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Jack Russell Terrier
Labrador Retriever
Shih Tzu
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Mixed breed dog
Mixed Breeds


Boxers are great dogs.

Bulldogs New!

cocker spaniel
Cocker Spaniels



Beautiful German Shepherd Face
German Shepherds

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Golden Retrievers

Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terriers
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Labrador Retrievers

Black Standard Poodle


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Young girl with Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu

Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers


What's the Difference?

Mixed breeds are also called mutts or mongrels. Mixed breed dogs have parents and ancestors that are of different breeds.

Advantages of mixed breeds:
They are usually less expensive, and are
unique in appearance.

Purebred dogs have parents and ancestors that are all from the same breed of dog.

Advantages of purebreds:
You can usually predict size, temperament and appearance.


 Dog digging a hole.
Some dogs instinctively dig, and some don't. Terriers really like to dig.

Which Dog Should I Get?

If you want to have fun with your dog, be careful to choose the right breed or combination of breeds. Dogs do some things better than others.

If you wanted a dog who retrieves balls and sticks, but your dog never fetches anything, a terrier probably wasn't the right dog for you.

Dogs can do lots of things, but their heritage does determine whether they can do some things better than others.

Little dog character
The ten most popular dog breeds in the United States in 2007 (AKC) are: 1. Labrador Retriever; 2. Yorkshire Terrier; 3. German Shepherd Dog; 4. Golden Retriever; 5. Beagle; 6. Boxer; 7. Dachshund; 8. Poodle; 9. Shih Tzu; 10. Bulldog
Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts



Learn about all of the dog breeds!

The Complete Dog Book For Kids, AKC 1996

Here is the ultimate show-and-tell for children who love dogs! With its lush, four-color portraits of all of the AKC-recognized breeds, information on the history and character of the breeds, graphics showing where each breed originated and how big it is, and boxes containing a 'fun fact'. The Complete Dog Book for Kids is the ideal way to teach kids about the rich history of the sport of dogs and how their pets contribute to it. Excellent book! Ages 9-12


Dogs, by David Taylor, Dorling Kindersley, Ltd June 2003

An invaluable introduction to the dogs of the world, this compact and comprehensive guide reveals key characteristics of each breed, highlights the their history, and provides tips on how to choose and care for a pet. Ages 9-12


Dog, Eyewitness Books,by Juliet Clutton-Brock, Dorling Kindersley, Ltd 1991

Discover the world of dogs, wolves, jackals and foxes -- their natural history, behavior and domestication. Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the fascinating world of the entire dog family. Superb real-life photographs of dogs, wolves, jackals and foxes offer a unique "eyewitness" view of the natural history and evolution of the dog family, highlighting the many ways in which they have helped people throughout history. Ages 9-12


Here are a few books that can help your parents choose the right dog:
Choosing a Dog

Choosing a Dog for Dummies, by Chris Walkowicz, July 15, 2001
From an Amazon.com reader: Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies is a simple, straightforward, easy-to-read, and dependable introduction on how to decide which pet qualities you value most and are compatible with your own particular life style; all of the practical steps to take in choosing a great dog for you; as well as all aspects of properly caring for your canine pet. Additionally, readers can find out about breed rescue, and there's an invaluable advice about selecting a "kid-friendly" dog. If you are considering the acquisition of a canine companion for you or your family, read Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies! Written for adults

Paws to Consider

Paws to Consider, by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson, September 1, 1999
As compassionate as they are knowledgeable, Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson tell you how to avoid the pitfalls before you lose your patience or money. Their combined expertise and honesty will help you choose wisely, with your eyes wide open as well as your heart. The result will be a dog you can happily live with...and who will reward you with unconditional love.

Idiot's Guide

The Idiot's Guide to Getting and Owning a Dog, by Sheila Webster Boneham, August 26, 2002
From an Amazon.com reader: This book is must for every potential or real dog owner's bookshelf! Ms. Boneham does an excellent job of helping you through the steps of choosing and living with your dog. The book is an excellent source of of information itself and includes many references, both on the Web and otherwise. In the future, this book will be part of all my puppy's going-to-their-new-home bag.



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