How to choose the right dog breed. Choosing a puppy. What is the right dog for me?

Pip and Steve are hoping to buy their first puppy They’ve already been advised about the cost and commitment of owning a dog but with well over 200 pedigree breeds to choose from don’t really know where to begin Pedigree dogs are split into seven main groups. The breed in each group with some common characteristics and personality traits The manager of the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders’ Scheme Bill Lambert has organized a mini dog show to introduce the group’s. Arriving to represent hounds is a champion Afghan hound Desi Taking time out to introduce working dogs a 21 month old Newfoundland called Breeze Taylor he Manchester terrier is flying the flag for the terrier group Simon the Pug is showing what tiny toy dogs are all about Rachel is a 22 month old Bracco Italiano and an ambassador for the gundog group The pastoral group is in the capable paws of Pebble – a Polish Lowland sheepdog and last but not least Leila – a five year old ciao Ciao here on behalf of the utility group The big advantage of choosing a pedigree dog is that you can be pretty accurate in predicting their character temperament and how much exercising and grooming they need plus It’s well known which health issues affect certain pedigree dogs So you can check breeders have health tested the parents in order to have the best chance of breeding healthy pups Of course crossbreed dogs can also make fantastic pets, but you can’t be certain how much of which characteristics or health problems they may have inherited from each of their parents. Hound group is quite a diverse group These are hunting dogs. The Afghan Hound for example and the greyhound dogs like this are dogs that have been trained to actually hunt by sight and therefore they have still have those correct characteristics today. They will tend to chase things. They are dogs that need a lot of exercise They’re a diverse group. We have here the Afghan Hound which is a long coated athletic dog but also in this group we have the Bassett Hound which is a short coated short leg dog so has different requirements However, they still do have that desire to hunt they still will to follow and chase things They’re not a dog that you can quickly think I can let this dog off it lead any moment They will tend to go and go and follow their nose or follow their sight. Next representative is from the working group. This is the Newfoundland and The Newfoundland is a water dog These are dogs that were used to help man And that’s what the working group is they tend to be very trainable ,highly trainable highly intelligent Again another diverse group. The important thing is to think carefully and speak to breeders about the purpose that those dogs were bred for Because they will still have some of those characteristics Today so as I said the Newfoundland was a rescue dog Very much a water dog and even today if you have a Newfoundland sees a lake it will probably want to go in there Next we have represented from the terrier group Now the terrier group again were dogs that live with people lived often as family dogs But very much dogs that were bred for a purpose Often a Manchester Terrier here was bred originally for chasing rats, and people had them in their house to keep the rats and keep the mice down , however they are a great family dog. Very busy . Terriers tend to be busy and enthusiastic can be quite stubborn But they do make great family dogs. Can be quite vocal can can bark a lot But they are a dog that would live very well as a family dog so very much one that I suggest you should consider Next we have a representative from the pastoral group. Which is the herding group. And this includes all the sheepdogs like this for example the Polish lowland sheepdog Obviously got a very dense coat needs lots of grooming has a very active mind Highly trainable. Highly loyal dogs – do like living as part of the family But they our dog with a brain. A god that you need to keep thinking about what it’s doing and giving if effectively an activity to do Next we have a representative from the toy group. Now the toy group who have been bred for their size to make small dogs very much companion dogs, but again. It’s a really diverse group and here we have a pug. Now the pug is one of the Brachycephalic dogs with the short nose. So they don’t necessarily like a lot of hot weather They’re not a dog you want to take for long walks on a hot day for example But they’re very loyal dogs a great companion dog We find that they live very well with people not a dog that likes to be left on its own And that’s for sure and actually a pug is not a dog that needs an awful Lot of exercise, so if you had a fairly sedentary lifestyle that maybe one of the dogs that you wish to consider Next we have a representative from the gundog group now these are obviously by name they are dogs that are trained to the gun work with man and are highly trainable to retrieve and flush game often. Here We have a Bracco Italiano fairly new Breed to the uk and therefore Not that easy to come by but they are a dog that you should perhaps consider if it fits in with your lifestyle highly active dog will need lots of exercise it’s a dog that you need a good well fenced-in garden if you’re to keep him in because he will want to go and o things that hunting dogs want to do But they are a very loyal dog very good family dog and will will live well with other animals as well And last but not least we have a representative from the utility group now Utility or all the group dogs that perhaps don’t fit into any of the other groups, but there are general all-purpose dogs and here We have a Chow Chow – a very ancient breed Originally it was a sled dog, but was used for many other purposes in between and there are a number of sled dogs that are similar in appearance to the chair, but a chow’s a very individual dog they look like a great big cuddly Teddy bear But actually they can be rather aloof dog and a little bit wary of strangers from time to time But are very loyal to their family and do love their close family networks The Kennel Club has detailed information on individual pedigree breeds on its website And on Dogs club TV Owners of Britain’s top 10 breeds revealed what they’re really like to live with in special video profiles Pip Steve and Ella have been left with plenty to think about. Next time Bill’s guiding them step-By-step through the puppy buying process you

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