With all the breeding and cross breeding and all the mutts in the world, it may be confusing to know which dog is which. We all know dogs are incredible creatures, no matter what breed. But what do dog people look out for when trying to find a dog best for them? Take a look at some of the most popular dog breeds to own and decide for yourself.
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8. Yorkshire Terrier
They don’t look like the predator type, but the Yorkshire Terrier developed to be able to catch rats found in clothing mills. Also referred to as the Yorkie, this small breed came about the the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. Their fine, silky hair can grow to be long and silky, though if it gets too long, it impedes their movement. In addition to all that, they also are hypoallergenic dogs, so you never have to worry about sneezing around them, no matter how long their hair gets.
7. Pit Bull
A myriad of different types of pit bulls exist, though they all have the same reputation for being mean, dangerous dogs. After all, they were developed to be fighting dogs and even catch dogs for cattle and hogs. But when trained properly, a pit bull may be as lovable as any dog, though for their strength and intelligence, they often get employed as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and even seeing-eye dogs. Their reputations have also been attributed to a lot of false reporting, as many pit bulls have proved to be loyal to their owners.
A staple of British culture, many know the bulldog for its wide head, thick folds of skin, and distinct underbite. On average, females in the UK weigh 50 pounds or 23 kilograms while males weight 55 pounds or 25 kilograms wherein the United States they may be slightly smaller. Either way, this medium sized dog may not be the biggest, but they definitely pack a lot of muscle, their origins tracing back as being used in the sport of bull baiting–hence their name. Though they may seem mean-mugged, bulldogs typically form strong bonds with children and get along well with other dogs.
5. French Bulldog
And then we move onto their close relative: the french bulldog, also known as the Frenchie, whose origins come from across the English channel. This small breed of dog descends directly from Ancient Greece. In the 1800s, bulldogs and ratters in France were crossbred, resulting in the Frenchies we know now. By the 1900s, they would become one of the most popular dogs to own in Western Europe. Today in the world, they have been ranked in the top 10 most popular dogs on the world. This companion breed requires a lot of closeness to humans and should not be left alone for their tendency to develop separation anxiety.
You can clearly see why pomeranians have earned the nickname “tumbleweeds.” Just look at them. These breed of Spitz dog come from the Pomerania region of Germany and Poland. These small dogs will measure at 5 to 11 inches or 13 to 28 centimeters in height and weigh between 4.2 to 7.7 pounds or 1.9 to 3.5 kilograms. We may generally think them playful and friendly, but these balls of fur can also be aggressive towards other dogs should they feel the need to prove themselves. A pomeranian may also frequently bark as they stay alert of any changes in their surroundings.
One of the most common dogs owned is the tiny beed known as the Maltese, a canine from the Central Mediterranean Area island of Malta. Their rounded skulls make give them a cute, teddy-bear like appearance especially when their hair gets the “puppy cut.” Most of their coats look long and silky and they also lack an undercoat. At the largest, a maltese will weigh 10 pounds or 4.5 kilograms.
2. German Shepherd
Most people may cower at the sight of a german shepherd–and that’s precisely the reason so many people want to own one. A german shepherd requires a lot of training, but they can be some of the most reliable dogs you do train them properly. Their sizes range from medium to large and have become the preferred breed for working in police and military environments, disability assistance, and even in Hollywood. Since they’re highly trainable, it makes it easier to have a German shepherd on a film set obediently following commands.