(1.) MIXED BREED
Pros: You’re saving a life. And a mutt’s diverse genes often mean he’ll have a more middle-of-the-road temperament.
Cons: Without knowing the dog’s lineage, it’s hard to foresee health problems.
Pros: One of the hot breeds this season, these are playful, happy dogs.
Cons: Lot of grooming unless you shave them down, and recent litters appearing in city pet stores are showing “fear issues,” according to one trainer.
Pros: Portable, clever, and tenacious. The Napoleons of the sidewalk.
Cons: They can be aggressive and very barky. Spine troubles.
Pros: Soft, curly coat. Playful temperament. The season’s hot crossbreed.
Cons: Almost all Shih-Poos come from pet stores (good breeders generally don’t breed crosses), so you won’t have much assurance about its stock.
(5.) CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL
Pros: Friendly, joyful, and great with children—the golden retriever of small-breed dogs.
Cons: Cavaliers need active exercise (they love playing fetch), they are predisposed to heart problems, and they shed.
(6.) NORFOLK TERRIER
Pros: Hardy, fun dogs with easygoing temperaments. Grooming’s not excessive.
Cons: The Norfolk’s wiry coat may discourage some from snuggling.
(7.) PORTUGUESE WATER DOG
Pros: Smaller than a standard poodle and very fun. Clownish, hardy, excellent for families with kids.
Cons: The “clowning” that’s so cute when he’s a puppy can become out-of-control behavior without strict training.
(8.) FRENCH BULLDOG
Pros: Good, balanced temperament and not too energetic.
Cons: Thanks to that cute pushed-in face, respiratory problems can be an issue.
Pros: The gentle giant of big dogs. Quiet and calm, greyhounds love to hang out.
Cons: That low energy, plus the “sad” look.
(10.) LABRADOR RETRIEVER
Pros: One of the most common city dogs. High energy level, ebullient, athletic.
Cons: Big shedders, and if they’re not trained, they can go a little stir crazy. Next: Price Ranges for a Canine Companion