With Over 700 Different Dog Breeds, Which One is Best for You?

dog breeds

If you really want to drive yourself crazy - quick, pick out the top 3 dog breeds that you would pick today if you purchased a puppy. With over 700 pure breed dogs, some in the categories of toy, small, large, sporting and countless thousands of “mutts” to choose from, which dog is right for you and your family?

Anyone who has gone to a humane shelter or pet store and looked into the eyes of those cute dogs, you know the choice is not easy to make.

However, before you take the plunge into dog ownership, there are a few questions that you should ask yourself and your family to help you make it easier to pick the right dog.

Let’s say you’re picking your “dream dog.” Let’s take a look at the following:

Size of Dog

Do you want a...

Very Small Dog
Small Dog
Medium Sized Dog
Large Dog
Very Large Dog
Or do you have No Preference at all

Coat of your new Dog

How about a...

Short Haired Dog
Curly/Wiry Coat
Medium Length Coat
Feathered Coat
Fluffy Coat
Long Coated Dog
Or again, do you have No Preference

How much Training do you plan to give your dog?

Manners Only
Basic Obedience
Advanced Obedience

Exercise: How much time could you spend exercising your dog?

Whatever the dog needs
Less than 20 minutes a day
20 to 30 minutes a day
More than an hour a day

Grooming: How much time would you be willing to spend grooming your dog?

Whatever the dog needs
Once a week for a few minutes
A few times a week, 10 minutes each time
Twice a week, 30 minutes each time

Professional Grooming: Would you be willing to provide professional grooming your dog? (Our favorite question ;-)

Yes, one or twice a year
Yes, every three months or more
Yes, every month
Yes, twice a month
Yes, every week

Independence – Approximately how much time will your dog spend alone?

Less than 4 hours a day
4 to 8 hours a day
More than 8 hours a day

Friendliness – This question refers to how the dog will react to strangers who come into his territory.

Very wary of strangers
Reserved with strangers
Friendly with strangers

People – The dog will be living with (or will have as regular visitors)

Small Children
Older Children
Elderly Persons

Other Pets – The dog will be living with (or will have as regular visitors)

Other dogs
Other Non-Canines

Where will the dog be living?

No outdoor yard
Outdoor Yard
Large Outdoor Yard

Select any activities that you plan to do with your dog.

Don’t Care – Desired – Important – Very Important

Companion dog
Competitive Obedience
Agility Competition
Performing Tricks
Search & Rescue
Weight Pulling
Water Rescue
Snow Sled Pulling
Assistance/Guide Sighting for the Blind

As you can see, there are a lot more decisions and answers to questions than just going down to the local pet store/shelter and picking out the cutest puppy or older dog. You must begin to take into consideration your lifestyle, not only now, but where will you be in the next year, or 5 years or even 10 years. Remember, in most cases, your dog will be your companion for the next decade and you want to make sure that you pick the right dog breed for how you live today and tomorrow.

There are countless choices to be made. You can pick from many in the Toy dog breeds category small dog breeds, large dog breeds, sporting dog breeds or the show dog breeds. If you are looking for a pure breed, your local chapter of the American Kennel Club (AKC) has a listing of all akc dog breeds for you to choose from.

Another consideration is do you or anyone in your family have allergies…if you do, there are certain dog breeds that have single-layer coats or hairless that would be better for you to have…for a list of those dog breeds, click on the Dog Facts page in this website.

At Country Waggin’, we’ll help you pick out that right dog or best dog breed if you haven’t already made that decision. We are experts at letting you know the traits of each dog breeds. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (909) 989-9982 or (951) 734-9925.

Complete List of AKC Recognized Breeds

Afghan Hound
Airedale Terrier
Alaskan Malamute
American Eskimo Dog
American Foxhound
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Water Spaniel
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Shepherd
Australian Terrier
Basset Hound
Bearded Collie
Bedlington Terrier
Belgian Malinois
Belgian Sheepdog
Belgian Tervuren
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bichon Frise
Black and Tan Coonhound
Black Russian Terrier
Border Collie
Border Terrier
Boston Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Brussels Griffon
Bull Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Canaan Dog
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chinese Crested
Chinese Shar-Pei
Chow Chow
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
Curly-Coated Retriever
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Doberman Pinscher
Dogue de Bordeaux
English Cocker Spaniel
English Foxhound
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel
Field Spaniel
Finnish Spitz
Flat-Coated Retriever
French Bulldog
German Pinscher
German Shepherd Dog
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Giant Schnauzer
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Great Dane
Great Pyrenees
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Ibizan Hound
Irish Red and White Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Wolfhound
Italian Greyhound
Japanese Chin
Kerry Blue Terrier
Labrador Retriever
Lakeland Terrier
Lhasa ApsoLöwchen
Manchester Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Pinscher
Miniature Schnauzer
Neapolitan Mastiff
Norfolk Terrier
Norwegian Buhund
Norwegian Elkhound
Norwich Terrier
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Old English Sheepdog
Parson Russell Terrier
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
Pharaoh Hound
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Portuguese Water Dog
Pyrenean Shepherd
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Saint Bernard
Scottish Deerhound
Scottish Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
Shetland Sheepdog
Shiba Inu
Shih Tzu
Siberian Husky
Silky Terrier
Skye Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Spinone Italiano
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Standard Schnauzer
Sussex Spaniel
Swedish Vallhund
Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Yorkshire Terrier
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