There are over 124 pure bred breeds of dogs, all of them categorised into different groups by the Kennel Club of Great Britain.
Dogs are either pure bred or a mixed breed. Whatever the choice of dog you feel is just right for your home, he will have a fabulous personality and want to please you in the hope that he has found an equally warm and affectionate owner.
When you are deciding on a new puppy or an adult dog to join your family, primary considerations should include the dog’s temperament, do you want a long haired dog or one with a short coat, and the ideal size of the dog.
Not all breed of dogs will have the correct trait for a family home; larger dogs may have been bred to guard and protect, and they may not be particularly good with a young family that doesn’t have enough time to give them plenty of exercise
Dogs that have come from a shelter will need more patience to overcome their feeling of being rejected by a previous owner; the rewards would outweigh the time taken to build up the owner and animal trust.
If you decide to bring home a mixed breed of dog, they can be far more intelligent than pedigree dogs, favouring a mixture of personality and character, while making a loving companion.
Whether large dogs or small dogs, they all bark when strangers call, protecting you and your family. Good dog training techniques should always be considered; teaching your pet to ‘sit’ or enter his dog basket shows him you are the leader of a pack.
Taking time to establish the fact that you are his leader with a few essential training commands takes time and patience. Making it fun with small treats and praise shows your pet that he has pleased you.