13 Gray Dog Breeds

1.Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a big brute of mass proportions.

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They have wrinkles, drooping jowls, and a ton of slobber.

While they may look like a wise, easy-going loaf, they are somewhat aloof and indifferent.

They tend to adore their families but selective with strangers.

They aren’t inherently aggressive, but they can be shy or suspicious—keeping a watchful eye.


If you have a ton of energy to burn, having a Weimaraner may be the ideal dog for you.

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They are wound for sound, wanting to play or work most of the time.
They have athletic, sturdy frames.

They can be stubborn and resistant to doing things at your request, so a firm hand is necessary.

They can be amiable dogs and do well with children since they match their exuberant energy so well.

3.American Pitbull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terriers are notoriously goofy, fun-loving, and incredibly snuggly.

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They thrive on affection from their families and want nothing more than to be a part of things.

However, they are also infamous for not always getting along with other pets, dogs included.

So, having them around as many different creatures early on is essential to shape their social behavior.

4.American Bully

Tough exterior, loving inside

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The American Bully is a stout breed with a muscly, tough exterior.

Inside, however, they’re loving and happy-go-lucky, deemed one of the friendliest of all the bully breeds.

While these silly big guys are peaceful and quite lazy, they won’t hesitate to act if someone is trying to hurt someone they love.

5.French Bulldog

They make excellent companion animals, as they are very friendly with pets, strangers, and children.

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French Bulldogs are quite the craze these days.

They come in many impressive colors— gray being just one of several.

They love everyone, and while they may bark to alert if someone is near— they won’t do much but wag their stubby tails at an intruder.

6.Great Dane

these guys are gentle giants and exceptionally social.

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Great Danes may be intimidating because they’re so gigantic, but these guys are gentle giants and exceptionally social.

You want to be a seasoned owner before opting to buy one.

As puppies, they grow very quickly and don’t know just how big they are.

Their clumsiness can be hard to manage, so patience with training is essential.

7.Old English Sheepdog

They were bred to be herding dogs and still carry much of that instinct in them today.

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The Old English Sheepdog is a goofball, adorably grey and white.

They were bred to be herding dogs and still carry much of that instinct in them today.

They have been known to try and herd owners or children by nudging them gently.

They are exceptionally relaxed and comfortable going, never getting too worked up about much.


This breed is highly revered for its agility and speed.

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When you think of a greyhound, you may associate them with racing.

However, aside from their racetrack reputation, these dogs are incredibly docile, shy, and even backward.

They may enjoy spurts of intense play, but they are entirely willing to relax for a nap afterward.

9.Blue Lacy

The Blue Lacy dog is bred for work, work, and more work.

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For this reason, these dogs need constant stimulation in the form of training, tasks, play, or games.

When bored, they become destructive, and they may even show aggression.

However, if you are athletic or have a lot of activities to stimulate this breed, they will make a wonderful companion.

10.Irish Wolfhound

They have extremely docile temperaments.

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The Irish Wolfhound is known for its refined grace and large proportions.

Despite their size, they are gentle and patient with children.

They are also pleasant with other animals and tend to be intelligent and trainable.


Not only super cute– they’re also a ball of fun.

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They aren’t aggressive in the slightest.

They love to play and fool around and are quick to pick up on tricks.

They thrive on the approval and only want to be a part of your day.

They also have a characteristic where they “smile” by showing their teeth.

12.Cairn Terrier

Lively dogs with a true peppy terrier personality.

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They think they are in charge— and that’s the end of it.

That doesn’t mean they aren’t sweethearts when they want to be.

They are very loyal and affectionate with their owners.

However, they may enjoy chasing around household cats or smaller wildlife outdoors.

13.Alaskan Malamute

These dogs are incredibly playful and spirited.

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Originally sled dogs, Alaskan Malamutes were revered for their strength and endurance.

They have intensely sharp minds and solid wills.

They are fiercely loyal, as they are pack animals.

Once family, your bond can’t be broken.

They don’t so much share this sentiment with strangers and may not do so well with other animals.

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