Choosing dog breeds based on your lifestyle is the most important factor when adopting a puppy. View our complete dog breed profiles to get a better understanding of expected temperament, character, care and exercise requirements.

American Pit Bull Terrier

Breed Group:Not AKC Recognized

Weight:22-110 lbs

Height:18-22 inches

Color(s):multicolored, black and white

Labrador Retriever

Breed Group:Sporting

Weight:Male: 65-80; Female: 55-70 lbs

Height:Male: 22.5-24.5; Female: 21.5-23.5 inches

Color(s):solid black, yellow, or chocolate

German Shepherd

Breed Group:Herding

Weight:75-95 lbs

Height:Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches

Color(s):most colors, other than white, are permissible.

Golden Retriever

Breed Group:Sporting

Weight:Male: 65-75; Female: 55-65 lbs

Height:Male: 23-24; Female: 21.5-22.5 inches

Color(s):various shades of gold


Breed Group:Non-Sporting

Weight:Male: 50; Female: 40 lbs

Height:12-15 inches

Color(s):brindle, solid white, red, or fawn, or any of these on a white background

Shih Tzu

Breed Group:Toy

Weight:9 - 16 lbs

Height:8 - 11 inches


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