What dog breed is your match? Our dogs have a special place in our hearts and for every owner the reasons are different.
Besides their loyalty and unconditional love, some owners cherish the friendship and therapy they get from spending time with their four-legged companions.
Other owners enjoy the exercise and health benefits that come from daily runs with their furry friends, while others take comfort having a guard dog around. With over 150 different dog breeds out there it isn’t surprising that some breeds are suited to different work and play. Join us as we explore some popular breeds and find out if you find your match.
Master of the House
Gentle and friendly, Labrador Retrievers make great family dogs. Labs are eager to please and because of their intelligent nature they have been used in search-and-rescue, law enforcement, and as guide dogs. Despite their name, Labradors originated from Newfoundland Canada, where they helped their fisherman masters haul nets, fetch ropes and retrieve fish from the icy water. Labs are highly sociable with children and other dogs. Due to their sweet nature they make excellent therapy dogs but hopeless watch dogs. An excellent overall companion and friend, it’s no surprise Labrador Retrievers have been the number 1 most popular breed in America for the last 5 years (according to the American Kennel Club).
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What breed originated in Germany around 1890 and is named after a tax collector? The Doberman Pinscher of course. These dogs were bred to be a great medium sized companion and guard dog, perfect for protecting Louis Dobermann the tax collector from burglars. Dobie’s are alert, fearless and highly trainable. In the 1940’s they were used as war dogs where they explored new and dangerous territories. The Dobermans’ keen sense of smell and hearing allowed them to protect their units from ambush or infiltration.
Interested in a canine marathon training buddy for life? Look no further than the Australian cattle dog, AKA a Blue Heeler. These dog have almost boundless energy and will most likely be asking for more after pulling you through your training run. Used to rounding up cattle in Australia’s harsh climate Blue Heelers are indispensable to the beef industry. Modern Australian Cattle dogs are a variable mixture of Collies, Dalmatians, Kelpies, Bull Terriers and dingoes (an Australian wild dog breed). An Australian cattle dog named Bluey holds the world record of the oldest dog at 29 years and 5 months. Bluey spent nearly 20 years herding cattle and sheep…Well done buddy!
If you have love to give but don’t have the space, there’s still a breed for you. English Bulldogs are renowned for being calm, good with children and good with naps. Besides the regular walk and occasional play day, English Bulldogs don’t require much exercise. Another plus for busy working owners is that English Bulldogs are generally quiet and more agreeable to be alone than most other breeds. Perfect for living in condos and apartments, English Bulldogs hold the title of 4th most popular dog breed.
There are too many cute dogs to name just one, so here are a few breeds to help you make up your mind!
Yorkie’s are small but their personalities are big. With the title of most popular toy dog in the U.S., this elegant breed has obviously won the hearts of many devoted owners.
Devoted and courageous. The German Shepherd is not only cute but an amazingly versatile breed, excelling at nearly everything he’s trained to do: whether that’s herding, search and rescue, drug detection, police/military work or just being a faithful companion.
Golden Retrievers are another great breed for families because of their friendly and tolerant attitude. Golden Retrievers also make amazing working dogs. They are excellent as retrievers, sniffing out drugs and working as assistance dogs. You might also see them excel in dog sports.
The now-tiny Pomeranian has a long and interesting history. Descendants from large sled dogs, these creatures at one stage weighed more than 30 pounds. With a super cute face and a strong personality, it’s no wonder Pomeranians were the dog of choice for Martin Luther, Michelangelo, Isaac Newton, Mozart and Queen Victoria.
The Shiba Inu is one of six native Japanese dog breeds. They were originally bred to flush birds and small game, and even occasionally hunt wild boar. These days the Shiba Inu are mainly beautiful companion dogs.
No matter what dog breed you choose, all dogs bring a smile to our face. Although certain breeds have their own innate characteristics all dogs have their own charisma and personalities that make our friendships special. Whether they are friendly or protective, energetic or lazy, dogs love us unconditionally and that is why they are man’s best friend.
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