There are over 140 AKC recognized breeds of dog. There are many more that are not yet recognized and even more mixed breed dogs. Each breed of dog has its own distinct look and personality. Some dogs are couch potatoes while others would prefer to play for eight hours each day. Some live for games while some would prefer to be given serious work to do. What breed of dog you get depends heavily on what type of characteristics you find appealing. For those interested in a more laid back personality, there are a variety of breeds to choose from.
The golden retriever is a medium sized dog in the gun dog category. It stands 21 to 24 inches in height, weighs between 55 and 75 lbs and has a medium length golden colored coat. Originally used in both England and Scotland as a hunting dog, the golden retriever is now most commonly used as a family companion dog. The golden retriever is active outside, but laid back indoors. It is typically quiet and is happy to curl up with the family. It is long suffering with children and will allow itself to be pet, poked and prodded, which makes it a great family pet.
The collie is a medium sized herding dog originating in Scotland. It reaches up to 26 inches in height and 70 pounds in weight. The collie comes in two varieties. The rough collie has a long coat while the smooth collie has a short sleek coat. Both come in a variety colors including sable and white, blue merle, tri color and white. White collies are predominately white, but usally have sable, blue merle or tri colored markings on the head or face. Collies are calm, good-natured dogs.They are easy to train, housebreak and are a very people-friendly breed of dog. Collies do not mind lying around as long as they can do it with their owners and they have no problem being kept in an apartment as long as they get daily exercise.
The standard poodle is a highly intelligent breed of dog. Any poodle over 15 inches in height is considered to be a standard poodle. The poodle comes in a variety of colors, which are black, white, apricot, brown, red, silver, blue, cream, cafe-au-lait and gray, according to the American Kennel Club. Standard poodles are very social dogs and easily get along with other dogs, household pets and children. They bond to all of their family members and are eager to please them. They enjoy lying on the couch with their family members and playing games, such as fetch and catch.
The shih tzu is a small dog bred exclusively as a family pet and house dog. The American Kennel Club requires that shih tzus be affectionate, outgoing and friendly and most all shih tzus are true to that nature. The shih tzu grows up to 11 inches in height, weighs anywhere from 8 to 10 lbs and has long, silky hair. Shih tzus are resilient and forgiving and quickly overcome negative experiences. They enjoy short daily exercise and play, but will otherwise lounge around on sofas and laps.