Dog breeds easy guide
There are hundreds of dog breeds, all of various shapes and sizes with varying requirements and
personalities. Finding the right puppy from all the breeds of dog available can be a tricky
business but there's help at hand! Our easy guide will set you off in the right direction.
Most dog breeds fit into 1 of 6 types of dog
Hunting (Gun dogs)
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Hunting dogs (Gun dogs)
In general, hunting dog breeds are of small to medium size and are considered to possess a happy and
intelligent temperament. However, most of these dogs are happiest when 'working' and they can be prone
to hyperactivity and over dependency problems at home. This can be especially true of puppies bred from working stock or on farms.
These dog breeds generally to make good pets, especially Labradors and Retrievers, which are renowned for
their gentle and obliging nature.
Hunting dog breeds include:
Retrievers, Labradors, Labrador
Retrievers, Pointers, Cocker Spaniels and
With the exception of the Corgi, the dogs in this group are medium to large in size and require a lot
of exercise and close handling.
The larger dog breeds are usually bred for guarding or livestock control. They are extremely strong, and
as such can be very difficult to control on walks or at home if they are not fully trained in
Working dog breeds are generally known to bond with individuals and are considered to be affectionate and
protective towards family members. Because of these attributes it is important to get your puppy from
a responsible breeder, to ensure that it is good natured towards people and other animals.
Working dog breeds include:
Boxers, Rough, Shetland and Border
Collies, Welsh Corgi, Dobermann
Shepherds, Old English Sheepdog, Briard, Bouvier, Mastiff, Rottweiller,
Newfoundland, Great Dane and
All know how to follow a scent until it goes cold – this may mean up hill and down dale and miles away
from your control!
Dogs from this group can form very close bonds with individual owners and this can
lead to over dependency.
When they are challenging their energies to 'hunting and foraging', these dogs are in heaven. If you
have plenty of time for walking, then a hound can be the perfect companion.
However, long periods spent away from its owner can lead
dog breeds of this type to it becoming withdrawn and unhappy.
Hound dogs include:
Basset Hounds, Beagles, Deerhounds, Irish Wolfhounds,
Daschunds, Whippets and Greyhounds.
The range of sizes varies dramatically, especially amongst Poodles.
Opinion is split on their nature, some such as smaller Poodles and Dalmatians can make good family
pets, where as others, such as Bulldogs, can be difficult for children to handle.
Utility dog breeds include:
Bulldogs, American Bulldogs,
French Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Poodles.
Terriers are generally small, tenacious dogs, considered happy and energetic by nature.
These dog breeds feature dogs which are endearing, extremely alert and make excellent watch dogs.
Terriers require daily exercise (but not as much as larger breeds). With firm handling they can make
great family pets.
Terrier dog breeds include:
Airedale, Boston, Welsh, Border, Wire Fox,
Russell, Staffordshire, Scottish, Lakeland
and West Highland White, Miniature Schnauzer.
As the name suggests, these dogs are small!
They are generally lively and intelligent and do not require a huge amount of exercise – but they do
demand a great deal of attention from their owners!
Toy dog breeds include:
Papillion, Cavalier King Charles
Spaniels, Lhasa Apsos,
Pekingeses, Pugs and Yorkshire
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