Before you get down to looking at the individual dog breeds available, you can group dogs into different groups of breeds. This can assist you narrow your choice and identify the dog breed that is right for you. Below are some general groups of breeds.
Dog Breeds – Sporting dogs
These dogs enjoy the woods, the forest and the water. Generally the have well-balance rounded characters. Sporting dogs tend to need exercise and love burn their energy.
Dog Breeds – Non Sporting dogs
This clearly covers a wide and varied set of breeds with differing sizes, coats, personalities and overall general appearance.
Dog Breeds – Hounds
Hounds tend to be used as hunting dogs. Some hounds have amazing sense of smell can pick up a scent, while others have lots of stamina. Be warned hounds tend to howl which can be disturbing to some.
Dog Breeds – Working Dogs
Working dogs tend to be large dog breedswhich are powerful and robust. Working dogs are not ideal for inexperienced or new dog owners. Working dogs are intelligent and generally require an owner with expertise and experience of handling and training this kind of dog.
Dog Breeds – Herding dogs
Herding dogs herd! It’s remarkable how they have the awareness and confidence to control the movement of other beasts. These are highly intelligent dogs, simple to train and make great companions. They have an extremely strong urge to herd. So unless they have a “job”, they’re able to become bored and take out this boredom on you, your kids or items in your house. Herding dogs are known for biting “biting” or nipping people. What they are doing in fact is herding them! Herding dogs need lots of exercise and like something to keep that natural herding urge busy in a positive way.
Dog Breeds – Terriers
Terries are feisty, energetic dogs and often have little tolerance for other animals, including other dogs and sometimes people. Terriers are assertive and respond to owners who will be assertive with them and will train them with very clear rules and constraints.
Dog Breeds – Toy Dog breeds
Toy Dog breeds tend to shed little and are good apartment dogs. They are small in size and more vulnerable than larger breeds though they are often bundles of energy and can be highly strung. They are very capable of standing their ground simply. Just because they are small does not mean they are submissive. It is not uncommon to see a toy dog make a dog of a larger breed back away.
Dog Breeds – Summary
The above groups of dog breeds should help you narrow your search for your dog. Now it is down to researching which breed best fits for your scenario. Hundreds of dog breeds exist, so the more research you do in to the different breeds, the better your comprehension of what might be the most compatible breed for you.
The dog you select will hopefully be with you for 12-15 years so it is worth doing the research and considering the breed of dog that is most likely to work for you. And it is not just you that will be thankful that you did. Your dog also will appreciate that you put some thought into what time of canine companion will fit in well in your lifestyle. Remember, your dog has to put up with you, as much as you have to put up with your dog!