How Do I Figure Out What Breed My Dog Is?

How do I figure out what breed my dog is? This has to be one of the most common questions asked by dog owners. While it may not always be possible to determine a particular dog’s breed heritage, it is getting easier.

Ways to Identify Your Dog’s Breed

Unless a dog is purchased directly from a breeder, it may be difficult to know exactly which breed that dog is. While every dog is equally deserving of love and care regardless of their breed, it’s still fun to figure out a dog’s heritage. It can also be useful to know a dog’s heritage for medical purposes since some breeds are prone to specific health issues.

Compare Breed Pictures

Although perhaps not the most accurate way to identify a dog’s breed, sometimes it is possible to compare a dog to pictures of other dog breeds to determine what he or she is.

The American Kennel Club website is a great resource for pictures of all the currently recognized dog breeds, as well as many rare breeds. By browsing through their dog breeds category, you may be able to find distinct similarities between your own pet and one or more breed images. This can give you a basic idea about which breed or breeds are behind your dog.

Ask Your Vet’s Opinion

Vets see many breeds come through their clinics, and most develop a good eye for assessing which breed(s) might be involved in a particular dog’s family line. When in doubt, ask your vet for an educated opinion about your dog’s heritage.

Is Knowing the Breed Really That Important?

The answer to this question is a big YES. It is best to know what breed your dog is in order to avoid cross-breeding.

NOTE: When two or more people debate on the breed of your dog, the need to do the above mentioned is necessary.







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