With Oodles of Different Dog Breeds Around: Here's How To Choose Your Best Match Based On Personality
With over 300 different dog breeds in all shapes and sizes to consider. It can be a daunting task deciding on which ones you think would make the best match for your own lifestyle. One really useful way of narrowing down that search is to consider what kind of personality traits or temperament your dog should have and how those traits might most compatible for you.
300 Different Dog Breeds But Only a few Broad Personalities To Choose From!
After many years of scientific debate, most scientists now agree that the family dog is more closely related to the Grey Wolf (Canis Lupus) than was ever fully realised in the past. So much so that in 1993 our common dog species changed back from Canis familiaris domesticus to Canis lupus familiaris, a subspecies of the Grey Wolf.
The two species are so closely related in fact that interbreeding is possible and produce fully viable offspring that can themselves breed. These are known as Wolf-dogs.
After thousands of years of selective breeding with domesticated wolves, humans have engineered numerous different dog breeds to perform specific tasks with a diversity of character traits and temperaments to match.
Understanding your ideal temperament will make sorting through all those different dog breeds a breeze.
By looking at the broader character traits of the different dog breeds, you can very quickly start to narrow down your options and focus your attention on a few likely candidates .
All dog breeds are divided into breed groups, these breed groups represent the different tasks those particular breeds were traditionally bred to perform; such as herding, guarding, vermin control etc. This means that different dog breeds performing similar tasks will (broadly speaking) display very similar traits despite often looking very different.
While this approach is not entirely exact, it can be very beneficial to prospective new dog owners who are struggling with the dizzying array of poochie choices that are out there.
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Top Tip:Try not to base your requirements on overly broad parameters such as of size. The Parson Jack Russell and the Pekingese are both small breeds however one is a terrier and generally very active while the Pekingese is a Toy Dog breed which are usually quite sedate..
The Different Dog Breed Groups And Their Major Character Traits
Terriers were originally bred for vermin control or baiting large animals such as bulls or bears. for this reason they tend to be extremely brave, tenacious and rambunctious. This makes them great fun to be around but will need a strong willed owner and good training to get the best out of them.
Sporting Group (Gundog):
Sporting dogs were are specialized to hunt alongside a human partner and include pointers, retrievers and spaniels. They tend to be high energy but also very companionable. They usually make ideal family dog
Hounds were bred to hunt other mammals, either pursuing prey by sight or following scent trails. Hounds usually hunted independently of humans which means most are quite intelligent. Although friendly enough, their intelligence can translate into wilfullness when it comes to training and obedience.
Traditionally selected for their bravery and muscle. The working breeds have been bred to protect livestock and property, as well as perform physical tasks like pulling sledges,carts and assisting in other heavy tasks such as rescue. These dogs are generally self-assured, confident and protective.
Toy dog breeds are often miniaturized versions of their bigger cousins and this group tends to be a pot-pourri of personality traits. Most Toy dogs have been bred as companion animals which means they are usually very biddable and friendly. Some, like the Yorkshire Terrier are still every bit as feisty as their origin breed, so always read the label properly!
Representing many different dog breeds that are no longer used in their original role. Non-sporting dogs are maintained purely for company. They represent such a mixture of breeds that general personality traits cannot be determined. Some of the dogs listed in this group are the oldest documented breeds in the world.
Herding (Pastoral Group):
These breeds were developed to control and move flocks of animals such as cattle or sheep. Different breeds adopt different herding styles to achieve the same end. They tend to be intelligent, energetic and biddable. However task focussed obsessions and a tendency to nip in some breeds might deter owners with small children.
These are breeds that haven’t been allocated to a group as yet. New breeds stay in this group for up to 5 years before joining another group as a recognized member. There are many different dog breeds in this group and it is always worth checking here if you are looking for something that is just a little bit more exotic