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Dog Breed Information

Terrier Group

Dogs in the Terrier Group have unique personalities; dogs in this group are feisty and energetic. They were originally bred to hunt and kill vermin. Terriers may have little tolerance for other animals, including other dogs. They make engaging pets, and need owners that can match the dog’s lively character.

Hound Breed Group

Hounds were originally bred to hunting dogs. There are two types of hounds, scent-hounds and sight-hounds. Scent-hounds have acute scenting needed to hunt and follow their quarry. Sight-hounds have intense eyesight so they could find chase down larger game.

Working Group

Originally Working Group dogs were bred to perform tasks like; guarding property, pulling sleds and performing water rescues and other tasks that require strength and endurance. Many working dogs do not make suitable pets for the average family because of their large size and willpower and the potential for injury that they present.

Toy Dog Breed Group

Dogs with small size but strong personalities characterize the toy group. They make the ideal indoor dogs, even though many of them are lovable bundles of energy. Toy dogs are very popular with city dwellers and those without much living space. The toys make idyllic apartment dogs and they are terrific lap warmers on nippy nights.

Sporting Group

Members of this Group include; pointers, retrievers, setters, and spaniels. These dogs are athletic, good runners, great swimmers, and excellent hunting companions. Due to their nature, sporting dogs need lots of exercise to keep them mentally and physically active. This group is very intelligent, partly because they were bred to have the skills needed to track down animals.

Non-Sporting Group

The Non-Sporting group is not as well-defined as some of the other groups. Dogs in this group are usually medium-small and they include such well-known breeds as the Bulldog, Poodle and Keeshond. This group has sturdy animals with different personalities and appearances like the Chow-Chow, Dalmatian, and French Bulldog. Breeds in the Non-Sporting Group are a varied collection in terms of size, coat, personality and overall appearance.

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