Dog Breed Facts
Which Dog Breed is Best For Me?
Toy Dog Breed Facts
Tiny bodies with big hearts and attitudes. The toy
dog breeds are very popular as companion pets. People that love to sit with there dog nestled on
their laps prefer dogs from this group. They fit well in small apartments and travel well tucked under
your arm or in a stylish carrier. They also tend to be a bit yippy and opinionated and always
think they are much bigger than they are. When well-cared for, they usually enjoy a longer
lifespan than the larger breeds. Some popular dogs within this group include: Affenpinscher,
King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Yorkshire
Terrier, Maltese, Toy Poodle.
Sporting Dog Breed
Some of the most popular breeds. Usually very
active, energetic, smart; they love to learn and are eager to please their owners. Happy and
friendly dogs. Includes Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers which consistently rank #1
and #2 respectively as most popular dogs according to the American Kennel Club. Some others in
this group are Cocker Spaniel, Weimaraner, English Springer Spaniel and Irish Setter.
Working Dog Breed Facts
Originally bred to work for and alongside their humans. Often
used as guard dogs for people, property and livestock. Very intelligent and loyal.
Usually possess great strength and size, though there are some smaller breeds within
this group. Can make good family pets but require consistent training and
socialization starting at an early age to harness their innate strength. Great dog
breeds within this group include: Boxer, Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Rottweiler,
Terrier Dog Breed
These dog breeds were originally intended as a
hunter and killer of rodents. They are quick and agile. They tend to be bold,
outspoken and tenacious with vibrant personalities. Although their size varies
within the breeds, they all see a Great Dane as their reflection when they
look in a mirror. Usually friendly by
nature but they can sometimes be nippy. Jack Russel, West Highland White
Terrier and Schnauzer are some of the dog breeds within this group.
Hound Dog Breed
Hound dog breeds are best known as hunting dogs.
Some hunt by sight and some by scent but both tend to be stubborn and
single minded. Dog breeds within this group include Afghan Hound, Basset
Hound. Bloodhound and Dachshund.
Herding Dog Breed
bred to herd livestock,
these dog breeds tend to be
medium to large in size
(with some exceptions) with
heavy thick coats to
protect against the
elements. Some can be a bit
high strung due to their
constant thinking nature.
They are energetic and are
very loyal within a family
situation. They often try
to herd the children and
other pets in their family.
Examples of dog breeds
within this group are
German Shepherd, Border
Collie, Shetland Sheepdog,
Old English Sheepdog,
Australian Sheepdog and
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The intelligence of a Poodle and the loyalty of a Lassie. The bark of a Shepherd and the heart
of a Saint Bernard. The spots of a Dalmatian, the size of a Schnauzer, and the speed of a
Greyhound. A genuine, All-American Mutt has it all.
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