"If you are uncertain about which breed of dog is right for you, then please ask for further advice"
Please read the following advice for information about the main breeds of dog, and to find out which might best suit your life style.

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Which breed is best for you

A very important decision before buying a dog is which breed would be best suited for you and your household.

Are there young children? If so, think of getting a dog that is tolerant to youngsters.

Terrier group. Terriers require good firm training, as they tend to have a courageous and aggressive nature. They tend to have excellent character and can make happy, affectionate pets. They need lots of exercise to keep them in top condition and because they were originally bred as outdoor country dogs, keeping them locked up in doors on their own, is not to be recommended. Do not let young children harass a terrier as, because of their size, they are more fragile than larger dogs, so may retaliate any harassment by nipping and biting. Terrier breeds include Jack Russell, Airedale, Bull, and Cairn.

Toy Dogs, are given this name because they are small in nature. Toy dogs make popular pets for people living in cities, or with small or no gardens. Also, elderly people can deal with a 'small' dog easier. Small dogs tend not to molt as much and are easier to control than larger dogs. But care must be taken, as these dogs are relatively fragile and can get hurt easily.

Sporting Group. Sporting dogs are generally very energetic and alert dogs that need regular exercise and mental stimulation. They tend to be well adjusted dogs, make good companions, and will keep you fit too. Some are renowned for their hunting and retrieving purposes, and many are lovers of water. Sporting breeds are, Pointer, Irish Setter, Golden Retriever, Labrador and many spaniel breeds. Most are good with children.

Working Group. Working dogs include 'guard', and 'herding' dogs. These dogs are used for working with the Police, Army and Rescue Services. These dogs are very intelligent, and therefore need lots of mental and physical exercise. They are also usually large and very strong, and must be trained properly. This also means they may be unsuitable for young children. Working dogs include; German Shepherd, Collie, Boxer, Doberman, Rottweiler and Mastiff.

If you are uncertain about which breed of dog is right for you, then please ask for further advice from your local vet or the Kennel Club.