Different Types Of Dog Breeds And Their Personalities

Not all dogs are born equal. Some dogs are naturally smarter than others, some more aggressive or outgoing, some stronger, etc. Understanding the dog’s personalities and how the dog breeds or types affects a dog’s ability to learn can make a job as a trainer simple. Have a look. Here is a summary of the world’s different types of dog breeds and their personalities. Where does your dog fit? If he has a cross, he can move on to a couple of different categories.

Terrier dogs

terrier dog breedThere are more than 40 different types of terrier breeds, such as:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Hairless Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Australian Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Brazilian Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Chilean Terrier
  • Cesky Terrier
  • DandieDinmont Terrier
  • Fell Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Jack Russel Terrier
  • Japanese Terrier
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Parson Russel Terrier
  • Patterdale Terrier
  • Plummer Terrier
  • Rat Terrier
  • Russell Terrier
  • Rusky Toy Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Soft Coated Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Toy Manchester Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • White Terrier
  • Wire Fox Terrier
  • Wheaten Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Personality Of Terrier Dogs

Terrier dogs, bred to go to the ground to exterminate land pests, have strong digging instincts and tend to be stubborn. The degree of tenacity varies from breed to breed and from line to line. But you can be sure that it is a quality that guarantees the survival of the terrier when facing a cornered rat or fox. Terrier breeds that have long been bred for show dogs prove to be less stubborn than working breeds. In truth, terriers have few problems learning commands and understanding what is expected of them. They do not obey you easily. These dogs will require as much patience as they have persistence.

Herding Or Sheepdog 

border collieTypes of herding or sheepdogs:

  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bearded Collie
  • Beauceron
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Border Collie
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Briard
  • Canaan Dog
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Collie
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Corgi
  • Entlebucher Mountain Dog
  • Finnish Lapphund
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Icelandic Sheepdog
  • Norwegian Buhund
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  • Puli
  • Pyrenean Shepherd
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Swedish Vallhund


Herding or Sheepdog breeds have been bred to maneuver sheep or other livestock, usually with the instructions of humans shepherds. These dogs can follow up to one hundred commands (hand signals or a combination of hand signals and whistles). They are eager to please, but they are also freethinkers. The Border Collie many consider being the smartest of all dogs. One facet of the shepherd personality that makes these dogs ideal students and companions is the propensity to bond closely with their “flock,” family or pack. These dogs will do anything for you and will adore the verdant pastures you step on.

Mastiff Breeds

rottweilerTypes of mastiff breeds

  • Abruzzi’s Mastiff
  • Alpine Mastiff
  • American Mastiff
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Bordeaux Mastiff
  • Boxer
  • Brazilian Mastiff
  • Bullmastiff
  • Bully Kutta Mastiff
  • Cuban Mastiff
  • Cane Corso Mastiff
  • Doberman Pincher
  • Dutch Mastiffor Pug
  • English Mastiff
  • German Mastiff
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Great Dane Mastiff
  • Iron Hills Mastiff
  • Italian Mastiff
  • Japanese Mastiff
  • Korean Mastiff
  • Kumauni Mastiff
  • Komondor
  • Leo Mastiff
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Portuguese Mastiff
  • Presa Canario Mastiff
  • Puerto Rican Mastiff
  • Pyrenean Mastiff
  • Rottweiler
  • South African Mastiff
  • Spanish Mastiff
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Tigger Mastiff


Mastiff breeds were bred to think for themselves and can be dominant dogs. They require firm and consistent handlers who they can respect. Before these dogs reach adolescence, they must learn to suppress some of their protective and dominant nature so that they do not become too difficult to handle. These dogs can be alarmingly intelligent and learn their lessons with few repetitions. A boring mastiff is a great inactive student and a big blow to your ego. Keep short sessions and don’t tire him with too many review sessions.

Husky Breeds

huskyTypes Of Husky

  • Alaskan Husky
  • Akita Husky
  • American Eskimo Dog
  • Chinook Dog
  • Finnish Spitz
  • Keeshond
  • Norwegian Elkhound
  • Siberian Husky
  • Samoyed Husky
  • Schipperke Husky
  • Shiba Inu
  • Red Husky
  • White Husky


Husky breed dogs tend to be independent and are not oriented to please the master. The husky’s job was to pull barges and sleds and, indeed, was strongly oriented to the pack. Humans are usually less interesting companions than other dogs and, therefore, these dogs require more energy to command their attention. Sled dogs never depended much on humans, except an occasional fish and an affectionate  ”mush”.

Gundogs Or Hunting Dogs

gundogTypes Of Gundogs

  • American Water Spaniel
  • Barbet
  • Boykin Spaniel
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Curly-Coated Retriever
  • Flat-Coated Retriever
  • German Water Spaniel
  • Golden Retriever
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Murray River Curly Coated Retriever
  • Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Spanish Water Dog


Gundogs have been bred to work from human hand and gun. They are very obedient and live to obey and please their masters. These dogs can be trained to do amazing things and are scheduled to work long days in the field. Hunting dogs tend to get distracted easily when they are outdoors since each twitter and flutter grab their eyes, nose, and pointer. Many trainers recommend starting classes indoors, where the environment is more controlled. Also, make sure they have been exercised enough before attempting to keep their attention in an obedience lesson.



Types Of Scenthounds

  • Basset Hound
  • Beagle
  • Bloodhound
  • Dachshund
  • American Foxhound
  • English Foxhound
  • Harrier
  • Otterhound
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Plott
  • Redbone Coonhound
  • Blue Tick Coonhound


Scenthounds tend to be slower to learn. Heavier hounds, such as Bloodhounds, lack urgency and work more deliberately. Although slower to execute tasks and commands, hounds are not necessarily unintelligent, they simply are not interested. They are not naturally clean animals since they have been bred for a generation as outdoor kennel dogs, not as indoor companions that act in a timely and orderly manner. Housetraining poses real challenges. They are very nose-oriented and can be as distracted by the smells of the outdoors as a beau for a cotillion of wounded pigeons. However, they are good-hearted dogs with much to offer a patient, creative owner.



  • Scottish Greyhound
  • Whippet
  • Saluki
  • Afghan Greyhound
  • Russian Greyhound or Borzoi
  • Arabic Greyhound or Sloughi
  • Spanish greyhound


Greyhounds are quite distant and should be trained with extreme sensitivity. Harsh treatments or punishments could ruin a potential student. They are high-energy dogs and need a good amount of daily exercise before they can be trained. They are very aware of the “prey” and will bolt in a “split-hare” of a second. Most are very gentle and expect to be treated as objects of worship.

Toy breeds

toy breedTypes

  • Affenpinscher
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bolognese
  • Boston Terrier
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Dachshund
  • Havanese
  • Japanese Chin
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Lowchen
  • Maltese
  • Maltese Shih Tzu
  • Maltipoo
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Papillon
  • Peekapoo
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug
  • Rat Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Silky Terrier
  • Yorkipoo


Toy breeds vary greatly depending on their upbringing and origin. To generalize toy breeds tend to be instilled very carefully. Many of the toy breeds have a high degree of dependence on their owners, however, these same dogs are the first to be too dominant. A firm but kind discipline is key to teaching a toy dog. They are smart little dogs that can become destructive and boring if they are not taken care of and trained.

Crossbreed Dogs

Crossbreeds or mixed breeds, dogs of unknown inheritance or of two known pure breeds are more difficult to evaluate, although it is commonly believed that the dog will demonstrate the behavior patterns of the breed it most resembles. A crossed Beagle-Bedlington Terrier that looks more like a Beagle will act more like a Beagle. Most mixed breeds or crossbreeds can be categorized as resembling a type of dog, if not a particular breed. Therefore, a mongrel that looks like a terrier will probably act like a terrier. Unfortunately, the mixed breed genetic group can be so varied and muddied that little can be predicted with certainty.