Once bred to fight other canines, the antagonistic instincts of the Staffordshire bull terrier have been bred out to create a friendly dog. However, they still don’t get along with other dogs too well, so be warned. These pups will cost fifteen hundred out of your wallet, but these sweet dogs are sure to be loyal.
They can be brave when they need to be, but they love to be loved. They enjoy being near their friends. They’re also pretty easy to groom, even if they do shed and drool a little bit. They might not be the easiest to train, however, so be wary.
German shepherd: $1,500
These legendary dogs have been military dogs, police K-9 units, and hunting dogs, and that's because they have all the qualities of tough, trainable working dogs: they're smart, respond to training, and they love to move, making them some of the strongest and fastest dogs around.
If you're willing to shell out one and a half thousand dollars, they also make wonderful companions for regular people, as well. While they don't mesh well with other dogs, they're great with kids and families. They don't drool very much, but they shed a lot. They also need lots of exercise.
Nobody could possibly deny that Samoyeds are beautiful dogs, but they come with a high price tag. That's mostly because of the rarity of the breed, but they're also dogs that have great personalities – they're friendly with everything. However, these dogs don't top the list of most intelligent dogs and aren't the easiest to train, either.
They also tend to shed pretty much year-round. If you're in a cold-weather area, this is one dog you might want to try out, but certainly not one if you're in a hot-weather area.
Yorkshire Terrier: $1,500
If you're after a pup that fits right in a purse, then take a look at the Yorkshire terrier. For the hefty price tag of fifteen hundred dollars, you can get a lap dog that is not only easy to transport but is also relatively friendly to everyone, especially those that it considers in its family.
While these dogs are in the mid-range of trainable qualities, they make for good first dogs due to their small size, playfulness, and lack of red flags when it comes to qualities. They're also quite healthy, don't drool much, and shed less than most other dogs.
Chow Chow: $1,500
You might have had a few smart doggies in your life to this point, but it's highly unlikely that a Chow Chow was one of them. They're the dim bulbs of the canine world, but even without smarts, these dogs can be plenty charming. If you're interested in adding one to your family, you'll have to fork over fifteen hundred dollars.
Another issue for these dogs is their temperament – they don't love kids or other dogs. However, they're good on their own and aren't too rambunctious. However, they do tend to have a biting and nipping habit. They might look nice, but they can be nasty!