A Guide to Dog Coat Types

Not all dog coats are the same.

From the neat, flat coat of the Labrador Retriever to the abundant shaggy mop of the Old English Sheepdog, a dog’s coat type is one of his most distinguishing features. Dog coat type refers to the differences in texture and length of the fur, and whether it’s a double or single coat. Varied coat types require different methods of grooming and present different challenges, and also influence your best friend’s need for a dog jacket in crisp weather. Here’s the long and the short—and the rough and the smooth—of it:

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This Dog Crossbreed Generator Is Kind of Fun

Whichever breeds make up your dog’s mix, we guarantee they’ll love a nap on the sofa.

Ever wonder how a cross or hybrid of two specific dog breeds would look? The photos on this entertaining Dog Crossbreed Generator might have your answers. 

The dog breed mixer is on the quirky website of U.K. insurance company Co-op, and it’s a fun place to click around. The dog mixer is not exhaustive; the choices seem limited to breed combinations for which the developers could put their paws on real-life pictures. So you can put a Corgi and a Papillon together (you’ll get a fluffy-haired “Corillon”), but not a Papillon and a Siberian Husky (… 404 dog not found).

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The Best Dog Breed for Each State

The Best Dog Breed for Each State

There may not be a single best dog breed for any state, but below is our list of breeds that hold a special place in the hearts of residents of each of the 50 United States. With 193 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, plus additional mixed breeds and shelter mixes, it was difficult coming up with a single best breed for each of the 50 states. Since the best dog breed for someone in California may not be the best breed for someone in Florida, we looked at many deciding factors, including, the state’s climate, urban versus rural distribution, popular activities, historic events, and even state of origin for some breeds. Even after applying so many metrics, we still found it necessary to add some very close runners-up to the list.

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The Top 6 Calm Dog Breeds

Photo by Mats Postema, via CC BY-SA 4.0

If you’re daydreaming about getting a dog, what do you envision? A bouncy best pal brimming with excitement and energy? Or do you imagine an unflappable, four-legged throw pillow who keeps you good company on the couch as you catch up on your binge watching? If you fall in the latter camp, opting for a calm dog breed is the way to go.

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21 Rare Dog Breeds You’ve Never Heard Of


The Wirehaired Vizsla is a versatile hunting dog.
Photo via Wikipedia. Noveczki Katalin.

Where most dogs elicit smiles from passersby, rare dog breeds evoke wonder, curiosity, and many a “what kind of dog is that?” If you get one of these 21 awesome and unusual dog breeds, be forewarned—the questions and comments won’t end.

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Why Do Dogs Howl?

Dogs howl to communicate. With her doleful, drawn-out vocalization, your dog may be talking (saying “look what I found!”), seeking attention, or sharing that she’s in pain, bored, or lonely. Howling is one of those dog behaviors that sparks curiosity and questions. Do all dogs howl? Why do dogs howl when left alone? And if your dog is a howler, how do you keep her “ah-oooos” to a minimum? Let’s start where the howling began.

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The Best Dog Breeds for Families


The Perkins family poses with some of their pooches during a holiday gathering.
Photo courtesy Dave Perkins

When choosing the best dog breed for your family, answering a few simple questions can help steer you in the right direction. What are the ages of your children? What size home and yard space do you have? And, finally, how energetic and active are you as a family?

Answering these three questions helps you choose a dog with the energy level, exercise needs, and temperament that best suit your family’s lifestyle. A laid-back dog who stays calm in the midst of pandemonium, for example, is a wise choice for families with young children. If square footage is limited in your home and yard, a medium or small dog is a better choice.

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Five Common Questions About Labrador Retrievers


Photo by Tim Bronson

Among the most beloved, ubiquitous, and recognizable dog breeds, the enthusiastic and sociable Labrador Retriever not only makes an excellent pet, but is also an outstanding working dog. Originally bred as a water-retrieving hunting dog, the Lab possesses a combination of intelligence and eagerness to please his humans, making him highly trainable for a wide variety of work. Long pressed into service aiding those with disabilities, the Lab also has an excellent sense of smell, making him invaluable for police and military work.

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Best Big Dogs for Kids

By: Orvis Staff

Very few parents get through their kids’ childhoods without recurring—maybe even incessant—requests for a dog. If you’re finally saying “yes” and adding a furry bundle of joy to your family, . . .

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