Since the earliest of times, the dog has been mankind’s most loved pet. Their natural pack behaviour, and desire to please the dominant pack member(you!) makes them loyal, loving and great pets.

Dog’s differ in a great many ways, and though to a novice size is the most obvious(compare a Chihuahua of a kilo or so weight, with a Mastiff over over one hundred kilos) there are other characteristics that to an experienced dog owner are even more varied.

These include

Temperament and trainability.
Dogs such as livestock guardian dogs, are intelligent and wilful, having been bred to make decisions regarding guarding their flock without constant supervision. They tend to be stubborn and resist forceful training. Likewise, it’s almost impossible to train a sight hound dog not to chase a prey animal(cat, rabbit, bird, car, smaller dog,) on sight.

Some breeds are barkers, and this includes both small and large breeds. Lhasa Apso were bred as warning bell dogs, so they will bark at anything they think needs announcing.

Other characteristics that can wildly differ include
1.Muscle mass
2.Activity levels
3.Fur length, colour, amount of fur shed, if it sheds at all.
4.Intelligence. Some breeds are clever. Some are…. not so clever.
5.Health and soundness. Some breeds are inherently sound, especially breeds bred for purpose rather than a standard.
6.Lifespan. Varies wildly, from 6-8 years to over 25 year averages for some breeds.
7.Aggressiveness, timidity or nervousness. In all breeds, there will be some animals that are less more or more aggressive/timid than the norm, but some breeds are especially lacking in aggression, other have it in abundance.

This huge diversity means that there is a dog out there to suit almost anyone…. but also that it’s most important to learn about the characteristics of a dog before your buy it, so you choose the one that suits you best.

Airedale Terrier


The Airedale Terrier is the biggest of the terriers, and was originally bred to be an otter hunter. It has also been called a Waterside Terrier. Its name comes from the fact that it comes from Airedale, Yorkshire, England. Due to their unique coat, they

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Akita or Akita Inu


These are equable, thoughtful, intelligent, and friendly dogs which are reasonably obedient, imperturbable, have a strong hunting instinct, are good watchdogs

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Alaskan Malamute


The Alaskan Malamute is an Arctic dog originally bred to carry sleds, though it is now mainly kept as a companion dog. The present day Alaskan Malamute is a descendent of dogs kept by the Mahlemut tribe

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American Cocker Spaniel


Originally the American Cocker Spaniel was bred from spaniels in the United Kingdom. However, by the 1930s the breed had become so different that it was awarded separate breed status. These pets are very loyal and a great addition to the family.

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American Pit Bull Terrier


This is a historical article, with this breed now banned in Australia. The American Pit Bull Terrier has had a lot of controversy, but it is a strong and capable dog. However, unfortunately it is illegal to own these dogs in many parts of the world. Yet,

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Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders


The Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders is a new dog breeders association. It was developed to address issues

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Australian Cattle Dog


The Australian Cattle Dog was originally bred for just that purpose, herding cattle. It has also been known as Blue Heeler, Queensland Heeler or Red Heeler. It is an interesting dog with unique markings

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Australian Kelpie


The Australian Kelpie is one type of herding animal bred to help in the herding of cattle in Australia and New Zealand. These medium sized dogs come in a variety of colours.

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Australian Shepherd


The Australian Shepherd has a misleading name, as this dog was actually bred in America. It is a great working dog, but also makes a good family dog as

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Australian Terrier


The Australian Terrier, affectionately referred to as the Aussie, was the first breed of dog officially recognised as having originated in Australia. One of the smallest terrier breeds, its original purpose was that of a vermin hunter, though it has sinc

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Barbet Dog


Originally developed in France as a water dog (dogs bred to retrieve birds that had been shot over water) they get their name from the French word for

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Basset Hound


Easily one of the most recognizable dogs as a result of the Fred Basset Hound comic strip, they are a dwarven hound breed created in both France and England more or less at the same time.

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The Beagle is a medium-size dog that was originally bred to assist in hunting, which is why it is associated with the hound group. Its natural hunting instincts, along with its phenomenal sense of smell contribute to its success as a hunting companion


Bearded Collie


The Bearded Collie is the dog traditionally used by Scottish shepherds. They are a beautiful dog that makes a great family pet or show dog. They also still make good work dogs if that is what you need.

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The Beauceron is a French working dog, bred for its ability to herd farm animals such as sheep while also serving as a protector and guard dog.


Belgian Shepherd


These elegant dogs originated as sheep herding dogs. Their long coats, pointed ears and intelligent heads give them the appearance of readiness. Historically bred for hard work, the Belgian Shepherd enjoys performing various tasks and jobs, as well as bei

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Bichon Frise


The Bichon Frise is a small dog with history dating back to the 13th century. Until the 20th century the Bichon Frise was known by two names: the Tenerife and the Bichon

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