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Dog Breeds: Man’s Best Friend In All Shapes & Sizes

If it’s information on dog breeds that you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place- welcome to our site!

Our goal is to provide you with the best information on whatever breed of dog you’re interested in learning about, and to help you make informed decisions about you and your future dog.

When it comes to our four-legged friends, it’s never too late to learn as much about them as possible.5 silver dog paw prints on white background

Well-rounded knowledge about different dog breeds can:

  • Help us to take care of a dog we already own
  • Prepare us for future pets
  • Give us an idea of what it would take to take care of different breeds
  • Let us know if we’re treating our dogs correctly
  • Give you a sense of whether or not a particular breed is a good fit for your home and family

Knowledge Makes for a Better Dog-Owning Experience

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Owning a dog is a life-changing experience, and a joy in several ways. However, as is true with every pet, being an owner is an expense as well as a responsibility.

Our site will help to guide you by expanding your knowledge about breeds you’re interested in, giving you the facts before you make any decisions, and before possibly making mistakes!

Health And Grooming

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Different breeds require different approaches to ensure that the dog remains healthy.

Nowadays, dog health and grooming practices are standardized almost no matter where you go.

Different breeds have different needs (shaggier dogs need to be groomed more often, etc.).

Because the world has become so much smaller through technology, care for breeds have become standardized from place to place.

The same couldn’t have been said until the past 50-100 years or so.

There was a time that different regions had to take various measures to take care of their dogs, due to the variance of climate.

As time passed with breeds being shuffled all over the world, health and grooming practices are geared more toward the breed, rather than the location.

There are never enough tips and tricks available to keep track of, to make sure an owner gives their pet the best shot at a long and healthy life.

Proper nutrition goes beyond what we’re feeding the dogs, such as exercise, baths, and grooming.

All of these are important, and with each breed comes different variables.

We’ll be covering the best ways to keep your dog healthy according to its breed on this site.

Dog Questions and Answers

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There is no such thing as a stupid question. This is especially true when it comes to different dog breeds.

For every question you ask about your dog, there’s a reason you’re asking, right?

Never be ashamed to ask any questions you have in mind.

You having the answers you need will be better for your dog, and better for you.

Here is a good example below:

12 Questions to Ask Before Getting a New Dog

Before deciding what type of dog to get, you might want to read up on the important differences between them.

With 193 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, you’ll want to learn and carefully consider the qualities and characteristics of each group.

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Here’s a list of frequently asked dog questions to help in your decision-making before you take the plunge and get a dog.

Choosing “The Perfect Dog” Questions

1. What size of dog are you looking for?

If you cannot pinpoint a specific weight, then think of a breed close to their size.

Mini dogs could be the size of a Chihuahua, medium size is a Beagle, a large size is a Labrador, and an extra-large size is a greyhound or English Sheep Dog.

2. If you know the size of the dog you want, do you have enough room for it?

Just because you have a postage stamp apartment doesn’t mean you cannot own an English Sheep Dog.

As long as your pet has the opportunity to get plenty of exercises outside – either in their own backyard or a long walk in the park – room may not be a factor.

3. How much exercise can you give the dog of your choice?

Research the exercise requirements of the breed you are interested in before you get the dog.

Your perfect breed may require more exercise than others, and you do not want your new pet to be miserable.

4. Indoor or outdoor?

This may not even be a consideration for some people since the answer will be, ‘In the house, of course’, which is fine as long they get enough exercise.

Also, keep in mind that the breed you get may not be suited to extreme heat or cold and should be in a climate-controlled environment.

5. How much time can you devote to grooming?

This can be looked at in two different ways: you can take on the grooming chores yourself, or you can take the dog to a professional groomer.

Either way, you will be responsible for helping your companion keep a tangle-free coat, their nails trimmed, and their eyes and ears clean.

6. What are you hoping to do with your furry friend?

Believe it or not, what you want to do with your dog makes a difference in the type of breed you consider.

Some dogs are great for lounging around with you while watching the football game while others will race you out the door to go hiking.

7. What kind of experience do you have with dogs?

If you’ve never owned a dog before – and we’re not talking about the family dog you had growing up – you may want to consider one of the breeds that are great for first-time owners.

8. Do you have children and do you have the time to teach them both how to co-exist?

Some dogs are better with children than others, but any breed when raised with a loving hand and trained properly, can co-exist with children who are also taught to respect and love their pets.

In this particular case, sometimes looking for an older dog that already has a good reputation with children would be beneficial.

Let’s take a look at some other things you may want to consider before making your final decision about the new member of your family that you want to bring home.

9. What is the dog’s temperament?

A dog’s temperament is a major consideration when choosing the right dog for your family.

Temperament is defined as the dog’s general attitude towards people and other animals in the household.

It is the combination of physical and mental traits that can be learned or inherited.

When dog temperaments are tested, professionals look at their stability, confidence, friendliness, protectiveness, aggressiveness, how they play, self-defense, and whether or not they can distinguish between threatening and non-threatening situations.

While it’s usually easier to measure the temperament of purebred dogs, it can also be done in mixed-breed dogs.

It is harder if the breeds are not identifiable, but professionals have developed ways to do it.

Potential owners should always meet the puppy’s sire and find out what they are like in order to evaluate the litter.

Many times the puppies will show similar traits to their parents, sometimes even traits of the grand and great-grandparents.

Three Types Of Distinct Temperaments

Let’s take a look at how each is defined.

A. Dominant – Dogs are pack animals and some are more dominant over the pack than others.

They are the ones that make and enforce the rules.

Unless you assume the role of pack leader, dominant dogs will challenge you for that leadership role, trying to move up the chain of authority and be dominant over you and your family.

Dominant breeds are not good for households with children under the age of 10.

These types of dogs need a firm hand from every member of the family and just one timid family member will be pushed around by the dog.

B. Balanced – Neither leaders nor followers, these dogs are content to follow you as long as you establish that you are the leader of the pack.

They will obey you because leaders make the rules and discipline the pack members.

Only if there is no leader will a balanced dog step into to fill the leadership void.

Balanced dogs are confident enough to handle children’s ‘tender affections’ without getting aggressive and showing impatience.

 These are the pack members who have absolutely no desire to lead.

They see everyone around them as being higher up in the pack hierarchy than they are and they are not good in positions such as watch or guard dogs.

These types of dogs are the best types for families with young children or who have never owned a dog before.

Owners need to be gentle and tender with these types of dogs.

It is best to keep in mind that there are dominant and submissive dogs in each breed even if the breed is normally a gentle one.

Someone has to be the leader.

10. What kind of exercise is right for your dog?

Our dogs need exercise just like we do to remain healthy throughout their lives.

It keeps them from becoming overweight and having additional health problems when they get older.

Dogs love to play no matter what their ages are, so the more exercise and playtime you can give them, the happier they will be and the more enjoyment they will provide you as a companion.

Some of the benefits of exercise and energetic play include but are not limited to:

  • Healthy body weight and fewer health problems as they age
  • Better overall behavior and less acting out
  • A companion to exercise with
  • Social interaction skills

Just like humans, dogs are individuals and some breeds require more exercise than others.

No matter what those requirements happen to be, an exercise or energetic play routine that you and your dog enjoy together is beneficial to you both.

To give you an idea of exercise regimens, we can look at the different dog groups we mentioned earlier and correlate some ideas with their overall personalities.

  • Companion breeds are content with a walk a day.
  • Gun (Sporting) dogs enjoy a high activity and long daily walks.
  • Terriers also enjoy walks, but can be just as content with energetic play.
  • Hounds have the mentality to switch between work and playmaking low key walks are very appealing to them.
  • Guard dogs enjoy running and games with established limits.
  • Herding dogs should be mentally and physically stimulated so games and sports are good for them.
  • Northern dogs, such as Huskies, need to be active and enjoy walks and sports.

Your dog’s temperament should also be taken into consideration and the exercise built around them.

For example, dominant dogs that enjoy games must be taught limits and that you are in control so that they do resort to biting if they take the game too seriously.

Independent dogs that do not require a lot of social interaction with their human excel in exercising that contains runs, bike rides, and hiking.

Apprehensive and shy dogs will enjoy structured routines that are not demanding, like a quiet walk.

11. Will you commit yourself to train your dog?

It takes a firm, patient, and loving hand to teach your new dog some manners, manners which include not going in the house, not biting the hand that feeds it, and not taking up the entire bed.

We can joke about training our dogs, but in essence, it is a very necessary evil.

Just like babies, dogs come into the world not knowing that some actions are simply not welcome.

Training can be handled in one of two ways: we can self-train our pets or we can take them to obedience school.

Because dogs are pack animals, having rules in their lives where they know exactly where they are in the family structure makes sense.

They are secure in knowing what is expected of them, and what incorrect behavior is.

Therefore, once you start training your dog, you will need to follow the same rules and the same schedule day after day.

This includes being consistent, confident and getting your dog to respond and pay attention to you.

How quickly your dog gets trained depends on both of you.

Some breeds are more difficult to train than others, but it can be done.

You never want to be too hard on your dog as that will cause them to fear you and others, or become overly aggressive.

You will train your dog to respect you and, in turn, you respect your dog.

If they make a mistake, correct them and move on. Don’t stay angry.

Praise your dog consistently and constantly when he or she does something to make you proud.

They will remember this action and they will seek if from you over and over again. Your dog will try hard to please you.

The only thing you need to properly train your dog is a good collar and leash, treats, and patience.

Take your time, speak softly and cheerfully to your dog so that they pay attention to you and not get distracted, and before long, your dog will be well behaved.

12. What are your dog’s common health problems?

Dogs get sick just like humans. In fact, we share some of the most common ailments in the world: allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes.

Not all health conditions our furry companions suffer are breed and genetic related, although some breeds are more predisposed to certain ailments than others.

Here is a list of common dog health conditions that should be seen to immediately or prevented as soon as possible.

Kennel cough – a respiratory disease common in both cats and dogs that are exposed to poorly ventilated areas, cigarette smoke, overcrowding, and dust.

This is usually treated with antibiotics or by vaccination.

Heartworms – probably one of the most devastating health conditions.

If not detected, this parasite enters the dog’s bloodstream from a mosquito bite and reproduces in the dog’s heart.

If left undetected, the heartworm will grow within the heart and lungs and ultimately kill the animal.

Vaccinations and monthly preventative medicine are recommended to prevent infestation.

Antibiotics started early in the infestation can save the dog.

Canine diabetes – just like their human companions, canine diabetes is caused by the lack of the proper amount of insulin to properly break down and utilizes sugar in the bloodstream.

Insulin injections and dietary supplements are used to treat this disease.

Caring for your pet is important. Make sure your dog is up to date with his or her shots and has a yearly check-up.

If you notice any sudden change in behavior, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.

They can’t tell you what is wrong. They rely on you to notice that they are not well.

To sum up, let us stress once more that a dog will be a full member of your family, so take good care when choosing a pet from a vast variety of dog breeds.

Unique Dog Breeds You May Not Have Heard Of

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There are unique dogs that are meant for unique things.

Though some of these things might have eroded through the passage of time (bulldogs fighting bulls for one example), there will be needs that must be met in order to satiate whatever the dog’s bread-in instincts might be.

Some breeds are more challenging to take care of than others, and some require daily attention to things that others don’t.

One of our goals is to educate you about dog breeds so you don’t wind up choosing a dog that you might not be able to handle.

The range of differences and what makes a breed unique is heavily judged by their appearance.black pug lying on its tummy

Some dogs are covered with long shaggy hair such as the mop dogs, and others have distinct facial features such as the pug.

Some breeds can be mistaken for wild K9s such as wolves or coyotes. Some of these breeds even behave similarly, less the wild instincts.

Knowing the differences between these breeds will help you to have a good understanding of the nature and temperament of the dog.

Dog Breeds by Country

7 different dog breeds from around the globe

Man and K9s have sustained a mutually beneficial relationship for thousands of years.

Dogs have shared history with us and earning its reputation as “man’s best friend” in several different ways.

Through service, loyalty, and love, the K9 has proven itself as a family member, a friend, a guardian, and a worker.

Dog breeds by country differ, though some might share similar features with other breeds a world apart.

However, many of the breeds created were done purposefully to accomplish specific tasks.

Have you ever wondered where your dog came from?

Do you wonder what type of dog would be a good fit for the climate of the country or area that you’re living in?

Would you like to know what your breed of dog was intended for?

These questions and more can be answered when having a look into dog breeds by what country they came from.

Dog Breeds Created for Different Reasons in Different Countries

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The majority of K9 breeds out there didn’t happen by accident.

They were deliberately bread with other breeds once upon a time, to add or subtract different characteristics into the dog.

Size, fur (type, thickness and length), levels of energy, obedience, and attitude, are a few traits that would be considered when breeders concentrated on creating a new breed of dog.

Often, it was for specific purposes that were important to the culture of the country the breeders called home.

Often, location dictated the requirements that the dog needed to thrive.

The List of Breeds Grow All the Time

Breeders around the world are still working with different kinds of dog, trying to come up with k9s that will either fill a purpose or need, or breed out perceived imperfections that some popular breeds might harbor. Often health-related issues.

In all, our love for dogs has only grown over time. Though technology and progress have removed many reasons people would own certain types of dog, there’s always going to have a place alongside mankind.

You’ll find our informative articles of dogs by region in the links below.

Asian Dog Breeds

Oceania Dog Breeds

European Dog Breeds

North American Dog Breeds

South American Dog Breeds

African Dog Breeds

Dog Breeds Pros and Cons

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There are pros and cons to everything out there, and pets are no exception.

For every breed of k9, there are pros about the particular breed, but cons that might be good to know whether it’s about your current dog, or a breed of dog you’re interested in purchasing one day.

Every breed has its own set of strengths and weaknesses that should be assessed before deciding to purchase a dog.

A dog that is a good fit for one person or family, might not be for a different person or family living under different circumstances.

Some common sense can save a lot of time when narrowing down the list of dog breeds that you’d like to have.

But having a well-rounded knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the dog breeds you’re interested in, can narrow your search to a winner!

Explore Our Site!

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Walk with us through our passion for knowledge about our four-legged loved ones, and browse around the pages of this site.

We’re a work in progress, continually adding new information about dogs, and cataloging them appropriately.

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We’d certainly appreciate it, and thank you for taking the time to check us out!

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About The Author: Pablo Pascua created dogbreedsfaq.com because of his interest in all the different breeds, and his desire to learn more. His inspiration comes from the many dogs he has owned throughout his life.