Who's Who in Man's Best Friend

Each breed of dog was created for a specific purpose, and this original purpose affects both the dog's personality and his or her appearance.


While some of the dogs look exactly as they did thousands of years ago, the look of many breeds has evolved, as have some of the dog's originally intended functions. Aspiring pet care professionals need to understand each and every breed of dog to better understand the different personalities and to be able to create the correct expressions and appearances, but even pet owners will find the information in this course fascinating for the light it sheds on their dog's personalities! Unlock all the secrets of your dogs' appearance and your dog's personality!

This course in the Nash System "Man's Best Friend" series provides the knowledge base to discern between all the breeds recognized by the AKC.

Learn all about the fascinating and varied world of dogs, including:

  • Why the groups exist.

  • What the philosophy behind the AKC's organization of all breeds of dogs.

  • What is unique about the Sporting Group.

  • How the invention of firearms forever altered the way, man hunts with dogs.

  • Characteristics common to all dogs in the Sporting Group, and what differences exist in the breeds in this group.

  • The difference between a sighthound and a scent hound.

  • What it means when we say that the sighthounds are among the original breeds.

  • How the handling of dogs from the Sporting Group and the Hound Group differ.

  • What coat types exist in these two groups.

  • Dogs that comprise the Working Group, and why were they selectively bred by man.

  • Why the Terrier Group is unique and specialized.

  • The purpose of breeding dogs in the Toy Group.

  • The Non-Sporting Group, and what dogs comprise it.

  • Why the Herding Group dogs among man's most historical partners.

  • The Miscellaneous Group, and why it exists.

The History of Canines

Course 5 of 6 to complete the Pet Care Professional Certification 

  1. Understanding

  2. Form and Function 

  3. Taking Care

  4. First Aid and CPR

  5. Who's Who

  6. Variations and Creations