At My Pet’s, we do not choose favorites. And whether yours is a mixed breed or a purebred, you love them all the same. As a bonus to our Top 10 Dog Breeds for 2018, we are adding three more to our ever growing list, Newfoundland, Bichon Frise, and Australian Shepherd.

The Newfoundland can be described in a multitude of ways, but perhaps the first and most obvious descriptor would be “large.” With males weighing up to 150 lbs. and females weighing up to 120 lbs., Newfoundlands are quite simply very large dogs. Which is why the term “workhorse” is so apropos for describing the kind of working dog the Newfoundland is. With their heavy coats designed to insulate them from frigid, icy waters, the Newfoundland is a master of the water and displays life-saving instincts on long distance swims.

If physical descriptors like “large” and “workhorse” are appropriate in describing their outward appearance, then no term mre perfectly encapsulates the temperament and disposition of the Newfoundland than “companion.” Equal parts sweet, gentle, and patient, Newfoundlands are famously loyal and devoted companions. There is simply no better way to understand the Newfoundland than in these terms.

It should be noted that although Newfoundlands are, at best, medium-energy dogs, they do need some space in which to enjoy a proper romp. They do shed seasonally, but only an occasional groom will keep them happy and healthy. To learn more about these gentle giants, visit here!

 

Fun fact: “Bichon Frise” (pronounced BEE-shon free-ZAY) is actually French for “fluffy white dog.” As you can see, the French where particularly spot on with this title (bonus fun fact: generations of French royalty spent their free time pampering Bichon Frises, thus the reason you see so many today adorned in an assortment of bows and other accessories!) But do not let their royal heritage dissuade you, the Bichon Frise is anything but pampered, posh, or downright uppity.

Bichon Frises are a delightful combination of curious and charismatic. Not overly active, the Bichon Frise enjoys bursts of spunky, peppy energy for playtime along with equal periods of low-energy cuddles and snuggles. What makes that balance between playtime and cuddle-time so much better is the fact that Bichon Frises are hypoallergenic and rarely shed, although they do benefit from a daily grooming regimen of brushing. If you feel so inclined, the Bichon Frise also responds well to training and thrives in obedience competition.

If you’re curious about the Bichon Frise and what to learn even more, click here!

 

And finally we end with none other than the irresistible Australian Shepherd. And let’s face it, with such striking coloration in their coats and eyes, they’re hard not to fawn over; however, it is important to keep in mind that Australian Shepherds are true members of the herding group of breeds.

Traditionally, Australian Shepherds work as all-purpose farm dogs, working everywhere from small, family farms to large ranches herding livestock and performing other tasks. This typically means that your average Aussie is going to have a high energy level and require lots of physical activity that can give them a sense of pride and purpose, given their level of intelligence and versatility. Although they do require a little supervision around other dogs, Australian Shepherds do very well with children and can be great family dogs for the active family.

Aussies do shed seasonally, but only require the occasional groom to keep their coats happy and healthy. On the whole, an Aussie thrives in an active and loving environment where there is a sense of purpose and they can flex their intelligent might on a regular basis. To learn even more about the Australian Shepherd, click here!

 

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