Breeds of dog: Character, Activities, Diseases, Food
Dog breeds and detailed breed portraits in the Bellfor dog glossary
The choice of different dog breeds is huge. Founded in 1911, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) is the largest authority on dog breeding in the world and recognises around 350 different breeds of dogs, which it divides into 10 groups, each with several sections.
However, there are also a number of other dog breeds that are either only recognised by other breeding associations or have not yet been recognised. All in all, there are probably more than 500 different breeds, which of course makes the decision-making process even more difficult for prospective dog owners.
Dog breeds by size
While the FCI traditionally divides dog breeds into groups such as social dogs or pointing dogs, which mainly refer to the intended use of the four-legged friend, size is probably the most important factor for many dog lovers.
After all, the differences here are enormous. From the tiny Chihuahua to medium-sized dogs like the Labrador up to true giants like the Great Dane, there are dog breeds in every imaginable size.
Usually dog breeds are categorised by size as small (up to 39 cm shoulder height), medium (up to 59 cm shoulder height) or large (from 60 cm shoulder height). This can help at least narrow the options when searching for a suitable companion.
Different dog breeds have different needs
Apart from size, the character and needs of different dog breeds can differ quite considerably. For example, there are, by nature, more placid companion dogs like the English Bulldog and the Pug, or particularly active and spirited four-legged friends like the Jack Russell Terrier.
Some dog breeds are classic working dogs. These include, for example, the Belgian Shepherd dog or hunting dogs such as the Weimaraner. These pedigree dogs usually require a certain amount of experience in terms of care and training, which is why they are generally not suitable as dog breeds for beginners.
Suitable dog breeds for every owner
The decision to welcome a dog into your life needs to be well thought out. After all, your four-legged friend will accompany you for many years and play an important role in your everyday routine. You should therefore consider beforehand which dog breeds best suit your lifestyle.
If you have children, for example, it is advisable to limit your choice to dog breeds suitable for families. If you like to be out in nature often, an active pedigree dog might be a good fit, while more leisurely dog lovers should choose a breed with a lower need for activity.
In our dog glossary you’ll find detailed breed portraits for all popular dog breeds, so that you can find the right four-legged companion for you.
Appropriate nutrition for all dog breeds
It is no secret that high-quality dog food is very important for the health and well-being of your dog. What many people are not aware of, however, is the fact that the various breeds of dog have very different nutritional needs.
The dietary requirements for a Dachshund do not necessarily correspond to those for a Dalmatian, for example. Our guide not only contains information about the appearance and nature of different dog breeds, but also tips on following the right diet, so that you can take breed-specific characteristics into account and keep your pet healthy.