Finding the Right
Dog For You
If you have a particular temperament in mind, you might find it helpful to research breed profiles to find your ideal dog. Every dog has a unique personality. Profiles may give you a general idea of what to expect from a particular breed.
Sporting Group: These dogs are very active and require regular exercise. They tend to be very intelligent and make great family companions.
Working Group: This group is best known for doing jobs like pulling sleds, guarding and rescuing. These large dogs are intelligent and easily trained. Because of their size it is important they receive obedience training. They require regular attention, exercise and mental stimulation.
Terrier Group: These dogs are best known for spunk and feisty attitudes. Because of their energy level they may not do well around other pets, but they can be well-suited for active children. Many terriers require regular grooming.
Toy Group: These pups are famous for being itty-bitty. Regardless of their size, they may be packed with attitude. They are ideal for people living in a small home and those looking for lap dogs.
Herding Group: This group follows their name: they herd. They vary from small to medium-size dogs and are capable of herding large groups of farm animals. When living as a family pet they may gently herd children or other pets in the house. They make great companions and are very smart.
Hound Group and Non-Sporting Group: These groups are very diverse and hard to generalize. The hound group can be very talented hunters. Researching within this group for more specific breeds may give you a better idea of temperament.
Then you have then good old American Mutt Group. Countless mixed breed dogs can be equally special. They may have a grab bag of characteristics of their parenting breed giving them a unique, adorable combination of traits that is tough to find in any other dog. Often these dogs do not develop the medical problems common to their parenting breeds.
There are so many rescue groups across the country with dogs waiting for a wonderful home. Please check them out and talk with the staff. They will know the personalities of the dogs they care for and can help you find that wonderful companion to fit your needs and lifestyle. Contact PHS at 812-838-3211 to visit our dogs or view them through our Facebook page.
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