The American Kennel Club has an excellent collection of breed descriptions, but the reason I included their site was their Kids/Juniors section. Highlights include printable activity sheets (such as Responsible Dog Ownership Crossword, and Which Breed Doesn't Belong?), lesson plans for teachers and homeschoolers, and the 2008 Kids' Corner Drawing Contest. Deadline to submit a drawing of your favorite AKC breed is September 30, 2008.
"What level of energy would you like your dog to have? Most people think they want an energetic dog. Think twice before you choose a high-energy breed, however, because a dog in constant motion may be unnerving or annoying to you." Answer ten easy questions to get suggestions about which breeds are a match for your needs. Results include thumbnail photos, and links to breed summaries. My profile yielded eighty-four large dogs, ranked from 98% to 87% compatible.
Start your pet search by selecting a dog trait that is important to you, such as Watchdog Abilities or Sociability. Then drill down with sub-categories, until your results are displayed in alphabetic order. To explore related dogs, you can follow tags such as groups (Working Dogs or Pastoral Dogs), dog size, or temperament ( loyal, obedient, or friendly). Dog Luvers also organizes their dog breed summaries in an alphabetic, encyclopedia format.
Dogster is social networking site for dogs. Not for humans who have dogs, but rather for dogs themselves! With your help, your dog can get a free account, post pictures, and make new doggie friends. The Dogster dog breed pages include a Dog Breed Finder (describe your ideal dog by checking a few boxes) and links to all Dogster member pages sorted by breed. What struck me most about their breed info pages is the Dynamics box, which describes the breed on five sliding-scale characteristics, based on what Dogster owners have said about their dogs. For example, based on 20841 profiles, the Chihuahua is more energetic than sleepy, more genius than silly, and more affectionate than aggressive.
"What does that dog breed look like? Paw your way through thousands of our member's photos!
Breed facts are listed with every breed." Pict of the Litter is my pick of the day because of its fun, social networking approach to man's best friend. Although some obscure breeds do not sport very many photos, popular breeds such as Labrador retrievers and German shepherds are well represented. With a free membership, not only can you peruse others' pets, but you can post pix of your doggie. And before you leave, be sure to play "Know Your Breeds?", an interactive dog breed quiz.