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

Which Are The Easiest Dogs To Train? Which Dog Breeds Are Most Obedient?

Trainability is a huge deal if you're a dog owner or soon-to-be pet parent. How well your dog responds to your commands can be the difference between a well-mannered pet and Stephen King's Cujo (ok, maybe not that bad, but you get the idea). Do some dogs have an inherent knack for following directions? The short answer is yes. Here, we list the easiest dogs to train, and we also throw a little shade on breeds...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 to Train a Chihuahua, Small Dog, or Teacup Breed to Stop Barking and Start Listening

Small dogs are so cute but they have a reputation for being hard to train, especially Chihuahuas. They come by that reputation honestly. Chihuahuas and many small or teacup breeds seem to be prone to barking at everything, including the wind. We’ll answer common questions about how to train a Chihuahua without using training collars ... and without losing your patience. Why Do Small Dogs Love to Bark? Like most small breeds, Chihuahuas make up...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

How Many Types of Terriers Are There? (More Than 30!)

Although there are several types of terriers, you can expect to find most of them to be feisty and energetic. From Airedales to Yorkies, this group of dogs was originally bred to hunt and kill vermin.  A fun fact about Yorkies: Although the AKC classifies Yorkshire terriers in the toy dog group, they were bred to hunt and kill rodents, especially in coal mines … that is, until they became ladies’ lapdogs in the 1800s,...Read more

The Most Popular Small Dog Breeds (and Why We Love Them)

Small dog breeds are among the most popular breeds because they do well in smaller spaces, they tend to shed less, and they’re very portable! We present our list of the most popular small dog breeds, along with tips for training, grooming and loving small dogs. What are the Smallest Dog Breeds? While larger breeds are often noted for their bravery and obedience, smaller canines carry the stereotype of being high-strung, anxious, and fearful. Oh...Read more

Why Teacup Breeds Make the Best Pets

Could you imagine raising a dog that could fit in the palm of your hand? Or one that weighs less than a gallon of milk? Often called teacup dogs, toy breeds have made their way into the hearts of pet lovers everywhere. As cute as these little guys and gals are, you may be wondering how hard they are to groom and train. What are their personalities like? Do toy breeds bark a lot? You've...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

Are Small Dogs Harder to Train?

If you're a small or toy dog person, you know the littlest canines are downright adorable. They cost less to care for, and they fit in your favorite designer bag. Everything about them is cute and cuddly. Even when they try to protect and defend, all you can do is smile.  While small dogs earn lovable points in just about every category, training them to follow your directions or stop barking isn't one of them....Read more