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Aloof and distinguished, this regal breed sports a silky coat that keeps it both warm and undeniably debutante. This sighthound isn’t afraid to rough it, as it used to pursue leopards and gazelles. Perhaps this past is what gave it such self-confidence.
The “cowherd of Flanders” is a large breed whose expertise on the farm extended beyond corralling the herd. A muscled laborer in the field, these dogs make for great watch dogs and family pets. Despite their size, they are gentle and warm to their families.
Weighing under 25 pounds, this pup was originally bred in the Scottish Highlands to fearlessly root out foxes in their dens. Since then, it seems they’ve put up their paws. They love attention from their owners and make for cuddly companions.
Largest of the Schnauzers, this hypoallergenic – powerful and loyal – breed are kind and loving. Their size along makes them not the best choice for families with small children. That said, with older children who are respectful to animals, this breed makes for a great family dog.
This terrier is among the oldest of the terrier breeds. This bold and courageous, protective and reverent medium sized dog is affectionately nicknamed the “Daredevil” of the Emerald Island. Pedal to the medal, this pup lives its life.
Affectionately known as a “truffle dog”, this small to medium sized pup is smart and active, loving and compassionate. They certainly have their nuances, so be sure to socialize them young and know how to give them the attention and love they need so they are their best selves for you.
These instantly recognizable dogs carry a compelling blend of personality. While they can most certainly be bullheaded and stubborn, they are extremely devoted to their family. They can be the clown of the family with wit, comical, and playful traits.
This hypoallergenic, medium-sized working group dog was originally from the Portuguese coast, with an original job of herding fish into the fisherman’s net. They are intelligent and brave while remaining docile and obedient, which makes them a great family dog as well.
Also known as a Bolonka, this dog is a member of the Bichon family. Dating back to the 1800s in Russia, this dog has been a companion dog, through and through. With spunk and charm, this big hearted dog makes for a wonderful family companion.
This medium sized herding dog has a hypoallergenic coat that doubles its presence. While they are lively and friendly, they also have a stubborn side that is just as strong. They require lots of exercise and have a relatively long grooming list, so make sure you account for that when considering this breed.
The Spanish Water Dog can herd a flock or retrieve waterfowl. Its nature to herd marks a key differentiator from the American and Irish Water dogs of the same name. For family planning purposes, the are hypoallergenic, affectionate and loyal.
The original of the three Schnauzer sizes (Giant, Standard, and Miniature), this hypoallergenic pup came from 14th century Germany. They are fantastic family dogs who’s devotion puts them in the air of some of the better companion dogs.
As the ‘Holy Dog of Tibet’, the Tibetan Terrier has a longstanding duty of watching over the Buddist monasteries high up in the isolated regions of the Himalayas. Their smart and pleasant personalities make them very family oriented.
An excellent family dog, these terriers come from Wales. Prevalently used in hunting and sporting, they nonetheless have a softer side when at home. Highly intelligent and fun, their playful nature will have them a centerpiece in the family.
This hypoallergenic medium sized dog is a superior level gundog. Their desire to please their owners combined with their instinctual prowess in the field make them highly trainable. Their inherent gentleness makes them wonderful on the homefront.
Sharing the same hunting prowess as its short haired cousin, the Wirehaired Vizsla has a notable coat. They are very smart and highly trainable. Match that with their innate skills and you’ll see just how good they are when they are in their element. At home, they have a happy demeanor and never shy away from human love.
A known breed in Mexico for over 3,000 years, the Xolo holds the destinction of being the first dog in the Americas. In a family setting, don’t be surprised if they latch onto one member as its favorite. They are not typically aggressive towards strangers.
Also known as a “Yorkie”, these dogs were originally a blue-collar breed. Anything from being a rattler in the mines to clothing mills in the town, these dogs have adjusted their priorities over the years. They have a more laidback lifestyle today.
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