With well over 200 recognised dog purebreds, it can be tough to decide which one is best suited to you. For example, some people have lots of free time and are very active; making them perfect owners for a large dog that requires a lot of exercise.
In order to decide which breed is best for you, you should understand the different types of dog there are and the characteristics associated with them. Different registries will categorise the breeds differently, but we recommend following the UK Kennel Club. See below for the 7 main types of dog breeds, each of which you can explore to find the right dog for you.
Make sure you check out our helpful advice on caring for your dog, so whatever breed you own, we can help you take care of your pooch.
Also known as sporting dogs, they are bred to help hunters with finding and retrieving game. This group includes setters, flushing dogs, pointers and retrievers.
These dogs were the very first hunting dogs, and were used to track and chase the animal being hunted. This group can be split into sight and scent hounds.
Terriers are usually small, very active dogs with little fear. They were bred to control small animals and foxes; over and underground.
These dogs are there to keep people company and are often miniaturised versions of larger breeds. Their size makes them the ideal companions.
These dogs are the breeds that don't fully fit into the other categories, often because their original use is no longer relevant.
Working dogs have skills that have been used to assist people on a regular basis. They are often large and strong breeds like the Great Dane.