When choosing a new dog, it’s important to think with your head, more than your heart. The puppy staring up at you may be extremely cute, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. Every breed differs to the next, some rather drastically, so you must do your homework to ensure you are choosing a breed that matches your lifestyle. This is the best way to make certain that you and your dog have a long and enjoyable relationship together. Here is some basic information on choosing the right breed for you.


Border Collie

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Herding dogs

An example of this type of dog is a Border Collie, that was bred for herding livestock on farms. Because of these instincts, they feel most at home in a rural setting. This type of dog would suit an owner who has plenty of time for walks and has plenty of interior and exterior space. Working dogs are very energetic and need plenty of exercise to keep them entertained and relaxed. They also tend to be among the smartest dog breeds and so they take well to owners who are dedicated to training.

King Charles Spaniels

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Toy dogs

Named toy dogs because they are small and cute. Among this group are Chihuahuas, King Charles Spaniels, and Yorkshire Terriers. These pint-sized pooches are best suited to owners who are short on living space. However, the most delicate breeds are not the best option for families with small children or other pets – especially if they are large and boisterous.


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Working dogs

Working dogs were bred to do work, which mainly involves guarding property. Breeds that come under this category include Rottweilers, Dobermans and Great Danes. Because these dogs can be aggressive, it is important to buy from a reputable breeder or website, such as K9 Stud, and to find out as much as you can about their history. They are very intelligent, loyal dogs.  However, they are not always suited to families with young children.

Lab Puppy

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Sporting dogs

Sporting dogs include breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and Spaniels. They are very popular dogs for families because of the are loyal, friendly and they respond well to training. Sporting dogs are also alert and active and require regular exercise in large, open spaces. Unfortunately, because of their popularity, this has led to careless over-breeding causing behavioral and health problems in many dogs. Again, be careful to find a reputable breeder.



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Hound dogs

The hound category of dogs encompasses Beagles, Whippets, and all kinds of hounds. They are known for their heightened senses of sight and hearing used for hunting. They are full of energy, and so require regular exercise. It should be noted, however, that they must be kept on a lead as much as possible as they are prone to darting off after anything that moves!

This post has provided an introduction to choosing some of the main dog breeds. If any of these breeds sound like the right choice for your lifestyle, we recommend you continue your research in order to make certain it is the right decision.

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