Quick reference to some of the common questions people ask before deciding on the breed that best fits the family home.  That said, if you love a breed of dog because of the breed, it doesnt matter if they shed hair and need a large house!

Additional dietary information can be found on each dog’s breed page.  The information is constantly being updated and if you ever have any concerns about your dogs health contact your vet.  We have provided a list of vets for dogs here.

BreedTypeExerciseSize of homeGroomingCoat lengthShedsSize of garden
AffenpinscherUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Afghan HoundMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseEvery dayLongYesLarge garden
Airedale TerrierUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumYesLarge garden
AkitaMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Alaskan MalamuteMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumYesLarge garden
Anatolian Shepherd DogMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekShortYesLarge garden
Australian Cattle DogMore than 2 hours per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Australian ShepherdMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Australian Silky TerrierUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Australian TerrierUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Azawakh (Imp)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortNoLarge garden
Barbet (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
BasenjiUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Basset Bleu De Gascogne (Imp)More than 2 hours per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Basset Fauve De BretagneMore than 2 hours per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)More than 2 hours per daySmall houseEvery dayLongYesLarge garden
Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Basset HoundUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Bavarian Mountain HoundMore than 2 hours per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
BeagleUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Bearded CollieUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseEvery dayLongYesLarge garden
BeauceronMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Bedlington TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Bergamasco (Imp)Up to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekLongYesSmall/ medium garden
Bernese Mountain DogUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Bichon FriseUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
Black & Tan Coonhound (Imp)Up to 1 hour per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
BloodhoundMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
BologneseUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayLongNoSmall/ medium garden
Border CollieMore than 2 hours per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Border TerrierUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
BorzoiUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Boston TerrierUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Bouvier Des FlandresUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumNoLarge garden
BoxerMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Bracco ItalianoMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Braque D’Auvergne (Imp)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
BriardMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseEvery dayLongYesLarge garden
BrittanyMore than 2 hours per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Bull TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Bull Terrier (Miniature)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
BulldogUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
BullmastiffMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Cairn TerrierUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Canaan DogUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Canadian Eskimo DogMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Catalan SheepdogUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
Cavalier King Charles SpanielUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Cesky TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Chihuahua (Long Coat)Up to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)Up to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Chinese CrestedUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Chow ChowUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Cirneco Dell’EtnaUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Collie (Rough)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseEvery dayMediumYesLarge garden
Collie (Smooth)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Coton De TulearUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayLongNoSmall/ medium garden
Dachshund (Long Haired)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Dachshund (Miniature Long Haired)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Dachshund (Miniature Smooth Haired)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Dachshund (Miniature Wire Haired)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Dachshund (Smooth Haired)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Dachshund (Wire Haired)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
DalmatianMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Dandie Dinmont TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
DeerhoundMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
DobermannMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Dogue de BordeauxUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
English SetterMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)Up to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Entlebucher Mountain Dog (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Estrela Mountain DogUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
EurasierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Finnish LapphundUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Finnish SpitzUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Fox Terrier (Smooth)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Fox Terrier (Wire)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
FoxhoundMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
French BulldogUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
German Longhaired PointerMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
German PinscherUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
German Shepherd DogMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekShort & longYesLarge garden
German Shorthaired PointerMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
German Spitz (Klein)Up to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
German Spitz (Mittel)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
German Wirehaired PointerMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Giant SchnauzerMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumNoLarge garden
Glen Of Imaal TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
Gordon SetterMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Grand Bleu De Gascogne (Imp)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Great DaneMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Great Swiss Mountain DogUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Greenland DogMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekMediumYesLarge garden
GreyhoundUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Griffon BruxelloisUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Griffon Fauve De Bretagne (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
HamiltonstovareMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
HarrierMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
HavaneseUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayLongNoSmall/ medium garden
HovawartMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Hungarian Kuvasz (Imp)Up to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Hungarian PuliUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekLongNoSmall/ medium garden
Hungarian PumiUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
Hungarian VizslaMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Hungarian Wirehaired VizslaMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Ibizan HoundMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Irish Red & White SetterMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Irish SetterMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Irish TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Irish WolfhoundMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Italian GreyhoundUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortNoSmall/ medium garden
Italian SpinoneMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Jack Russell TerrierUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Japanese Akita InuMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekShortYesLarge garden
Japanese ChinUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Japanese Shiba InuUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Japanese SpitzUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseEvery dayMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
KeeshondUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseEvery dayMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Kerry Blue TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
King Charles SpanielUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
KomondorUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekLongNoLarge garden
KooikerhondjeUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Korean Jindo (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Korthals Griffon (Imp)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Lagotto RomagnoloMore than 2 hours per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumNoLarge garden
Lakeland TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekShortNoSmall/ medium garden
Lancashire HeelerUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Large MunsterlanderMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
LeonbergerMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Lhasa ApsoUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayLongNoSmall/ medium garden
Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)Up to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
MalteseUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayLongNoSmall/ medium garden
Manchester TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Maremma SheepdogMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
MastiffUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Miniature PinscherUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Miniature SchnauzerUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
Neapolitan MastiffUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
NewfoundlandUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumYesLarge garden
Norfolk TerrierUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Norwegian BuhundUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Norwegian ElkhoundUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Norwich TerrierUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Old English SheepdogMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseEvery dayLongYesLarge garden
OtterhoundMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
PapillonUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesNo garden
Parson Russell TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
PekingeseUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayLongYesSmall/ medium garden
Pharaoh HoundMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Picardy Sheepdog (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
PointerMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Polish Lowland SheepdogMore than 2 hours per daySmall houseEvery dayLongYesLarge garden
PomeranianUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Poodle (Miniature)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseEvery dayMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
Poodle (Standard)Up to 1 hour per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumNoLarge garden
Poodle (Toy)Up to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
Portuguese PodengoUp to 30 minutes per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Portuguese Pointer (Imp)Up to 1 hour per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Portuguese Water DogUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
PugUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Pyrenean Mastiff (Imp)Up to 1 hour per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumYesLarge garden
Pyrenean Mountain DogUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Pyrenean Sheepdog (Long Haired)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Pyrenean Sheepdog (Smooth Faced) (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Retriever (Chesapeake Bay)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Retriever (Curly Coated)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Retriever (Flat Coated)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Retriever (Golden)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Retriever (Labrador)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Rhodesian RidgebackMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
RottweilerMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Russian Black TerrierMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumNoLarge garden
Russian Toy (Imp)Up to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayShortYesSmall/ medium garden
SalukiMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
SamoyedMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseEvery dayMediumYesLarge garden
SchipperkeUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
SchnauzerUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Scottish TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseEvery dayLongYesSmall/ medium garden
Sealyham TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseEvery dayLongNoSmall/ medium garden
Shar PeiUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Shetland SheepdogUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseEvery dayMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Shih TzuUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayLongNoSmall/ medium garden
Siberian HuskyMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekShortYesLarge garden
Skye TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekLongYesSmall/ medium garden
SloughiMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShortYesLarge garden
Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer (Imp)Up to 1 hour per dayLarge houseOnce a weekMediumNoLarge garden
Small Munsterlander (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Soft Coated Wheaten TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseEvery dayMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
Spaniel (American Cocker)More than 2 hours per daySmall houseEvery dayLongYesLarge garden
Spaniel (American Water) (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
Spaniel (Clumber)Up to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Spaniel (Cocker)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseEvery dayMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Spaniel (English Springer)More than 2 hours per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Spaniel (Field)More than 2 hours per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Spaniel (Irish Water)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumNoLarge garden
Spaniel (Sussex)More than 2 hours per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Spaniel (Welsh Springer)More than 2 hours per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Spanish Water DogUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumNoSmall/ medium garden
St. BernardUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekShortYesLarge garden
Staffordshire Bull TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Swedish Lapphund (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Swedish VallhundUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Tibetan MastiffUp to 1 hour per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMediumYesLarge garden
Tibetan SpanielUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
Tibetan TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseEvery dayLongNoSmall/ medium garden
Turkish Kangal DogMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekShortYesLarge garden
WeimaranerMore than 2 hours per dayLarge houseOnce a weekShort & longYesLarge garden
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
Welsh TerrierUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
West Highland White TerrierUp to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentMore than once a weekMediumYesSmall/ medium garden
WhippetUp to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortYesSmall/ medium garden
White Swiss Shepherd Dog (Imp)More than 2 hours per dayLarge houseMore than once a weekMedium & longYesLarge garden
Xoloitzcuintle (Mex Hairless) Int (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortNoSmall/ medium garden
Xoloitzcuintle (Mex Hairless) Min (Imp)Up to 1 hour per dayFlat/ ApartmentOnce a weekShortNoSmall/ medium garden
Xoloitzcuintle (Mex Hairless) Std (Imp)Up to 1 hour per daySmall houseOnce a weekShortNoSmall/ medium garden
Yorkshire TerrierUp to 30 minutes per dayFlat/ ApartmentEvery dayLongNoSmall/ medium garden