Clownish and playful, the Irish Water Spaniel is as springy as his coat of tightly wound curls. He is the tallest of the spaniels, and few dogs can match the gusto and enthusiasm that an Irish brings to everything he does, so get ready for high-intensity fun. The Irish would not have it any other way.
Despite his size and commanding appearance, the Irish Wolfhound has an even temperament, bonding with his family and showing great loyalty and affection. These dogs are rugged, playful, and protective, yet gentle, sweet and loving.
Italian Greyhounds are aloof with those they do not know, but crave attention from their own people. Usually quiet housemates, they will sound alarms with a surprisingly big bark. Affectionately called "Iggies," the IG enjoys being pampered and will seek out soft toys to snuggle and soft pillows and laps to rest their heads on.
Always on the tips of his toes in anticipation of the next big chase, game, or adventure, the Jack Russell Terrier has more energy than many pet owners can handle. Super active with a loud bark and an unquenchable prey drive, Jack Russells will keep you busy thinking up challenges to keep them out of trouble.
Chins are gentle dogs that need and want lots of togetherness. They do well with other dogs as playmates. Although loving and eager to please, they're curious and into things, conducting their own research. Chins cannot be ignored – they won't let you, tailing owners like a canine private eye. They're sweet and loving with the elderly and infirm, making great lap warmers and therapy dogs.
This breed is known for his gentle, affectionate, friendly disposition. Unlike many breeds, Keeshonden (the plural for this breed) aren't one-person dogs; they are equally devoted to all family members, and can be equally effusive in greeting friends of the family. True to their roots, they also will sound the alarm if a stranger dares to approach family territory.
Fiercely loyal, surprisingly comical, full of energy, and brimming with affection for his friends, the Kerry Blue is a classic terrier type. Kerries are sturdy enough to play with responsible kids, big enough to intimidate burglars, energetic enough to be a good exercise buddy, vocal enough to play watchdog, and companionable enough to share your life.
Few breeds can elicit the double-takes that this walking mound of white dreadlocks inspires, but the mystique of the Komondor is far more than fur-deep. This is a tough character, ready to serve and protect, but not necessarily in that order.
Who says you cannot be a giant, intimidating guardian dog, and also pretty? The Kuvasz says so, and who is going to argue? This pretty white dog with the sweet face and tough nature makes an effective flock guardian and also a protective companion. The question is, can you handle her?
The Lab is the number one dog in popularity for a reason. The sweet, faithful lab will play fetch and entertain kids until the last one is worn out and then bring the ball to you. And for someone who wants a companion on hikes or romps in the park, one needs look no further. As long as people do not mind dog hair on the sofa, the good black dress and in the coffee, a Lab is easy care.