How Dog Breed Can Determine Play

What do you know about dog breeds? Did you know that different types of dog breeds require different types of play? Each dog breed is different. There are different dog breed physical characteristics, and these different dog groups can result in different needs.

How does your particular dog breed interact with other dog breeds? You can learn more about some categories of dogs, dog breeds that are good with other dogs, and more below. We will take a closer look at a few different kinds of dogs and how they play.

Sporting Breeds

Sporting breeds can include retrievers, spaniels, and setters. These types of dogs help with locating game, chasing it or retrieving it. This means that they will have a lot of energy and they will really like to play. They can often play by wrestling and chasing.


Hounds were bred to hunt. There are sight hounds and scent hounds. Scent hounds can often like to play by sniffing around, while sight hounds like to chase or be chased for play.


Terriers like the Jack Russell Terrier, Schnauzer, Scottie, and others are hunters. The are used to chasing rodents and small game. This means that they will likely to play by wrestling. They are not intimidated by larger dogs, even though they are much smaller.

Herding Breeds

Herding dogs can include breeds like the Australian Cattle Dog, Border Collie, and more. These types of dogs are generally very high energy dogs that are used to herding animals with barking and nipping. This means that they like to play by chasing and barking at other dogs, as well.

Toy Dogs

Toy dogs are small dogs or miniaturized versions of other breeds. These types of dogs often do well with other dogs, but because of their size, it is important to watch them with large and rambunctious dogs.

At The Barking Lot, we offer Dog Daycare, Open Play, and Dog Boarding for two Chicagoland locations. We can help your pup get some much-needed play and socialization while you are busy at work. We are experts in your pets, so we can help them get the kind of play they need to thrive.

If you have questions about our services or how we take care of your pet, you can check out our website or give us a call today. We look forward to working with you and your dog!


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