Intelligence / Ease of Training
Typically every breed can be trained to learn basic commands. However, some breeds learn a lot faster than others - making them a lot easier to train. These highly intelligent breeds pick up a command after only about five or six repetitions and often respond on the first time a command is given. Highly intelligent breeds tend to remember commands even if they aren't practiced regularly and better accommodate an inexperienced trainer that makes the occasional mistakes. Grooming Needs
Time poor and impatient people should consider intelligent breeds that display an easy of training.
The rating tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of its speed to learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to judge a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Breeds grooming needs may vary and includes Shedding, Nail Clipping, Teeth Brushing and Removing of Tear Stains. Exercise Needs
Whilst a certain amount of seasonal shedding in most breeds is normal, some breeds shed heavier than others and some do have a greater need to have their hair brushed and washed. Dogs that have a high shedding rate need to be brushed more often to brush out the dead hair.
Dogs with short coats require virtually no grooming, just a brush and wipe down every so often. Dogs with long coats require either regular clipping every eight weeks or so (where their coats are clipped short) or their long coats need to be brushed practically every day. So keep in mind that if you choose a breed with a long coat you will either need to get it clipped regularly if you want to avoid brushing it so much, or if you choose to keep it long or even medium length you will have to brush it every day.
A dog's nails grow constantly and need regular clipping. If you don't keep up with your dog's nails, they will continue to grow and eventually curl around and grow into the pads of their feet, which is extremely painful. The trick to successfully clipping your dog's nails is conditioning and desensitization.
Brushing your dog's teeth is just as important as brushing your own. Plaque can build up and cause cavities and gum disease. Poor dental hygiene can lead to bad breath, loss of teeth, weight loss, pain, and digestive problems. It can also negatively affect all the body's organs, and has been shown to contribute to heart disease.
Tear stains are a common issue among many light colored and toy dogs. The first step towards ridding your dog of tear stains is to pinpoint the cause. Once you know why your dog is getting tear stains, you can get rid of the problem.
The rate tells you how much grooming a particular breed requires. The higher the rating the higher the grooming needs and attention the breed requires.
Breeds vary greatly in regards to their need and stamina for exercise. Subject to your own personal lifestyle (sporty outdoor vs indoor bookworm) and circumstances (size of your property), a 'match up' may be advisable. Watchdog
Generally all dogs should get as much exercise as possible. A daily walk is sufficient for most breeds.
Small dog breeds, for example Toy dogs such as Pugs, Maltese or Yorkshire Terriers, will get the majority of their required exercise needs just be walking, running and playing around indoors.
However, some breeds have so much energy and are so active that if you don't give them a sufficient workout every day - a long walk and hard run - their pent up energy will quite likely manifest itself in destructive behavior. These breeds make terrific jogging, hiking, and ridding companions.
The rating tells you the exercise needs of the breed. A high rating means a need for a more frequent and prolonged opportunity to exert themselves (run on open spaces, walks)
Dogs can either serve as watchdogs or guard dogs or both. A watchdog's job is to bark and raise the alarm when a stranger enters your property. Their job is to warn you. Many small dog breeds make great watch dogs. Guard dog
The rating tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Dogs can either serve as watchdogs or guard dogs or both. A guard dog's job is to look intimidating and protect his family by keeping intruders out. Size
The rating tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
There are clear options. tiny, small, medium, large or... giant. Good with Kids
Choosing the right size is an important decision that is mainly influenced by personal preference, budget considerations and lifestyle. Generally you don't have to own a large house to own a large energetic dog if you can take him outside for a good hour of two of exercise every day (a large dog can live in a small house or apartment just fine), but you may need to spend that additional time for exercises and have that extra cash for food, tick and flea preventative treatments and other medications.
The rating tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Generally speaking, all dogs will get along well with children if they are raised with them. However, some breeds have a protective streak in them and may become aggressive with children who get to close at meal time (although this should not be tolerated), or aggressive with children they've never met. These breeds will likely see the children as being underneath themselves in the "pack order" and may try to dominate them. Good with Dogs
Some dogs will patiently put up with little children who pull their ears or accidentally poke them in the eyes, while others will not and map nip or bite back in defense.
So if you want a dog that is excellent with children avoid breeds which may have a dominance streak or that have short tempers.
The rating tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.
Choosing breeds that will be compatible with each other is an important consideration. Next to such considerations as size, some dog breeds are more willing to accept other canines (or cats) whilst others can be downright dangerous.
The rating tells you how good the breed socializes with other dogs. A higher rating means the breed socializes well. Note: all breeds are generally good with other animals if they are socialized from early age.