Welcome to the Purina Dog Breed Selector

Whether you know the breeds you like or need a bit of guidance, we’re here to help pair you with your ideal four-legged friend.

If you already know the breed you want, find it in our Breed Library

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Finding the right breed for you

At Purina, we believe that the bond between people and pets helps create a better society. Owning a dog can mean years of a happy and fulfilling life together, but it is your responsibility, for the sake of both, you and your dog, to find the right match.

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Matching your lifestyle with their needs

All dogs have their own, unique personality, but some instincts and behaviours they’re born with. If a pup’s breed is likely to be an avid noisy maker, he can learn to be quieter, but you need to be prepared to invest time and kindness in hours of education, as being quiet may go against his nature. Our breed selector can help you to match the natural predisposition in a dog to your lifestyle. If you and your dog enjoy similar things, you will be more likely to live a happy, fulfilling life together.

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Less questions, more accuracy

At Purina, we’ve brought together experts in pet nutrition, health and behavior, ensuring we ask the right questions, to help you find the right dog for you.

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Cross-breeds and Mixed breeds

Opting for cross-breeds that combine the appearance and personality of two different pure breeds, is also a good option, even if it can be trickier to be sure which breed will contribute more to your dog’s looks and personality. Mixed breeds, also known as mongrels, cross-bred dogs or “purebred mutts”, come from a largely non-pedigree background, with an advantage of a wider genetic pool often making them healthier. Pet shelters and rescue organizations are a great source of pure breeds and mixed breeds looking for loving homes, and the shelter’s caring staff will help you find the dog that will touch your heart and match your needs.

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More choice and flexibility

We understand how the bond between people and pets differs from one family to another; that’s why we'll show you which breeds seem most suited to your preferences, as well as those which might not be. Hopefully this tool can assist you or give you ideas to steer you in the right direction.

If you already know the breed you want, find it in our Breed Library

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Is this the right dog breed for you?

All dogs have their own, unique personality, but some instincts and behaviours they’re born with. Try our breed selector and find out which dog breeds better match your preferences and lifestyle. If you and your dog enjoy similar things, you will be more likely to live a happy, fulfilling life together.

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What to Consider next

Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed.

Welcoming your dog home

Whether you’re bringing home a tiny puppy or rehoming an adult dog, this is a hugely exciting time for everyone. While you’re waiting for the big day you might need to distract yourself, so luckily there are a few things you need to sort out before you welcome your new arrival. Click here for more information