Monday, August 07, 2006

For the Love of Dogs
Man and dog have been sharing each others lives since 10,000 B.C.. Dogs
are a wonderful addition to any family, no matter the size of the family or the dog. They are loyal, playful and wonderful friends and companions. There are many purebred
and mixed breeds dogs who need homes. Make sure the dog breed you pick matches your families needs. Research the breeds you like on the internet, at the library or speak
to your local veterinarian for advice.

Here a little information on breed characteristics to get you started.

Sporting Dogs were bred to work closely with people. They are characterized by their responsive nature, and high intelligence. These dogs are well rounded and are perfect for an active dog family and large yard.
These are a few of the breeds-
Brittany Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter and Labrador Retriever.

Working dogs were breed to be protectors, helpers and are usually large dogs. Many working dogs are employed to guard property and livestock. They make great family dogs and are protective, they need large fenced yards.
These are a few of the breeds-
Bermese Mountain Dog, Boxer, Mastiff and Samoyed.

Companion Dogs, inclues the Toy Group and Non Sporting Group, are dogs that are of small size and have a gentle nature. These dogs make the ideal apartment pet and are great for families.
These are a few of the breeds-
BullDog, Dalmatian, Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier.

Herding Dogs are active, intelligent dogs. They train easily and are great at agility and other sporting events. These dogs need large yards and lots of excercise. They are wonderful companions.
These are a few of the breeds-
Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Corgi and German Shephard.

Hounds who were bred to pursue game. Some of the fastest members of the dog family are in this group. These dogs are the perfect addition to families who can keep them busy and enjoy the outdoors.
These are a few of the breeds-
Basset Hound, Beagle, Dachshund and Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Terriers contains dogs who come in all sizes, ranging from small to large breeds. They make personable companions and enjoy exploring their surroundings. They do need room to play.
These are a few of the breeds-
Airedale, Cairn Terrier, Schnauzer and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Mixed Breeds, these dogs can have any number of outstanding qualities, depending on the breeds they are mixed with. They come in all sizes and make terrific family dogs.

Please check your local shelters and dog rescue groups to find the perfect canine friend for you and your family.
Here are few rescues to get you started

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