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Throughout history, Pugs have been Chinese emperors and Netherland and UK royals absolute favourite dogs. I mean, of course they were; their flat noses, expressive eyes and big personalities are all cased in a little wrinkled package. These days, you don’t have to be a royal to own one, thankfully. These dogs also work in all situations too; they’re good with kids and other dogs!

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Royal watchers will certainly be familiar with this breed, as it’s another royal favourit1 – particularly for England’s Queen Elizabeth II. She has seen over 30 Corgis throughout her reign, and who can blame her! This dog is the perfect example of a big dog attitude in a small dog package. They stand a foot tall, but are still the best herding breeds around! They are super loyal and loving.

Miniature Schnauzer

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You may have heard of the Standard Schnauzer, we’re talking about the adorable Miniature Schnauzer. These are foot-tall, four-legged friends that are physical doppelgangers for their larger namesakes – except for their size of course. They also differ when it comes to temperament and personality, along with being much more popular than the Standard breed. They don’t always love other dogs, but they are great with children.



Poodles are great dogs, they come in a variety of sizes and colors, from toy to standard and black to apricot. They’re playful, loyal, great with people, don’t shed and they’re seriously smart. There is a reason poodles are the most popular cross-breeding sog, from Labradoodles to Goldendoodle to Cockapoos and Bernedoodles – however, the wide variety in mixes that are produced means you should do your research before buying one!


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In case you couldn’t tell from their thick coat of white hair, these dogs were bred for cold weather. These are medium sized beauties that are high working, whose lineage has seen them pulling sleds through freezing temperatures for over a hundred years. But if you don’t need them to pull a sled, they are great during activities and socialization, always with a huge smile on their face.

Doberman Pinscher

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Dobermans are usually presented in television and movies as being mean and aggressive guard dogs, this is not always the case. However, we do understand the hesitation towards getting one as a pet. But as long as you take the time to train them and care for them properly, these dogs can make for great, energetic and loving family pets. And this way, you still get a top-notch guard dog and protector!

Great Dane


Female Great Danes often weigh in around 110-140 pounds, while males often scale in at 140-180. You’d think that given their size they wouldn’t be ideal pets. But actually, these large dogs don’t need as much exercise as many other breeds. So they can be very content in a smug apartment, however beware that they can drool a lot!

Shih Tzu


To some of us, the fact that these dogs look like Ewoks is reason enough to have them on the list. But, Shih Tzus are also great pets due to being super playful and great with children – as well as adults. While you don’t need to provide them with exercise and stimulation, these toy dogs love to spend time on your lap. They’re great dogs for 363 days of the year, besides Halloween and May Fourth.

Border Collie

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Do you have a flock of sheep you need to herd? Then there’s no better dog for the job than a Border Collie! But you don’t need sheep to own a Border Collie. However, you do need to give them lots of exercise and mental stimulation, so if you can give them jobs to perform, then that’s even better. And let’s not forget the breed’s high intelligence levels, and that being the reason that they’re so good at agility competitions!


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Rotties are another breed that get a bad rap as being an overly aggressive and dangerous dog. However, the blame should be put onto the dog’s owners rather than the dog themselves. If raised properly, treat kindly and well-trained, then Rottweilers can be amazing dogs. They can sometimes be uncertain of strangers, and they are loving and protective over their family pack.