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List of All Kinds of Dog Breeds

From tiny French Bulldogs to giant Great Danes, our dog breed gallery has everything you need to know about your favourite dog breed!

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What is a 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. 

Why do breeds matter to dog owners?

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.

Which breed traits should one consider?

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.

  • Size
  • Adaptability to your living environment
  • Allergies
  • Friendliness towards family/known people
  • Behaviour towards strangers (guarding trait)
  • Friendliness towards kids
  • Hair/fur shedding
  • Activity/energy level
  • Life span
  • The difficulty level of training them
  • Behavioural history of the breed
  • General health

What are the different categories of dog breeds?

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:

  1. Working Group: The type of dogs that were bred for functions like cart-pulling, sledge-pulling, or as watchdogs.
  2. Herding Group: The dogs that were bred for herding livestock.
  3. Hound Group: The kind of dogs that were bred for hunting.
  4. Sporting Group: The dogs that were bred to assist hunters.
  5. Non-Sporting Group: This group contains dog breeds that were not bred for any particular purpose and hence, do not fit any other group.
  6. Toy Group: This group contains dog breeds that are particularly smaller in size.
  7. Terrier Group: The dogs that were bred to get rid of or kill pests.

Frequently Asked Questions on Dog Breeds

Which dog breeds are friendly?

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.

Which are the most loyal dogs?

Which dog breeds are easy to maintain?

Which dogs live the longest?

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