“A man’s best friend.” Is a popular phrase that shows us the wonderful relationship shared by dogs and humans over the years. There’s good reason for it too! History shows that humans and dogs worked together to hunt for food thus starting the relationship that they now share today. Certain breeds are favorites among dog owners for their friendliness, smartness and of course their adorableness! We’ll now take a look at some of the most popular dog breeds from around the world and take a sneak-peak into what makes them so awesome.
Dachshunds might be tiny, but they’re definitely a handful at home! These little dogs can get very mischievous while around at home. They’re also very curious and known to be quite bold. They’re often quite quirkily called Hotdogs. They’re short, have small-little feet and are lengthy. They’re what I’d like to call the “stretch limos” of the dog world.
What’s absolutely great about these dogs is that they come in a variety of colors so if you’re on the fence and want to get a dog of a particular color, you’ll probably find a Dachshund in a color of your choice. Right from chocolate, tan, brown, black, red and even bluish-gray. Many Dachshunds also come in bi-colors which include a black and cream combination, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, blue and cream, blue and tan, black and tan and blue and cream.
The Rottweiler makes it in at number 9. What makes them so great is the fact that they can look quite intimidating to an intruder at night who’ll think twice before jumping in to your house premises and at the same time they’re known be very affectionate and loving. The Rottweiler is an intelligent dog that is often misrepresented for which it gets a bad name, but actually is a wonderful dog to have around because of how intelligent and hardworking it is, besides being so very loving! They’re a wonderfully playful breed that is great to have around as a family companion and you can rest assured that they’ll do a fantastic job in guarding your premises as well.
Poodles have been quite popular throughout history and continue to be one of the most popular breeds in the world. They’re often considered one of the most stylish dogs in the world because of the various trims that their owners give them. Although poodles look like the Paris Hilton of the dog world (snobbish, not-so-intelligent and lazy), they actually are known to be highly intelligent and very active.
They need to exercise every day or they can get quite stressed. They come in a variety of colors including black, gray, white and apricot. Another unique feature about their appearance is that they’re the only breed in the world to come in three sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy.
Boxers have got their breed name from the fact that they use their front paws, like cats, to do most of their work. They keep tugging at things using their front paws which makes them look like they’re boxing, which has led to them being called Boxer. Boxers are short and muscular dogs with a distinctive squarish skull.
As tough as Boxers might look, they’re actually quite intelligent, loving and playful. Boxers are very loyal pets and this arises from them being often used as guard dogs. Boxers are always ready to play and are very eager to please people around, thus making them great to have if you’re a dog loving family.
Yorkshire Terriers are dogs that are relatively small in size, but are very energetic and loyal by nature. Not only do Yorkshire Terriers look smart, they’re actually very smart in keeping a watchful eye on your property. They’re very good watchdogs and are always ready for a little bit of fun. Although they might be small in size, they’re not intimidated easily and are quite fearless.
These Rapunzels of the dog world are known for their characteristic long, silky hair which lends to them an air of elegance and class. They do not, however, let their good looks get in the way of some serious action. There are not too many things that can bog down this spirited dog.
Originally bred to fight bulls, which explains the nomenclature, this once ferocious breed has today metamorphosed into a gentle pet. Adorned in a smooth and shiny coat in various combinations of red, white, and yellow, bulldogs are seldom tall but are heavy set and stocky. Despite their sad, grumpy expressions, they can be trained to be friendly, sociable companions.
Bulldogs make for really popular family pets as they are exceptionally patient and good with children. Easily prone to weight gain, regular exercise is important for this breed; however, overexertion is also something to watch out for, as they tire rather easily. If you can look past the perpetual frown plastered on their faces, bulldogs can be quite an endearing breed and have a loyal fan following.
Coming in at #4 are the Beagles, whose boundless energy belies their diminutive size. Their glistening coat, in a gamut of colors, is of medium length and fairly easy to maintain. Their large soulful eyes, ranging from a dark brown to a lighter hazel, contribute to their overall cuteness.
Friendly, eager-to-please, intelligent, loving, brave – these are the chief attributes of Beagles as a breed. However, one distinctive feature of Beagles is their bark, which is more like a howl when they are hunting. These fiercely independent dogs can be quite a handful while being trained and need to be dealt with a firm hand. It is also important for the trainer/owner to establish a degree of authority over these dogs early on, in order to avoid behavioral issues later.
These gorgeous dogs with their trademark luxurious coat are the quintessential family dog. They are easily trained, good natured, loyal, and extremely sociable – they are happiest when around people. On the flipside, they tend to get morose and even destructive when left alone for prolonged periods of time.
Their loving nature can at times turn disadvantageous, as they get over friendly even with strangers, which prevents them from being good watchdogs. If you are looking to shower love and in turn receive unconditional love, then this good-looking breed is definitely the one for you. Cuddling their warm golden coat under their soft brown gaze, is more than any dog lover could ask for.
German Shepherds, also known as Alsatians, are without doubt the handsome hunks of the dog world. These brave hearts are also hardworking, intelligent, confident, dignified and above all, faithful. Their strong, muscular build and their keenness to learn, makes them ideal as working dogs or police dogs. Most receptive to gentle but firm training, they need to be controlled with subtle authority.
Although German Shepherds revel in human company, they tend to be extremely wary of strangers – a trait that can be cultivated to turn them into excellent watchdogs. Their substantial size and intimidating demeanor also contributes to in this regard. Well-proportioned, tall, and muscular with dark, deep-set eyes, these strong, silent types are as much companionable as they are reliable.
Commonly known as Labradors, these kind, sensitive, intelligent canines are very playful. Labradors are largely black, chocolate, or yellow colored – black being the most popular and chocolate coming in a close second. This breed balances unbound energy with a rare composure. They are endowed with an affable temperament, which is amply reflected in their bright eyes.
These dogs are avid swimmers and their waterproof short coat is virtually maintenance free. Quite easily trained, these dogs tend be wary of strangers unless socialized while still young. A perfect mix of beauty, brains, strength, and loyalty, it’s easy to see why Labradors are the #1 dog breed in the world.