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Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and all dog breeds have unique temperamental and physical characteristics. If you're considering adding a puppy or dog to your family, it's essential that you review information on dog breeds before making your choice to make sure that your pet will thrive in your home. The American Kennel Club (AKC) maintains a list of dog breeds, grouping every type of dog into one of eight categories: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding and miscellaneous (a class for breeds that don't match the criteria of any of the other seven categories).

AKC dog breeds in the sporting class are naturally energetic, alert and active. Retrievers, setters and spaniels are popular examples of sporting dogs. Hound dogs have similar activity and alertness levels, but display strong scent-tracking powers that make them ideal for hunting and tracking. Examples include beagles, dachshunds and rare dog breeds like the whippet and Norwegian elkhound.

Dogs in the AKC's working group were historically bred to perform labor tasks, such as rescuing and guarding. On the whole, they're an intelligent group, large in size and very strong. The husky, Great Dane and boxer are well-known examples.

Terriers, on the other hand, are classified by their diminutive size but feisty and energetic disposition. Lively and full of personality, the terrier group includes well-known small dog breeds like the bull terrier and the Jack Russell terrier.

Toy dog breeds are, in general, small and bred specifically for human enjoyment and companionship. The AKC's toy group includes instantly recognizable breeds like the chihuahua and poodle, as well as rare dog breeds like the striking Pekingese and the furry Affenpinscher.

By contrast, dogs in the herding group tend to be much larger; in fact, this group was officially created in 1983 as an offshoot of the working group. Herding dogs include the collie, German shepherd and corgi, among others.

The miscellaneous class currently includes breeds that can't be readily categorized or that show significant physical or temperamental differences from easily classified similar breeds. The rare dog breeds in the miscellaneous class include the redbone coonhound, the Icelandic sheepdog and the xoloitzcuintli.

The breed that's right for you and your family depends on a number of factors. Some breeds are much more tolerant of children than others; if you have young kids, a friendly Golden retriever makes a better choice than a surly cocker spaniel. Dogs also have differing care and exercise requirements, and some breeds do better than others in confined urban living spaces. Size doesn't tell the whole story, either; big boxers can be perfectly happy living in apartments, while the much smaller beagle wouldn't last long without outdoor space to run around in. Assessing your own activity level and living environment are the best measuring sticks you can use when choosing a breed of dog.

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Posted by Sonia on April 05,2013 at 11:03 PM
West Highland White Terrier. these commercials acluatly irritate me. makes it look like1) only women can have these small dogs,2) women only want small dogs.References : Was this answer helpful?
Posted by terra on June 10,2012 at 10:16 AM
i have a 9 month old rotti mix. a vet told me he is mixed with some kind of cattle dog, but idk. i would like to know so if anybody knows a lot about dogs, maybe you could tell me what my little boy is mixed with, any suggestions would be great....
Posted by Denyce Christensen on June 23,2011 at 10:06 PM
I'm looking for a male and female english bulldog puppy to adopt. That is healthy and just needs lots of love. I dont plan on breeding. nor am Ia breeder. The female would be for my husband and i and our two kids. The male would be a gift to my parents since their bulldog just passed before christmas.
Posted by katie on December 26,2010 at 01:38 AM
can you breed a siberian husky with a australian shepard?
Posted by angel on August 18,2010 at 04:26 PM
i gave my poodle 2 advil's is he in any danger
Posted by sheron on April 08,2010 at 11:24 AM
Freeteacup chihuahuas now
Posted by LESLIE on July 07,2010 at 03:35 PM
hey.. i would love to get a teacup chiuahua at this time... i have been looking for 8 months.. and never found any free!! it would be a blessing if i could get one!! i live in springfield ohio!! please reply!!! thanks!!
Posted by renee on May 15,2010 at 08:04 PM
i would lovw to find a male teacup chihuahua to breed with my female that only weights 2 pounds
Posted by melissa on April 22,2010 at 11:35 PM
hey sheron i am will to pay
Posted by olivia on February 12,2010 at 07:34 AM
hi my name is olivia and i am a rilley good person
Posted by maddie on January 11,2010 at 06:33 PM
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Posted by claudine on October 15,2009 at 06:36 PM
can you breed a female pug and a male dashound?
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