From tiny French Bulldogs to giant Great Danes, our dog breed gallery has everything you need to know about your favourite dog breed!
A dog breed is a variety or a strain of dog that has been bred by humans, over the years, to perform specific tasks. Humans bred dogs for tasks that best suited the physical and behavioural traits of the dogs, like hunting, herding, guarding, etc. As a result, over the years, dogs evolved and their different breeds, as we know them today, came into existence. When we generally talk about the types of dogs or the different kinds of dogs, we’re simply referring to the different dog breeds. There are currently more than 340 different breeds of dogs recognised throughout the world.
All of the different breeds of dogs exist because they have grown and evolved to perform a particular task that humans needed them to. Hence, now when you adopt or purchase a dog, it is important to know the details about their breed. The dog breed that you choose matters because the dog will be living with you and will become a part of your family. Its behaviour, which is directly related to its breed, will have an impact on your lifestyle, family, and environment. So, it is important to choose a dog from a breed that is best suited for all of those factors. Apart from that, dogs of different breeds also react differently to a change in environment or territory, which will affect your decisions on moving to a different place in the future. A dog’s lifespan also depends upon its breed, which can also impact your lifestyle in a major way.
Before you begin going through a list of all dog breeds that you can adopt or purchase, here are some breed traits that you should consider.
The different types of dogs that the world recognises today can be categorised into 7 major groups, as per their sizes and/or the reasons they were bred for. Here is a list of the dog breed categories:
Among the recognised dog breeds, the top 20 most friendly ones are: Golden Retrievers, Boston Terriers, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, Border Collie, Beagle, Irish Setter, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Cockapoo, Boxer, Shih Tzu, French Bulldog, Basset Hound, Cocker Spaniel, Greyhound, Great Dane, Samoyed, West Highland Terriers, and Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
The dogs from the breeds of the Working Group are considered to be highly loyal. The Working Group comprises breeds like Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, Great Pyrenees, Akitas, Anatolian Shepherds, Huskies, Saint Bernards, Newfoundland, etc. Apart from them, breeds like Boxers, Mastiff, German Shepherds, Border Collie, and Labrador Retrievers are also considered to be highly loyal.
The top 15 dog breeds that are relatively easier to maintain and groom are: Basenji, Vizsla, Whippet, Boston Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Toy Manchester, Manchester Terrier, Pointer, German Shorthaired Pointer, Weimaraner, Xoloitzcuintli, German Pinscher, Greyhound, Italian Greyhound, and Miniature Pinscher.
The top 10 dog breeds that live the longest (with lifespans ranging from 15 to 18 years) are: Maltese, Beagle, Australian Shepherds, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Cockapoo, Jack Russel Terrier, Toy Poodle, Chihuahua, and New Guinea Singing Dog.