Choosing a Dog Breed
To Pedigree or Not To Pedigree

When it comes to choosing a dog breed the list is endless. While researching types of dogs to find out more about how many dog breeds are listed these are the answers that were found.

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One reply even ended with I hope that helps, well no, not really.

One thing is for sure there is a lot of these little blighters. So to make things clearer we have split them into...

Just click on any of the images to get to where you want to go faster or read through them all if you feel the need.

The poor dog has been bred into some weirdo sizes and shapes some of which must cause the poor animal considerable embarrassment.

In order for a dog to be listed as a pedigree it must have a written recorded lineage of breeding from foundation stock.

In other words you need proof of mom and dad, granny and grandpa, great granny and grandpa and so on.

To be more certain you are getting what you paid for I would suggest you contact a Kennel Club in your

area. They have the specific requirements of each type of dog, listing its characteristics and appearance.

Why then do we pay so much attention to the pedigree and lineage of our dog breeds? One reason I found was that certain types of dogs have been bred for certain tasks.

So one of the main factors to take into account when choosing a dog breed is what the dog was bred for. Keep reading to find out more on the different types of dogs.

Hound Dogs

Also known as Scenthounds, Sighthounds, Sporting Dogs and Pariahs.

These dogs have a strong instinct to pursue, which can make them very single minded. Sight hounds hunt by speed and sight while scent hounds use their strong sense of smell and determination.

One thing to keep in mind with a hound is that they were initially bred to hunt and a large percentage of them are incredibly fast, they will chase anything that is small and runs and unless you can run at 25mph then you are in trouble.

Afghan Hound Greyhound Rhodesian Ridgeback
Afghan Hound
Rhodesian Ridgeback

For some reason I thought Greyhounds would be...well grey.

Borzoi Beagle Dachshund

Irish Wolfhound


Gun Dogs

Also known as sporting dogs. Never, and I mean never, underestimate their intelligence. I should know because I have one a Labrador, who was kicked out of training school because she was “...a juvenile delinquent.” But who is very capable of opening a grocery cupboard door.

Another thing to be aware of, especially if you getting a puppy, these dogs have those begging, pleading stares that can reach right into your soul. They are great fetch dogs, but once introduced to ball play beware, you will either have to hide the ball or play fetch all day.

Playing ball also has its hazards one thing being that dogs will insist on slobbering all over the ball. We use a chuckit stick which not only throws the ball further but you can actually pick the ball up with the stick and not be covered in dog spit.

My son loves this, he was always moaning about how the dog destroyed his cricket balls.

Labrador German Pointer Weimaraner
Italian Spinone


Some terriers are not terriers but classified as toy, companion or sporting dogs (I told you it gets complicated.) But none the less all terriers have a larger than life personality. They also believe that they are actually twice their size.

Remember that when looking at a Pit Bull Terrier. This group encompasses the most popular of family pets, BUT, training is essential. If you do not train them they will rule your lives, your home and your children.

Airedale Terrier Bull Terrier Cairn
Airedale Terrier
Bull Terrier

Fox Terrier Jack Russell Scottish Terrier
Fox Terrier
Jack Russel
Scottish Terrier


The Mutts of the canine world.The number one breed to consider when choosing a dog breed.

White Mutt Dog

“He wa'n't no common dog, he wa'n't no mongrel; he was a composite. A composite dog is a dog that is made up of all the valuable qualities that's in the dog breed—kind of a syndicate; and a mongrel is made up of all riffraff that's left over.”

~Mark Twain

Black Mutt Do

“If you can't decide between a Shepherd, a Setter or a Poodle, get them all ... adopt a mutt!”


Every family should have at least one mutt. But take heed once you have one ...

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