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Types Of Dogs That Make You Live Longer
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Types Of Dogs That Make You Live Longer

It’s hard to keep track of all the types of dogs in the world today. Dogs are the only animals that have such a wide range of appearance between types. Over the years, dogs have been bred to preserve their origins (pure-bred) or intentionally inbred to create hybrids, hoping to combine good traits between breeds. The pure-bred dogs can all be categorized in these basic groups:

  • Companion dogs
  • Guard dogs
  • Hunting dogs
  • Herding dogs
  • Working dogs

The groups of types of dogs that will likely make you live longer would be the companion, guard, working and herding dogs.

The companion dogs will make you live longer because they give the feeling of being needed and cared for at the same time. They are the opposite of working dogs. Most toy (small) breeds fall into this group. Bichon Frisé, Chihuahua and Pug are some examples or companion dogs.

It is pretty obvious how a guard dog could make you live longer. They guard you against danger by barking excessively, attacking threats, restraining danger or all of the above. The barking excessively to alert you of danger types of dogs are Miniature Schnauzer, West Highland White Terrior, and Scottish Terrior. Types of dogs that attach threats and restrain dangerous people or other animals are usually German Shepherds, Doberman Pinchers and Rottweilers. This is why you see a lot of police or military dogs that are German Shepherds. They were bred to guard humans against danger.

Working dogs can make you live longer because they help you out. Working dogs actually cover a wide range of types of dogs because companion dogs could work as therapy dogs, herding dogs could work with livestock and guard dogs may work as defenders of people or property. Regardless what they are working at, working dogs are known for higher intelligence because they catch on to training and skills rather quickly.

The last group of types of dogs to talk about is the herding group. The herding group is really just a modification to the predatory nature of dogs. Over the years, herding dogs have been trained to treat farm animals no longer as prey, but still maintaining their hunting skills. These dogs can make you live longer mainly if you work a farm or ranch. They take on the shepherding task of wrangling up all the animals so you don’t have to. Border Collies, Australian Cattle Dogs, Schnauzers each have a unique method to convince cattle, sheep, etc. to obey their commands.

Schnauzers are an interesting mention in all these groups. Depending on their size, they are also companion dogs. The miniature schnauzer is a lapdog, whereas the giant and standard are labeled as herding dogs. The miniature schnauzer is also sometimes considered a guard dog because of all the barking that comes out of it. A common mixed breed today is the schnoodle (half schnauzer, half poodle). Since the poodle is mostly known as a companion dog, but barks a lot too, it is a perfect hybrid as a schnoodle. And with a name like that, it’s just too cute to not make you live longer.


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