It is an amazing variety of dogs in the world, according to The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) there are 339 recognised dog breeds throughout the world, and they come in all sizes and shapes. It is quite stunning to see the diversity which is there in one species of animal. The different types of dogs are categorised for easy referencing and are divided into different breeds.
It is the breed of dog that gives us the most information about its personality, skills, general looks, health problems, life expectancy, etc. Knowing about the differences between various dog breeds, will let you pick your perfect companion.
The breeds are also categorised into different groups that may vary a bit from country to country. Most common is that these groups are divided by the dog type like working dog, toy dog, and so on. But the working dog can also be a companion dog and vice versa, so the differentiation can be a bit blurred sometimes.
Dog Breed Directory
With different groups of dog breeds and so many dog breeds to choose from it can be a daunting task to select a puppy for the first time. And that is the purpose of our Dog Breed Directory - to help you choose your first puppy.
To make it easier for you, we have chosen different ways to sort and display all the dog breeds around. As usual, you will find all the dog breeds sorted into different dog groups where we try to follow the most common group classification made by kennel clubs in different countries. You will also find the dogs sorted by size and type. In dog types the dog breeds are sorted after what they are more suitable for, e.g. guard dogs, apartment dogs, family dogs, etc.
In My Lovely Pups Dog Breed Directory you can learn more about your favourite dog breeds which contains a comprehensive list of dog breed profiles. You get the dog breed basics and the skinny on what you should know before bringing a new dog home - everything from the history of your breed of choice to common health concerns and what they are typically like to live with.
The categorisation among the different breeds is based on groups. These groups divide the dogs based on the purpose for which they were bred originally. There are various authorities for this classification and one of them is American Kennel Club (AKC) which categorises the dog breeds into seven groups - sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding.
Here you find the Dog Groups
Dogs by Size
For many, the average adult size of a breed is very important when choosing a dog. The size of a breed can provide useful information since certain characteristics are shared by most big dogs, and other features are shared by small dogs. For example, large dogs are more prone to certain health issues like bloat. On the other hand, small sized dogs are known to be bundles of energy with heavy barking tendencies.
Here you can browse the Dogs by Size
Dogs by Type
For you it is probably more practical to sort the different dog breeds after other criteria, such as skills, temperament, exercise needs, living conditions, personality, care, and so on.
Here you can browse the Dogs by Type
Kennel Clubs maintain breed standards, record pedigrees, and issue the rules for conformation dog shows and trials and accreditation of judges. They often serve as registries, which are lists of adult purebred dogs and lists of litters of puppies born to purebred parents. A kennel club manages all these aspects of the dog breeds it claims to represent, either directly or through its member bodies.
Browse dogs listed by different Kennel Clubs
Dogs by Origin
Different breeds of dogs got their names for different reasons. There are the obvious names like the retriever and sheepdog, and then the more puzzling like the Chihuahua and Doberman. The breed names come from many different languages and countries and tell us a great deal about the origin of the dog breeds.
Browse the Dogs by Origin
Choosing Your Puppy
Choosing a dog breed is a very personal choice - your choice. You will save yourself a lot of unnecessary problems and heartbreak if your choice is an informed and educated one. Choose the dog breed that fit you, investigate breed-specific qualities and problems, and then research the best way to raise and train your puppy.
If you can, test drive several adult dogs of your selected breed or type before you make your final choice. Test driving adult dogs will quickly teach you everything you need to know about a specific breed. Test driving adult dogs will also pinpoint gaps in your education about dog behaviour and training.
Regardless of which dog breed you choose, you will not get a "perfect" adult dog simply by selecting the "perfect" breed and the "perfect" individual puppy. Any puppy can become a marvellous companion if appropriately socialized and trained. And, no matter what the breed or breeding, any puppy can also become a doggy delinquent if not properly socialized and trained. Please make an intelligent, researched choice when selecting your puppy, but remember: appropriate socialization and training is the single biggest factor determining how closely the dog will approach your view of perfection in adulthood.