Finding the right breed of dog for oneself or his family can be a really confusing topic. With so many breeds of dog around and the lack of knowledge on them, one is almost clueless when he is first supposed to decide on choosing the right dog breed of dog for his family.
In such a situation, you are actually supposed to consider various important factors. For example, you need to consider whether the breed of dog you are considering now would be good for you even after 5-15 years down the line. As different breeds of dogs have different life spans, you need to take into consideration their overall life span as well, so as to not end up seeing your dog leave this world way earlier than you thought. Some of the other important things to consider are the size of the family, preferences, how much time one can afford for his dog and so on.
Now though no one can usually give you some very specific advice on which breed of dog would be the perfect one for you, we have tried classifying the various breeds of dogs to help you narrow your search to a considerable extent. Do note that each group of dog breeds come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and one is supposed to match them with his and his family’s preferences before taking the decision.
Sporting Dogs: Brittanys, Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels and others
They are very active and easily trainable. However, they also need you to spend a lot of time with them as they need to be stimulated both mentally and physically. You may also want to note that without proper training and time given to this breed, they can turn quite boring and even destructive.
Hound Dogs: Beagles, Greyhounds, Dachshunds, Bloodhounds, and others
This breed contains both scent and sight hounds. Now though they don’t require you to be around all the time they can be quite stubborn at times, and hence, comparatively difficult to train. They are also believed to bark quite frequently, and this may become an issue especially if there’s no one at home keeping a watch over them all day.
Working Dogs: Rottweilers, Siberian Husky, Boxers, Newfoundland and others
This group of dogs can perform various tasks, ranging from even the police work stuff to water rescue. These are one of the most intelligent of their type and can work comfortably as a team. However, due to being quite strong and powerful, they have to be given proper training and consistent exercising on a very regular basis, failing to which may turn them quite aggressive as they grow old. Also, as they are not the most delicate of the lot, they aren’t much recommended for families with kids or elderly members.
Terrier Dogs: Cairn Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, and others
These were originally bred as “ratters”. They used to be quite well-known for tracking and killing vermin and rodents. They are quite independent and possess high energy levels. The owner of this breed of dog needs to be very patient, especially during the training, as they are surely not the easiest to train.
Toy Dogs: Shih Tzus, Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, and others
These are something more common and desirable. Being small in size and kind in nature, they are believed to be perfect for companionship and also as serviceable protectors. However, despite being kind, they are still not recommended for families with small children as they are quite delicate and can get injured easily. They are trainable but not very fast learners and can get bored if not interacted with for a long time.
Herding Dogs: German Shepherds, Welsh Corgis, Border Collies, and others
They are believed to be very responsive, alert and intelligent. Primarily being used to work directly with livestock, they need regular exercise and other type of mentally stimulating activities.
Non-Sporting Dogs: Bulldogs, Dalmatians, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos and others
This is actually the most diverse group of different breeds of dogs and one needs to evaluate each breed separately to check if there’s one amongst them that fits his and his family’s requirements perfectly well.