If you are considering adopting a pet dog, you may be wondering what type of dog breeds are most recommended for this purpose. After all, there are many different dog breeds that can make wonderful companions for the physically or emotionally challenged. In this article, we will explore the top four dog breeds as potential candidates for working PSA or Working Group homes.
The Australian Shepherds make up the first group of dog breeds commonly considered for this purpose. An AKC recognized breed, the Australian Shepherds have a long history of being a working companion to humans and other animals. In fact, they are said to have been used by pioneers in Australia as guard dogs. Their size, agility, and strong herding instincts make them ideal for working dogs. In the United States, they are most often used as therapy or sporting dogs.
The second group of dog breeds that are often considered for this purpose are the smaller breed dogs. The AKC lists many temperaments in their Australian Shepherds. Being small and low to the ground makes them very nimble and capable of being able to hide in the most unsightly spots. They were originally bred to be herding dogs, but have rapidly become known as great pets. Aussies are very active and can get very bored if they are not socialized with other dogs.
The third group of dog breeds commonly considered for this purpose are sighthounds. Originally bred for the sport of herding, sighthounds are very athletic and intelligent. Sighthound puppies must be cared for very closely, as they can become very unruly if not trained appropriately. The Australian Greyhound is the only type of sighthound recognized by the AKC; any other type of sighthound is considered an illegal breed in the United States. However, sighthound puppies do have a reputation for being very friendly, hardy, and versatile.
The final group of dog breeds that are commonly taken care of by pet shops are the toy breeds. Toy breed dogs, like toy German Shepherds and toy Dobermans, are extremely popular as companion or first-time owner pets. Toy breed dogs are very sociable and make good companions for children who do not want an overly aggressive dog. They tend to get along well with other animals and have a reputation for being obedient, gentle, and amiable.
Regardless of which of the four dog breeds you decide to choose, there is no reason to be concerned that your new pet will have temper tantrums. The Australian Shepherds, Boxers, Poodles, and Dobermans are all recognized dog breeds in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, there is one recognized breed, the Cairn Terrier. Boxers and Poodles are both types of fci but are not recognized in the United States as official breeds. (The Cairn Terrier is sometimes referred to as the English Cocker or the English Toy Terrier.)
One type of dog breeds that is gaining popularity for its versatility as a family pet is the Alaskan Malamute or Akita. The Alaskan Malamute is extremely friendly, well-balanced, highly intelligent dog breeds that make ideal family pets. This breed is very gentle with children and can be trained easily. Malamute dogs can also be good watchdogs. Their size, endurance, and muscular development make them excellent hunters.
One other group of breeds that is gaining popularity as watchdogs and as household pets is the flock guard. Flock guards were originally bred for protection purposes, but they have developed an interest in us too. Flock dogs were originally bred for deer hunting, but they can now be found all over the world as house pets and companion animals. They are very friendly, well-balanced dogs that can be trained for such activities as assistance with blind, deaf, and aging individuals, and assistance with animals abandoned in their care. Sheepherders, herders, and herding dogs were never intended to compete with the Alaskan Malamute, but they do surprisingly well in athletic endeavors.