As everyone knows, dogs can range from the minuscule to the gigantic, the teacup chihuahua to the Great Dane. While the exact number and weights differentiate, in general, there are about five different size ranges:
- Toy, tiny or teacup: 2-9 lbs (Pomeranian, Maltese)
- Small: 7-35 lbs (Beagle, Sheltie)
- Medium: 35-65 lbs (Siberian Husky, Australian Shepherd)
- Large: 55-85 lbs (Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd Dog)
- Extra large or giant: 75-120+ lbs (Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound)
Some dogs are simply more active than others! If you're looking for a good ol' couch potato to snuggle up with, you may like a Basset Hound, Bulldog or one of the giant breeds, such as the Great Pyrenees or the Mastiff. If you lead a more active lifestyle, you may find the perfect companion in a Border Collie or a Weimaraner.
It is exceptionally important to note that if you are not an active person, choosing a dog breed with a higher energy level may not be the wisest decision. Dogs need physical, emotional and intellectual stimulation, just like humans, and if you don't have the energy to devote to your dog, they may become destructive.
Coat is something you'll especially want to consider if you have allergies or are a neat freak. If you're not okay with the frequent furbleweed (fur tumbleweed) - those things are ever-present, no matter how many times you vacuum! - or are allergic to dog fur (we know, dogs are hard to resist, even when you have allergies!) you'll likely want to avoid dog breeds that tend to shed a lot or that "blow their coat" more frequently than others.
Hypoallergenic (that is, less allergenic, NOT free of allergens) dog breeds include Poodles and Poodle mixes, Schnauzers and Portuguese Water Dogs.
Reach Out for Help
Once you think you've narrowed down your favorite dog breeds, please don't hesitate to contact Petland Overland Park at (913) 498-9814 with any questions you may have. We also strongly encourage you to do breed-specific research on all of your favorites.