Researching the many breeds of dogs, choosing a dog breed which you think is best for you, or just getting a dog at all is a crucial decision which could affect the lives of you and your family for well over a decade.
Over many years we have worked with and trained all kinds of dog breeds, from small dog breeds and toy dogs, through to large dog breeds, working dogs and guard dog breeds.
During this time we have gained a wealth of knowledge about many of the breeds of dogs which are out there. Whilst we love all dog breeds, certain breeds have behaviour characteristics and temperaments which may suit certain types of owners, or not, as the case may be. These characteristics are things you must be aware of before getting a dog, and before even choosing a dog breed to look into further.
The reason is because many people like the 'look' of a certain dog breed and this blinds them to some important factors of that breed which can mean the dog is not at all suitable to them or their lifestyle.
This dog breed profile directory is here to offer you a unique insight into the main dog breeds through the eyes of dog trainers and canine behaviourists, not just as a standard guide to the basic weights and heights which you can find anywhere.
When you are choosing a breed of dog, you need to know some very important things about the dog and any breed specific traits or features. These include the heights and weights etcetera, but it is just as important that you look into a breed from a training and obedience viewpoint too. After all you will be living and working with this dog for many years, and depending on your lifestyle and home setup, you may be much better suited to one dog breed over another.
Our Dog Breed Profiles have received fantastic feedback from both dog breeders and dog owners alike who are amazed at just how well we know their breed. This is not through our knowledge of the breed's physical characteristics, but through our in-depth experience of working with a great deal of these breeds, and therefore we know what the dog is like to 'live with' and 'work with', which is far more important than how a dog looks.
If you buy a new car, i am sure the look of that car will be very important to you, but you are never going to buy a car without seeing how it 'drives' and 'handles'. This applies to dogs even more than a car, because you are becoming involved with a living creature, and one which can suffer if its needs are not met. In short, a dog can't be just thrown in a garage (or should i say, SHOULDN'T BE!) if you don't find it suits you. Equally we hope that you won't have to consider selling the dog or giving it up later due to incompatability issues or behavioural problems which you might have avoided if you had only looked into the temperament and character of the dog breed which you chose.
We hope this dog breeds directory helps you gain information which all good dog owners should seek both prior to and during the process of choosing a dog.
PLEASE read our FREE Dog eBook before choosing a dog.
Each and every breed which we add to the list is given our own K9Obedience Summary at the bottom, and we would suggest that this is the most important part for those thinking of getting a new dog as we offer our honest and experienced knowledge of what sort of lifestyle the breed generally suits.
It should be pointed out that this is merely a general guide to the breeds, and all dogs have a totally unique character so may not follow the profile exactly. However, the general features of a breed are the best place to start when considering a breed for purchase or ownership, though after studying this, we would urge anyone to actually visit owners of the breed in question, and get a feel for the personality of the dogs in their home environment before going out and actually getting a dog of any kind. Spend time around the breed you are interested in, talk to people and ask as many questions as you possibly can. It just might save you and the dog from unnecessary trauma later.
Please DO NOT just go and buy a puppy, then start reading dog books and trying to catch up on your lack of education when it all goes wrong as it is often too late by that point.
This is the single biggest cause of the thousands of dogs rescued just last year in the UK.
Getting a dog is one of the best things you can do to enrich your life, and add pleasure and fun to your household. Take the decision VERY seriously, and NEVER EVER get a dog on a whim. It just isn't in the dog's best interests, nor your own, no matter HOW much it seems perfect at the time.
There are always thousands of puppies for sale, and this isn't likely to change, so the decision can and should be taken carefully and with as much information gathered as possible beforehand. Try to ignore your HEART and use your HEAD for the purchase. You have years to use your heart once you have chosen the right dog breed for you!