Dogs bring so much love and energy to our lives, and owning one can be such a rewarding experience. However, bringing a dog into your life is also a big commitment and there’s lots to think about before you do. That’s why we’ve teamed up with expert dog behaviourist Nick Jones and vet Brian Faulkner to bring you essential information about each breed’s temperament, exercise and grooming requirements as well as common health conditions they're prone to.
If you own a dog, you may already know that certain breeds will suit some lifestyles better than others. However if you're considering getting a canine companion you may want to research which breeds would be best suited for you.
Over centuries dogs have been bred and domesticated for different purposes. While today most dogs in the UK are just pets, the different dog breeds can generally be categorised into seven different groups. These different groups are mainly based on the breeds' history and their original purpose, but while many dogs are no longer used in this way, these groups can be useful to get an idea of particular breeds' traits and why they might behave the way they do.
Originally bred for looks and companionship these are quite often lapdogs. They are usually small, attractive and extremely faithful, making them charming, loyal companions. However, some will be placed in this category just for theirsize.
The word terrier comes from 'terra', meaning 'earth', as these dogs were bred tocontrol vermin, pursuing them below ground. They tend to be fun but feisty, and love to chase!
The Utility group is diverse, including a range of breeds that don't automatically fall into the other six more defined groups. They can range in size quite dramatically from Poodles to Shih-Tzu's but all these dogs were originally bred for a specific purpose now no longer needed.