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Dog Breeds

There are hundreds of different kinds of dog breeds. The American Kennel Club lists approximately 125 breeds and I'm sure there are many others. Hence when it comes for people to make a selection of a dog as a pet it becomes quite difficult. Breeds of dogs can be classified further by their characteristics.  I'm sure you have heard of service dogs, guard dogs, field dogs, guide dogs and so on. While most dogs can do most things but the reason for classification is that some breeds are better at doing particular things than other breeds of dogs. The Border Collie for instance are the choice when it comes to using dogs for sheep herding. Dogs in this category are classified as working dogs. Doberman of course appear to be the choice of guard dogs. German Shepherds are normally the choice when it comes to police dogs. Then there are some dogs identified as sporting dogs. These include breeds such as Retrievers, Spaniels and Jack Russell dogs. Golden Retrievers, Labradors, and German Shepherds are the popular choices when it comes to guide dogs. Guide dogs are known as seeing dogs by some. Guide dogs are trained to guide the blind and visually impaired move around and are used all over the world by people who need help moving around due to impaired vision. Without such dogs to help them these people would to be helpless unless they got human assistance in moving around.  If you have children around then you may want a pet dog that is considered good with children around them. Labrador, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Collie and the Irish Setter are some of the breeds that fall into the category of being suitable for children.   If you are on the look out for a pet dog, It is well worth the time to do your research before buying a dog. Check around with other dog owners to get more information on the breed they have as a pet. Speak to salesmen at pet stores about the choice of a pet most suitable to you and your family. People selling dogs, at least the majority of them will steer you in the right direction.

Popular Dog Breeds Information

Labrador retriever The most popular breed on earth, Labrador Retrievers are easily trained, well tempered and great with people and animals.  They're powerful, energetic dogs who love to play and are incredibly intelligent.  Labs love to please their owners and will learn quickly through positive reinforcement and repetitive training.  German shepherd German Shepherds are known for their intelligent, adaptable personalities. Their acts of bravery and protective instincts have inspired countless movies and books.  These dogs are easy to train, however require a strong willed owner to provide them with the physical and mental stimulation necessary to keep them happy. Golden retriever The ideal family pet, Golden Retrievers are incredibly well tempered, mild mannered loving animals.  Known for their use as support animals for the blind and disabled Golden’s are incredibly intelligent and easy to train.  They require regular exercise and grooming however for any owner willing to invest the time, make for fantastic companions! Yorkshire terrier Despite their small size, the Yorkshire terrier stays true to its roots, and has a strong terrier spirit.  They are full of energy and enthusiastic dogs, who make good watchdogs - and will alert owners of anyone approaching.  They have light exercise requirements and do well in small apartments and homes.  They are however strong willed and require an owner who has plenty of time to provide attention. Beagle The smallest of the hound family, the beagle was actually bred to hunt rabbits.  Over the years however their small sizes and delightful nature have made them popular companions.   Beagles fit well into family life and are lively and affectionate.  They also get along great with all members of the family - especially children.  With regular human interaction and moderate exercise, beagles can be the perfect low maintenance pet!   READ FULL DESCRIPTION Bichon Frise With the right haircut, Bichons can often be confused with a stuffed animal.  One of the liveliest and most energetic of the toy breeds, Bichons are incredibly playful and affectionate companions.  They require a considerable amount of attention, however do not hesitate to reciprocate.  In spite of their small size Bichons are more rugged than they look and are happy taking long walks or moderate hikes.  As can easily be seen from their pictures, they also require significant maintenance and grooming.  READ FULL DESCRIPTION  Alaskan Malamute  This  majestic Arctic sled dog actually wasn't bred to be a pet.  In spite of this, they're incredibly friendly, have outgoing personalities, and love being around people.  True to their roots, they're working dogs.  Bred to pull heavy loads long distances, they are pound for pound one of the most powerful of dog breeds. They are happiest when they are kept active and feel as though they have a purpose - whether it's jogging, backpacking, or pulling weight.  READ FULL DESCRIPTION Basset Hound Perhaps one of the most gentle breeds available, basset hounds are peaceful, mild mannered and naturally well behaved.  These affectionate dogs fit very well into family life.  In spite of their short stubby figure, bassets require a fair amount of exercise to stay healthy.  They also enjoy human attention and have a strong pack mentality. READ FULL DESCRIPTION Border Collie Border Collies are considered by many to be one of the most intelligent breeds.  They're renowned for being easily trainable, highly obedient, and one of the more high maintenance breeds.  They love to work, however become easily frustrated when they aren't kept occupied and entertained.  These dogs are best suited for owners who have the time and energy to dedicate socializing and stimulating their collies. Boston Terrier Boston Terriers fit well into modern lifestyles.  Their small structure makes them great apartment dogs, and their easy to care for coats make grooming easy.  They also have fairly low exercise requirements and are incredibly well behaved and docile.  Their only requirement is that they have company, and owners who are willing to provide adequate attention. Boxer Boxers are loving playful animals, who are incredibly energetic - and sometimes clumsy.  They retain their puppyish playfulness often well into old age.  This level of energy requires a significant commitment by the owner, as they require a great deal of exercise, a lot of patience while training, and a tolerance for destructiveness (though often this is due to accidental bursts of energy). If the owner can meet these requirements, boxers can be the perfect companion. Bulldog Bulldogs can be fantastic pets as they have great characters, are affectionate, strong minded and have pleasant dispositions.  Though their ancestors were bred as fighting dogs, they are typically very quiet and docile, and great with children.  The most important factor when choosing to go with this breed is research and understanding regarding health issues - particularly respiratory problems. CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL This spaniel is gentle, courteous nature, and one of the best pets for children.  Cavaliers are a great choice for a family pet as they are easy to handle and develop strong bonds to their owners. They're sporting breed past also makes them energetic and lively enough that they are fun to be with outdoors, and enjoy a moderate amount of exercise CHIHUAHUA Even though chihuahuas are the world's smallest breed, they're certainly not just a mere fashion accessory.  They're alert, loving and very intelligent.  They also enjoy receiving attention and give it back in turn.  Their small size and low exercise requirements make them the ideal apartment dog, however they still require human interaction to ensure they remain happy.   COCKER SPANIEL Cocker Spaniel's are incredibly intelligent, friendly dogs who in spite of their small size have abundant amounts of energy.  They love socializing with other animals including both other dogs and cats.  The biggest thing to be aware of with cocker spaniels is how much attention their coats require.  Owners should recognize them as a high maintenance breed, however if one is willing to put up with it, they can be perfect companions.  DACHSHUND Dachshunds are active, playful and love being with an active owner who will take then for regular walks.  While they don't require excessive exercise, overweight dachshunds are prone to serious back problems.  They're generally quiet and laid back, however love attention, and can be prone to barking when excited.  Dachshund's need strong, patient owners as they can be one of the more challenging breeds to housebreak. Strong willed owners will find great company with a dachshund! DOBERMAN PINSCHER Known for their protective instincts, Doberman have achieved fame for their police and military work. Doberman s are highly intelligent, sensitive and with the right owner, can be trained to a very high standard.   It's important Doberman are brought into a home with a strong owner who can assert their dominance as the alpha male.  These powerful dogs require a great deal of both physical and mental exercise. ENGLISH BULL TERRIER Bull terriers are cheerful, enthusiastic and fun loving companions.  They are gentle and reliable, however require strong willed owners to ensure they maintain their positions in the pack.  It's vital these terriers are socialized with other dogs and animals early to ensure they remain friendly with other animals. ENGLISH SETTER Due to their beauty and unique appearance, over the years English setters have started to become more commonly featured as show dogs.  They're gentler than most other setter breeds and make wonderful companion dogs.  They're highly energetic and fun loving, and one of the best breeds with children. FLAT COATED RETRIEVER This high energy dog is intelligent and fun loving. They can also be mischievous and get into trouble when not properly exercised.  Flat coated retrievers are happiest with active owners who enjoy the outdoors.  They love hiking, long walks and like most retrievers - swimming.  They are highly intelligible and easy to train. FRENCH BULLDOG This sweet natured breed is the perfect companion breed. His compact size and the fact that he's naturally quiet makes him the perfect low maintenance pet.  Minimal grooming and low exercise requirements also make care for a French bulldog easy and hassle free. GERMAN SHORT HAIRED POINTER Best known for their search and rescue capabilities, pointers are affectionate, well tempered companions.  They require physical and mental exercise, as well as plenty of human interaction to be happy.  If left alone and unstimulated, pointers can become destructive and wreak havoc on a home. GREAT DANE Despite their huge size, Danes are known for their gentle personalities and kind temperaments.  They require significant attention to ensure proper socialization and health (as they are prone to suffer hip Dysplasia).  Great Danes require a moderate amount of exercise, however due to their massive size often require larger spaces to ensure they don't accidentally cause accidents.          
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Dog Breeds

There are hundreds of different kinds of dog breeds. The American Kennel Club lists approximately 125 breeds and I'm sure there are many others. Hence when it comes for people to make a selection of a dog as a pet it becomes quite difficult. Breeds of dogs can be classified further by their characteristics.  I'm sure you have heard of service dogs, guard dogs, field dogs, guide dogs and so on. While most dogs can do most things but the reason for classification is that some breeds are better at doing particular things than other breeds of dogs. The Border Collie for instance are the choice when it comes to using dogs for sheep herding. Dogs in this category are classified as working dogs. Doberman of course appear to be the choice of guard dogs. German Shepherds are normally the choice when it comes to police dogs. Then there are some dogs identified as sporting dogs. These include breeds such as Retrievers, Spaniels and Jack Russell dogs. Golden Retrievers, Labradors, and German Shepherds are the popular choices when it comes to guide dogs. Guide dogs are known as seeing dogs by some. Guide dogs are trained to guide the blind and visually impaired move around and are used all over the world by people who need help moving around due to impaired vision. Without such dogs to help them these people would to be helpless unless they got human assistance in moving around.  If you have children around then you may want a pet dog that is considered good with children around them. Labrador, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Collie and the Irish Setter are some of the breeds that fall into the category of being suitable for children.   If you are on the look out for a pet dog, It is well worth the time to do your research before buying a dog. Check around with other dog owners to get more information on the breed they have as a pet. Speak to salesmen at pet stores about the choice of a pet most suitable to you and your family. People selling dogs, at least the majority of them will steer you in the right direction.

Popular Dog Breeds

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Labrador retriever The most popular breed on earth, Labrador Retrievers are easily trained, well tempered and great with people and animals.  They're powerful, energetic dogs who love to play and are incredibly intelligent.  Labs love to please their owners and will learn quickly through positive reinforcement and repetitive training.  German shepherd German Shepherds are known for their intelligent, adaptable personalities. Their acts of bravery and protective instincts have inspired countless movies and books.  These dogs are easy to train, however require a strong willed owner to provide them with the physical and mental stimulation necessary to keep them happy. Golden retriever The ideal family pet, Golden Retrievers are incredibly well tempered, mild mannered loving animals.  Known for their use as support animals for the blind and disabled Golden’s are incredibly intelligent and easy to train.  They require regular exercise and grooming however for any owner willing to invest the time, make for fantastic companions! Yorkshire terrier Despite their small size, the Yorkshire terrier stays true to its roots, and has a strong terrier spirit.  They are full of energy and enthusiastic dogs, who make good watchdogs - and will alert owners of anyone approaching.  They have light exercise requirements and do well in small apartments and homes.  They are however strong willed and require an owner who has plenty of time to provide attention. Beagle The smallest of the hound family, the beagle was actually bred to hunt rabbits.  Over the years however their small sizes and delightful nature have made them popular companions.   Beagles fit well into family life and are lively and affectionate.  They also get along great with all members of the family - especially children.  With regular human interaction and moderate exercise, beagles can be the perfect low maintenance pet!  READ FULL DESCRIPTION Bichon Frise With the right haircut, Bichons can often be confused with a stuffed animal.  One of the liveliest and most energetic of the toy breeds, Bichons are incredibly playful and affectionate companions.  They require a considerable amount of attention, however do not hesitate to reciprocate.  In spite of their small size Bichons are more rugged than they look and are happy taking long walks or moderate hikes.  As can easily be seen from their pictures, they also require significant maintenance and grooming.  READ FULL DESCRIPTION  Alaskan Malamute  This  majestic Arctic sled dog actually wasn't bred to be a pet.  In spite of this, they're incredibly friendly, have outgoing personalities, and love being around people.  True to their roots, they're working dogs.  Bred to pull heavy loads long distances, they are pound for pound one of the most powerful of dog breeds. They are happiest when they are kept active and feel as though they have a purpose - whether it's jogging, backpacking, or pulling weight.  READ FULL DESCRIPTION Basset Hound Perhaps one of the most gentle breeds available, basset hounds are peaceful, mild mannered and naturally well behaved.  These affectionate dogs fit very well into family life.  In spite of their short stubby figure, bassets require a fair amount of exercise to stay healthy.  They also enjoy human attention and have a strong pack mentality. READ FULL DESCRIPTION Border Collie Border Collies are considered by many to be one of the most intelligent breeds.  They're renowned for being easily trainable, highly obedient, and one of the more high maintenance breeds.  They love to work, however become easily frustrated when they aren't kept occupied and entertained.  These dogs are best suited for owners who have the time and energy to dedicate socializing and stimulating their collies. Boston Terrier Boston Terriers fit well into modern lifestyles.  Their small structure makes them great apartment dogs, and their easy to care for coats make grooming easy.  They also have fairly low exercise requirements and are incredibly well behaved and docile.  Their only requirement is that they have company, and owners who are willing to provide adequate attention. Boxer Boxers are loving playful animals, who are incredibly energetic - and sometimes clumsy.  They retain their puppyish playfulness often well into old age.  This level of energy requires a significant commitment by the owner, as they require a great deal of exercise, a lot of patience while training, and a tolerance for destructiveness (though often this is due to accidental bursts of energy). If the owner can meet these requirements, boxers can be the perfect companion. Bulldog Bulldogs can be fantastic pets as they have great characters, are affectionate, strong minded and have pleasant dispositions.  Though their ancestors were bred as fighting dogs, they are typically very quiet and docile, and great with children.  The most important factor when choosing to go with this breed is research and understanding regarding health issues - particularly respiratory problems. CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL This spaniel is gentle, courteous nature, and one of the best pets for children.  Cavaliers are a great choice for a family pet as they are easy to handle and develop strong bonds to their owners. They're sporting breed past also makes them energetic and lively enough that they are fun to be with outdoors, and enjoy a moderate amount of exercise CHIHUAHUA Even though chihuahuas are the world's smallest breed, they're certainly not just a mere fashion accessory.  They're alert, loving and very intelligent.  They also enjoy receiving attention and give it back in turn.  Their small size and low exercise requirements make them the ideal apartment dog, however they still require human interaction to ensure they remain happy.   COCKER SPANIEL Cocker Spaniel's are incredibly intelligent, friendly dogs who in spite of their small size have abundant amounts of energy.  They love socializing with other animals including both other dogs and cats.  The biggest thing to be aware of with cocker spaniels is how much attention their coats require.  Owners should recognize them as a high maintenance breed, however if one is willing to put up with it, they can be perfect companions.  DACHSHUND Dachshunds are active, playful and love being with an active owner who will take then for regular walks.  While they don't require excessive exercise, overweight dachshunds are prone to serious back problems.  They're generally quiet and laid back, however love attention, and can be prone to barking when excited.  Dachshund's need strong, patient owners as they can be one of the more challenging breeds to housebreak. Strong willed owners will find great company with a dachshund! DOBERMAN PINSCHER Known for their protective instincts, Doberman have achieved fame for their police and military work. Doberman s are highly intelligent, sensitive and with the right owner, can be trained to a very high standard.   It's important Doberman are brought into a home with a strong owner who can assert their dominance as the alpha male.  These powerful dogs require a great deal of both physical and mental exercise. ENGLISH BULL TERRIER Bull terriers are cheerful, enthusiastic and fun loving companions.  They are gentle and reliable, however require strong willed owners to ensure they maintain their positions in the pack.  It's vital these terriers are socialized with other dogs and animals early to ensure they remain friendly with other animals. ENGLISH SETTER Due to their beauty and unique appearance, over the years English setters have started to become more commonly featured as show dogs.  They're gentler than most other setter breeds and make wonderful companion dogs.  They're highly energetic and fun loving, and one of the best breeds with children. FLAT COATED RETRIEVER This high energy dog is intelligent and fun loving. They can also be mischievous and get into trouble when not properly exercised.  Flat coated retrievers are happiest with active owners who enjoy the outdoors.  They love hiking, long walks and like most retrievers - swimming.  They are highly intelligible and easy to train. FRENCH BULLDOG This sweet natured breed is the perfect companion breed. His compact size and the fact that he's naturally quiet makes him the perfect low maintenance pet.  Minimal grooming and low exercise requirements also make care for a French bulldog easy and hassle free. GERMAN SHORT HAIRED POINTER Best known for their search and rescue capabilities, pointers are affectionate, well tempered companions.  They require physical and mental exercise, as well as plenty of human interaction to be happy.  If left alone and unstimulated, pointers can become destructive and wreak havoc on a home. GREAT DANE Despite their huge size, Danes are known for their gentle personalities and kind temperaments.  They require significant attention to ensure proper socialization and health (as they are prone to suffer hip Dysplasia).  Great Danes require a moderate amount of exercise, however due to their massive size often require larger spaces to ensure they don't accidentally cause accidents.          
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