In general the breed will be first categorized by the secondary name such as hound or shepherd. Any dog will then be separated by line or type, generally working or show line.
Many dogs that you buy may be very hard to handle and typically a working line dog has a little more energy. Breed characteristics as they pertain to this article are all the working version because the show line may have the characteristics bred out or low to typify the dog's look rather than temperament.
To be sure you get the right dog please check the list below for a touchstone of the type of attitude your dog may present.
Hounds are usually very vocal and like to play but are aloof to owners.
Shepherds can be very protective and astute. This also applies to any cattle or sheepdog. They are very loving also.
Terriers usually will be thought of as lap dogs and can be aloof. They love to play and learn and will chase a lot.
Working dogs (general) to this category I apply the rottweiler and the husky etc. They are usually very good working dogs and are meant to pull. They also can span the range of needy to aloof but most will like to play.
I told you in the beginning that these are generalities but if you would like more specific info about a certain breed just call and I will tell you what I know!
professional dog trainer with Artisan
Lexington / Nicholasville