Which Dog Breed Is Right for Me?

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Find the perfect dog breed or puppy breed to match your lifestyle

Pastoral group: Highly active

  • Bred to herd sheep, cattle and even reindeer, the pastoral group includes the Border Collie, Old English Sheepdog and Samoyed.
  • They’re very loyal and are the happiest when they're doing something useful. 

Utility group: Dogs who love to do jobs

  • This mixed group is made up of dogs that were originally bred for very specific jobs.
  • You’ll find some great personalities in this group, including Bulldogs, Schnauzers and Shih Tzus.

Toy group: Small dogs, big personalities

  • If you want plenty of personality in a small package, this type is for you.
  • From Yorkshire Terriers to Pomeranians, and Maltese to Pekingese, they’re lively and live happily in a smaller space.

Hound group: Dogs that love to seek things out

  • From Dachshunds to Deerhounds, and Bassets to Beagles, hounds come in every size and shape. 
  • They’re all skilled at hunting using their eyes or their noses.

Working group: Search, rescue, and guard dogs

  • Think Boxer, Mastiff, Husky, Rottweiler and St. Bernard. These dogs are never happier than when they're being useful.
  • Train them well, and your family will have a friend and protector for life.

Terrier group: Assertive dogs

  • These lively little dogs love to dig holes. They have a strong prey instinct and like to have the last word. 
  • Jack Russell, Fox Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier could be just right for you, if you have plenty of space.

Gun dog group: Dogs who love to fetch

  • Setters, Pointers, Labrador, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and Spaniels were originally bred to help their owners when they went shooting.
  • They're loyal, love to learn and are (almost) always eager to please. You only need to keep them well exercised.

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