Now there’s a handsome hound. In centuries past, the Kerry blue terrier was prized for its – get this – belligerence. Guard dogs were much more common in the old times, which was why a dog that was ready to bark at anything and everything was something people were interested in. In recent years, kinder traits have been encouraged.
These dogs were used for hunting as well as guarding, and they’re active energetic dogs. They also exhibit great loyalty to their family and owner. They aren’t great for multi-dog homes, and they certainly aren’t the dogs for new owners, but they don’t shed much, don’t drool much, and are easy to train.
These cuties have been becoming more and more popular in recent years. Mixing a cocker spaniel and a poodle creates a cockapoo. One of the biggest reasons for this is they don't shed like other dogs, meaning they're practically hypoallergenic – if you or someone in your family is allergic to dogs, this one might just fit the bill.
They're also smart, loyal, and sweet with other people. These outgoing dogs love to make friends with creatures of all kinds. A cockapoo puppy will cost you a grand, but they're easy to train, don't bark much, and don't drool. One potential downside is bad general health.
Just like the cockapoo, the labradoodle brings together two famous breeds to create a best-of. Mix a labrador and a poodle, and you'll have a labradoodle. Known as great family pets, this breed doesn't shed very much, which means they're good for apartments and small living spaces.
Just like the labrador, they're very friendly with all kinds, but just like the poodle, they're active dogs (poodles were bred for hunting) which means they need some space to play and run around and require at least daily walks. However, they aren't bitey, they don't bark very much, and they don't drool. These intense dogs will keep you moving.
Great Dane: $1,100
Jinkies! The Great Dane is a big commitment, both physically and financially. These dogs are huge and need lots of space to grow, and you're going to be getting a pricey bill for all the food they need. Even purchasing a Great Dane is going to run you a pretty high bill, going above a thousand dollars for most pups.
However, there are plenty of advantages to these huge dogs. They're incredibly friendly with kids, families, other dogs, and even strangers – while big and a little bit mean-looking, most Great Danes just want to hang out. They have lots of energy and exercise needs that will force you to go outside. However, they shed and drool a lot and certainly aren't for new dog owners.
Ibizan Hound: $1,200
With a history going back more than five millennia, the Ibizan hound is a relatively uncommon breed, which is why you might have to shell out more than a thousand dollars to take one home. This breed is famously good-natured, they're clean and tidy, and a mid-size dog means they fit in most living areas.
They're great for areas that have lots of hot weather but might not be the best choice for cold areas. They don't bark or howl much, but they're smart. One thing to know about Ibizan hounds is they like to roam, which means you'll have to keep them inside, get a big fence, or train them to come home as soon as you call.