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Breed Characteristics


We are strong proponents of dog rescue and adoption. That being said, we know that people may often have their heart set on a certain breed of dog, and we believe being informed about the type of breed your dog is will allow you to take better care of your canine companion. We encourage potential dog owners to visit shelters, adoption events, and rescue facilities when searching for the right companion. Many dogs available for adoption are purebred, and some are a distinguishable mix of several breeds. Often rescue groups are breed specific, so you may not only choose the breed of dog you want, but you will become a real hero by adopting a furry friend.

No matter how you plan on finding your new dog, it is wise to be aware of certain breed characteristics prior to choosing a dog for you and your family. An individual dog of a certain breed may not display all, or any, of the behavior or health characteristics associated with a particular breed. However, we can generalize and explain how most dogs of a particular breed tend to be.

Here you will find articles on various breeds of dogs, and specific types of behaviors, habits and personality traits that are associated to them.

Note: We will be adding articles to this site on a continuous basis to discuss many different breeds. Please send us photos of your pets, letting us know a little about them and what particular breed they are. Purebred or cross, we would love to see photos and post them under their specific type of breed for others to view.

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