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Different Dog Breeds 
                      
There are so many different dog breeds...each with their own personalities and traits. Let's take a look at the aspects of the different dog breeds that you may be interested in !

                       


Long ago there were not different dog breeds...the canines that we know of today are descendants of wolves.  It is thought that they were domesticated over 15 thousand years ago!  Since that time, through breeding there are now currently 157 purebred individual breeds that are recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club - one of the most respected canine clubs in the world)....And many others that are not yet recognized...including designer (or hybrid) dogs.

So, with all of these choices how do you know which one is right for you?

There are many aspects to consider if you are planning on obtaining a puppy or dog...the most pertinent are:
  • The size of the dog
  • The temperament and personality that the certain breed normally possesses
  • Life span and general health issues that lie in the bloodline of a particular breed
Let's talk about size!

Dogs will be categorized into 1 of 4 size groups; Toy, Small, Medium and Large.

The size of the dog will be important and will have an impact on:
  • The care needs of that pet
  • The space needed to live comfortably
  • The amount of food that he or she will consume
  • Size may play a role in how that dog will be able to (or not be able to) interact with young children
There will also be other elements that come into play...for example: traveling !  If you have a small or toy breed dog you may find it much easier to bring them along and there will be some hotels that allow small pets....If you have a large breed dog, you may find that when it comes to vacation, preparations will need to be made for someone to care for him or her while you are gone.

Does size determine the personalty?

Many times, no.  Different dog breeds will have certain traits... there are some smaller dogs and some larger dogs that are known for being extremely friendly and very affectionate family pets.  There are also some toy and bigger canines that are known for being more aloof and may have more of an independence streak.

Does size determine care issues?

Yes, it does!  Each different dog breed will be prone to certain medical issues....For example, many of the toy and small breeds will be more prone to luxating patella (slipped kneecap)...yet many medium and larger breeds will be more prone to bloat (a condition in which the stomach literally twists due to stress, over-eating or ingesting food too quickly.  Therefore, it is important to find out the overall health outlook for each different dog breed.

In addition, in most cases larger pets will be much more happy with more room and smaller dogs will often do just wonderfully in any environment including apartment living.

As you read about the different types of dog that exist, you will learn how each one varies...from those who crave human companionship so much that being left alone for even a short amount of time can cause them to become stress (a main factor in destructive behavior)....to those who do just fine keeping themselves busy while you are away at work.

The Issue of choosing popular dogs

This website gives you very detailed information, along with some fantastic photos for the 37 top breeds...However, here is the list of the 10 most popular canines in the United States:

  •     Labrador Retriever (Lab)
  •     German Shepherd
  •     Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)
  •     Beagle
  •     Golden Retriever
  •     Bulldog
  •     Boxer
  •     Dachshund
  •     Poodle
  •     Shih Tzu
The above breed are all wonderful dogs!  However, there are many more that are just as amazing!  We suggest that you take a look around this site to learn all about the dogs that you may be interested in.

We offer you tons of important information, including:

  • Stats (Life span, expected adult weight & height, average sized litter)
  • Appearance (Coat color, body structure, elements that set the dog aside from others such as ears, tails, paws, etc).
  • Behavior and Personality (What to expect from your furry friend...while each dog will have their own unique personality, with good breeding each will also have basic instincts that dictate their basic behavior.  Looking for a dog who loves  to clown around?  You may want a Pug!  Looking for a great playmate for your children? You may want to learn about the Retriever!  In need of a good watchdog? Then the German Shepherd may be the one for you!
  • Grooming - (how to groom, how often the dog will need bathing, special care- for example certain breeds need more attention paid to their ears, etc), shedding expectations and more.
  • Health - Learn which medical issues the breed, in general, may be prone to.
  • Information that will be helpful for both current owners and potential owners
  • Fantastic Photos - See each different dog breed in different situations...both as puppies and as adults...As you will see there will often be quite a change during the 1st year!
Whether you already have a dog or you are thinking about bringing a puppy into your home, this is the place to start.  Stay a while and learn all about the different dog breeds to find out which one(s) will be right for you and your family!

Click on the name of the dog breed that you would like to find out about!

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