Dog Breeds: G

Galgo Español

A noble and elegant breed, the Galgo Español has been used throughout the centuries in Spain as a coursing dog. Nowadays, they are recognised for their ability to make a loving and good-natured pet and are often re-homed after their working days are done. Sweet with other pets and children, they have the ability to slot in easily to just about any home.

Gascon Saintongeois

The Gascon Saintongeois was created shortly after the French Revolution as a hunting dog. They have an exceptional reputation for being family-friendly and eager to please. But their prey drive means the Gascon Saintongeous doesn’t mix well with cats or other small mammals. Sadly, this breed which deserves to be better known, is also endangered.

German Longhaired Pointer

German Longhaired Pointers are the least common of the German Pointers. They are a calm and gentle breed that thrives on attention from their owners. Their stable temperaments make them good playmates for children. They are exercise fiends who require at least on to two hours of open space exercise per day.

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher was a vermin-hunting farm dog in its native Germany, and is an intelligent, confident, and assertive companion. With its strong character, it may not be the ideal choice for a novice owner, but with sufficient commitment to training and socialisation, it can become a devoted pet and a very capable guard dog.

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a large, athletic and intelligent breed of dog that has impressive versatility in its ability to be trained for a variety of purposes, including as a police dog, as guide dog for the blind, and as a faithful family pet. The German Shepherd is an active dog and requires more than 2 hours of exercise per day.

German Shorthaired Pointer

Stylish and regal, German Shorthaired Pointers are all-purpose dogs developed for hunting. They are highly energetic and need tons of outdoors exercise. They are also attentive towards their family, developing a strong bond with their owners, to whom they are loyal and affectionate. The German Shorthaired Pointer gets along well with other dogs, but has a strong prey drive towards small pets.

German Spaniel

The German Spaniel is unlikely to be kept as a pet by virtue of its insatiable desire to hunt. This tireless and cheerful dog remains popular in its homeland as a versatile hunter, but is rare in other parts of the world. It is extremely sociable with other dogs and humans, but cannot be trusted with smaller pets.

German Spitz

In Europe, the German Spitz has been man’s indispensable canine companion for thousands of years, and has spawned many of our modern breeds. It is a watchful and alert dog with plenty of energy, and bonds strongly with its owners, needing to be in their company at all times. It has a natural wariness of strangers that needs to be managed through socialisation training.

German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer was developed in the 19th century as a hunting dog able to withstand cold and wet climates. They are friendly and loyal companions that form strong bonds with their families. They have limitless energy that make them ideal as companions for active families who can spend plenty of time outdoors with them.

Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier is the rarest of the Irish terriers. They are a loyal breed of dog who loves spending time with their owners whatever they’re doing. While they’re energetic and love to run around, they’ll be just as happy chilling out. Their small size and relaxed attitude to exercise make them suitable for urban living.

Goldador

The Goldador is a large, handsome hybrid that is both a gentle and obedient pet and a valuable working and hunting dog. If kept as a pet, it makes a wonderful playmate for children of all ages, and it is extremely sociable. With two working parents, it is energetic and intelligent, and needs to be kept active and stimulated.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a large, friendly, affectionate, gentle dog which was originally bred for retrieving during shoots. It has an exceptionally good character and is highly trainable, and great with children. The breed is very active and requires lots of exercise. It has a medium length coat, which can shed heavily and also suffers from some health problems.

Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are a relatively recent addition to the ranks of the designer dogs. The adorable, fluffy appearance reflects the dog’s lovable and affectionate nature, and it is an ideal family pet, as it is very gentle with children and tolerant of other animals. Goldendoodles thrive on company, and should always be at their owner’s side.

Gordon Setter

The Gordon Setter is a confident and self-assured dog originating from Scotland. The largest of the setter family, it is an independent-minded and stubborn dog that rewards consistency with affection and loyalty. While it is often not keen on the company of other dogs, it is good with children and very protective of them. This breed needs a lot of exercise.

Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Orange

A scent hound used for hunting game in large packs, the Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Orange is a large French breed that was developed in the 1800s. Well-adapted to its work, this dog is known for its stamina and enthusiasm when on the hunt. A dog with a docile nature, interactions with its family tend to be positive and relaxed.

Grand Anglo-Français Tricolore

The Grand Anglo-Français Tricolore is a hunting dog that is rarely spotted outside of its native France and is almost exclusively used as a working animal. Usually kept in kennels in large packs, these dogs relish the opportunity to be outside and scenting trails. While generally even-tempered, it is not recommended that this breed be kept solely as a companion animal.

Grand Bleu de Gascogne

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne was the favoured hunting hound of noblemen in Medieval France. Their packs were used to hunt large game animals, such as deer, wolves and boar. Their primary role is still as a working dog. Their high exercise requirements and tendency to be noisy make them most suited to rural environments.

Great Dane

The Great Dane is a giant dog breed developed around the 16th century in Germany and refined until today to be the graceful, noble-like, and gentle dog we know. They were initially bred to hunt wild boars, but its function disappeared over time, as well as the aggressiveness required for the task. Today, they are a popular breed among dog lovers, with its huge size but sweet temperament. They are great with children and they love being around people, always snuggling with their owners and even other pets.

Great Swiss Mountain Dog

The Great Swiss Mountain Dog is a versatile working dog and a gentle giant in the home. It is a calm and even-tempered dog, though it is slow to mature and can be difficult to train as a pup, traits that can test the patience of an ill-prepared owner. Fond of children and a natural protector, it lives for its family and is intensely loyal.

Greek Harehound

The Greek Harehound is a scent hound, who loves roaming free, with a history dating back to the ancient Greeks. A gentle spirit, loyal and loving, he makes for a great family dog, but he must have plenty of space to exercise. He also needs an experienced owner, or he’s apt to run rings around them – literally.

Greenland Dog

A Spitz breed that has been adapted over thousands of years to life in the Arctic, the Greenland Dog is a hardy and athletic workhorse, but also has some appeal as a pet. While not suited to a novice owner, those with the experience to handle the breed’s strong will and huge exercise requirements will be rewarded with a mild-mannered and loyal companion.

Greyhound

The Greyhound is a large, gentle, loyal dog which is extremely athletic. They are thought to have originated from the Middle East but have since been developed in Europe and in particular in Great Britain. They have minimal grooming requirements and can make good pets, although their sensitive nature can mean they are prone to suffering from separation anxiety.

Griffon Bleu de Gascogne

The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne scent hound is similar in appearance to the Bleu de Gascogne dog, but it is shorter and has longer fur. They are well-respected on the hunting field and can be worked with a variety of game. Affectionate and patient, they are an intelligent breed of dog that enjoys being outside and active.

Griffon Bruxellois

Unlikely to be confused with any other breed, the Griffon Bruxellois has a self-assuredness and sense of importance that are quite out of proportion with its tiny size. Loving and affectionate, this breed is ideal for someone who can keep a dog by their side all day, but is not suitable for young children, as it can be intolerant of disturbance.

Griffon Fauve de Bretagne

Friendly, gentle and patient, the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne is an affable, medium-sized dog. Their sociable natures make them great family pets for those who can also provide them with enough exercise. The Griffon Fauve was developed as a hunting dog in Brittany. Despite the passage of many centuries, they haven’t lost their love of following a good scent!

Griffon Nivernais

This rare scent hound that originates from France has a reputation for being a well-rounded hunting dog but a challenging pet. A breed that has its own mind, training a Griffon Nivernais can take a long time and a lot of patience. They can become destructive and troublesome if under stimulated, and need to be kept occupied and active to keep them content.

Groenendael Dog

A long-haired, black-furred, medium-sized shepherding dog, the Groenendael dog is renowned for its personable nature, stamina and courage. Easily trainable, they are prized both by the owners who compete with them internationally, and the police force who employ them in large numbers. Supremely intelligent and highly athletic, they make fierce competitors within a huge variety of canine activities.