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Breed Characteristics

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Jon Bowen


Introduction

  • There are many hundreds of registered dog breeds and selecting a new puppy can be a daunting task when faced with such a choice.
  • www.the-kennel-club.org.ukwww.akc.org).
  • In general the breeds within each group share a similar working or functional origin, but usually that working role is redundant.
  • Individual breeds display 'breed specific' behavior and traits (such as reactivity) that affect their suitability for domestic life. These behavioral traits are very important when choosing a puppy.
  • Breed specific behavior has been produced by selectively breeding dogs that have an increased motivation or tendency to perform a particular behavior such as guarding, holding things in the mouth, pointing or herding. These behaviors are a natural part of the dog's normal repertoire.
  • Some of these breed specific behaviors, eg herding, can become misdirected (dogs that herd strangers away and nip at them).
  • Breeding is unquestionably important when choosing a pet dog, but equally important is socialization.
  • Puppies that are reared in a non-domestic environment (kennel, shed, barn etc) may have an increased risk of developing behavioral problems, due to defects in socialization.
  • Clients should be discouraged from buying puppies that are reared in this kind of environment.
  • The worst combination is a poorly socialized dog with unsuitable breed specific behavior and personality traits.

Gundog

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Hounds

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Working

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Terriers

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Toys

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Further Reading

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Other sources of information

  • The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB. Tel: 08706 066750 Fax: 02073 181058.

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