From the time that we were children, dogs have been a part of our lives — providing us with unconditional love and loyalty. They’ve also provided entertainment in the form of cartoons like “Spike” or the popular show “Lassie.” And they can even help you learn about your health! There’s no doubt that these amazing animals make it hard to imagine life without them.
Every year Americans spend more than $41 billion on their pets — nearly half of all pet owners keep dogs or cats at home. There are hundreds of different types of canines out there, but some definitely stand above others for being popular favorites among people around the world. Here are ten of them that have made an impact on society in general.
- 1.The Newfoundland
- 2. The American Bulldog
- 3. The Pekinese
- 4. The Shiba Inu
- 5. The Beagle
- 6. The Golden Retriever
- 7. The Irish Setter
- 8. The Boxer
- 9. The Dalmatian
- 10. The Labradoodle
- 11. Pomeranian
- 12. German Shepherd Dog (GSD)
- 13. Bull Terriers
- 14. Dachshund
- 15. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and American Hairless Dogs
- 16. Yorkshire Terrier
Dogs aren’t known for having personalities — they don’t speak our language (they bark) nor do we understand theirs (we hear growls). But Newfoundlands are special because they’re so expressive with body language alone. They wag their tails when they want something, lick you if they like you and roll over onto their backs just to show affection.
It doesn’t hurt that these friendly giants also look pretty darn cute either. Not only that, but this breed originated from what many believe was one big party where everyone brought along their best friends.
And now Newfies will follow you anywhere! This loyal pooch has been used as a working animal since ancient times by fishermen who needed help catching fish, pulling up nets and dragging boats ashore. Today, it still works the same way and is beloved worldwide due to its unique talents and personality traits.
2. The American Bulldog
Bulldogs were originally bred for fighting other bull-like animals such as bulls and bears. That said, they’ve come a long way from those days and today serve mostly as family companions. These guys love to snuggle under your armchair and watch TV with you while you sip hot cocoa during the winter months.
Their short muzzles prevent them from drinking too much coffee though. As far as looks go, this breed gets extra points thanks to its giant button ears and wide-set eyes. One thing worth mentioning about Bulldogs is that they tend to suffer from breathing problems called brachycephalic airway syndrome (a common affliction affecting pug-faced dogs), so check before adopting any of these sweethearts.
3. The Pekinese
Pekins are small enough to fit into a purse yet big enough to hold down a job. Originating in China, these lovable little furballs have become well known for their intelligence and ability to learn tricks.
Most likely this comes from their owner training them how to fetch things from tables and shelves. A typical day for a pekino might start off with getting groomed then playing with toys, going outside for a walk then enjoying dinner.
Of course, every once in awhile someone may take pity on this soft, fluffy ball of fluff and let him sleep on their bed for the night. Adopting a Pekinese could teach children responsibility early on. If you’d rather not pick up a new cat, consider giving a Pekinese a chance instead.
4. The Shiba Inu
This Japanese canine hails from Japan’s Niigata prefecture. Although it appears similar to wolves, shiitake literally means “Japanese wolf” in Japanese. Its origins date back thousands of years ago when the first recorded instances of wolves living alongside humans occurred.
Over time, man began breeding his wild counterparts to create domestic servants that did his bidding without biting anyone. Like the Newfoundland, the Shiba Inu is another faithful friend that loves nothing better than hanging out right next to you.
While this furry creature isn’t exactly large, it does possess amazing strength and stamina making it perfect for running through fields chasing rabbits. Despite its size, its gentle demeanor makes it very easy to train and care for. Another plus point is that shiitsakes thrive in cold weather climates. So even though they seem tiny, give them lots of room to run around inside.
5. The Beagle
Beagles are adorable little balls of energy. Sporting tufted ears and brown spots, they resemble miniature foxes.
Nowadays, this breed tends to prefer indoor activities such as napping, lounging and jumping on couches. However, if given plenty of space outdoors, beagles would probably chase birds and squirrels. With their cheerful disposition, these playful puppies usually get adopted quickly.
6. The Golden Retriever
These smart golden retrievers are often seen accompanying celebrities on red carpets and Hollywood sets. Known as “man’s best friend,” golden retrievers typically accompany their human masters everywhere they go — whether it’s taking walks in the park or sitting beside them at work.
Since they’re good swimmers and pullers of cars, they’re frequently hired by police departments, fire departments and rescue services throughout the country. They’re also great for hunting and retrieving game. After a full day of hard labor, retired golden retrievers retire to a nice couch somewhere near you where they’ll curl up and nap peacefully until summoned again later.
7. The Irish Setter
Setters came from Ireland, hence the name “Irish setter.” Unlike other purebred dogs, setters weren’t created to compete in specific sports events. Instead, they lived simply to hunt vermin and stay healthy. These athletic creatures tend to exhibit exceptional speed and agility making them excellent hunters.
Unfortunately, setters are prone to overheating and hyperactivity. Luckily, they make fantastic house pets. When taken care of properly, setters generally live between seven and nine years.
8. The Boxer
Boxers are considered one of the oldest existing dog breeds in existence today. Also known as terriers, boxers originate in Germany. During the Middle Ages, farmers kept German shepherds to protect themselves against predators.
Later, English settlers took notice and wanted a smaller version of this fierce protector. Thus, the boxer puppy developed. Even though boxers are smaller than German shepherds, they retain strong jaws and powerful muscles that enable them to tear apart prey easily. They also have thick coats that provide warmth and protection. Typically reserved for single men, boxers also make great mascots for corporations and schools.
9. The Dalmatian
Like other dogs, Dalmations didn’t evolve naturally. Rather, they were carefully designed by humans to perform certain tasks. Before the 1800s, Dalmatians primarily served as guard dogs. Then, starting in the 1860s, English aristocrats began keeping Dalmatians solely for decorative purposes.
By the 1920s, Dalmatians had found popularity amongst both rich and poor alike. Today, Dalmatians continue to be popular mainly for two reasons: their beauty and loyalty. For example, Dalmatians are extremely attractive with prominent white markings covering their bodies. What’s more, Dalmatians are exceptionally trustworthy. Perhaps that’s why they remain the official mascot of the Olympic Games.
10. The Labradoodle
With no clear origin story behind this hybrid species of canine, scientists and researchers claim labradoodles emerged randomly from crossbreeding labs and ordinary mutts. Some experts suggest that this phenomenon occurs regularly around the globe. Regardless, this particular combination of genes creates a pup with characteristics belonging to both parents.
Due to their mixed heritage, labradoodles exhibit a variety of physical features depending on whose blood flows within their veins. For instance, Labs tend to weigh less than their parent breeds whereas pugs tend to be heavier overall.
Because of this, labradoodles often require specialized diets and healthcare plans. Fortunately, these pups are generally quite intelligent, outgoing and energetic. Owners should always consult a vet before owning any kind of dog hybrid.
One of the smallest members of the Canine family at just under 12 inches tall, the Pom has an adorable face topped off with soft fluffy fur.
Although not technically known as a herding dog, poms do tend to herd themselves around, especially if left alone too long. Their short coats require frequent brushing and combing to keep them healthy.
Like any pet, though, good care means making sure your Pom gets plenty of attention and interaction with its owner. And since they only weigh between five pounds and 15 pounds, they’ll eat up all your leftover food after dinner!
12. German Shepherd Dog (GSD)
Although there aren’t many purebred GSD’s living today due to crossbreeding over the years, the original purpose behind breeding this large powerful dog remains intact — protecting sheep and farm animals from predators. This highly intelligent pooch is used extensively by law enforcement agencies as a tracking and detection dog as well as military forces throughout the world.
In addition to being strong enough to pull heavy loads, GSD’s are usually quite gentle towards humans. This makes them excellent guard dogs, watch dogs and therapy dogs. Due to their size, however, some may find this breed intimidating, so owners might want to consider getting smaller versions called Shetland Sheepdogs.
13. Bull Terriers
Often referred to as “America’s Favorite Breed,” the bull terrier originated in England where it became a favorite among farmers looking for a protective companion against rats and mice.
Over time, the breed started gaining popularity in America as a sporting dog primarily used in hunting. Since then, this athletic pitbull has become a household name thanks to movies like “Buddy vs. the Circus”, television shows such as “Married…with Children,” and advertising campaigns for companies like McDonald’s.
Not surprisingly, bulls are extremely playful puppies and enjoy chasing each other through the house and digging holes. However, despite their great energy, this breed does possess a stubborn streak which could cause problems if crossed with a more laidback personality.
These little guys hail from Germany where they were first bred to hunt vermin and protect flocks. Nowadays, dachshunds mostly live inside rather than outside and provide tons of fun and excitement every day.
Because of their unique appearance, dachshunds often inspire fear and confusion amongst strangers, causing them to bark incessantly in order to ward off potential attackers. As adults, though, these friendly creatures take pride in their reputation as guardians of neighborhoods and families alike.
15. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and American Hairless Dogs
While both of these breeds look similar in terms of coat coloration, they differ greatly in overall temperament. While hairier Chesapeakes are generally reserved and calm, American Hairless Coonhounds are typically outgoing and full of fun. Both breeds originate in North America and share common ancestry with hound varieties.
Yet despite their similarities, Chesapeakes definitely aren’t lapdogs, preferring instead to sleep curled into a ball while American Hairless Dogs actually prefer to chase balls. A mixture of both personalities would probably produce something wonderful, therefore combining two distinct types of cats would likely result in chaos!
16. Yorkshire Terrier
This tiny toy spaniels comes from Northern Ireland where it was initially created to aid in foxhunting. Despite having a tendency to curl inward, Yorkies are still active and alert most of the time. Often confused for Chihuahuas, Yorkies are nonetheless considered one of the smartest dogs in existence. They are naturally curious yet rarely aggressive and display a desire to please their masters.
If cared for properly, this lively little bundle of joy will grow into a loving companion for life. So what exactly is the difference between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua? Well, aside from the fact that Yorkies are bigger than Chihuhuas, they also exhibit different behaviors based upon environment.
For example, they won’t yap all day long, whereas Chihuahuas will. Also, Yorkies will happily play fetch with you, although they normally prefer to use tennis balls instead of toys. Lastly, while Chihuahuas lay down when tired, Yorks are perfectly happy lounging next to you until they feel inclined to move. All things taken into consideration, Chihuahuas are really nothing more than miniature Yorkies.
As you can see above, dogs have played various roles throughout history serving mankind in ways big and small. From guiding armies to providing comfort in times of loneliness, dogs truly deserve their place alongside man in both society and the hearts of those fortunate enough to own one. Donate to your local shelter or humane organization today and experience firsthand how comforting and enriching owning a four legged friend can be. After all, you wouldn’t leave your child home alone now would you?