Known for its spirited intelligence, this breed has long had a job to do on family farms as ratters, herders, guardians, and hunters. Schnauzers comes in three different sizes: miniature, standard, and giant.
Despite its name, the American Eskimo was bred from a Nordic breed called the German Spitz. The breed is highly adaptable and affectionate with family. The Eskie comes in three different sizes (standard, miniature, and toy), and is known for its smiling face and happy demeanor.
This breed's pointy snout and low-slung body are instantly recognizable. As a German breed, Dachshunds, which means "badger dog," date back 600 years. First used to hunt badgers, these sturdy, courageous dogs make great pets with their friendly, feisty personalities.
Not particularly well known, this breed is a cross between a Wolf Spitz, a Chow Chow, and a Samoyed. The breed is one big ball of fluff, but it's also a calm, confident dog that tends to be good with kids.
Bold and spunky, the tiny Pomeranian is known for its sassy personality. The breed originated in Pomerania, in an area that is now part of Poland and Western Germany. This little dog is a miniature version of spitz-type sled dogs of the Arctic.
Descended from the mastiffs of the Roman legion, this muscular, courageous breed is a loyal companion and guardian. They're actually quite trainable and eager to please, but they need loads of mental stimulation and a disciplined owner to encourage good behavior.
This loving and affectionate dog was originally bred in Germany as a gun dog to handle big game such as bears and mountain lions. Athletic and spunky, Weimaraners are eager to please, but they also need lots of mental stimulation to stay happy.
The Great Dane is a loving and dependable breed. First bred for hunting boars, the breed is surprisingly gentle, especially with children. It's a playful, vigilant dog and highly adaptable to most households. It's definitely one of the most lovable giant breed dogs.
Münsterländers were developed in Germany as a new breed of pointers after a change in the hunting laws in the 19th century. Due to this breed's incredible swimming, retrieving, and tracking abilities, this dog is definitely best suited for active families who love the outdoors.
Originally bred to herd sheep, this tireless and courageous dog is the preferred breed for military and police units across the world. But German Shepherds also make loving family pets with plenty of mental stimulation and exercise. However, it's not necessarily the best breed for first-time pet parents.
This super-smart breed is a true athlete. Poodles were bred as duck hunters, but they love sports of all kinds, especially swimming! Poodles are extremely affectionate pets and come in three sizes: Toy, miniature and standard.