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Dog Breed Center

Choosing a purebred is the best way to know what a dog's looks and personality might be like, but it's never a guarantee.

Even within breeds there's enormous variety in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world around him. Those differences can be due to how much he was handled as a youngster, how well he was trained after bringing him home, and of course the genetic luck of the draw. In the end, your dog's preferences and personality are as individual as you are--and if you can accept that you're bound to enjoy each other.

  • Low-intensity dogs

    Japanese Chin A vigorous dog may or may not be high-energy, but everything he does, he does with vigor: he strains on the leash (until you train him not to), tries to plow through obstacles, and even eats and...
  • High prey drive

    Xoloitzcuintli Dogs that were bred to hunt, such as terriers, have an inborn desire to chase and sometimes kill other animals. Anything whizzing by -- cats, squirrels, perhaps even cars -- can trigger that...

Looking for even more dog breed info? Check out all our trait-specific breed profile lists.

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