Dogs are as unique as humans — each one is different even if they are the same breed, so it is important to meet the dog in person to see how its personality fits with yours. While it is vital to research a breed’s characteristics, this should not be viewed as a substitute for an in-person meeting.

Bulldog: This sweet and gentle dog belies his “sourmug” nickname.

  • Sensitive to cold weather.

  • Greedy eaters that will overeat if given the chance. Gain weight easily, and can quickly become obese if their food intake is not monitored.

  • Sociable and sweet, with a reputation for courage that make them excellent watchdogs. Inactive indoors and do not require a great deal of exercise.

  • Dignified rather than lively, with a kind although occasionally stubborn nature.

Australian Shepherd: Give this dog a job and he’ll love it.

  • Require roughly 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise a day, prefearably with high-energy activities.

  • Prefer having a job to do, such as daily obedience training.

  • Can be destructive and bark for long periods if not getting the exercise and mental stimulation they need.

  • Have a reputation for needing wide-open space, but do just fine in cities if given enough stimulation and exercise.

Beagle: Happy, inquisitive, shorthaired hound who makes a great family companion, an eager hunter in the field—or both!

  • Can be difficult to housetrain. Some people say it can take up to a year to fully housetrain some Beagles. Crate training is recommended.

  • Tend to get bored if left alone in a house too long. Will find ways to amuse themselves if left in a backyard, usually by howling,  digging,  or trying to escape.

  • Not good protection or guard dogs, because they’re usually friendly to everyone they meet.

Labrador Retriever: The sunny, smart and hard-working Labrador Retriever is America’s favorite dog.

  • Often thought of as a hyperactive breed. Require at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. - Without it, they can vent their pent-up energy in destructive ways, such as barking and chewing.

  • Lab puppies are lively, but most will slow down a bit as they grow up. They usually remain fairly active throughout their lives.

  • Love to eat, and become obese very quickly if overfed.