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What group does your dog belong to?

Most everyone knows what breed or mixture of breeds their dog is. However, do you know what group your dog belongs to? The group indicates general traits and what the dog was originally bred for. One of the most popular groups is the sporting group. Originally bred for hunting, they now are commonly kept as family dogs. They have a good character and demeanor. Frequently these Retrievers, Spaniels, Setters, and Pointers love water and to find and retrieve.

The terrier group is British in origin. At one time this was the only type of dog the peasants and the working class were allowed to own. These smaller dogs were particularly effective in chasing small animals. They are a scrappy and intelligent group of dogs.

The hound group contains dogs with particularly keen sight and smell. For this reason, they are adept game hunters. Another distinctive attribute is their bellowing bark.

One group bred particularly for human companionship are the toys. While some have terrier heritage they were intended mainly as lap dogs. Their size adapted well to small living spaces. Often these dogs appear braver than what their size would indicate.

The herding group obviously was bred for driving livestock. These dogs have been used in many regions, such as Europe, Asia and Australia. The work of the herding dogs has been key in the agricultural development of different areas. This group contains some very bright dogs, including the Border Collie.

The working group has provided a wide range of services to people. They have been used as draft animal, to hunt and fish, to guard homes, and as service or guide dogs. These dogs are often large and need training, but are very loyal, and can be wonderful companion dogs.

Finally, we come to the non-sporting group. This category generally contains dogs that don't fit well into the other groups. Many have ancestry within another group, but no longer match enough of that group's traits. Consequently, their characteristics are more general. This group includes dogs such as the Poodle, the Bulldog, and the Chow Chow. Each group has characteristics associated with it that may help you understand some of your dog's behaviors.



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