Siberian Husky 101: The Owner’s Breed Guide

Siberian Husky 101: The Owner’s Breed Guide

The allure of the majestic yet goofy Siberian husky is hard to beat. Not only are these pups from Siberia beautiful dogs, but they are smart, active, and extremely lovable. Husky lovers know just how much of a handful their pup can be, yet once you have a husky, it is hard to adopt any other kind of dog. Once you become a husky parent, you truly are one for life.

However, the Siberian husky is not a dog that you should acquire if you aren’t familiar or haven’t done extensive research about the breed. They are an active, working breed that rely on their humans to keep them mentally stimulated and exercised. If you are concerned you won’t have the time and resources to give your husky the best life, you might want to reconsider adopting one.

To learn more about the Siberian husky and the care they need to thrive, keep reading!

Overview of a Siberian Husky

The Siberian husky is a regal, bouncy, and vocal dog breed that is easily recognized around the world. If you see a husky, you might do a double-take, thinking you’re seeing a wild wolf. But alas, it’s likely your goofy neighbor who also happens to be an escape artist.

Huskies are confident and boisterous working dogs who like to go off on their own to explore. They are independent dogs with a strong sense of self, making them more likely to talk back to you when they get into trouble.


Huskies are classified as medium-sized dogs, but their thick coats often make them appear much larger. Males tend to be slightly larger than females, weighing around 60 pounds and being 24 inches tall. Females weigh up to 50 pounds and can stand 22 inches tall.

They are known for their erect ears and curled tails which can also enlarge their appearance. Pair that with their confident stance and proud chest, and this dog has no fear and knows their strength. Although, that might not stop your husky from climbing into your lap or fearing the suspicious noises coming from the radiator.

Coat Colors

A Siberian husky’s coat is what really stands them apart from other dogs. Like the Alaskan malamute, they are double-coated.

Their double coat keeps them warm and comfortable even in arctic-level cold weather. It insulates their body heat and allows them to go hours without wanting to come inside, even in brutally cold climates. It even helps keep them cool in the summer, despite how furry they appear.

Siberian huskies come in a variety of different colors, including:

  • Pure white
  • All black
  • Black and white
  • Sable and white
  • Red and white
  • Brown and white
  • Agouti and white
  • Black, tan, and white
  • Gray and white

Life Expectancy

Siberian huskies are known for their relatively strong health and active lifestyle. With the proper nutrition and plenty of exercise, your husky will live a long and happy life. Due to their high energy levels and high prey drive, they need regular, strenuous exercise to stay fit and healthy. In general, they have a lifespan of between 12 to 15 years by their human’s side.

History of the Siberian Husky

The Siberian husky is often referred to as an ancient breed because of how far back we can trace their lineage without having mixed different breeds of domesticated dogs.

Siberian huskies originated among a tribe of Siberian nomads, the Chukchi. The Chukchi used Siberian huskies as sled-pulling dogs to help transport them across long distances, and they were treated as a part of the family. It’s said that they even provided warmth to the children at night.

The Siberian Husky We Know Today 

What was first known as the Chukotka Sled Dog began being imported into Alaska around 1910 to be used as sled dogs during the gold rush. However, when the Soviets closed the border before World War II, the dog stopped being imported as well.

With the inability to import the Chukotka sled dog, the Siberian husky we know today has changed slightly from their foundation dog breed. Despite this, the breed flourished in North America. Today, the Siberian husky is a notable and AKC-recognized dog breed that lives in many homes across the continent.

Notable History 

These dogs became a sensation overnight when they were used to rush hundreds of yards through Alaska to deliver a serum that would help treat a diphtheria epidemic that had broken out in the town of Nome.

Balto, the last lead dog to deliver this serum, was honored with his very own statue in New York City’s Central Park, and an animated movie based on the dogs’ heroic actions was also released.

In recent years, Togo, the lead sled dog, has earned his well-deserved fame for leading the expedition through the most perilous and longest stretches.

Breed Characteristics

Huskies are somewhat of an enigma. They all have very specific personalities that will likely keep you entertained for hours each day. However, they share many of the same natural-born instincts, making them somewhat predictable.

They are specifically famous for their vocality, hyper-independence, selective hearing, and dramatics. They are lovable and intelligent dogs that need the energy they give to be reciprocated. With that, they will be the best pet you could ever ask for!


Huskies of both Alaska and Asia are often regarded as independent and maybe over-confident, akin to malamutes. Their natural instinct is to roam and hunt, so being confined to a small yard or apartment might not be ideal. They are going to want to escape, and they are quite talented at doing so.

Whether your pup is a bonafide escape artist or not, accidents happen. Check out the One Pet ID, which can help you track down your missing pet and bring them home.

They are quite playful and like to find ways to get your attention. They want to play with you rather than alone and often do well with another dog around. They are pack animals, so getting two can bring them both comfort and play.

Huskies are great family dogs and watchdogs due to their history with the Chukchi people. They are pretty gentle with children, but it’s always important to supervise your dog around young children. Because of their friendly nature, they do well meeting strangers and other dogs outside of the home. They might get a bit too excited, so be sure to train your puppy early and consistently.


Training your husky is essential. They are powerful and independent dogs who are known to have selective hearing. If you don’t establish a hierarchy with your dog, they may not listen to you during crucial moments.

Huskies that are bored are bound to find their way into trouble. These dogs are high-energy and require a human who is active and willing to meet their needs daily. When you do this, you are giving your dog their best chance for success. They will be content and happy, and so will you!

Providing plenty of mental stimulation throughout the day — either training or enrichment such as a puzzle or game — will help to keep your dog active even without physical activity. Learning new tricks and giving your husky a job will also fulfill part of your husky’s energy needs.

Leash training is an absolute must. Crate training is also recommended. This way, you can handle your dog comfortably on walks and ensure that your pup is safe at home when you’re away from them.


Huskies are good at adapting to new scenarios thrown at them. Especially when raised from puppyhood, huskies become rather attached to their humans and will put their trust in them. Huskies that live in small spaces need more outdoor time than huskies that have space to roam.

You can live in an apartment with a husky, as long as you are providing them with ample amount of time outside and mental stimulation to help with feelings of being confined. If you socialize them well with all kinds of people, animals, and places, you will have a dog that doesn’t care about the environment they are in. They’ll trust that you have things covered!


One lovely characteristic that is seen across the board is the husky howl. Huskies aren’t prone to barking: it’s usually a long-winded howl. Huskies talk — a lot. They are internet famous for their sing-song voice and ability to have back-and-forth conversations with their humans.

They are a very noisy breed of dog, which might discourage you from apartment living. It always helps to introduce your husky to your neighbors, so they know where the howling is coming from at night!

Caring for a Siberian Husky

Siberian huskies require a significant amount of your energy and attention in order to thrive. If you’re looking for a sled dog, a hiking dog, or a dog to go running and biking with – this could be a great match! They are highly active with big personalities, meaning their human needs to be prepared to put in the work. They are not a dog that does well with novice dog parents. You might need more than just a crash course to fully understand how to train your husky.

Physical Needs

Huskies are strong and durable dogs that do well in high-intensity situations. One 15-minute walk a day simply won’t cut it for a husky. They require at least an hour-long walk a day; the more time spent outside, the merrier!

Puppy play dates, walks in your neighborhood, a swim in a pond, or a hike on a nearby trail will be the perfect amount of exercise for your dog each day. Having toys and puzzles around for mental stimulation will also burn your husky’s energy, which means more naps for them and quieter for you.

Grooming Needs

Huskies have a double coat, so their fur is very dense and full. They have two seasons: shedding season and not shedding season. Their undercoat sheds twice a year, in which you will be vacuuming your house twice a day. Keep up with brushing to avoid mattes or clumps falling out in your home.

You can maintain good upkeep with their coats by grooming them at least once a week throughout not shedding season and daily during shedding season. Be prepared to be covered in fluffy furs throughout the year, no matter what season it is.

It’s also important to keep an eye on how long their nails are getting to ensure they don’t become painful for your dog to walk on. Generally, huskies don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year (or if they become covered in mud), as they are pretty adept at keeping themselves clean.

Nutritional Needs

All dogs deserve the highest quality of dog food. Huskies that are actively working may require a bit more than the average household husky.

You might get a husky that eats until they are full and stops midway through their dinner. Don’t stress too much; your husky knows their body well. On a similar note, huskies may try to use their puppy dog eyes to get a second breakfast — don’t fall for it, no matter how cute it is!

Typically, huskies eat between 1.5 and 2 cups of food a day, split between two meals. However, your dog’s needs will be specific to them. Therefore if you notice that your dog is not keeping on weight or putting on too much, you can adjust how much they are eating every day.

Health Concerns

Siberian huskies are a relatively healthy breed. Like all dogs, they are more prone to certain health conditions than others. If you are going through a reputable breeder, you should be able to access health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand’s disease.

Huskies are prone to other health problems, such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal dystrophy
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)

Seek Out Your Husky Pack

Huskies can be a lot of work, but talking with others about certain behavior and how people worked to train their huskies can help make having one a bit easier. When you use AskVet’s services, you can get any question you need answered, and you can also join in with other pet parents to discuss your beloved pets and all their quirks.

Finding a community of other pet parents will help you to better understand your dog’s breeds. Now, with AskVet, this is easier than ever.

Schedule a virtual session with a Certified Pet Lifestyle Coach™ from AskVet to get started on creating a 360-degree lifestyle plan for any animal family member you have, including your husky. A CPLC™ can help answer any wellness and behavior questions that might pop up. Call us up and see how we can help you!


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Your Husky’s Life Span & How To Make the Most of It

Your Husky’s Life Span & How To Make the Most of It

From the moment we bring a dog into our home, we work towards giving them the healthiest and happiest of lives. Every dog breed has a specific life expectancy that correlates to their health, their genetics, and how they are being taken care of.

Unfortunately, larger dogs tend to have shorter expected lifespans; scientists assume it’s because larger dogs age much faster than their smaller counterparts.

However, huskies are somewhat of an anomaly. They are relatively large dogs, but their breed-specific health traits and physical characteristics improve their lifespan rather than shorten it.

To learn more about your Husky’s lifespan and how you can make the most out of it, keep reading.

A Husky’s Life Expectancy

In general, a healthy and active Husky will live between 12 and 15 years. Despite their medium-size and heightened activity, they are strong and adaptive dogs that are known to stick around for as long as possible.

How long a Husky lives will vary for each dog, but you can play a large role in extending their life and keeping them healthy. Often, how much care you put into your pet will be reflected in the amount of time they spend in your life. Of course, accidents happen, and we can’t prevent all things such as diseases from impacting our dog’s life expectancy.

Factors of Life Expectancy

There are a wide range of factors when it comes to life expectancy. Huskies fall towards the higher end regarding medium-sized dogs’ life predictions. Huskies are generally healthy dogs that don’t have too many known issues. They are an ancient breed that has survived thousands of years working alongside humans and being loved as family pets.

A few details might play into how long your Husky lives. Some of these you may have control over and can influence, while others, not as much.

Here are four possible factors that can affect our Huskies:


If you are going through a breeder, choose someone responsibly. A breeder should run all of the appropriate genetic tests needed to ensure most hereditary diseases are not a concern. You will also want a breeder that chooses their dogs based on temperament and health. Avoid backyard breeders and look for corresponding red flags.

If you adopt a Husky from a third-party source, such as a rescue, you might not be able to find out much information about your pup’s parents. However, you can pay for your own genetic testing to see if your dog has inherited any genetic diseases that would impact their lifespan. Typically, rescues, especially breed-specific rescues, will have dogs seen by veterinarians to flag possible health concerns as well as vaccinate, spay, or neuter.

Physical and Mental Exercise

Huskies are dogs that need a lot of stimulation, both mentally and physically. Exercising your Husky will help you to keep them in good shape. Huskies like a lot of space to run around; they should get ample amounts of time outdoors.

This high-energy breed can be the perfect fit for the right family or individual, but before welcoming a Husky into the family, really review their physical and mental needs. Huskies are adept at escaping their yards and can be very distraught and destructive without the right physical and mental stimulation.

Huskies are a working dog breed, which means that they are built to work, play, and simply go. The longer you are able to keep your Husky active, the longer they will live. That means that if you are still able to get your 14-year-old Husky on a walk, you should be doing so (with caution).

Proper exercise that is continuous and built-in to your pet’s day can help to limit the onset of mobility issues and arthritis. Plus, a walk or two a day will is good for us people as well!

Nutrition and Diet

Huskies burn a lot of their energy with their constant playful attitude and high drive. They like to work, they like to learn new tricks, and they do like to eat. Huskies know their bodies well and can often determine when they have reached their own nutritional goals.

If you provide your dog with a well-balanced diet, they should be feeling good and healthy for many years to come.

Regular Veterinarian Appointments

Another way that you can prolong your Husky’s life and keep them healthy for as long as possible is to make sure they are getting regular veterinarian appointments. By doing this, you can have a baseline on your dog’s health and track how they are doing over time.

With check-ups, your vet can catch anything that looks out of place and have your dog treated before issues progress. Your dog will stay up-to-date on vaccinations and preventative medications that will keep your pup healthy. The earlier you are able to catch something, the better the prognosis!

Health Concerns of Huskies

Huskies are known to be very healthy dogs that live long, happy lives. Conditions that might be of concern will more likely impact your dog’s quality of life rather than their life expectancy.

For instance, hip dysplasia might not be your dog’s cause of death, but it can limit their mobility and make life a bit more difficult. This decrease in physical activity might lower your dog’s quality of life which could have an impact on their life span.

Additionally, Huskies are known to have ocular issues, like:

    • Glaucoma
  • Corneal dystrophy
  • Juvenile cataracts
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)

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Get Answers With AskVet

Questions are bound to arise when it comes to being a pet parent. It’s normal to worry about little changes your dog displays, but we here at AskVet have got you covered. If you want a quick answer to ease your anxiety or help you act fast, join our app and set up a virtual session with our Certified Pet Lifestyle Coaches™.

Pet parents might feel like they have too many persistent questions to ask, but that’s how most pet parents feel! Join in with our Clubhouse, and you might realize that your concerns are concerns that are shared with other Husky parents.

The best thing you can do for your dog is to listen to your intuition when it tells you something is off. Sometimes that intuition will be a whine, and sometimes it will be Husky-loud-howl, but with that skill and the help of knowledgeable experts, your dogs, cats, lizards, and more can thrive.


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Your Husky’s Growth Chart: Tracking Their Progress 

Your Husky’s Growth Chart: Tracking Their Progress

For dog parents all over, we know how important it is to cherish those first few months of puppyhood. Soon, your little buddy will have seemingly sprouted overnight into a troublemaking teenager. Huskies grow fast, and so do their energy and physical needs.

Week by week, you will begin to see your Husky rapidly grow in height and weight. You might be wondering if the rate your dog is growing is normal – likely it is. It’s just much faster than you might have hoped for or expected!

Keep reading to learn more about the growth and development of the Siberian Husky and how to prepare for each and every change.

How Big Will My Husky Get?

Huskies are described as medium-sized dogs that are muscular, agile, and famous for how vocal they are. They are active dogs and, because of this, are good at maintaining a healthy weight without much assistance from their humans. Huskies don’t require as much food as one might think, considering their activity levels. Their natural instinct is to eat lightly in order to be faster and more efficient.

Depending on how your dog eats, exercises, and is cared for, they might fluctuate in weight and muscle mass. Some dogs will be bigger than others, and that’s something you might be able to tell from their parents. In general, your Husky will be medium in size with the appearance of a bigger dog.

Weight of a Husky

A fully grown adult male Husky can weigh up to 65 pounds, with more weighing between 50 to 60 pounds. The adult male’s body mass is bigger than females, making them slightly larger and heavier.

Females are also medium in size but typically weigh between 45 to 55 pounds. They might appear to have smaller frames than males, but it can vary between each dog.

Height of Husky

Huskies are average in their height and will likely come up to your thigh when standing on all four feet. Their dense fur can make them appear larger than their actual frame, but in general, they don’t grow taller than two feet.

Factors That Impact a Husky’s Size

While each Husky you come across is going to vary from the next, certain factors will play into their size. As a Husky grows older, you might be surprised at how big they are getting. You might think you’re taking home the runt of the group but end up with a hefty 65-pound Husky.

Huskies do eventually stop growing, but the range can vary. You might think they’re done and wake up to find out they don’t fit comfortably in their crate anymore.

The factors below factors can be solid indicators of how big your Husky pup will grow to be:

Paw Size

The first thing to do when checking out puppies of any breed is to take a look at their paws. Compare their paws to others in their litter and see where they stand. Are your puppy’s paws twice the size of some of their siblings? If so, you can expect a big dog!

The bigger a puppy’s paws, the more likely that dog is to be bigger as an adult. Dogs grow into their paws more so than their paws grow with them. Puppies with big paws tend to be stronger and more sturdy dogs as they age and grow into their bodies.

Huskies have rounded, compact paws (similar to the Alaskan Malamute). Note that when investigating your Husky’s paws, you’ll likely spot webbing between the toes.

This webbing helps Huskies and other snow pups navigate icy terrain by increasing the surface area. Still, the webbing is less than that of strong swimming breeds like the Newfoundland and the Portuguese Water Dog.


By simply understanding your dog’s growth timeline, you can have a better understanding of where your dog should be in size.

Huskies usually take 1.5 years to reach their adult height but can fill out their bodies for up to another 1.5 years. If your puppy is below 1.5 years, they are likely still growing, and you can expect to see changes.

After a year and a half has gone by, your dog might still be gaining weight to fill out their height, but they are almost at their final size. Of course, as dogs mature, they could encounter changes in lifestyle that would fluctuate their weight from time to time.


If you want to get a good indicator of how big your dog might be, ask to meet or see pictures of the mother and father. Puppies born to that litter will likely be around the same size as their father or mother, depending on if they are male or female.

For instance, if you have a male Husky puppy, they might be similar in size to their father, while female Husky puppies will be closer in size to their mother.

When Do Huskies Stop Growing?

It usually takes between 1.5 to three years for your Husky to reach their full grown size. All Huskies are one-of-a-kind and will follow their unique growth and development path, but be prepared for yours to surprise you. Overnight it can feel like your Husky has doubled in size, with their puppy behaviors and looks quickly turning into that of a young adult dog.

Two Months

When you first get your Husky pup around the two-month mark, you will be smitten with their adorable, cuddly, teddy bear energy. They are sure to be spunky from the beginning, but their clumsiness and fluffiness will captivate you. At this point, your dog might weigh anywhere between ten to 30 pounds, usually only being up to a foot tall.

Six Months

By the six-month mark, you will have noticed rapid growth. Your Husky is still a puppy, but they have become more into their own personality, keeping you on your toes. At this point, female Huskies will be closing in on 40 pounds, with males jumping to between 40 to 50 pounds.

These puppies will need much more regular exercise than they did just four months ago, as they will sleep less, have more energy, and have bones/joints that can support more vigorous exercise. Training, walks, and mental stimulation will become key in maintaining your pup’s growing needs.

One Year

In one year, your Husky will be in their teenage stage. They might become more mischievous, causing a ruckus more often than not. They will be bursting with energy which will mean more walks on your end. Like other high-energy breeds (for example, German Shepherds and Border Collies), Huskies can become destructive and disruptive when bored.

Along with this energy is a burst in size, making them more than halfway done with their growth and development. At this point, both males and females will be about as tall as they are going to get, and will fill out even more as time goes on.

1.5 Years

By 1.5 years, your Husky is done growing in height. They will be as tall as they’re going to be, with only a bit more weight to put on. Some Huskies will be completely grown at this point, but that is typically the case for females. Males can still put on a few more pounds at this point.

Two to Three Years

When your Husky reaches the age of two, the next year is for finishing out their development stage. They will grow or weigh as much as they ever will at this point in their life. While fluctuations in weight are possible, what your Husky weighs at this age is an average of what your Husky should look like for the rest of their life.

During this stage, you’ll see your Husky as more of a dog than a puppy. Their adorable puppy fur will be long gone, and their adult features will be more apparent.

Lucky for you, their puppy-like behavior never seems to go away. They still maintain their goofy and playful spirit.

Husky Growth Chart

Female Husky Growth Chart:

Age (Months) Height (Inches) Weight (Pounds)
2-4 9-12 10-30
4-6 11-14 25-37
6-8 13-16 28-43
8-10 15-18 32-44
10-12 17-19 32-46
12-14 18-20 33-48
14-16 19-21 34-49
16-18 20-22 35-50

Male Husky Growth Chart:

Age (Months) Height (Inches) Weight (Pounds)
2-4 9-12 10-30
4-6 11-15 30-41
6-8 14-18 39-50
8-10 17-20 41-55
10-12 18-21 43-57
12-14 19-22 43-58
14-16 20-23 44-59
16-18 21-24 45-60

What Should I Consider Overweight?

Your dog might fluctuate in their weight, and this could be dependent on a lot of factors. How much they exercise, their nutrition, and how much they eat, as well as the environment they are in can alter their size.

In a healthy Husky, you should be able to feel their ribs when you touch the sides of their bodies, and their waist should be definable. Of course, some Huskies may weigh more than the average Husky and still be perfectly healthy and happy. Consider reaching out to your pet’s veterinarian if you are concerned with the health or weight of your dog.

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How Do I Get All of My Questions Answered?

With AskVet, of course! Having a dog and a Husky, no less, is a lot of work!

It’s common to question if what you are doing is right for your dog. We all want to do what’s best for our dogs and ensure that they are growing up to be healthy and strong.

It’s impossible to have all of the right answers. With a community like ours, you don’t have to worry about figuring it out on your own. With AskVet, you can ask any question you have and get an immediate response from our Certified Pet Lifestyle CoachesTM (CPLC).

Additionally, you can join our Clubhouse and talk with other pet parents about all pet-related things. It’s nice to know you’re not alone and find others who are going through the same things, whether they be exciting milestones or similar concerns. Schedule a virtual chat with a CPLC™ and start building a healthier future for all your animal family members today.


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How To Train Your Husky Puppy Like a Pro

How To Train Your Husky Puppy Like a Pro

In order to be a good husky pet parent, you need to be willing to spend time each day training your pup. This is a breed that is often recommended for skilled and knowledgeable dog lovers who have the time and want to put a lot of work into their dog. While they are regarded as great dogs with loads of energy and unique, quirky personalities, they are not meant for beginner dog people.

A husky is a dog with plenty of drive and deep ancestral roots. Prepare yourself for loud banter, karaoke nights that involve no music, lots of walks, daily grooming, so much physical activity that you might be able to cancel your gym membership, and a new best friend.

Training a husky puppy is essential. With early intervention, you can gain your dog’s respect and lead them to live a fulfilling life. Huskies can get bored and need to stay entertained for the majority of the day so that they don’t begin misbehaving.

If you’re new to having a husky in your life, keep reading to learn tips and tricks on how to train your pup in no time.

Background of a Husky

Huskies are one of the easiest breeds to recognize in public. They are a beloved dog breed that is famous for their bright blue eyes, thick coats, curly tails, and sing-song voices.

Husky pet parents also know that huskies are the number one escape artists of dogs and can have an independent streak. They are generally not considered ideal dogs for beginner pet parents. But if you are familiar with huskies, you have a wonderful chance at providing a loving and entertaining household.

Physical Traits

Huskies are considered a part of the working dog breed group, meaning that they are high-energy and need plenty of one-on-one time in a day to feel fulfilled. They are usually medium-sized, weighing between 35 and 60 pounds, with females being slightly smaller.

However small yours might be, huskies are extremely strong and powerful. They can pull sleds, so without proper leash training, your husky will likely pull you on every walk you go on.

Huskies thrive in colder weather because of their thick and dense coats. They will want to lay out in the snow for hours and might not listen when you call for them to come back inside. They have long life spans, so teaching them proper behaviors early on can ensure that the next decade of your life isn’t in complete chaos.

Personality Traits

Huskies have personable and friendly personalities, but this also means that they can come across as easily excitable and just a bit crazy (in the best way, of course). They are filled up to the brim with zoomies and will sing and talk with you all night long if you allow it. Meeting new people can be very exciting; huskies love to jump up to get as close as possible to new friends.

They are quickly bored and will look for anything to destroy if they don’t meet all of their needs. They are often stubborn — but also highly intelligent. They like to have a task, and once they finish it, they will be looking for another.

A husky needs consistency to be successful. They need a person who will put significant time and effort into them. If you can make training interesting and rewarding, your husky will be quick to learn. As much as they like to be independent, making their parents proud is still high on their list of goals.

How Should You Train a Husky?

Everyone might have their own opinion on how to train a high-energy breed like a husky. Depending on factors such as where you live, what kind of outdoor access you have, and what your job is, your training might look different from someone else’s.

To be fulfilled, huskies will need both physical activity and mental stimulation. Typically, an hour of outside physical activity is necessary for your husky to get the majority of their energy out. This might look like three 20-minute walks a day or a few miles of walking before or after work. If you are someone who works long hours and is rarely home, a husky might not be the best idea, as they do require a lot of attention.

Take into consideration your huskies temperament and personality when training. You’ll see better results if you work with your husky’s quirks rather than try to eliminate them. Training a husky will take mental and physical energy from you yourself, so be sure to stay patient and take time for your own breaks.

Establish a Hierarchy

Huskies are self-assured and don’t love listening – especially to people they don’t know. You need to establish yourself as the leader so that your husky understands they need to respect you. Huskies often pick one or two people to look up to, and most others will find themselves having a hard time getting your husky to listen to them. If you aren’t a husky’s parent, don’t expect them to respond well to you.

Trying to establish yourself as the leader of a puppy is easier than to an adult husky. Your puppy will instinctively look for someone to look up to, and that individual should be you. Huskies are bred to live in packs and thrive when a boss makes themselves present.

Practice Positive Reinforcement

Having a husky means that you have to be patient. They may be destructive and independent, so don’t be surprised when they simply ignore you and refuse to listen to your commands. Staying calm, cool, and collected will give you the best opportunity to teach your dog what the correct behavior is and what is unacceptable.

There is no such thing as a good punishment. Frankly, your dog doesn’t understand why they’re being punished, just that they are. It doesn’t fix any of their behaviors and instead reinforces poor behaviors. That, or you’re likely to send confusing signals to your dog, creating a rift in your bond.

Instead, reward your dog whenever they listen to your commands. Give them a treat when they obey your command and spend 15-minute intervals doing this several times a day. Your husky is going to be intelligent, so learning new things might be exciting for them. Followed up with a treat, and your pup is in heaven.

Crate Train Your Pup

Huskies can become destructive when they get bored or are left home alone. Some huskies can get pretty bad separation anxiety, so the safest option for leaving your dog at home is to crate-train them. This may be a battle, and your neighbors might dislike you for a while, but leave them a nice note and some noise-canceling headphones, and they should be fine! (While you’re at it, you might want to get some for yourself.)

Huskies sometimes put up a fight when it comes to their crates. They are dogs that like to be free, and we can’t blame them for that… but you can blame them when they destroy every pair of your favorite shoes after being left home alone for an hour.

When crate training is done properly, the crate becomes a safe space for your husky. It’s a place they can take naps if they need one or go if they are feeling anxious due to a thunderstorm. You can feel safe knowing they are contained and can’t get into anything that can hurt them while you’re away.

Embrace Their Vocality

Your husky is going to find their voice quickly. They might cry at night or during the day while in the crate, but they will surely talk back to you, and they will sing you songs even if you aren’t interested in hearing any. Huskies are an ancient breed, and their voices reflect their ancestral roots. It’s also the easiest way for them to communicate with people.

You can’t take the vocabulary out of a husky, but you can teach them when it’s an acceptable time to use their voice. Giving them a “Speak” command can teach your husky when you’re welcoming of their howling and when you aren’t.

You will want to teach your dog the “Quiet” command so that they can distinguish between when you want them to bark and when you need them to be quiet. Reward them when they listen to you (and maybe give yourself a pat on the back too).

Safety Tips

Huskies are big and powerful dogs, no matter how loving and goofy they are with your family. They typically have pretty good temperaments within families, but they take a while to recognize their size and strength.

You will want to teach your husky a “Halt” command so that they stop and sit when you ask them to. This can prevent them from knocking into objects or children and doing serious damage. You should also teach them a “Down” command so that they don’t jump on people and knock them over.

“Stay” and “Come” are other essential commands you should teach your husky to ensure the safety of them and others. You don’t want your husky charging at a new person trying to greet them, and the goal is to have them be as calm as possible.

Plus, if they are ever off-leash, they need to know the “Come” command so that they don’t run off and get themselves lost. Just in case, keeping a One Pet ID current with your information is always a smart bet.

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Connect with Other Husky Lovers Through AskVet

Raising a husky can take a whole village. Talking with other husky parents and with people who have high-energy dogs can help you become aware of tips and tricks for you to try. Every dog is going to be different, but it’s helpful to know there is a community where you can feel comfortable and confident asking questions and seeking solutions.

With AskVet, you can get answers to questions you may have about your husky, but also connect with the AskVet Clubhouse to gain more knowledge from other pet parents.

Your husky will be fulfilled and happy if you put in the work to train them properly. Having a husky is one of the best things that you can do, as long as you raise them with the goal of giving them the best life possible. And when a question pops up — about your husky, your Siamese cat, or your betta fish — simply log onto your AskVet account to schedule a virtual chat with a Certified Pet Lifestyle Coach™.


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Husky Shedding 101: 7 Tips & Helpful Facts 

Husky Shedding 101: 7 Tips & Helpful Facts

As a husky lover, you’ve likely seen the viral videos on social media of huskies at the groomers with what looks like an explosion of fur all around them. The husky in question looks extremely pleased with themselves, with tufts of fur floating all around them.

We love our huskies for their vibrant personalities, ability to be very vocal, and lovely appearance. Who can resist those beautiful eyes and lush, thick coats? You may not be able to resist those eyes, but that coat can be the bane of your existence from time to time.

Husky Coat 101

Huskies were the canine companions of nomadic peoples living in the Arctic. A thick coat is a means of survival in those bitterly cold temperatures, and a husky was absolutely made for winter weather with their built-in insulation.

Huskies have a thick, double coat of fur that keeps them warm. The outercoat is made of long, straight hairs that help to repel moisture from rain and snow. The undercoat is made up of short, thick hairs that trap heat close to the body. This undercoat is especially protective against the cold, hard ground of the Arctic.

Wind protection is critical, as it can be a significant source of heat loss. You are probably well aware of those blustery days when it can feel almost nice when the wind isn’t blowing. The Arctic can be a windy place, and a huskies coat keeps them feeling nice and cozy even on the most blustery of days.

In fact, huskies love the cold, and you may have to do some serious bribing to get your husky inside when there is snow on the ground.

Why Does My Husky Shed So Much?

During the fall and winter months, your husky will go through the process of “blowing their coat.” What this essentially means is that their undercoat will shed at a more rapid pace for new, healthy growth to come in.

You won’t ever have to ask yourself if your husky is blowing their coat or not. You’ll find clumps of hair all over the house, on clothing, and on furniture. You’ll literally be living in a cloud of your husky’s fur.

This shedding is a natural process, and there isn’t too much you can do to prevent your husky from blowing their coat. It is also a long process as your husky will not blow their coat all at one time.

This process usually covers a span of anywhere from two to four weeks. However, there are some ways that you can proactively get control of the crazy amount of fur that your husky will shed.

Brush, Brush, Brush

Devote some time each day to grooming your husky’s coat. Routinely brushing their coat will help remove loose hair before it has a chance to fall out on its own. (Slicker brushes are perfect for removing dead hair (and freeing tangles) from the undercoat.)

As you brush, you’ll probably wonder if you’ll end up with a bald husky as the pile of hair grows bigger and bigger every time you clean out the brush. Don’t worry! There is plenty of fluff left, and your furbaby won’t be left shivering. Seeing the massive pile of hair really gives you the idea of how insulated and well-prepared they are for the colder months.

When grooming your pup, brush in the direction of hair growth to avoid damaging the coat or causing skin irritation. If your husky’s skin becomes irritated, they may scratch and cause more fur to fly everywhere.

Make Time for Bath Time

Bathing more frequently during the spring and the fall can help to loosen up any dead hair from your husky’s coat. Make sure you use dog-specific products to keep their coat looking shiny and healthy. Give your husky a thorough brushing so you can remove as much hair as possible. This will help to keep your drains clear of any fur clogs.

If your husky is not a huge fan of baths, make it positive with plenty of treats and praise. Some pet parents find it helpful to slather Xylitol-free peanut butter on the shower wall to keep their dogs distracted. Lastly, since huskies are larger dogs, make sure they feel safe in the tub by placing a rubber mat so that they don’t slip.

Use a Blower

A hair dryer or even a specially designed pet blower can help loosen up loose fur. This is especially useful if you can do this process outside, so you don’t end up with husky hair flying around your home.

If you are using a hair dryer, turn on the low-heat or no-heat setting. Don’t concentrate the hair dryer on a single spot; keep the dryer moving. If you have never used a hair dryer on your husky before, give them a chance to sniff the dryer while it is off and feed them plenty of treats during the introduction so that things start on a positive note.

Introduce your husky to the noise by having them in the bathroom with you while you use the hair dryer on yourself. As long as your husky is calm and relaxed, slowly start to blow some of the air their way to see their reaction.

Vacuum Regularly

Part of being a pet parent is investing in a great vacuum cleaner. It’s a fact of life that things are just a little furrier with our dogs around. Vacuuming regularly keeps the hair in your home more of a subtle accent feature rather than an attention-grabbing statement piece.

Not everyone has time to vacuum every single day. In this case, a robot vacuum helps keep things a little less hairy between your big vacuuming days. You also get to spend more time with your husky while your robot vacuum does the work for you.

We have a pro tip when picking out a vacuum to deal with pet hair: Select a vacuum with anti-wrap technology, which saves you from having to untangle pet hair from the rolling brush.

Another crucial tip when using a robot vacuum is to avoid the auto-vacuum function if your dog is not house-trained. We’ll spare you the details, but if your dog has an accident while the robot vacuum is on auto, you will have quite the mess waiting for you when you get home.

Invest In an Air Purifier

It can be beneficial to have an air purifier with any pet in the household, but especially with a high-shedding dog. Air purifiers help to trap pet hair, dander, and other allergens non-pet related like dust and pollen.

Air purifiers are even beneficial for your dog, too, especially if your dog has any underlying respiratory conditions. They are a valuable addition to any home as they can help to improve the air quality for everyone in the household, whether they have two legs or four.

Play Outside 

Huskies are energetic, high-energy animals who need plenty of physical exercise. They were bred to pull sleds, after all! All of this pent-up energy needs somewhere to go, and if your husky is not getting enough physical stimulation, they may become bored, which can lead to destructive behaviors (including howling endlessly).

Remember that huskies absolutely adore cold weather, so make sure you are okay with getting bundled up and heading outside with your dog. They will love, play fetch, and play tug of war with you.

An advantage to getting outside is while your husky is running around and playing, all of that loose fur has a chance to get blown away outside and not in your house. Both of you will be happy and healthy, and you’ll love not having to clean up the extra fur.

Don’t Be Tempted To Shave

It is a temptation to want to get all the shedding over with and just shave your husky’s coat. You may think they will be more comfortable during the warmer months without their thick coat. However, this double coat helps your husky to regulate their body temperature.

Although they have a thick coat, the undercoat also works to keep cool air close to the skin during warmer months. The outer coat helps to prevent sunburn by blocking UV rays. Think of a huskies coat like a well-insulated house. Warm air is kept in during the winter, and cool air is kept in during the summer.

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Your Husky Loves You, and You Love AskVet

Being a husky parent means putting a lot of care and energy into raising the cutest and best husky out there. Their vocal and fun personalities will fill your day with happiness and laughter. Their love for you will be evident in all the fur-covered clothing you’ll wear. (Invest in a reliable lint roller!)

Whenever you have questions about huskies, head over to AskVet to chat with experts and other husky parents so you can share in the love of having a high-energy dog. You can get tips and tricks for new games, toys, and even more helpful ways to deal with the biannual “coat blowout.” It is also nice to have someone share in the feeling of emptying out your vacuum canister for the third time in a day.

Set up a time for a virtual chat with a Certified Pet Lifestyle Coach™ and discuss everything from wellness to behavior to nutrition to exercise to behavior and much more. We’re here to make your lifestyle with your pet the best that it can be. No matter what the time — day or night — we are here 24/7 when you need quick and convenient answers for every non-human member of your family.


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11 Low-Energy Dog Breeds Who Love To Cuddle 

11 Low-Energy Dog Breeds Who Love To Cuddle

Not everyone is cut out for a high-energy dog breed who is going to need several hours of exercise on top of mental stimulation throughout the day. For those of you who are prepared for that, we salute you. Having a high-energy breed is not easy: It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

Some of us want to enjoy the company of an adorable dog but don’t have the time (or energy ourselves) to keep up with some breeds of dog. Some people feel they are made to own certain breeds, and certain breeds find themselves thriving in particular environments. Similarly, not all breeds are made for everyone.

If you are looking to adopt a low-energy dog whose main goal is to stay cuddled up next to you for the majority of the day, then you have come to the right place. You first need to know which of the most popular dog breeds fit into this category, and then think about how they might exist in your home.

Finding the perfect match is essential, but it might not happen right away. Luckily, everything will always work out in the end.

What Does It Mean To Be Low-Energy?

No matter how chill we are about to tell you the following dogs are, it’s important to note that all dogs still need ample exercise to stay happy and healthy — they’re not content with just lounging around 24/7.

For many of these dogs, that might look different compared to a high-energy dog. Just because you are seeking out a low-energy dog doesn’t mean this dog doesn’t need plenty of exercise.

A lazy dog really just means that they prefer sleeping and snuggling over going on several hour-long excursions, hiking up mountains, or going on mile-long runs. You have to adjust your views on how to exercise your low-energy dog so that they can maintain a proper weight and stay healthy for as long as possible.

Consider Adopting an Elderly Dog

If you are looking for low-energy, the easiest way to find a surplus of any kind of dog is to adopt a senior dog from the shelter. It’s likely that these overlooked beauties are looking for a place where they can enjoy their golden years in complete comfort, surrounded by unconditional love.

Senior dogs are typically lower in energy but don’t be caught off guard when they show you their adorable zoomies. All dogs are puppies at heart!

Low-Energy Dog Breeds for Cuddling

The following is a list of low-energy dogs that range in a variety of different sizes. These dogs are beloved for their calm demeanors, which might be exactly what you are looking for.

1. Greyhounds

Greyhounds are not always thought of as being lazier breeds because they can reach speeds up to 45 mph. But despite their speedy potential, they have perfected the art of the cat nap (dog nap).

These sight hounds will go out on their daily walks, but as soon as you get back inside, they’ll retire to their indented space on the couch and probably need you to cover them up under their blanket.

These dogs are gentle and sweet, only giving off their speed in small bursts of zoomies. These will likely happen daily, but it will be more for your entertainment than it will be a call for you to go out and run with them.

Greyhounds are adaptable and can do good in a variety of settings, including apartment living, despite their large size. They curl up to be a small ball, and only want pets as the night settles in.

2. Great Danes

Similar to greyhounds, Great Danes are called “gentle giants” for a reason. This large dog is one of the biggest breeds out there, yet they don’t require that much exercise to keep them happy. They prefer a more laid-back lifestyle where most of the activity they get in a day is cuddles and scratches.

These dogs are goofy and like to play with their human or animal family members but are happy to settle down whenever they need to. They are great family dogs because of how well they do with children. They love the attention — even more so when it’s from their favorite little humans.

Great Danes can function well in small spaces with enough outdoor time (and enough space on your bed too).

3. Basset Hounds

Basset hounds are famous for their moody eyes, long droopy ears, and being excellent sniffers. They are very laid-back dogs who can be satisfied with a gentle walk every day.

They do love to smell, so expect that your walks will have less momentum than they usually do with a border collie. Your basset hound is going to need to smell everything.

You want to ensure your basset hound gets enough proper exercise so that they don’t become overweight. This can cause problems for their backs and joints later on in life. They will want to spend each night cuddled up next to you on the couch to recuperate from the day they had.

4. Pugs

Pugs tend to have lower energy levels, but some have more energy than one might suspect.

Their adorable flat faces can make it more difficult to breathe, especially if they’re out of breath from playing too hard. Loving pugs — a brachycephalic breed requires constant care.

Pugs are dedicated dogs who love their owners so much that they are never too far behind them. This is actually the main way that your pug will get the energy they do have out. Pugs don’t require too much exercise, and too much can cause issues with their breathing.

Your pug will likely want to go on one walk a day that’s very laid back. Playing in the house and getting lots of love is even better. Pugs have big personalities — similar to the sass of low-energy cuddlers like the Brussels griffon or the chihuahua.

5. English Bulldog

The English bulldog might be one of the most-lax dogs — but some may have medium energy levels. They are known for their snoozing and relaxing, with bursts of bulldozing energy followed by an immediate nap. These dogs are playful and loving; they do great with families who like to make them the center of attention. English bulldogs certainly don’t mind being wrapped up in blankets and snuggled.

English bulldogs still need enough exercise to keep them healthy, so one walk a day with some mental stimulation (not too much) is just the perfect amount. In addition, English bulldogs, like pugs, are brachycephalic, which means they need extra care and attention.

6. French Bulldog

These adorable small dogs love to stay close to their humans and follow them around as much as possible. They are very affectionate and like to play one-on-one with their people. Chasing a toy around, playing tug, and going on nice walks will keep your Frenchie happy and in good shape.

(You won’t want to overexert them because they are prone to breathing difficulties as well.)

7. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are very popular among people with a low-energy lifestyle. If you are looking for a laidback small breed that just wants to sit and enjoy your company, this is the dog for you. They are sociable, friendly, and easily adaptable. They will do as much as you’re willing to do and otherwise are content inside on their favorite lap.

They do have a very special coat that needs to be properly maintained so that it doesn’t become matted. In addition, this is another brachycephalic breed that needs special care and attention. This could become very heavy and weigh on your Shih Tzu as they carry on with their daily life.

8. Whippet

The whippet is often compared to a miniature greyhound. They have a similar look, both being long, thin, and mysterious, but whippets are much smaller. They will have their moments of insanity where they are zooming all over the house, but then they will return back to a curled-up position on the couch.

Whippets do need exercise, but they are happy to go with the flow. They like going on long walks but won’t need more than one solid one a day. If they are getting their needs met, they will be more than happy to spend the rest of their time snoozing away.

9. English Mastiff

The English mastiff is a massive dog with a gentle soul. They are very loyal and loving pups and are some of the best dogs for families. They need proper socialization from a young age to ensure that you can control them when they’re at their biggest size.

They are known to be couch potatoes and need minimal exercise, but they still benefit from at least one leisurely walk a day or some playtime with their pet parents. The rest of their day will likely be spent slobbering on your floors, so be prepared.

10. Irish Wolfhound

Irish wolfhounds are one of the most majestic dogs to see out in the world. They are massive, gentle, beautiful dogs that, despite their size, are quite laid back. Irish wolfhounds may be considered more intermediate when it comes to adopting them because they can be prone to different medical issues as they are so large.

These dogs don’t have excessive exercise requirements and enjoy two peaceful walks a day. They are usually fabulous with children but may have a high prey drive, so smaller animals might pose an issue.


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11. Maltese

Malteses are one of the most popular lap dogs out there. They are known for their affinity for a nice lap to sit in and are the perfect little dog to adopt if you are looking for an easygoing dog that doesn’t need much daily exercise.

Will they go for walks? Yes. More than one a day? If you insist. This pup’s exercise needs and energy levels are very low-key.

Maltese are confident and affectionate dogs who really become bonded to their humans. They are quite fearless, so keeping them stimulated and well-exercised can minimize the barking they might do at anyone that passes by the window. While low-energy, they get powerful bursts that can be calmed down with a short walk, running in the backyard, or playing games inside the house.

For a similar pooch, consider the Bichon Frise.

Get Help From the AskVet Team

When adopting a new family pet, you might have more questions than you even realize.

With AskVet, you can ask your questions whenever you think of them and get answers fast.

When you schedule a virtual session with our Certified Pet Lifestyle CoachesTM (CPLC), you can ask any behavioral questions that might pop up. Our team of CPLCs™ is here to create a full, well-rounded plan so every animal in your family, from your low-energy dog to your high-energy fish, can thrive.

Then, in a quiet moment with your low-energy pup, head over to the AskVet Clubhouse to connect with other loving pet parents for the support and stories all families need!


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12 Medium-Energy Dog Breeds Sorted by Size

12 Medium-Energy Dog Breeds Sorted by Size

When looking to adopt a dog, a goal of many dog owners is to match up their intended lifestyle with the future dog breed they’d like to get. Regardless of where you look — shelters, private rescues, or breeders —you can find dogs with mixes of the breeds you are interested in. It’s essential to match up with a dog that will fit in with your lifestyle so that you can ensure you are giving them enough to be happy.

While all dogs (including mixed breeds) are plain adorable, not all of them will be an excellent match for you, and that’s okay!

Suppose you’re a medium-energy person who likes the occasional long hike but prefers sticking to a routine of twice-daily walks and backyard play. In that case, you might want to consider a medium-energy dog rather than one with high or low energy levels.

When you don’t match up your energy, you are more likely to become overwhelmed and anxious that you aren’t doing enough. To avoid these thoughts of guilt, be open with the rescue or your breeder about what you are looking for in your future best fur friend.

An Ode to Medium-Energy Dogs

Many of us humans would describe ourselves as the best of both worlds: easily motivated go-getters who enjoy sinking into the couch and getting comfy late at night.

Having a dog that can keep up with you during your “on” days but also lay low when you are looking for rest is what it feels like to have a true best friend. Medium-energy dogs really enjoy physical activity and are happy to go on multiple walks a day (or just one with some solid playtime and stimulation).

A Note on Age and Size

However, keep in mind that a dog’s age impacts the amount of exercise they need. For example, senior dogs will have lower energy levels and can be more prone to injury. Similarly, puppies should also take it easy to ensure proper bone and growth development.

Many of the dogs listed below tend to match the energy of their humans. If you are feeling lazy, so will they! If you want to burn some steam and go for a mile-long hike, you bet your pooch is right beside you.

Depending on the size of the dog, there might be different exercise requirements that your pup needs. Smaller dogs might need less physical activity than medium-sized dogs, but larger dogs will sleep and recuperate for longer periods after intense play than any other sized dogs.

Keep reading to learn more about different sized medium-energy dogs.

Smaller Breeds With Medium-Energy Levels

Smaller breeds are great for those who live in smaller spaces like apartments or with multiple roommates. If you are someone who is interested in a smaller breed that still wants to socialize and go outside every day, there are a few breeds that might be a perfect fit for you.

1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a small breed that is known to be extremely adaptable. They will pick up on your lifestyle and learn how to become a part of it. They love to exercise, but only if you want to. Otherwise, they are more than happy to snuggle up with you on the couch.

Similar to a cocker spaniel, these dogs will likely need at least an hour of play a day, but that can be incorporated through throwing a ball and playing fetch, chasing after toys in the house, or going on leisurely walks in the neighborhood. These dogs stand approximately 13 inches tall and can weigh up to 18 pounds.

2. Pug

Pugs are a breed that is not necessarily known for their incredible athletic ability and drive. Pugs stand 11 inches tall and can weigh up to 18 pounds at full size.

These pint-sized cuties will burn their energy by following your every move and not leaving your side. They will go on walks, of course, but if you want to chase a toy indoors and then snuggle, they are completely down for it.

They do come with adorable faces, but respiratory issues can arise, so you don’t want to overwork them. Instead, make sure that they get plenty of rest so that they don’t have to worry about getting enough air.

If you adore this small dog, you might also like French bulldogs, Boston terriers, or similar brachycephalic breeds.

3. Dachshund

Another adorable and tiny breed that still has bounds of energy is the dachshund. While these dogs are definitely energetic for their size, their tiny legs and long bodies make it so that they tire a bit quicker than their canine peers.

So yes, they will jump around, chase after balls, go on daily walks, and ask you to play throughout the day, but soon enough, they look to lie down and relax.

Standard dachshunds stand up to nine inches tall and weigh up to 32 pounds. Miniature dachshunds stand up to six inches tall and can weigh up to 11 pounds.

4. Cardigan Welsh Corgis

Last on the small breeds list is the Cardigan Welsh corgi. Corgis are famous for their lovable little bodies, short legs, and large ears. These dogs love to have a nice burst of energy and speed but will tire out faster than the other dogs. (They tend to be slightly calmer than the Pembroke Welsh corgi.)

They are playful and energetic but will be ecstatic to curl up on the couch after a long day. Keep in mind that corgis are herding dogs — and might be inclined to show this off, especially with livestock (or smaller children).

These dogs stand 12 inches tall and can weigh up to 30 pounds. These dogs need enough exercise to keep their weight healthy to preserve spine health.

Note: When it comes to bringing home a herding dog, not all breeds are so chill. Herders like the border collie or Australian shepherd need a ton of mental stimulation to thrive.

Medium-Sized Breeds With Medium-Energy Levels

If you’re able to have a larger dog in your home but still want the same medium-energy levels we’ve discussed above, some of the following are some of the best dog breeds for a more mellow lifestyle.

1. Golden Retriever

Everyone adores the golden retriever, and for good reasons. This lovable, personable, and relatively low-energy dog breed will love you like no other.

These dogs love to get out and play and could ignore you for hours if they enjoy their activity, but they are very friendly and need love too. Basically, if you’re looking for a guard dog, the golden would not be a prime candidate.

After strenuous activity, goldens will need a few days to recuperate, so take advantage of their exhaustion and snuggle up for a nap. These dogs can stand up to 24 inches tall and can weigh up to 75 pounds.

Love a golden? Consider the labrador retriever too.

2. Brittany Spaniel

Brittany spaniels were bred to be hunting dogs who would retrieve birds that were shot from the sky. They have medium to high energy but can be well-exercised with walks, fetch, doggy playdates, and games requiring mental stimulation. These dogs love to explore and will smell the perimeter of your backyard for hours if you let them.

They get up to 20 inches tall and can weigh up to 40 pounds.

Love spaniels? Consider the springer spaniel.

3. English Bulldog

This breed is in the brachycephalic category, a group of dogs with shortened snouts. This unique trait gives them their distinct and iconic appearance, and they’re one of the most instantly recognizable breeds.

English bulldogs are known to be lazy dogs, but they do love a good romp and a bit of daily exercise.

While they prefer to be cuddled up under the blankets with their humans, maybe sharing a snack or two, this breed of dog does have bursts of energy they need to get out. They will go on long walks (until they refuse to move) and love playtime with their dog friends in the neighborhood.

These dogs are extremely good with families and could be a great addition to your medium-energy household. English bulldogs stand up to 16 inches tall and can weigh almost 55 pounds.

4. Shetland Sheepdog

These medium-sized dogs love running around and playing with their family. They will keep up with you for however long you go, but can’t wait to get back inside to sleep. These sheepdogs aren’t always into other dogs and may get a tad nervous, but socialization at a young age can prevent this from happening.

The Shetland sheepdog can get up to 16 inches tall and weigh up to 30 pounds. They are on the smaller side of the medium breeds, but their long and graceful bodies give them extra volume.


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Large Breeds With Medium-Energy Levels

Large breeds are often thought to be more maintenance, especially when it comes to exercising, but this isn’t always the case. The following dogs are major couch potatoes. Don’t let their large size fool you into thinking they will be your marathon running partner (well – maybe the greyhound).

1. Great Dane

Great Danes may seem intimidating because of their massive size, but they are truly gentle giants. They are not overly active dogs and would much rather leave a large imprint in your couch than run around in the backyard for hours. (They are prone to issues with their joints and bones, so harsh activity is not recommended.)

Your Great Dane will do a few laps around the neighborhood before needing a long nap, so don’t be surprised that they sleep more than you do. They can stand up to 35 inches tall and can weigh up to 200 pounds. These guys actually do well in apartments because they need somewhat minimal workouts.

2. Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard is an extremely lovable goofball who might not fully understand their size. They love to cuddle and get pets from their humans but don’t need that much exercise. They can overheat in the summer if they get too much exercise, so be mindful of when you are taking them on more intense walks.

This breed can get up to 35 inches tall and can weigh up to 180 pounds at full size. They’re considered excellent family dogs.

3. Greyhound

People may think that the greyhound is going to be a wildly high-energy dog that they can’t keep up with, but that’s simply not the case. They will get bursts of energy and show you just how fast they can run, but these skinny little dogs often prefer to be couch potatoes.

These thin, large dogs get a lot of exercise from their occasional runs, but they’re chill family pets overall. They’re some of the most popular dogs for families with lots of land.

Greyhounds can get up to 30 inches tall and weigh up to 90 pounds. They are all lean muscle but can sometimes be intimidating because of their sharp appearance. Trust us — they are not. Greyhounds are big babies who look to their people for confidence, adoration, and to dress them in cute pajamas in the winter — these sleek babies get cold easily.

PS: If you think you’ve spotted a tiny greyhound, think again! You might have a whippet or an Italian greyhound.

4. Newfoundlands

Newfoundlands, or Newfies, are lovingly referred to as “nanny dogs” because of their calm and easy demeanor. This working dog will protect your children and keep a watchful eye on them. They are able to use their large bodies to keep them from hitting their head on sharp corners, crawling away from their designated playpen, and so much more.

This popular breed doesn’t enjoy intense workouts but will go for a long walk every day. Most of the energy is spent on keeping watch over the house, and they would much prefer to be snoozing away all day.

They can stand up to 28 inches tall and can weigh up to 180 pounds. No matter how big this low-maintenance fellow gets, they are always lap dogs in their mind — be prepared!

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Getting a dog may seem like a lot of work for a new pet parent, which isn’t to say that it’s not, but it’s so rewarding. When you find the dog that fits in with your family, everything seems to just fall into place, and it will be obvious that you have made the right decision. Get started with AskVet to ask any questions that you might have about becoming a new dog (or cat or lizard or fish) parent.


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6 High-Energy Dog Breeds Who Love To Play

6 High-Energy Dog Breeds Who Love To Play

Are your weekends packed with trips to the beach, hiking, or hanging out at your nearby park? Do you prefer to camp or explore the outdoors? Do you have kids and love playing outside with them?

If these sound like you, then you have a pretty active lifestyle. If you want a furry best friend to be your companion, but you are always on the go to your next adventure,, then you’ll need a dog with high-energy levels who wants to play.

Take a look at our list of high-energy dogs that would be a perfect fit in your life:

Border Collie

Border collies are fantastic family dogs and are good with children. This breed requires a lot of physical exercise and loves having a job to do for their pet parents, like fetching all the balls and frisbees at the dog park.

They are highly energetic and require more than just a walk around the park for regular exercise. They also need mental exercise from puzzle toys or dog training sessions. In fact, they are some of the most easily trainable dogs.

If you are looking for a breed with which you can do fast-paced, complex sports, then a border collie is perfect. If you’ve dreamed of taking home a big blue ribbon, the border collie is for you — this super-smart breed takes home the majority of agility awards at Westminster.


For many dog parents, beagles are fondly remembered as being their family dog. With great reason, as they are friendly, affectionate, and love to romp around no matter what the activity is. Beagles need plenty of exercise and are great dogs to take on hikes.

A word of warning, though, beagles have a very strong sense of smell and are famous for following their nose. While we’d like to give our beagle pups a chance to run free in the park, they do better in a fenced area where they are prevented from wandering off in pursuit of a too-good-to-pass-up scent.

German Shepherds

German shepherds are fiercely loyal and highly intelligent working dogs. They thrive in training classes and look forward to opportunities to show off. They also excel at catching balls or frisbees, as well as tracking and nose work.

A note on shepherds (and the somewhat similar Belgian Malinois) — some working/herding breeds are best suited for experienced dog owners who can provide the obedience training, guidance, stimulation, and structure these pups need to thrive.

Cardigan Welsh Corgis

Cardigan Welsh corgis may be little, but they are mighty energetic dogs who need lots of physical activity. (If they look familiar, you might be thinking of the more-low energy Pembroke Welsh Corgi, but these two breeds are actually completely separate.)

Like Australian shepherds, corgis were bred to be herding dogs for livestock. Corgis are great at performing jobs and enjoy regular playtime. While they do require daily exercise, their needs are more moderate. Still, they can thrive with walks around the park followed by a fun training session.

Corgis are affectionate and enjoy playing with their family. If your level of activity involves running around after your children in the backyard, then a corgi might be your high-energy dog of choice.


If a marathon is on your bucket list, a dalmatian will be a great companion as you train toward that goal. Dalmatians’ muscular build and history of trotting alongside horse carriages mean that they will enjoy being your running buddy.

Of course, their spotted coat is fantastic to look at, and they are eager to please in the training department. They need plenty of mental stimulation, so doggie puzzles and toys will help keep them from getting into trouble when left on their own.

Jack Russell Terrier

A Jack Russell is the cutest piece of dynamite you’ll lay your eyes on. While many may think of little dogs as mainly lap dogs, Jack Russell terriers break that mold with their tenacity for being good-humored and spry.

This energetic breedadores playing with well-mannered children and treasures exciting activities. They are easily trainable and will enjoy all the dog puzzles and dog sports that will keep their mind ticking.

Choosing the Best Dog Breed for You

It isn’t as easy as simply picking the breed you think is the cutest (although that would be pretty hard as they are all cute as a button).. While we have compiled a list of high energy pups, there are several other considerations to make when choosing the best dog breed for your lifestyle.


It’s crucial to consider the size of your home when choosing a dog breed. . Even if you are very active, your new furry friend will more than likely have to spend some time alone at home. If you live in an apartment or a smaller-sized home, it may feel a little cramped with a larger breed dog like a pit bull or Airedale terrier.

. While larger size breeds are complete sweethearts, they sometimes do not realize their size and may accidentally knock over smaller children.

Grooming Care

While dog coats vary widely, one easy tip to remember is typically, the longer the coat, the more grooming care is involved. That means a sheepdog or poodle will generally need more coat care than a bulldog.

If you delight in being out on the water, then your dog will also be getting wet frequently, especially if they’re a breed like a labrador retriever that loves to swim. Consider a breed whose coat is water-friendly and low maintenance.

Likewise, your pup will probably look forward to getting down and dirty along with you. A breed whose coat is easily rinsed off when you get home will make settling in after an exciting day much easier.

You simply can’t mention grooming and coats without mentioning climate. While dogs can usually thrive just about anywhere, consider if a Siberian husky (bred for pulling sleds) might be happier in colder climates versus somewhere with record-breaking heat.


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All dogs can take to training, but some are more easily trainable than others.

Do you want your dog to be able to hike with you without a leash? Do you want to teach them to skateboard or surf? What about working as a therapy dog in a hospital or public library?

Depending on the type of activities you will involve your dog in may help you determine what breed you pick out.

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8 Playful Cat Breeds & How To Play With Them

8 Playful Cat Breeds & How To Play With Them

When looking into adopting a furry companion, you want to ensure that both your personality and theirs mixes well. What you are looking for out of your new best friend might influence what breed of cat you take home with you.

You might want a cat that will chill out and snuggle up next to you all day, or you might want a cat that jumps off the walls, chases all the toys, and makes you laugh non-stop.

If an energetic and adorable cat is what you’re looking for, look no further. We have compiled a list of some playful cat breeds with tips on how to play with them to get the most out of their energy.

Knowing Your Cat

Any cat that you take home you are going to fall in love with and appreciate for all their little quirks, but your lifestyle might influence what breed would do best in your home.

Some kittens require a bit more of an active life from their parents. They may need you to be more involved with their day-to-day life, so knowing which cats have this playful personality can help make the decision on what breed to adopt.

Aside from activity levels, where you live and who else lives with you might impact the breed that comes home with you. Some cat breeds do better with dogs and children than others, and other cats prefer having a companion cat with them in the home. You’ll want to consider all of these things before committing to a new feline friend, so you can ensure you’re giving them the best life possible.

If you live a more slowed-down lifestyle, you might not be able to fulfill a playful kitten’s needs. And that’s okay! Knowing what you are looking for can ensure that you find the absolute best fit for you.

Playful Cat Breeds 

Some people really want a playful cat that will provide non-stop, lovable entertainment while being the best friend you could possibly ask for. An active cat breed will bring this for you, but they might also require a bit more of your attention. Playful cats are sure to find time to entertain themselves, but they will love it when you involve yourself with their playtime.

The following breeds are considered some of the most playful cats out there:


If you’ve ever wanted to have a conversation with a cat, a Siamese is always ready to talk. They are known as very loyal and talkative companions, which means they love you so much that they just want to tell you all the time. However, they are known as some of the most vocal cats out there, so be prepared to hear them all day long.

Siamese cats are smart and outgoing. They love to play and will do so with anyone that is willing to. They will chase a mouse on a string for hours or run up and down the stairs until they start to doze off. Not only do these cats love to play, but they love their humans, so they want to snuggle up and get some love at the end of the day.


These adorable little (literally) cats are also known to be very playful and energetic. Their tiny legs don’t stop them from bouncing off the walls and getting into every crevice in your home. They are generally mischievous and curious, loving to explore and look for trouble.

Don’t be surprised if a few shiny objects of yours go missing — the munchkin cat is known to hide valuables as a game. They love to involve you in their antics, whether you are aware or not. These cats are extremely sociable and friendly and can do well with other pets and children to play with.

Puzzles, string toys, and crumpled-up paper will keep this little cutie entertained, and once they get bored, they are quick to find a new game to play. When bringing home any cat, but especially such a mischievous one, take time to cat-proof your home so your new sofa and fancy curtains can stick around for a bit longer.


Abyssinian cats are beloved for their outgoing and extroverted personality. They really like to be involved in the happenings around the home and will make themselves the centers of attention. They love to climb and perch and watch what’s going on but will involve themselves when they deem it fit to.

Cat trees and wall perches are a great way to keep this playful kitten happy, especially because they are so agile and love to be active.

These cats are famous for their looks: They closely resemble the mountain lion and Ancient Egyptian cats. In fact, it makes them even more appealing! They’re friendly wild cats that you can actually pet and cuddle up with.


While not known for bouncing off the walls like some other cats, the Birman is a cuddly and furry cat that could chase a laser and bat a crumpled paper while lying on their back for hours. If you want a playful and friendly cat that keeps it a bit more lowkey, this might be the breed for you.

You better like cuddling! Birmans are more likely to snuggle next to you and ask for plenty of pets than want to run around the house wreaking havoc. Their long and soft fur is the perfect snuggling material, and you’ll find yourself at peace just running your fingers through it.

Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtails are regarded as one of the most playful cat breeds out there. They will come when called, play fetch for hours with their toys, and find a way to entertain themselves. These cats will bring you the toy they want to play with and drop it at your feet, meowing, telling you when it’s time to take a break from work.

They are very active and sociable, which makes them an ideal pet for someone who is looking to be actively involved in their lifestyle. Not only are they active, but they are sweet and affectionate and will give you all the love that they can.

Siberian Forest Cat

The Siberian Forest cat, or Siberian, is known primarily for their large and strong stature. They are a cat that stands out because of their size and their confidence. They are known as an ancient breed and are playful, outgoing, and energetic. While easygoing, they are very brave, which means they will chase any toy, climb any surface, and even venture outside to chase after butterflies and frolic through the grass.

To keep these cats entertained, you should be actively seeking new games and puzzles to involve them in. They are intelligent cats who want to learn new ways to play, so be ready to be creative in your games!

Turkish Angora

Turkish Angoras are very popular with people who have kids in their households because they are generally very friendly and affectionate. They are soft and cuddly and have a calm temperament, making them easily adaptable. Turkish Angoras do tend to bond with only a few people and might not be a stranger’s best friend, but they sure will be yours.

These cats are skilled climbers and love a good cat tree. They will find a wall or crevice to perch on, so providing them with structural sound spaces can heighten their exploration. Turkish Angoras are also adept hunters, so they might stalk you from time to time (all in good fun!) and might swat at your ankles when they’re feeling spunky.

Maine Coon

The state cat of Maine in the United States, Maine Coon cats, are large and regal cats that are often compared to dogs in how they behave. Though big and bold, they are extremely affectionate and playful.

They love to learn tricks, sometimes go on leashed walks out in nature (if you can train them to enjoy it), will follow you all around the house, and play games all day long.

They enjoy chasing toys, hiding toys from their humans, and playing fetch. Some Maine Coons can be a bit lazier than others, but they still will find ways to get their energy out throughout the day.

All Fun and Games — and Information

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AskVet provides pet parents access to answers that they might have working 1:1 with a Certified Pet Lifestyle Coach™. AskVet coaches will help you decipher your pet’s behavior and come up with both behavioral and health plans to benefit your cat.

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Exactly Why Huskies Are So Vocal: Pups Explained

Exactly Why Huskies Are So Vocal: Pups Explained

If you live with a husky, you know what we are about to say… They LOVE to talk! It’s one of the things that you simply have to love about your husky because it goes without saying that your husky will have lots to say to you. They love to share their thoughts and feelings, and without doing so, they might as well drive themselves crazy.

You may be wondering why exactly this phenomenon occurs, as most husky parents will have very similar stories about their dog’s vocality. Both puppies and adults alike are known to be vocal, so it’s not something that changes over time.

Huskies communicate through a variety of sounds, which they might associate with certain needs. Sometimes your husky might be trying to tell you they love you, and other times they may be asking to be let out. Sometimes they simply demand attention, and talking or howling is the best way to get yours!

To learn more about why huskies are so vocal and why they rely on their vocality so deeply, keep reading.

The Different Sounds Huskies Make

Huskies don’t just make one sound — they are a whole orchestra. They have a variety of sounds that they might use to help get their point across better.

As their dog parent, you might be able to decipher their unique sounds to better understand what they are trying to get at. If you talk or howl back at your husky, you’re bound to get a response and will likely only fuel their talkativeness.

Each kind of sound does correlate to a specific meaning, and it is important to learn what they are so you can best communicate with your pup. A husky might howl, talk, groan, or bark to get your attention or during play, but each time it’s for a particular reason. Huskies don’t often make sounds to simply bark because they want to.


A husky howl is quite common and can begin happening as soon as puppyhood. You might start by prompting your husky to howl by teaching it to them with your own voice. Howling is a very natural sound for huskies and sounds long and drawn out.

However, this is usually a result of loneliness, and this crying can happen at night if your puppy is left home alone.

On nights out, you might receive texts from your neighbors asking if your husky is okay because they are making so much noise. Their howl can be long and somber sounding because they are trying to call out to their pack (AKA you) to call them home.

When left alone, howling is very likely to happen, but there are ways for you to teach your husky to stay quiet. If you crate-train your pup, you should start by leaving for short periods so that your husky learns that no matter what, you always come back for them. This might help to limit the amount of howling they do at night.

Howling is often related to separation anxiety, which many huskies do develop. They don’t like being alone; they are social animals, so loneliness does not look good on them. They may grow more anxious the longer you are away from them, and their howls are a sign of their longing for you to return.


Huskies are perhaps most famous for their talking capabilities. Of course, we don’t mean that they use actual words, but they use their voice to try to let you know they are paying attention to you.

Most husky parents have had a moment where they just fully conversate with their dog as if they can understand, with the dog chatting right back. This usually looks like short and quick barks at various frequencies, making it feel even more like a conversation between two friends.

When a husky is talking to you, it doesn’t always mean that they require something. Often, talking is just a way for your husky to let you know they love you and are trying to show affection. For those who think it’s annoying, find a way to reframe how you view all the noise because it’s probably not going to stop.


Huskies also are known to groan when they are super happy or looking for some attention. You might be giving some good belly rubs to your husky and stop for a brief second, only to be pawed and groaned at. Groaning isn’t something that you should be worried about, and it rarely means that your husky is feeling discomfort or pain.

It’s more likely that your husky is overjoyed and not sure how to contain their excitement.

Excitement Barking

In addition to excited groaning, your husky might participate in excited barking. This happens when your husky becomes overwhelmingly excited and happy and can’t contain that energy. They might bark at you excitedly when you are preparing to take them out on a walk, when they realize they are about to enter a dog park, or when their grandparents come for a visit.

This kind of vocality is related to happiness, but it can be very loud and all-encompassing. It might be best to teach your husky that barking is to be kept to a minimum while inside. They can use their “outdoor voice” in the yard or dog park, where they can vocalize as loud as they want, for as long as they want.

Why Do Huskies Vocalize?

Huskies vocalize for a variety of reasons. You might begin to learn what each sound and frequency mean specifically for your husky as you learn about their behaviors.

All huskies are one of a kind, but it’s deeply ingrained in them to use their voice. This can be a great tool to have as it is a way for you to understand your husky’s needs and ensure they are comfortable and happy.

It’s something that all huskies do, so it’s best to learn about why they do it to prepare yourself for it.


The most common reason a husky is barking in your face and trying to have a conversation is that they are trying to tell you they need something. They might want to play, go on a walk, want food, need more water, look for a toy that got stuck underneath the couch, think they heard something on the roof… and the list goes on.

Sometimes you might be able to tell right away what it is your husky needs from you, but it’s not always obvious. As you become more confident with your husky translation skills, you might be able to put together the pieces of what your pup needs.

Pay attention to timing, location, and the kinds of barking or howling. Likely, this will point you toward a solution.


Huskies also bark as a reaction. When they see something that surprises them, they might let out a few barks. If they think they hear someone at the front door, they might begin to howl. Huskies might hear sirens or babies crying and respond to them. This is because the sounds might signal distress for huskies, and their first reaction is to make noise back.

These sounds might be reminiscent of a lost member of the group trying to find their way back home, so your husky lets out a howl to help triangulate their location. This is very common, especially because dogs can hear noises that the average human cannot.


Huskies are known as pack dogs, specifically within the sled dog community, and have been around so long they are considered an ancient breed. They are used to being around their pack and having to communicate from far distances.

Howling, talking, and barking are all ways for your husky to communicate with their group. When they are removed from that, you become their family!

It’s in their nature to be vocal because it helps them survive. Some traits have been passed down genetically through generations of animals, and for huskies, vocality is one of them. This is the way that most huskies stayed alive and safe before becoming domesticated, and it’s one of the traits that have stuck around.

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Having a husky means you really need to be on top of your game. They are energetic, active dogs who need a lot of care and attention to thrive. They deserve proper care and love and a parent who wants to provide them with all that they need.

Questions will come up when you have a husky, especially as you try to learn more about your own husky’s behaviors and needs. With AskVet, you can get answers immediately from Certified Pet Lifestyle Coaches™, who will work with you to better understand your husky. You don’t have to worry about raising your husky on your own: Sign up, and we can help ASAP!

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a dog that tries to communicate every single second of their day to their human. You will never have to worry about whether your dog is okay because your husky will definitely let you know!


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The 4 Best Pet Snakes & What They Need To Thrive

The 4 Best Pet Snakes & What They Need To Thrive

Going through the process of adopting a snake is exciting and unique because depending on which snake you end up with, you’ll have to cater to their specific needs. Every snake that you come across is different and requires certain care requirements and commitment. Before you get a snake, you need to cover all of your bases — from your available space, budget, knowledge, and what care they will need.

If you want a snake, it should be because you care deeply about their well-being and want to invite them into your family, regardless of how involved they become. Having a snake can be a cool thing and an amazing experience, but it’s a pretty big commitment.

To learn more about a variety of beautiful snakes and how to help them thrive, for beginners and experienced owners, keep reading.

How To Pick a Snake

Before picking out a snake to adopt, consider all your options. When you research the breeds, prepare yourself for what kind of life they will need, and make educated decisions about their lives, you will find yourself a perfect match.

Not everyone is capable of caring for a snake, and it often comes down to how much time and commitment you have to a particular snake or breed. If you are a brand new snake parent, you don’t want to try and adopt a more complex or unpredictable snake breed. This puts yourself (and your snake) at risk for danger.

How Advanced Is Your Snake Care Knowledge?

You might have seen stories about snakes in the media that seem unreal and that has drawn you in. Maybe you really, really like large snakes because they are fascinating and powerful creatures. We get it; we love snakes too!

However, not everyone (actually very few) is capable of properly caring for some of the more well-known snakes. Even snakes that are considered to be docile considering their impressive size, like the Boa constrictor or Burmese python, require a certain amount of expertise and skill.

If you are new to having pet snakes, your knowledge might be limited to what you’ve read online, and that’s okay. You’ll learn from first-hand experiences and by discussing caring for snakes with others in the reptile community. This just means that starting off with beginner snakes can ensure that both you and the snake get the most out of the experience.

Understanding the Breed

Before you take in a snake, you should do as much research as possible on that snake breed. You want to understand what kind of care they need, what their eating regimen is like, their shedding cycles, their levels of comfortability, and what kind of space they require.

You should probably avoid venomous and constricting snakes since they require a much higher degree of knowledge and hands-on skills to care for safely.

Where Should You Get a Pet Snake?

It’s preferred that you get your snake from a reputable breeder or adoption agency. While it might be fun to come across a wild snake and ponder what it would be like to keep it and take it home, they will never be considered tame. You won’t have an easy time with a wild snake, and they are more prone to parasites and diseases.

Breeders can let you know about any health issues that might or have arisen, but it’s more likely that your snake will be healthy if coming from trustworthy sources.

Things You Should Consider With Pet Snakes

Loving a snake is not the same as carding for one goldfish or one hamster. Snakes are known to be predators, and some are more dangerous than others. A snake will usually know how to protect itself from threats, and at first, they could view you as a threat as well. Unlike with dogs, you don’t get a snake and start cuddling on the very first night.

While you should be able to handle your snake, you might find that it is best if it happens infrequently and only when necessary. And that’s okay! Not all snakes enjoy human contact. Snakes can easily be stressed out (just like us!), and we want them to be able to chill.

Don’t be upset if your snake isn’t the biggest fan of being handled. Just like the old breakup phrase, “It’s not you, it’s them.” Your snake still appreciates you, but they might be better at loving you from afar.


To properly care for a snake, you have to be sure you’re ready to commit to their care and wellbeing. Snakes can be a decades-long commitment, depending on what their lifespan is. You might even want to make plans for their continued care in any wills or similar documents.

All breeds are different, so you have to be prepared to learn about whatever breed you’re bringing home. You might need special food, a certain size enclosure, certain kinds of heat lamps, particular humidity levels, and specialized places for your snake to hide or climb.

Snakes kept in enclosures have no way to take care of themselves when it comes to food and cleanliness, so they rely on their owners to help them feel their best.

Overall Costs

House snakes for beginners might not cost too much to purchase at a pet store, but all of the equipment you will need can add up. That, and the live feed that they will likely need. They are relying on you to feed them, so a consistent stream of mice is going to be necessary.

As your snake grows, you might need to upgrade their enclosures, making them more spacious while still including objects and obstacles they enjoy. You will need lightbulbs for your heat lamps to keep your cold-blooded companion warm when needed.

It is a serious financial commitment. So, before you go ahead and adopt a snake, you should make sure you’re fully capable. This just helps to ensure you and your snake are happy and stress-free.


You will want to be adept at handling your snake, and there is a proper way to prepare for it. First, clean your hands before you handle your snake so that they don’t mistake your fingers for food. Get your snake used to your hands by placing them against the glass for several minutes and letting them flick their tongues at you.

Keep your movements slow and steady, so you don’t surprise them at all. At the same time, you want to take note of their behaviors. If you think your snake is uncomfortable or nervous (like hissing, for example), back away and give your slithery friend some space.


As for their enclosure, your snake is an escape artist in the making. They will try to figure a way out and will likely be successful, so the enclosure you choose should be completely locked up when you aren’t around. Look into what enclosures are known to be safest, and check that it’s closed properly when you leave.

The last thing you want is a snake on the loose.

Every Snake Is Different

No two snakes are the same, so they require different needs. Even snakes that fall into the same family, like the different kinds of pythons and constrictors, have vastly different needs and attitudes. Being a first-time snake parent is certainly a wonderful learning opportunity!

There are unique feeding routines, temperatures, objects, and safety protocols you have to undergo to properly handle them and keep both you and the snake happy. But once you get used to your new friend, you’ll understand just how amazing of an experience it is to have a snake in your home.

Snakes for Beginners

All snakes are cool and fascinating, but not all make the best pets, especially for beginners. If you are new to owning a snake, you should consider some of the following beginner-friendly snakes to start with. Not only are they great pets with their own quirks and needs, but they are rather easy-going creatures.

1. Hognose snake

The Western Hognose snake is best known for their adorable upturned nose. They are native to the Western parts of the United States, as well as Mexico and Canada. They like to be active around dawn and dusk and usually make for easy-going pets. In the wild, they might go for small lizards, bugs, and toads but will also eat mice in captivity.

The Hognose snake is usually around two feet long, but some adults can reach up to four feet. They can live up to 20 years in captivity, so it’s a long commitment.

If a Hognose feels threatened, they will flatten their heads and hiss at you, potentially striking but rarely biting. Even in the scariest situations, the Hognose would rather play dead than bite you. When they gain your trust, they become much easier to handle and take care of.

2. Corn snake

The Corn snake is often best known as the easiest beginner snake, and it’s an excellent pet reptile in general. This is because of their docile nature and the fact that they stay pretty small. They grow up to four feet long and usually require at least a 20-gallon tank. Similar to the Hognose, a Corn snake can live up to 20 years in captivity.

Corn snakes are usually reddish-orange with dark red-black blotches. They like a warm environment to keep them feeling good. These snakes need their tank to be between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and like enough obstacles to keep them busy. They will eat pinky mice happily and live a long and healthy life.

3. Garter snake

If you’ve ever seen a snake in your backyard or in the woods, you may have seen a Garter snake. This is one of the most populous snakes out there, both in the wild and as pets. These snakes are virtually harmless and only grow up to four feet long, making them relatively small.

They eat worms, small fish, and bugs and don’t require much maintenance. This is a great snake to own if you have kids because they are very low risk and a fun way to educate them on this snake species.

They do enjoy basking in the sun, so you should give them a good rock to lay out on, along with a nice heat lamp. Now, that’s a nice life!

4. Ball python

The Ball python is another great first snake option for beginner snake owners, but it should be noted that they are known to be picky eaters. They could go through periods of time where they refuse to eat or will only eat if the mouse is recently killed. This can cause problems for people looking for a more structured care routine. Unfortunately, you might not get that with a Ball python.

On the flip side, you’ll love their calm nature. This snake likes being held, making the ball python a good beginner snake. Once you and your Ball python are comfortable with each other, they become a very interactive pet to have.

These snakes get to about five feet long and need plenty of space and substrate like shredded newspaper in their terrarium or vivarium to hide away and relax.

These non-venomous snakes can live from 20 to even 50 years if properly taken care of, so be sure to keep that in mind.

Other Reptiles and Amphibians To Consider

If you’re looking for other good pets in the reptile and amphibian kingdom, consider the ones listed below:

  • Bearded dragon
  • The Milk Snake
  • Smooth Green Snake
  • Leopard Gecko
  • Children’s Python

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The Shih Tzu Breed: Temperament, Personality & More

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These pint-sized pooches are known for their luxurious coats, deep dark eyes, and cute, flat muzzles. For more than a thousand years, the Shih Tzu dog breed has been an affectionate lap and loyal companion dog, and today they’re even top contenders in agility competitions. The name Shih Tzu translates from Mandarin to “Little Lion,” but these pups aren’t exactly ferocious—in fact, they’re one of the friendliest and most outgoing breeds around.

Shih Tzu Average Size and Life Expectancy

  • Height: 9-10.5 inches
  • Weight: 9-16 pounds
  • Life Span: 10-18 years

Shih Tzu Characteristics and Traits


Affectionate with family 5/5

As one of the friendliest dog breeds, Shih Tzus love people, especially their everyday caretakers. Expect your pup to follow you around the house, beg for scratches and belly rubs, and generally show you a whole lot of love.

Good with other dogs 4/5

While some affectionate dogs might want to claim all the attention of their owners, Shih Tzus are happy to share the love with other dogs. These outgoing pups are known for making fast friends with other four-legged creatures in their homes.

Good with children 5/5

Few dogs take to kids better than Shih Tzus. Thanks to their relaxed demeanor, they can handle the high-energy experience of young children any day of the week. Just be sure to let any children know the proper way to play and handle a dog. Too much roughhousing can sour the mood of even the most docile Shih Tzu.

Good with strangers 4/5

Shih Tzus are almost always ready to make friends. Whether you’re inviting someone to your home for the first time or chatting with a stranger on your walk, your pup will be eager to make their acquaintance.

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Adapts well to apartment living 5/5

Lapdogs through and through, Shih Tzus once literally sat on the laps of ancient emperors and lounged around the palace grounds. Shih Tzu size, on average, falls below 16 pounds, which means your home doesn’t need to be opulent for your pup to be perfectly comfy. 

Good for Novice Owners 5/5

A friendly disposition, small size, and low stimulation threshold means nearly anyone can give a Shih Tzu dog a happy home. You don’t need any prior experience—just a big heart to be a Shih Tzu owner.

Sensitivity level 3/5

Highly curious but not easily spooked, the Shih Tzu personality is typically calm, even in highly stimulating environments. If your pup is looking a little overwhelmed in a social situation, give them a few minutes to cool off. They’ll be back to their spunky self in no time.

Tolerates being alone 3/5

Shih Tzus are content to lay around, nap, and relax when their owners aren’t around, though this affectionate toy breed shouldn’t go too long without the companionship of their favorite human. If your pooch has another furry friend to hang out with, they may last even longer before feeling lonely or restless.

Tolerates cold weather 2/5

Shih Tzus hail from a cold climate and can handle the cold better than they can handle the heat. However, they still won’t fare too well at temperatures below 45°F due to their small size, especially if you trim their long coats. For longer walks in the cold, consider doubling up with a puppy jacket or sweater.

Tolerates hot weather 1/5

Overheating is a big risk to Shih Tzus. Their double coat traps heat, making sweltering days almost unbearable, and their flattened noses can cause breathing difficulties. Be sure to keep your pup hydrated, and consider taking your Shih Tzu to the groomer for a summer haircut when the weather turns warm.

Health and Grooming Needs

Shedding level 2/5

Shih Tzus sport a thick and lustrous coat, but they’re not known to shed excessively. Shedding is most noticeable when washing and grooming your Shih Tzu puppy.

Coat grooming frequency 4/5
To keep your Shih Tzu looking and feeling its best, regular grooming is required. Daily brushings, frequent baths, and trips to the groomer are all useful to maintain your Shih Tzus good looks.

Drooling level 1/5

Shih Tzus typically keep their saliva to themselves. Unless they’re drooling over their bowl or giving you a big wet kiss, you can expect minimal drool from this adorable dog breed.

Coat type/length 3/5

Few qualities are more iconic than the Shih Tzu’s soft, flowing double coat. With a short inner layer and a long outer layer, these coats come in a variety of colors (from solid black to white and gold) and are often decorated with eye-catching markings that make every pup one of a kind.

General health 3/5

A well-cared-for Shih Tzu can live a happy life well into its teen years. The most common health issues for this adorable dog breed are eye, dental, and breathing issues.

Potential for weight gain 4/5
These little pups can have big appetites. Additionally, because they’re more than happy to laze around the house, they may not always exercise as much as they need. Portion control and daily activity are the best ways to prevent your Shih Tzu from developing a weight problem.

Size 1/5
Standing less than a foot tall, these dogs are tiny enough to fit in a tote bag. Shih Tzus are definitely on the small end of the dog breed spectrum.


Easy to train 3/5

Shih Tzus are eager to please their owners during training, but they’re not always eager to work. Plenty of treats, verbal affirmations, and consistent practices can help your pup during training.

Intelligence 4/5
Shih Tzus may be too smart for their own good. Oftentimes, they know precisely how to charm their owners into giving them what they want. With high emotional intelligence, you might be consistently surprised by how smart this breed is.

Prey drive 2/5
Most Shih Tzus would prefer a soft pillow over a thrilling squirrel chase. Your little dog may surprise you from time to time with their fascination with potential prey, but Shih Tzus usually have little to no interest in following their predatory instincts.

Tendency to Bark/Howl 2/5
This breed is typically quiet unless vying for the attention of its owner. You may hear the occasional whine for your Shih Tzu, but don’t expect many vocalizations in general.

Wanderlust potential 2/5
Shih Tzus typically know that they’re living the good life indoors, and are highly unlikely to run off. These dogs are seriously domesticated and might even ignore an open door in favor of a spot on your couch.

Physical Needs

Energy level 2/5

Undemanding and easygoing, Shih Tzus are fairly low-energy dogs. Of course, their calm nature doesn’t inhibit them from showing plenty of affection to their owners.

Intensity 3/5
Short playful bursts may be most Shih Tzus’ preference. They’re not going to be tearing up the streets on an hour-long walk, but they might be extra giddy when you walk in the door.

Exercise needs 2/5
A short walk is enough to tucker out an adult Shih Tzu for the rest of the day. In fact, you may be more concerned about overexerting your Shih Tzu than underserving their exercise needs.
Playfulness 3/5

Shih Tzus are agreeable little pups. If you’re in the mood to play, they’re game. If you’re looking for a quiet night on the couch, they’re more than happy to keep you company. 

Mental stimulation 3/5
A few minutes of mental stimulation every day can keep your Shih Tzu’s temperament happy and balanced. Your pup might appreciate a short game of fetch or even an exciting food puzzle. 

More About Shih Tzu

Many are drawn in by Shih Tzu’s enigmatic good looks. Part teddy bear, part lion, all shrunk down to a pocket-sized pup, Shih Tzus are instantly recognizable. Their pillowy soft double coat can be styled in a variety of ways, and owners opt for stand-out hairdos, ranging from top knots to fringed bangs.

Moments after meeting a Shih Tzu, you can expect to have already made a friend. Despite the occasional “hello” barking, it doesn’t take much time for a Shih Tzu to warm up to new people (and animals). They’re real charmers when they want something to go their way, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself catering to their every whim—they’re just that convincing.

As members of a toy dog breed, Shih Tzus are perfectly happy in smaller apartments or more spacious homes, so long as their loving owner is nearby. Sometimes described as Chrysanthemum Dog because of their unique facial hair, Shih Tzus are a perfect starter pet for first-time dog owners. While their coats demand regular grooming and bathing, just about every other aspect of caring for a Shih Tzu is relatively easy. Whether you take a pleasant stroll around the block or spend some quality time indoors, your Shih Tzu will always be happy to be in your presence.

Shih Tzu History

Dating back to the Ming Dynasty, Shih Tzus are native to Tibet, where they were likely bred from Pekingese and Lhasa Apso dogs. Shih Tzus were prized and protected by Chinese nobles, remaining rare and hidden away behind the palace walls for centuries.

Shih Tzu history also tells us that these animals held an important place in ancient Chinese culture and were integral to Buddist mythology. You’ll find Shih Tzus playing a central role in various Buddist stories and legends. In addition, idols and statues were carved to represent the fierce and loyal spirit of the Shih Tzu.

It wasn’t until the 1930s that Shih Tzus left their native home of Asia and made their way into Europe. By 1935, England’s Shih Tzu Club established the first European standard for the breed. For the next decade, Shih Tzu popularity spread throughout Europe, and following WWII, the breed made its way to North America. By 1969, the Shih Tzu was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, and today this breed remains one of the top 20 most popular dog breeds for Americans.

Shih Tzu Facts

  • All modern Shih Tzus are descended from 14 dogs used to repopulate the breed.
  • Despite their small stature and luxurious coats, Shih Tzus are known for their agility in dog competitions, and often win notable awards at international dog shows.
  • While the Shih Tzu breed is centuries old, it has only been in the last 100 years that they’ve become popular pets around the world.
  • Shih Tzus have a distinctive underbite that can cause dental problems for some.
  • Military personnel can be thanked for bringing Shih Tzus to the US from Europe. After falling in love with these dogs overseas, WWII veterans decided to bring some home.
  • Perhaps the most essential of the Shih Tzu facts, the name is pronounced She-dzoo.

What You Need to Know as a Shih Tzu Owner

Thinking of bringing a Shih Tzu home? You can expect your pup to thrive when given plenty of affection, attention, and care. Additionally, educating yourself on the particular needs of this breed can ensure a longer, healthier, and happier life for your little dog.

Shih Tzu Health & Preventative Care

Prioritize your Shih Tzus health by taking them in for regular veterinary check-ups and keeping them up to date with vaccines and parasite prevention medications. Due to their skull shape, Shih Tzus are prone to Brachycephaly-related breathing health problems, and as Shih Tzus age, they may develop ear, skin, and eye issues, such as cataracts. Proper hygiene, grooming, and quality care can help prevent the worst side effects of aging.

Shih Tzu Temperament & Emotional Wellness

Shih Tzus are naturally easygoing, but they still have their fair share of quirks. Too long without their owner and they’re liable to suffer from separation anxiety and exhibit destructive tendencies. Additionally, without regular playtime, your pooch could become lethargic and downtrodden.

Shih Tzu Environmental

One of the most notable Shih Tzu characteristics happens to be their elegant double coat. While it can help to keep Shih Tzus warm in the winter, it also exacerbates the risk of overheating and suffering from heatstroke in hotter weather. Shih Tzus often spend their days inside, away from the beating sun, so ensure your home is kept at a comfortable temperature for your pup. 

Shih Tzu Exercise & Play

Most Shih Tzus are indoor dogs who don’t mind a little outdoor play as long as it’s matched with plenty of rest and relaxation. That said, physical activity is still important for Shih Tzus, as it is for all dogs. Short legs mean short walks are preferred, so consider breaking up their daily exercise routine into three 15-minute walks.

Shih Tzu Behavior & Training

Despite their high emotional intelligence and successful trainability in most areas, many Shih Tzus prove difficult to housebreak. Their excitable, puppy-like behavior and lack of focus can complicate the process. Fortunately, Shih Tzus are also all about making their owners happy. Provide plenty of treats, positive reinforcement, and start early to maximize your training success across the board.

Shih Tzu Nutrition

Prepare your Shih Tzus dinner from scratch or opt for well-balanced commercial dog food. Either way, you can provide a nutritious and delicious meal option that your dog will love. The average Shih Tzu should eat 1/2 ounce of food for every pound of their body weight. If your dog begins to lose or gain weight rapidly, visit a veterinary professional for a clear picture of your companion dog’s health. 


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French Bulldog 101: Temperament, Lifespan & More

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French Bulldogs are sweet, affectionate, and downright funny. These pups have a Parisian flair and a laid-back attitude that suits their quirky look and miniature size. Portable, agreeable, and a little mischievous, one look at a French Bulldog and you’ll notice a shining personality beneath their kind, dark eyes.

French Bulldog Average Size and Life Expectancy

  • Height: 11-13 inches
  • Weight: 16-28 pounds
  • Life Span: 10-14 years

French Bulldog Characteristics and Traits


Affectionate with family 5/5

There’s no limit to a French Bulldog’s love. Whether they’re snuggling up with you on the couch, scampering over excitedly as soon as you walk in the door, or gleefully following you around the city, they’re your pal for life.

Good with other dogs 4/5

While your French Bulldog might prefer to be the center of attention, they don’t mind sharing the spotlight on occasion. These dogs can happily cohabitate with other animals.

Good with children 5/5

French Bulldogs have a gentle and sweet disposition, making them ideal for homes with small children. Kindness, patience, and affection are key parts of the French Bulldog temperament.

Good with strangers 3/5

While typically friendly and social, French Bulldogs have a deep sense of loyalty to their owners that can sometimes manifest as aggression. Fortunately, through proper training and care, this behavior can be easily corrected.

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Adapts well to apartment living 5/5

French Bulldogs were bred for domestic lives—perfect for busy metropolitans and small, urban apartments. While they’re just as happy out in the country, they’re an ideal choice for those living in smaller spaces.

Good for Novice Owners 5/5

For first-time dog owners, French Bulldogs are an easy pick. They’re highly trainable and undemanding when it comes to exercise and stimulation.

Sensitivity level 4/5

These pups pack a lot of emotion into their small frames. French Bulldogs are highly sensitive to their owner’s emotions, tones of voice, loud noises, and just about everything else.

Tolerates being alone 3/5

French Bulldogs can tolerate a few hours away from their special person, but as you approach the seven-hour mark, their disposition may start to turn. Too much time by themselves can result in emotional turmoil and misbehavior from the French Bulldog.

Tolerates cold weather 2/5

A short coat and small body make the French Bulldog sensitive to the cold. To avoid hypothermia, keep your French Bulldog bundle up during winter walks.

Tolerates hot weather 2/5

French Bulldogs can have a hard time during the warm months, as well. Their short noses make them extra sensitive to hot weather, so ensure they have plenty of water and a place to cool down during summer scorchers.

Health and Grooming Needs

Shedding level 4/5

If you are looking for the types of dogs that don’t shed, Frenchies aren’t the best choice. While some breeds only shed seasonally, French Bulldogs shed year-round. You’ll likely be vacuuming up hair on a regular basis.

Coat grooming frequency 3/5

These year-round shedders benefit from regular grooming. Brushing and bathing can help combat excessive shedding and keep your French Bulldog looking and feeling their best.

Drooling level 3/5

French Bulldogs are average droolers, so you can expect a little saliva around mealtime. If you notice your Frenchie drooling more than usual, contact a veterinarian, as this behavior could be related to a potential health problem.

Coat type/length 3/5

Short, smooth, and shiny, French Bulldogs have a silky feel to their fur. Along with their wrinkly, loose skin, expect your Frenchie to be extra soft to the touch.

General health 2/5

What are the potential health issues? The French Bulldog profile is a generally healthy one. Unfortunately, they may be more prone to respiratory issues than other breeds, due to their squished face. Additionally, some Frenchies suffer from unpleasant but manageable skin issues and allergies.

Potential for weight gain 3/5

Notorious couch potatoes, it’s easy for French Bulldogs to miss out on healthy exercise while continuing to scarf down their meals with vigor. Canine obesity can be a serious issue, so keep an eye on your dog’s weight and encourage healthy habits.

Size 2/5

The typical French Bulldog size is under 28 pounds and less than 13 inches tall. Though small, French Bulldogs have a noticeably muscular frame and a sturdy build. 


Easy to train 3/5

French Bulldogs can be highly agreeable during training sessions, though they may occasionally exhibit a stubborn mood. To combat this, remain consistent and don’t let their misbehavior derail their training.

Intelligence 4/5

The intelligence of French Bulldogs shines through in their interactions with humans as well as their love of games. Additionally, their adaptability to new scenarios and environments is closely related to their intellect.

Prey drive 1/5

Because Frenchies were bred as city dogs, they’ve never had much of a need for their hunting instincts. It’s uncommon to see a French Bulldog chase after anything besides a treat or a toy.

Tendency to Bark/Howl 2/5

Frenchies don’t particularly like to bark, but they are known to make a number of quieter vocalizations. Yips, yawns, growls, and gargles are all ways for your dog to express their feelings.

Wanderlust potential 2/5

Most Frenchies prefer the comforts of home to the open road. It’s highly unlikely your pooch will take off and even less likely that they’ll make it very far.

Physical Needs

Energy level 3/5

These dogs may spend most of the day sleeping, but after their beauty rest, expect an excited and energetic pup—at least until it’s time for their next nap.

Intensity 2/5

French Bulldogs may look tough, but they shouldn’t overexert themselves, again because of their flattened face structure. Low-intensity activity is preferable for this dog breed.

Exercise needs 2/5

Most French Bulldogs need only moderate exercise to maintain good health and stable energy levels. A quick jog around the block or even a run around the living room or backyard could be enough to satisfy their exercise needs.

Playfulness 3/5

Despite their typically laid-back demeanor, you still might find your Frenchie in the mood to play. Tug of war and fetch are staples of doggy playtime for this dog breed.

Mental stimulation 3/5

Food puzzles and brain games are great ways to give your French Bulldog the occasion mental boost. Your pooch won’t be too demanding, but offering a variety of activities is the best way to keep them entertained.

More About French Bulldogs

The mellow mutts known as Frenchies have skyrocketed to puppy-stardom, finding a spot at the top of many rosters of most-loved and sought-after dogs. What makes the French Bulldog such a one-of-a-kind canine? Behind their tiny frames is the spirit of a charismatic charmer, ready to follow you wherever you go. Liveliness, sociability, and an affectionate nature are just a few of the most beloved French Bulldog characteristics. 

The French Bulldog’s appearance is unmistakable due to their flattened noses, wrinkled skin, and oversized ears. That said, there are a variety of French bulldog colors and patterns, and no two French Bulldogs ever look quite the same. This breed is also notable for its penchant for sounds. Snorting, snoring, wheezing, and even the occasional flatulence are all par for the course.

Frenchies are active animals, at least when they’re not zonked out on the couch. These pups frequently bounce between eager companions and full-time cuddlers, always hoping for just a few more precious minutes to cozy up with their favorite human. The most important of the French Bulldog facts? These dogs love to be with their owners—24/7. For those seeking a furry friend to join them on their urban adventures, you’ll find a lot to love in a French Bulldog.

French Bulldog History 

Despite their name, French Bulldog history begins back in England. In the mid-19th century, industrious Brits in the lacemaking industry began breeding the toy bulldog, and after the Industrial Revolution upended this particular sector, the former Nottingham lacemakers moved to Normandy where they continued to breed French bulldogs.

Once in France, popularity for their dogs steadily grew. These lap-sized toy Bulldogs were treasured by artists, politicians, and commoners alike. Fully embraced by French culture, the breed became firmly established.

By 1885, an American breeding program for French Bulldogs was established, and these pups became icons of high society. Over the last century, they’ve been frequent contenders in international competitions, and in the past decade, more Americans than ever have welcomed Frenchies into their homes. All in all, it’s a very good time for the French Bulldogs.

French Bulldog Facts

  • Unlike many dogs, French Bulldogs can’t swim.
  • The French Bull Dog Club of America was formed in 1897 and is still active today.
  • Artificial insemination is necessary for most French Bulldog breeding.
  • Because French Bulldogs have short, brachycephalic snouts, air travel can be very dangerous for them due to the potential for stress or overheating. 
  • French Bulldogs are known for vocalizing, and some have even been reported to sing (in their own sort of way).
  • Frenchies are very sensitive to vocal tones. A sharp or harsh voice can send them reeling.

What You Need to Know as a French Bulldog Owner

Bringing a new dog into your life is about a lot more than providing the bare essentials. Familiarize yourself with the most crucial French Bulldog breed info to better prepare your home for a new furry friend.

French Bulldog Health & Preventative Care

Vet visits, vaccinations, and standard check-ups are important for all dogs. In particular, French Bulldogs are prone to mouth, snout, and respiratory problems because of their flattened faces. Genetic predisposition may also leave your Frenchie more vulnerable to skin infections and eye conditions.

French Bulldog Temperament & Emotional Wellness

You can expect an even-tempered and agreeable pet when it comes to getting a French Bulldog puppy. That said, Frenchies are bred as a companion dog and are prone to separation anxiety when away from their owners for too long. Stick by your French bulldog puppy’s side or take them to doggy daycare to avoid any emotional turmoil.

French Bulldogs Environmental

They are the quintessential apartment dogs, bred for Parisian streets and urban environments. Additionally, you could also provide a wonderful life for a French Bulldog in the suburbs or a more spacious rural area. Ultimately, a comfortable, mild temperature and a cozy place to rest are key to this breed’s happiness.

French Bulldogs Exercise & Play

Daily exercise should be a part of all dogs’ routines, though owners need to be careful not to over-exhaust their tiny companion. French Bulldogs run the risk of overheating and may even struggle to catch their breath, but should still engage in moderate, regular exercise for their overall health.

French Bulldogs Behavior & Training

For success in French Bulldog training, prioritize plenty of positive reinforcement to mitigate their headstrong attitude and keep them in line. Just avoid raising your voice at your Frenchie puppy, they are extra sensitive to scolding.

French Bulldog Nutrition

These small and medium energy dogs don’t need an excessive amount of calories to get

them through the day. Avoid high-fat foods and table scraps to lower their potential for canine obesity (no matter how much they beg and whine, giving you the ultimate puppy dog eyes).


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Golden Retriever Guide: Temperament, Facts, & More

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Excitable, lovable, and tremendously cute, Golden Retrievers are a beloved mid-sized breed with a kind and valiant disposition. These pups love to work hard, play hard, and impress their owners in any way they can. With intelligent, expressive eyes, a sturdy frame, and their signature golden coat, Golden Retrievers have long been a staple of American households.

Golden Retriever Average Size and Life Expectancy

  • Height: 21-24 inches
  • Weight: 55-75 pounds
  • Life Span: 10-12 years

Golden Retriever Characteristics and Traits


 Affectionate with family 5/5

Golden Retrievers live for their owners. You can expect your Retriever to greet you at the door, sleep at the foot of your bed, and run to you for comfort when they’re upset. 

Good with other dogs 5/5

Social and agreeable, most Golden Retrievers get along splendidly with other dogs. All dogs are capable of aggression, but due to this breed’s intelligence and trainability, minor behavioral problems can be easily remedied.

Good with children 5/5

Sweet enough for toddlers but tough enough to handle a little horseplay, Golden Retrievers are a great pick for families with kids. Patient and kind, their temperament makes them a great child-friendly breed.

Good with strangers 4/5

A well-trained Golden Retriever is rarely suspicious or anxious around strangers. That said, they can be a little overly friendly. Retrievers are known to jump on new friends for an enthusiastic, yet often unwelcome greeting.

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Adapts well to apartment living 3/5

Goldens can adapt to nearly anything, including tiny apartments. That being said, these dogs will need to get outside and stretch their legs frequently, so certain busy lifestyles may clash with this pup’s needs. Still, with proper training and regular exercise breaks, you can expect them to thrive in smaller environments.

Good for Novice Owners 3/5

If you’re up for a high-energy pup that needs stimulating activity multiple times per day, a Golden Retriever will be a lovely and rewarding companion. If you’re a first-time dog owner a little unsure about your availability, you may want to consider a slightly less physically demanding pup.

Sensitivity level 5/5

This breed is highly sensitive to its environment. Expect your Golden Retriever dog to react to your mood as well as environmental stimuli, from the mailman to a thunderclap.

Tolerates being alone 1/5

Due to their sensitive nature, Goldens are prone to anxiety and fear if left alone for extended periods. They may also resort to destructive behavior when feeling unhappy.

Tolerates cold weather 4/5

Many Golden Retrievers actively enjoy playing in the snow when the temperatures drop. A long coat ensures your pup will be prepared for the winter, but on extra frigid days, consider bundling them up in a jacket or limiting outside time. 

Tolerates hot weather 3/5

Golden Retrievers are comfortable in the mild heat, but once temperatures rise above 90 degrees, they’re at serious risk for heat stroke. 

Health and Grooming Needs

Shedding level 4/5

How much dog hair loss should you prepare for? Expect mild shedding throughout the year and two major undercoat sheddings twice per year. For a few weeks every spring and fall, you may have to up your brushing and vacuuming frequency.

Coat grooming frequency 3/5

Keep your Golden happy with regular coat brushing and teeth cleaning every week. In addition, nail clipping, baths, and the occasional groomer visit can go a long way to maintaining your dog’s overall health.

Drooling level 3/5

Most often, Golden Retrievers drool for a reason. Whether you’re holding on to their favorite bone, dishing out their dog food, or tempting them with an exciting walk, Goldens can let some spit fly.

Coat type/length 3/5

Lustrous, luminous, and waterproof, the Golden’s coat is soft and protective. These thick double-coats are among the most well-known Golden Retriever characteristics. They not only look good, but they also keep these pups insulated from the elements.

General health 2/5

The Golden Retriever breed, like many large dog breeds, is prone to several heart and lung problems, in addition to hypothyroidism, joint issues, and some cancers. Still, these dogs typically live happy lives into their double digits when properly cared for.

Potential for weight gain 4/5

Golden Retrievers are highly food-motivated, frequently begging for an extra treat or searching for table scraps after a meal. Do your best to avoid overindulging your pooch. Excessive weight gain can lead to other health issues for your dog and lower their quality of life.

Size 3/5

A healthy, male Golden Retriever stands at around 2 feet tall and shouldn’t weigh more than 70 pounds. The average Golden Retriever size falls in the upper-middle of dog breeds, or as their owners like to say, “Not too big. Not too small.”


Easy to train 5/5

With proper training, Goldens can comprehend complex commands and complete multi-part tasks. Goldens are one of the easiest dogs to train and always looking for new ways to please their owners, so training should come easy.

Intelligence 5/5

Despite their happy-go-lucky goofball demeanor, Golden Retrievers are highly intelligent. Their adaptability, communication skills, and sensitivity to human emotions make their intelligence indisputable. When ranking breeds by intelligence, Golden Retrievers are routinely in the top five.

Prey drive 2/5

Golden Retrievers were once bred as hunting companions, but that doesn’t mean they’re eager to find prey. On average, Goldens are more interested in their human companions than finding smaller animals to catch.

Tendency to Bark/Howl 2/5

A naturally quiet breed, the Golden Retriever dog breed will usually only bark as a friendly “hello” rather than a menacing threat. These dogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds and weren’t bred as watchdogs, so they use their bark primarily to get the attention of their owner.

Wanderlust potential 2/5

Your Golden Retriever should be eager to leave the house for an exhilarating walk, but they’ll only enjoy it if you’re right behind them. Your pup probably won’t want to explore without you, as they’d most likely feel sad, scared, and alone without their favorite person.

Physical Needs

Energy level 5/5

These pups are high-energy from the second they wake up to the moment they curl up in their doggy beds at night. They’re the perfect family dog for individuals with active lifestyles looking for a pup to tag along on exciting adventures.

Intensity 3/5

Goldens may have energy for days, but they aren’t the type to pull on their leash, act out, or push themselves to the point of exhaustion. There’s a sense of restraint when it comes to Golden Retriever dog breed behavior.

Exercise needs 5/5

Known as a “sporting breed,” Golden Retrievers require about 90 minutes of exercise per day. Many owners decide to break this up into two or three walks, on top of games and unstructured playtime.

Playfulness 5/5

Even when your Golden grows up, they’re likely to still act like a puppy. Running, jumping, fetching—these are daily activities for a Golden of any age.

Mental stimulation 5/5

A variety of tasks, toys, and puzzles can keep your Golden Retriever fulfilled and stimulated. Occupy your pup’s mental energy with Tug of War, chew toys, and plenty of training to avoid boredom and unease.

More About Golden Retrievers

Looking to discover more about the Golden Retriever profile? Why not start with their balanced, muscular frames and welcoming smiles. From their shiny golden coats to their short flopping ears, these dogs embody a spirit of friendly adventure and fun.

Bred as working dogs, Golden Retrievers have retained a number of their original skills—most notably, their preternatural ability to fetch, or retrieve. Additionally, Goldens are fantastic swimmers and divers, capable of reaching depths of 15 feet. You might think your dog is part fish once you see them out on the water.

Goldens have easygoing personalities, but it’s not always easy to keep up with them. Golden Retrievers demand a great deal of attention, exercise, and stimulation to maintain their mental and physical health. Often, the best way to keep your Golden in tip-top shape is with focused activity and rigorous training. Their enhanced intelligence and their history as working dogs ensure that you’ll be able to train them to sit, speak, shake, and so much more. 

 Golden Retriever History 

Golden Retriever history begins with Lord Tweedmouth, a Scottish statesman, businessman, baron, and reputable breeder. In the mid-1800s, Lord Tweedmouth crossed a Wavy-Coated Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel, in an effort to breed a new type of retrieving dog.

Almost instantaneously, Tweedmouth’s dog breeds became popular amongst European hunters for their impeccable abilities in the field, and by the early 20th century, the Golden was recognized as a distinct dog breed by The Kennel Club in England. Soon, their popularity would expand not only across Europe but to the United States as well. 

Following World War I, several other countries began distinguishing the Golden Retriever breed. By 1932, the American Kennel Club recognized the dog breed in a watershed moment for dog history. As one of the most popular breeds in the U.S., Golden Retrievers continue to find their way into hearts and homes across the country.

Golden Retriever Facts

  • Despite the Golden Retriever gaining massive popularity over the subsequent years, the breed has never won Best in Show at Westminster.
  • They may be called Golden Retrievers, but the coat colors of this breed vary from off-white to light brown.
  • Because of their calming presence, Goldens are often utilized as therapy dogs.
  • Golden Retrievers are premier sporting dogs, capable of running, jumping, hiking, and swimming right alongside you.
  • There are three variations of the Golden Retriever: English, Canadian, and American.
  • Golden Retrievers have webbed feet. Along with their water-repellent coat, this feature makes them unrivaled swimmers in the canine world.

What You Need to Know as a Golden Retriever Owner

Friendly, silly, and a whole lot of fun—becoming a Golden Retriever owner is highly rewarding. Before picking out your Golden Retriever puppy, it’s worthwhile to consider the details involved in caring for this breed. Understand these essential Golden Retriever facts before welcoming one into your home.

Golden Retriever Health & Preventative Care

Known for their high endurance and high energy levels, Golden Retrievers are a naturally healthy and robust breed. So, what are the potential health concerns you should watch out for? Unfortunately, due to their size, they’re prone to joint issues such as hip dysplasia and cruciate tears, as well as eye problems, ear infections, skin conditions, cancer, and heart disease. Regular veterinary checkups are essential to keep up with necessary preventative routine care. 

Golden Retriever Temperament & Emotional Wellness

To feel their best, Golden Retrievers need plenty of activity and human interaction. For those who spend extended time out of the house, doggy daycare is a great option to fulfill your pup’s social needs when you have other obligations. When all their needs are met, Golden Retrievers are big, furry balls of joy, eager to show their owners love. 

Golden Retriever Environmental

Golden Retrievers can thrive in a bustling city, out in the country, or anywhere in between. So long as they’re given plenty of daily exercises (and a chance to retrieve), any loving environment can be ideal. That being said, the length and density of your dog’s particular coat

might influence how well they fare in either cold or warm climates—all Goldens are wonderfully unique.

Golden Retriever Exercise & Play

The top concern of any Golden Retriever is exercise. Without 60 to 90 minutes of activity every day, your pup may lose its playful spirit and gain excess weight. Besides daily walks, you can enjoy games of fetch, hiking, swimming, and plenty of other high-endurance activities with your pooch.

Golden Retriever Behavior & Training

Training your Golden Retriever should be a breeze with the right techniques. As people-pleasing dogs, you can expect your Golden to respond to positive reinforcement, treats, and praise. The younger you start, the better. Even as Golden retriever puppies, they crave the excitement of learning a new task and executing it for their owner. Try mentally stimulating tricks and tasks after they’ve nailed easier commands like sit and stay.

Golden Retriever Nutrition

These food-loving pups need a strict diet to avoid gaining excess weight. That means minimal table scraps and measured portions for every meal. When training, treats are a must, but keep a close eye on how many you feed your Golden Retriever puppy on a daily basis. As always, a quality dog food or specially prepared meal is essential for maintaining your Golden’s overall health, and any issues around food should be immediately addressed with the help of a vet.

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What Types of Dogs Don’t Shed?

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If you’re a dog person, there are a number of reasons why you smile whenever you see a four-legged new friend. Maybe it’s the way their tails wag when they hear the treat bag open. Or how dogs manage to find the most creative ways to make a mess. Maybe it’s how a dog is always happy to see you come home (even if you just popped out to get the mail). One thing that probably doesn’t make the list? Shedding. 

While having a furry friend comes with many perks, their fur coat may not be one of them. Dog hair can take over everything, from your hardwood floor to your favorite pair of black pants. 

Luckily, some breeds of dogs shed much less than others. If you’re looking to adopt a non-shedding dog, you’re in the right place. Below, we’ll discuss five types of non-shedding dog breeds. 

What Types of Dog Shed the Least? 5 Non-Shedding Dog Breeds

Almost all dogs shed to some degree. However, some breeds of dogs shed significantly less than others. If you have a dog allergy or simply want to streamline your cleaning routine, adopting non-shedding dogs may be the right choice for you1

So, which dog breeds boast the least shedding? Here are five types of dogs that shed the least:

#1 Bichon Frise

If you’re looking for a loyal sidekick with charm, beauty, and intelligence, a bichon frise may be the perfect pup for you. This cute dog breed is known for their curly, white coats and happy-go-lucky personalities. 

Bichon frises’ soft, fluffy fur is hypoallergenic. That means it causes fewer allergic reactions than other dog’s fur coat. It doesn’t shed very much either. However, you’ll still need to treat your pooch to regular grooming sessions to prevent its fur from matting. 

In addition to being a hypoallergenic dog breed, bichon frise puppies are one of the friendliest dog breeds along with playful, and easy to care for, even if you’re a first-time dog owner. They also get along well with other dogs and children, making them an ideal family pet. 

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#2 Maltese

No matter how old they get, tiny Maltese dogs will always look like puppies. Despite their small dog stature, these pooches tend to have big personalities. 

Some Maltese can be a little stubborn, but they’ll always seek out your loving companionship. They’re very affectionate dogs. They love to cuddle, play, and show off their smarts. 

Maltese also feature luscious, floor-length coats that you can groom to your desired style. While these pretty pups are furry, they rarely shed. All you need to do to keep this small dog breed in tip-top shape is brush their silky coats every once in a while and make regular trips to the groomers. 

#3 Poodle

Poodles are a playful breed of pup that come in three different sizes:

  • Toy
  • Miniature
  • Standard

No matter what size of poodle you prefer, you can rest assured that your furry friend will be smart and loving. Poodles are known to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds and have playful personalities. 

Poodles are a go-to choice for people seeking a hypoallergenic dog, since they don’t shed very much. You can groom their soft, curly dog hair in a variety of styles. Brushing them weekly can also mitigate any minimal shedding that may occur.

#4 Goldendoodle

A close relative of the poodle is the Goldendoodle. Goldendoodles are a crossbreed between a poodle and golden retriever. 

These crossbred canines are smart, obedient, and incredibly loving. They typically get along well with other types of dogs and children, making them a perfect mixed breed for families. 

Goldendoodles inherited the low-shedding dog’s gene from their poodle descendants. In turn, their soft, curly fur won’t get all over the place. You can reduce any shedding even further by brushing your Goldendoodle at least once a week. 

#5 Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington terriers are known for their distinctive, sheep-like appearance. While they look like sheep, their fur is as soft and luscious as a lamb. Meanwhile, their temperament resembles that of other terriers. 

A Bedlington terrier is playful, sweet, protective, and loving. They enjoy being the center of attention. For this reason, they may prefer being the only furry friend in your household.

Bedlington terriers are also a hypoallergenic dog breed. If you adopt one, you’ll be happy to know that they don’t require extensive grooming. A quick trim every once in a while should suffice. You should also brush them on occasion to keep them from developing mats. 

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If you want to enjoy dog ownership without the excessive shedding and dander, you just need to select the right hypoallergenic breed. Many non-shedding dog breeds can shower you in love while keeping your home relatively fur-free.

If you have any regular grooming questions for your furry friend, reach out to us at AskVet. Our AskVet veterinarians can assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just visit our vet app. There, we can answer any of your canine-related questions quickly—no appointment required! 



  1. American Kennel Club. Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed.

Top 5 Smartest Dog Breeds

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Many dog owners believe their precious pups have Einstein IQs. From dogs’ emotional attunement to their knack for learning new tricks, these loving animals certainly possess impressive intelligence. However, some canines shine above the rest when it comes to canine intelligence. 

If you want to learn about dog intelligence, you’re in the right place. Below, we’ll discuss which dog breeds boast the greatest intelligence. We’ll also review a few helpful dog training tips that can turn any breed of dog into an astute, straight-A student. 

What Makes a Dog Smart?

Just like human intelligence, dog intelligence can describe many different things. It may refer to a dog’s instinctive skillset, its ability to work in various settings, or its adaptability in new environments. However, the crux of canine intelligence is being able to understand commands and obey them quickly. 

Dog intelligence researcher, Stanley Coren, studied various breeds of dogs to determine which ones were best at:1

  • Learning a new command in less than five tries
  • Obeying the new command at least 95% of the time

Thanks to these characteristics, brighter breeds of dogs are often easier to train. However, all types of dogs can excel in their obedience with the right training. 

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What is the Most Intelligent Dog Breed? The 5 Smartest Breeds

So, which dog breeds are the smartest of the bunch? 

Here’s a list of the five most intelligent dog breeds:

#1 Border Collies

Border collies are the true valedictorians of the canine class. According to Coren, border collies were the best at learning new commands quickly and following them consistently. 

For many centuries, these intelligent pups sharpened their sheep-herding skills in Scotland and Wales. Today, these dogs are still outstandingly observant and agile. In turn, they make for fantastic search and rescue dogs.

This sheep-herding dog possesses extraordinary intelligence and exceptional work ethic. When you say “sit,” they’ll never fail to make you proud. 

#2 Poodle

At first glance, poodles may seem like they possess more beauty than brains. However, these pooches bring both qualities to the table in droves. 

Poodles can hunt, swim, and retrieve, all while showing off their smarts and obedience. Some breeds of poodles can even hunt for truffles.

Poodle mixes, like Goldendoodles and cockapoos, also have superior smarts compared to many other breeds. As an added bonus, these curly-coated pups are hypoallergenic, meaning these types of dogs don’t shed

#3 German Shepherd

In many societies, securing a high-powered job indicates intelligence. This sentiment reigns true for dogs, too. When it comes to the working dog, German shepherds lead the pack. These clever canines often hold positions as a:

  • Police dog
  • Military dog
  • Guard dog
  • Seeing-eye dog
  • Therapy dog
  • Medical assistance dog

German shepherds are chosen for these roles because they display high intelligence. They’re obedient and eager to please. They can also pick up new skills at impressive speeds and perform them consistently. 

In addition to being bright, German shepherds are athletic, protective, and deeply loyal. A well-trained German shepherd is a wonderful companion.

#4 Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers have a natural knack for hunting and retrieving. They’re also one of the friendliest dog breeds and happen to be incredibly cute. Due to their advanced intelligence, golden retrievers are often used as a guide dog during search and rescue scenarios. Many goldens also act as a service dog or therapy dog. 

With their adorable demeanors and superior smarts, golden retrievers are also a wonderful choice for a family pet. 

#5 Doberman Pinscher

The last quick-witted pup on this list is the Doberman Pinscher. These sweet dogs exhibit stamina, speed, and smarts all in one. It’s no wonder that they have a long history of serving as war dogs, guard dogs, and police dogs. 

Doberman Pinscher’ physical strength, coupled with their high intelligence, make them a wonderful protection dog. With proper training, these shrewd pooches should have no problem picking up new commands and tricks quickly.

Dog Training Tips

Whether your furry friend is a super smart dog or adorably clueless, you can use similar training techniques to bring him or her up to speed on your house rules. 

Here are a few basic dog behavior training tips for beginners:2

  • Enroll your dog in obedience training right away
  • Use positive reinforcement, rather than aggressive training techniques
  • Offer dog food, toys, and loving pets as rewards
  • Give them treats immediately after the desired behavior
  • Don’t give out extra treats during training sessions, as this may confuse them
  • Train in short sessions of five to fifteen minutes
  • Only say command words once
  • Train before meals so your dog is eager for a tasty treat
  • Limit distractions during training
  • Give generous “good boy” compliments when your pup has nailed a command

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  1. American Psychological Association. Smarter Than You Think: Renowned Canine Researcher Puts Dogs’ Intelligence on Par with 2-year-old Human.
  2. American Kennel Club. Teach Your Puppy These 5 Basic Cues.


What Are the Friendliest Dog Breeds?

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Are you and your family looking to bring a new pup into your home? With so many breeds out there, choosing the best dog for your family calls for a moment of reflection. There are a lot of factors to consider when bringing an animal into your life, and knowing the temperament of your future family pet is helpful before taking the plunge. 

Each dog breed is unique, and some are more easy-going and sociable than others. For instance, if you have kids, your breed of choice might differ from someone who lives independently. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of some of the world’s friendliest dog breeds to make your decision an easy one. 

The Top 10 Friendliest Breeds

Domesticated thousands of years ago, there’s a reason why dogs were coined “Man’s Best Friend.” Consider what it is that you are looking for out of your dog. Are you looking for a hiking partner? A dog that will help “nanny” your kids? A dog that can accompany you to any outing or party happily? Depending on what it is that you want out of this companionship, there is likely a breed that fits the bill.

Read on to learn more about ten of our favorite breeds, each well-known for their friendly nature. 

1. Golden Retriever 

Quite possibly known as one of the friendliest dog breeds, Golden Retrievers are fantastic dogs. Happy-go-lucky and great with children, this popular dog breed aims to please and will give you and your loved ones unconditional love all day long. It’s no wonder these dogs are so popular they’re even able to socialize with other household pets. 

The Golden Retriever is a fun-loving dog that will bring a smile to your face daily. They love to play fetch, go on long walks, and watch their human siblings play soccer from the sidelines. They will always accept pets and cuddles. This breed is a working dog in nature — they are frequently seen working as guide dogs, water rescue team members, and hunting dogs.

This family-oriented breed will make it easy to fall in love with them. As long as you go over animal etiquette, they will gladly spend their days playing dress-up with your little ones! 

2. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

There’s a reason the Queen of England collects Corgis like she collects monochrome outfits. Tiny with larger-than-life personalities, Corgis are a dwarf breed with shortened legs. They are a family-friendly dog breed that needs lots of attention and love from people. One plus to this breed is that they tend to not bark very much, so you won’t have to worry about complaints from your neighbors. 

Now, it’s important to be prepared for their big personalities. As friendly as they are, they are stubborn little dogs who have a knack for defiance. Without guidance, your pooch may start calling the shots; after all, they were originally bred to be high-energy herding dogs.

If you dedicate your time to training, they can make excellent companions for your family… just don’t be surprised when they decide to stop walking midway across the crosswalk and you’re left carrying them home.

3. Pug 

Known for their frog-like faces and curly pig-like tails, Pugs are a popular dog for families with young children. Pugs are an endless source of entertainment, so get ready to laugh. Couch potatoes by nature; they make excellent lap dogs and are able to hang out all day.

This companion dog is known for their personability, with a goofy little smile plastered on their faces most of the time. The pug is a large dog in a small body type of situation.The only downside to this breed is their health problems. Because of their flat noses, Pugs have a hard time breathing. But if you prefer Netflix marathons to actual marathons, a Pug might be the perfect small dog for you and your family.

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4. Labrador Retriever 

Loyal as they come, Labs are the ultimate go-to for any new dog parent. Always positive and down for whatever, your Labrador Retriever will be your new best friend. Bred to be companions, Labs are well-known for their loving personalities and gentle demeanor. This friendly breed is super athletic and is always ready to hit the trails or join you on your camping adventures. 

You can recognize a Lab by their intense wiggle as they run to greet you, their need to lick every surface of your body, and the big smile that they seem to never get rid of. These dogs might give the happiest greetings of all breeds. If you go to the bathroom and come out, it’s like you are a new person to them, and you deserve the best “hello.” 

Labrador Retrievers are extremely excited and happy dogs, so make sure that you work on calming down and finding their zen — otherwise, you’ll find yourself pulling them off of unsuspecting guests as your lab tries to jump up and give them a big ol’ kiss. When they get a lot of exercise during the day, they are more than happy to snuggle up and chill.

5. Boxer

Although typically thought of as aloof and distant because of their stature, Boxers are considered one of the sweetest breeds. They are eager to meet new people and show them some love.

These big-eyed, droopy-lipped dogs just want to be your friend. However, Boxers can get too overexcited and jump on new friends, pushing them to the ground. For this reason, it’s a good idea to start training your Boxer from an early age. 

Boxers have a lot of energy. It’s vital that they get enough exercise so that when it’s time to relax, they are more than willing.

Playing fetch and working on learning new commands is one way to focus their energy, but they love to be the center of attention. Come playtime, and the whole family can watch this natural clown in their true element.

6. Collie 

Collies aren’t just famous in the movies — they also make an amazing family dog. They are a beautiful and intelligent dog breed with soft long coats. Lassie made this breed a favorite in the United States. Collies were originally bred as herding dogs and are known to stick by their owners with fierce loyalty. They do tend to have a lot of energy, so make sure you and your family are prepared for a lot of outdoor time before bringing this breed home. 

These dogs thrive when they have a task to complete. This is one way to involve them with your family. You can bring them to the park, on hikes, to the playground, or camping, and they will keep an eye on the kids. They are great at alerting you when they feel necessary, giving you a sense of ease when out and about with the family.

7. Poodle 

Do you want a dog but suffer from allergies? A poodle might be the best dog breed for you. A favorite among people with dander sensitivity, poodles come in a range of three sizes and are one of the friendlier breeds out there. Another positive factor of owning a standard poodle is that these types of dogs don’t shed, so you won’t have to constantly worry about vacuuming. 

Poodles are very intelligent and love to impress their owners. This means they will want to spend hours by your side, learning new tricks and showing off for treats. You will find a best friend in a poodle, no matter what size!

8. Boston Terrier 

Bite-sized and packed with energy, Boston Terriers have a ton of personality and are a favorite among people of all ages. This breed is extremely playful and will make you laugh with their goofy antics. Keep in mind that Boston Terriers can become so attached to their owners that they develop separation anxiety. For this reason, it’s essential to establish boundaries with your new Boston Terrier puppy. 

If you are someone looking to add a sidekick to your family, this small dog breed is a perfect option. They are easily adaptable and can do well in a variety of settings. They don’t need a large yard, but they still love a good game of tug-of-war. They might give you some crazy eyes before doing zoomies around your living room, and they will keep you entertained.

9. Border Collie 

The original sheepdog, Border Collies, are famous all over the world. They are one of the easiest dogs to train and are very energetic. These dogs are also agile and fiercely loyal to their owners.

The one downside to this breed is their boundless energy and constant need to exercise. Because of this, they don’t make fantastic dogs for people without backyards or space for them to run around.

These dogs focus their energy into the things they love but might be a tad wary about strangers and new experiences. They will shower their families with love and loyalty but might be a bit more reserved around people they don’t know.

First-time Border Collie parents should be aware this breed requires constant mental stimulation and engagement. Dog sports and training competitions are where this doggy genius shines.

Once they warm up to strangers, they will be just as affectionate as they are with you. If you want a dog that is dedicated to you and a bit more watchful, the Border Collie is a great option.

10. Great Dane 

Due to their size, Great Danes come off as intimidating, but that couldn’t be further from the truth — they’re gentle giants. As loving as dog breeds come, this breed will capture your heart. Great Danes are protective and loyal to their families and are particularly tender with young children. 

Great Danes will surprise you with their gentle nature, but you’ll become accustomed to how wonderful of a pet they can be. These dogs also don’t require too much exercise because they are much happier lying on the couch or in the sun. You might need to buy an entirely new couch to accommodate this large and chill pet!

What’s the Deal With Pitbulls?

The term “Pitbull” is often used as an umbrella term in the United States to describe a certain breed of dog that comes from the Terrier line: the American Pitbull Terrier, American Bully, American BullDog, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Pitbulls have gotten a bad reputation over the years due to their perceived aggression. Because of this stereotype, people tend to avoid this breed of dog. 

There are differing opinions on whether Pitbulls are unfriendly by nature or are raised to be aggressive guard dogs. Like with all breed types, how you raise and treat an animal will impact their personality.

Pitbulls are known to be friendly dogs when they are cared for properly. They are loyal to their families and seriously love a good cuddle. In fact, in the early 1900s, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was called a “nanny dog and loved by many (including notables like Helen Keller and Theodore Roosevelt).

Due to the controversy, many people shy away from pits, although, in recent years, they have become a more popular dog choice. These dogs aren’t for everyone — they are strong and energetic dogs, but if you have the time and commitment towards breaking down stereotypes and giving your Pitbull a beautiful life, you’ll be amazed at how much love they have to give. 

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What are the Easiest Dogs to Train?

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Your pup already scores high marks for cuteness, wags, and heart-melting. But how does he fare when it comes to sit and stay? Don’t worry, you’ve got this. Training your dog as a puppy will help you create a bond and minimize unwanted behavior. Potty training and sitting on command may seem not quite as fun as tricks like shake and roll over. However, these skills make all the difference later on—especially at the dog park. 

That being said, there are certain breeds that are easier to train than others. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of the easiest dogs to train.1  From big to small dogs, check out our comprehensive guide to learn more about the easiest dog breeds to train for you. 

Easiest Big Dogs to Train

Though it may seem more challenging to train larger dogs, there are plenty of breeds that take to obedience dog training like they were born for it. Here are four breeds that can make dog training a walk in the park. 

#1 German Shepard

German shepherds are the go-to dog breed as a service dog and guard dog. Due to their intelligence and obedient nature, this working dog breed is popular worldwide. They’re also incredibly loving and can be giant goofballs when presented with their favorite chew toy. 

The one catch with a German Shepherd dog is that because of their tendency to be overprotective, it’s important to train them as puppies. That way, they can channel their incredible energy into this intelligent dog breed’s best qualities. 

#2 Labrador Retriever 

Ask a dog trainer what words come to mind when they think of a labrador retriever. Chances are they’ll say “loving,” “easygoing,” and “so cute.” These traits make labrador retrievers an incredibly popular family pet worldwide and one of the easiest dogs to train. 

When it comes to training, they’re also stars. Labrador retrievers respond well to direction and learn tricks easily. Why? This breed is extremely food motivated. Sit? Stay? Shake? Yup, there’s almost nothing a lab won’t do for a yummy treat, so make sure to have a stash nearby when training dogs. Just keep the lid on tight, labs are notorious gluttons and mischief-makers. 

#3 Border Collie 

One of the smartest dog breeds out there, border collies were literally bred to obey commands. Just ask generations of Scottish shepherds who have relied on this herding breed to herd sheep. Intelligent beyond belief, border collies excel when it comes to following hand gestures and sounds such as whistling. These dogs are extremely quick learners, so it’s best to start their training early as puppies. 

#4 Doberman Pinscher 

Dobermans make excellent watchdogs and are surprisingly loving and affectionate—unless they feel threatened. Extremely protective of their dog owner, these dogs will go to the ends of the earth to keep their family and home safe. This is why it’s essential to start their training early to make sure they learn proper obedience. 

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Easiest Small Dogs to Train

Smarties sometimes come in small (adorable) packages—this is especially the case for the small dog breeds. These four breeds respond well to direction and love learning new tricks. Just make sure to always keep some treats on hand—positive reinforcement is perfect for your canine friend. 

#1 Miniature Schnauzer 

These wiry-haired dogs are spunky and playful by nature. When trained well, they can become stalwart watch dogs. Miniature schnauzers are known to be stubborn and suspicious of strangers, so make sure to properly train your schnauzer as a puppy. Proper discipline is essential starting early on and will make your relationship with your puppy so much better. 

#2 Poodle

Though on the list of small dog breeds, poodles come in all shapes and sizes. Poodles are a strong choice for anyone who wants an easygoing and lovable animal that’s straightforward to train. Sharp as a whip, poodles need plenty of mental stimulation. Challenging games are a favorite of this intelligent dog breed—you’ll be amazed by their ability to pick up new tricks. And to top it all off, these types of dogs don’t shed

#3 Papillon

Named for their butterfly-like ears, it’s easy to see why papillons are a favorite among dog-owners worldwide. A prime example of a toy dog, the papillon is highly energetic and playful. Misleadingly delicate, these doggies are very athletic. They aim to please and do well with agility tricks, such as obstacle courses and hurdles. You’ll be surprised by your papillon’s ability to keep up with bigger dogs. 

#4 Border Terrier

Border terriers are one of the most low-key dogs around. Their calm and affectionate nature makes them one of the easiest dogs to train. A favorite among people everywhere, border terriers thrive in obedience training and love to work. They also do extremely well with obstacle courses and mazes.

What Are the Most Difficult Dogs To Train?

You’re probably wondering what dogs are the most difficult to train. The truth of the matter is, any breed is difficult if not trained correctly or if the training is started after bad habits have already been developed. So really, it depends on the dog. 

In general, dogs with stubborn personalities and a lack of listening skills are a lot more difficult to train. Make sure to research various breeds before picking out your new pet, it’ll make a world of difference down the road for every dog owner. 

Here are a few breeds that are known to be a little bit more challenging to train:

  • Alaskan malamute
  • Basset hound
  • Shar pei
  • Beagles
  • Chow Chow
  • Mastiff
  • Greyhound

Trust Your Pup with AskVet

It can be tough training dogs, and you’ll undoubtedly have a lot of questions and concerns when you bring your new dog home for the first time. That’s where we come in. 

At AskVet, we are here to help you make the transition into training your new puppy an easy one. Our community of fellow dog owners and certified veterinarians is here to support you on your dog behavior training journey. Whether you need tips on how to make your puppy come on command or stop running after squirrels, help is just a click away. 



  1. American Kennel Club. 13 of the Most Trainable Dogs.