Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Bringing a puppy or rescue dog into your life is a huge decision and one that should be carefully researched before you take the plunge.  Having volunteered at a rescue centre for over 2 years now (www.stokenchurchdogrescue.org.uk) I have seen many dogs come into their care simply because their owner was not prepared for the commitment of a certain breed of dog and the care that was required.  This could all be avoided if more research was done into the right breed for you and your lifestyle rather than going on a whim of ‘what you like the look of’

Want to know more? …. Look no further….

Herding dogs

Breeds such as Border Collies, German Shepherd’s and Sheepdogs are classed as herding dogs.  They are very smart and easy to train however you need to be able to keep these breeds mentally and physically stimulated to avoid boredom and frustration.  They would fit in well into large families with lots of space and time.

They are not suited to city living or being alone for long periods of time.

Hound dogs

These can be split into sight and scent hounds and includes breeds such as Beagle, Bassett Hound, Dachshund and Greyhound.

Sight hounds are agile and fast and use speed to catch their prey.  Scent hounds on the other hand use smell to guide them.

Both are inquisitive and independent.

Hound dogs are best suited to people who have a secure place for them to explore.

Given the desire to track with sight or smell an impeccable recall is vital before you let them roam freely.

Sporting dogs

Sporting dogs include Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Weimaraner and Pointers.  They are multi taskers and are easily trained. They are bred to hunt but also love swimming!  They make fantastic therapy or assistance dogs

They are a good match for someone who can keep them entertained and exercised.

You need to have an active life, lounging on the sofa is not their thing!


Terriers include Jack Russell’s, Miniature Schnauzers and Staffies.  They are fun and feisty and are known to be hunters for some animals.    They want to work!

They suit patient but high energy owners!


Popular toy dogs include Pugs, Italian Greyhounds, Poms and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.   They offer a lot of dog in a small package but still have huge personalities.

Due to their size they are better suited to tighter living spaces but beware they can become territorial.  They are also suited to adults with no children

Working dogs

The most diverse group of dogs, as the name suggests working dogs were bred to help humans.  Popular breeds in this group include Boxers, Husky’s, Great Dane’s and Mastiffs

If you have space and can meet their physical needs, working dogs are a good match for most people.

What next?

Once you have made your decision, please ensure you purchase from a reputable breeder who is willing for you to meet Mum (and ideally Dad) and see the puppies in their living environment (which of course should be indoors, clean and with plenty of space for the litter.)   Any breeder worth their salt will ask you lots of questions about your lifestyle to ensure you can offer the pups the right home.

Puppies should not be removed from their mother before they are 8 weeks old.

Resist the urge to buy cheap puppies from social media or selling websites, it is highly likely you’ll be fuelling the puppy farm industry which is misery for thousands of dogs and often produces dogs that are sick or grow up to have behavioural issues based on their traumatic first few weeks in the world.

Don’t forget to consider adopting a dog from your local rescue…there are thousands of wonderful dogs in kennels waiting for their forever homes.

Good luck!