The state dog of New Hampshire is the Chinook, a rare breed and the only one to have originated in the state. However, two of the most popular breeds in New Hampshire are the German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever. With snowy mountains, hiking, lakes, beaches, and big cities all within easy reach, New Hampshire is a great place for a dog to live.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about popular dog breeds in New Hampshire.
German Shepherds do not come cheap in New Hampshire. If you buy a German Shepherd puppy from a responsible breeder in NH, expect to pay $1,500, more if the pup comes from champion bloodlines.
German Shepherds can adapt to the winters in New Hampshire because they have a double coat that allows them to tolerate temperatures as low as 30F. Long-haired German Shepherds can withstand even colder weather. However, given the cold and windy winter weather in New Hampshire, you will have to keep the dog indoors in a heated environment.
Lab Retrievers make excellent pets for New Hampshire families. But you should keep in mind that these dogs have relatively high exercise needs since they were bred as working dogs (retrievers).
No, Labrador Retrievers are not big barkers. They are gentle and easygoing as long as they are properly socialized and trained.
If you are a New Hampshire family or individual who is out of the home for long hours every day, a Labrador may not be the best breed for you, since these dogs tend to develop separation anxiety. It’s best to limit time apart to 3-4 hours or to hire a dog walker if you’re gone from the home for longer periods of time.
If you are looking for German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever puppies for sale in New Hampshire, check out the listings of responsible NH breeders on Puppy Hero.