Different Dog Breeds and Their Unique Characteristics

Dog Breeds
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There are more than 200 recognized dog breeds, and each breed has unique characteristics, personalities, and preferences. Mixed breeds have the same qualities and are harder to distinguish as they can carry traits from their parents. These breeds are included in seven types of dogs mentioned in this blog. Let’s get to know about these breeds. 

Sporting Breeds

Sporting breeds belong to the group of assist hunters. The purpose of this breed is to find, flush, catch, and retrieve birds. Hunters use them to retrieve waterfowl or upland game birds. All sporting breeds are recognized for highly active and alert natures, stable temperaments, and ability to hunt on land and water. These dogs make lovable companions and are perfect for active families, which require lots of time outdoors and plenty of exercises. 

  • Golden Retriever
  • Greyhound
  • Boykin spaniel
  • English Pointer
  • Labrador Retriever

Non-sporting breeds

This group has a different number of breeds. These types of dogs better fit our needs and lifestyle. These can include hunting or working canine kinds and show or lap dogs. Whether you are looking for a big dog or a smaller one, non-sporting breeds have all types of dogs.

Non-sporting breeds include:

  • Poodle
  • French bulldog
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • American Eskimo
  • Dalmatian

Hound Breeds

Hound breeds were part of a sporting group, and these were categorized in the group of 1930. These are the original hunting dogs and help men in hunting. If you are looking for a scent hunter or sight hunter, hound breeds can do it all. Many people get hounds for loyalty, a loving personality, and superior intelligence. Hound breeds include:

  • Bloodhound
  • Basset Hound
  • Beagle
  • American Foxhound
  • Afghan hound
  • Bluetick coonhound
  • Black and Tan Coonhound
  • Greyhound
  • Otterhound

Herding Breeds

Herding dogs maintain many of the physical characteristics and instincts of corralling animals. Herding breeds are intelligent, athletic, and diligent. These dogs are the most trainable. Herding Breeds are trained to herd, gather and protect livestock, including goats, cattle, and sheep. Some dogs in this group are used as police dogs, service dogs, or military. Salman Khan dog was of the same herding breed. 

Herding breeds include:

  • Australian cattle dog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Collie
  • German shepherd
  • Shetland sheepdog

The Terrier Breed

Terrier is derived from the word terra, meaning “earth”. It comes in all sizes and catches vermin like rats, foxes, badgers, weasels, and otters. Some terriers have double coats, consisting of soft undercoats and wiry jackets that require grooming. Some coats are plucked or stripped by hand, a time-consuming process that gives these dogs a unique appearance.

The Terrier dog breeds include:

  • American pit bull terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Soft-coated wheaten terrier

The Working Breed

Medium to giant dog breeds are known for strength, courage, and loyalty. The working breed has domestic dogs, which were bred with the purpose of serving humankind. In many countries, breeds were created hunters, guardians or draft dogs. 

Working dog breeds include:

  • Boxer
  • Great Dane
  • Akita
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Saint Bernard
  • Siberian husky

The Toy Breed

This breed has a lot of character in a small package. The toy part of this breed group’s name depends on the size only. These dog breeds have the spirit and strong personalities to dominate larger dogs, sometimes when not properly trained. Toy breeds used to have small sizes as they were vocal defenders of homes and ideals for apartments and small spaces. 

The toy breed includes:

  • Chinese crested
  • Greyhound
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Papillon
  • Shih Tzu
  • Toy Fox Terrier

Final thoughts

Whether you are looking for a puppy, many things need to be known about different dog breeds. These are the dog breed groups with intriguing features. Make sure you have chosen the dogs for your lifestyle and type of personality.