Types of Dog

Dogs come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, even aside from the unique personality traits of each animal!

Pedigree and Non-Pedigree Dogs

A key decision when choosing a dog is whether you go with a pedigree dog, with a documented ancestry certifying that it is part of a distinct breed, or a non-pedigree dog. Both varieties have advantages and disadvantages: you can read more about pedigree dogs here and research non-pedigree dogs here.

FCI Groups

Many dogs share similar characteristics across several breeds, such as terriers or retrievers. These are organised into FCI groups. You can read more about the groups that exist, and their broad characteristics, here.


There are literally hundreds of breeds, some native to Ireland and some extremely rare. You can learn more about the most popular breeds in Ireland here.