Dog Breed Should I Choose?
you decide which breed of dog you are
going to choose you must have made the
decision about whether you want a Pedigree
or a Cross Breed dog?
Choosing a pedigree dog makes many of your
other decisions easier, especially if you
intend getting a puppy.
Pedigree dogs have a "history"
helping you ascertain many of the basics
:- what they will look like, what size will
they be, what their temperament might be
like, how active the breed is and when you
get the dog from a breeder you should be
able to see the parents, a good indication
of what to expect.
If you choose to get a cross breed or mongrel
it usually means that many of the characteristics
and temperament are less certain and if
you get a puppy what you can expect becomes
even more difficult to judge, even the size
of the adult dog will be just a guess, although
knowing its parentage can help
With over 200 recognised dog breeds it may seem
a daunting task to choose one that suits you.
By asking a few questions, mainly about how
a dog will fit your lifestyle, you can narrow
the search dramatically. The first 3 alone,
of the questions below leaves you with a much
more manageable group of breeds.
What size of dog are you interested in:
Toy/Small (e.g. Cairn terrier), Medium (e.g.
Basset Hound) or Large (e.g. Boxer).
How energetic a dog are you prepared to
consider, are you active and prepared to
spend time exercising your pet.
Good with children (most breeds will tolerate
children and some positively enjoy them)
Good with other pets and unfamiliar dogs.
What is your living accommodation, flat,
house with garden etc?
Is it important that your dog will be easy
to train.( some breeds are more suited,
willing and capable of being trained)
What length of coat do you prefer (smooth,
medium or long)
What level of grooming would you prefer
(daily, weekly, monthly, rarely etc.)
Will you need to leave your dog on his own
for long periods of time?
Are you thinking of having a guard or watchdog.
doing some research on dog breeds you can find
what each breed offers you, what the breed was
originally bred for can greatly help your choice.
Many breeds still retain their strong drives
(A brief guide to breeds/groups and their origins):
Hounds - pursuing prey, high sense of smell
and great stamina.
Gundogs- pursuit and retrieval of game.
Terriers- bred to hunt vermin (rats, mice,
Working group- heroic and dependable, guarding,
Pastoral- herding, guiding protecting flocks
Toy - developed for companionship or orinally
as toys for the rich.
not as specific to any of the other groups
but sharing many of their traits
breed groupings give an indication of why the
dog was originally bred and will also help determine
what you can expect from a dog you choose from
Try to remember when you make your choice that
dogs are dogs and ultimately they think and
behave like dog. They all require some level
of training, socialisation, a suitable environment,
some degree of grooming, good healthcare, diet
and probably a lot of attention and love.
Energetic and lively or calm with a quieter
Strong-willed and ambitious or generally
easy-going and eager to please.
Friendly with humans or shy and reserved
Playful with people, other pets and toys
or generally not interested in play.
Friendly to other dogs or showing little
Friendly to cats and other pets or preferring
their own company.
affectionate and gentle or somewhat aloof
Finally you must be practical, choosing a dog
based on looks is not the right way, Red Setters
may be beautiful but as the choice for an elderly
person living in a small city flat, probably
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