Did you know:
There are 177 dog breeds registered in the United States and 210 registered in the UK.
That’s a lot of dogs. That’s a lot of different kinds of dogs. The next question logically might be…why so many?
Those of you who watch, or go to, dog shows, already have the answer. For many years we asked dogs to do a lot of different kinds of jobs, even if that job was just to be a cute little companion, and we carefully bred the individuals who seemed to best represent what we were trying to accomplish; dog shows still divide them into groups according to their original functions, such as working group, herding group and toy group, and breed standards still specify the dogs meet their original job descriptions.