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What are the different dog breeds?

Want to learn more about the different dog breeds? There are currently over 200 different Kennel Club recognised dog breeds, which means there is a lot to learn. Each dog breed belongs to a specific group, there are seven groups in total. The Kennel Club dog groups are gundog, hound, pastoral, terrier, toy, utility and working.

If you are going to try and learn as many dog breeds as you can it helps to know a bit about the different groups. Each group has a job or a purpose and it’s easier to memorize dogs by their specified group. Not everyone needs to learn all of the dog breeds. However, knowing a little bit about the different dog breeds out there can help you to make better decisions when choosing a dog. You will be more informed about the unique characteristics of specific dog breeds and will be able to figure out what breed might be best suited to your family.

Over time we have created a very long list of dog breeds through selective breeding. Breeders choose dogs to breed that have certain characteristics that they want to be present. Dogs come in a huge variety of different shapes, sizes, and colours. They are the most varied species in the world thanks to human manipulation. It’s difficult to comprehend for example that a Chihuahua is the same species as a Great Dane. Many dog breeds were originally created to do a particular job. Although some dogs still do the jobs they were bred to do centuries ago, lots of dogs are now simply family pets. However, they still hold on to many of the characteristics that have been hard-coded into their DNA.

When you head down to your local dog park, you will see many of the same dogs. Even though there are hundreds of dog breeds to choose from, many people end up picking the more popular dog breeds. Why do some dogs become more popular than others? There are many different reasons for this, a lot of it is influenced by what we see in the media. You should choose a dog breed based on how well a breed suits your lifestyle, not by what you have heard from other people. Here are some reasons why some dogs are more popular than others.

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Affenpinscher

Afghan Hound

Airedale Terrier

Alsatian

Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Malamute

American Bulldog

American Eskimo Dog

American Pit Bull Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

American Water Spaniel

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Appenzeller Sennenhunde

Aussiedoodle

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Kelpie

Australian Shepherd

Australian Terrier

Azawakh

Barbet

Basenji

Bassador

Basset Hound

Beagle

Bearded Collie

Bedlington Terrier

Belgian Malinois

Belgian Shepherd

Belgian Tervuren

Bernedoodle

Berger Picard

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bichon Frise

Boerboel

Bolognese Dog

Border Collie

Border Terrier

Borzoi

Boston Terrier

Bouvier de Flandres

Boxer

Bracco Italiano

Briard

Brittany Spaniel

Brussels Griffon

Bullmastiff

Canaan Dog

Canary Mastiff

Cane Corso

Cairn Terrier

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cesky Terrier

Cheagle

Chihuahua

Chinese Crested

Chiweenie

Chow Chow

Chug

Clumber Spaniel

Cockapoo

Cocker Spaniel

Coonhound

Corgi

Coton de tulear

Curly Coated Retriever

Dachshund

Dalmatian

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Doberman Pinscher

Dogo Argentino

Dogue De Bordeaux

Dutch Shepherd

English Bulldog

English Bull Terrier

English Foxhound

English Setter

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Field Spaniel

Finnish Lapphund

Finnish Spitz

Flat Coated Retriever

French Bulldog

German Pointer

German Shepherd

German Spitz

Golden Retriever

Great Dane

Greyhound

Hungarian Vizsla

Jack Russell

Japanese Akita

Korean Jindo

Korthals Griffon

Labrador Retriever

Lakeland Terrier

Leonberger

Lurcher

Mini Schnauzer

Neapolitan Mastiff

Papillon

Patterdale Terrier

Plummer Terrier

Poodle

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rottweiler

Russian Black Terrier

Saluki

Schnauzer

Shetland Sheepdog

Scottish Terrier

Shar Pei

Shih Tzu

Siberian Husky

Springer Spaniel

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

Wheaten Terrier

How Do I Learn All The Dog Breeds?

Can you recognise the breed of a dog walking down the street? If you are a dog lover and want to get to know all the breeds don't despair, there are plenty of ways to learn them. There are over 200 registered dog breeds in total, so remembering them all isn't an easy task. You won't be able to learn them all straight away, unless you have a photographic memory. Start to familiarise yourself with all the different breeds and if you are patient you will eventually be able to identify them all.

Some breeds of dog are very similar and quite difficult to tell apart, you have to see them several times in real life to get to know their differences. If you want to be a dog breed expert and tell Shih Tzu's apart from Lhasa Apsos then here how you can expand your knowledge.

Spend time with dogs

The best thing you can do if you want to learn all the breeds is spend time with dogs. Volunteer at your local dog rescue centre and you will come across a huge variety of different dogs. Not only will you be able to see them but you will get to know each breed's characteristics. If you haven't got much time to give up simply head to your local dog park where you will see lots of dogs.

Buy a dog breed book

There are plenty of books that list all the different dog breeds. A good one to get is the Kennel Club dog breeds book as it has a full profile and picture of every dog. It's a great reference tool when you see a dog and you need to look up what breed they are.

Stop and ask owners

Dog owners often love nothing more than to talk about their dog. Don't afraid to ask people what type of breed their dog is.

Download a dog breed app

There are numerous dog breed apps you can download that will help you to learn the different dog breeds. Use the apps to test your knowledge and learn information about dogs.

Get friends and family to test you

Ask your friends and family to test you on your dog breed knowledge on a daily basis. This should help you to learn all the breeds in no time.

Attend canine events

Attending canine events can also help boost your knowledge. For example, at Discover Dogs you can meet all the different dog breeds and ask their owners questions. Crufts is another good event to attend as you will see so many different dogs there. Watching the show will help reinforce your knowledge and enable you to see how each breed should look.

What dog should I get?

Want to learn more about the different dog breeds? There are currently over 200 different Kennel Club recognised dog breeds, which means there is a lot to learn. Each dog breed belongs to a specific group, there are seven groups in total. The Kennel Club dog groups are gundog, hound, pastoral, terrier, toy, utility and working.

If you are going to try and learn as many dog breeds as you can it helps to know a bit about the different groups. Each group has a job or a purpose and it’s easier to memorize dogs by their specified group.

Not everyone needs to learn all of the dog breeds. However, knowing a little bit about the different dog breeds out there can help you to make better decisions when choosing a dog. You will be more informed about the unique characteristics of specific dog breeds and will be able to figure out what breed might be best suited to your family.

Over time we have created a very long list of dog breeds through selective breeding. Breeders choose dogs to breed that have certain characteristics that they want to be present. Dogs come in a huge variety of different shapes, sizes, and colours. They are the most varied species in the world thanks to human manipulation. It’s difficult to comprehend for example that a Chihuahua is the same species as a Great Dane.

Many dog breeds were originally created to do a particular job. Although some dogs still do the jobs they were bred to do centuries ago, lots of dogs are now simply family pets. However, they still hold on to many of the characteristics that have been hard-coded into their DNA.

The seven groups

Gundog

This group is made up of dogs that were initially bred to hunt live game. Some examples of gundogs are the Weimaraner, Pointer, Retriever and Italian Spinone. Click here to see the full list of breeds included in the gundog group.

Hound

This group was originally bred to hunt either by scent or by sight. For example, Greyhounds are sighthounds and Bassets are scent dogs. Beagles, Foxhounds, Whippets, and Deerhounds are all in the hound group. Click here to see the full list of breeds included in the hound group.

Pastoral

The pastoral group includes dogs that were originally bred for herding. They used to herd animals such as sheep and cattle. The Old English Sheepdog, Border Collie, Komondor, and Corgi are all included in this group. Click here to see the full list of breeds listed in the pastoral group.

Terrier

Terriers originally had the job of hunting vermin such as mice, rats, foxes and even badgers due to their size and hardy temperament. Examples of terriers include the Airedale Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Border Terrier, and Fox Terrier. Click here to see a full list of the breeds listed in the terrier group.

Toy

Toy breeds don’t really have a working job, they were bred purely to be lapdogs and companions. Toy breeds are the smallest of all dog breeds. Examples include Chihuahuas, Italian Greyhounds, Pomeranians, and Pugs. Click here to see a full list of the dog breeds included in the toy group.

Utility

The Utility group basically includes dog breeds that don’t really fit into any other groups. This is a miscellaneous group of non-sporting dogs. Examples include French Bulldogs, Dalmatians, Chow Chows and Akitas. Click here to see a full list of breeds included in the utility group.

Working

Working dogs were originally bred to assist humans for all sorts of purposes. They have important jobs and enjoy ‘working’ and being given a job. Working dogs do jobs such as search and rescue and security and are often very courageous. Breeds in this group include the Dobermann, Boxer, Leonberger, and Newfoundland.

Most popular breeds in the UK

Some breeds have naturally become more popular than others. The popularity of a breed depends on their coverage on dog shows, celebrity influence, what job they are bred for and a variety of other factors. Some dog breeds are more popular in other countries but here are the most popular breeds in the UK at the moment:

  1. Retriever (Labrador)
  2. Spaniel (Cocker)
  3. Spaniel (English Springer)
  4. Pug
  5. German Shepherd Dog
  6. Golden Retriever
  7. French Bulldog
  8. Border Terrier
  9. Bulldog
  10. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

At risk dog breeds

Unfortunately, some dog breeds fall out of favour. Once a breeds numbers fall below certain numbers they are included on the Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable native dog breeds. Dog breeds that receive 300 or fewer registrations and put onto this list. Breeds currently on this list include the Collie (smooth), Bloodhound, Fox Terrier (smooth), Gordon Setter and Miniature Bull Terrier.

Coat types

Dog breeds can also be categorised by their coat type. Some people prefer dogs with big fluffy coats and others prefer a dog with a shorter coat. Some dogs were bred to be able to survive in extreme weather and so they have a specific coat to help to protect them. The different types of coats you can get are: smooth (e.g. Pointer), wire (e.g. Wire Fox Terrier), wool (e.g. Bichon Frise), double (e.g. German Shepherd), silky (e.g. Cocker Spaniel) and combination (Labradoodle).

Choosing the right breed

It’s important to select the right dog breed for your lifestyle and circumstances. Often people buy certain dog breeds because of how they look and because they are popular, without really thinking about their temperament. The wrong dog breed with the wrong owner can be disastrous. You can meet all the different dog breeds and talk to owners at Discover Dogs. Make sure you speak to a breeder and research a breed’s characteristics before you make your decision.

Things That Influence Our Choice Of Dog Breed

If you are thinking of getting a dog then you probably have a few dog breeds in mind. Or maybe there is one specific breed that you really want. Take a moment to think about what has influenced your decision.

Outside influences can often shape our opinions of dog breeds. This can lead to some people choosing a breed they think they want, but isn’t particularly well suited to their circumstances. Before you decide, have a look at some of the things that influence our choice of dog breed.

News Stories

Some breeds get an unfair reputation in the media, others are pitched as designer dogs and become extremely popular. News articles can have a strong influence on people’s choice of dog breeds.

Celebrities

Celebrities have a huge impact on the popularity of certain dog breeds. If the celebrity of the moment gets a new dog then suddenly everyone wants to get the same breed. If a few different celebrities are spotted with the same breed then their popularity goes through the roof. Lots of people end up getting a dog because it is popular, even if it is not suitable for them.

Childhood dogs

We all have a soft spot for the breeds that we grow up with. They remind us of our fondest family memories and leave a lasting impression on us. A lot of people end up get the same breed that they grew up with. This is fine as long as they are still the right dog for you and your circumstances haven’t changed.

Friends and family

A lot of the dogs we meet are family and friends dogs. This is bound to have an influence on the types of dogs we are exposed to. If your friend has a particular dog that you meet and really like then you might end up getting one too. When people are considering what breed of dog to get they will often ask their friends and family for recommendations. Again, just make sure the breed has the right characteristics and temperament for your situation.

Dog shows

Dog shows such as Crufts can launch certain breeds into super stardom. The breed of dog that takes home first prize at Crufts each year will often become hugely popular. Suddenly there is a huge demand for puppies.

This shouldn’t influence your choice too much. One of the best ways to find out what breed of dog might be best suited to your family is to attend dog shows and events. At shows such as ‘Discover Dogs’ you can go and meet all the different breeds and ask their owners questions.

Cost of ownership

Larger dog breeds can cost a lot more to keep than smaller breeds. can cost more for larger dogs when compared to smaller breeds. Furthermore, some breeds can develop more health problems as they get older, which can increase the cost of healthcare.

10 Worst Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

All dogs need to be trained properly if you want them to be perfect pets. However, some breeds can be far more demanding than others. There are a lot of factors that can influence how a dog behaves such as environment, training, temperament, age and also genetics. Different dog breeds have been bred for different purposes which means that dogs of the same breed are likely to display specific behaviours and have similar traits.

If you are a first time dog owner the last thing you want to do is pick a dog that you won’t be able to cope with. All dogs are different and there are exceptions to the rule but in general the following breeds are not a good choice for new dog owners. Read on to find out why.

1. Weimaraner

Weimaraner’s are very excitable dogs that can sometimes be quite challenging. Not only are they very large, strong dogs they have a huge amount of energy. Weimaraners are loving, stunning dogs but most Weimaraner owners would agree they are not for the faint hearted. They aren’t good being left alone and often suffer from separation issues.

2. Siberian Husky

Huskies are difficult to resist as they are adorable as puppies and look very striking. However, they aren’t these easiest dogs to own. They can run for days because of their roots in pulling sleds which means they need hours of exercise. They are also known to be expert escape artists, have poor recall and a very strong prey drive.

2. Chow Chow

Lots of people fall for the fluffy look of the Chow Chow. People don’t realise how much grooming their thick double coat needs. They are also pretty stubborn and difficult to train. Chow Chows aren’t always great with strangers and need to be socialised properly.

4. Border Collie

This might be a surprise for some people but Collie’s do not make a good first time dog. They are a very popular dog breed in the UK. Collies make excellent working dogs and don’t cope very well if they aren’t given a job to do. They are used to working all day long and need lots of exercise. Collies are also one of the most intelligent dogs which means they need a huge amount of mental stimulation to prevent behavioural issues. Moreover, Collies have a tendency to be quite nervous dogs and they need an owner that understands their needs.

5. Akita

Akitas were bred as hunting dogs in Japan. They are very protective guard dogs and can be very stubborn. They need a strong, confident owner to keep them in check and should be kept away from small animals due to their prey drive.

6. Bulldog

Bulldogs are a British favourite, but they aren’t easy to look after because of their health issues. Bulldogs suffer from a range of health issues which is part of the reason why they are one of the most expensive dogs to insure. They have difficulty breathing, are sensitive to heat and can have skin issues due to the folds in their skin. Bull Dogs can be very laid back but also quite challenging to train.

7. Jack Russell

A lots of people assume Jack Russell's are easy to look after because of their size. Don’t be fooled, they are very stubborn, fearless little dogs who can cause problems if they aren’t trained properly. They still require a fair amount of exercise despite their size and have a lot of energy to burn.

8. Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terriers are a fun loving, adorable breed. However, they can be quite challenging if they are not put in their place. They need a lot of training and need to be groomed regularly. Tibetans are very intelligent and need to be kept busy throughout the day or they can become destructive.

9. Beagle

A lot of people simply can resist the appeal of the cheeky Beagle. They are very sweet little dogs that many people fall in love with. However, their cheeky side means they tend to break a few rules every so often. They have a tendency to be a bit naughty and will definitely test your patience.

10. Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard’s are fun loving, affectionate dogs that can make lovely pets. Everyone knows them from the beethoven films. Some of the things they do in the films are not far from reality. They are very large dogs with a lot of fur and tend to drool, a lot. They will eat anything in sight and can suffer from heat stroke due to their thick coats.

8 Unusual Mixed Dog Breeds

We all know that dogs come in a range of shapes and sizes, but besides purebreds (which have documented lineage back to their ancestors) there are plenty of mixed dog breeds that you’ve probably never heard of. These are the result of selected breeding between two purebreds, which creates a mix of individual features and characteristics derived from each dog. So, take a look at some of these unusual and interesting mixed breeds and see how many you’ve never heard of or seen before.

1. Puggle

These distinct looking dogs are nature’s result of breeding a Pug and a Beagle. The history of the Puggle stems back to the 1980s when breeders in America where experimenting to create a new type of dog. However, it wasn’t until 2000 onwards when Puggles began being sold commercially to owners who were after something a little different.

2. Cockapoo

If you’ve not seen one of these before, then be prepared for your heart to melt. The Cockapoo is the creation of a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. These dogs are smart and loyal with a good temperament, not forgetting the fact that they are absolutely adorable too! Cockapoos are also hypoallergenic - meaning they won’t shed their hair, so they’re perfect if you don’t want to spend half your time vacuuming the house.

3. Labradoodle

Yep you guessed it – as the last two names suggest, this dog is made up of half Labrador and half Poodle.Although their characteristics can be regarded as unpredictable at times, these dogs are on the whole, friendly and energetic. They also make for great family dogs too, so if you’re looking for a mixed breed then maybe the Labradoodle could be a top contender in your list.

4. Taco Terrier

There are some mixed breeds that look like they work a little more than others and there are those that make you look twice. The Taco Terrier definitely fits into the secondary category. Cute nonetheless, this breed stems from a Toy Fox Terrier and a Chihuahua, so they’re full of energy, but require a lot of hard work to train and socialise. If you want to own one of these dogs then be prepared to put the work in and remember that it’s not just about how cute they look. With successful training it will be well worth it in the end.

5. Horgi / Siborgi

Guess the mix here… Got it yet? The Horgi (aka Siborgi) is a mix between a Corgi and a Husky. Taking the body shape of a Corgi (short and sturdy with little legs) and the facial features of a Husky, their coat comes in a range of shades and providing the colours are just right they can sometimes look like miniature Huskies. Insanely adorable and good to interact and play with - that’s the Horgi (or Siborgi if you prefer) in a nutshell.

6. Corgipoo

The Corgi is still present in this dog, although instead of a Husky, the mix is created with a little help from the Toy Poodle. Living up to 14 years, these little bags of energy are full of life and are loving, affectionate and active as well. Just like the Taco Terrier, be prepared for a lot of work initially to train them and to keep their mind stimulated. If you get this right, then the Corgipoo will be a welcomed addition to your family.

7. Jack-A-Ranian

>The Jack Russell is a popular dog for many owners, but what about when mixed with a Pomeranian? These two dogs are very distinctive in their own right, but mixed together they make for an interesting outcome. Standing at 15 inches tall (max) and weighing in at 6-14 pounds, the Jack-A-Ranian sits in the terrier and toy category can live between 13-15 years.

8. Pitsky

Last on our list of unusual mixed breeds is the Pitsky – derived from an American Pit Bull Terrier and the Siberian or Alaskan Husky. These dogs make for good family pets as well as watch dogs too, meaning that you can get the best of both worlds. Don’t forget that due to their background, the Pitsky has a chasing instinct for small animals and even dears, so keeping them under control will curb their instinctive nature.

Unusual breeds

So there you have it, some of the more interesting and unusual mixed breeds that you may or may not have heard of before. Thanks for reading our post. Remember, if you are thinking about buying any mixed breed dog always do your research first to make sure that they will be right for your circumstances. A dog is for life, so you need to make sure that it’s going to be the right breed and the best decision if you are committed to owning one.

Best Family Dog Breeds

Getting a dog for the first time? If you don’t have much experience with dogs then you need to seriously consider what type of dog might be best for you. New owners often make the mistake of choosing a dog that is visually appealing or popular, when in reality it is a really unsuitable breed. Lots of dogs end up in rescue shelters because their owners didn’t realise how challenging that particular breed of dog can be. Here are some breeds that might be more suited to first time dog owners.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are easy to train, intelligent. They are loyal, affection dogs that make great family pets. Retrievers are also often used as guide dogs for the blind because they are quick learners and kind natured.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

If you are looking for a smaller breed of dog then the King Charles Spaniel could be a good choice. They are great with children and are not too demanding. They are easygoing dogs with a very gentle nature, although they can be a little stubborn.

Labrador Retriever

Labradors are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. If you have an active family then a labrador might be a sensible choice for a first time dog. They are very amiable and respond well to training.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu’s are very sweet little dogs that are ideal for those looking for a smaller breed. They do need to be groomed regularly and taken for a decent walk every day but they also make great lap dogs. They usually have a feisty personality and are generally gentle and friendly dogs.

Greyhound

Many people assume greyhounds are high energy dogs and that they require a lot of exercise. In reality, as long as they have had a good walk they are happy to sleep all day. They are known as the ‘fastest couch potatos in the world’. Therefore they would probably make a good first time dog as they aren’t very demanding.

Poodle

Poodles are extremely intelligent and willing to learn. This makes them particularly easy to train and look after. They also need a fair amount of grooming. Poodles are friendly with other dogs, people and children. They also come in three different sizes, toy, miniature and standard.

Bichon Frise

Another good choice for a first time dog is the Bichon Frise. These dogs make amazing companions because they want to please their owners and can be quite affectionate. They have a great nature and they are playful and gentle. Not to mention they look like big fluffy teddy bears and are hypoallergenic.

Pug

The pug is the definition of a companion dog. They are bold little dogs who provide a lot of fun and entertainment. They aren’t very athletic and generally enjoy being given attention and spending time playing. Pugs tend to get on well with children and other dogs and don’t need too much exercise.

Companion Dog Breeds

If you are looking to get a new dog then you need to choose a breed that will fit in with your lifestyle. You also need to think about what you want to use your dog for. Lots of people want active dogs or guard dogs, but the majority of people just want a canine companion for company. There are many breeds that are extremely well suited to the lapdog role. All they want to do all day is be by your side and they are happy with a quiet life. If you want a lapdog but aren't sure which breed to get then here are some great options.

Chihuahua

chihuahuas are a very popular choice of lapdog. it's a very small breed of dog that can either have a short smooth coat or a long coat. despite their size chihuahuas are quite lively and will often stand up to larger dogs. They still need a decent walk every day to get rid of some of their pent up energy. chihuahuas are brave, inquisitive and loving little dogs that make lovely companions.

Pug

Pugs are adorable companion dogs with bags of personality and character. They worship their family and love to get lots of attention. Pugs can often be quite stubborn but they are generally quite an easy going breed. They need a fair amount of attention. And interaction otherwise they can become bored. They have a short smooth coat which is easy to maintain and look after.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu’s are very friendly dogs that often love everyone they meet. They have cheeky personality and enjoy lots of cuddles. They don’t need to be entertained all day, as they are perfectly happy relaxing and performing lap dog duties. Shih Tzu’s are well suited to single and elderly people as well as families. They do need to be groomed regularly as they have a longer double coat.

Bichon Frise

If you want a cuddly bundle of fluff then go for a Bichon. They have lovely wooly coats and are one of Britain’s favourite lap dogs. Bichons are mainly used as companions and show dogs today. They are very sociable dogs who like to be around people and that’s why they are such a popular lapdog.

Cavalier King Charles

If you don’t have enough room for a Springer or Cocker Spaniel then go for a Cavalier King Charles. They are a smaller version of the other more highly strung spaniels who also make good companion breeds. They are very good with children and are classed as a toy dog breed according to the Kennel Club. They have a very happy and charming personality and endlessly wag their tail affectionately.

Mixed Breed Dogs Gaining Popularity

Crossbreeds seem to be be becoming more popular these days. People are getting excited by the concept of new ‘designer dogs’ such as cockerpoos and maltipoos. Poodles appear to be a popular choice when it comes to choosing breeds to use to create designer dogs. Crossbreeds are generally cheaper to buy, but because of this new craze, some special crossbreeds can cost more than pedigree dogs. According to the Kennel Club, these are the most popular crossbreeds:

  1. Cockerpoo/Cockapoo (cocker & poodle)
  1. Labradoodle (labrador & poodle)
  1. Mal-shi (maltese & shih-tzu)
  1. Puggle (pug & beagle)
  1. Schnoodle (miniature schnauzer & poodle)

Mars Veterinary did some DNA research to try and find out the breeds most often found in dog DNA. The most common breeds according to Mars Veterinary are:

  • German Shepherd
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Chow Chow
  • Boxer
  • Rottweiler
  • Poodle
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Golden Retriever
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Siberian Husky


On the whole, crossbreeds tend to live longer and suffer less health issues. However, every dog is different and having a crossbreed certainly doesn’t guarantee they won’t have health problems. Crossbreeds are a bit of a lottery when it comes to behavioural traits and physical characteristics. You don’t really know what mix you will get a whether they will be more like one breed or have an obvious mix of both. However, it is fascinating to see the different characteristics of each breed and crossbreeds can make fantastic pets.

Cutest Dog Breeds

It’s nearly impossible to put together a shortlist of the cutest dog breeds, because all dog breeds are so darn adorable. Plus, everyone has a different opinion on what type of dogs they think are cute. Some people prefer tiny fluffy toy dogs, others think teddy bear poodle crosses are the best. Whether you prefer big gun dogs or small lapdogs depends on your own personal preferences. However, there are a few dog breeds that have develop a reputation for being particularly cute. You will probably disagree with us, so if we have left your favourite breed off the list feel free to leave a comment explaining why they are cute and deserve a place on the list. Here are some dog breeds that we think score ten out of ten on the cuteness scale.

Pomeranian

The Pomeranian makes the list mainly because of ‘Boo’, dubbed the cutest dog in the world. Boo is an internet sensation with his own website, book and dedicated YouTube channel.They have a long fluffy coat that is sometimes trimmed into a teddy bear cut, making them look impossibly cute.

Labrador

Labradors had to make the list because of the infamous Andrex Puppies. They are the epitome of cuteness. These puppies that promote loo roll have skyrocketed the labradors popularity and reputation for being one of the cutest breeds, especially as puppies.

Beagle

Beagles have totally mastered puppy dog eyes and know exactly how to get what they want from their owner, mainly just by being cute. Many people are fooled into getting a Beagle because they look so adorable. However, appearances can be deceiving because Beagles also have a reputation for being pretty naughty.

Corgi

Corgis look like they are constantly smiling. Their little short legs and happy go lucky facial expression is difficult to resist. Sadly Corgis are now in decline. Their numbers have fallen so much that they are at risk. It’s difficult to understand why they have fallen out of favour because they are so ridiculously cute.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers have become extremely popular lately, and it could be due to the fact that they are super cute. They have an endearing face and very sweet little ears. Frenchies are also very affectionate and playful which adds to their cute appeal.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier’s have a face that looks a little bit sad sometimes, which makes your heart melt. They are the kind of dog you want to scoop up in your arms and cuddle forever more. They also have a lovely soft coat and like to wag their tails a lot.

Poodle mixes

OK, so they may not be an official dog breed yet but they still deserve a mention. Yorkipoos, cockapoos, labradoodles, goldendoodles and cavapoos. These poodle mixes are very popular these days. Their curly, fluffy coats and playful personalities makes them some of the cutest dogs you can get.

Dangerous Dog Breeds

Once a dog breed gets a negative reputation it can be extremely difficult to shake off. The media make things worse by exaggerating stories and cherry picking stories about particular breeds. If you go to any dog rescue shelter it is clear that some breeds find it much harder to be re-homed due to assumptions about their character.

In reality, all dog breeds can show aggression and be unpredictable. Most of the time it is bad owners causing issues not bad dogs. If you are thinking of getting a dog then don’t rule out these breeds or judge them before you know anything about them. Take some time to research what their character is really like. With the right training and care some of the dog breeds that are assumed to be aggressive can turn out to be wonderful dogs. The way they are brought up and trained has a big impact on how they behave as an adult dog.

People immediately assume that the larger breeds are more dangerous. In reality, some smaller dogs have more of a tendency to nip and bite. Daschunds and Chihuahuas top the list of aggressive dogs according to a study on 6,000 dogs. Do not judge a book by it’s cover, these little dogs may look cute but that doesn’t mean they won’t be aggressive.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

There are so many staffies waiting in rescue centres for their forever home. Staffies have a really bad reputation, partly because they are often used as status dogs. However, in the right hands they can make excellent family pets.

German Shepherd

Despite having a negative reputation and many people being scared of German Shepherds, they are actually one of the most popular breeds of dogs. Many people appreciate what they are really like and admire this impressive breed.

Rottweiler

Rottweilers have had a reputation for a long time for being aggressive and intimidating. They do look like a scary dog but those who actually know this breed can testify to their lovely nature. Rotties can be very loyal, loving and obedient dogs. They were originally bred to drive cattle and carts.

Doberman

Dobermans have a very bold and intimidating look with their strong stocky bodies and distinctive black and tan colouring. Males can weigh up to 41 kilograms and females up to 36 kilograms. Dobermans are noble, loving and eager to please. They make excellent guard dogs and they are very intelligent dogs with an undeserved reputation.

Designer Breeds Are Causing Issues with Rehoming

Animal shelters up and down the country are always full of cats and dogs looking for new homes. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to rehome many of these animals due to the trend for designer pets. Mixed breed dogs and moggies have fallen out of favour and animal shelters are also losing out to online pet sales.

Happiness Starts at Battersea

In response to these issues Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is launching a new campaign to highlight the benefits of rehoming. Their autumn campaign is called 'Happiness starts at Battersea' and it has been put together by creative agency Karmarama and media shop Manning Gottlieb OMD. The charity will also boost its media spend in 2018. Battersea’s rehoming drive will be spearheaded by the television series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs. You can expect much tugging on your heartstrings!

Designer Doggies and Online Sales

Lauren Rayner, head of digital at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, has explained that the rehoming environment is particularly challenging right now due to the "proliferation of online pet sales and increased demand for designer breeds". The sharing economy and the trend for peer to peer sales is ensuring that more and more people feel comfortable with buying an animal online. In addition, Instagram is promoting the glamour associated with the so-called designer breeds.

Rehoming is the Way Forward

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has asked its new media agencies to design a campaign which dispels the myths which surround rescue animals and to promote the advantages of rehoming over purchasing a pet online. The need for forever homes means that it is imperative to encourage more people to consider getting their pet from a shelter rather than buying online. Those in the market for a new pet will be targeted and Battersea will begin using programmatic advertising for the first time. For the uninitiated, programmatic advertising is the use of software to purchase digital advertising, as opposed to the traditional process involving human negotiations and manual insertion orders.

Battersea Online

>Battersea is also investing in its online customer experience. Potential clients will now be able to register their interest online. Registration previously had to be done by post. This process will enable the charity to link up more potential new owners with the right pets.

>If you have ever rehomed an animal you will be familiar with the potential benefits which are many and various. You will always have a wonderful array of furry friends to choose from and there will probably be a shelter close to your home. You can meet your prospective pet to see if you are able to bond with them and their personality traits will already have become apparent. Your pet will have been house trained and the shelter will be able to team you up with an animal that suits your household and lifestyle. Your chosen pet will have been neutered, checked by a vet and microchipped. It’s definitely time that adopting became cool again! Battersea Dogs and Cats home is clearly doing everything that it can to promote the benefits of rehoming.

Designer Dogs and Cross-Breeds

Designer dogs have taken the UK by storm. More accurately described as crossbreeds, these marvellous mutts are now so popular that their numbers have risen eight-fold in less than a decade. But can you tell a doodle from a poodle and what on earth is a shorkie?

Cockapoos, Maltipoos and Puggles

Vets are reporting that they have more than 115 different mixed breeds registered with their surgeries which makes life both interesting and confusing! Waiting rooms are full of puggles, maltipoos and all sorts of other poos as dog lovers can’t get enough of these cuties. The cockapoo, a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle, is the most popular choice of all but what is the attraction of these designer dogs?

Cute, friendly and Hypoallergenic

Well, for start offs, the dogs have tended to inherit the good traits from both sides of their family tree and so they are generally friendly pooches that make excellent pets. They are hypoallergenic too giving people who are usually allergic to dogs the opportunity to own a pooch for the first time. it doesn’t hurt that these dogs boast adorable looks too!

Smaller Dogs

Indeed, anyone would struggle to remain immune from the charms of the average labradoodle. These Labrador/poodle crosses are sure to steel your heart. If a smaller dog is more your thing, then a shorkie might fit the bill. Shorkies are undeniably cute shihtzu/Yorkshire terrier crosses that you would want to cuddle instantly. Or what about a maltipoo? Yep you’ve guessed it, that is a cross between a Maltese terrier and a poodle.

Poos, Sprockers and Sprollies

Poodles and spaniels are being crossed with just about anything to produce a huge range of designer poos together with a liberal sprinkling of sprockers, sprollies and the like. But where did it all start?

The First Designer Dog

You might think that the new breeds of dog were the inevitable consequence of our taste for designer labels but not so. The first of this type of breed to emerge was the labradoodle and the first puppy was bred to provide a guide dog for a woman whose husband was allergic to most dogs.

Wally Cochran, of The Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia, had been contacted by a blind woman in Hawaii whose husband’s allergies were preventing her from having a guide dog. After hair and saliva testing for allergic reactions, Cochran crossed a Labrador with a standard poodle and the labradoodle had arrived.

Abandoned Designer Dogs

Sadly the RSPCA is reporting that the trend for designer dogs, and people’s desire to copy favourite celebrities, has led to even more pooches being abandoned. There has been a rash of designer doggies, pugs and French bulldogs arriving at their rescue centres. People are seduced by the cute looks or the fact that TV stars own these dogs. They rush to buy them and then realise that they cannot cope with or afford their new pets.

Designer dogs are simply fabulous but their winning looks and friendly natures do not mean that they are any less demanding on your time and your wallet.

Which Dog Breeds Are Banned In The UK?

For many different reasons, including dog-fighting and blood sports, there are several banned dog breeds in the UK. It is worth noting these if you are looking to adopt a dog, so you can be sure you are adopting a dog that is not only legal, but safe for your family. If you own an illegal dog then you are committing a criminal offence, and putting you and others in danger. If the breeder you are buying from is willing to sell banned breeds, then you cannot be sure what else they are capable of.

The Pit Bull Terrier and Pit Bull Types

The Pit Bull Terrier is the most notably banned breeds, originally bred within England, and used for the aforementioned blood sports such as bear baiting. These horrific sports saw packs of dogs in a pit against larger animals, like bears, for fights. Whilst the sports were banned and made illegal in 1835, dog-fighting still exists, as it is much harder to police.

Pit Bull-types are also banned, which include American Staffordshire Terriers, Irish Staffordshire Terriers, Irish Blue or Red Nose. This does not include Staffordshire Bull Terriers, these breeds are legal to own in the UK.

Japanese Tosa

Another type of fighting dog is the Japanese Tosa, which, as the name suggests, originated in Japan. This unregulated breed can weigh up to 200lbs, which led to its use in fighting, with attacks being common. They are known to fight silently, without growling, which makes it a very unusual breed of dog. These dogs are also banned in several other countries for the same reasons.

Dogo Argentino

This dog was first bred in Argentina, as a mix of the Cordoba Fighting Dog which is now extinct and other breeds such as Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds. They are lighter than the Tosa, normally under 100lbs, and appear similar to the Pit Bull Terriers, but quite a bit larger. They have been used for fighting but also big-game hunting due to their stamina and fearless nature, which is what led to their ban in the UK.

Fila Brasileiro

The Fila Brasileiro is also known as the Brazilian Mastiff. Developed in Brazil as a large working dog, it is known for its aggressive temperament and hunting ability. These large dogs can weigh up to 110lbs, which as a naturally very protective dog, makes it difficult to handle. Unlike the Dogo Argentino which was bred to be socialised in large groups, the Fila Brasileiro is known for its extreme wariness around strangers. Extensive socialising from a young age would have to be carried out, but still is not a dog to be left with strangers. This paired with its protective nature is why it was banned in the UK, as its temperament was too dangerous and unpredictable.

Dog Breeds That Are Gaining In Popularity

Some dog breeds will always remain popular, but others tend to fall in and out of popularity. In the UK, the most popular dog breed is the labrador. When you visit your local dog park, the chances are you just might come across a lab. Others at the top of the list in the UK include springer spaniels, jack russells and golden retrievers. These dogs have captured people’s hearts for a long time, but that doesn’t mean others can’t climb the ranks.

What's interesting about most dog breeds and their rise to fame, is that like human fame, it doesn’t always last. Dog breeds often come into and go out of fashion within five to ten years, sometimes less. At the moment it seems as though every year a new breeds is becoming the star of the show. Often, if a dog breed comes into fashion very quickly, it will go out of fashion quickly too.

What influences dog breed popularity?

Dog breed popularity is influenced by many things. Naturally, the media has a huge impact. Dog breeds that feature in films, TV programmes and in the news can quickly attract interest.

A led by Brooklyn College psychology professor Stefano Ghirlanda found movies featuring dogs had a significant impact on people's choice of pet. Dogs featured in TV series (for example, Stella, the French Bulldog in Modern family) and reality TV series such as Keeping Up With The Kardashians (Kylie can often be spotted with her Italian Greyhound). Crufts also has a heavy influence on dog breed popularity, winners often see a substantial increase in registrations of the breed.

Social media sites such as Instagram are playing a huge part in what dog breeds people want. Some dogs have become Instagram stars and have hundreds of thousands of followers, that’s got to have an impact on their popularity as a household pet.

French Bulldog

The chances are you will have heard of the French Bulldog. You might have seen one of the breed’s many Instagram stars, and may even want one yourself. People have gone nuts for this breed recently. Lots of big celebrities are fans of French Bulldogs, owners include John Legend, Hugh Jackman, Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham and Reese Witherspoon. This celebrity following has no doubt made this breed more popular, but perhaps people are also being charmed but it’s friendly, sociable nature, and the fact that it’#s a pretty low maintenance breed.

Pug

Pugs have been popular for a few years now, and despite growing interest in French bulldogs, pugs are still getting a lot of love. Who could resist their squishy little faces and entertaining character? As well as pugs, pugs crossed with beagles (puggles, what an adorable name) seem to be gaining ground, which is a good thing, because their faces aren’t so flat. Pugs are compact, friendly little dogs who seem to love everyone, which is probably why they are such a much loved breed.

Dachshund

For some reason, everyone is going absolutely crazy for Dachshunds at the moment. They seem to be popping up everywhere, on TV programmes, in films and even in music videos. Check out all these cuties in the Tieks, ‘Sunshine’ video They are all over social media, taking the internet by storm and gaining many adoring fans. They come in three main varieties, smooth haired, wire haired and long haired, with smooth haired dachshunds being the most popular.

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds appear to be the royalty of dog breeds. They have such a regal look about them, and seem to look stylish no matter the occasion. Part of the reason they have become so popular is because celebrities seem to be taking a shining to them. Of course, when a Kardashian such as Kylie Jenner, who has millions of adoring fans, gets not one but two Italian greyhounds, people are bound to show interest. Then there’s the Instagram superstars who are raising awareness of the breed such as Il piccolo the Italian Greyhound.

Cockapoo

You can’t go out on a dog walk or to a dog park these days without seeing a cockerpoo. This crossbreed is set for world domination. Cockapoos are a lovely combination of poodles and cocker spaniels. This combo gives them a teddy bear like appearance with a non moulting coat. They are very high energy dogs and can get a little over excited, but they have a very friendly temperament and really enjoy human company. The interest in this breed has meant that prices for cockapoos these days are pretty hefty, despite the fact that they are a mixed breed. They vary slightly in size but generally are convenient size for those who don’t want a dog that’s too big.

Bulldog (new version)

Thankfully, the new version of the bulldog is starting to gain in popularity. Slowly, but surely, breeders are improving the health of this breed that has a lot of issues. Their flat, squashed face can make it difficult for them to breathe, and their skin folds can become infected. The new version has a longer muzzle, and generally looks much healthier.

Micro breeds

Another big trend at the moment is microbleeds. Our dogs seem to be getting smaller and smaller. Teacup versions of toy breeds are very popular. Perhaps it’s because our houses are getting smaller, so our dogs are too. New suggests people are living in more compact homes, and less and less houses have gardens, which is having an impact on their choice of dog. A lot people are after toy dogs who can fit into a small home and don’t need too much space to run around in. For example, a pug needs about one-quarter of the daily calories of a German shepherd, so they are far cheaper to own. Figures provided by The Kennel Club and analysed by The Economist magazine show that the average puppy weighs 12 per cent less than it did 10 years ago.

Dog Breeds That Are Good With Kids

No matter what breed of dog you get, you always have to be careful with children. Although most dogs are absolutely fine with kids they can be very unpredictable, so it’s important to be vigilant at all times. Never leave your kids unattended with a dog, not matter how much you think you can trust them. If you are thinking about getting a dog you need to think about what breed might be best suited to your family. The type of dog you get will also depend how old your children are. Very young kids and toddlers will not be well suited to high energy, bouncy dogs. The dog might be perfectly friendly and well behaved but too strong and energetic for fragile little kids. Older children over the age of about eight are better at coping with bouncy dogs, but they still need to know how to act around them.

Before you even think about which breed of dog to get you need to try and get your Kids used to being around dogs. Get them to spend time with lots of different dogs that you know are well mannered and friendly. Teach your kids about how they should behave around dogs and how to stay safe. Some dog breeds are naturally more comfortable being around kids. A few dog breeds appear to adore being around kids of all ages. However, the breed that’s right for you really does depend on your personal situation, lifestyle and the ages of your children. A great way to find out what breed might be best suited to your family is to go to Discover Dogs. Here you and your family can meet all the different breeds and ask questions about their temperament and background. Here is a selection of different dogs that are likely to be good with children to get you started. However, no dog breed is guaranteed to be good with kids, it depends on their individual characteristics.

  • Bulldog
  • Newfoundland
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Bichon Frise
  • Irish Setter
  • Poodle
  • Bull Terrier
  • Beagle
  • Hungarian Vizsla
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Boxer
  • Labradoodle
  • Cockerpoo
  • Cavapoo
  • Cavashon

Dog Breeds That Really Feel The Cold

During the winter some dogs can struggle with the cold. When temperatures drop really low there are a few breeds that don’t cope as well as others. Breeds like huskies and malamutes do very well in the cold, because they have thick coats to protect them. However, most breeds with short coats really feel the cold and need a helping hand during the winter months.

You can help your dog by getting them warm coats and jumpers, drying them off properly and making sure their bed is in a warm area of your home. In general, very small, toy dogs or dogs with short coats all get cold very easily. Older dogs are also at risk because their bones and joints get stiff and their immune system isn’t as good. Here are a few examples of dog breeds that are susceptible to the cold.

Whippets

Whippets have a similar build to greyhounds, but they are much smaller. They are usually fairly slim dogs with a petite frame. They don’t have a lot of fat and their short coats don’t provide much protection.

Greyhounds

Greyhounds are also very slim dogs with little fat. You often see them wearing coats in the winter because the can get cold very easily.

Italian Greyhounds

Italian Greyhounds are even smaller than whippets. They have a short, smooth coat and very little fat on their bodies (providing they are kept at the correct weight)

Short Haired Chihuahuas

All Chihuahuas can feel the cold but short haired Chihuahuas are the most at risk. Not only are they tiny little dogs but they only have a short, smooth coat to protect them.

Yorkies

Although Yorkies can have a longer coat, it is silky and doesn’t really hold in warmth very well. It’s not unusual to see a Yorkie struggling on very chilly days. These adorable little dogs need to be kept warm in the winter.

Chinese Crested

The hairless variation of the Chinese Crested probably find the cold the hardest out of all the dog breeds. They have absolutely no hair to insulate them and protect their skin from the elements. This breed needs very specific care because its skin is so exposed.

Dog Breeds That Suffer From The Heat

No matter what breed of dog you have, you should make sure that they don’t get too hot in the summer. Dogs can easily become dehydrated and even overheat. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your dog cool in the summer, from refreshing baths to providing plenty of shade and water.

Some dog breeds tend to feel the heat more than others, and are at a greater risk of overheating. Owners of these breeds should take extra care on particularly hot days. Some dogs aren’t that sensible on hot days, they will even choose to sit in direct sunlight despite the fact they are clearly overheating. Brachycephalic breeds have a particularly tough time in the heat. These breeds have a wide skull and flat face, making it more difficult for them to breathe, especially when it’s humid. These breeds also have a very short nose, which makes breathing even more of a challenge. Examples of brachycephalic breeds include Bulldogs and Pugs.

If you have one of these breeds then you will need to keep a close eye on your pooch over the summer and make sure they stay cool enough. You should also be able to identify the signs of heat stroke, such as excessive panting, drooling, increased body temperature, disorientation, increased heart rate, dizziness and vomiting. If you think your dog might have heat stroke, take them to a vet right away.

Here are some dog breeds that suffer from the heat and are more likely to develop heat stroke.

Pugs

Pugs have a flat face and a squashed nose and often suffer from severe breathing difficulties. They will often sit in the sun despite being very uncomfortable. Black pugs are at the most risk because their coat colour absorbs heat more than other colours, making them definitely one of the dog breeds that suffer from the heat.

Bulldogs

Bulldogs also have flat faces and not a very long muzzle. They really suffer from the heat and need to be kept cool during very hot days.

French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs are small but stocky little dogs. They have a flat face and can find it hard to cool down on hot days.

Boxers

Boxers are extremely high energy and will play and run around all day if they are given the chance. This can cause problems for them on hot days, because they just don’t know when to stop.

Pekinese

Pekingese not only have a flat face but they have a thick fluffy coat, which makes them even hotter.

Shih Tzus

Shih Tzus have a thick, long coat and due to the shape of their face can also have problems in the heat. They are active little dogs and need to be slowed down on hot days.

Chow Chow

Chow Chows have long, fluffy coats which can make them very hot.

Akita

An Akita’s coat may not be that long, but it is very thick. They would cope well in very cold locations, but they don’t particularly like the heat.

Hairless breeds

Hairless breeds don’t have fur, so their skin has no protection from the sun. Their skin is extremely sensitive and can burn very quickly. They should spend very little time in the sun on hot days and wear sun cream to help protect their skin.

Dog Breeds To Get If You Don’t Like Too Much Hair

We all like different types of dogs. Some people love fluffy dogs with lots of hair, and others can’t stand them. Sometimes it may be due to allergies, but some people just don’t like having excessively hairy dogs around. Dogs with longer coats are also higher maintenance as their coats often need a lot of care.

We have created so many different breeds with different characteristics that there are now dogs with a wide range of coats. There are some dog breeds that are very well suited to owners who don’t want to have a dog that has a lot of hair. Here are some dog breeds that might suit you if you want a dog that doesn’t have much hair.

Hairless breeds

If you don’t want a dog with a lot of hair then the best type of dog for you is probably a hairless one. Some people aren’t keen on these dog breeds, but they have a loyal following. Hairless breeds have little to no hair at all on their bodies. Despite the fact that they don’t have hair they still need quite a bit of care. You have to be very careful with their skin, keep it moisturised and protected from the sun as hairless breeds are very sensitive. Probably the most well-known hairless breed is the Chinese Crested Powder Puff. Other hairless breeds include the Mexican Hairless and Peruvian Hairless dogs.

Smooth coated breeds

Although smooth coated breeds do still shed, their hair is very short and their coat is very easy to maintain. Examples of dogs with smooth coats include Weimaraners, Pointers, Dalmatians, Staffies, Jack Russells, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Vizslas.

Non shedding breeds

If the reason you don’t want a hairy dog is because you want to avoid having hair everywhere in your home then consider getting a non shedding breed. This will still enable you to have a fluffy dog with a soft coat that doesn’t shed.

Examples of non shedding breeds include the Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Poodle, Tibetan Terrier, Yorkie and Bedlington Terrier. to see a full list on the Kennel Club website.

Dog Breeds With The Longest Bodies

Some dog breeds are specifically bred to have particularly long bodies. For some breeds this serves a purpose, with others it is purely for aesthetic reasons. with longer bodies can get along just fine, however it does have a few drawbacks.

You need to be really careful with dogs that have long bodies because it can put strain on their backs. It means you have to be aware of this when you pick them up or take them out and about. If you don’t pick them up correctly you could cause a lot of damage to their backs. They might also have trouble getting up steep steps and struggle across challenging terrain.

Breeds with longer backs are more likely to suffer from back and spinal problems. If these problems go untreated they can be in a lot of pain. ‘Hot dog’ type breeds have become more popular over the years, but some people don’t realise the extra care they require. You need to look out for signs that your dog is in pain, for example if they yelp when you pick them up or if they walk with an arched back.

It is particularly important for dogs with long bodies to maintain a healthy weight. If they get overweight this will put more pressure on their back and really restrict their mobility. They should also be prevent from jumping off things such as sofas, chairs and out the car boot as this could damage their back. Some overly vigorous games such as tug of war should also be avoided. These breeds can make lovely pets, you just have to be aware of their specific needs. Here are some examples of dog breeds with particularly long bodies: Dachshund, Basset, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Greyhound and Corgis

Dog Breeds With Unusual Vocals

Most dog breeds tend to have a specific sounding bark, and some breeds don’t really bark at all. However, there are some types of dog that are able to make really unusual sounds. Instead of barking they choose to use other sounds to communicate with their owners and each other. People often make the mistake of thinking that dog breeds that don’t bark much won’t be noisy. Some breeds can be noisy in other ways.

Sometimes their vocal displays can be quite entertaining, as well as other times being a little irritating. All dogs are capable of making rather odd noises but there are a few breeds that make particularly unique sounds.

Shiba Inu

These medium sized spitz dogs look very much like foxes. They are very adorable but can be a challenge for some owners. They can bark, and will bark at strangers but they also make other odd sounds. They will sometimes make a noise that has been labelled ‘the Shiba Inu Scream’. This is quite a piercing noise that can often catch you off guard. Here is a video of the Shiba scream.

Husky

Huskies are usually put on the list of dog breeds that don’t bark much, but they can still be very vocal. They will howl and mimic people’s voices and show emotion through their vocals. Huskies make all sorts of noises, whimpers, howls and barks. They like to express themselves via their vocals which can often be amusing. There are plenty of videos of huskies with impressive vocals on Youtube including the famous ‘Mishka’ who says ‘I love you’.

Basenji

Basenjis cannot bark so they have developed their own way of communicating. They are famous for making a kind of ‘yodel’ sound. They also make other weird noises such as grunts, howls and screeches. This video shows a Basenji howling and yodelling and explains a little about the kind of sounds they make and why they make them.

Does your dog make some unusual noises? Let us know what sort of noises they make and what breed they are in the comment section below.

Dog Group - Hounds

Most hounds will at some point been used for hunting. They have a strong background in hunting and can be broken down into two groups, sighthounds and scent hounds. Scent hounds, such as blood hounds and beagles use their scenting skills to follow a trail and hunt down prey. They have the best sense of smell of all the dog breeds and help hunters to find prey. Sighthounds such as greyhounds are extremely fast and hunt down their prey using their excellent eyesight.

It’s because of their insatiable need to chase after prey and follow scents that many hounds need to be kept on a lead. They will run off if they catch a scent and sometimes have problems with recall. Hounds have been encouraged over the years to act independently when they are working, so they sometimes tend to have a mind of their own.

Although many hounds have smooth, short coats some have longer coats such as the Afghan Hound and the Norwegian Elkhound has a thick, double coat. As are used to running around and chasing after prey they need quite a lot of exercise. The quicker sighthounds only need short bursts whereas the scent hounds tend to have more endurance. There are quite a few different breeds of dogs in this group with a diverse selection of characteristics. They range greatly in size from the miniature daschund to the enormous Irish Wolfhound. Lots of hounds can be fairly vocal and aren’t afraid of expressing themselves. The Hound group includes the following breeds:

  • Afghan Hound
  • Azawakh
  • Basenji
  • Basset Bleu De Gascogne
  • Basset Fauve De Bretagne
  • Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)
  • Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)
  • Basset Hound
  • Bavarian Mountain Hound
  • Beagle
  • Bloodhound
  • Borzoi
  • Cirneco Dell'Etna
  • Dachshund (Long-Haired)
  • Dachshund (Miniature Long-Haired)
  • Dachshund (Miniature Smooth-Haired)
  • Dachshund (Miniature Wire-Haired)
  • Dachshund (Smooth-Haired)
  • Dachshund (Wire-Haired)
  • Deerhound
  • Finnish Spitz
  • Foxhound
  • Grand Bleu De Gascogne
  • Greyhound
  • Griffon Fauve De Bretagne
  • Hamiltonstovare
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Norwegian Elkhound
  • Otterhound
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Portuguese Podengo
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Saluki
  • Segugio Italiano
  • Sloughi
  • Whippet

Dog Group: Toy Breeds

Dogs in the Toy group are generally classified as small or miniature. They are the smallest breeds of dogs, dogs in this group can vary greatly. These dogs were bred for a variety of different purposes. A lot of them have been bred specifically to be lap dogs. However, in the past some served other purposes. A few of the toy breeds are particularly good at catching small prey, such as Yorkshire Terriers. Others used to be used by royalty as a status symbol or to entertain guests.

Lots of the toy are simply smaller versions of larger well known breeds. Many of the toy breeds make excellent companion dogs. There is a generally assumption that they require less exercise, however, this is not necessarily true. Some of the toy breeds need to keep active and have long daily walks to burn some of their energy. Even those these dogs are very small, a lot of them have big personalities. Some individuals are prepared to stand up to giant dogs thinking they are bigger than they really are. If you are thinking of getting a toy breed you can expect them to love spending time with you, have a strong character and enjoy going for walks. However, all the toy breeds are very different in temperament and have different needs. Make sure you research the individual breed characteristics for your chosen toy breed.

Here are all the toy breeds as listed on the website:

  • Affenpinscher
  • Australian Silky Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bolognese
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua (Long Coat)
  • Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)
  • Chinese Crested
  • Coton De Tulear
  • English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Havanese
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Papillon
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Dogs Breeds For Lazy People

There’s no doubt about it, dogs can be hard work! Many breeds require a copious amount of exercise and some need intensive grooming. So, what do you do if you don’t like exercise and don’t enjoy grooming? Does being a little on the lazy side rule dogs out of your life? If you are looking for a low-maintenance pooch, which breeds would be the best option?

Be careful about Couch Potatoes

Just because a dog likes lounging around, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be easy to care for. A couch potato might seem like a great choice but a lazy pet might not be such a great idea if it has a thick or shaggy coat. Take the Skye terrier, a breed which scores highly in the couch potato stakes but which boasts a long, shaggy coat that takes time and money to maintain. Dogs which shed will also significantly increase the time you spend on housework as all those hairs will get everywhere!

Independent Dogs

Some breeds tend to be more self-sufficient than others. Dogs bred for working can focus on the task at hand and don’t need so much attention from you. On the face of it, they could make good pets for the idle but that is rarely the case. Breeds like working cocker spaniels have enormous energy reserves and tend to be stubborn. They may not be the easiest housemates!

The Right Attributes

If you are a lazy dog lover, you should look for a low-energy pooch which is easy to train and possesses a short coat. These requirements rather restrict your choices but there are breeds which tick every box. If you would prefer a small dog, a pug, Chihuahua, Cavalier King Charles spaniel or French bulldog would be an excellent choice. If a larger pooch appeals, consider offering a home to an English bulldog, a Bassett hound, or a bull mastiff. All of these dogs enjoy lounging around and won’t require much grooming. Surprisingly, a greyhound could also fit the bill. Greyhounds are fast but they also tend to be quite idle and to enjoy cuddling up to their owners on the sofa.

Lazy Dogs are still Demanding

Low-maintenance doesn’t mean no-maintenance. All dogs require attention and will take up a significant portion of your time. A Bassett hound may not require 10-mile walks every day but it will need affection, feeding and the occasional grooming session. All dogs will need to be taken to the see a vet occasionally. Any dog could become serious ill or develop a condition which places a greater demand on your time.

Dogs are Individuals

There are no guarantees with any breed. Every dog is an individual with its own personality which could prove to be at variance with what you would expect from the breed. Most bull mastiffs are pretty idle but you can’t rule out a rogue puppy with turbo tendencies! If it is essential that you dog is as idle as you are, choose an adult pooch so you can be sure what you are getting yourself into.

Endangered Dog Breeds In Britain

There are some dog breeds that are falling under the radar. Their numbers are reducing dramatically to the point where their breed is under threat. Some breeds in the UK are currently at risk of extinction if numbers continue to drop.

The popularity of dog breeds is heavily influence by the media. Celebrities and public figures can dramatically increase the popularity of certain breeds. The number of Chihuahuas has grown enormously in the last few years thanks to the ‘handbag dog’ craze. Registrations of the French Bulldog increase by 50% from 2012, with celebrity owners such as Jonathan Ross and Reese Witherspoon it’s not surprising.

The Skye Terrier is seriously at risk of being wiped out, it’s estimated there are less than 400 of the breed left in the UK. Last years winner of the Skye Terrier at Crufts, Sue Breeze said "As somebody who adores this breed, I am terrified by this new record low in their numbers. The simple reason that Skye Terriers are in decline is that people don’t know they exist. It’s that basic.’

Breeds seriously under threat:

  • The Skye Terrier - there were only 17 Skye terrier pups registered last year with the Kennel Club
  • Otterhound - there were only 42 otterhound pups registered last year with the Kennel Club
  • Glen of Imaal - there were only 55 Glen of Imaal pups registered last year with the Kennel Club

The Kennel Club Under Threat List

The Kennel Club has a list of breeds that are under threat on their website. The Kennel Club is ‘concerned with protecting those breeds of dog which are of British origin and are considered to be vulnerable.’ This list contains over 20 breeds, each having less than 300 puppies a year. The aim of the Kennel Club under threat list is to draw attention to the strengths of these dogs and identify those at risk. Hopefully by making people aware of their falling numbers they might be able to encourage something to be done. Here is their current list of breeds that are under threat according to the Kennel Club:

  • Deerhounds
  • Otterhounds
  • Irish Red & White Setters
  • Clumber Spaniels
  • Field Spaniels
  • Irish Water Spaniels
  • Sussex Spaniels
  • Miniature Bull Terriers
  • Dandie Dinmont Terriers
  • Smooth Fox Terriers
  • Glen of Imaal Terriers
  • Kerry Blue Terriers
  • Lakeland Terriers
  • Manchester Terriers
  • Norwich Terriers
  • Sealyham Terriers
  • Skye Terriers
  • Smooth Collies
  • Lancashire Heelers
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgis
  • English Toy Terriers (Black & Tan)
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Curly Coated Retriever
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Mastiff

Friendly Dog Breeds

Some dog owners prefer bouncy, high energy dogs that require a lot of attention. These sorts of dogs can be great fun, but sometimes just a little bit too much. If you are looking for an easy going dog then there are a select few dog breeds that tend to prefer a more laid back lifestyle.

Each breed has specific characteristics, but these are generalisations and not all dogs are the same. You do get some exceptions to the rule, so don’t get one of the dog breeds suggested below and expect them to be very easy going. Speak to your breeder or rescue centre about the dog you are interested in to see whether their personality matches your requirements. Generally speaking, here are some easy going dog breeds.

Greyhound

Greyhounds are known for being the world’s fastest couch potatoes. They need a good run every day, but as as long as they've had that they are happy to chill out for the rest of the day. Greyhounds are also very easy going in nature and make wonderful pets.

Great Dane

Great Danes may be enormous but their personality doesn’t necessarily match their size. They are gentle giants who are content lazing around the home. They need a short walk each day but aren’t particularly energetic.

Pug

You often see Pugs just sitting there watching the world go by. They can sometimes be quite playful, but they are also very laid back at the same time. They make excellent lap dogs and love nothing more than spending time with their owners.

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds sleep most of the day and like particularly leisurely walks. They have a good nose for scent work and are at ease following lots of interesting smells. However, they can be a little lazy at times and spend a lot of their time snoozing.

Newfoundland

Newfoundlands are also gentle giants. They have a lovely nature and can be quite active, but they are just as happy to chill out at home. They look like gigantic teddy bears. Newfoundlands are fairly easy to train, are very gentle and sweet-tempered.

Things You Need To Know Before Getting A Flat Faced Dog

As a dog loving nation, we are attracted to different breeds of dog for all sorts of reasons. So, what attracts us to flat faced dogs in particular? Is it their puppy dog eyes, short nose, squashed face and similar traits to those of a human baby? Well, it’s all of these factors that are contributing to a significant increase in the popularity of breeds such as English bulldogs, French bulldogs, shih-tzus, Boston terriers, pugs and boxers, but at what cost?

Health problems

Flat faced dogs have been selectively bred over generations to meet certain characteristics that enable us to fall in love with these ‘cute and wrinkly’ breeds. Vet and insurance bills can impact on rising costs further down the line, so you need to consider the following before buying this breed:

Breathing problems – things to listen out for

Common conditions with flat faced dogs is snorting, snuffling, collapsing and fainting, which are all signs that your dog is not breathing correctly. Left untreated, this could be dangerous so always seek the advice of your vet. Warm weather can make their breathing worse so it is advisable to leave your dog in a cool place.

Eye problems – keeping your eye on the ball

As these breeds have shorter faces, their eyes tend to ‘bulge’ out exposing them to minor scratches that can often lead to something more serious if untreated, including loss of sight. A discharge or swelling are common signs of an infection, as well as blinking and shying away from bright light. All of these symptoms are treatable at your vets.

Heart problems – take the strain

Due to the lack of oxygen getting into the dog’s bloodstream, this can put a strain on your dog’s heart and cause secondary heart problems as the dog is constantly struggling to breath. This can lead to a shorter life span, although most flat faced breeds live to 12 years old.

Exercise – walkies?

Most dog owners decide to buy a dog to enjoy the benefits of walking around rolling countryside and exploring new places, but flat faced dogs are at the opposite end of the spectrum due to their restricted breathing airways. As little as 20 minutes of exercise a day is advised, combined with puzzle toys for stimulation.

Costs – value for money?

Initial costs of purchasing a flat faced dog comes at a price – typically you can expect to part with £3,000 for the fashionable French Bulldog. Pet insurance is higher than average due to the above health problems and rising vet bills come into play as you treat recurring complaints such as eye and skin problems, which will not always be covered by insurance.

Man’s best friend, or is it?

Social media and celebrities are all responsible for an increase in flat faced dogs, but vets are encouraging anyone thinking of buying a flat faced puppy to think again about whether you want to own a pet that could need surgery to help them live a normal, happy life.

Hypoallergenic Dogs: Best Breeds If You Have Allergies

If you suffer from allergies there might be some dogs that you are better suited to. Everyone has different allergies so it can be difficult to predict whether any dog will cause problems. It’s always best to make sure the person with allergies spends some time with the breed you are thinking of getting. Even if they are supposed to be a hypoallergenic breed you may still have issues, it just depends on each individual. Unfortunately there aren’t any dogs that are completely non-allergenic. There are some types of dogs that are often better suited to people with allergies, these dogs can be classed as ‘low allergy’.

Poodle mixes

Some poodle mixes can be hypoallergenic. These type of coats do generally tend to be better for people with allergies. However the problem with mixing two breeds is you can’t guarantee what a dog will turn out like, two dogs from the same litter can still have very different coats. Some people find that poodle mixes such as labradoodles, goldendoodles and cockapoos are good for people with allergies.

Hairless dogs

Hairless dogs are an option for people who suffer allergies. Although this may not be a very appealing option for some people, hairless dogs are less likely to flair up allergies. An example of a hairless dog is the Chinese Crested Powder Puff.

Wool coats

Dogs with wool coats such as the Bichon Frise, Poodle and Bedlington generally have a lot less dander and dust.

Schnauzers

Schnauzers are a sensible choice for people with allergies. They have a wide coat and don’t have much dander.

Short, smooth coated dogs

Dogs with short coats can often be a good choice for allergy sufferers. They have a lot less hair than most dogs and don’t require much grooming.

Dogs that don’t shed much

If you have allergies the last thing you want is dog hair all over your house. Avoid breeds that shed a lot of fur such as Huskies and consider dogs that don’t shed much such as Shih Tzu’s and Italian Greyhounds.

Large Dog Breeds

Some people love tiny dogs that they can carry around in their handbag, others adore larger breeds of dog. The giants of the dog world are truly fascinating and often stunning in appearance. They obviously require a lot more space, so if you have the room and you prefer larger breeds then perhaps a large dog breed is the right choice for you. Many of them are actually gentle giants despite their enormous appearance. Here is a little information about some of the biggest dog breeds. Read about more large dog breeds next month in part 2.

Perhaps the most famous of large dog breeds, the Great Dane is very well known. Males can grow to around 86 centimetres in height. These giants can dwarf many other animals, even horses! Great Danes are the perfect example of gentle giants and are very docile, loving dogs that make great pets for the right owner. They come in many different colours including white, fawn, blue and black.

Newfoundland

Newfoundland’s are huge, powerful and noble dogs that definitely fall into the large dog breed category. They are fantastic swimmers and have a dense double coat. They come in black, brown and landseer colours and have an average height of around 71 centimetres. Newfoundland’s are bold and courageous and have a lovely temperament.

Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is one of the tallest breeds of dog in the world. They can be anything from 71 to 90 centimetres in height. They were originally bred to hunt wolves and other larger mammals. Grey is the most popular colour for a Wolfhound but they also come in red, black, white, fawn or brindle. Irish Wolfhounds love people and are very friendly and gentle.

St Bernard

St Bernard’s can grow to between 65 to 90 centimetres tall, they are huge working dogs that were originally bred for rescue. They come in many different colours and are generally quite lively and active dogs that are good with people. They originate from Switzerland and Italy and have become known around the world because of their size and working abilities. St Bernard’s are very loyal dogs and make good pets but must be well trained from an early age because of their size.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain dogs have distinctive colouring, black and tan with white markings. It comes from a group of four different Swiss working dogs. Bernese Mountain dogs enjoy being around their owners and are good with children. Even though they are a very large breed, they still like to be active and go on lots of walks. They love to be part of the family and are quite affectionate. Males can reach between 61 and 71 centimetres in height.

Leonberger

The Leonberger definitely deserves a place on the giant dog breed list. These large dogs are named after the city Leonberg in Germany. They were supposedly bred to mimic the lion in the town crest, to symbolically represent the city. They live to around 9 years of age and can reach heights of up to 80 centimetres. They weigh a hefty 68 kilograms. Leonberger’s are very striking in appearance, they have a black muzzle and sandy golden fur. They are muscular, athletic dogs with a thick double coat.

Dogue De Bordeaux

You can’t miss a Dogue De Bordeaux, they are very unusual looking dogs with very distinctive features. They have a particularly large head, a strong muscular body and a red, mahogany or fawn coloured coat. They also have bright brown eyes and and a short, smooth coat. Despite their massive size, these impressive dogs can be quite agile and athletic. They were originally bred for hunting and fighting, and were officially recognised by the Kennel Club in 1997. Dogue De Bordeaux’s need a huge amount of exercise to keep them stimulated and active.

Mastiff

The Mastiff is one of the heaviest dogs in the world, weighing up to a hefty 110 kilograms. Mastiffs were used by the Romans as fighting dogs, because of their fearsome size, appearance and strength. They almost became extinct after the second world war, but numbers have steadily increased since then. Today they tend to be bred as guard dogs, but they can also make excellent family pets. Males can reach up to 75 centimetres high and live for around 10 years. They are very intelligent dogs that have very strong natural guarding instincts.

Italian Spinone

Male Italian Spinone’s can grow up to 70 centimetres tall. For such a large breed they are very versatile, gentle and friendly dogs. They are fairly easy to train, making good working dogs as well as loyal family pets. They tend to be white with brown and orange patches. They have long floppy ears and a wire coat. They were bred as gun dogs and despite only fairly recently being introduced into the UK, they are becoming more popular as family pets. Even though they are large dogs they are easy going and lovely natured dogs.

Leonberger

The Leonberger definitely deserves a place on the giant dog breed list. These large dogs are named after the city Leonberg in Germany. They were supposedly bred to mimic the lion in the town crest, to symbolically represent the city. They live to around 9 years of age and can reach heights of up to 80 centimetres. They weigh a hefty 68 kilograms. Leonberger’s are very striking in appearance, they have a black muzzle and sandy golden fur. They are muscular, athletic dogs with a thick double coat.

Dogue De Bordeaux

You can’t miss a Dogue De Bordeaux, they are very unusual looking dogs with very distinctive features. They have a particularly large head, a strong muscular body and a red, mahogany or fawn coloured coat. They also have bright brown eyes and and a short, smooth coat. Despite their massive size, these impressive dogs can be quite agile and athletic. They were originally bred for hunting and fighting, and were officially recognised by the Kennel Club in 1997. Dogue De Bordeaux’s need a huge amount of exercise to keep them stimulated and active.

Mastiff

The Mastiff is one of the heaviest dogs in the world, weighing up to a hefty 110 kilograms. Mastiffs were used by the Romans as fighting dogs, because of their fearsome size, appearance and strength. They almost became extinct after the second world war, but numbers have steadily increased since then. Today they tend to be bred as guard dogs, but they can also make excellent family pets. Males can reach up to 75 centimetres high and live for around 10 years. They are very intelligent dogs that have very strong natural guarding instincts.

Italian Spinone

Male Italian Spinone’s can grow up to 70 centimetres tall. For such a large breed they are very versatile, gentle and friendly dogs. They are fairly easy to train, making good working dogs as well as loyal family pets. They tend to be white with brown and orange patches. They have long floppy ears and a wire coat. They were bred as gun dogs and despite only fairly recently being introduced into the UK, they are becoming more popular as family pets. Even though they are large dogs they are easy going and lovely natured dogs.

Things To Consider When Buying A Large Dog

Thinking of getting a large dog? Before you rush to buy a puppy that will grow into an enormous dog, you might want to think about whether a large dog is right for you. Some people get larger dogs to make a statement, and because they look impressive. These are not reasons to get a large dog. What a lot of people don’t realise is how much big dogs can cost to look after, and how much room they need. Here are some key things to consider before buying a big dog.

Dog Food

One of the main things you need to know is that some dogs eat a huge amount of food. You will need to have the funds to support their diet and buy them enough quality dog food to keep them healthy. Depending on what sort of quality you go for and the size of dog you have, feeding a large dog can cost between £20 and £60 a month.

Space

It’s unfair to get a large dog if you don’t have enough space for them. Large dogs can take up a lot more room than you think. Do you have a decent sized enclosed garden where your dog can exercise? Is your house big enough to fit your family and a large dog? Do you have an area where you can put their beds and store all their toys?

Other dogs in the home

Will getting another large dog upset any of the other dogs in your home? You should always consider your existing dogs and decide whether getting another dog would be right for them as well as you.

Lifespan

It’s important to bear in mind that larger dogs don’t tend to live as long as small dogs. Some big dogs, such as Great Danes, only live until the age of seven. You have to be prepared for the fact that a larger dog won’t live very long compared to smaller dogs.

Health

There are some health problems associated with larger dogs such as joint problems, heart problems, hip dysplasia bloat and arthritis. Therefore, if you are getting a larger dog it’s probably best to get them insured. You might want to call up an insurance company to see how much it would cost to insure the breed you are considering.

Equipment and products

Your oversized pooch will need oversized dog products such as toys, bones and a bed. You also need to consider how you will transport your big dog. Will they fit in your car and do you have a way of restraining them safely in your car?

Large Dogs vs Small Dogs

When it comes to dogs, people like them in all different shapes and sizes. Due to the way that we breed dogs, we have been able to create a wide range of dog breeds to suit different purposes. There isn’t any other mammal species that varies as much as dogs. From teeny tiny teacup Chihuahuas to enormous Great Danes that are almost as large as cows.

A lot of owners tend to prefer either one or the other, having a specific preference for small or large dogs. Some owners enjoy having dogs of all different sizes, but many find one particular size suits their lifestyle best. There are benefits and drawbacks to having large dogs vs small dogs. If you are trying to decide what size dog would be best for you, then here are some of the main advantages and disadvantages to large and small dogs.

Large dogs advantages

  • Can make better guard dogs as their size is more intimidating.
  • Some people feel larger dogs look more as dogs are supposed to be.
  • Can be more active than smaller dogs, but not always the case. Some of the very large breeds such as Great Danes don’t need much exercise.
  • Better for hunting large game.

Large dog disadvantages

  • Eat substantially more dog food, larger dogs cost a lot more to feed.
  • Can be more difficult to transport.
  • Take up more room in the home.
  • Larger dogs don’t live as long as smaller dogs, some have a lifespan of only six or seven years, but it does depend on the breed.

Small dog advantages

  • Easier to transport because they are smaller
  • Don’t take up as much space as larger dogs.
  • Easier to cuddle because you can fit them on your lap or in your arms. Some larger dogs are harder to have a cuddle or snuggle up with on the sofa.
  • Cheaper to feed.
  • Equipment for smaller dogs tend to be cheaper.

Small dog disadvantages

  • Can develop ‘small dog syndrome’
  • Live longer than bigger dogs so can be seen as more of a commitment.
  • Can be overpowered by larger dogs (but not always, because small dogs tend to think they are bigger than they really are).

Of course there are also medium size dogs, who can offer the best of both worlds. When thinking about what size dog to get, consider how much space you have, how big your garden is and what size dog you can afford to feed on a monthly basis. Then there’s your own personal preferences to consider, some people just like the look of smaller or larger dogs, and this alone will influence their decision.

Lazy Dog Breeds

Are you looking for a dog that doesn’t require huge amounts of exercise? It’s always good to choose a dog breed that will fit with your lifestyle. However, if you want to get a dog you need to be aware that all dogs need a decent amount of exercise. Some just need a bit more than others. If you don’t want to do three hours of walking every day then you may want to avoid some of the more active breeds. Another important point is that no matter what breed you go for, all individual dogs are different. The information below is simply a rough guideline as to some of the dogs that might be suited to less active people. You can get two dogs that are the same breed that have totally different needs. Here is a list of some of the dog breeds that require slightly less exercise and like to relax.

Greyhound

Despite their reputation for being one of the fastest dogs, Greyhounds are also quite happy to relax and sleep all day. They need a good run every day but after that they are quite lazy dogs who enjoy lounging around. Many retired greyhounds make wonderful pets, because they do not need much maintenance and are happy with their daily walk.

Pug

Pugs are bold little dogs with a cheeky character. They need a good walk everyday, but they certainly shouldn’t over do it. They have very short and flat muzzles which can often make it difficult to breathe, especially if they overexert themselves. They still have bundles of energy though,  so will need a decent walk each day.

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs probably need up to an hour a day of exercise. They are not very high energy dogs and aren’t usually very boisterous, although they do enjoy lots of playtime. They can live in houses or flats and make great companion dogs. Like Pugs, they should not be over exercised.

Bull Dog

English Bull Dogs have large stocky bodies and quite short legs. They are not built to do lots of exercise, and can sometimes be a little bit lazy. They aren’t the fastest of dogs and they definitely enjoy a bit of down time.

Great Dane

Many people assume that Great Danes have loads of energy because they are so large. In reality they need to conserve energy and have very slow metabolisms. They enjoy a good nap every day and aren’t particularly energetic dogs. They are often described as couch potatoes as they like to sleep a lot and don’t need very long walks. They are lovely natured dogs that make great pets if you have the space for them!

Basset

Bassets definitely aren’t built for sprinting and doing huge amounts of exercise. They have very short legs and a long body. If you get a Basset Hound you may have to keep them on the lead as they have a tendency to run off. Once they catch a scent they will be off! When they get back from a good walk they are perfectly happy to relax all day.

Low Maintenance Dog Breeds

Are you looking for a dog that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance? When it comes to grooming, there are some dogs that are very demanding. Many breeds of dog require regular grooming, bathing brushing and cutting. If you want to avoid paying for your dog to be groomed every month, or spending a lot of time doing it yourself then choose a low maintenance breed. Here is a selection of low maintenance dog breeds for you to choose from. You just need to decide whether their temperament and breed are suited to you. All of the breeds below have smooth coats, which means they require very little maintenance, just the occasional brush.

Dalmatian

Dalmatian’s are very well known dogs that make great companions. Their smooth, soft coat really stands out and they have bags of personality.

Whippet

If you want a fast, active dog but don’t want them to be too large then a whippet is a good choice. They hardly need any brushing and their coat will dry very quickly. They are sweet, timid dogs that have a strong chase instinct.

Greyhound

Many people think that Greyhounds are very active dogs, but once they have had their daily exercise they can be quite the opposite. They are quite happy to sleep all day and their coat requires very little brushing.

Beagle

Although Beagles do not require very much brushing, they are by no means an easy breed to look after. They can be quite naughty but they are completely adorable and with the right training can make excellent family pets.

Boxer

Boxers are another breed that is ideal for those who require a low maintenance dog. They love to play and jump around and have a charming temperament.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are a popular breed, especially those looking for a smaller canine companion. They are very low maintenance and love to be around people. They do not shed very much and only require a small amount of exercise.

Weimaraner

Weimaraner’s have a lovely soft, shiny coat. They are nicknamed the ‘Grey Ghost’ because of the colour of their eyes and coat. However, they are not the best choice for a first time dog owner as they can be quite challenging.

Most Beautiful Dog Breeds

There are some dog breeds that seem to have been bred to look ridiculously handsome. When it comes to dog breeds, everyone has an opinion of what an attractive dog looks like. Dogs that some people think are gorgeous, others think are completely ugly. You may or may not agree with some of the dog breeds we have included. If you feel we have missed a dog breed out then feel free to comment below explaining why you think they should make the list. Here are 10 ridiculously handsome dog breeds.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very striking dogs with a key distinguishing feature. They have a stripe of fur along their spine on their back that grows in the opposite direction to the rest of the fur. Ridgebacks are large, powerful, stocky dogs with a light wheaten to red wheaten coat and a black muzzle.

Siberian Husky

Huskies are stunning looking dogs that come in a variety of attractive colours. They can have bright blue eyes and distinctive markings. They have a thick, double coat and usually have a white underbelly and white legs. You will certainly notice a husky when you pass one on the street.

Leonberger

Leonbergers are very large, handsome dogs with black muzzles and a medium textured coat. They are very strong and powerful and can make good guard dogs. Leonbergers are very loyal and fearless and males can weigh up to 77 kilograms.

Dalmatians

Dalmatians had to be included in the list because of their appealing spotted coat. They have a very distinctive appearance and are athletic, energetic and payful dogs that make wonderful companions.

Australian Shepherds

Australian Shepherds can have amazing markings and come in beautiful colours. They are extremely intelligent and very active dogs that require a lot of stimulation and adequate training.

Weimaraner

Weimaraners are very striking, athletic, and noble dogs that command attention. They are very loving and loyal but they aren’t for the faint hearted. They have smooth grey/silver coats and very soft floppy ears that are hard to resist.

Doberman

Although Dobermans can look a little intimidating that doesn’t make them any less handsome. They have a strong, fierce look and are usually black and tan. They have a smooth coat and a powerful build.

Golden Retriever

We couldn’t leave out the gorgeous Golden Retriever. They have a lovely golden double coat and a great temperament.

German Shorthaired Pointer

German pointers are a very handsome breed. They are very energetic and are medium to large in size. Their coat is smooth and they come in black and liver, sometimes with white markings.

German Shepherd

>German Shepherds are known for their role as a security dog. As well as being excellent guard dogs they are also very handsome. They are large dogs with a thick, double coat.

Most Economical Dogs To Own

Thinking of getting a dog but don’t want one that’s going to cost the earth? You can’t avoid the fact that dogs are generally not cheap to own. However, their cost does vary a lot depending on their age, breed and size. If you want a dog that will be on the cheaper end of the scale then here are some things to consider.

Crossbreeds or Mixed Breed Dogs

Crossbreeds are generally less expensive to own for a variety of reasons. They are cheaper to insure because they have less hereditary health issues than purebred dogs. The fact that they have less health issues means that you may not have to pay out as much for veterinary treatment. Crossbreeds are also cheaper to buy in the first place, they cost far less than sought after pedigree breeds.

Smaller dogs eat less

Smaller dogs eat a lot less so if you have a smaller dog you won’t have to pay out as much for food. Larger dogs can eat a huge amount of food and generally cost a lot more to feed.

Dogs that don’t need much grooming

Some people just don’t realise how much grooming can cost. If you have never had a dog that requires a lot of grooming then it can be difficult to understand. Some dogs need grooming at least once a month to keep their coat in good condition. If they are not groomed properly their coat gets matted and causes them discomfort. These costs can really add up. Breeds such as West Highland Terriers, Shih Tzu’s and Tibetan Terriers require regular grooming and haircuts.

Larger dogs cost more

Some larger dogs can cost more. If you are going to get your dog groomed or put them in kennels you will often get charged more for having a larger dog. They also require larger supplies such as travel crates and dog beds. A Labrador for example will probably cost more than a Beagle to put in kennels or daycare.

Pet Insurance

Perhaps the most expensive part of owning a dog is paying for vet bills and insurance, although this obviously depends on how healthy your dog is. Some of the most expensive dogs to insure include English Bulldogs, Great Danes and Rottweilers. Cheaper dogs include Yorkshire Terriers, Whippets and Greyhounds.

Lifespan

Some dogs cost more simply because they live longer. If you are going to get a dog consider how long they will live for and whether you can afford the ongoing costs. Some dogs live for up to 20 years!

Most Elegant Dog Breeds

Some dog breeds are very elegant and graceful. They command a room and can get lots of attention for their elegant looks. Other dog breeds aren’t quite so graceful in the way that they look and act, for example Boxers, Labradors and Rottweilers aren’t particularly graceful dogs. Any dog can be graceful and gentle if they have the right personality, however, some breeds are just naturally more elegant. Here are some of the most elegant dog breeds. Feel free to comment below if you disagree and add your own suggestions.

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hounds have the most amazing silky coat that flows gently as they walk. Just their coat alone makes them look graceful, but they also walk nicely on the lead and are very gentle and docile.

Poodle

When a poodle gets the breed standard hair cut they can look spectacular. You certainly notice a well groomed poodle walking down the street. They can be quite energetic but are generally quite graceful.

Border Collie

Collies have an endless supply of energy. Just because they are extremely active, doesn’t mean they can’t be graceful. Have you ever seen a Border Collie herding a pack of sheep, doing agility or flyball? They are very talented dogs who can move with precision and grace.

Maltese

These little dogs have ridiculously soft, white, fluffy coats that help to make them look graceful and very cute. When their coat is grown long and reaches the floor they can look very elegant.

Italian Greyhound

These little dogs can run very fast and also look graceful at the same time. They are quite petite, which adds to their elegance.

Greyhound

Greyhounds look amazing when they are running at speed around a track or sprinting across a field. They are the fastest dog breed but also one of the most elegant dogs you will come across.

Saluki

Salukis have a similar shape and stature to a greyhound, they just have more hair. They are a very pretty and attractive dog breed which also makes them look very graceful. Like greyhounds, they can run pretty fast.

Irish Setter

Irish Setters have a gorgeous glossy coat, strong stature and elegant physique. According to the Kennel Club, they ‘rank amongst the most glamorous of all the breeds of dog.’

Dobermans

Dobermans are fierce, strong guard dogs but they hold themselves with grace and sophistication. They might be bold and protective but they are also quite elegant in the way that they move and guard territory.

Most Energetic Dog Breeds

Some people deliberately steer clear of energetic dog breeds. They are definitely not the easiest of breeds to look after and exercising them will take up a lot of your time. However, for particularly active or sporty people, these breeds can be ideal. Here are five of the most energetic dogs you breeds:

Siberian Husky

Huskies are sled dogs who were bred to run extremely long distances pulling a sled. This means they have incredible endurance. Huskies just love to run. They can run for hours and even the longest of walks can fail to tire them out. Don’t get a husky unless you have plenty of time to take them out running or for extremely long walks.

Border Collie

Border Collies are one of the most intelligent dogs. They differ to the Husky in that they require far more mental stimulation. Although they are very fit and can be active for hours, they need to have a job. If you get a Collie you need to find a way of keeping their mind active, and the best way to do this is give them a job. They were bred to herd sheep all day long which makes them one of the most energetic dog breeds.

Weimaraner

Weimaraners are an extremely impressive looking dog breed. They are strong, powerful and athletic and used to running through challenging terrain. They were bred to hunt large game such as deer and have excellent fitness. They enjoy very long walks and need to space to run and explore.

Dalmatian

Many people can’t resist the charming appeal of the Dalmatian. However, what they don’t realise is this is a dog that was bred to run. They used to run behind carts for hours on end. If you get a Dalmatian they will need two long walks a day. They also make very good running partners.

Pointer

Pointers are one of the best known gun dogs, so naturally they have the urge to run a lot. They have boundless energy and will fill your life with endless entertainment. Pointers are a similar build to Weimaraner’s and are great at retrieving and pointing.

Most Expensive Dog Breeds

is not cheap. Some people will pay big money to get their favourite breed. There are a select few very sought after breeds that come with a rather large price tag. They can be very well suited to a particular role, very rare or have a special reason for being so expensive. Here are some of the most expensive dogs you can buy.

Pharaoh Hound

Thought to be one of the world’s oldest dogs, the Pharaoh Hound is believed to have originated from Ancient Egypt. They are easily recognised in numerous paintings from this period and have been around for thousands of years. Pharaoh Hounds are outstanding scent and sight hounds, which makes them great hunters. They can make good pets but they need a fair amount of exercise and can be quite protective. They can cost up to £2000, mostly because they are so rare.

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiffs originate from Tibet and the Himalayas. They were used as guard dogs protecting livestock and homes. They are a large, strong breed with a very thick double coat. Although some of the working Tibetan Mastiffs can be quite guarded with strangers, Eueopean Mastiffs bred as pets are generally good natured. They are an impressive, noble breed and generally cost between £2000 and £3000.

Rottweiler

Rottweilers have a strong reputation as powerful and fierce guard dogs. Although they are bred to be guard dogs, most pet Rottweilers are very loyal and have a lovely nature. They are very smart dogs, originally used to guard livestock and then used as a butcher’s dog. Rottweilers are expensive to insure because they suffer from a lot of health problems and because they have a reputation for being aggressive. They cost around £800 to buy.

English Bulldog

English are certainly not a cheap dog to buy or own. As well as being one of the most expensive dogs to buy they are also one of the most expensive dogs to insure. This is because they suffer from a range of hereditary health problems. The main reason why they are so expensive to buy is because males cannot naturally mate with females due to their weight and unusual body shape. Therefore, artificial insemination is the safest way to breed bulldogs. On top of this, the mothers cannot naturally give birth because bulldogs have such large heads so the puppies have to be delivered by C section. All of these reasons contribute to the very high price tag. Bulldogs can cost between £2000 and £3000.

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are very popular at the moment and because they are in demand their price has gone up. When it comes to breeding French Bulldogs are similar to English Bulldogs, they do not breed naturally and the mothers require a C section. They also don’t have very large litters, making it harder to get hold of pups. In a nutshell breeding them isn’t easy, it require a lot of time, effort and money. French Bulldogs cost around £2000 but they can even cost as much as £5000. They also suffer from quite a lot of health issues so insurance isn’t cheap.

Pastoral Dog Breeds: All You Need To Know

Want to know more about the different dog groups? We are doing a series of articles about each of the groups. This month it’s the Pastoral group. This group is defined by the Kennel Club as ‘herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

The Pastoral group is basically made up of dogs that used to be bred purely for working with livestock. This includes drovers, guarding dogs and herding dogs. The word pastoral is defined as ‘of land) used for the keeping or grazing of sheep or cattle’. Some examples from this group include the Border Collier, German Shepherd, Komondor and Samoyed.

Pastoral dog breeds are generally very intelligent and require a large amount of exercise. They were bred to work for hours rounding up livestock, so they have excellent endurance. Therefore they have a lot of energy to burn and need a lot of exercise off the lead.  Pastoral dogs also require a large amount of mental stimulation to keep them happy. This is because they have to use their brain to successfully herd and guard cattle.

Pastoral dog breeds are usually very good at dog sports such as Agility and Flyball. If you own a dog that belongs to the Pastoral group they will probably enjoy getting involved in one of these activities.

Many of these breeds have thick double coats which keep them warm and protect them from poor weather conditions. They need to be tough to be able to work in severe weather. Consequently a lot of the dogs in this group require constant grooming to keep their coats in good condition.

Here is a list of all the dogs in the Pastoral group:

Quiet Dog Breeds

When getting a dog it’s important to think about what sort of breed might suit your lifestyle. Some owners want a vocal dog to help guard their property, whereas other owners prefer less vocal dogs. If you enjoy a bit of peace and quiet then perhaps a dog that barks less would be best suited to your needs.

Although some dog breeds are less vocal and tend not to bark as much, prospective dog owners must be aware that all dogs bark. There are no completely silent dog breeds as all dogs make some sort of vocal sound. How vocal your dog is also depends on the individual dog and the training they receive.

Some dogs tend to use other vocal sounds rather than barking. Dogs such as Basenjis rarely bark at all but can be quite vocal. Basenjis are often described as the ‘barkless dogs’ but they do make some noises such as howls and yodels. Other dog breeds such as Clumber Spaniels don’t tend to bark unless they sense real danger. Some dogs are just a bit lazy or have more important things to do than bark at a plastic bag blowing in the wind.

It’s important to note that it would be completely unrealistic to expect a dog to be silent all the time. However, there are dogs that don’t tend to make as much noise as others and use other ways to express their emotions. If you don’t want to disturb your neighbours or want a quieter dog then here are some breeds that might be suitable.

  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Whippet
  • Great Dane

Rhodesian Ridgeback

  • Bulldog
  • Saluki
  • Basenji
  • Shar Pei
  • Greyhound
  • Newfoundland
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Pug
  • Japanese Chin
  • Borzoi
  • St Bernard
  • Afghan Hound
  • Bullmastiff
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Irish Wolfhound

Reducing barking through training. You can of course train your dog to bark less if you want to. However, for more vocal breeds this could prove quite a challenge. The first thing you will need to do is find out what they are barking at in the first place. Once you know the reason for their barking you can start to tackle the problem. to read our article on how to stop your dog barking. There are some products available that can help to reduce barking. These products can be used in conjunction with ongoing training. We sell no bark collars and barking pet correctors,

Smallest Dog Breed In The World

Many small dogs have been bred to be wonderful pets, some breeds being very well suited to the role of a lap dog. Small dogs may not have the size to compete with bigger dogs but they usually have the attitude. Lots of small dogs tend to think they are bigger than they really are and challenge dogs that are much bigger than them. In general small dogs like are happy to be companions dogs who enjoy lots of love and attention.

Don’t make the mistake of assume that most small dogs don’t need a lot of exercise, because in most cases they do. Small dogs still need a fair amount of exercise to get rid of some of their energy and keep them from being destructive. Some small dogs are surprisingly tiny, the smallest dog in the world at the moment is Milly the Chihuahua at 3.8 inches high.

Toy Poodle

There are actually three sizes of Poodle according to the Kennel Club website, toy, miniature and standard. Toy Poodles are the smallest size of poodle, perfect for those looking for a small dog. Poodles do not shed which makes them a very clean dog, although they do require regular grooming. Poodles were originally bred as water retrievers but today they make wonderful pets.

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is probably one of the most bold little dogs you will come across. They are very feisty and brave and have lots of heart. They make excellent lapdogs and many people are drawn to their super cute appearance. You can get a smooth coated or long coated Chihuahua depending on the coat your prefer, although longer coated Chihuahuas require much more grooming.

Pomeranian

Pomeranians are nice natured small dogs with a very sweet temperament. They have a look that is very appealing to small dog lovers, they look like a little ball of fluff. However, their coat does require a fair amount of grooming. Pomeranians are quite active and need at least 30 minutes of good exercise a day.

Yorkie

Yorkie’s are one of the more popular small dog breeds. Yorkies are supposed to have long coats but many pet owners find it easier to have their coat cut short. Either way, Yorkie’s are very striking dogs with strong personalities. They are very head strong and have strong hunting instincts because of their terrier roots.

Pug

How can you resist the charming nature of a pug? These little dogs have tons of character and are very playful little dogs. Pugs used to be popular pets for royals, but now they are mainly used as loyal companion dogs. Pugs have a lovely nature, they are sociable dogs that make wonderful family pets, although they can be a little mischievous.

Dachshund

Dachshunds have a very distinctive appearance, they are very short dogs and their bodies are low to the ground. You can get three different types of Dachshund, long haired, wire coated and smooth coated. Dachshunds aren’t the easiest small dog to train and they do go after scents occasionally, but they are nice natured and lovely family pets.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier has become very popular in recent years. They are short and compact with pointy ears, a short muzzle and distinctive markings. They are quite intelligent and  fairly easy to train but can sometimes be a little stubborn.

Papillon

Papillons are very cute little dogs who enjoy being around people. They are outgoing, smart and proud little dogs which makes them very appealing to a lot of dog owners. Their coat should be kept long, which means it requires daily brushing to prevent tangles.

Chinese Crested

You can get Chinese Crested dogs in two very different variations. They look like completely different dogs, one is hairless and the other has a full coat. They come in lots of different colours. Chinese crested dogs are very clean and tend to be quite affectionate.

Smartest Dog Breeds

It’s difficult to say exactly which dog breeds are the smartest as there are so many things that need to be consider. Over the years some studies have looked at which breeds are likely to be the most intelligent. Stanley Coren, a well known canine expert and neuropsychologist thinks that trainability is an accurate indicator of intelligence. He assessed 110 breeds and worked with 200 dog obedience judges. These judges scored each of the dog breeds on obedience and these are the five breeds that scored the highest.

Border Collie

Border Collies live to work. They aren’t happy if they don’t have a job to do and respond very well to training. That’s why they thrive as sheep dogs herding sheep all day long. They have long been considered an extremely intelligent breed. However, the fact they are very trainable doesn’t make them suitable for everyone. Collies need a huge amount of mental stimulation and can develop behavioural issues if they aren’t given enough to do.

Poodle

Poodles often get underestimated but they are actually one of the smartest dogs you can get. They respond very well to training and do well in obedience competitions. They might look pretty but they still love to get outside and exercise. They are keen to learn and make great family pets because they are so good with children. However, Poodles do require a substantial amount of grooming.

German Shepherd

German Shepherd’s were originally bred for herding but these days they are best known for being security dogs. They are used by the police and the military for security purposes. They need experienced owners who can give them adequate training as they can be very strong. Despite their reputation for being fierce they can make loving family dogs.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are an extremely popular dog breed. Due to their high trainability and intelligence they are often used as Guide Dogs for the blind. They are very loyal family dogs that are very easy to train. They need a lot of exercise and should be kept busy as they have a lot of energy to burn off. They are very bouncy, friendly and playful.

Doberman Pinscher

Another well known guard dog has made it into the top 5. The Doberman is a fearless guard dog that many owners use to protect their property. They are sometimes called ‘the dog with the human brain’. They are obedient, loyal and very protective of their family. Dobermans may look quite terrifying but they can be very loving and devoted to their owners.

Suitable Dog Breeds For Sporty People

Are you looking for a sporty dog to fit in with your active lifestyle? There are lots of different breeds that make fantastic training partners and thrive on large amounts of exercise. Choosing the perfect dog can be difficult, especially if you don’t know much about some of the more active breeds. Which one is best for you really does depend on what you want your canine companion to do. There are some dogs that are perfect for running, swimming and hiking and some that simply love to be active all day long. Here are some of the most sporty breeds to choose from.

Collie

Collies are extremely intelligent dogs that need a great deal of mental stimulation as well as hours of exercise. They were bred to herd which makes them very active dogs with an interest in fun and games. Collies can become very bored and distracted if they do not get enough exercise and are best suited to active owners. They love agility and flyball and make great companions for long walks.

Weimaraner

The stunning Weimaraner is a gun dog that was bred to bring down large game. They are very strong, fast dogs with a keen sense of smell. Weimaraners are good running partners and need at least two hours of exercise a day. They are agile dogs and have good stamina.

Husky

Siberian Husky’s are very athletic dogs that can literally run for hours on end. They are very difficult to tire out because they were bred to carry sleds for miles. Huskies have a strong prey instinct and love to chase things. They can be quite difficult to train off the lead as they have a tendency to wander. If you like hiking or going on lots of runs then a husky would be a great dog for you.

Pointer

Pointers are similar to the weimaraner in that they need a few hours of exercise each day and are very active dogs. They were bred to run in front of horses for very long distances and have impressive endurance. Pointers can take part in lots of different activities and are also loving companions.

Labrador

Labradors are great all round dogs that excel in a wide range of different sports. They are first class retrievers and most labradors are good at swimming. Labradors are very easy to train, this is partially why they are often used as working guide dogs. They adore their owners and thoroughly enjoy being active.

Dalmatian

You will often see runners with dalmatians because this is a dog that loves to run. In the film ‘101 Dalmatians’ they can be seen running alongside their owner’s bikes. Dalmatians used to be used as carriage dogs which has made them strong and able to travel long distances. Dalmatians need a lot of exercise and love the countryside where they can be active and explore.

Doberman

Dobermans might not have the endurance as some other dogs, but they are generally very sporty dogs. Their appearance is athletic and impressive. Dobermans are commonly used as guard dogs and are good for protection. If you are going out for walks or runs on your own then you will feel much safer with a Doberman by your side.

The Most Calm Dog Breeds

Dog breeds: there are so many of them! It can be tough for a lot of people to choose the right breed, but it's important to find one that suits your lifestyle. Some people prefer more relaxed, mellow breeds which don’t require four hours of exercise and constant stimulation. If that’s you, don’t worry, there are some dog breeds out there who are content with a low-key lifestyle. One decent walk a day and they’re happy to unwind for the rest of the day.

Although it must be noted that certain breeds have specific characteristics, there are always exceptions to the rule. But going for the right breed will certainly increase your chances of getting a dog that fits well with your life.

Here are our top picks of mellow breeds.

English Bulldog

Pros: Very patient with kids

Cons: Host of health problems

A favourite for mascots worldwide, this little pup is everyone's friend. Bulldogs instantly love anyone they meet and tolerate kids well.

Bulldogs love to laze around inside keeping you company, but still need a short daily walk to avoid obesity. Unfortunately, Bulldogs are prone to a range of health problems and can cost a lot of money. And they can be quite hard to train too, as they are fairly stubborn and like to do their own thing.

Basset Hound

Pros: Great with kids and other pets

Cons: Separation anxiety causing destructiveness

Despite their occasionally glum look, Basset Hounds are one of the most sociable and loving dog breeds. Often, they're nicknamed the “clown” dog because their single mindedness leads to some funny situations! They are an ideal family pet and love playing with kids and other dogs. Though don't leave them home alone too long; they can get serious separation anxiety and howl and chew on your best shoes.

A solidly fenced backyard is recommended for these curious dogs, as their natural tracking skills often find them wandering off (possibly into traffic). They love long walks in the park to explore all those interesting scents, but cannot be trusted to come back if taken off the leash. Once home, they’re pretty chilled out and certainly won’t turn down snuggles on the sofa.

If you want a peaceful family lap dog, then look no further than the Basset Hound!

Saint Bernard

Pros: Doesn't demand constant attention

Cons: Needs twice daily exercise and some good running

The Saint Bernard was originally bred to find and save lost and injured travellers in the mountains and bring them to the Saint Bernard Hospice in Switzerland. Their working history makes their temperament caring, protective and family orientated.

Bernard's see themselves as a part of the family and love being in the house with you. However, if you really like clean floors and pristine couches, then maybe reconsider another breed. Bernard's will drool and shed everywhere, but still love you all the same. And they’re rather relaxed in nature, despite large their size.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Pros: Ultimate companion dog

Cons: Serious separation anxiety

Tossing up between a fun, active dog and a soft, cuddly dog? Here's your two in one combo! Cavaliers need a good daily walk or two and enjoy a solid run, but provide a lap to snuggle on, and they'll love you forever. They enjoy playing with kids and socialising with other dogs.

Cavaliers also get serious separation anxiety. Leave them at home alone, and they could cause some damage. Make sure they have an animal or human to keep them company.

These sociable dogs are ideal for active seniors, first time dog owners, and stay at home parents.

Greyhound

Pros: Loyal, friendly and low maintenance

Cons: Will chase small prey

Ever heard greyhound’s being described as ‘the world’s fastest couch potatoes’? Well, this is a pretty accurate representation of the breed. Because they’re known for being extremely fast sprinters, many people think they need loads of exercise, which isn’t necessarily true. One good run and sprint around and they’re done for the day, ready to go home and snooze. On the whole most greyhounds are fairly chilled and love a good nap.

Bullmastiff

Pros: Calm and quiet as adults; great guard dogs

Cons: Territorial and suspicious of strangers

The Bullmastiff, AKA “the boss”, is a bit of a stubborn dog that's quite territorial and suspicious of strangers. This strong-willed nature comes from their history as protectors of estates from poachers. Yet, there are other lovable sides to these dogs. Indoors, Bullmastiff's are calm and quiet, and they love some good family time. They are fiercely loyal to their family and are great around kids, although common sense must be used. If they fear someone they’re guarding is in danger, they will react to protect them.

These dogs are great companions for kids to grow up with and can protect the family home while everyone is at work.

Top 8 Most British Dog Breeds

There are many dog breeds that originate from Britain. Over the years, some have become very well known for being British. They have something about them that makes them particularly British and have won the hearts of the nation. However, a few British dogs have declined in popularity and are on the vulnerable native dog breeds list. If you are thinking of getting a dog make sure you consider one of these dogs. There are breeds of dogs for lots of different purposes in Britain. From hunting dogs to sheepdogs and lapdogs. Here are some of the most British dogs...

1. English Foxhound

The English Foxhound is an iconic dog in British history. Originally bred as a hunting dog to hunt foxes, they look like  a larger version of the Beagle. English Foxhounds feature in many British paintings and literature.

2. English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is an extremely popular dog. It’s one of Britains oldest indigenous breeds. The Bulldog had to be on the list as it is the national dog of Great Britain.

3. Corgi

The Corgi is the Queen’s choice of dog, what more is there to say? Corgi’s are UK royalty and have earned their place in the palace. Originally a Welsh breed of dog the Corgi has become popular in the UK.

4. English Setter

Aside from the fact that they have ‘English’ in their name, the English Setter is a well known dog in the UK. The English Setter is one of a few others in the Setter family which includes Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, and black-and-tan Gordon Setters.

5. Old English Sheepdog

How could we forget the Old English Sheepdog. Today this dog is well known for its appearances in Dulux paint adverts, which has increased awareness of the breed. They were developed in England as a herding dog.

6. King Charles Spaniel

The ever so cute King Charles Spaniel is an extrmely popular choice of dog breed in Britain. Few can resist their adorable charm. The King Charles Spaniel was favoured by aristocracy and named after King Charles II of Britain.

7. Bull Terrier

This dog has very distinctive looks. Although they don’t look like the cutest or friendliest of dogs they actually have a lovely nature and adore human company. James Hinks first standardised the breed type in the 1850s.

8. Beagle

The Beagle surely can’t be left off the list. Out of all the hounds the beagle is probably the most popular. Beagles were bred in the UK to hunt with men on foot.

9. Border Collie

Everyone knows the infamous Collie as a dog that is extremely good at herding sheep. Collies are one of the most intelligent dogs, they need a lot of stimulation and exercise. They were first bred in the English Scottish border for herding purposes.

10. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffies have a big reputation in the UK, which isn’t always positive. Despite their reputation they make fantastic family pets and are the fifth most popular dog breed in the UK.

Top Working Dog Breeds

Dogs have had important jobs for centuries. Many were originally bred for a specific purpose. Some of the jobs that certain breeds used to do are not needed anymore, so they have either taken on new jobs or become treasured family pets. However, some dogs are still working doing the same jobs they have done for decades. A certain amount of these dogs will be bred to be working dogs and others are used a pets. Here is a selection of dog breeds who still have a job to do.

Collies

Many Border Collies are still out working all day in the fields. You often see farmers with Collie’s in their tractors. This is because lots of them still work on farms herding sheep. It’s a very important job that farmers rely on. When they need to move their sheep into a different field, or gather them all together ready for transport they use a cunning Collie to round them all up.

Collies are one of the most intelligent dog breeds and thrive as working dogs on farms. Their mind is constantly working and they need to be given a job to do to keep them happy. Working all day long provides them with the mental stimulation they need.

Huskies

Huskies in the UK are mainly used as pets, but in a few colder countries they are still used to pull sleds. Huskies have incredible endurance and can withstand extreme weather conditions. That’s why they have been used as sled dogs for so long. People used them to get around in the Arctic and to carry all their belongings. They are also used for sled dog racing and for taking tourists on sled dog rides.

German Shepherds

German Shepherds are still used by the police and armed forces as security dogs. However, this hasn’t always been their main job. They were originally bred as herding dogs but have since been adapted to working as security dogs. They are very smart and have a bite force of 238 pounds.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu’s were originally bred as lap dogs for royalty and they originated in China. Their name actually means ‘little lion’ but they are far from being fierce and scary. They are still used as lap dogs today and enjoy nothing more than to be snuggled up with their owners. They make excellent companion dogs because they are affectionate and love human company.

Doberman

Dobermans were first bred for protection purposes. A tax collector in Germany wanted to feel safer so he bred a dog that could protect him. Dobermans make ideal guard dogs and are fiercely protected. Although they are not used as much for security purposes today as they used to be. Lots of people have them as pets but also guard dogs to patrol their property.

Ugly Dog Breeds That Are Absolutely Adorable

No dog owner will ever admit that their dog could possibly be ugly. To most, there is nothing more pure on this earth than man’s best friend. Yet, there is a whole world that revolves around ‘ugly dog breeds’, there is even a competition for it.

We’ve rounded up some possible contenders for the ugly dog breed category but, we're not sure there is anything ugly about these good boys (and girls):

1. The Chinese Crested

With silky soft skin and golden tumbling locks, the Chinese Crested just might steal your heart – thanks to its ugly cuteness. Known for being hairless practically everywhere but their head, these sweet angels tend to get mocked and are known for being ‘ugly’. Yet you’ll find that Chinese Crested dogs are one of the lowest maintenance, loyal and playful breeds.

2. The Neapolitan Mastiff

If there is one breed of dogs that will catch your eye, it’ll be the Neapolitan Mastiff. These big and adorably wrinkly dogs can be rejected for being far from small and fluffy. The thing is, Neapolitan Mastiffs are full of fun and love nothing more than laze around and have a good snuggle. If you’re able to look past a bit of drool and have the time for a bigger dog, consider these good boys to be your next partner in crime.

3. The English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is just as well known in England as the Queen. Despite being on the shorter and stockier side, with a face you could just squish with love, the English Bulldog has not become an icon for no reason. This breed is as mellow as you can get, meaning you won’t have to rush out of bed in the morning because this bulldog will be snoozing (maybe a bit loudly) with you. If you are willing to put in the time to this glorious breed, you’ll have a friend for life.

4. The Shar Pei

This breed is as beautiful and one of a kind as its name. While people may judge the Shar Pei breed in being the wrinkliest of them all (which is frankly adorable), these attentive, protective and loving dogs have been around since the ancient days. There is a reason why us humans have loved and cared for them for so long and it’s not because we think they are ugly.

5. The Komondor

You may hear that people describe a dog as ‘a walking carpet’, in which case, they are most likely talking about the glorious Komondor. A ancient breed that can give you some serious fusses as well as protect you from any bumps in the night. The Komondor is always going to be by your side and hey, who needs a blanket when you can just cuddle a Komondor. In reality, there is no such thing as an ugly dog because that would insinuate that our furry friends are less than perfect which just is not acceptable. Still, no matter what the world says about your best friend, make sure to keep them well looked after, we have everything you need right .

Underrated Dog Breeds

When you are out and about you will probably see lots of labradors, retrievers, cocker spaniels and German Shepherds. However, there are some dog breeds that are less popular through no fault of their own.

Dog breeds can become popular for a variety of different reasons. People are influenced by celebrities, dog shows and films that feature specific breeds of dogs. If you are thinking of getting a dog, consider one of the more underrated breeds. Just because a dog breed is popular doesn’t mean it is right for you. Many underrated dog breeds are actually far easier to care for.

Curly coated retrievers

Although the retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds, sadly the curly coated retriever is actually on the Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable native breeds. Curly coated retrievers are far more unusual and don’t get the recognition they deserve. They are lovely dogs with black or liver coloured curly coats. Their coat is waterproof and dries really quickly but has specific grooming requirements.

Manchester terriers

Manchester terriers don’t need a huge amount of exercise, their coat needs very little attention and they have an amiable nature. What’s not to love? They have a beautiful shiny black and tan coat. They are happy, alert and devoted little dogs that normally weigh between 5 and 10kgs.

Whippets

Everyone knows about Greyhounds because of their racing abilities. Whippets are basically a much smaller version of a Greyhound, yet they often get overlooked. Like Greyhounds, they don’t need to be exercised for hours on end, they are better in short burst. Whippets have a very sweet, endearing appearance and a short, smooth coat that is easy to look after.

Bedlington terrier

Beddington's have a very distinctive look, you will definitely know when you see one. We have no idea why they are so overlooked. Although they look like very dainty, fragile dogs they can actually be quite hardy and active. They are fairly small in size but do need to be groomed regularly. They have a wool coat that is very soft and teddy bear like.

Sussex spaniel

Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniels are both on the list of the top 10 most popular dog breeds, but the Sussex Spaniel is nowhere to be seen. They are strong dogs with golden-liver coats. Although their expression gives the impression they are frowning, they are very happy, loving dogs.

Smooth collie

Smooth collies are another underrated dog breed. The main difference between smooth and rough collies is their coat. Smooth collies have short coats that are far more manageable. They have a very similar temperament to rough collies, yet people seem to prefer their fluffy cousins.

Smooth fox terrier

Another example of a smooth coated breed that is less popular. The smooth fox terrier has been in decline in recent years, it is overshadowed by the wire fox terrier. Wire fox terriers are more expensive to look after because they need to be groomed regularly. Smooth fox terriers don’t require much grooming. They are active, tough little dogs that need a lot of exercise.

Rare Dog Breeds

You can’t go far without seeing people walking their dog. The chances are most days you’ll catch a glimpse of man’s best friend.

Whilst you’ll probably be able to name most of the breeds without a Google search (trying to describe a dog into the search engine can be very frustrating), there are probably a few breeds you’ve not seen.

Did you know there are over 20 rare dog breeds from around the world that you’ve possibly never even seen? Some are not even recognised by dog societies/charities, but they are no less worthy of our appreciation.

1. Otterhound

Just as the name portrays the Otterhound is very capable in the water. The scent hound has webbed feet and a rough, double coat, which also makes it a great hunter on land. Otterhounds excel as pets too, being inquisitive, boisterous, and amiable.

2. New Guinea singing dog

You will never find more entertainment! The New Guinea Singing Dog gets its name from its unique vocalization, but the once-wild breed gets its reputation as an excellent companion from its intelligence and physical ability.

3. Catalburun

Possibly because of severe inbreeding due to their rarity, the Catalburun is one of the only dogs in the world featuring a split nose and suspended ears and looks adorable whilst pulling it off. The breed was originally bred for hunting in Turkey.

4. Thai Ridgeback

It may sound like an oriental dish but it’s actually one of the most unusual dogs in the world. The Thai Ridgeback was previously unknown outside of its country of origin, but it is now gaining popularity elsewhere. What makes it most unique? A ridge of hair, growing in the opposite direction of its coat, running along its back.

5. Catahoula Leopard Dog

You may have seen a similar looking dog on social media in recent times – the dogs eyes are eye catching to say the least. The often multi-coloured or spotted Catahoula Leopard Dog is believed to be the first dog bred in the United States. It was named after Catahoula Parish in Louisiana and was traditionally used to hunt wild boar.

6. Fila Brasileiro

The Fila Brasileiro is believed to have origins in several breeds like the Mastiff (who it greatly resembles) and Bloodhound. The working breed is known for its tracking ability.

7. Puli

The Puli’s dreadlocks are coveted by many however, under the dreads there’s a compact but powerful dog, standing 16 to 17 inches at the shoulder. Puli’s are remarkably agile and light on their feet, earning a reputation as the “acrobat of the dog world.”

8. Bedlington Terrier

Standing taller than your average terrier (it is believed there is a whippet breed background) breed the Bedlington is a British breed with a crisp, curly coat; arched back; tasselled ears; scimitar-shaped tail; and fleecy, pear-shaped head are identifying features of this one-of-a-kind breed.

9. Scottish Deerhound

Closely related to the Greyhound, the Scottish Deerhound was once known as the Scotch Greyhound, Rough Greyhound and Highland Deerhound. In Scotland it became a district breed in the 16th and 17th centuries and was given the name Scottish Deerhound, they were used as deer hunting dogs for Scottish tribes in the Middle Ages. They became known as the royal dog of Scotland and no one ranking below earl was permitted to own one. (Queen Victoria being one).

Utility Dog Breeds: All You Need To Know

All pedigree dogs belong to one of seven different groups. These are groups that breeds of dogs are separated into. The seven groups are Pastoral, Terrier, Hound, Toy, Gundog, Utility and Working. We will be covering each of these groups over the next few months to give you an insight into their purpose and what sort of dogs belong to them.

This month we are starting off with the Utility group. The Utility group is a bit of a miscellaneous group because it is made up of such a variety of different dogs. It contains the most diverse selection of dogs out of all the groups. The dogs featured in this group were all bred for a specific purpose, but unlike some of the other groups their jobs were not sporting or working related. Some of the dog breeds fall into this category because they don’t really fit into any other group. For many breeds in this group their original purpose is no longer needed, so now they serve a completely different purpose. For example Dalmatians used to run alongside a horse and cart, but they are no longer used for this.

Another thing you might notice about the Utility group is that the dogs are not all similar size. In fact, the size difference varies quite a bit in this group. There are smaller dogs such as the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle, and much bigger breeds such as the Dalmatian. You will find the right size breed of dog from within this varied bunch.

What ‘Utility’ really means is ‘fitness for a purpose’. These breeds have been bred for a specific purpose that is not necessarily needed any more. As this group is so diverse it is often difficult to easily identify dog breeds that belong in the group. Other canine groups are a little more obvious and their breeds much more simple to identify. The group of dogs in the Utility group contains some breeds that are the oldest documented dogs on record. If you are unsure of what dogs are in the Utility group then take a look at the list below.

Dogs Listed In The Utility Group:

  • Akita
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bulldog
  • Canaan Dog
  • Chow Chow
  • Dalmatian
  • Eurasier
  • French Bulldog
  • German Spitz (Klein)
  • German Spitz (Mittel)
  • Japanese Akita Inu
  • Japanese Shiba Inu
  • Japanese Spitz
  • Keeshond
  • Kooikerhondje
  • Korean Jindo
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mexican Hairless (Intermediate)
  • Mexican Hairless (Miniature)
  • Mexican Hairless (Standard)
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Poodle (Miniature)
  • Poodle (Standard)
  • Poodle (Toy)
  • Schipperke
  • Schnauzer
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Tibetan Terrier

The Healthiest dog breeds: What Dog Breeds Live The Longest?

It’s remarkable that all dog breeds (over a thousand breeds to date!) come from one root, many tens of thousands ago. Diverging from several wolf species in the times of the earliest hunter-gatherers, dogs then became domesticated as long as 14,000 years ago.

But whether you’ve owned dogs previously or are considering getting one, you’ll be aware that differences between breeds can be substantial. Whether you want a very energetic or chilled-out fido, a tiny pup or massive heffalump, a dog completely dependent on its owner or one that acts quite independently – there are traits within each breed that tend to indicate how your dog may grow and act, both psychologically and physically.

Lifespans across dog breeds

One of the most important things to consider can be the length of life your chosen dog breed might be predicted. Of course, it is not only the breed of your dog that impacts its potential lifespan, but also the care they are given, whether they are large or small (larger dogs tend to live shorter than their smaller counterparts), whether they are in-bred or cross-bred (cross-bred dogs tend to live longer) and whether they are spayed/neutered (this can allow your dog a longer lifespan).

From the tiny six-year average lifespan of a Great Dane to the seventeen-plus years a Chihuahua could live, different breeds have different average lifespans, so it’s important to have a feel of what might be normal for your chosen breed. Of course, the dogs with the longest life expectancies are often the mongrels, as many pedigree dogs suffer some inherited physical weaknesses due to inbreeding, which only strengthens existing traits. It has been suggested that mongrels live, on average, 1.2 years longer than pedigree dogs.

Health risks in pedigree dog breeds

Because pedigree dogs are chosen from a limited gene pool, problems that can be presented by recessive genes come to light, as parents share too much genetic material. A thoroughly well mixed mongrel is always likely to be genetically healthier, as it is very unlikely that its parents shared any genetic material at all. Some of the genetic problems you might come across when looking into pedigree breeds include:

Breathing problems

Breeds like English and French Bulldogs, and Pugs.

Back weaknesses

breeds such as the Dachsund

Difficulty giving birth

Breeds such as Boston Terriers, English Bulldogs, Pugs and Scottish Terriers, as their heads are bred to be much larger than the maternal pelvic canal, so births often require surgical intervention.

Popular dog breeds with the shortest lifespans:

French Mastiff (5-8 years)

French mastiffs or Dogue de Bordeaux have one of the shortest average lifespans for a dog breed, lasting on average between five and eight years. They have a lovely temperament though and are easy dogs to keep.

Great Dane (6-8 years)

Great Danes are another popular (and large) breed that don’t tend to have a long lifespan. These gentle giants are known for being sweet and affectionate.

Irish Wolfhound (6-10 years)

Considered the largest breed (height-wise), the great, wild-looking Irish Wolfhound may not live long but will overwhelm his owner with kisses in his short lifetime!

Saint Bernard (8-10 years)

The Saint Bernard is originally a working dog from the western Alps. Bred to help with rescues in the Alpine passes, their name comes from the Great and Little Saint Bernard Hospice, two hospices on the dangerous Great and Little Saint Bernard Passes. They are generally calm, patient and sweet natured

Other popular breeds which tend to live under 10 years: Scottish Deerhound, Rottweiler, Newfoundland, Great Swiss Mountain Dog, Bull Mastiff, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Leonberger, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound.

Popular dog breeds with medium lifespans:

Dachsund (14-17 years)

Dachsunds were bred as hunting dogs, to flush out burrow-dwelling animals such as badgers. These persistent little characters are playful but can be stubborn, and have a really decent lifespan. Trouble can come from their length – they are said to be half a dog high and a dog and a half long, and sometimes this can result in back problems.

Beagle (12-15 years)

A small hound similar in appearance to the larger foxhound, the beagle is single-minded and intelligent, and noted for its lack of inherited health problems, thus its medium lifespan.

Golden Retriever (10-12 years)

Golden Retrievers were bred as gun dogs, to collect shot fowl. They have an instinctive love of water. Their natural obedience and highly trainable natures make them a great fun breed, as well as the perfect choice for a family.

Labrador (10-12 years)

The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds in the UK. Although breeding practices can play their part, the breed have been bred to be athletic and strong, with no shortened skulls, excessive skin or thick fur to deal with, so tend to be relatively healthy as a breed.

Other popular dog breeds which tend to live 10-15 years:Bearded Collie, English Setter, English Cocker Spaniel, Border Collie, Border Terrier, Whippet.

Popular dog breeds with the longest lifespans:

Pomeranians (14-16 years)

These little bundles of foxy-faced fluff are well known for being active and knowing their mind! They tend to be sturdy and healthy little dogs.

Scottish Collie (15-16 years)

The Scottish Collie is a slightly larger dog with a contrastingly long lifespan. Descended from the pastoral dogs of England, Scotland and Wales, these dogs were bred for function over looks, unlike so many of the more aristocratic dog breeds, and are thus generally healthy dogs with few innate health issues.

Lhasa Apso (15-20 years)

The little Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog which originates from Tibet. Whilst they may look cuddly and perhaps comical, the Lhasa Apso is in fact one of the most sturdy, tough and strong-willed breeds of dog you can come across.

Other popular dog breeds which tend to live over fifteen years: Australian Shepherd Dog, Shih Tzu, Toy Poodle, Jack Russell Terrier, Chihuahua.

Although a lifespan is no way to judge man’s best friend, it is always good to know what you are signing up for – in terms of both brevity and longevity. A shorter number of years does not inhibit the amount of joy and pleasure both you and your pup can enjoy, whilst a couple of decades does not naturally ensure a happy, well-adjusted dog – the only thing we can do is offer our dogs the best lifestyle choices for their breed (be that food, exercise, veterinary care etc) and give them a whole lot of love, whatever length of life they have to look forward to!

Where Do Dog Breeds Come From?

Walking down the street today, you might see 4-5 different dog breeds in just one stretch. This isn’t an unusual occurrence today as dog breeds have been exploding over the past few centuries. And could you believe that they all came from one domestication event? Dogs were first domesticated sometime between 14000 and 17000 years ago, and just while you comprehend that amount of time, the number of breeds has only occurred in recent centuries.

A varied species

When you think of dog breeds and how they have come about, a lot of the time they are bred for different traits, such as temperament, or a louder bark for working dogs. What was really happening was that dog genetics were being tampered with, which causes mutations in genes, hence how the amount of breeds begun to really escalate in recent years. The historic reasons for breeding dogs for different traits were predominantly for the same reasons that we breed them for traits today, because we all have different wants or needs.

The legendary grey wolf...

It is believed now, that even with all these breeds, that dogs, no matter how great or small, have all evolved from one primary species, the grey wolf. Because of this, it would appear that the domestication event of dogs actually only occurred in one time in history.

Scientists believe that as all dogs from their sample appeared to have evolved from the grey wolf, then only one event must have occurred.

Designer dogs

The growing rise in the number of ‘designer dogs’ has been apparent over recent years, making it harder to classify each and every one of these. Gone are the days of breeding for treats that might protect your home, or help work on the farm, as now with designer combinations of dog breeds are for exclusivity purposes, aesthetic and unique.

The breeds of these dogs can sometimes be dangerous, if it is a particularly large dog with a small dog. This is how these breeds emerged, as people were not so well informed about the risks of breeding and inbreeding within these species.

Domesticated dogs

As the first domesticated species, it’s not hard to believe that a lot of people might forget that dogs were bred from wild animals for domestication purposes, as many of the new ‘designer’ breeds have little to no traits that would be familiar to the now-extinct grey wolf. To make matters even more complex, it is thought that the original Western species of domestic dogs were gradually replaced by East Asian population of dogs around 6,400 years ago, to the dogs we know today.

Which are the Naughtiest Breeds of Dog?

Every dog is an individual and a dog’s behaviour will be influenced by the training that it receives. Nonetheless, it appears that some breeds of dog are naughtier than others! If you are thinking about welcoming a dog into your home it could pay to find out how naughty it might turn out to be. For owners challenged for time, a naughty dog could be hard to cope with and a busy owner is likely to exacerbate the mischievous ways of any pooch.

Canine Devastation Zones

We’ve all heard the stories about dogs, especially puppies, who regularly devastate their home. Chewed furniture, shredded bank notes and ruined shoes are common occurrences. These episodes could be amusing the first time they happen but the novelty soon wears off when you have no shoes left and your home looks like it has been hit by a tornado. So, which dogs are often the guilty parties?

The Naughtiest Breeds

A recent survey attempted to identify the naughtiest dogs. The results have now been published and most of the serious offenders will come as no surprise! Here’s the top ten naughtiest breeds:

  • Labrador
  • Jack Russell
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Border Collie
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • German Shepherd
  • Yorkshire Terrier

The survey also revealed that dogs called Max have tendency to be naughtiest pets of all. One wonders why that might be the case.

Aggravating Antics

A third of dog owners have had to cancel plans because their dog has misbehaved. One in ten owners reported that that they have missed work as a result of their dog’s antics. Some poor people have even been forced to abandon holidays or weekends away. Two thirds of owners have admitted that their mutts have eaten something they shouldn’t and their impromptu snacks have included their owner’s dinner, important documents and batteries.

Four in ten people do not feel confident that they will return to an orderly home if they leave their dog unattended and a quarter of dog owners have had furniture ruined by their pooch.

In spite of all this devastation, the resulting hassle and the expense, we always seem to forgive our naughty hounds! However, if you think that you might find shredded furniture less than amusing, choose your dog wisely!

Which Dog Breeds Have The Biggest Paws?

Small dog breeds are very popular right now. But what about the gentle giants? They’ve also got a place in our hearts. And when it comes to pooches, the dogs with the largest paws are always absolutely enormous in size.

Are you wondering which dog breeds have the largest paws?? Well, it’s hard to know where to start! So, Let’s begin with top 8, in no particular order of cuteness.

Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees was originally developed to guard flocks alongside shepherds. These days he usually works with people, often in therapy and rescue work. The sheep-guarding Great Pyrenees originated in the Pyrenees Mountains, which form a natural border between France and Spain. He's known by different names: Great Pyrenees in the United States and Canada, the Pyrenean Mountain Dog in the United Kingdom and most of Europe.

Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is a large, strong breed from — wait for it — Newfoundland. Originally used as a working dog to pull nets for fishermen and haul wood from the forest. He is a capable and hardworking dog, well suited to work on land or water, a strong swimmer and equally strong on the ground. Sweet-natured and responsive, Newfoundland’s make a wonderful family companion.

Great Dane

The Great Dane was originally bred to hunt wild boar, but he probably wouldn't be very good at it today. The ferociousness necessary to track down such a large animal was eventually bred out of the Great Dane. He's now a gentle soul who generally gets along well with other dogs, animals, and humans.

Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard is one of the largest breeds in the world and they are renowned for being Switzerland's famous mountain rescue dogs and the breed is renowned the world over for being a "gentle giant". These charming, larger than life dogs have found their way into the hearts and homes of many people the world over thanks to their kind, patient and affectionate natures.

Irish Wolfhound

IWs are too serene to be fierce guard dogs, but just the sight of them is enough to deter intruders. The amiable Irish Wolfhound is an immense, muscular hound gracefully built along classic Greyhound lines, capable of great speed at the gallop. A male might stand nearly 3 feet at the shoulder and weigh up to 180 pounds. Females will run smaller but are still a whole lot of hound.

Scottish Deerhound

perhaps a breed that you haven’t heard of before - The original purpose of Scottish Deerhound breed was to hunt and bring down the Scottish roe deer. Affectionately known as the "Royal Dog of Scotland,” The Scottish Deerhound has a romantic past, a noble bearing, and a loving nature, so much so that Sir Walter Scott — himself the owner of deerhound named Maida — described the breed as "the most perfect creature of Heaven."

Brazilian Mastiff

Centuries ago the ancestors of the Fila Brasileiro were crossed with Bloodhounds, Mastiffs and bulldogs brought to the new world by the Conquistadors. The resulting breed combined the great scenting ability of the Bloodhound, with power and fearless tenacity.

English Mastiffs

For the uninitiated, a face-to-face encounter with these black-masked giants can be startling to say the least - A male stands at least 30 inches at the shoulder and can outweigh many a full-grown man but do not fear! These dogs have a beautiful temperament. Mastiffs are patient, lovable companions, eternally loyal and protective of family.

Clumsiest Dog Breeds

Some dogs seem to get themselves into all sorts of trouble, simply because they are a little clumsy. Their clumsiness causes a few injuries and unintentional accidents every so often. Owners of clumsy dogs might find that household items get broken more easily, because their dog crashes into everything. Some dogs can also be a little bit lazy and don’t even bother avoiding things.

There are a select few dog breeds that tend to be a bit more clumsy than others. There are some exceptions to the rule, so if you have one of these breeds that doesn’t guarantee your dog will be clumsy.

Bulldog

Bulldogs are often nicknamed ‘bulldozers’ because they are bold and often barge into everything. Here is a cute video of a very clumsy bulldog.

Boxers

Lots of owners say that boxers can act like clowns a lot of the time. They are extremely boisterous and playful and just want to get stuck into fun activities. However, this does make them a little overexcited and clumsy at times.

Labrador

Believe it or not labradors can actually be fairly clumsy. They are energetic, loving and can often be quite hefty. This makes them clumsy at times, especially when they want love and affection from humans

Rottweiler

Rottweilers are very strong, powerful dogs that can cause quite a lot of damage if they knock into things. They are very active dogs and can have a tendency to throw their weight around and occasionally be a little clumsy.

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are very adorable, happy dogs but they can also be hyperactive and bouncy. This makes them more likely to bump into things and stumble over things.

Bull Terrier

Bull Terriers are bold and impressive dogs that never fail to get noticed. They are often very stocky for their size and can sometimes be a bit clumsy.

Whippet

Whippets make the list because they like to run at ridiculously fast speeds, which makes them more prone to injuries. They are often costly on insurance because of this.

Springer Spaniel

Springer Spaniels can occasionally have poor spatial awareness and knock things over with their extremely waggy tails.

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds aren’t the most elegant or agile dogs. They have short, stumpy legs which makes it difficult to get around obstacles, hence their occasional clumsiness.

Lurchers

Like Whippets, Lurchers can run very fast which means they too are more likely to get injured than some other dogs. They have two speeds, extremely fast or very slow.

Mixed Breed Dogs You Might Not Have Heard Of

Crossbreeds continue to grow in popularity. Many ‘designer’ crossbreeds are very appealing to dog owners. However, don’t simply choose a specific crossbreed just because they look cute. Too many people get a designer crossbreed without knowing much about what their temperament could be like.

If you want to get a rough idea of what their temperament might be like then you need to research both dog breeds. Your dog could have a 50/50 mix of both personality traits or far more of one than the other, it really is a lottery when it comes to crossbreeds. However, it helps to know roughly what to expect. If you know a bit about both dog breeds in the mix then you will be able to understand your new dog’s behaviour a bit better.

We all know about the most popular mixedbreeds such as Cockerpoos and Labradoodles. Poodle mixes tend to be very popular. Try and keep an open mind and choose a dog that is right for your lifestyle and circumstances. Here are some new up and coming crossbreeds to consider:

Huskcollie

This is a mix of a Siberian Husky and Collie. This breed mix is not for the faint hearted. If you get a Huskcollie expect to have a very active and energetic dog. Both breeds are bred to work and have excellent endurance. Huskies are bred to run for miles and collies are bred to herd sheep all day.

German Shepherdski

This is a mix of a German Shepherd and Siberian Husky so expect this crossbreed to be rather large. They are likely to also have a thick coat that malts quite a bit. This is another breed mix that will require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.

Corgi Dalmatian

This is a mix of a Corgi and Dalmatian. These two breeds are very different. Corgis are very cheerful, intelligent little dogs that were originally bred as herding dogs but they are mainly used as lap dogs today. Dalmatians used to pull carts for miles so they naturally enjoy running and endurance activities.

Chusky

This is a Chow Chow and Siberian Husky mix which means this crossbreed is likely to be extremely fluffy. Chow Chows are originally from Northern China where they are referred to as the ‘puffy lion dog’. They are quite aloof and independent dogs and huskies can also sometimes be quite aloof too.

Yorkipoo

We had to include at least one poodle cross. This one is probably less well know. Yorkipoo’s look ridiculously cute. This is a Yorkie cross poodle. This little dog will still need a lot of exercise to wear them out and is likely to bark quite a lot.

Shorgi

This combination of a Corgi and Shelti produces a gorgeous looking dog with a beautiful coat. They still keep some of their Corgi shape with a long body and fairly short legs. Sheltie's are intelligent active dogs and corgis were originally used as herding dogs.

Golden Dachshund

This is an adorable combination of a Golden Retriever and a Dachshund. Although crossbreeds can vary hugely this mix often has the body shape of a dachshund and the golden coat of the retriever, however this is never guaranteed.

Different Types Of Working Dogs

Want to know more about the different types of working dog? Working dogs can have very important jobs and provide a helping hand to humans. They are specifically chosen because they have desirable traits for a specific role. Pet dog breeds are carefully bred to have the right characteristics, and working dogs are no exception. If you don’t know much about the different groups of working dogs then read on to discover more about them and some of the jobs they do.

Guard Dogs

Some breeds make excellent guard dogs and are used to protect people and property. Guard dogs are used in lots of different situations and are not the type of dogs you want to mess with. They are used at events, as bodyguards, to guard homes and businesses. They assist with keeping people off property and preventing unwanted intruders. Breeds such as German Shepherds, Dobermans and rottweilers are commonly used as guard dogs.

Sled Dogs

Sled dogs are used in places such as the Arctic, Alaska and Greenland to transport people and their possessions around. For these people sled dogs are the best way of getting around and they rely on these dogs to carry them long distances. These dogs have been specifically bred to pull a sled and have remarkable endurance. They are able to travel miles in extremely harsh conditions. They have thick double coats, the outer coat keeps the cold and the snow out. Sled dog breeds include Alaskan Huskies and Malamutes.

Search & Rescue Dogs

Search and rescue dogs carry out a crucial job, finding lost and injured people. They have a very strong nose and are taught to track the scent of humans so that they can be found and rescued. They work very closely with their handlers and go through extensive training and testing before they can go out in the field. There are lots of different breeds that would make good search and rescue dogs, it just depends on training and the environment they will be working in.

Dogs For The Disabled

There are a few different categories of dogs that work with disabled people. For example, guide dogs, canine partners and medical alert dogs. There is a lot of training involved in getting these dogs up to scratch but it is all worthwhile because they make a huge difference to people’s lives. Guide dogs tend to be labradors and retrievers because they are easier to train than some other dogs. Canine partner dogs help their disabled owners with tasks such as opening doors and fetching things for them. Medical alert dogs are taught to recognise when their owner’s blood pressure changes so that they can raise the alarm and get help.

Sniffer Dogs

Sniffer dogs are training to pick out the scent of drugs or illegal substances to catch criminals and reduce drug trafficking. Other types of sniffer dogs include bomb detection dogs who work with a handler to find bombs so that they can be safely removed and disposed of. The main difference between these two types of sniffer dogs is that drug search dogs will find the drugs and try and retrieve them, whereas bomb disposal dogs will only indicate. They find the bomb and then display an indication signal such as freezing, sitting or wagging their tail.

Dog With The Biggest Ears

Dogs have been bred to have specific physical characteristics to carry out different jobs. Many dogs with longer ears fall into the ‘hound’ group. Hounds are mainly used for hunting because they tend to be excellent at scenting. However, some gun dogs have also made it onto the list of dogs with long ears.

Dogs that have long ears are prone to ear infections because their outer ear can block the ear from ventilation. If you are thinking of getting a dog with long ears you will need to clean them regularly and check for any sensitivities. Here is a bit of information about some of the dogs with the longest ears.

Basset Hound

Basset hounds are easy to spot with their long body, droopy ears and short legs. Basset hounds have a lovely temperament but like all dogs they can sometimes be a bit stubborn. They have an incredible sense of smell which helps them when they are hunting. Basset hounds need a lot of recall training because they will often be tempted to run away chasing a scent.

Italian Spinone

Italian Spinones have thick wiry coats and are quite large dogs. They are part of the gundog group and make excellent working dogs and family pets. They are very happy dogs who love a bit of attention and can be very loyal.

Bloodhound

Bloodhounds are claimed to be the original hounds, most dogs from this group share some of their make up with bloodhounds. They have a fairly short life span. Bloodhounds are very impressive, powerful dogs with very long ears and deeply sunk eyes.

Coonhound

The Coonhounds ears are so long that they reach below the tip of their nose. They are intelligent and strong hunting dogs and are part of the hound group. They generally come in black and tan colouring. The longest ears on a dog measured 31.1 cm (12.25 in) and 34.3 cm (13.5 in) for the left and right ears belong to a Coonhound called Harbor.

Weimaraner

Weimaraners are known for their long and very soft ears. They are large, strong gundogs with bags of character. Weimaraners are not the easiest breed to train but with the right training they make wonderful, extremely loyal pets.

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker spaniels have long ears which have a lot more hair than other dogs on this list. Cocker spaniels are extremely energetic dogs who love human company. Their ears tend to get dirty quite easily and need regular care.

How To Choose The Best Dog Breed For Your Family

With so many fantastic breeds to choose from, deciding on the right dog for your family can be a difficult challenge. A lot of people end up choosing the wrong breeds because they look adorable or seem to be popular. Don’t let those puppy dog eyes lure you into choosing the wrong dog. Rather than thinking about looks, focus on temperament and behaviour. Dogs have been bred to do a huge variety of different jobs and to behave in specific ways, so there should be a perfect dog out there for you and your family. Here are some important points you need to consider before getting a new dog.

Temperament

This is possibly the most important factor.If you have a few different breeds in mind so some in depth research into their characteristics and temperament. Do you want an affectionate dog or a dog that is quite happy to sleep all day? Some breeds are very highly strung and require a great deal of exercise. Moreover, if you have very young children then a high energy dog that could be a bit rough with the little ones is not a good choice.

Some dogs are a lot more vocal than others, and this is something to bear in mind if you have neighbours and require a peaceful household. If you have a lot of visitors to your home then you need to choose a dog that is relaxed with strangers. Certain breeds are more prone to common behavioural problems. For example, some breeds don’t cope very well being left alone and you need to decide if this is an issue your family can cope with. You also need to think about why you are getting a dog and what you want your dog to do. Do you want a guard dog, a very active dog or a loving family pet? Different breeds of dog are suited to specific roles, for example a German shepherd is a good guard dog.

Exercise Needs

Some of the more active breeds such as gundogs, collies and huskies require much more exercise than others. Think about how active your family is and how much time you have to commit to walking your dog everyday. Collies for example need at least two hours exercise a day and a great deal of mental stimulation.

Health Issues

Unfortunately some breeds are much more prone to health problems. If you do some research on specific breeds you can find out about any health issues on their breed profile. The best place to go to for this information is a breed rescue specialist or ask your local vet.

Some of the health problems that dogs can be prone to include deafness, twisted guts, hip dysplasia and even cancer. You can rule out some of these problems by going to a reputable breeder and getting your puppy tested for health issues. It is important to know what problems are associated with your choice of breed before making a final decision.

Grooming Requirements

Some dog breeds require a lot of grooming, and this is something you should consider before getting a dog. You will need to be able to dedicate the time to grooming them properly so that their coat does not become matted. You might also need to take them to the groomers regularly so be aware of the extra costs involved. You may need to stock up on some if their coat requires a lot of maintenance.

Life Expectancy

When you are looking to introduce a new dog to your family you might want to consider it’s life expectancy. Large dog breeds such as great danes or deerhounds reach will live around 6 to 8 years, whereas smaller breeds can live much longer.

Can dogs recognise their own breed?

A dog owner that I used to meet regularly in the local park would swear that her dog could recognise Belgian shepherds and that she didn’t like them at all. Apparently, the little terrier would instantly move in the opposite direction if she saw a Belgian shepherd. But was that young dog really recognising the breed of the other pooch? Would a dog even be able to recognise its own breed? Experts say not!

The mirror test

There hasn’t been a great deal of research into this subject as most canine experts agree that it would be impossible for a dog to recognise its own breed because man’s best friend can’t pass the mirror test. In other words, they don’t even recognise their own image when they see it. One of my dogs is living proof of this. He always barks when he sees himself in a mirror or darkened window and often gets really excited because he clearly thinks we have a visitor for him to play with!

Dogs and other animals

The truth is that dogs simply don’t have the sense of self that people and apes do. But whilst they can’t recognise themselves in the mirror, they can tell the difference between a dog and a different species. In studies, dogs have demonstrated that they can differentiate between photographs of dogs and snaps of cows and sheep.

Canine social skills

Interestingly, scientists believe that dogs have better social skills than people. Researchers at the University of London investigated canine social skills and their findings formed the basis of last year’s Royal Institute Christmas Lectures. Professor Sophie Scott explained that we misunderstand dogs because we often have a tendency to treat them like small children.

For instance, we love to hug our dogs but there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that they don’t like this. Dogs enjoy being near their owners and spending time with them but show signs of distress when hugged. Hugs make them feel anxious because they prefer to able to move around freely. The bottom line is that dogs are pretty damn good at reading us but we are not so good at reading them. Our furry friends suffer our shortcomings with good grace but we really could do better!

Body language

If you think that your dog can recognise different breeds you are almost certainly wrong. They are reacting to the body language and behaviour of the dogs they see, not their specific look. If they often react badly to certain breeds, there are probably common traits of that breed that your dog simply doesn’t like.

One of my dogs likes spaniels because they generally want to play with him and he is a very playful dog. However, that doesn’t mean that he knows that they are spaniels or could recognise them in an identity parade. He is reacting to their bouncy natures and I really don’t think he would care what they look like as long as they are happy to chase him across the beach.

People think looks are important, dogs couldn’t care less!

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