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Here is basic information about breed temperament and their personality based on their genetics.  All dogs personalities are on a continuim. In each litter of puppies there can be a vast difference or similarity in their personality.  Here is a list of basics:


Playful, curious, energetic and a little bit stubborn just like other terrier-type dogs.


Afghan Hound

Independent character.


Alaskan Malamute

An intelligent and beautiful dog perfect for families with children.


American Cocker Spaniel

Passionate hunters that are affectionate, loyal, and gentle.


American Black and Tan Coonhound

Perfect pets and great hunting dogs. They have great sense of smell and have a lively mind.


American Foxhound

Require a lot of exercises and are very friendly.


American English Coonhound

Used for hunting and perfect family companions.


American Hairless Terrier

Active, intelligent, and easily trained family companions. Great for allergy sufferers.


American Pit Bull Terrier

Physically strong and sturdy.


American Staffordshire Terrier

One of the greatest guardians, these dogs are ready to protect their owners wherever they are.


American Toy Fox Terrier

Lively, energetic, and kind.


American Water Spaniel

Great working abilities for hunting in land and water. Very playful and become perfect family companions.


Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino)

Big, fearless, and powerful defender and friend if properly trained.


Appenzell Cattle Dog

Herding and livestock guardian with well-balanced character that are loyal, affectionate, and kind.


Australian Cattle Dog

Playful, joyful, funny, quick, intelligent.


Australian Terrier

Smart, obedient, easy trained and get along well with everyone.


Austrian Black and Tan Hound

A perfect family companion for large homes with land and great hunting dog.


Austrian Pinscher

A great livestock and home guardian, perfect family pet. He is smart and obedient.


Barbet - French Water Dog

Perfect swimmers for hunting waterfowl. Also, they are great family pets, like company and get along well with everyone.



Clever and gentle, they do not bark but Yodel.


Basset Hound

Loyal and very friendly. Calm indoors and energetic outdoors, they are great guard dogs and good family companions but are rather stubborn in training.


Basset Fauve de Bretagne or Brittany Hound

Great hunting dogs also a great family companion.



Friendly hunting dog and wonderful pets for people with limited space.


Bearded Collie

loyal kind, perfect family companions. great working qualities, used as service and herding dogs.


Bedlington Terrier


Belgian Shepherd

working dog must be well trained, friendly, and very loyal.


Belgian Dog Breeds - Griffon Bruxellois, Griffon Belge and Petit Brabacnon

Beautiful, playful and affectionate and perfect companions that fit almost any family.


Bernese Mountain Dog

balanced character intelligent, adapt well and one of the best dogs for families with children.


Bichon Frise

Clever and easy-going great family companions.


Black Russian Terrier

Great working dogs and family companions that require little care and a lot of exercises.

Intelligent, loyal, and always ready to protect their owners from any danger.


Blue Picardy Spaniel

used for hunting feathered fowl. enduring and fast, they are good with children and other animals.



Big and powerful true defender and friend if properly trained. They are very kind, patient and get along well with children.


Border Collie

Smart, willing to train and very sensitive. even temperament and loyalty.


Border Terrier

extremely affectionate and friendly family companions and great working farm dog.


Boston Terrier

The perfect companion thanks to loyalty, intelligence, and cuteness.


Bouvier des Flandres

Attached to their owner but needs a lot of training to become a great obedient dog.

This canine is rather stubborn and tough, but with proper training he becomes intelligent, courageous,

fearless and loyal.



Sturdy, self-confident, agile, and fearless.


Braque du Puy (Dupuy Pointer)

Used for hunting and kept in countryside.



Being nonaggressive, affectionate, and very playful, Briards are perfect family pets.


Brittany Spaniel

Elegant, strong even-tempered character and an ideal hunting dog.



Calm, mild-mannered and self-assured. These canines don't like to be alone and are very attached to their owners. They require a lot of space, early obedience training and constant attention.


Burgos Pointer

They are very enduring and strong, smart and loyal family companions.


Cairn Terrier

Lovely and funny in appearance, easy to train and very smart.


Ca De Bou

Strong, powerful loyal pets and excellent family companions.


Canaan Dog

Great guard and rescue dogs. They are enduring when well-trained and very loyal to the owners.


Canadian Eskimo Dog

Sledding dogs.


Cane Corso

Always be in the center of attention, very affectionate and require early training.


Catahoula Leopard Hound

Hunting big game and great family companions.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Energetic and graceful lap dogs. Very elegant, calm, and devoted to their family.


Caucasian Shepherd

One of the best guard dogs. Suspicious to strangers and show boundless love and affection to their family. Need proper professional training to be obedient.


Central Asian Shepherd

fearless, very confident, calm, independent, intelligent with well-balanced temperament. Perfect working dog.


Chesapeake Bay Retriever

hunters both on land and in the water. intelligence, friendly and loving character. If socialized from early years, Chesapeake’s can become excellent family dogs.



playful and loyal, jealous, and not suitable for homes with children.


Chinese Crested Dog

intelligent, high-spirited, agile, and very attached to their owners. demand attention.


Chow Chow

rather calm, independent, and confident. They like to communicate with their owners but suspicious of strangers with a strong territorial instinct.


Clumber Spaniel

multifunctionality and perfect working abilities.


Coton de Tulear

friendly and playful


Curly Coated Retriever

weather-resistant curly coat. friendly, affectionate and easy-trained just like other retriever-lie dog breeds.


Dachshund (Doxie)

perfect family companions. They are friendly and energetic.



playful and active, they don't like to be indoors and demands long daily walking.



Great dogs for city life. They require minimal care but a lot of walking and exercising.

these dogs get along well with children and, if communicating with people from an early age, become great companions. Perfect family pets with amazing working abilities.


Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff)

calm and self-confident who needs space and daily exercise. They are extremely attached to their owners and love to be with you wherever you are.


English Bulldog

Kind, easygoing, quiet, stubborn.  Training is a challenge because they do whatever they want.


English Setter

Mild-mannered hunting dog. They don't like to be alone and need constant attention.

gentle and peaceful with everyone suited only for people who lead active lifestyle.


English Cocker Spaniel

sport dog and great hunting dog, extremely energetic, very friendly, and sensitive.

Playful and friendly temperament makes these canines attractive for dog owners, especially children.


English Pointer

smart, loyal, and patient with children. They need space to run and regular exercises to keep them fit.


English Springer Spaniel

active, intelligent, and easily trained.


English Shepherd

Being very active, social, loyal, and obedient one of the best working dogs.

intelligent and need everyday walking, constant attention, and a lot of space to release their energy.


English Toy Terrier

energetic and playful perfect for families with children.


Estonian Hound

perfect family pets with well-balanced character.



Perfect family pets calm, intelligent and a well-balanced character.


Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)

kind, self-confident, courageous, and calm temperament that gets along well with children and other animals. They require a lot of training and education.


Finnish Hound

used to hunt small game but also perfect companions, devoted to their family and calm indoors.


Finnish Lapphund

lively temperament used for hunting but more often they are just lovable family pets.


Finnish Spitz

versatile hunting canines and a great family pet.


French Bulldog

funny, playful, active, and kind. The perfect family companion and great in an apartment.


French Spaniel

Strong and powerful, they are used for hunting different game and are highly valued among hunters.

Also, these canines make perfect family pets as they are friendly, calm, and even-tempered.


French Tricolor Hound

Requires a lot of exercise and space for movement. A lot of patience is required to train and raise these.


German Shepherd

They can become perfect family companions, guard, rescue, police, military and even guide dogs.

When well-trained with persistence and moderation they fit perfectly for almost any owner.


German Pinscher

Independent, cheerful, and energetic. German Pinschers are good guard dogs and constant participants of different dog competitions.


German Shorthaired Pointer

Good swimmers, retrievers and guard dogs.


German Wirehaired Pointer (Drathaar)

Pointing, searching, tracking, and retrieving come naturally.  They can become a perfect family pet.


German Spaniel

Bred by hunters and only for hunters.


German Spitz (Wolfspitz, Large Spitz, Medium Spitz, Miniature Spitz, Pomeranian Spitz)

Wolfspitz, Large are Medium Spitz dogs can be perfect working canines, while miniature and Pomeranian Spitzes are mostly decorative pets.


Giant Schnauzer (Riesenschnauzer)

Highly intelligent, strong-minded, ideally built and very elegant. They are easily trained and can learn almost everything.


Golden Retriever

Extremely kind and active one of the best family dogs. They are cheerful, very loyal, and peaceful with other animals.  Just provide these dogs with everyday walking and playing - and you will make them the happiest pets!


Gordon Setter (Scottish Setter)

Great for people with active lifestyle, require a lot of outdoor activities to stay fit and healthy. They like hiking, jogging, and biking.


Great Dane

These gentle giants are kind, easygoing and mild-mannered. Require regular exercising and long walks.

Training at a young age is essential.


Great Swiss Mountain Dog

Alert very intelligent quick learners great for rescue missions, hiking, carting, weight pulling and herding.



Need a lot of space for running but are great family companions as they are very sensitive, calm, and kind.



Cheerful, easy-going, and loyal. They need a lot of space to run and daily exercises to stay fit and healthy.


Himalayan Sheepdog

Excellent guard and shepherd dog that does not like staying indoors. Due to their nature, they need a lot of space and constant exercises they are challenging and stubborn.


Hortaya Borzaya, or Eastern Greyhound

Hunting game, including hares, foxes, and wolves. These dogs rarely become family pets.


Hovawart Dog

Great working dogs easily trained and can work in any weather. Very self-confident, so it takes a lot to become well mannered.


Ibizan Hound

These intelligent and calm canines can become perfect family companions as well as versatile working dogs.


Irish Terrier

Fearless, stubborn, and self-confident. They become perfect family companions only with proper socialization.


Irish Setter

Intelligent, friendly, and full of dignity. These dogs get along well with everyone and can become great family companions. They require a lot of exercising, training, and physical activities.


Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Energetic, lively, cheerful, and very social. Playful all their life.


Irish Water Spaniel

Hunters and highly skilled swimmer with incredible strength and stamina.  They are great family dogs with talent to communicate with children and other animals.


Irish Wolfhound

Require a lot of space, although at times calm and lazy, they are playful, active, and easygoing.


Italian Shorthaired Hound

An excellent companion and constant participant of different dog competitions.


Italian Pointer, or Bracco Italiano

Stubborn and self-confident and can't live without human companionship and attention.


Italian Volpino

Playful and lively character. Companions for skiing.


Japanese Terrier

Perfect pets and gun dogs. They are often used for hunting small prey and work well in water.

Very lively and affectionate, they are very friendly and get along well with other animals.


Japanese Chin

Not so active, polite with strangers and peaceful with other animals.



Strong, alert, and distrustful to strangers.


Kai (Tiger Dog)

Kai Dogs are very intelligent, independent and obey only one person. Long daily walks are essential.



Livestock guardian with excellent working qualities. He is loyal, kind and gets along well with other animals.


Karelian Bear Dog

For hunting big game, including bears. These dogs have strong instincts, excellent sense of smell used only by professional hunters and only for hunting.


Karst Shepherd

Calm, even-tempered and very protective.


Kerry Beagle (American Coonhound)


Kerry Blue Terrier

These dogs are lively, funny, and playful. They are not only perfect family companions but great working dogs.



Intelligent, strong, enduring, and capable to do almost any work.



Powerful, playful, affectionate agile and active. They get along well with children.


Labrador Retriever

Great companion for active people because they are easy to train and not aggressive to animals nor to people.



hypoallergenic coat of a poodle and intelligence of a lab. Wonderful companions, very loyal and highly intelligent.


Lakeland Terrier

Playful and active, perfect companion. These dogs enjoy running, playing, and learning new tricks.


Langhaar (German Longhaired Pointer)

hunters and guard dogs, attentive and smart, careful with strangers, but gentle and playful with family members.



Leonbergers have steady calm character, guarding skills. Great family pets, suitable for children and older people.


Lhasa Apso

Faithful protectors and independent character. Their age can reach up to 20 years.



Cute cheerful small dog



Patient, smart, strong, and muscular, he is suitable for professional training work and hunting.


Mi-Ki Dog

Intelligent, playful, friendly, and not aggressive.


Miniature Pinscher

Perfect for urban conditions but their independent, self-willed, active temperament is not suited for families with children. Choose this dog breed only if you are experienced owner in order to deal with his self-confidence.


Neapolitan Mastiff

Loyal calm and a good friend for children when appropriately trained.



Pulling, tracking, and guarding, can withstand big loads and extremely changeable weather.


New Scotland Retriever

A born hunter, active, full of energy, ready for adventures and enjoys playing with a ball or a stick.


Norwich Terrier

One of the most intelligent terriers. Playful, active, and cheerful.


Leavitt Bulldog (Olde English Bulldogge)

Great family companion suitable for sports, guarding and professional training work.


Old English Shepherd Dog/Bobtail

These calm dogs enjoy children and call "Dog Nannies".



Friendly to people, likes to play and have fun. This dog easily gets in touch with strangers and is perfect for a family.



Enjoy playing, they often take part in obedience trials with great results.


Patterdale Terrier

active, energetic, and very confident. They get along well with everybody, especially children.

It is recommended to keep them exercised and occupied with tasks, and they will become perfect family companions.


Pharaoh Hound

Clever and fast in reaction, require training and a positive way of exercising.


Peruvian Hairless Dog

Very intelligent pups that are recommended for experienced dog owners only.


Pekingese Dog

One of the most independent and popular toy pups with a strong-willed character.


Picardy Shepherd Dog

used mostly for herding and guarding



One of the most utilitarian breeds for working and amazing companions that need special care.


Portuguese Podengo

Both as a hunting dog and perfect family pet yet need persistent training and proper socialization.




Pyrenean Mountain Dog (Great Pyrenees)

A great guard dog still used on ranches and farms. They require space and independence these canines are not easy to train but very intelligent and calm.


Rhodesian Ridgeback

Not intended for city life as an active breed that requires training from an early age.



They are usually chosen as a watchdog in family life. If trained from puppyhood rottweilers are well-mannered.


Russian Hunting Spaniel

Cute, small, easy to train dog that is also a great helper of hunters.


Russian Borzoi (Wolfhound)

Calm independent character with keen intelligence. Needs attention, patience, and long walks.


Russian Toy Terrier

Great family companions, active and playful.



Very elegant, sensitive, and affectionate.


St. Bernard

A rescue and working dog good for families with children being kind, peaceful and friendly.



They are mostly used for guarding outside the house because this breed can bark often enough.

They can be good friends for children and great companions for games on the fresh air.


Scottish Deerhound

This dog has been bred for hunting. Barks rarely, loves kids and behave calm.


Scottish Terrier

Scotties are very affectionate, loyal, kind dogs with well-balanced character. They are perfect companions and good watchdogs.


Serbian Tricolor Hound

A great hunting dog perfect for families because they are calm, gentle, and even-tempered.


Shar Pei

This dog can be a good guard, but barks only if he really feels danger.


Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

They get along well with small children, domestic animals, and other pets.

This dog is suitable for apartment due to the size and character and are easy to train.


Shiba Inu

The perfect family companions with well-balanced character. They are loyal, affectionate, and very playful. Shiba Inus are also good guards.


Silky Terrier

The perfect dog companion in urban settings. They are affectionate, playful, intelligent and get along well with children.


Siberian Husky

Husky is a strong breed with thick dense fur, that's why they are used as working or sled dogs in

extremely cold climate for pulling or transporting. The dog has beautiful appearance but have a wild temper.


Skye Terrier

One of the most popular show dogs. They are playful, very active, energetic and with strong terrier-like temperament.


Sussex Spaniel

They are very active, intelligent, and easy to train. A perfect hunting dog with great sense of smell.


Swiss Hound

They are sensitive and affectionate, as well as good hunters, primarily used for hunting hare and other small game.


Tibetan Mastiff

A massive muscular dog with short thick fur and hanging ears that is truly friend and best for active people.


Tibetan Terrier

Doesn't really belong to Terrier family, this mid-sized breed with shaggy coat and large dark eyes full of

kindness and love. This dog is a good friend for children.




This breed is intended for hunting, working, and guarding and is rather easy to train.


Welsh Corgi

This breed is small in size, with short legs and strong body.

They are great at herding and are excellent for young children. They are cheerful, loving, kind and very loyal.


Yorkshire Terrier

One of the most popular small dogs, Yorkshire Terriers are well-known for their independent character.

They are great companions, especially for older families. These dogs are easy-trained and very affectionate.


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