The bichon is a non-shedding, sociable, and well-behaved dog that will gladly go with you on daily walks to the park, relax on the patio of a restaurant that welcomes dogs, or just hang out at home.
The cavalier King Charles spaniel is renowned for having a kind and charming disposition. In the home, the cavalier is very friendly, lively, and quiet.
Many decades ago, Chinese rulers in the imperial court revered the Pekingese as their personal lap dog. Their flowing coat reaches the ground if let to reach its natural length, concealing the dog's short legs.
In fact, the Tibetan spaniel is more closely related to the Pekingese, Lhasa Apso, and pug than to the real spaniel. As they are affectionately referred to, tibbies were initially employed as watchdogs in Tibetan monasteries.
The sighthound breed, which includes the medium-sized whippet, hunts by using both speed and sight. The whippet enjoys short sprints with lots of rest time in between, despite its speed.
The Clumber spaniel is the largest and one of the most relaxed of all the spaniel breeds. The Clumber is a flushing spaniel, meaning it "flushes" (frightens) birds out of concealment so the hunter can kill them.
The Basset Hound has long back, short legs, and is low to the ground. The breed was initially created for deer and rabbit hunting. Basset Hound packs would locate and pursue the prey, guiding the hunters there.
The greyhound is the world's swiftest breed of dog (the record was set by a greyhound who ran 67 miles per hour). The greyhound is a particularly simple dog to maintain thanks to its short, smooth coat, which is machine washable.
The large, mellow-mannered Newfoundland weighs 100 to 150 pounds. Despite their size, they require little exercise beyond regular walks.
Another enormous breed that requires less activity than you might expect is the Great Pyrenees. The initial purpose of this livestock protector—for which the breed is still used today—was to keep an eye on sheep.