One of the largest dog breeds, these gentle giants are calm, loving, and kind. Bernese mountain dogs love to please, making them easy to train.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Smart, playful Samoyeds shed a lot. Their "Sammy smile" is due to their constantly open mouths. This energetic breed must exercise as reindeer herders and sledge pullers.


People-oriented Am Staffs are smart guards and natural clowns. They're stubborn and do best as family.

American Staffordshire Terrier

Aussies are driven by their herding background. They're smart and loyal, so they learn quickly. Actively exercise daily for at least an hour.

Australian Shepher

Basset Hounds are couch potatoes when not on scent. Bonus: They're great with kids.

Basset Hound

The military and Secret Service prefer these herders because they're smart and loyal protectors. Mals need exercise and stimulation, and they're happiest when given a job.

Belgian Malinois

These bright, loyal dogs were message-carriers and ambulance dogs during World War I. Today's herders are versatile, child-friendly, and protective.

Belgian Sheepdog

Despite their funny names, Hovawarts are intelligent, loyal dogs that make great family pets and search-and-rescue dogs due to their excellent noses.


These super-athletic dogs are fun, loyal, and patient with all family members, even children. No one cuddles better.

Pitbull Terrier

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