May 10, 2010

Selecting the Right Breed of Dog

While there are no essential personality differences between the sexes of dogs, there is no doubt that some personality variations exist among the various breeds. Though rather minor, they are significant enough so that they should be inquired into in order that the particular breed can meet individual needs. This fact may be of special importance where there are children in the household. The disposition of an animal certainly must be compatible with the personality of the child. Some breeds have a tendency to be peppy, alert, excitable, or noisy, while others are generally quiet, lazy, or phlegmatic. Some are more likely to become one-man dogs, while others seem to want to encompass the whole world in their sphere.

There are, however, enough breeds to satisfy almost any requirement. Once the breed has been definitely decided upon, it is advisable to get in touch with a recognized kennel club agency. It is especially important that the breeder be highly recommended, for occasionally breeders have been guilty of dishonest practices, though these are the exception rather than the rule. In the final analysis, however, there are reliable and unreliable dealers in all fields and the discretion of the purchaser must ultimately decide the issue.

When the animal is purchased, a ten-day trial should be insisted upon, in order to have time to get veterinary certification of good health, and to ascertain whether the animal is of suitable disposition - that is, to find out whether the animal gets along with your family. The reliable breeder will agree unhesitatingly to such a reasonable request. Less reliable breeders will agree to a trial of only 24 to 48 hours. Since latent diseases often do not arise for several days, and since it usually takes more than a couple of days to decide whether an animal's disposition is suitable, the prospective owner is advised to proceed with extreme caution when he has only a day or two to make his final decision.

A reference list of the recognized breeds of dogs follows. The various breeds were developed to adapt these animals to different activities; to learn to distinguish one breed from another; the best method is to attend dog shows. The official publications of the American Kennel Club give detailed information on the history and standards of the various breeds.

The American Kennel Club recognizes six major classes of dog breeds, as follows:

Group one: sporting dogs.

Griffon: Wirehaired-Pointing. Pointer: German Shorthaired. Retrievers: Chesapeake Bay, Curly-Coated, Flat-Coated, Golden, Labrador. Setters: English, Gordon, Irish. Spaniels: Brittany, Clumber, Cocker, English Springer, Field, Irish Water, Sussex, Welsh Springer.

Group two: sporting dogs, hounds.

Afghan, Basset, Beagle, Bloodhound, Borzoi, Dachshund, Deer-hound (Scottish), Foxhound (American), Foxhound (English), Greyhound, Harrier, Norwegian Elkhound, Otterhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Whippet, Wolfhound (Irish), Wolfhound (Russian).

Group three: working dog.

These include some of the largest breeds in the dog world. They are best suited to being used as guard dogs for police or army purposes, watchdogs, herding dogs, sled dogs, etc.

Alaskan Malamute, Belgian Sheepdog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bouvier des Flandres, Boxer, Briard, Bull-Mastiff, Collie (Rough), Collie (Smooth), Doberman Pinscher, Eskimo, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Komondor, Kuvasz, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Puli, Rottweiler, Samoyede, Schnauzer (Giant), Shetland Sheepdog, Siberian Huskie, St. Bernard, Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Welsh Corgi (Pembroke).

Group four: terriers.

These breeds have a sporting background. They are adapted to hunting small game, especially where a considerable amount of digging is required.

Airedale, Bedlington, Border, Bull, Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, Fox (Smooth), Fox (Wirehaired), Irish, Kerry Blue, Lakeland, Lhasa, Manchester, Norwich, Schnauzer (Miniature), Schnauzer (Standard), Scottish, Sealyham, Skye, Staffordshire, Welsh, West Highland White.

Group five: toys.

These have been bred as novelty dogs and have no work or sporting function.

Affenpinscher, Chihuahua, English Toy Spaniel, Griffon (Brussels), Italian Greyhound, Japanese Spaniel, Maltese, Mexican Hairless, Papillon, Pekingese, Pinscher (Miniature), Pomeranian, Pug, Toy Manchester Terrier, Toy Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier.

Group six: nonsporting.

While some of these breeds have a sporting, guard-dog or hunting background, they are now bred mainly as pets. They include some of the most distinctive and handsome animals in the world of dogs.

Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, French Bulldog, Keeshonden, Poodle, Schipperke.

Jimmy Cox

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May 10, 2010

@ 4:28 am

selecting the right breed for me?
Okay so here is what I'm looking for.. Big, good sense of protection, and cannot shed.. I'm 15 and female and am looking for a dog that can be trained as a guard dog.. NOT AN ATTACK DOG.. just one that simply barks or growls at anything suspicious like a stranger.. I love rotties but sadly my mom said no.. same with pits.. Although I do like Staffordshires (yes i know they branched off pits but my mom doesnt) and American Bulldogs and Boxers.. Okay so any help.. And I DO NOT WANT A LAB.. I know they are a great breed and popular but they shed way way way to much for me to keep up with.
oops meant to say it can't shed alot

nekkiddoglady @ 4:30 am

any dog can be trained to be a watch dog.

Howabout a standard poodle? they dont shed much.
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Shanna @ 4:32 am

All dogs shed. There isn't a breed of dog that either doesn't shed or require lots of grooming.
All the breeds you mentioned are shedders, so if that is your biggest concern than you need to figure out a different breed. The only large dogs I can think of that don't shed are standard poodles, airedale terriers and giant schnauzers.
Pretty much any dog will bark at an intruder.
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Janelle @ 4:34 am

well personaly i would get a bernese mountain dog. if you brush them they wont shed and if u keep them on the right diet, the will be healthey and live long
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cowboyjag @ 4:36 am

golden retivers are real good
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mac @ 4:38 am

We have a weimariner and he's very protective, yet also very loving. He also does not shed much. But they do need LOTS of exercise!!!!!!!!!!
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sun day @ 4:40 am

Boxers, though wonderful and fun dogs are kind of hard to train. I don't know very many dogs that don't shed. Poodles don't shed. Any dog can be a watch dog or at least seem to be viscious until you come in the house. Goldens are great, but they shed, Dalmations like to bark when company comes, but they shed too. I guess do some research and find out what is best for you. Good luck
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woohookiwis @ 4:42 am

boxers. good family doggies. i have two, they bark at strangers and when the door bell rings at home, then once they are welcomed and come in she loves them and doesnt stop licking them haha. they look a little tough but are the goofiest dogs ever. i also have a pit but she doesnt bark at anybody. boxers are the best. if u have any questions bout the breed feel free to email me
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kiwi the budgie @ 4:44 am

i was gonna say boxer but a dalmation doesint shed and are very protective about their owners and their properties but i would be carful because they may bite.. depends how you raise it really
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katiemustang @ 4:46 am

The Aussie Seems Write for you!!


The Border Collie Also!!
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Patti K @ 4:48 am

How about a German Shepard? They are very smart and actually pretty easy to train if you get one while their young.
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kris10nchains @ 4:50 am

Your only choice for a large dog that doesn't shed is a Standard Poodle. Labradoodles are reputed to be non shedders, but labs were on your NO list. Mid size dog that doesn't shed is a Wheaton Terrier. Interesting breed and still very intelligent. As far as guard dog type breeds, THEY ALL SHED!!! And if you get a "shedder" ABSOLUTELY DO NOT take it to the groomer to be shaved!!!! Shaving does NOT reduce shedding, it only reduces the length of the hair being shed. AND, shaving your dog will make the hair grow in thicker each season, therefore compounding your shedding problem. I reccommend a Giant Schnauzer. Very protective, cool looking, and minimal shedding. Whatever you choose, research care and grooming cost. These large breeds can cost around 80 bucks a month for grooming.
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d00ney @ 4:52 am

If you are serious about training, why not ask advice from your local dog training centre.

All dogs need grooming. Breeds like poodles need clipping, but they don't leave hair all over the place like some breeds. However, you could buy a suitable vacuum cleaner, or limit the area where your dog can go.

There are other considerations, such as your life style, how, when and where you can exercise your dog, so if you can advice from someone who is handling dogs everyday you're more likely to get a dog to suit you.
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shanesmommy01 @ 4:54 am

I just got a boxer puppy. Excellent dog! I have never been so impressed by a breed of dog. I researched them for three years before I purchased one. They are very loyal and intelligent. Very protective of their family, yet friendly and playful with children. All dogs shed to some degree but they have very short fur and do not shed very much.
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Yama @ 4:56 am

German shepherd, Siberian husky, St. Bernard, Smooth collie. They all have good personallities and loyal. Any dog barks when they see someone though. Look at the shelter. Go to You can take a quiz that will tell you the perfect dog for you. I took it and come to find out the top three breeds my little baby had in her. Lol.
Hope this helps

PS Like your name. That's my name to. Lol
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chocolate_rain @ 4:58 am

German Sheperds are good as someone mentioned, but unfortunately its hard to get ur hands on a well-bred one, that won't have hip problems. I recommend a dogo Argetino, Anotolian Sheperd, Kangal, Kuvash- or something like that. Someone also mentioned a bernese mountain dog, bull terrier, bull-mastiffs shed, so try dogo argentinos really nice and pretty dogs!
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Tara @ 5:00 am

German shepherds are great guard dogs, but they shed a lot.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are good guard dogs, and they have very short fur. I am a big fan of the breed, they were bred to hunt lions in South Africa.
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