What’s the Difference Between a Crossbreed, Mixed, and Pedigree Dog?

Welp, we are guessing that you're on this page either because you're looking for a dog and trying to understand the various breeds, mixes, and crosses ... or you're having a drink with friends and looking to settle a bet. Either way, we can answer your questions: What is the difference between crossbreed dogs, mixed breed dogs and pedigrees? How do you define purebred dogs? What's the difference between pedigree and purebred dogs? If you...Read more

Facts About Dog Breeds (Barking, Training and Grooming)

We created our guide to dog breeds to help dog lovers understand common characteristics found in dog breeds, especially when it comes to understanding why dogs bark, which ones are more trainable than others, and what the various breeds need for grooming.  As you explore breeds, keep in mind that several factors shape a dog’s personality and traits: Genetics: They inherit traits from their ancestors, just like we do.Environment: They learn things from their surroundings...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

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

Best Medium Dog Breeds for Apartment Dwellers and Small Spaces

Those small or teacup dog breeds get all the love when it comes to apartment living and small spaces, don’t they? If you’d like a little more dog yet you’ve got limited space, this list of medium-sized dog breeds is for you. What is a medium-size dog? We’re sticking with breeds that tend to weigh between 30 and 50 pounds; anything larger will need more space than your tiny home provides. As with any dog...Read more

What Are The Best Midsize Dog Breeds for Families and Children?

While small or teacup dog breeds get a world of attention, and big dog breeds are hard to miss, medium breeds can't be overlooked. Medium-size dogs tend to weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. If you are a family with children, and you're looking for the best medium-size dog breeds for your home, this list is a compilation from several expert sources. Keep in mind that the list below applies to pure dog breeds; mixed breeds will tend to...Read more

The Most Calm and Quiet Dog Breeds

Is your dog calm, cool, and collected? Or, is your canine high-strung, yapping at every noise and movement? While 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 that they have the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition of “calm dog.” If a quiet, subdued pup sounds like the perfect dog for you, your family and neighborhood, we have a list...Read more