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Professional Grooming

Cost for professional grooming may range anywhere from about $13 to $100 depending on how much work your dog's coat needs.

Some groomers include 2 shampoos and a creme rinse, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and anal sac expression in their grooming package.


Some dogs are very people-oriented. If left by themselves too long, they can become bored, lonely and sometimes destructive.

Other dogs are very self-sufficient. They can get along just fine on their own for quite a while.


Refers to how the dog will respond to strangers who come into the dog's territory.

Very Wary: Friendly with the family, but confrontational with strangers.
Reserved: Friendly with the family, but cautious with strangers.
Friendly: Likes most people (but may still be a good watchdog).


A dominant person is someone who is firm, commanding, in charge.

A less dominant person will be more easy going, gentle, mellow; someone who "goes with the flow".


Some breeds are too rambunctious to be around small children (8 or younger) or elderly persons.

Other Pets

Some breeds get along well with cats, but may treat small rodents and birds as prey.

Some breeds do better in a household without cats, and some do better without other dogs.


This refers to the outdoor space requirements of each breed, the area available to the dog for running around.

Acreage 1 or more acres
Large yard approx. 5,000 sq ft - 1 acre
Average yard approx. 1,000 - 5,000 sq ft
Small yard approx. 200 to 1,000 sq ft
No yard Might have a patio.



Though most breeds are adaptable to a variety of outdoor temperatures, some do better in warm climates and some do better in cold.

If you live where the temperature drops below freezing and you own a breed that is susceptible to cold or frostbite, you can dress your dog in a sweater when going out and limit his time outdoors as needed, depending on the temperature.

If you live in a warm climate and own a dog with a very thick coat, you will need to provide cool shelter in the summer. Always make sure the dog has plenty of fresh water to drink.

Moderate Rarely snows. Temperate year-round. Ex. San Francisco, CA.
Warm to Hot Warm year-round. Ex. Miami, FL.
Cool to Cold Cool to cold most of the year. Ex. most of Alaska.
Cold Winters/ Hot Summers Snows regularly in the winter, very warm in the summers. Ex. New York City.

Dog Activities

Activities that you would like to share with your dog.

Agility Competition: Dogs negotiate a series of obstacles and jumps.
Companion Dog: Good with people.
Competitive Obedience: Programs with specific obedience skill requirements.
Guarding: Protecting family and property.
Guide for the Blind: Leading blind people safely in public places.
Handicapped Assistance: Helping hearing impaired, or physically or emotionally impaired people.
Herding: Moving livestock.
Hunting: Hunting any kind of animal.
Jogging: Constant running for 20 or more minutes.
Lure Coursing: Sighthounds chase plastic lures pulled through a field.
Performing Tricks: "Shake hands", "speak", balancing a ball on the nose, playing basketball, etc.
Pointing: Indicating the location of game by freezing into a "pointing" position.
Retrieving: Bringing sticks, balls, downed birds or other things back to the owner.
Schutzhund: A dog sport that includes tracking, obedience and protection.
Search & Rescue: Seeking survivors at disaster sites; finding lost people.
Sighting: Some breeds, like salukis and afghans, hunt by sight.
Snow Sled Pulling: For racing or just for fun.
Tracking: Following a scent trail.
Watchdog: Barking to indicate the presence of an intruder.
Water Rescue: Rescuing people from water.
Weight Pulling: A competitive sport where the dog pulls increasing amounts of weight. Carting is also fun—this is where the dog pulls passengers riding in a cart.

Size of Dog

Very Small: 10 inches and under 15 lbs and under
Small: 9-15 inches 15-35 lbs.
Medium: 12-24 inches 30-55 lbs.
Large: 22-27 inches 50-115 lbs.
Very Large: 25 inches and up 110 lbs. and up

Some representative dogs for the various looks

Mastiff, Bulldog Bulldog, Boxer, Mastiff, Great Dane
Spitz, Nordic Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute
Terrier Airedale Terrier, Fox Terrier, Cairn Terrier
Scent Hound Beagle, Basset Hound, Bloodhound
Setter, Retriever, Pointer Irish Setter, Golden Retriever, Pointer
Toy, Miniature Chihuahua, Pug, Japanese Chin
Spaniel Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel
Herding dog German Shepherd, Collie
Sighthound Afghan Hound, Borzoi, Greyhound
Mountain Dog, Stock Guard Great Pyrennes, St. Bernard
Poodle, Bichon Poodle, Bichon Frise

Examples of Coat Types

Short: Dalmatian
Curly: Poodle
Wiry: Airedale Terrier
Medium: German Shepherd
Feathered: Golden Retriever
Fluffy: Chow Chow
Long: Collie


Manners: Well-behaved around the house.
Basic Obedience: Sit, down, come, stand, stay, heel, and house manners.
Advanced Obedience: Formal obedience training including heeling off leash, retrieving, jumping, and other off-leash work.


Some breeds need extensive exercise to be happy and healthy. Others are basically couch potatoes.


Grooming includes brushing the coat, clipping the nails, brushing the teeth, and cleaning the ears.

Short haired breeds require much less coat grooming than long haired breeds.