Understanding Dog Temperament

Assessing and accurately analyzing the temperament of a dog is hard. Some dogs have reputations or traits automatically associated with them. The purpose and reason for getting a dog have changed. For example, many breeds of sled dogs, hound dogs, and herding dogs were created with specific goals, such as having a lot of energy, endurance and very strong hunting or territorial instincts. It is important that you know about these traits. You may be thinking about adopting a dog that looks small and laid-back, but in reality, the dog will need a ton of physical activity, exercise and outdoor time to stay healthy and happy.

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Many of the dogs you will find in shelters are mixes with a sporting breed in them such as a Golden Retriever or a German Pointer. The reason for it is simple: people get puppies expecting placid temperaments and instead get large dogs with very high energy and get overwhelmed with all the attention and activity that such dogs need.

When you know about the traits of different breeds, you know that you can’t expect a Border Collie to be lazy and not physically active or a Jack Russell Terrier to be quiet and not bark. However, getting an adult mixed dog without knowing the breeds in the mix is similar to playing best online roulette. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Sporting breeds including different kinds of Retrievers and Spaniels have a lot of energy but are relatively easy to train.
  • Large working breeds, including Rottweilers and Dobermans, are very protective and territorial. They need a lot of socialization. Otherwise, they may grow up aggressive.
  • Terriers have high energy, like to jump and move and bark a lot. They also love chasing all kinds of animals that are smaller in size compared to them.
  • Hounds are very independent, difficult to train and can forget about anything and everything when they decide to follow a scent or a moving target.