What breed of dog should I buy?
How many types of dog breeds are there, and which one should I buy?
The official classification of dog breeds is categories into seven different types.
- Herding dog
- Non-sporting dogs
- Sporting dogs
- Toy breeds
- Working dogs
This article will explain in brief the different groups of dog breeds and they skill and temperament. You can then make-up your mind and decide, which breed is the right one for you and your environment.
- Herding dogs consist of blue lacy, catalan sheepdog, English shepherd, german shepherd dog, puli, berger picard, old English sheep dog, border collies…
Herding dogs are also known as stock or working dogs. A Herding dog is described as a dog that is easily trained to help with herding purposes. These dogs are great for herding for farm purposes among others, but require lots of space to run around and exercise. They can also adapt to many other environments with proper training.
- Hound dogs consist of Irish wolfhound, basenji, dachshund, basset hound, beagle, greyhound, foxhound, plot hound, deerhound, blood hound…
Hounds are hunting dogs used for assisting hunters in tracking or chasing preys. Hounds may either have great speed or strong sense of smell. Some also have great stamina.
- Non-sporting dogs consist of bulldog, poodle, Dalmatian, French bulldog, bichon fries, shar pei, boston terrier, chow,chow…
Non-sporting dogs are commonly known as dogs that have been developed for purposes other than sports. Combining striking good looks with quick and clever minds, these dogs range in size, appearance, and definitely personality.
- Sporting dogs consists of American water spaniel, cocker spaniel, curly-coated retriever, English cocker spaniel, English setter, field spaniel…
Sporting dogs are active by nature and alert. This breed of dogs where developed to work closely ith hunters to locate and retrieve prey. Dogs in the Sporting group are often used for hunting, fishing, and other field and outdoor activities. They have great instincts and are able to use their skills for activities like tracking.
- Terrier dogs consist of Airedale terrier, border terrier, irish terrier, bull terrier, west highland white terrier, cairn terrier…
Terriers are feisty and energetic, they are bred to hunt and kill vermin and to guard their families home or barn
Most Terriers are very energetic and have very little patience and tolerance for other dogs. Terriers are dogs that dig into the ground to capture their prey.
- Toy breeds consist of king charles spaniel, chihuahua, Italian greyhound, maltese, miniature pinscher, Manchester terrier (toy), poodles, pugs, pomeranians…
Toy dog breeds are classed are those that typically weigh between 4 and 16 pounds. They tend to live longer lives and are easier to keep in a smaller area because of their size. They are affectionate, sociable and adaptable to a wide range of lifestyles.
- Working dogs consist of akita, bernese mountain dog, boxers, bullmastiff, Chinook, Doberman pinscher, great danes, Siberian huskys, st. bernards,...
Working dogs are bred in order to assist humans with different tasks such as pulling sleds, protecting, guarding property, and even police and rescue work. Working dogs are quick to learn, intelligent, strong and alert. Because of their large size and the considerable amount of space they need along with their great strength, many of the breeds in this class are not desirable for many families of pets.
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