An Overview of Different Dog Breeds
There are over a hundred registered breed of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is
basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed
lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proved that mating two adult dogs of the same type
would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behaviour, to
If thinking of adopting or buying a pet dog for yourself, it is important to know which
type of dog you want. Here are a few popular dog breeds for your easy reference:
Labrador: Labradors are very outgoing dogs that have yellow, black or brown
furs. Labrador are versatile dogs that has a wide rang of functions. Most of them are known to retrievers and are
utilized as guide dogs for the blind. They enjoy holding different objects in their mouth and are prone to chewing
things. Labradors are observed to be hypersensitive and have a high regard for their territory. Their furs are
observed to be water repellent thus making them perfect for waterfowl hunting. They are excellent as family
Boxers have pointed ears that are tilted forward. They have a distinguishable white
underbelly and white parts at the tip of each foot. These white regions are often called as ‘flashiness’ which
sometimes extend to other parts of the body. These usually appear on the shoulders and face. Boxers are playful
and energetic breed. They are perfect as a pet for children because they have an extended puppy hood, meaning
they are not considered as an adult dog until they reach the age of three. Training would not be a problem.
Boxers are known to be obedient and possess a strong personality. It is advisable to train a boxer at an early
age. They can sometimes be a substitute as guide dogs or police dogs.
Rottweiler’s’ origin traced back on ancient times. Their existence has been associated with
the Roman Empire as watchers for groups of cattle. Since then, their incredible strength and intelligence has
been recognized. They are utilized as police dogs and military aides during wars. Rottweilers are black tan
spots on its cheeks, legs, chest and face. You should definitely find one too underneath their tails. They are
marked with upside down triangles can be found on the chest area. Their eyebrows have a unique spot on each one.
Rottweilers are intelligent and fearless dogs. You can notice their foreheads getting a little wrinkly when they
are alert. Rotties are very active and playful and are fast on learning tricks.
Poodles can be a very good companion and are very loyal to their owners. These dogs score
extremely high on both the trainability scale and on the intelligence scale. They belong to a quiet breed of
dogs that has a naturally curly fur. Their colour ranges from black, grey, white, blue, apricot or brown. They
are considered as a hypoallergenic breed. They are very famous for their very nice coats. Maintenance proved to
be a tedious job. Owners have to keep their hair in a manageable length so that matting and tangling would be
Germans shepherds are also known as Alsatian. Originally, they are intended to be aide for
a farmer in herding their sheep or cattle. They are incredibly intelligent and very trainable. Because of their
built they are often used as working dogs in the military or police community. Most of them are also guide dogs.
German shepherds are large and strong dogs with varied fur colours. Most comes in cream, tank, white or
Dachshunds are also referred to as sausage dogs because of their elongated built. They have
short legs and pointed facial framework. Chasing and hunting are their favourite past times. Most dachshunds
have crooked legs and chest compared to a barrel. Dachshunds are playful and loyal dogs that loves to chase
small animals like birds. Their senses are very keen and well-developed though they often exhibit
Beagles have acquired a strong sense of smell. Because of such quality they are used for
hunting animals like rabbits. They have big ears that are low- set giving them that gentle look. Their furs are
commonly white, black, brown or a combination of both. Beagles are known to be very good tempered. Training
might prove to be a trick task because these dogs are strong willed that made them quite stubborn. Beagles
travel in pack, being a pet dog might cause them to have anxiety.
Lesser Known Dog Breeds
Have you ever seen a beagle? Sure you have. What about a basset hound? Of course! How about
a Polish Owczarek Nizinny? Didn’t think so. Its one of many unfamiliar breeds of dogs roaming the Earth and
though it has a funny name (to Americans anyway), it is a beautiful creature. There are a great many dog breeds
out there that, unless you’re a dog expert, you may never have heard of. Here are a few.
The smallest dog in the family that includes pinschers and schnauzers, the Affenpinscher is
a toy dog with a good demeanour. These little guys are very intelligent and trainable and make wonderful family
pets. They have a dark, wiry coat and are naturally affectionate towards humans.
The Anatolian Shepherd has a large frame and is considered to be quite courageous. These
are strong and loyal dogs that see a good deal of use in the United States as military and hunting
The Basenji is a medium sized muscular dog that is also known as the African Barkless Dog.
They never bark, but not because they are mute; apparently they just don’t want to. Basenjis were originally
bred in Africa as hunting dogs. They do not naturally make good pets, but overcome their aversion to humans if
they are handled consistently from an early age.
Bouvier des Flandres:
These small but sturdy dogs have the appearance of a sort of terrier. They usually have a
dark rough coat and a generally calm manner. They were originally bred as herders in France and today are used
in both police work and as guide dogs or assistance animals for the blind.
Central Asian Ovtcharka:
The Central Asian Ovtcharka is a large and muscular dog. It is known as loyal and fearless
and has protective instincts that make it an excellent herder and watchdog. Typically they have their ears and
tail docked at an early age.
Polish Owczarek Nizinny:
This guy is a medium sized shaggy dog with a long coat that covers its eyes. Loyal and
devoted dogs, they make great pets as long as they won’t be left alone for long periods of time since they are
known to cause trouble when unsupervised for too long.
Above is a simple overview of popular breed of dogs. In choosing a dog for you better
consider each breeds’ physical appearance, temperament and health issues. Of course, each dog should fit your
lifestyle. Remember dogs should be given proper attention and care but in exchange you can have the best