Which dog breed is right for you?

Many of us have certain dog breeds that we just naturally love. Sometimes those breeds don’t fit into our lifestyle, and it’s important to figure out what breed is the best fit for your daily routine.

It is extremely important to remember that every dog is different. Just because a breed is typically high energy, it doesn’t mean all dogs within that breed are high energy. Just like people, every dog has his or her own personality.

Whether you get your new dog from a rescue, shelter or breeder, these breed characteristics can help you find the pet that’s most fitting for your lifestyle!

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Illustration of different dog breeds

Energy Level

10 High Energy Dog Breeds

These high-energy breeds will thrive with an active family. Most high-energy dogs are part of the working group, herding group and sporting group. They were bred for certain jobs and they have above average drive and determination.

  1. Australian Shepherd
  2. Beagle
  3. Border Collie
  4. Boxer
  5. Coonhound
  6. Dalmatian
  7. German Shepherd
  8. German Shorthaired Pointer
  9. Russell Terrier
  10. Vizsla

Border Collie

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10 Dog Breeds with Moderate Energy

Most of the breeds that have moderate energy levels are quite big in size. There is a big misconception that the bigger the dog, the more energy they have. This is not always true!

  1. Bullmastiff
  2. Bull Terrier
  3. Chow Chow
  4. Cocker Spaniel
  5. Corgi
  6. Great Dane
  7. Newfoundland
  8. Saint Bernard
  9. Schnauzer
  10. Sheepdog

10 Low Energy Dog Breeds

These low energy dog breeds are all on the smaller side. These small dogs have big personalities, and are good with playing inside and cuddling with their owners.

  1. Basset Hound
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Dachshund
  4. French Bulldog
  5. Maltese
  6. Miniature Pinscher
  7. Pomeranian
  8. Pug
  9. Shih Tzu
  10. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

 Yorkshire Terrier Low Energy dog

Apartment Living vs. House With a Yard

10 Best Dog Breeds for Apartments

This list is very similar to the low energy breeds list. While living in an apartment, it will be ideal to have a low energy breed that is good with very minimal walks.

  1. Basset Hound
  2. Bichon
  3. Boston Terrier
  4. Bulldog
  5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  6. Dachshund
  7. Italian Greyhound
  8. Maltese
  9. Poodle
  10. Pug

Pug

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10 Dog Breeds That Definitely Need a Yard

These dog breeds are very similar to the list of dogs that need a lot of exercise. These dogs are high energy, and would rather be running around in the yard instead of lounging in the house.

  1. Alaskan Malamute
  2. Australian Shepard
  3. Border Collie
  4. Boxer
  5. Brittany Spaniel
  6. German Shepard
  7. Pointer
  8. Rottweiler
  9. Siberian Husky
  10. Weimaraner

Brittany Spaniel

 Brittany Spaniel Dog exercise

Exercise Requirements for Different Dog Breeds

When it comes to exercise amount, all breeds are different. It is recommended to walk your dog at least 15 minutes each day.

10 Dog Breeds That Require the Most Exercise

These dogs require long walks every day and playing in the yard/running around.

  1. Australian Cattle Dog
  2. Australian Shepherd
  3. Border Collie
  4. Boxer
  5. Dalmatian
  6. German Shepherd
  7. Golden Retriever
  8. Lab
  9. Siberian Husky
  10. Weimaraner

Weimaraner

 weimaraner-dog-high-exercise

10 Dog Breeds That Don't Require Much Exercise

These breeds are fine with short walks to the mailbox, or just some playtime in the house or outside.

  1. Bull Mastiff
  2. Bulldog/French Bulldog
  3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  4. Chihuahua
  5. Chow Chow
  6. Dachshund
  7. Great Dane
  8. Pug
  9. Shih Tzu
  10. Yorksire Terrier

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

 Cavalier-king-charles-spaniel-low-exercise

Grooming and Shedding

The average cost to groom a dog is based on the size and coat of the pup. You can expect to pay between $30 and $90 for a standard groom.

10 Dog Breeds That Need to Be Groomed the Most

Dog breeds that need to be groomed frequently almost all have longer hair. The longer hair on dogs can easily get matted, and turn into a bigger issue.

  1. Alaskan Malamute
  2. Bichon
  3. Cocker Spaniel
  4. Collie
  5. Golden Retriever
  6. Husky
  7. Maltese
  8. Poodle
  9. Saint Bernard
  10. Yorkshire Terrier

Golden Retriever

 golden retirever dog exercise

10 Dog Breeds That Shed the Most

Brushing your dog regularly with the correct brush for their coat type will help a lot with shedding.

  1. Alaskan Malamute
  2. Australian Shepherd
  3. Bernese Mountain Dog
  4. Chow Chow
  5. Corgi
  6. German Shepherd
  7. Husky
  8. Lab
  9. Newfoundland
  10. Pomeranian

Husky

 Siberian-husky-dog-running-in-snow

10 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

There is no breed that is 100% hypoallergenic, but there are certain breeds that mix well with people who have allergies.

  1. Afghan Hound
  2. Bichon
  3. Coton De Tulear
  4. Goldendoodle
  5. Labradoodle
  6. Malese
  7. Maltipoo
  8. Poodle
  9. Schnauzer
  10. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

GoldenDoodle

Mini-Goldendoodle

Best Dog Breeds For Someone Who Works All Day

5 Dog Breeds that are Fine When Left Alone

  1. Basset Hound
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Greyhound
  4. Maltese
  5. Sharpei 

chihuahua

chihuahua-dog-group-relaxing

It is so important to do research on the breed you intend to get. Knowing what to expect and being able to prepare is a win-win for both you and your new pup!

There are many different quizzes you can take online, that will tell you which breed is best for your lifestyle! Check out:

American Kennel Club - Dog Breed Selector

Dog Time Breed Selector - In-depth Quiz

Vet Street Breed Finder

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Kassi Calton, a Marketing Specialist at GAMMA2, is a lover of all things pets, food, DIY and travel.

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