Do you want a dog but have no idea which of the hundreds of breeds to choose? People have been breeding dogs for various purposes for thousands of years. Here are some ways to narrow down the diversity of breeds and choose a great dog for you.
Most familiar dog breeds began as working dogs bred for a particular purpose. As examples, Corgis were bred to herd cattle; Saint Bernards were created to serve as rescue dogs in the Swiss Alps; and Dachshunds were meant to hunt badgers. Because of their working history, these dogs may need more exercise and space than other breeds, and many working dogs are on the larger side. If this isn’t a problem for you, then a working or ex-working breed might be a good choice.
Hunting dogs comprise another large group of breeds. Retrievers, such as golden retrievers oak hills ca, were originally bred to retrieve birds – hence the name – and likewise all pointers were meant to point out game to their human companions.
Chinese Chow Chows were originally used as temple guards and hunters, and it’s thought that Poodles actually originated as a type of water retriever. Hunting dogs need lots of exercise, so they won’t do well in apartments, and may become destructive when bored.
There are also many breeds created to serve no other purpose than to be cute, cuddly, wonderful lap-warmers. All the toy breeds can make good lap dogs, such as Toy Poodles, Pomeranians, Shi Tzu’s, Papillons, Toy Spaniels, Lhasa Apso’s and German Spitzes.
These dogs don’t require a lot of space, but they might not be the best for households with small children. Some of them are fierce for their small size and bark a lot, so take these things into consideration before you choose one.
There are hundreds of dog breeds in the world, and one is surely right for you. Do your research and have fun picking the best pooch!