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Tips for Finding Your Perfect New Fur-baby

By now you’ve probably heard that shelter pets rock. They’re often healthier and better socialized than those from breeders and pet stores, and adopting enables shelters to help even more dogs. (And psst … the Buddy Center in Castle Rock offers a 30-day exchange period in case you don’t find your perfect love-match the first time around.)

According to a 2015–16 survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), almost 80 million households have at least one pet, and almost 42 percent of households have more than one. But how do you navigate the labyrinth of breeds out there to find the right love-match (or matches) for your family?

While most shelter pets are mixed breeds, “about 1/3 of the dogs we receive at our shelter are purebred,” says Megan Rees, Public Relations Manager for the Buddy Center. And if you know you really want a specific breed, the Buddy Center will put you on the wait list for your breed, a service they call their Personal Pet Shopper program.

To help you find “the one” (or more), we crowned some “Pup Superlatives” to help you find the traits you’re seeking in your new best friend. Whether you’re wanting a mutt or a purebred, a running partner or a pet that’s smart enough to survive the apocalypse, knowing the ancestral dispositions of various breeds will help you quickly find your forever companion at your local shelter — sort like a dating service for you and your next pet.

8 Best Breeds with Children

Boxer

Mastiff

Old English Sheepdog

Labrador Retriever

Dalmatian

Golden Retriever

Newfoundland

Mutts!

7

Breeds that (undeservedly) Get a Bad Rap

Pit Bull

Chihuahua

Doberman Pinscher

Cocker Spaniel

Rottweiler

German Shepherd

Mutts!

10

No-sneeze Breeds

Bichon Frise

Schnauzer

Yorkshire Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

Shih Tzu

Poodle

Italian Greyhound

Basenji

Chinese Crested

Samoyed

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Dogs Who Will Survive the Apocalypse

Border Collie

Jack Russell Terrier

Standard Poodle

Coonhound

Cairn Terrier

Rough Collie

Newfoundland

Doberman Pinscher

Alaskan Malamute

Beagle

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Dogs Who Like Humans Better than Other Dogs

German Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

Beagle

Great Dane

Maltese

Bulldog

Collie

10

Most Popular Pet Names

Bella

Lucy

Max

Daisy

Bailey

Buddy

Molly

Charlie

Maggie

Sadie

15

Best Running Dogs

Shelter/Rescue dog

Sheepdog

Jack Russell Terrier

Airedale Terrier

Beagle

American Staffordshire Terrier

Labrador Retrievers

Standard Poodle

Boxer

Siberian Husky

Australian Shepherd

Border Collie

German Shorthair Pointer

Weimaraner

Rhodesian Ridgeback