Are there so many great dog breeds that you can’t decide where to start? If so, let’s break it down and go through all the options. Throughout a series of 3 non-scientific papers, we will begin by examining the seven groups of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club. We will learn what points in common unite various races to form a group. Knowing each group will narrow our search for the best Breeds for us.

How to use this guide: Highlight each piece of information that is most important to you and compare the number of traits highlighted when you have finished reading about each Group.

Group: Sports

Group traits: point; Place; Recover; Enjoy the water; Pompous

Likes: people; Other dogs

Dislikes: Staying alone; Have no job

Indoor behavior: normal to active

Outdoor behavior: active

Physical: moderate to high

Territoriality: low to moderate

Relations with children: Very good

Relationships with strangers: very good

Relations with dogs: good

Relationships with other animals: good to low (prey drive)

Watchdog Leanings: Low

Vocalization: low to medium (vocal whining when lonely)

Group: Hound

Group traits: Visually or odor oriented; Velocity; Digger

Likes: Working

Dislikes: boredom

Indoor behavior: low to moderate

Outdoor behavior: active

Physical: moderate

Territoriality: low to moderate

Relations with children: good

Relationships with strangers: good

Relations with dogs: good

Relations with other animals: can chase (prey drive)

Watchdog Leanings: Low

Vocalization: moderate to high (high when working or excited)

Part 2 of this series will discuss the following groups: working dogs, terriers, and toy dogs.

* Note: Use this information as a general guide at best. The most we can hope to provide is a stereotypical overview of what you might expect, or what you might want to look for, in the dogs in each group. The breeds and individual dogs in each group can vary greatly in terms of traits and personalities.

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