Best (and Worst) Guard Dog Breeds for Families, Singles, Apartments and More

It's true: Not all dogs make the best guard dogs. There are the naturally protective breeds that would lay down their lives for their humans; then there are breeds that would just lay down, roll over and welcome strangers with delight. What are the top guard dog breeds? Does the size of the dog matter? Here we look at which breeds excel at protecting and those that don't. Some dog breeds might not make for...Read more

Worst Dog Breeds for Beginner Owners

A while back, we answered a related question, "What are the best dog breeds for new owners," which made us wonder if there are breeds we'd suggest steering clear of if you're new to dog-dom. As we compiled our list of worst dog breeds for first-time owners, we asked ourselves, what makes a “good” breed versus a “bad” breed? The answer is, “It depends.”  We're not going to tell you to steer clear of any...Read more

How Much Exercise Do Dogs Need? Dog Exercise Needs By Breed Types

You'll hear us often recommend that a first step in calming a high-energy dog is to give him an outlet to burn off energy. A tired dog is a good dog. But, how much exercise do dogs need? How much exercise is too much? The amount of exercise dogs need depends on your dog's age, size, breed, and overall health. Younger dogs and puppies tend to require more physical activities; as dogs age, their activity...Read more

How to Calm an Aggressive Dog

What defines an aggressive dog? An aggressive dog is one that tends to growl, snap, bite and otherwise dominate other dogs, people and maybe even you. The common notion is that canine aggression is a large dog breed or "dangerous" breed issue. Unfortunately, this assumption couldn't be further from the truth. Given the "right" circumstances, any dog can show aggression to humans or other animals. While there's not a one-size-fits-all approach to aggressive dogs, there...Read more

Best Dogs for First-Time Owners: 18 Dog Breeds for Beginners

Are you looking to join the estimated 38% of American households that are home to dogs? To make your decision a bit easier, we’ve researched a list of the best dog breeds for first-time owners, based on breed traits, in celebration of #NationalDogAdoptionDay Oct. 25! As you research dog breeds, you will find that some breeds are better for newbies than other breeds. However, every dog has its own personality, so take time to get to...Read more

Best Large Dog Breeds and Why We Love Them

There's always more to love with a large dog. While they won't fit in a designer purse or easily tuck in a backpack, many large breeds insist they’d make good lap dogs.  Big dogs are often considered the hardest-working group of dog breeds and some of the gentlest giants. If you're looking to welcome a large dog into your family, you probably have questions. Do they bark a lot? How difficult are big dogs to...Read more

Tips for Training, Raising, and Grooming Big Dog Breeds

While many dog owners favor teacup and small dog breeds, it's time to give some love to the most popular large dog breeds. If you're interested in adopting a larger dog like an Akita or Saint Bernard, or you already own a large sized dog breed, you may have some training, raising, and grooming questions. Are big dogs harder to train than smaller dogs? How expensive is it to raise a large or giant dog? What...Read more

Laid Back & Chill: These Are the Most Calm and Quiet Dog Breeds

What Is the Calmest Breed of Dog? Is your dog calm, cool, and collected? Or, is your canine high-strung, yapping at every noise and movement? An owner's temperament and approach to training can make a huge difference in how a dog behaves. Several "chill dog breeds" are so composed, though, that they have the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition of “calm dog.” If a quiet, subdued pup sounds like the perfect dog for you, we...Read more