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Getting a Dog: Which Breed Fits You Best?

Prospective owners can’t predict everything about a dog based on breed alone.

On-the-Go Jet Setter

Small, laid-back breeds are ideal for logging frequent-flier miles. Bichons frisés, Yorkshire terriers, dachshunds, and Norfolk or Norwich terriers are good travelers.

Single Apartment Dweller Without a Yard

You want a dog you can relax with and take on leisurely walks. Pomeranians, papillons, Chihuahuas, and Malteses all make great companions.

Suburban Family With a Yard

Fragile “toy” breeds aren’t a good idea for kids. Consider beagles, Labradors, Portuguese water dogs, and pit bulls. (Despite their reputation, experts say pit bulls are easy to train and eager to please.)

Active Young Couple

You want a dog that can keep up with your adventures outdoors. Border collies, Kerry blue terriers, and Weimaraners—all medium-size breeds—are high-energy and love to exercise.

Photographs courtesy of Shutterstock, and TongRo Image Stock/Getty Images.

This article appears in the November 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.

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