This year, the American Kennel Club has released its list of the most popular dogs in America. Perhaps, the pet dog you have in your house right now was once not a pet at all. Some of them might have been working dogs or war dogs but with the rolling of time have found their peaceful places in your homes.
The Yorkshire terrier is the classic purse dog, although it was never considered a pet in the past. In the nineteenth century in England, Yorkies were used to hunt rats in clothing mills. Later, they became status symbols for English high society. They weigh more than 7 pounds and are known for their long and silky blue-and-tan coats.
First bred in Scotland, the golden retriever was used for hunting. In the 1800s, Lord Tweedmouth crossed a yellow retriever with the now-extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. Later he included Irish settler and Bloodhound that resulted in the golden-hued breed popular today. Since then, the friendly golden retriever has been a favorite pet of choice for families with children.
Dachsunds were bred in Germany in the 1600s to root out badgers from their underground hideouts. With its short, long, and sturdy bodies and confident demeanor, they were dependable badger hunters. Their tiny size and minimal need for exercise make them great household companions.
For 23 years, the Labrador retriever, known for their trust and loyalty, has been the most popular dog breed in the United States. The breed originally came from Newfoundland and were once used by fishermen to help round up stray fish and pull in nets. Later, breeders bred them to help hunter retrieve game. Labs are gentle and people-pleasing and are excellent therapy, search-and-rescue, and family dogs.
The rottweiler makes the best family home guardians, law enforcement aids, and search-and-rescue dogs because of their muscular bodies and aggressive appearance. They are also great companions for children as they are gentle. It is their instinct to protect their territory and the people living in it.
German shepherds were first bred in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1899, and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908. The breed gained even more popularity when a German Shep named Rin-Tin-Tin made it to twenty Hollywood films. Chiefly used in law enforcement and in the military, this sturdy breed can also become loyal family dogs.
Athletic and alert boxers are prized companion dogs that love to please. Boxers were used for hunting large game and dog fighting. During wartime, they were utilized as messengers. Nowadays, they are more popular as family pets. They are gentle with their human companions but can be dexterous guard dogs when situation calls for it.
Originating from Germany, this sporting breed were used by hunters as water retrievers. Its ‘poodle clip’ fur was intended to protect the dogs’ joints from cold water during hunts but has become a status or wealth symbol now. The breed has three sizes and comes in several color variations.
This cute and curious dog is known for its trumpet-like bay instead of a bark. Beagles come in three color varieties: tricolor, red-and-white, and lemon. Since the 1950s, English hunters used packs of beagles to hunt smaller game like foxes and rabbits. The most famous nonexistent beagle is Snoopy, Charlie Brown‘s dog in the Peanuts comics.
The bulldog is easily recognized for its stocky build and wrinkly face. Its name was taken from the breed’s original use in bull baiting, a practice banned in England in 1835. Bulldogs have relaxed temperament and need minimal grooming and exercise, making them popular among families. However, their heavy build and short snout makes them prone to overheating in hot weather.