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Seeing Past Cuteness When Selecting the Best Dog Breed For You: Part 2 of 3


Are there so many great dog breeds out there that you just can't decide where to begin? If so, let's break it down and sort through all the options. In Part 2 of this 3 Part Series, we'll continue looking at the seven Groups of dogs that are acknowledged by the American Kennel Club. We'll learn what it is that brings various breeds together to form a Group. Learning about each Group will narrow down 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 highlighted traits when you have finished reading about each Group.

Group: Working

Group Traits: Powerfully built; Protective of owner; fearless

Likes: Structure and routine; Predictability

Dislikes: Unexpected events

Behavior Indoors: Low to moderate

Behavior Outdoors: Moderate to active

Physicality: High

Territoriality: High

Relations with Children: Good to very good (particularly family)

Relations with Strangers: Reserved

Relations with Dogs: Moderate to Dominant

Relations with Other Animals: Good

Guard dog inclinations: Moderate to High

Vocalization: Moderate (High when guarding)

Group: Terrier

Group Traits: Determined; high stamina; feisty; digger; fearless

Likes: Activity; Learning new things

Dislikes: Boredom; confinement; harsh discipline

Behavior Indoors: Active

Behavior Outdoors: Active

Physicality: High (high threshold for pain)

Territoriality: Moderate to high

Relations with Children: Poor to Good

Relations with Strangers: Poor to Good

Relations with Dogs: Moderate to Good (do well with like breeds)

Relations with Other Animals: May chase (prey drive)

Guard dog inclinations: Great watchdog, poor guard dog due to size

Vocalization: Moderate to high

Group: Toy

Group Traits: Bred to be companion; prefer favorite person; indoor only; bright problem solvers

Likes: Attention; laps; soft furniture; warmth;

Dislikes: Harsh reprimands; hectic, unpredictable environment

Behavior Indoors: Active

Behavior Outdoors: Moderate to active

Physicality: Low to moderate

Territoriality: Moderate to high

Relations with Children: Poor to Good

Relations with Strangers: Poor to Very Good

Relations with Dogs: Subordinate to good

Relations with Other Animals: Moderate to good

Guard dog inclinations: Good watchdog, poor guard dog due to size

Vocalization: Moderate to very verbal

*Note: Use this information as a general guide at best. The most we can hope to offer is a stereotypical overview of what you might be able to expect, or what you may want to look for, in dogs in each Group. Breeds and individual dogs in each Group can vary greatly in traits and personalities.

Part 3 in this series will discuss the following Groups: Herding Dogs and Non-Sporting.

The author has worked with dogs and dog people for two decades, advocating for smart selections before a new dog is brought into a home and always stressing responsible selection and ownership for the good of the dog, the family and the community. She also makes dog and cat art available to the companion animal industry and to animal lovers at http://www.GreatandSmallGallery.com

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Pet Talk: Will pets be OK when owners return to work? - Lowell Sun
Pet Talk: Will pets be OK when owners return to work?  Lowell Sun

Newly Named Petco Love Invests in Lifesaving Work of Rescued Pets Movement - inForney.com
Newly Named Petco Love Invests in Lifesaving Work of Rescued Pets Movement  inForney.com

How to ease your pet’s anxieties as you head back to work - fox2now.com
How to ease your pet’s anxieties as you head back to work  fox2now.com

Pet Pals: Two senior pets are looking for a new home - WWAY NewsChannel 3
Pet Pals: Two senior pets are looking for a new home  WWAY NewsChannel 3

Therapy pets returns to Moffitt Cancer Center - Bay News 9
Therapy pets returns to Moffitt Cancer Center  Bay News 9

Pets experience separation anxiety as owners return to work - WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro
Pets experience separation anxiety as owners return to work  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

Peloton Tread Plus: CPSC warns it can kill kids, pets and says stop using it 'immediately' - CNET
Peloton Tread Plus: CPSC warns it can kill kids, pets and says stop using it 'immediately'  CNET

Now is the time to prepare your pets for when you leave them for the day - Bangor Daily News
Now is the time to prepare your pets for when you leave them for the day  Bangor Daily News

Pets being returned to local shelters after adoption boom - FOX 5 DC
Pets being returned to local shelters after adoption boom  FOX 5 DC

NJ pets in need: April 19, 2021 - nj.com
NJ pets in need: April 19, 2021  nj.com

PACC offering $0 adoptions for adult pets this month - KOLD
PACC offering $0 adoptions for adult pets this month  KOLD

Don’t Forget to Vaccinate your Pets - WFLA
Don’t Forget to Vaccinate your Pets  WFLA

Pets In Need in Southern Maryland "Dog of the Week" Ying-Yang - The Southern Maryland Chronicle
Pets In Need in Southern Maryland "Dog of the Week" Ying-Yang  The Southern Maryland Chronicle

Pets of the Week for April 20, 2021 - WKRN News 2
Pets of the Week for April 20, 2021  WKRN News 2

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Coral - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Coral  KCBD

Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for April 22 - Ormond Beach Observer
Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for April 22  Ormond Beach Observer

PHOTOS: Barrow County Animal Control Adoptable Pets of the Week — April 19 - Gwinnettdailypost.com
PHOTOS: Barrow County Animal Control Adoptable Pets of the Week — April 19  Gwinnettdailypost.com

Minot mobile home fire claims two pets - KFYR-TV
Minot mobile home fire claims two pets  KFYR-TV

London Zoo: Training animals to participate in their own health care - Arizona Daily Sun
London Zoo: Training animals to participate in their own health care  Arizona Daily Sun

Public Invited to Submit Art Highlighting the Dangers of Releasing Pets and Plants into the Wild - livingsnoqualmie.com
Public Invited to Submit Art Highlighting the Dangers of Releasing Pets and Plants into the Wild  livingsnoqualmie.com

VERIFY: Eating cicadas won't harm your pet - 13WMAZ.com
VERIFY: Eating cicadas won't harm your pet  13WMAZ.com

Waltham Pets Waiting To Be Adopted - Waltham, MA Patch
Waltham Pets Waiting To Be Adopted  Waltham, MA Patch

Lyme disease in pets being reported in high numbers - The Columbus Dispatch
Lyme disease in pets being reported in high numbers  The Columbus Dispatch

Pets of the Week: April 21, 2021 | Pikes Peak Courier | gazette.com - Colorado Springs Gazette
Pets of the Week: April 21, 2021 | Pikes Peak Courier | gazette.com  Colorado Springs Gazette

Berks community steps up to offer pet cages to shelter pets after a fire, chief says - Reading Eagle
Berks community steps up to offer pet cages to shelter pets after a fire, chief says  Reading Eagle

St. Anthony Hospital opens pet therapy room - Chicago Sun-Times
St. Anthony Hospital opens pet therapy room  Chicago Sun-Times

PHOTOS: Pets of the Week | Local News | mooresvilletribune.com - Mooresville Tribune
PHOTOS: Pets of the Week | Local News | mooresvilletribune.com  Mooresville Tribune

Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat - Modern Farmer
Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat  Modern Farmer

How to Help Pets Deal With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety, According to Veterinarians - New York Magazine
How to Help Pets Deal With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety, According to Veterinarians  New York Magazine

Lafayette shelter pets hitch a ride to freedom and life - KATC Lafayette News
Lafayette shelter pets hitch a ride to freedom and life  KATC Lafayette News

Madison basement fire displaces 4 people, 2 pets - WKOW
Madison basement fire displaces 4 people, 2 pets  WKOW

The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work - CNN
The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work  CNN

Pet of the week: Goofball that loves water - wpde.com
Pet of the week: Goofball that loves water  wpde.com

[VIDEO] Coyote with mange spotted in Colorado park around pets and children - OutThere Colorado
[VIDEO] Coyote with mange spotted in Colorado park around pets and children  OutThere Colorado

Kirkendall: Grains are friends, not fillers for pets - telegraphherald.com
Kirkendall: Grains are friends, not fillers for pets  telegraphherald.com

Porto Seguro and Petlove launch Porto.Pet as a result of recent alliance in the Brazilian pet segment - PRNewswire
Porto Seguro and Petlove launch Porto.Pet as a result of recent alliance in the Brazilian pet segment  PRNewswire

Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits - Baltimore Sun
Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits  Baltimore Sun

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 18, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 18, 2021  Summit Daily News

Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

Smart Pet Feeder Is Well Engineered - Hackaday
Smart Pet Feeder Is Well Engineered  Hackaday

Midcoast Humane helps lost pets reunite with their owners through microchips - WGME
Midcoast Humane helps lost pets reunite with their owners through microchips  WGME

Video The Impact of Reopening on Our Pets - WebMD
Video The Impact of Reopening on Our Pets  WebMD

Photos: A look at presidential pets through the years - Corvallis Gazette Times
Photos: A look at presidential pets through the years  Corvallis Gazette Times

Barron’s Stock Pick: Pet Care Is Booming. Here’s a Stock to Play It. - Barron's
Barron’s Stock Pick: Pet Care Is Booming. Here’s a Stock to Play It.  Barron's

Dilworth City Council to discuss limiting pets, microchip licensing - INFORUM
Dilworth City Council to discuss limiting pets, microchip licensing  INFORUM

How Much Do These Unusual Pets Actually Cost? - GOBankingRates
How Much Do These Unusual Pets Actually Cost?  GOBankingRates

U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing - NBC News
U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing  NBC News

After lost dog found, KCK owner says local pet rescue not giving him back - WDAF FOX4 Kansas City
After lost dog found, KCK owner says local pet rescue not giving him back  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

AVMA celebrating what pets have meant to people during pandemic - American Veterinary Medical Association
AVMA celebrating what pets have meant to people during pandemic  American Veterinary Medical Association

Pets Of The Week: Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh - CBS Pittsburgh
Pets Of The Week: Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh  CBS Pittsburgh

Pender Co. officials urge owners to vaccinate pets after rabid bobcat killed - WECT
Pender Co. officials urge owners to vaccinate pets after rabid bobcat killed  WECT

EPA Investigating Pet Incidents Involving Seresto Collars - NBC10 Boston
EPA Investigating Pet Incidents Involving Seresto Collars  NBC10 Boston

Netflix Reality Show Pet Stars Follows Hollywood Pet Talent Agents - PEOPLE
Netflix Reality Show Pet Stars Follows Hollywood Pet Talent Agents  PEOPLE

Pets Help Children Reduce Their Stress and Stay Active During COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Pets Help Children Reduce Their Stress and Stay Active During COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

Trisha Yearwood Worked with Her Rescue Dogs to Create Her New 'Practical and Pretty' Pet Line - PEOPLE
Trisha Yearwood Worked with Her Rescue Dogs to Create Her New 'Practical and Pretty' Pet Line  PEOPLE

Tampa Bay area pets looking for new families - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for new families  Tampa Bay Times

Universal's 'The Secret Life of Pets' is old school and devastatingly cute - Los Angeles Times
Universal's 'The Secret Life of Pets' is old school and devastatingly cute  Los Angeles Times

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 11, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 11, 2021  Summit Daily News

Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD - WebMD
Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD  WebMD

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform - ATP Tour
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform  ATP Tour

Pets Keep Us Paws-itive During the Pandemic - Duke Today
Pets Keep Us Paws-itive During the Pandemic  Duke Today

Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down - Crunchbase News
Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down  Crunchbase News

Pet adoption: Oswego County 'princess' dog looking for home after owner passes away - CNYcentral.com
Pet adoption: Oswego County 'princess' dog looking for home after owner passes away  CNYcentral.com

There’s a Huge Dog-Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk to Pets and People - Self
There’s a Huge Dog-Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk to Pets and People  Self

Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk - FDA.gov
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk  FDA.gov

National Pet Industry Exceeds Over $100 Billion in Sales for First Time in Industry History - PRNewswire
National Pet Industry Exceeds Over $100 Billion in Sales for First Time in Industry History  PRNewswire

'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic' - BBC News
'My pet has helped me so much during the pandemic'  BBC News

VIDEO: Closer Look at Refurbished Pet Cemetery at The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Park - wdwnt.com
VIDEO: Closer Look at Refurbished Pet Cemetery at The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Park  wdwnt.com

Unfortunately, we like pets that are likely to be invasive species - Ars Technica
Unfortunately, we like pets that are likely to be invasive species  Ars Technica

Some pet dogs need expensive therapy after lockdowns - Fox News
Some pet dogs need expensive therapy after lockdowns  Fox News

How the Furbo Dog Camera helped me leave my pet home alone - NBC News
How the Furbo Dog Camera helped me leave my pet home alone  NBC News

Pets & Animals - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Pets & Animals  The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Pets with Potential: Meet Stallone - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Stallone  WCAX

Spring flowers are pretty, but may be harmful to your pet - WANE
Spring flowers are pretty, but may be harmful to your pet  WANE

Search ends for missing 50-pound pet raccoon - Norman Transcript
Search ends for missing 50-pound pet raccoon  Norman Transcript

Painfully honest pet adoption ad gains attention for 'demonic' chihuahua - KIRO Seattle
Painfully honest pet adoption ad gains attention for 'demonic' chihuahua  KIRO Seattle

Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds - BBC News
Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds  BBC News

Pet of the Day from Angels Among Us Pet Rescue - FOX 5 Atlanta
Pet of the Day from Angels Among Us Pet Rescue  FOX 5 Atlanta

After lost dog found, owner says Kansas pet rescue won’t give it back - KSN-TV
After lost dog found, owner says Kansas pet rescue won’t give it back  KSN-TV

Pet of the Week | Local News | gloucestertimes.com - Gloucester Daily Times
Pet of the Week | Local News | gloucestertimes.com  Gloucester Daily Times

America's Most Pet-Friendly National Parks - msnNOW
America's Most Pet-Friendly National Parks  msnNOW

A Dog Who Kept Sneaking into a Dollar General for a Unicorn Toy Gets His Plush and a New Start - PEOPLE
A Dog Who Kept Sneaking into a Dollar General for a Unicorn Toy Gets His Plush and a New Start  PEOPLE

Pet Adoptions Help Animals and Their New Owners During Pandemic - NBC Bay Area
Pet Adoptions Help Animals and Their New Owners During Pandemic  NBC Bay Area

Pets and Pet Spending During the Pandemic: A Money Report - Money
Pets and Pet Spending During the Pandemic: A Money Report  Money

Pet supply stores band together to help Oakland County deputy battling cancer - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Pet supply stores band together to help Oakland County deputy battling cancer  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

The Best Place to Adopt a Pet in Every State - Money
The Best Place to Adopt a Pet in Every State  Money

5 Best At-Home Allergy Tests of 2021: Pets, Seasonal, Mold - Healthline
5 Best At-Home Allergy Tests of 2021: Pets, Seasonal, Mold  Healthline

4 Millennial Pet Trends That Boomers Roll Their Eyes At - PureWow
4 Millennial Pet Trends That Boomers Roll Their Eyes At  PureWow

30 tons of pet food donations headed to 36 area animal rescues starting Monday - KXAN.com
30 tons of pet food donations headed to 36 area animal rescues starting Monday  KXAN.com

Pet of the Week: Axel - East Idaho News
Pet of the Week: Axel  East Idaho News

Pet Connection Prime Time - NEWS10 ABC
Pet Connection Prime Time  NEWS10 ABC

25 Affordable Pet Products On Amazon Reviewers Say Made A Huge Difference - BuzzFeed
25 Affordable Pet Products On Amazon Reviewers Say Made A Huge Difference  BuzzFeed

Pet of the Day from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia - FOX 5 Atlanta
Pet of the Day from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia  FOX 5 Atlanta

Pet of the Week: Jack - KGET 17
Pet of the Week: Jack  KGET 17

The Top 20 Destinations for Pet-Friendly Travel - TravelPulse
The Top 20 Destinations for Pet-Friendly Travel  TravelPulse

Animal Foundation running low on pet food, asking for donations - FOX5 Las Vegas
Animal Foundation running low on pet food, asking for donations  FOX5 Las Vegas

Potter League for Animals acquires Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic - What'sUpNewp
Potter League for Animals acquires Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic  What'sUpNewp

All the Presidents' Pets - Today.com - Today.com - Today.com
All the Presidents' Pets - Today.com - Today.com  Today.com

The growth, marketing strategy, and demise of Pets.com : The Indicator from Planet Money - NPR
The growth, marketing strategy, and demise of Pets.com : The Indicator from Planet Money  NPR

Living with Pets: Help your older pet stay comfortable at home - The Mercury News
Living with Pets: Help your older pet stay comfortable at home  The Mercury News

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