Dog breeds mean something.
One of the most pervasive myths about dogs is that it's "all how you raise them", and that all dogs are essentially golden retrievers in different outfits.
📚But here's the truth; dog breeds have been bred for hundreds of years (even thousands in the cases of some of our mastiff and sighthound breeds) to perform different jobs. We have accentuated their skills, structure and looks so they can be successful hunters, companions, herders and guards.
There are exceptions to every breed. There are border collies who don't herd, pointers who don't point and german shepherds who'd rather spend the day on the couch than tending stock.
The likelihood of your dog being one of those exceptions decreases when you buy your puppy from a reputable preservation breeder.
⚠️ So don't buy a dachshund if you don't want them sniffing everything and sounding the alarm when the mailman comes.
⚠️ Don't buy a gundog and expect them to stay dry and clean (doodles are technically gundogs, by the way).
⚠️ Don't buy a livestock guardian dog when you live in a condo.
There are about 340 breeds recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). Chances are, if you're willing to take the time to provide a dog enrichment, companionship and dog friendly training, there is a breed out there for you.
🐕 Do your research and find it!
Photo by @abbotsforddogsit