Dog news: What job was your dog born to do and which breed suits your lifestyle | Nature | News
With the exception of farm, police and service dogs, pets in the UK are mainly used for cuddling, walking and companionship. While it looks like your pet’s mission in life is to follow you devotedly, they were likely bred to do a specific job.
If you have a German Shepherd, Border Collie, or Pembroke Welsh Corgi, these are classified as herding dogs. The breeds of the herding group were bred to gather, tend, and protect livestock and continue to work on farms to this day.
These dogs are very athletic and need a lot of mental and physical exercise. Boredom can lead to bad habits like digging, barking, and chewing. But they respond well to training and become much calmer after a training boost.
Their herding instinct is so strong that they have been known to gently tend their owners, especially children. Reportedly, the queen’s corgis had a fascination for nibbling the servants’ heels and ankles, just as they would if they encouraged the cattle to move.
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If your dog is a bloodhound, dachshund, or greyhound, these breeds were bred to aid hunting. Their flawless eyesight and sense of smell help them find prey.
People considering owning a hunting dog should be aware that, like greyhounds, greyhounds are short-range, high-speed sprinters that require free-range exercise on a leash. A few short walks a day will satisfy your brief bursts of energy.
Be careful, however, that your recall is stronger than a rabbit’s lure, especially if you are adopting a former racing dog!
Scented dogs like Bloodhounds have a lot of stamina and are used to tracking scents over a long period of time. This is why they prefer long, steady walks to burn off all that energy.
If you have a Bull Terrier, Scottish Terrier, or West Highland White Terrier, your dog was originally bred to hunt vermin such as mice and rats. These dogs love to play with squeaky toys because the noise awakens their instincts to hunt and hunt rodents.
They are energetic, lively, and love to play. They come in all shapes and sizes due to the need to hunt vermin in different environments. However, owners do need determination as these dogs can be persistent.
If your dog is a toy breed, like a Chihuahua, pub, or Shih Tzu, they will be affectionate and affectionate, but have weak predatory instincts and may have separation problems.