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Dog Breed Characteristics and Their Personalities

If you want to get a new pet home, you probably pay close attention to the characters of certain breeds. Whether you want a puppy to snuggle with or a dog to accompany you on runs and walks, a dog's personality traits are largely defined by which of the seven main breed classes they fall into. If you know which dog personality type you want, do your research on which breed would best suit you and/or your family. Your local shelter is a great chance to find the perfect dog. Both purebred and mixed breed dogs can be found here.

Sheepdog Personalities

Dog breeds belonging to the shepherd group are smart and serious dogs with an energetic grasp, as detailed by the American Kennel Club (AKC). They make terrific guard dogs because they have dominance over ÔÇťtheirÔÇŁ property and people. But because they have internal reactions as animals whose ancestors were bred to help herd and organize, they can attack and bite humans. These dogs have a working instinct and are very athletic.

Shepherd dogs are smart and can be the easiest (and most willing) group of dogs to train. Therefore, they are also very suitable for dog sports and competitions.

Shepherd dogs are very suitable for large families; They enjoy spending time with groups of people. Even if you don't have a big family but live in an expensive house with many animals, a shepherd dog is suitable. Companionship is very important to this group of dogs, so if you want a loyal, affectionate pet, welcome one into your family.

Breeds belonging to this group are Australian Shepherd Dog, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie, Belgian Shepherd Dog, Border Collie, German Shepherd, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Puli and Shetland Shepherd Dog.

Personalities of Greyhound Dogs

There are two types of hounds: hounds that track by smell and hounds that track by sight. Second, they use their vision to find what they are looking for. They are agile and fast. On the other hand, hounds that track by smell smell the road to reach what they are trying to find. They are tough but slow.

Both breeds of greyhounds are very curious, independent creatures. They can be trained, but they need to understand why they are being trained to do something. Their intelligence is a double-edged sword; If they think education is not important, they may ignore everything you do. Therefore, it is best to seek professional help to train a greyhound.

Greyhounds are a suitable choice for pet owners who have suitable safe places for the dog to investigate. They must be kept under constant surveillance or they may get lost. They also require a patient parent because greyhounds may often be interested in watching sights or smells that you are not at all interested in.

Breeds belonging to the greyhound group are American Foxhound, Basse Hound, Beagle, Dachshund, Greyhound, Norwegian Elkhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Tree Climber Walker Raccoon Hound and Whippet.

Hunting Dog Personalities

Expect a hunting dog to always be active and alert. These dogs can undertake many tasks and can be easily trained and companionable. They were bred for hunting and depending on the subclass of the breed, they can find, show, run, hold or fetch while hunting. Water dogs of this class, as you might guess, love swimming and can happily spend the whole day by the sea. Hounds can make excellent therapy dogs or assistance dogs.

Hunting dogs are a good choice for those who can entertain and exercise them. If you're looking for a dog that will fit in with your active lifestyle, a hunting dog could be your forever pet. They are also very good family dogs.

Breeds that fall into the hunting dog group are Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Korean Jindo Dog, Labrador Retriever, Pointer and Weimaraner.

Terrier Personalities

Known for being grumpy and funny, terriers come in all shapes and sizes. Terriers, who are largely territorial, may bark at anyone who approaches their home or family. They also hunt small animals (e.g. foxes or mice) and dig to find their prey.

Terriers are a good choice for patient but high-energy parents. They want to work because it feels like play to them. If you can keep up with their energy levels, you can become great friends.

Breeds belonging to the Terrier group are Jack Russell Terrier, Rat Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, Scottish Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Welsh Terrier.

Ornamental Dog Personalities

Want a pack of dogs in a tiny bag? A Retriever might be perfect for you. They may be small, but what they lose in size they gain in character. Retrievers are full of personality and have been bred for generations specifically for companionship. Most retrievers are very loyal, but can be territorial depending on breeding and training.

Ornamental dogs are a good choice for those who live in cramped spaces. They don't need much space, but they do require attention. They can also be a good choice for adults or single professionals without young children.

Breeds belonging to the ornamental dog breed include Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Hairless Chinese Dog, Italian Greyhound, Maltese Dog, Pomeranian and Pug.

Training Dog Personalities

Training dogs, the most diverse group of dogs, are bred to help you. Their duties vary from pulling a sled to herd guard. They are strong and smart and are definitely capable of being trained. Many of these dogs are watchdogs, but they can be very friendly as long as they are properly socialized.

Training dogs are a good choice for many people. As long as you have proper space and consistency and keep them active, training dogs make very good pets.

Breeds that are members of the training dog group are Akita, Boxer, Great Dane, Mastiff, Portuguese Water Dog, Saint Bernard, Samoyed and Siberian Husky.

Dog Characteristics That Do Not Qualify as a Hunting Dog

The production of dogs that did not qualify as hunting dogs began as training dogs that no longer performed the activity for which they were originally produced. For example, Dalmatians were bred to accompany horse-drawn carriages. Bulldogs were previously used to anger bulls. Today, none of these dogs fulfill these roles and they are no longer in the category of dog breeds that do not qualify as hunting dogs.

In general, breeds that do not fit neatly into any of the above categories find a place in this diverse group of non-hunting dogs. While some dogs may be small, others are too large to fall into the ornamental dog category. Others may be hunters, but they are not hounds or hunting dogs.

Non-hunting dogs are a good choice for many different types of people. But because personalities vary from dog to dog, it's important to see your new puppy first to see if he'll fit into your lifestyle.

Breeds that belong to the group of dogs that do not qualify as hunting dogs are Bichon Frise, Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Dalmatian, Keeshond, Lhaso Apso and Poodle.

Although dog personality traits are consistent across these seven major breeds, that doesn't mean your own particular pet dog won't have other personality traits. While your greyhound may play detective in the garden by sniffing every inch of the grass for a ÔÇťclue,ÔÇŁ he may also be happy to laze around with you on a Sunday. Likewise, your puppy may be small, but he may not enjoy being petted as much as a large dog does.

Remember that they all have individual dog personality traits, regardless of breed group. Just because a group of puppies are mostly friendly does not mean that socialization and training do not play an important role in their development. Spend some time with the dog before bringing it home to determine for yourself whether you are a good couple. And be honest; The dog may be the cutest dog you've ever seen, but Great Danes don't make good apartment dogs, and little Chihuahuas definitely don't enjoy marathons.

Once you find the best choice, enjoy a rewarding long-term relationship!

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Erin Ollila

Erin Ollila believes in the power of words and how a message can inform and even change a target audience. His writings, which include interviews, pseudonymous articles, blog posts and creative articles, can be found everywhere on the internet and in print. Erin is a true internet and social media geek. He received his master's degree in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. 

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