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Watch Dog Breeds

Nicole Cosgrove

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There are a number of reasons people turn to getting a dog, companionship, competition, gift for a child but there are more practical reasons and one of those is to have a watch dog in the home. If you are concerned about safety and the presence of a good watchdog helps you feel better here is a list of breeds that are known to be alert and make good watchdogs. Not all watch dogs though are guard dogs, so make sure you know how protective your potential look out can be. On the right is also the Dog Breed Selector in case you need to explore the site more.

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Morocco
Popularity Not well known
Size Medium
Weight 50-60 pounds
Height 20-25 inches at the shoulder
Life span 10-12 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Docile
Gentle
Protective
Affectionate
Playful
Active

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 53rd by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 65 pounds
Height 22 to 24 inches
Life span 10 to 13 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Energetic
Alert
Watchdog
Independent
Intelligent
Confident

Hypoallergenic

Can be

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Turkey
Popularity Not well known
Size Large
Weight 90 to 140 pounds
Height 28 to 34 inches at the shoulder
Life span 10 to 11 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Brave
Loyal
Protective
Intelligent
Guard dog
Working dog

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Japan and America
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 46th by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 65 to 130 pounds
Height 24 to 28 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence High – Very smart dog
Breed Traits

Confident
Bold
Devoted
Protective
Intelligent
Obedient

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Spain
Popularity Not well known beyond Spain
Size Large
Weight 75 to 88 pounds
Height 22 to 25 inches
Life span 11 to 14 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Tenacious
Bold
Protective
Calm
Serious
Active

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Georgia, USA
Popularity Not well known
Size Large
Weight 55 to 99 pounds
Height 19 to 26 inches at the shoulder
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Fairly high
Breed Traits

Loyal
Obedient
Agile
Happy
Active
Territorial

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United States
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 5 to 22 pounds
Height 12 to 17 inches
Life span 12 and 16 years
Intelligence Very good
Breed Traits

affectionate
loving
intelligent
sweet
sensitive
Needs experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United States (Alaska)
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 54th by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 75 to 100 pounds
Height 23 to 25 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Fairly intelligent though it can be mistakenly thought of as less so
Breed Traits

Social
Friendly
Outgoing
Playful
Loyal
Clever

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Greece
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 7 to 18 pounds
Height 8 to 13 inches
Life span 12 to 16 years
Intelligence Average to above average
Breed Traits

Devoted
Affectionate
Social
Outgoing
Happy
Confident

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United States out of England
Popularity Average
Size Medium Large
Weight 62 to 88 pounds
Height 17 to 19 inches at the shoulder
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Easygoing
Gentle
Nimble
Affectionate
Smart
Energetic

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United States
Popularity Low
Size Medium
Weight 25 to 45 pounds
Height 15 to 18 inches at the shoulder
Life span 13 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Attention Seeker
Friendly
Intelligence
Hunter
Loyal
Energetic

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Turkey
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 92nd by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 80 to 150 pounds
Height 28 to 32 inches
Life span 10 to 13 years
Intelligence Quite good – can learn quickly but can be stubborn
Breed Traits

Independent
Stubborn
Protective
Alert
Watchdog
Working Dog

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Australia
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 56th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 30 to 50 pounds
Height 17 to 20 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Excellent – top ten of most intelligent dogs
Breed Traits

Smart
Protective
Watchdog
Intelligent
Loyal
Affectionate

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin USA (not Australia!)
Popularity Fairly popular – 17th most popular according to AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 65 pounds
Height 18 to 23 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Excellent – it is a very intelligent dog
Breed Traits

Independent
Loyal
Energetic
Alert
Protective
Herding dog

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Azawakh Valley of North Africa
Popularity Very rare, not well known
Size Long, tall
Weight 33 to 55 pounds
Height 23 to 29 inches at the shoulder
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Loyal
Hunter
Protective
Attention Seeker
Active
Territorial

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 87th by the AKC
Size Small to medium
Weight 20 to 26 pounds
Height 15 to 17 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Low – training will take longer than most dogs
Breed Traits

Watchdog
Alert
Independent
Difficult to train
Energetic
Outgoing

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin France
Popularity Not popular – ranked 147th by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 70 to 100 pounds
Height 24 to 28 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Very intelligent – one of the smartest breeds
Breed Traits

Energetic
Watchdogs
Protective
Intelligent
Needs experienced owner
Active

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Belgium
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 51st by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 60 to 75 pounds
Height 22 to 27 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Excellent – very clever dog
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Loyal
Protective
Watchdog
Alert
Good for experinced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Belgium
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 98th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 70 pounds
Height 22 to 26 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Excellent – training will be quick with the right approach
Breed Traits

Energetic
Intelligent
Watchdog
Alert
Bold
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Belgium
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 98th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 70 pounds
Height 22 to 26 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Excellent – training will be quick with the right approach
Breed Traits

Energetic
Intelligent
Watchdog
Alert
Bold
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Switzerland
Popularity 29th most popular dog according the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 70 to 120 pounds
Height 23 to 28 inches
Life span 7 to 9 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Protector
Calm
Devoted
Easy to train
Working dog

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin South Africa
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 131st by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 150 to 200 pounds
Height 23 to 28 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – about average
Breed Traits

Guard dog
Intelligent
Protective
Brave
Bold
Fearless

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin UK and Ireland
Popularity Fairly popular – ranked 38th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 30 to 45 pounds
Height 18 to 23 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Very smart – one of the most intelligent dogs
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Herding
Obedient
Watchdog
Alert
Energetic

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin UK
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 82 by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 12 to 16 pounds
Height 10 to 11 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Good Family dog
Affectionate
Alert
Joyful
Smart

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Belgium
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 83rd by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 69 to 90 pounds
Height 24 to 28 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Working dog
Intelligent
Loyal
Protective
Watchdog
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Fairly high, 10th most popular according to AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 50 to 70 pounds
Height 21 to 25 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Very good – it is one of the more clever dogs
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Playful
Headstrong
Protective
Alert
Energetic

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin France
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 135th by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 50 to 100 pounds
Height 22 to 27 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – well about average
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Devoted
Alert
Wachdog
Fearless
loving

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Belgium
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 95th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 6 to 12 pounds
Height 7 to 9 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Below average – training will not be super quick
Breed Traits

Playful
Lively
Curious
Sparky
Affectionate
Happy

Hypoallergenic

Can be

General Information
Origin Romania
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 70 to 120 pounds
Height 25 to 31 inches
Life span 10 to 15 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Energetic
Intelligent
Protective
Territorial
Bold
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin UK
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 43rd by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 100 to 130 pounds
Height 24 to 27 inches
Life span 8 to 10 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Watchdog
Alert
Serious natured
Confident
Sensitive

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Italy
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 35th by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 85 to 115 pounds
Height 23 to 28 inches
Life span 10 to 12 year
Intelligence Excellent – very clever dog
Breed Traits

Willful
Watchdog
Protective
Intelligent
Quiet
Brave

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin UK – Wales
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 76th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 25 to 38 pounds
Height 11 to 13 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Very good to excellent
Breed Traits

Spirited
Loyal
Intelligent
Smart
Working dog
Affectionate

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin USA
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 80 pounds
Height 20 to 26 inches
Life span 11 to 13 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Loving
Protective
Energetic
Insistent
Playful
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 36th by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 60 to 75 pounds
Height 22 to 26 inches
Life span 8 to 14 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent
Breed Traits

Social
Friendly
Intelligent
Responsive
Alert
Watchdog

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity High
Size Large
Weight 60-80 pounds
Height 24-28 inches at the shoulder
Life span 10-13 years
Intelligence Very high
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Playful
Independent
Loyal
Protective
Needs Experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Argentina
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Large
Weight 80 to 99 pounds
Height 24 to 27 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Very good
Breed Traits

Powerful
Needs Experiened owner
Energetic
Protective
Fearless
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin France
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 63 by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 120 to 145 pounds
Height 23 to 26 inches
Life span 5 to 8 years
Intelligence Average to above average
Breed Traits

Loyal
Devoted
Calm
Quiet
Working dog
Relaxed dog

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 60th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 26 to 34 pounds
Height 15 to 17 inches
Life span 11 to 14 years
Intelligence Very intelligent
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Cheerful
Social
Intelligent
Energetic
Good family dog

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Switzerland
Popularity Not popular – ranked 164th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 45 to 65 pounds
Height 17 to 20 inches
Life span 10 to 13 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – above average
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Energetic
Self-assured
Loyal
Devoted
Cheerful

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Brazil
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 90 to 120 pounds
Height 23 to 29 inches
Life span 9 to 11 years
Intelligence Average to above average
Breed Traits

Confident
Stubbornness
Bold
Protective
Loyal
Needs experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Finland
Popularity Not popular – ranked 174th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 30 to 50 pounds
Height 16 to 19 inches
Life span 12 to 17 years
Intelligence Very intelligent – well above average
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Friendly
Gentle
Smart
Energetic
Working dOg

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Not that popular – Ranked 146th in popularity by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 25 to 45 pounds
Height 16 to 20 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent – very intelligent breed
Breed Traits

Devoted
Intelligent
Versatile
Alert
Not for inexperienced owners
Protective

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Very high – It is ranked at number 2 by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 75 to 95 pounds
Height 22 to 26 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Very high – This is one of the most intelligent dog breeds
Breed Traits

Strong
Courageous
Quick
Intelligent
Protective
Easy to train

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 68th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 45 to 75 pounds
Height 22 to 26 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Energetic
Lively
Alert
Intelligent
Needs experienced owner
Hunter

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 81 by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 65 to 90 pounds
Height 24 to 28 inches tall
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Loyal
Quiet dog
Alert
Smart
Good family dog
Territorial

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 109th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 45 to 80 pounds
Height 23 to 27 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – needs 15 to 25 repetitions to understand new commands
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Protective
Devoted
Loyal
Even tempered
Cheerful

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Very Popular – ranked 15th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 110 to 190 pounds
Height 28 to 34 inches
Life span 6 to 9 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Protective
Gentle
Relaxed
Intelligent
Hunter
Brave

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin France and Spain
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 67th by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 85 to 120 pounds
Height 25 to 32 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Fair to average
Breed Traits

Gentle
Loyal
Affectionate
Quiet
Brave
Territorial

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Switzerland
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 78th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 85 to 140 pounds
Height 24 to 29 inches
Life span 7 to 12 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Gentle
Loyal
Friendly
Eager to please
Brave
Working dog

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Ireland
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 118th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 25 to 40 pounds
Height 17 to 19 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Average – understands new commands with 25 to 40 repetitions
Breed Traits

Bold
Intelligent
Energetic
Loyal
Fierce
Entertaining

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Turkey
Popularity Not recognized by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 90 to 145 pounds
Height 28 to 32 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Independent
Protective
Intelligent
Brave
Friendly
Needs experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Ireland
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 127th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 30 to 40 pounds
Height 17 to 19 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average – understands new commands after 15 to 25 repetitions
Breed Traits

Fearless
Loyal
Energetic
Playful
Gentle
Intelligent

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Hungary
Popularity Not popular – ranked 177th by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 85 to 135 pounds
Height 26 to 30 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Above average – should train well
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Calm
Loyal
Affectionate
Sensitive
Gentle

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Hungary
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 165th by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 70 to 115 pounds
Height 26 to 30 inches
Life span 9 to 12 years
Intelligence Average – should understand new commands after 25 to 40 repetitions
Breed Traits

Fearless
Brave
Dominant
Intelligent
Sensitive
Good with experiened owner

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Not recognized by the AKC
Size Large to Giant
Weight 90 to 165 pounds
Height 26 to 32 inches
Life span 8 to 12 years
Intelligence Quite good – but can be stubborn
Breed Traits

Alert
Protective
Needs experienced owner
Loyal
Bold
Intelligent

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity High
Size Small
Weight 10-18 pounds
Height 13-14 inches at the shoulder
Life span 12-14 years
Intelligence Very smart
Breed Traits

Smart
Fast
Courageous
Intelligent
Livly
Outgoing

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Italy
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 99th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 110 to 154 pounds
Height 24 to 31 inches
Life span 7 to 10 years
Intelligence Fair to average – not especially quick but certainly steady
Breed Traits

Protective
Sweet
Gentle
Calm
Loving
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Norway
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 88th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 60 pounds
Height 18 to 21 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average – quite a smart breed
Breed Traits

Active
friendly
Intelligent
loyal
Energetic
Needs experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin UK and Canada
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 37th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 100 to 150 pounds
Height 24 to 29 inches
Life span 8-10 years
Intelligence High – very clever dog
Breed Traits

Loyal
Brave
Intelligent
Gentle
Devoted
Eager to please

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Norway
Popularity Not popular – ranked 174th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 26 to 40 pounds
Height 16 to 18 inches
Life span 13 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average – fairly smart dog
Breed Traits

Alert
Vigilant
Cheerful
Attentive
Affectionate
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Norway
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 88th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 60 pounds
Height 18 to 21 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average – quite a smart breed
Breed Traits

Active
friendly
Intelligent
loyal
Energetic
Needs experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin UK
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 74th by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 60 to 90 pounds
Height 21 to 24 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Moderate to average
Breed Traits

Friendly
Gentle
Social
Loving
Loyal
Needs experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin France
Popularity Very good – ranked 48th by the AKC
Size Small (toy)
Weight 4 to 9 pounds
Height 8 to 11 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Very good – a smart dog
Breed Traits

Lively
Playful
Happy
Intelligent
Alert
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 109th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 13 to 17 pounds
Height 12 to 14 inches
Life span 13 to 15 years
Intelligence Very intelligent – bright and quick
Breed Traits

Energetic
Intelligent
Confident
Devoted
Cheerful
Feisty

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Wales, (UK)
Popularity Ranked 20th by the AKC
Size Small to medium
Weight 24 to 30 pounds
Height 10 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent – very intelligent dog
Breed Traits

Happy
Smart
Alert
Intelligent
Alert
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Spain (Canary Islands)
Popularity Not ranked by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 80 to 120 pounds
Height 21 to 26 inches
Life span 8 to 12 years
Intelligence Very good
Breed Traits

Fierce
Protective
Alert
Better with experienced owner
Brave
Energetic

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Portugal
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 52 by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 35 to 60 pounds
Height 17 to 23 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Very intelligent – smart dog
Breed Traits

Energetic
Smart dog
Spirited
Independent
Even tempered
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Hungary
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 159th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 25 to 35 pounds
Height 16 to 17 inches
Life span 12 to 16 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Calm
Responsive
Energetic
Independent
Intelligent
Better with experienced owners

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity High
Size Large
Weight 80-135 pounds
Height 22-27 inches at the shoulder
Life span 8-11 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Brave
Energetic
Fearless
Protector
alert and aware

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Japan
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 45 by the AKC
Size Small to medium
Weight 17 to 23 pounds
Height 13 to 17 inches
Life span 12 to 16 years
Intelligence Very good – a smart dog
Breed Traits

Strong-willed
Confident
Affectionate
Outgoing
Loyal
Territorial

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Ireland
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 47th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 30 to 45 pounds
Height 17 to 20 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Loyal
Friendly
Intelligent
Social
Playful

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Switzerland (& Italy)
Popularity Quite popular, ranked 50th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 120 to 200 pounds
Height 26 to 30 inches
Life span 8 to 10 years
Intelligence Very intelligent
Breed Traits

Friendly
Social
Outgoing
Intelligent
Loyal
Best with experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 91st by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 35 to 45 pounds
Height 18 to 20 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent – very intelligent dog
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Bold
Serious
Calm
Sweet
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin China
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 135th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 100 to 170 pounds
Height 24 to 28 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Protective
Loyal
Courageous
Reliable
Better with experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

NO

General Information
Origin China
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 118th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 9 to 15 pounds
Height 9 to 10 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Alert
Cheerful
Loyal
Charming
Playful
Independent

Hypoallergenic

NO

General Information
Origin Wales
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 123rd by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 35 to 50 pounds
Height 17 to 19 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Friendly
Alert
Loyal
Energetic
Intelligence

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Wales, UK
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 111th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 17 to 21 pounds
Height 15 to 16 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Energetic
Playful
Alert
Independent
Dedicated
Better with experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 94th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 13 to 20 pounds
Height 13 to 16 inches
Life span 10 to 15 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Bold
Independent
Alert
Loyal
Somewhat sensitive
Better with experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Norway
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 88th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 60 pounds
Height 18 to 21 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average – quite a smart breed
Breed Traits

Active
friendly
Intelligent
loyal
Energetic
Needs experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.