He ain't pretty, but what you're looking at is the ultimate New York pet. Click through our slide show to see the AKC-recognized dog breeds that make up this looker (and go to Meet the Breeds on Sat 28 and Sun 29 to see some actually cute dogs and cats).
The ancient Egyptians bred this “barkless” type for stalking prey on the D.L. (and, presumably, living in apartment blocks). While it’s a far cry from a yappy lapdog, it’s also not totally silent—it yodels when excited.
Bred for tracking, these dogs have an adorably droopy face and a superlative sense of smell (their noses are often used in law enforcement). Train it to sniff out your lost keys, cell phone or MetroCard.
In the early 20th century, most farms kept a couple of these little guys around to hunt rodents, jackrabbits and other varmints. Why every subway station in the city doesn’t have one in residence is a mystery.
These fluffy fidos are superstrong, as they were designed to pull sleds through Arctic snow and ice—which means they can definitely handle lugging your groceries home from Trader Joe’s.
Similar to the komondor (featured on the cover of Beck’s 1996 album, Odelay), this rare Hungarian variety has naturally corded fur. Aside from having the most styling dog at the run, you’ll never have to sweep again.
With freakishly flexible joints (it can tilt its head back to its spine) and six toes on each foot instead of the usual four, the sheer awesomeness of this breed renders any sort of useful function unnecessary.