sporting/Companion

Height: 12-16 inches (31-40 cm)

Weight: 49–55 pounds (22-25 kg)

Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Courageous, Loving, Social, Friendly

Trainability

Two and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Two and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Two

Health & Care

Five

Exercise Requirement

One

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

Two and a Half

11. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

If you’re looking for an affectionate lap dog, the sweet Shih Tzu could be a perfect choice. These little dogs love nothing more than to be where you are. They tend to adapt well to other dogs, cats, and people. Be aware that their pretty coat can easily tangle and mat without careful upkeep.

Shih Tzu:

Breed Group: Toy/Companion

Height: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)

Weight: 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-16 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Playful, Outgoing, Affectionate, Gentle

Trainability

Three

Intelligence Grade

Three

Barking Tendencies

Three and a Half

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Two

Shedding Level

One

Grooming

Four and a Half

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10. Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

Spunky and sociable, Miniature Schnauzers love to be in the center of the activity. While they barely shed, they do require moderate grooming maintenance. These feisty characters can be loud and territorial, so may need an experienced hand during training.

Miniature Schnauzer:

Breed Group: Hunting/Terrier

Height: 11-14 inches (28-36 cm)

Weight: 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Alert, Fearless, Spirited, Obedient

Trainability

Four

Intelligence Grade

Four and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Three and a Half

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Three

Shedding Level

One

Grooming

Four

9. Boxer

Boxer

While Boxers may look intimidating, in reality, they are huge goofballs. Loyal to their family, Boxers make solid watchdogs. They love to play around with their people and are typically very gentle, even if clumsy in their enthusiasm. With all their energy, Boxers require consistent exercise.

Boxer:

Breed Group: Working Dog

Height: 21-25 inches (53-63 cm)

Weight: 53-70 pounds (24-32 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Characteristics \ Temperament: Fun-Loving, Confident, Brave, Playful

Trainability

Three

Intelligence Grade

Three and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Two and a Half

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Four

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

Half One

8. Beagle

Beagle

If you’re looking for a fiercely protective and devoted dog, look no further than the magnificent German Shepherd. Observant and quick-thinking, they do well in structured environments where they have a job to do.

Beagle:

Breed Group: Hunting/Hound

Height: 13-16 inches (33-41 cm)

Weight: 20-25 pounds (9-11 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Independent, Lively, Gentle, Sweet

Trainability

Three and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Three and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Five

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Four

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

One

7. Miniature Dachshund

Miniature Dachshund

Dachshunds always look like they have a little smile, which is fitting for their lovable, friendly personality. Although they might not appear athletic at first glance, Dachshunds are actually known to have a lively, frisky nature.

Miniature Dachshund:

Breed Group: Hunting/Hound

Height: 5-7 inches (13-18 cm)

Weight: 8-12 pounds (4-5 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Devoted, Curious, Playful, Friendly

Trainability

Three and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Four

Barking Tendencies

Five

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Three

Shedding Level

One

Grooming

Two

6. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

You can spot a Yorkshire Terrier from a mile away with their distinct, silky coat. Of course, that picturesque look comes at the cost of a high-maintenance grooming routine. For a little dog, they are full of tenacity and playfulness.

Yorkshire Terrier:

Breed Group: Toy/Companion

Height: 7-9 inches (18-23 cm)

Weight: 4-7 pounds (2-3 kg)

Life Expectancy: 13-16 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Courageous, Energetic, Playful, Independent

Trainability

Three

Intelligence Grade

Three and a Half

Barking Tendencies

Four and a Half

Health & Care

Four

Exercise Requirement

One

Shedding Level

Two

Grooming

Four and a Half

5. Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

Poodles bring more to the table than just glamorous looks. They are affectionate and bright, an excellent choice for families. If you’re not a fan of grooming, however, you may want to steer clear. The attractive Poodle coat requires some patient maintenance.

Standard Poodle:

Breed Group: Non Sporting/Gun Dog

Height: 15-24 inches (38-61 cm)

Weight: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Active, Faithful, Alert, Instinctual

Trainability

Four

Intelligence Grade

Five

Barking Tendencies

Three and a Half

Health & Care

Three

Exercise Requirement

Four

Shedding Level

One

Grooming

Four and a Half

4. Chihuahua

Chihuahua

A Chihuahua is a massive personality wrapped in a tiny package. Sharp and full of cheeky charisma, Chihuahuas make sure there’s never a dull moment. They tend to be very vocal, so may not be an ideal choice for the quiet home.

Chihuahua:

Breed Group: Toy/Companion

Height: 6-9 inches (15-23 cm)

Weight: 2-6 pounds (1-3 kg)

Life Expectancy: 12-20 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Sassy, Courageous, Lively, Graceful

Trainability

Three

Intelligence Grade

Four

Barking Tendencies

Four

Health & Care

Four

Exercise Requirement

One

Shedding Level

One

Grooming

Half One

3. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are probably what come to mind when thinking of a classic family dog. Along with their lovely golden locks, Retrievers have a forgiving and sweet temperament. They are sensitive souls who require regular exercise.

Golden Retriever:

Breed Group: Sporting/Gun Dog

Height: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)

Weight: 50-80 pounds (23-36 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Confident, Friendly, Reliable, Kind

Trainability

Four

Intelligence Grade

Five

Barking Tendencies

Three

Health & Care

Four

Exercise Requirement

Five

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

Two and a Half

2. German Shepherd

German Shepherd

If you’re looking for a fiercely protective and devoted dog, look no further than the magnificent German Shepherd. Observant and quick-thinking, they do well in structured environments where they have a job to do.

German Shepherd:

Breed Group: Herding

Height: 22–26 inches (55–65 cm)

Weight: 50-90 pounds (23-41 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-13 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Courageous, Confident, Curious, Watchful

Trainability

Four

Intelligence Grade

Five

Barking Tendencies

Two and a Half

Health & Care

Four

Exercise Requirement

Four

Shedding Level

Five

Grooming

Two and a Half

1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Labradors are one of the most popular dog breeds for good reason. They are versatile, joyful, and easy-going. Without an opportunity to release their energy, they can be destructive. Intelligent and low-maintenance, Labs are straightforward to train and thrive in high-activity homes.

Labrador Retriever

Breed Group: Sporting/Gun Dog

Height: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm)

Weight: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Characteristics / Temperament: Friendly, Playful, Social, Outgoing

Trainability

Four and a Half

Intelligence Grade

Five

Barking Tendencies

Three

Health & Care

Three and a Half

Exercise Requirement

Five

Shedding Level

Three

Grooming

One