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Frequently Asked Questions

What behaviors can I expect from my dogs breed?

The NOAH Center does our absolute best to identify the breeds or mixes of breeds that come into our shelter during their initial examinations, but without DNA testing, it is impossible to be certain.

Before searching for a new friend, we recommend considering what traits would work with your lifestyle and then researching dog breeds to find which ones may be the best fit. Consider this: do you have children, other dogs, small animals in the home? Do you live an active lifestyle where you're outside often or do you work long hours outside of the home? The link below will take you to a comprehensive list of dog breeds and breaks down common behaviors for each breed based on several key components such as family life, physical characteristics, social habits, and common personality traits. Doing this research prior to starting your search for the perfect dog, will help ensure that you find the best fit possible.

If you have already adopted a new friend and are wondering what you might be able to expect from your dog based on his or her breed, this is also a great resource!

Some breeds we commonly see at The NOAH Center include: 

Labrador Retriever:
Friendly / Active / Outgoing / High-Spirited
Weight Range: 55-80lbs
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
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German Shepherd:
Confident / Courageous / Smart / Herding
Weight Range: 50-90lbs
Life Expectancy: 7-10 years
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Siberian Husky: 
Loyal / Outgoing / Mischievous / Talkative
Weight Range: 35-60lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
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Catahoula Leopard: 
Independent / Loyal / Watchful / Energetic
Weight Range: 50-95lbs
Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
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Australian Cattle Dog (Aka: American Blue Heeler): 
Alert / Curious / Pleasant
Weight Range: 35-50lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
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Border Collie:
Affectionate / Smart / Energetic
Weight Range: 30-55lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
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Australian Shepherd: 
Smart / Work-Oriented / Exuberant
Weight Range: 40-65lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
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