Welcome to the Who's Ya Doggy? Dog Breed Guide

It appears this is your first visit to our Dog Breed Guide, or perhaps you haven't visited us for some time, so we'd like to welcome you to our site.  We hope you find the guide useful.

To get the most out of the guide we recommend reading the How to Use the Dog Breed Guide page and the Frequently Asked Questions page.  The site is being improved and updated constantly, so frequent users may benefit from visiting these pages from time to time.

We welcome all submissions to the guide.  If you have information on dog breeds we don't have listed or additional information, photos or corrections for breeds already listed, please send it to us using the Submit Breed Information page.

Welcome to the Who's Ya Doggy? Dog Breed Guide

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How to Use the Dog Breed Guide [This page is under development]

This page provides help with using the Dog Breed Guide.

Getting started

To view the Dog Breed Guide you must have Microsoft Silverlight installed on your computer. If you already have Silverlight you will see hundreds of dog breed photos on the Main Page and you are ready to use the guide.  If you cannot yet see the photos, you should instead see instructions or a link inviting you to install Silverlight.  Please install it - it's easy and free!

The controls

The default setting is Show all, which displays all of the dog breeds in the Who's Ya Doggy database.  There are a number of controls and menus you can use to sort and display the breeds in all kinds of amazing ways.  These controls and menus are on the left, and along the top, of the page.

If you like, you can play with these controls and menus to see what they do - don't worry, you cannot do any harm by experimenting!  Alternatively, first read about them below:

Learning about individual dog breeds

When you click on a picture of an individual dog breed, a panel of information will appear on the right, like the one below.  You can read a description and interesting facts about the breed, see what other names it is known by, and view all of its features such as Size, Coat, Grooming needs, Exercise requirements and Personality traits.

You can also click on the blue text to see which other dog breeds share the same characteristics.  For example, with the Pug below, clicking the word Small in the 'Size' category will show you all of the other Small dog breeds.

Definitions

Breed:  The most common name by which a breed is known worldwide.

Other names:  Alternative names by which a breed may be known in different countries.

Size:  The overall size that most dogs within a breed can be expected to grow to, considering both height and weight, from Very small to Giant.

Coat:  The lengths and types of coat that a breed may have.  Coat length is rated from Hairless to Long and coat type is from Straight to Cords.

Shedding:  The amount of fur the breed tends to shed, rated from Non-shedding to Heavy.  For mixed breeds comprised of crosses between shedding and non-shedding dogs, such as Labradors and Poodles, the degree of shedding in their offspring can vary.  Therefore you may see Non-shedding and Light and Medium in the results for crossbred dogs.

Grooming:  Frequency with which you will need to brush the dog to keep its coat in good condition, rated from Never to Most days.

Odor:  The doggy smell that the breed's skin and coat produce, rated from None to Strong.  Odor will also vary among dogs within a breed depending on what they are fed and the care that's taken of their skin and coat.

Barking:  The frequency with which a breed tends to use its voice, rated from Rare to Frequent and/or Makes other sounds.  Barking frequency is a very important consideration when choosing, for example, a pet for apartment living versus a guard dog for a rural property.  Despite these breed trends, there's a great deal of individual variation and a lot can be done to control barking with good training.

Energy:  How active a dog tends to be at home rather than when it's exercising, rated from Low to Very high.  For example, it's surprising how sedate Greyhounds can be in a domestic environment even though they can produce an incredible turn of speed at the dog park.

Exercise:  The amount of exercise required to keep the breed healthy and happy, rated by frequency and vigor.

Trainability:  An estimate of the breed's intelligence and responsiveness to training, rated from Low to Very high.  The Very high category includes the top 10 most intelligent dog breeds as found in Professor Stanley Coren's research.  That is, the breeds that tend to be the easiest to train.  Full development of canine intelligence also depends on individual genetics, diet and environment, just as for a human child.

Personality:  Commonly reported personality traits for each breed.  Some character traits are heritable in dogs, meaning that they pass from the parents to their puppies.  However there may be much individual variation within a breed as well as strong effects from how a dog is raised and trained.

Guarding:  A breed's instinct for guarding and watchdog behavior, rated from Low to High.  However there can be a lot of individual variation within a breed.

Aggression toward people:  A breed's tendency to defend itself or to be aggressive toward people, rated from Low to High.  There can be much individual variation as well as strong effects from how a dog is trained and raised.  In most breeds aggression is much more pronounced in intact (non-neutered) males than in females of the same breed.

Aggression toward dogs:  A breed's tendency to defend itself or to be aggressive toward other dogs, rated from Low to High.  There can be much individual variation as well as strong effects from how a dog is trained and raised.  In most breeds aggression is much more pronounced in intact (non-neutered) males than in females of the same breed.

Original purpose:  The purpose for which the breed was originally created, even if the breed is rarely used for that purpose today.  For example, dog Fighting is banned in most countries these days but breeds that are descended from fighting dogs still exist.


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Click the Back and Forward buttons to navigate backwards and forwards through your criteria selections.

Note that your web browser's Back and Forward buttons will not perform the same function.

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Instead of selecting your own criteria from the left menu, try the Shortcuts. Click the dropdown menu to see shortcuts to fascinating collections, such as 'Dog breeds suitable for apartment living', the 'Most intelligent dog breeds' and 'Non-shedding, low-shedding, low allergy dog breeds'.

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After selecting a set of dog breeds, click the Smart Link button.  A small window will be displayed containing a web link that is unique to your selected criteria.  You can copy this Smart Link and use it to return to the dog breed guide and set the same selection criteria.

You may also share the link with others via email, social networking, blogs, web sites, etc.

Toolbar Sort selector screen shot

Click the Sort selector to display the dog breeds sorted by different criteria.  The default sort criteria is Breed.

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Click the View buttons to display the dog breeds in a Grid View layout (left button) or a Chart View layout (right button).

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Use the Zoom slider or your mouse wheel to zoom in and out of the displayed dog breed photographs.  Some photos are so detailed that you can count the dogs' whiskers!

As you zoom into an dog's photograph the Information panel will appear on the right side of the page, displaying the information for that particular breed.

Filter Panel

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« You can enter search terms here, or...

« Select dog breeds from the alphabetical list, or...

« Choose what size dog breeds you are interested in by clicking Size and selecting, for example, Small and Medium.

« You can then narrow your search further.  Perhaps you want a quiet breed?  Then click Barking and select Rare and Occasional.

« You can keep narrowing your selection by as many criteria as you want.  Are you are looking for a Small or Medium size dog with Rare or Occasional barking that is also very responsive to training?  Then click Trainability and select High and Very high.

Every time you add or change your criteria, the display will change to show you only the dog breeds that meet those criteria!