Where Did Dog Groups come From?
Dog groups came from the invention of the dog show. Our neighbors across the pond, the British, created salon grooming and agility course dogs shows in the late 1800’s. Each group was based on the job or function a particular breed would perform.
Labradors and Spaniels were often used for game retrieving while hunting. These dogs became associated with the Sporting group.
While their same sized cousins the Doberman and Mastiff were used as guard dogs and looped into the Working group.
Herding dogs like Shetland Sheepdogs and Collies of course became part of the Herding group.
Today these groups are less relevant and most purebred dogs go through salon grooming and lay around at home waiting to get their belly rubbed.
Recent Swedish Study
A recent studies founded at a Swedish university took 13,000 dogs from 31 different select breeds. Each dog went through a stimulus course of sounds, surprises, and random humans that wanted to cuddle each one. The goal of the study was to see if some dog breeds or groups are more predisposed to a specific type of behavior.
The study found that levels of playfulness, curiosity, sociability, aggression, did not differ among breed groups. We here in the salon grooming industry are surrounded by dogs of all different breeds and we love all of them. It’s interesting to know that the scientific community is finding out that temperament is more about training than breed.
Canine intelligence studies have shown that ability to solve mazes and follow commands also does not differ between groups or breeds. Some dogs are geniuses, others…not so much. But you can always take your pooch to some salon grooming so they can look really cool.
The video this information came from was uploaded by MinuteEarth and is titled How Different Are Different Types of Dogs?
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