Tips on Different Dog Types

Choosing the perfect breed of dog for you and your family can be a tough process – especially when there are so many to choose from! Below are some resources and information on common breeds and dog types to help you decide which pup is right for your lifestyle and needs.

The Terrier

High-intelligence, lively personality and spirited attitude are all common characteristics of the terrier group. Historically used to hunt small burrowing animals, these dogs are fast and love to dig. This group is also highly diverse and...

The Hound

The dogs in the hound group are often considered the original hunting dogs. This group of dogs can include everything from Beagles to Basset Hounds, Dachshunds to Greyhounds. And of course, here at the Shelter, we also frequently see...

The Working Dog

Historically used for jobs like sled-pulling, rescuing stranded humans in avalanches and guarding property, dogs in the Working Group are accustomed to having an important job to do. In fact, they are most comfortable when they are given a...

The Toy Dog

Man’s tiniest best friend can typically be found in the toy dog group. Although these dogs are little, they may have big personalities and can turn into little divas! Because of their small size, these dogs also make great apartment dogs...

The Sporting Dog

Sporting dogs are oftentimes full of energy, needing regular, vigorous exercise. With Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Cocker Spaniels included, the Sporting Dog group boasts of some of the most popular dog breeds. Many of these...

The Herding Dog

Originally used by cowboys and shepherds to herd livestock, the dogs in the herding group have not lost their sense of organization and intelligence. German Shepherds, Border Collies and Australian Shepherds are just a few of the common...