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
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,
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 and instincts.
(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, foxes)
Working group- heroic and dependable, guarding, rescue, searching.
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
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 a group.
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 disposition
Strong-willed and ambitious or generally easy-going and eager to
Friendly with humans or shy and reserved with newcomers.
Playful with people, other pets and toys or generally not interested
Friendly to other dogs or showing little interest.
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 not.
Bates - www.pettrendy.co.uk - www.therapiesguide.co.uk
and Pages of Interest on www.pettrendy.co.uk