Akitas are fiercely devoted and will protect their owners. They enjoy affection as much as any dog, but they don't paw, bark, crawl up your leg, or whine. They are autonomous and intuitive.

Afghan Hound

These beautiful beauties seem to "take it or leave it" with humans. Afghans are dignified and vigilant, yet they rarely wriggle when you get home from work. They choose love.

Chow Chow

Chinese working dogs bred these odd, petite pups. Though they seem like teddy bears, cuddling and squeezing aren't their thing, so they'll probably resist until they're comfy.

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers want work, not cuddles, despite their pushiness. Throw it! Please catch that squirrel! Free me! Drive me! This demanding style hides their ferocious independence when left alone.

Alaskan Malamute

These hard-working, heavy-coated huge dogs have been welcomed into warm, cozy family life, but their dispositions haven't changed from self-contained and not needy. 


Greyhounds are happiest walking with you. Friendly but aloof, they prefer lazing indoors, although you may be annoyed by their lack of lap attention. They allow caressing but don't seem to want it.

Siberian Husky

Huskies are thought to be related to the Alaskan Malamute, which they look like. Like the Malamute, they live in the north and do many of the same jobs.


Charlie Brown's dog is smart and cute. These dogs also hunt and explore alone. If allowed to leave the yard, they will chase small animals and beg for treats from strangers.

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