Dog breed repertory

Dog breed Repertory

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, literally. If nobody had told us, we would never have believed that dogs like the Chihuahua and the Shiba Inu were related. The appearance and the characteristics of both dogs are just so far apart.

Perhaps that’s also part of why we all love them so much; we can all find the perfect dog for us, the dog that has a little bit of us in them.

You want a dog to keep you company all day on your lap? Do you want a dog that you can run with in the morning? Or perhaps a dog you can go duck hunting with? Or even fishing? No problem, you’ll be able to find just the right one for you!

Here is our dog breed repertory, we hope it might help you find the right dog for you.


1.Shiba Inu

Size: Medium

Weight: 17 pounds (7.7kg) Female / 23 Pounds (10.4 kg) Male

Lifespan: 14-16 years

The Shiba Inu originated from Japan. It’s a medium-sized, strong build dog. They were used back in the days for hunting. But nowadays, it thrives in both town and countryside and can be comfortable with medium-sized apartments.

These dogs look like a mix between huskies and teddy bears, with an irresistible smile — a great addition to your family.



Size:  Small

Weight: 5-6 pounds (2.2-2.7kg)

Lifespan: 14-16 Years

The Chihuahua is a tiny dog. It is one of the oldest American breeds and is considered a mascot in Mexico. 

The Chihuahua is often associated with a wealthy fashion accessory. It is a very demanding breed that requires a lot of training to live with, but in the end, it makes it all worth it and makes for a great companion. The Chihuahua doesn’t require much living space to thrive.


3.Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Size: Small

Weight: 28 pounds (12kg) Female / 30 pounds (13kg) Male

Lifespan: 12-13 Years

The Corgi is a smart and affectionate breed, very popular, and makes for a perfect small house dog. The Corgis body is rather athletic with a strong build. It is a herder breed and very commonly seen across the UK on sheep farms. The Corgi is a very lovable breed and will warm up your home.


4. Great Dane

Size: Huge

Weight: 110-140 Pounds (50-63kg) Female / 140-175 pounds (63-80kg) Male

Lifespan: 7-10 years

The Great Dane is not originally from Denmark; the first breeds were from Germany. Hunters wanted a dog to help them chasing wild boar. Thus why the Great Dane not long after, the first Great Dane was born. Despite their giant size, strong build, and scary looks, it is a great dog to live with, with a huge heart and full of love. They require a lot of living space with a garden.


5. Siberian Husky

Size: Medium

Weight: 35-50 pounds (16-22.6kg) Female / 45-60 Pounds (20-27kg) Male

Lifespan: 12-14 Years

The Husky is a beautiful dog with stunning blue or brown eyes. They vaguely resemble wolves and can look fierce at times, but in all actuality, they are anything but fierce. The most loveable bred you could ask for and very friendly. They were originally used to pull sleds over frozen wastes.

The Husky is a pack animal with a lot of endurance, requires a big living space but very ineffective as guard dogs since they will most likely run over and lick any potential intruders.


6. Golden retriever

Size: Large

Weight: 55-65 Pounds (25-29.5kg) Female / 65-75 Pounds (29.5-34kg) Male

Lifespan: 10-12 Years

The Golden Retriever is not good at retrieving gold but has a lot of other qualities worth even more. It is the perfect family dog and very Sportif. They are often used as a guide for blind people thanks to their obedience skills and easy to be trained. They can live in the town and the countryside as long as they have a loving owner they will be happy.


7. German Shepherd

Size: Large

Weight: 50-70 Pounds (22.6-32kg) Female / 65-90 Pounds (29.5-41kg) Male

Lifespan: 7-10 Years

The German Shepherd is useful as a police or military dog, quite often used as the multi-purpose dog breed. They are very intelligent, easy to train, very loyal, courageous, strong and with a lot of endurance. Their strong sense of purpose makes it so the dog will do anything for his owner. The German Shepherd requires time from his owner and space to run around on.


8. Labrador Retriever

Size: Medium to Large

Weight: 55-70 pounds (25-32kg) Female / 65-80 Pounds (29.5-36.4kg) Male

Lifespan: 10-12 years

An all-time favorite, everybody knows the Labrador. They have been the most popular dog breed ever since 1991, and it’s easy to understand why. Labradors have a great attitude and are incredibly photogenic; your Lab will always look fabulous in any picture you snap of him. On top of that, they are exceptionally family-friendly, easy to train, and fun to be around. The Labrador requires space to run around so he can act crazy.


9. French Bulldog

Size: Small

Weight: max 28 pounds (12.7kg)

Lifespan: 10-12 Years

The French Bulldog can frequently be seen amongst people living in the city. It doesn’t require much space to run around on, but that doesn’t make it less playful. They are very friendly and don’t mind children. Despite its name, The French Bulldog is originally an English breed. Though due to the cross-breeding, they do have problems swimming, and sometimes they need assistance when reproducing (at least you won’t get an unexpected litter). 


10. Bulldog

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 pounds (18kg) Female / 50 Pounds (22.6kg) Male

Lifespan: 8-10 Years

The Bulldog is a big-boned medium-sized dog that people would use for Bull Baiting. Back in 13th century England, packs of Bulldogs were often put up against bulls to fight, while spectators were placing bets on who they thought would win. Fortunately, that’s not the case anymore.

Bulldog still has a reputation for being fearless and unable to feel pain, but despite their dark past, they are today regarded as a loving pet, courageous, friendly, and calm. The Bulldog is not a very sport-friendly dog and can live in apartments.

11. Poodle

Size: Medium / Small / Mini

Weight: 40-50 Pounds (18-22.5kg) Female / 60-70 pounds (27-31kg) Male

Lifespan: 10-18 Years

The Poodle comes in all shapes and sizes, there’s three main breeds standard, mini, and toy, and they are either black, white, or beige. 

The Poodle is usually recognized by its curly hair, and it’s proud posture. Frequent grooming is required. Once well-groomed, the Poodle looks stunning, and you can often see them in beauty competitions. He doesn’t need much space, but he does require a lot of time to be taken care of.


12. Boxer

Size: Large

Weight: 50-65 Pounds (22.5-29.5kg) Female / 65-80 Pounds (29.5kg-36kg) Male

Lifespan: 10-12 years

The Boxer is often regarded as a fighter dog, and the name doesn’t help. But it couldn’t be further from the truth; the Boxer is a very loving dog, knowledgeable and loyal. The Boxer looks beautiful and has a proud posture.

He fits well amongst children and can be very protective of them, which makes them an excellent choice as a family dog living in a house with a garden.


13. Australian Shepherd

Size: Large

Weight: 40-55 Pounds (18-25kg) Female / 50-65 Pounds (22.5-29.5kg) Male

Lifespan: 12-15 Years

The Australian Shepherd has long and beautiful hair and is very well known for being the “cowboy dog.” Usually, they are regarded as being the best dog for herding.

The Australian Shepherd has an irresistible urge to herd, anything, cats, children, or even birds. They do require a lot of outside space, and they are very energetic, so this dog is mostly recommended for someone who needs sports or work partners.


14. Shih Tzu

Size: Small

Weight: 9-16 Pounds (4-7kg)

Lifespan: 10-18 Years

The Shih Tzu, might be the ideal apartment dog, he doesn’t require a lot of space to run around on, sitting on someone’s lap and acting cute seems to be enough sport for him. The Shih Tzu does require widespread grooming; however, a well-groomed Shih Tzu does look stunning and colorful. Shih Tzu is very affectionate to children and, in general, with people; nevertheless, his barking can be quite loud despite his small size.


15. Pomeranian

Size: Toy / Small

Weight: 3-7 Pounds (1.5kg – 3kg)

Lifespan: 12-16 Years

The Pomeranian is perhaps the most popular of the toy breed dogs. They are intelligent and fit in perfectly in any family with children old enough to not confuse the dog with a toy.

Pomeranian dogs are tiny, and yet they are very active and need to run around a lot. The advantage here is that it doesn’t necessarily need to be outdoors. They are happy with playing inside the house and are ok with short walks to the park and back, so they make a perfect fit if you’re living in the city.


16. Rottweiler

Size: Large

Weight: 80-100 Pounds (36-45kg) Female / 95-135 Pounds (43-61kg)

Lifespan: 9-10 Years

Rottweilers are known for their high level of intelligence and their guarding skills. They have been used in the past as herding dogs and as messengers.

If your Rottweiler is well trained and well breed, then he will grow up to be very courageous, calm, and confident. Rottweilers are not aggressive but are often misunderstood as such. They require a lot of free space to run around on.


17. Mastiff

Size: Huge

Weight: 120-170 pounds (54-77kg) Female / 160-230 pounds (72-104kg) Male

Lifespan: 6-10 years 

The Mastiff is, as its name suggests, Massive and heavy-boned. Likewise, the head is huge and wrinkly, with a kind expression. Mastiffs are lovely and kind pets with a lot of patience and will protect their family if necessary.

However, early training tends to be necessary for this dog since they can be somewhat cautious towards unfamiliar faces.

Mastiffs are a magnificent breed, but they are a big commitment, you’ll need some experience and be prepared to spend a lot of money on dog food.


18. Bernese Mountain Dog

Size: Large

Weight: 70-95 Pounds (31-43kg) Female / 80-115 pounds (36-52kg) Male

Lifespan: 7-10 Years

Bernese dogs are big dogs full of love; they usually get along with the whole family but tend always to have a favorite human. Despite their big size, they are in no way threatening.

The Bernese mountain dog sheds a lot, so having one means more cleaning, due to their big size it is recommended to also have a big living space available for them with a big garden.


19. Beagle

Size: Medium

Weight: Between 20-30 Pounds (9-13.6kg)

Lifespan: 10-15 Years

One of the Beagle’s most prominent traits is the cute face with big soft ears. It’s not a big dog per se but has a sturdy build. The Beagle is a dog from the hound group and was used by British hunters to hunt foxes. They are energetic dogs and require a lot of playtimes, very lovable, and a great family dog. They also get along very well with other dogs.


20. Dalmatian

Size: Large

Weight: 45-70 Pounds (20-31kg)

Lifespan: 11-13 Years

Dalmatians are one of the easiest breeds to recognize due to its white fur with black spots all over it. It is a large dog with a strong athletic body. The Dalmatian was originally bred to be a guard dog, so it still has some of these old instincts and likes to showcase them occasionally when the mailman comes over.

They love running so if you’re the Sportif kind of person this dog is perfect for you.


21. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Size: Small

Weight: 13-18 Pounds (6-8 kg)

Lifespan: 9-14 years

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small Spaniel. A lovable little dog with long silky smooth fur, You can usually find them in these four color schemes; Blenheim (white and chestnut), Ruby, Black and Tan, and Tricolor (black, white, and tan).

They are considered family dogs and don’t like to be left alone for too long, so definitely not recommended if nobody is home during the day.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is excellent with children and other pets; he does require quite a bit of human interaction and playtime.


22. Havanese

Size: small 

Weight: 7-14 Pounds (3-6 kg)

Lifespan: 14-16 Years

The Havanese is a small toy dog; they are usually very cheerful and always in a good mood. The Havanese dog has very long hair, but he doesn’t shed (hair doesn’t fall off). However, he still needs to be groomed frequently. This dog is adequate for you if you’re living in a small apartment in the city. It is a very energetic dog, but thanks to its small size, it won’t require much run-around space.


23. Pug

Size: Small

Weight: 14-18 Pounds (6-8 kg)

Lifespan: 12-15 Years

The Pug is a very recognizable dog, small compact body with a wrinkly face, little muse, and excess of skin. Generally, Pugs are very sociable and friendly dogs, they thrive in the city or countryside, with children or without. 

However, there are multiple issues with Pugs, it is very short-snouted, and many of them have breathing difficulties due to that; also Pugs tend to be very inbred, which can impact the dog’s health.


24. Vizsla

Size: Medium

Weight: 40-55 Pounds (18-25 kg) Female / 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg) Male

Lifespan: 12-14 Years

Vizslas have a rather light build with lean and defined muscles. They stand proud and look beautiful. The Vizslas are great sports or hunting companions, and they are exceptionally easily trained.

Vizslas are very loyal, they have a lot of energy, caring and very affectionate, they will quickly form bonds with their owners and children. They tend to be defensive and bark at strangers if they feel like they are intruding in their packs territory. Great dog if you live outside the town with a lot of run around space.


25. Italian Greyhound

Size: Small

Weight: 8-15 Pounds (3.5-6.8 kg)

Lifespan: 14-15 Years

A replica of the regular Greyhound, just in a smaller version. You can typically recognize a Greyhound on their long, slim legs and curious looking face. They are very energetic and love it when they are getting cuddled. They like to jump on the bed when you’re trying to sleep, and they like to follow you everywhere. 

Greyhounds are decent guard dogs as they bark at an unfamiliar sound; they also bark at people passing by on the street or when other dogs bark. They have a relatively fragile bone density, so they are prone to broken bones. They are very playful, but when they play, they can get a bit careless and could potentially cause injury.


26. Cane Corso

Size: Large

Weight: 85-110 pounds (40-50 kg)

Lifespan: 9-11 Years

The Cane Corso is Latin for “Bodyguard dog,” and that couldn’t be more right. They make for a perfect guard dog and protector. They are very loyal to their owners and will always look out for him. Their big and strong body, along with their imposing appearance, makes anybody think twice before intruding. 

The Cane Corso is a brilliant breed; they do require a lot of time and training, though. If the owner is not committed to the dog, it could end up very problematic.


27. Akita

Size: Large

Weight: 70-100 Pounds (31-45 kg) female / 100-130 Pounds (45-59 kg) Male

Lifespan: 10-13 years

The Akita is an ancient Japanese dog breed; they are heavy, big-boned with a thick fur coat. Akitas aren’t barking much; they are quiet; they are usually wary of strangers and other animals. However, they are great companions, and once they know you, they can’t express their joyfulness enough. Akitas will often protect those he trusts.


28. St bernard

Size: Huge

Weight: 120-140 Pounds (54-63 kg) Female / 140-180 pounds (63-81 kg) Male

Lifespan: 8-10 years

St Bernard is a huge dog, widely known for rescuing people trapped in the Alpines. St bernards are kind, patient, and careful with children. They are very loving to their family, and it can be seen in its looks.

Due to its enormous growth and large bone density, proper nutrition and exercise are crucial, or it could lead to a lot of health issues. A big house and a big outdoor space are required for this dog.


29. Bloodhound

Size: Large

Weight: 110-130 Pounds (50-59 kg) Female / 120-140 pounds (55-65 kg) Male

Lifespan: 7-12 Years

Bloodhounds are large scent dogs; they can find missing people better than any other creature on earth. They can trace down human scent from far away even multiple days later. Because of that, the Bloodhound is widely used by the police to find missing people or escapees.

Bloodhounds are pack dogs; they love company from other animals and kids. They love sniffing around, so it is recommended to take them to places where they can use their snout, like a forest, for example. 


30. Newfoundland

Size: Huge

Weight: 120-143 Pounds (55-65 kg) Female / 143-176 Pounds (65-80 kg) Male

Lifespan: 8-10 Years

The Newfoundland dog was originally bred by fishermen in Newfoundland, to help them catch fish. The Newfoundland excels at swimming and is frequently used for rescuing people lost at sea. It is a brilliant and loyal dog; these two characteristics combined make it easy to train. Newfoundlands gets along well with kids and other family members. It’s infamous for being a heavy droller, and Recreational space is required for them, not suitable for city life.


31. Collie

Size: Medium

Weight: 50 – 70 Pounds (22-32 kg)

Lifespan: 11-14 years

The Collie is a very well known type of herding dog; they are easy to recognize with their long pointy snouts and generally long fur. Collies are very agile and energetic pets when fit. They can run all day without taking breaks. They are fairly friendly towards strangers 


32. Pointer

Size: Large

Weight: 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg) Females / 55-75 Pounds (25-35 kg) Males

Lifespan: 12-17 Years

The Pointer dogs have a short, dense, and smooth fur coat. They are fairly large, but despite their large size, they are considered as good house pets, assuming they get enough exercise. 

Pointers are usually in a good mood and can happily co-exist with other cats or dogs. They are great with children but not so much with strangers; they tend to be a bit reserved towards people they don’t know. 

Pointers are a hunting breed. They will often pursue scents, so having a tall fence in your yard is essential to avoid them running away the moment they smell a bird in the area.


33. Chow Chow

Size: Large 

Weight: 35-85 Pounds (16-39 kg) Female / 40-90 Pounds (18-41 kg) Male

Lifespan: 11-13 Years

A Chow Chow also called sometimes just Chow, is a steady build dog with a big and dense double coat. The coat is particularly thick in the neck area. 

The breed is easily distinguished by its blue/purple tongue and very straight back legs, resulting in a stilted gait.

Chow Chows are eternally loyal to their loved ones, but it takes time to gain their trust. They are aloof to strangers. They don’t have any vital exercise needs and can adapt to city life.


34. Eurasier

Size: Medium

Weight: 35-90 Pounds (16-41 kg)

Lifespan: 12-16 Years

The Eurasier is a relatively young breed; it originated in the ’60s in Germany and was only recognized as a dog breed in the ’70s. The Eurasier is a calm and intelligent dog. However, they are always alert and watchful towards strangers, but they don’t get aggressive towards them, rather scared.

Eurasiers will form a strong bond with their families. They will always be loyal to their loved ones, but it takes time to gain their trust. The Eurasier is very sensitive; they will get sad if you’re mad at them, so it’s better only to do positive training.

Eurasiers require a lot of space and do not like to be restricted to the same environment. They rarely bark, and usually, when they do, they have a good reason.


35.  Brittany

Size: Medium

Weight: 30-45 Pounds (14-20 kg) 

Lifespan: 12-16 Years

Brittany is an athletic, energetic, compact, and quiet dog breed. They have a solid build without being too heavy. They usually have very short tails, floppy ears and usually have an expression of intelligence and vigilance. The Brittany was originally bred to become a hunting dog; they are usually straightforward to train and usually don’t require many corrections. If well socialized and trained from a young age, they can become friendly and socialized. When well socialized, they are great companions and fit well amongst other dogs or cats and in the family in general.


36. Yorkshire Terrier

Size: Small

Weight: 7 pounds (3 kg)

Lifespan: 13-15 Years

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed from the terrier type; they originate from Yorkshire England, thus their name. The hair is usually very long and silky smooth

They are considered very playful and energetic dogs but often need constant company, or they can get depressed. 

The Yorkshire Terrier is very attention-seeking, curious, and protective. It is not recommended to adopt a Yorkshire dog if you have children younger than ten years old; they don’t always go great together.

Only a limited amount of exercise is required due to their small size, but they do require frequent human interactions. They are often afraid or timid around other dogs and prefer staying close to their owners for protection.


37. Dachshund

Size: Small

Weight: 16-32 Pounds (7-15 kg) Standard / Less than 12 Pounds (5.4 kg) Miniature

Lifespan: 12-16 Years

The Dachshund is a German breed, also known as “wiener dog” or “sausage dog” due to its long body and short legs. The Dachshund was bred to hunt Badgers (Dachs is German for badgers) and other burrow dwelling animals. 

The Dachshund is very playful and energetic, but they can also be very stubborn, which makes them a challenge to train. When they chase down a bird, a rabbit, or a tennis ball, they will have great determination and will not give up easily. They can be very aggressive to other dogs and strangers. Dachshunds love digging holes by nature and are likely to dig tunnels around your garden, or will tempt to do it in your blankets inside the house when bored or tired.


38. Doberman Pinscher 

Size:  Large

Weight: 60-90 Pounds (27-41 kg) Female / 75-100 pounds (34-45 kg) Male

Lifespan: 10-12 Years

A tax-collector bred the Doberman. He wanted to make a dog that could protect him when he was working, since collecting taxes could be a dangerous job sometimes. 

Dobermans are compact dogs, muscular, powerful, and fast. They are reputed for being the world’s best guard or protection dogs. They stand proud with a magnificent physique and incredible intelligence.

The Doberman has an extreme loyalty towards their owner and will never let him down. Since they can be powerful, they must get proper training from an early age. They can show occasional aggression towards strangers, thus why proper training is recommended and perhaps a “beware of dog” sign on the gate.


39. Basset Hound

Size: Medium

Weight: 45-65 Pounds (20-29 kg) Female / 55-75 Pounds (25-34 kg) Male

Lifespan: 10-12 Years

The Basset Hounds is a short-legged, solid build and long bred. The breed is related to the Bloodhound and has many similarities. One of them being the long hanging ears and hanging skin structure, especially around the face.

The Basset Hounds are very heavy, and since they aren’t able to swim for long periods, they should always be supervised when in water. They are friendly and outgoing dogs, tolerant of children and pets. Their barking is very loud and frequent, they can be stubborn by time, and even though they might not show it in their emotions, they are extremely loyal towards their owners.


40. Belgian Malinois 

Size: Medium-Large

Weight: 49-66 Pounds (22-30 kg) 

Lifespan: 12-15 Years


The Belgian Malinois is amongst the most energetic dogs; they are friendly, protective, and intelligent. They do require proper obedience training and persistent training, or they end up destructive or with neurotic behaviors. The good news is that they are effortless and fast to train.

The Belgian Malinois is a very loving dog; they are great with children and other pets; they do require a lot of space and attention to be happy.




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