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Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs for the City

Hypoallergenic dogs are great for allergy sufferers. Living in NYC, we see and know loads of hypoallergenic dogs and here’s our recommendation for the Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs for the City:

10. Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

audrey hepburn's yorkieThe Yorkshire Terrier has been one of the most popular dogs in NYC for years, so we had to put it on the list. Ziggy and G.M., both Yorkies, are also our friends. Yorkies are a small, intelligent and very adaptable for apartment living. Some of them can have a tendency to bark (i.e. yapper) and want to be the leader of the pack &/or need a lot of attention, but they are trainable. More info: Yorkshire Terrier wiki

9. Miniature Schnauzer

mini_schnauzerThe typical Miniature Schnauzer is alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please. He should never be overaggressive or timid. The Miniature Schnauzer is characterized by its whiskers and double coat, which has a hard, wiry outer coat and close, soft undercoat. He is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds, which include the Giant and the Standard. More info: Miniature Schnauzer wiki

8. West Highland White Terrier (Westie)

West-Highland-White-TerrierWesties are highly social and are the most friendly and jolly of all the Scottish breeds of terrier. Having a typical terrier prey drive, they tend to be highly interested in toys especially chasing balls. They are also inquisitive and investigative. Our friend Aron has two “sister” Westies. More info: West Highland White Terrier AKC

7. Norfolk Terrier

norfolk terrierMaybe not so well known, but we could not leave the Norfolk Terrier off the list as Jake, our friend’s Norfolk Terrier is one of the reasons we got a dog in the first place. The Norfolk Terrier is a smallest of the working terriers. It’s brave, loyal to their masters, and has great charm. Jake lives in WDC and is loads of fun! Here’s a puppy picture of Jake and his “dad” Scott. More info: Norfolk Terrier AKC

6. Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (Wheaten)

Soft-coated_Wheaten_TerrierThe Wheaten is a happy, steady dog and shows himself gaily with an air of self-confidence. He is alert and exhibits interest in his surroundings; exhibits less aggressiveness than is sometimes encouraged in other terriers. We have the sweetest Wheaten on our building named Sheamus. More info: Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier wiki

5. Shih-Tzu

Shih TzuThe Shih-Tzu is another very popular NYC dog. The Shih Tzu is bread to be a companion and house pet. Its temperament is outgoing, happy, affectionate, friendly and trusting. Due to its friendly nature, the Shih Tzu tends to interact well with other dogs and with children and adults. More info: Shih Tzu wiki

4. Maltese

malteseThe Maltese is spirited, lively, playful and small. Gentle, loving, trusting and devoted to its master. Highly intelligent. Good at learning tricks. Bold and quick to sound the alarm. It is a classic companion dog: graceful and lovable. It does well with other non-canine animals and other dogs. Our friends Beth Ann and Al recently got the cutest Maltese named Cobie. More info: Maltese Dog wiki

3. Tibetan Terrier

tibetan terrierKobi’s girlfriend, Fiesta, is a Tibetan Terrier so clearly we love the Tibetan Terrier! Boots is another cute Tibetan Terrier in our building. They are both super friendly and our dog loves to play with them. The Tibetan Terrier is a brave, intelligent, dedicated, medium-sized dog. Sweet and loving, it’s lively, mild and fun, with great agility as well as endurance. This breed’s bark is deep like a rising siren. Here’s a picture of Fiesta. More info: Tibetan Terrier AKC

2. Bichon Frise (Bichon)

Bichon CasperWhen we were looking for a dog, we almost went with a Bichon Frise. They are great dogs and our friend George from WDC has two of them. Here’s his cute dog Casper. The Bichon is a fluffy, little white dog that loves human company. It’s intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively. This charming, gentle dog is not a yapper. They are naturally sociable and are happiest when they are part of a family that takes them everywhere. They are great with other dogs, pets and children. More info: Bichon Frise wiki

1. Havanese

havaneseOf course we’re totally biased because Kobi, our dog, is a Havanese! While our dog is white/cream, they do come in a variety of colors. Havanese are natural companion dogs, gentle and responsive. Very affectionate and playful with a high degree of intelligence, these cheerful dogs are very sociable and will get along with everyone including people, dogs, cats and other pets. This curious dog loves to observe what is going on. It has a quiet and gentle disposition, but enjoys loud play sessions. The Havanese has a reputation of being a circus dog, probably because it learns quickly. It’s also the National Dog of Cuba. More info: Havanese AKC

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs

There’s something for everyone when it comes to large hybrid dogs. You’ll find gentle giants, jogging buddies and 100-pound dogs that simply want to sit in your lap. Whether you’re in an apartment or own a house with an ample yard, there is a larger-than-life pup for you.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - goldendoodle

Goldendoodle

10. Goldendoodle

(Golden Retriever x Poodle)
Probably one of the most well known hybrids, the Goldendoodle is super cute. We’ve seen very large ones and others that are medium sized. It probably depends on what size Poodle the Golden Retriever was crossed with.

They’re known for being affectionate, alert, cheerful, courageous, energetic, friendly, intelligent, loyal, playful, and social. The Goldendoodle enjoys being around other humans and pets – ideal for families.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Labmaraner

Labmaraner

9. Labmaraner

(Labrador Retriever x Weimaraner)
The Labmaraners are affectionate, active, loyal and well-mannered with a good protecting tendency. They have a muscular body and a fully grown they can stand up to 24 inches at the shoulder and weight may range from 60-100 pounds.

The Labmaraners are the intelligent dogs and are highly energetic dogs that require daily exercise. Being offspring of Weimaraner and Labrador, they tend to be good runners and excellent swimmers.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Bernedoodle

Bernedoodle

8. Bernedoodle

(Bernese Mountain dog x Poodle)
You’ll want to play with this hilarious, social breed, and it works out perfectly; Bernedoodles need human interaction in order to learn.

The most common colors for Bernedoodles are black, black and tan, brindle, and white. Their wavy coats require regular brushing. They’re considered a working group of breed with talents in obedience, agility, watchdog and tracking.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Golden Saint

Golden Saint

7. Golden Saint

(Golden Retriever x Saint Bernard)
Don’t they sound angelic? The Golden Saint is a gentle giant that loves its family. They’re good with kids and are known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. They are also friendly toward other pets.

Golden Saints can weigh from 100 lbs to 220 lbs with a height up to 36 inches. The most common colors for Golden Saints are black, brindle, brown, cream, golden, merle, speckled, spotted, white, and yellow. To keep them healthy, they need a moderate amount of regular exercise.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Saint Dane

Saint Dane

6. Saint Dane

(Saint Bernard x Great Dane) + cousin to the Golden Saint
Saint Danes define “gentle giants.” They’re big, protective and wonderful with children, which makes them a good family dog.

They have silky coats, are incredibly loyal and need playful interactions and exercise. They are intelligent and the size of Saint Danes makes them very protective.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Irish Mastiff

Irish Mastiff

5. Irish Mastiff

(Irish Wolfhound x Mastiff)
The Irish Mastiff is known for being gentle, loving, and loyal. They’re multi-talented and can participate in a wide variety of activities such as agility, competitive obedience, and search and rescue.

This large breed dog can stand up to 38 inches and weigh in between 120-250 pounds. The most common colors for Irish Mastiffs are black, black and tan, gray, red, silver, and white. To keep your Irish Mastiff healthy, he’ll need regular exercise.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Rotterman

Rotterman

4. Rotterman

(Doberman Pinscher x Rottweiler)
Based on the parents, you know the Rotterman will be a great watchdog. The Rotterman is an independent, loving, protective dog. They typically get along great with people and other dogs. However, care needs to be taken to socialize these large dogs as a young pup or they can become very wary of strangers and children.

The thick coat of the Rotterman needs frequent brushing and they are heavy shedders. They are extremely strong and very agile. With all that energy, they definitely need plenty of daily exercise.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Boxapoint

Boxapoint

3. Boxapoint

(Boxer x German Shorthaired Pointer)
The Boxapoint is an active, smart, well behaved and very dedicated to the entire family. They love to play, sleep and go everywhere you go. They do not like to be left behind. The Boxapoint can do almost any task asked of them. They are stronger and faster than they first appear.

The coat of the Boxapoint is very easy to groom, however, they are heavy seasonal shedders during the spring and fall.

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Chusky

Chusky

2. Chusky

(Chow Chow x Siberian Husky)
The Chusky is an extremely smart, funny and playful dog, yet at the same time, protective of their family and always alert. The Chusky can be laid back, loving and protective of people, but some are not good with other dogs unless socialized as a puppy.

The Chusky does not tolerate the heat very well. If you live in a hot climate, they need to be an inside dog or have somewhere cool to get out of the heat. The Chusky is a heavy shedder and should be brushed at least once a week.

 

Top 10 Large Hybrid Dogs - Pyredoodle

Pyredoodle

1. Pyredoodle

(Great Pyrenees x Poodle)
Ok, we’re a little biased here because the Pyredoodle looks like a giant version of our dog.

The Pyredoodles are sweet, calm and smart dogs – intelligent and highly trainable. They are an affectionate, family dog that likes to be the center of their family’s attention. (Given their size, you’d imagine they can easily put themselves in the center of the situation).

The Pyredoodle is kind and cordial toward children. They get along with other canines and pets at home, if socialized with them properly and sufficiently.

The Pug – Charming, Loving and Mischievous

Jaxon - the Pug

Jaxon – the Pug

We just think the Pug is so darn cute! We can’t resist the Pug’s wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. Originally bred to be a lap dog, the Pug thrives on human companionship and is known to be charming, loving and mischievous.

To get the inside scoop on the Pug, we asked one of our Dogsized fans, Kim, to tell us about her very cute 2 pugs:

How did Jaxon and Olivia come to join your family?

A while back, I reconnected with an old high school friend, Kevin, who is now my best friend. Kevin had a pug named Harley – he was the most amazing pug ever! I fell in love with the breed because of Harley. Sadly, we lost Harley in 2014 on New Years day.

Pugs

I promise to keep this couch white!

My friend Kevin finally decided he wanted to get another pug so I started to search for the perfect pug. There was one breeder I ended up talking with for months. I got to know her and her pugs…and kept a tag on Jaxon, a sweet adorable black pug puppy. We were all excited about Jaxon and everyone wanted input on his name, so officially he is Oliver Cole Biscuit Jaxon. He is sweet, loving, silly and aka Jaxon the Pug TOY DESTROYER.

At the time, I had been contemplating getting my own pug, but I just was not sure. I honestly did not think I would have a dog again, let alone a puppy.

After picking up Jaxon and meeting the breeder, I found out she had a fawn pug that was going to have puppies soon. After seeing the photos, I was in love! I got the little runt fawn girl Olivia Annabelle. Olivia is spunky, sassy and a total Diva aka Olivia the PUG QUEEN.

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Olivia rules the roost!

Jaxon and Olivia are the best of friends just like their parents are the best of friends. We are just two peas in a pod (or would that be 2 pods and 4 peas?). They are always together encouraging each other into mischief.

Do they have a favorite treat?

There favorite treat is doggie ice cream and anything chicken. Yes they will do anything for a treat.

Jaxon is the treat thief as if a bag is left out it will be gone or if there is a treat in your pocket he is an adept pickpocket… you’ve been forewarned.

What are some things that Jaxon & Olivia love to do?

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Olivia – You’re too cute!

Jaxon thinks all toys should be destroyed and works hard to destroy them. It has taken a lot of research to find toys that last more than a day with him.

Olivia is the Queen and thinks she rules the roost, including Jaxon. She has been known to let him know she wants a drink by closing the kennel door on him (they have a huge water bottle that hangs on the communal kennel in the living room for water, as they think water bowls are fun to play in not drink from) to get him to move and let her have a drink.

Jaxon thinks it is fun to torment her by stealing toys or chews she thinks she has hidden. We buy two of most everything to keep them from fighting, but Jaxon thinks its funny to get her chew and lay on it while he chews his.

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Olivia sleeping on Jaxon

They are always up for a game of Pug Wrestling. When it is time for a nap. Olivia’s favorite place is literally on top of Jaxon. They can always be found cuddling each other and great each other in the morning with kisses.

They both love to give kisses and get belly rubs. Even though sometimes they can drive you crazy, I could not imagine life without them!

In fact, Kim started a blog for them: Pug Squared.

Frank the Pug

Frank the Pug – MIB

jessica alba pugs

Jessica Alba with Sid & Nancy

We were surprised to learn that the Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dog – it has flourished since before 400 BC. In 1885, the Pug was officially recognized by the AKC and is part of the AKC toy group.

 

The Pug has a fine, glossy fur coat that most often comes in fawn or black. It has a compact square body with well-developed muscles.

 

Gerard Butler and Lolita

Gerard Butler and Lolita

Of course, the Pug is loved by celebrities, but our favorite has to be Frank the Pug from the Men in Black movies.

 

Here’s Jessica Alba with her Pugs named Sid and Nancy. Gerard Butler is often out on the town with his Pug named Lolita.

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Yorkshire Terrier (aka Yorkie) a spunky little bundle!

Ziggy's a Yorkie

Ziggy’s a Yorkie

The Yorkie is a little dog with a big personality. We interviewed Iris about her cute 15 year old Yorkie, Ziggy, to give us the scoop about this entertaining breed:

How did Ziggy come to join your family?

Ziggy driving the car

Ziggy driving the car

Art (her husband) and I knew we wanted a dog, but weren’t sure which type to get. So we went to the Westminster Dog Show to see all the various breeds and picked a few to to go back home and research.

We were primarily looking for a small dog that was easy to travel with. On a trip in the South of France, we were sitting in an outdoor cafe, saw a Yorkie and loved his good demeanor, look and size. So when we got back to Manhattan, we started looking around for one, but didn’t find the right dog. Then on a trip to Colorado, we made some appointments with some breeders out there.

Ziggy takin' the Harley out with Daddy

Ziggy takin’ the Harley out with Daddy

Art’s mom said to “go for the one that comes to you”, but at the first breeder’s home, all the dogs came running to them. Ziggy, the runt of the liter, somehow caught their attention with his playful, calm personality and when they went to go to the next breeder, Ziggy came down the stairs after them.

The next breeder had their dogs in horrible, dirty conditions and the last breeder’s dogs were a bit too young. So they went back and picked up Ziggy – he was “the one”.

Ziggy surfing with Mom

Ziggy surfing with Mom

Ziggy was such a curious little guy that zig-zagged from place to place sniffing and marking his spot. And that’s how they came up with his name. They bought a travel bag for him, which he still uses to this day. They were also very fortunate because at 8 weeks old, he was already trained to do his “business” outside.

Ziggy became a world traveling dog from trains and planes to weddings and events.

Ziggy Yorkie

Ziggy Jet Sets Around the World!

What are some of Ziggy’s favorite things to do?

He’s fifteen now and has slowed down, but in his prime he loved to play fetch and frisbee. He has a hard time seeing now, so we got a glow in the dark ball that’s easier for him to see. Ziggy also has a stuffed toy dog which they call his “girlfriend”.

Any tips for potential Yorkie owners?

Yorkies are not all yappers. We trained Ziggy to only bark when he needs something, like water. He’s very smart and protective. We found Ziggy to be easily trainable and took him to some group classes when he was a puppy.

Today, you can find this cute 15 year old Yorkie strutting around with a gait that let’s you know he’s in charge.

Natalie Portman & Whiz

Natalie & Whiz

audrey hepburn's yorkie

Aubrey & Mr. Famous

 

The Yorkshire Terrier with its sprightly, affectionate personality is also a favorite of celebrities.

 

The Yorkie became a fashionable pet in the late Victorian era and was recognized by the AKC in 1885.

 

Naomi & Bob

Naomi & Bob

In the 1950s, Audrie Hepburn made this little en vogue with her dog Mr. Famous.

 

Today, Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman and Serena Williams all have Yorkies, just to name a few.

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