Dog Breeds

After more than 12000 years of selective breeding, dogs come in more shapes and sizes than any other species on Earth. Today, there are more than 300 dog breeds, each having its breed standard and unique personality. In this category, you can find questions relating to a specific breed’s temperament, appearance, country of origin, height, weight, etc.

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Dog Breeds

What are the best dog breeds for a person with dog allergies?

Each person with allergies will react differently to different dogs, even different dogs in the same breed. Although, certain breeds are usually better tolerated by those with allergies to dogs, such as:

  • Airedale terrier (The King of the Terriers)
  • Basenji
  • Bichon frise
  • Havenese
  • Irish water spaniel
  • Keeshond
  • Kerry blue terrier
  • Maltese
  • Mexican Hairless and other "hairless" dogs such as Xoloitzcuintli
  • Most poodle mixes like the Labradoodle
  • Poodle
  • Portugese water dog
  • Schnauzer (miniature, standard and giant)
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Though these are good breeds for some allergy sufferers, some people have different types of allergies. Common allergens from dogs that cause allergic responses in people are the proteins found in their dander (dandruff), saliva, and sometimes in their urine. Also, some dogs in some breeds are not as allergen free as others in the same breed, therefore, a trial with the allergic person and the dog closely together for a period of time is the best method to use to determine if the dog is one that the allergic person can live with.

Certain breeds are also known to be often problematic for those with allergies to dogs. These breeds include:

  • Afghan Hounds
  • Basset Hounds
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Dachshunds
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • German Shepherds
  • Irish Setters
  • Springer Spaniels

President Obama chose a Portuguese Water Dog after much research looking for a dog that was good for his daughter who has allergies. The Portuguese Water Dogs are known to be a good dog breed for many people with allergies to dog dander and saliva.

You might also go to an allergist to determine if a series of allergy shots to help reduce the extent of the allergic response would be helpful in your case.

As already mentioned, one person's allergies may differ from another person's allergies and the breeds listed above are only a few "hypoallergenic" dogs for some people. Therefore, the best approach before getting a dog for a home with someone who is allergic, is to visit the dog or bring the dog to the home to visit for a trial. Reputable dog breeders will be agreeable to assist with this process as will Humane Societies and most Shelters for dogs.

Some claims of breeds that are hypoallergenic are disputed by medical allergists who say the variants may actually be the degree to which the person is sensitive, the size of the dog (smaller dogs spread less dander in the environment, therefore, may create fewer symptoms just due to a lower quantity of allergens), the ease of care of the dog breed's coat to brush to keep clean and dander-free, and other care and environmental factors. As stated above, some of the allergy problem can also be caused by saliva and urine, and not just dander (skin dandruff on the dogs), so bathing is also important in some cases.

For a longer list and additional information about "hypoallergenic dogs", see the related links.

See the related question below about dogs who are low shedding for more information about allergies and shedding. See also related links in the sources and related links section below.

For additional and personal anecdotal information from contributors and allergy sufferers, see the discussion page. And feel free to add to that discussion about your experiences.

Dog Breeds
Dog Behavior
Pit Bulls

How do you make your pit bull stronger?

You take them out for walks, and play with them.

Take them do gyms if they will alow animals and make it run in stuff.

Feed it very good food.

But making them become fighting dogs is never the answer, it is wrong!!

Dog Breeds
Chinese Shar-Peis

What does a shar pei boxer pit look like?

A pile of mistakes. An American Pit Bull Terrier should never be mixed with any other breed.

Dog Breeds

What breed dog is Jackpot on Housewives of BH?

Jack russel terrier

Domestic Dogs
Dog Breeds

How does a dog sweat through its mouth?

Dogs, unlike humans do not have sweat glands in their skin and thus do not sweat. The way they keep themselves cool is by panting, which has a similar affect to sweating by pulling heat off of the dogs body and transferring it to the air/moisture in the air.

Domestic Dogs
Dog Breeds

How big will a full grown dachshund be?

0.1 cm

Dog Breeds
Chinese Shar-Peis

How often will your shar pei have a season?

every 15 seconds

Dog Breeds

Can a mastiff kill a bear?

Only if it is well equipped with opposable thumbs, a high powered rifle and plenty of bear-repellent. While a bear is a clever animal, a mastiff's ability to use firearms is keen for their survival instinct in the wild.

I don't understand what your talking about ^. Well todays mastiff could kill a black bear. However they would have absolutely no chance against a kodiak, unlike ancient mastiffs from rome.

First of all Mastiffs were never pitted against lions or any other large carnivore in Rome or anywhere else alone..They may have been large dogs, but they fought in packs of 3 or more..And why would you even want to test his ability to kill a bear?

Unless he is trying to protect.

Dog Breeds

What are the top 100 smartest dog breeds?

100 Afghan Hound (dumbest)

99 Basenji

98 Bulldog

97 Chow Chow

96 Russian Wolfhound

95 Bloodhound

94 Pekingese

93 Mastiff

92 Beagle

91 Basset Hound

90 Chinese Crested

89 Chiuaua

88 Chinese Shar-Pei

87 English Bulldog

86 Pug

85 Pomeranian

84 Matese

83 Boston Terrier

82 American Pitbull Terrier

81 Schnauzer

80 Shih Tzu

79 Lhasa Apso

78 Rat Terrier

77 Bull Terrier

76 Tibetan Mastiff

75 French Bulldog

74 Skye Terrier

73 Silky Terrier

72 Keshond

71 American Hairless Terrier

70 Manchester Terrier

69 Calvalier King Charles Spaniel

68 Dandie Dinmont Terrier

67 Redbone Coonhound

66 Italian Greyhound

65 Samoyed

64 Greyhound

63 Whippet

62 Welsh Terrier

61 Plott Hound

60 Pharaoh Hound

59 Miniature Pinscher

58 Patterdale Terrier

57 Kerry Blue Terrier

56 Harrier

55 Bedlington Terrier

54 American Bulldog

53 West Highland White Terrier

52 Havenese

51 Cairn Terrier

50 Dachsund

49 Yorkshire Terrier

48 Irish Red & White Setter

47 Boxer

46 Airedale Terrier

45 Belgiun Shepherd

43 Lakeland Terrier

42 Elkhoundf

41 Cocker Spaniel

40 Shiba Inu

39 Bichon Frise

38 Parson Russell Terrier

37 Gordon Setter

36 Field Spaniel

35 Newfoundland

34 Pointer

33 English Shepherd

32 Rhodesian Ridgeback

31 Bernese Mountain Dog

30 Olde English Sheepdog

29 Bearded Collie

28 Jack Russell Terrier

27 Weimeraner

26 English Springer Spaniel

25 Pembroke Welsh Corgi

24 Irish Setter

23 German Shrthaired Pointer

21 Alaskan Husky

20 Siberian Husky

19 Alaskan Malamute

18 Collie

17 Chesapeak Bay Retriever

16 Australian Shepherd

15 Saint Bernard

14 Akita Inu

13 English Setter

12 Great Dane

11 Brittany

10 Australian Cattle Dog

9 Rottweiler

8 Papillion

7 Labrador Retriever

6 Shetland Sheepdog

5 Doberman Pinscher

4 Golden Retriever

3 German Shepherd

2 Poodle

1 Border Collie (smartest)

Dog Breeds
Dog Care
Staffordshire Bull Terriers

Can Staffordshire bull terriers drink milk?

They won't die from drinking milk, but dogs should not consume too much diary products as it can upset their stomach, since they find it difficult to digest.

Dog Breeds
Shih Tzus

What age is a dog considered full grown?

It depends on the breed. Big dogs like Saint Bernards can take up to 18 months to grow to their proper size. While smaller dogs can take 6 months+

Snow Leopards
Dog Breeds

What kind of dogs have black spots on white fur?


Dog Breeds
Pit Bulls

At what age do pitbull get aggressive?

Theres no specific time they get aggressive. They act how they act because how they are raised and how they are trained.

Domestic Dogs
Dog Breeds
Australian Cattle Dogs

Will my 10 week old blue heeler's ear prick up?

Most likely. Australian Cattle Dogs are born with their ears floppy, but eventually they should stand up. It does not happen with some dogs until they are a few months old. In rare cases, a dog's ears will stay floppy, though this is a flaw in the show ring. (Perfectly fine for a pet!)

Dog Breeds
Labrador Retrievers

Why do black labs cross their paws?

They are just resting. This is not really a breed trait, many dogs do this, but you will see it often on dogs, like labs, who have longer legs in proportion to their bodies (also called "up on leg"). For example, the Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) dogs are more often seen with their front paws crossed than out straight. It is probably the most comfortable position for them when on the floor.

Dog Breeds

Neapolitan mastiff or pit bull?

I like Pit bulls better, but they tend to fight alot. Really, i would choose the mastiff, but you have to realize this is a big breed.

Domestic Dogs
Dog Breeds
Dog Behavior
Pit Bulls

Are pit bulls illegal in Texas?

No they are not i thought the same thing and almost moved my 4 month old pit to Oklahoma with my cusen...thank god i did some research

There are some cities in Texas that do not allow or restrict pit bull ownership, though. The only two at the moment are Garland and Madisonville City. (

Dog Breeds
Comedy TV Shows

What breed of dog is Jim on Mike and Molly?

He's a Brussels Griffon...actually a Brussels Griffon mix. I would guess with Chihuahua, some sort of Toy Terrier or even more than one breed. He's a really cute little guy, but his features aren't quite right for a Griffon. His muzzle isn't as short or wide, his coat isn't quite right, and his legs are longer.

Dog Breeds
Chow Chows

What breed of dog is a chow wow?

Their genetics come from a breed called an akita inu, their are south African, American and Japanese akita's. You can distinguish which one you have from the colour of their furr.

Oral Health and Dental Care
Cats (Felines)
Dog Breeds

How stop playing with your retainer?

Keep your hands off the retainer. You can put gloves or mittens on since you wouldn't want to touch it with those on. Trust me, they feel strange when wet. If you absentmindedly mess with it while you do something like watching TV, put a rock in each of your hands. When holding this, you won't have a free hand to mess with your retainer. When you go so long without messing with it, reward yourself with a little treat. That could give you something to work towards.

Dog Breeds
Yorkshire Terriers

Why would my dogs 11yo yorkie belly turn dark overnight?

it b/c your family not feeding it well of the dog is tired of the food your giving it

Dog Breeds
Dog Behavior
Animal Behavior

How long does it take for a pug to get pregnant?

when she is in heat. (on her period) most fertile days are the 11th-15th

Dog Breeds
Dog Breeding and Mating
Basset Hounds

English setter and basset hound a good mix?

No. Absolutely not.

In what way? We actually have an English Setter Basset Hound mixed breed and she is fantastic and ADORABLE! She's white with black and brown "ticking" like a setter with short legs and a long body- but not quite as stout as a basset. She's very friendly and has a great temperament, just needs a lot of exercise.

You can see photos here:

We also have a English Setter Basset Hound mixed breed and she's wonderful. She's 7months healthy and beautiful. She is strong willed and requires alot of activity (long walks, outdoor play). She is great with people including children.

Dog Breeds
Dog Behavior
Pit Bulls

How do you train my blue nose pit bull?

well it depends on how you want to train them if you want to make them protective over you that's easy you only keep them around you don't let anyone pet and love on them exept for you pit bulls are easy to train. but if you want them to be nice take them around people for they will be use to people really it all depends and some pits don't have a mean bone in there body like my brothers dog use to be crazy but they played the crazy right out of her and now she is the nicest dog you will ever meet

Dog Breeds
Golden Retrievers

Why does golden retrievers ears smell?

Well, if they stink, then there is probably an infection, either yeast or bacterial. If there is brown sticky like stuff in there, then there is definitely an infection. The most common ear infections are yeast infections. The best thing to do is see a vet, let them diagnose the problem, flush out the ears, and get you medication. I recommend this first and foremost, however, you can get a mild ear cleaner and clean the ears yourself. For yeast infections, I swear by the over the counter vaginal yeast infection medications. It is the same type stuff your vet will give you for an ear yeast infection, however, it does not take care of bacteria if it is present. One other thing you need to consider is ear mites.


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