If you've been thinking about acquiring a new puppy, you're not alone. According to Kennel Club records, the number of people hunting for puppies has reached record levels in recent years.
However, with 221 distinct pedigree dog breeds to pick from, you'll need to consider carefully before deciding on your family's latest four-legged addition - whether you want a huge dog, a family-friendly dog, or a crossbreed.
Psychologist Stanley Coren's book 'The Intelligence of Dogs' ranks breeds based on instincts, obedience, and adaptability.
Some dogs are also more inclined to bite than others, while the vast majority of dogs of all breeds are extremely unlikely to cause harm unless severely provoked.
However, some breeds have been purposely bred to have'soft jaws', also known as bite inhibition, in order to collect birds shot by hunters without causing damage to the falling prey.
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When these dogs get something in their mouth, they do not grasp strongly or bite aggressively, unless it is an emergency.
Away from hunting groups, these dogs are gentler when playing with humans or other dogs; even when they appear to be harsh, they leave no scratches or marks.