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Group 2 dogs: Pinscher, Schnauzer, Molossoids, what are the particularities?

Group 2 is made up of 69 dog breeds and variants, some of which seem at first glance to have no similarities between them because these dogs are physically very different from each other. Pinschers and Schnauzers rub shoulders with Molossoids, but also with Swiss Cattle Dogs (the other Cattle Dogs belong to Group 1). The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) has established this classification by taking into account their historical functions, as the dogs in Group 2 were all originally used to protect herds but also people and their property. Let's take a look at these guard dogs of all sizes.

First section of Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer type

The dog breeds in this section 1 are very lively and agile.

Subsection 1 : Pinscher

  • German Pinscher
  • Austrian Pinscher
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Affenpinscher
  • Danish-Swedish Farmdog
  • Doberman
  • Schnauzer
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Dutch Smous (other names: Hollandse Smoushond or Dutch Griffon)
  • Black Russian Terrier

Subsection 2: Schnauzer

Subsection 3: Smoushond

Subsection 4: Chorny Terrier

Second section of Group 2 : Molossoids

These are powerful, very muscular and large dogs: a physique that imposes itself.

Subsection 1 : Great Dane

  • Great Dane
  • Argentinean Mastiff
  • Great Dane of Bordeaux
  • Majorcan Mastiff
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Boxer
  • Broholmer
  • Presa Canario
  • Bulldog
  • Bullmastiff
  • Mastiff
  • Uruguayan Cimarron
  • Cane Corso italiano (Italian court dog)
  • Neapolitan Morning
  • Tosa
  • Fila de San Miguel
  • Rottweiler
  • Shar Pei

Subsection 2: Mountain

  • Leonberg dog
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Newfoundland dog
  • Saint Bernard
  • Hovawart
  • Landseer - Continental-European type
  • Spanish Matin
  • Matin des Pyrenees
  • Aïdi - Atlas Mountain Dog
  • Pyrenean Mountain Dog
  • Castro Laboreiro Mountain Dog
  • Serra da Estrela Mountain Dog
  • Kangal Shepherd Dog
  • Romanian Shepherd Dog of Bucovina
  • Yugoslavian Charplanina Shepherd Dog
  • Central Asian Shepherd Dog
  • Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Croatian Shepherd Dog
  • Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  • Karst Shepherd Dog
  • Rafeiro of Alentejo

Third section of Group 2: Swiss Cattle Dogs

Like the dogs of the two previous sections, they are very good guardians, faithful and devoted. Note that except for these four Swiss Cattle Dogs, all other Cattle Dogs are classified in section 2 of Group 1.
  • Great Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Entlebuch Cattle Dog
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Appenzell Cattle Dog

Main characteristics of Group 2 dogs

The dogs of Group 2, as we can see, are divided into three sections. All these dogs have similar character traits and are considered good guardians. They are dynamic, strong-willed, intelligent and have a quick mind. They understand quickly the orders given to them, react without delay and are able to anticipate certain situations.

They are generally barking dogs since their role is to alert their master in case of imminent intrusion of a stranger. However, the loudest are the smallest. In this group 2, we notice that the dogs with imposing measurements are indeed the most discreet. But with such a morphology, they don't need to make much noise to impress. They are content to remain discreetly vigilant.

Which owner for Group 2 dogs?

Group 2 dogs need to be channeled and trained. It is best to have a good knowledge of these breeds of dogs so as not to make mistakes in their training.

These are dogs with many qualities, but these qualities can be wasted if their owners lack knowledge in this area, are clumsy and/or do not give them the attention they need. Also, these dogs are not suitable for people who want to push their guard dog instinct to the limit, as they may become impulsive or even very aggressive.

If you don't have a minimum of expertise in training this type of canine, it's best to entrust the training of your little companion to an experienced dog trainer or to choose a dog from another group.