Dog Breed Groups

If you're going to share your home with a dog, you'll need to deal with some level of dog hair on your clothes and in your house.However, shedding does vary greatly among the breeds: Some dogs shed year-round, some "blow" seasonally -- produce a snowstorm ofloose hair -- some do both, and some shed hardly at all. If you're a neatnik you'll need to either pick a low-shedding breed, or relax your standards.

  • Companion Dogs

    Every breed was created for a reason, and the companion dogs are no exception. Their job is to keep people company, perhaps the most important work a dog can do. Some are miniaturized versions of working dogs, and some were created solely as beautiful lap dogs–but without exception, they are all dog. The tiniest of […]

  • Herding Dogs

    The dogs in this category were developed to control large flocks of sheep or herds of cattle. They still retain that ability today, even though most of them never lay eyes on a Merino or Longhorn. Energetic, smart, and serious, they’re big proponents of family togetherness and like nothing better than to see the whole […]

  • Hound Dogs

    Hounds are perhaps the oldest type of hunting dog. Two types exist: those who hunt by sight, or sight hounds, and those who hunt by scent–scent hounds. Sight hounds are sleek and speedy, the Maseratis of the dog world, while scent hounds are more like tough and reliable off-road vehicles. Both types have been bred […]

  • Hybrid Dogs

    What separates a schnoodle or a goldendoodle from its purebred kin? After all, the Brussels Griffon, the Bullmastiff, and the Silky Terrier are just a few of the many breeds that were created by crossing various other breeds. But whether a new type of dog becomes a recognized breed depends on time and trial and […]

  • Mixed Breed Dogs

    Meet the real underdog, the one far more likely to end up in a shelter than a purebred. To adopt a mixed breed is to celebrate diversity and root for the little guy. It often means you’re also giving a dog who really needs one a home. But there’s a practical side to adopting a […]

  • Sporting Dogs

    Active and alert, Sporting dogs are the hunters of the dog world: the Pointers, Retrievers, Setters, and Spaniels. Many of them are multitaskers, but in general, Pointers find and silently point game; Retrievers bring back downed game from land or water; Setters find, point, and sometimes flush–bring out of hiding–game; and Spaniels find and flush […]

  • Terrier Dogs

    Terriers are the rascals of the dog world. Their name comes from the Latin word terra, meaning earth, and references their love of digging for such prey as foxes, moles, badgers, and rats. Terriers come in a wide range of sizes and shapes, but they all share a feisty, mischievous personality and an energetic nature. […]

  • Working Dogs

    The diverse dogs represented in this group were bred to perform a variety of tasks from guarding people, property, and livestock to pulling carts or sleds. In general, they’re strong, smart, and fearless and can be fun-loving or serious. Because of their size and strength, they require a structured home life and firm, fair, consistent […]