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What an excellent article about dog genetics purebred vs mutt facts

1 May
Below is an interesting article.  I appreciate the information Sandy writes. 
 
I have 2 mutts and a purebred.  The purebred is a snob.  He knows he is the one that was ‘paid’ for.  He has never slept outside, never been without, always belonged, and has always known his humans.
 
The two mutts are rescue’s.  They have had hard times, been with out, didn’t know and wasn’t sure.  They have slept outside, by themselves, didn’t eat well or with certainty, knows what it is to need, and were not always sure of who was a good human vs a not so good human.
 
I’m not saying one is better than the other.  I love my dogs, all three.  They are distinct personalities.  All three with the heart of a child.  I never know which one is going to be the one who pulls the next stunt.  I have seen quite a bit with my 3 boys.  Messes on the carpet (always misses the tile floor), destruction of property (I have considered pressing charges a few times), running off as I need to go somewhere (like catching a plane), bringing home parts of a passed away deer (oh yeah – not kidding), and digging for every mole in the continental US
 
I have also been given a lot of sincere love from these three.  Snuggling up during a storm, sitting on my foot when alone watching a movie, by my side when a stranger knocks at the door.  I am given protection, affection, attention, and more.  I give a pet behind the ear and kibble.  A walk for us all, and a good game of ball.  Not bad.
 
I am not sure which one I prefer.  I like them all.  Dogs are the best.
 
By the way, mine sleep on the beds, couches, and carpet.  They have been neutered, and treated regularly for fleas and heart worms.  They get dry food, some bones, and home-made treats.  Their sizes are 40 lb, 60 lb and 70 lb.  The purebred is the one that is over weight.  He doesn’t stop eating!
 
Enjoy this  article by Sandy.
 
 
By Sandy Robins
TODAY.com contributor TODAY.com contributor
updated 4/4/2011 2:05:38 PM ET 2011-04-04T18:05:38

When it comes to man’s best friend, purebreds aren’t as popular as you might think. In fact, more than half the dogs in American living rooms and backyards are mutts. The first-ever National Mutt Census lets pet owners trace the roots of their pooch’s family tree, revealing the most popular varieties in the nation’s mixed-breed dog population of 38 million.

Mars Veterinary, headquartered in Rockland, Md., invited mutt owners to participate in an online survey. Each respondent supplied info about their dog’s size, weight, place of origin, feeding and exercise habits, and health. That information, along with an additional 36,000 samples collected from mixed-breed dogs, underwent analysis to determine the breed history of each dog.

One key finding: the most common breeds registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) are not necessarily the ones most often found in mixed-breed dogs. For example, while German Shepherds are popular both as purebreds and mixes, the chow chow, a popular purebred in the 1980s, is now commonly found at the grandparent or great-grandparent level among mixed-breed dogs tested. And American Staffordshire Terrier mixes appear to be growing in popularity despite a trend of declining AKC breed registrations.

“The results of this poll provide a vivid snapshot of past and present trends in mutts,” explained Angela Hughes, Veterinary Genetics Research Manager at Mars Veterinary.  “The DNA of America’s mix-breed dogs tells a story of which breeds were popular in past decades. If a breed was trendy in the past, but has fallen from popularity, it may still represent a large portion of the current mixed breed population.” 

According to the National Mutt Census, the top 10 most popular breeds found in the mixed-breed population are:

1. German shepherd (the second most popular AKC-registered breed)

2. Labrador retriever (most popular AKC breed)

3. Chow chow (63rd most popular AKC breed)

4. Boxer (sixth most popular AKC breed)

5. Rottweiler (13th most popular AKC breed)

6. Poodle (ninth most popular AKC breed)

7. American Staffordshire Terrier (70th most popular AKC breed)

8. Golden retriever (fourth most popular AKC breed)

9. Cocker spaniel (23rd most popular AKC breed)

10. Siberian husky (22nd most popular AKC breed)

The poll also revealed the following trends among dog owners:

Shelter dogs rule: Shelters are the most frequently cited place (46 percent) where people obtain mixed-breed dogs, followed by a friend, neighbor or relative (18 percent).

Mutts nibble on kibble: Dry dog food is the most popular feeding choice (65 percent), surpassing mixed wet and dry food (wet 21 percent), wet food (5 percent) and raw food and scraps (9 percent).

The dog is man’s best friend by night as well as day: Nearly half of owners (48 percent) reported that their dog slept with them.

Bigger isn’t necessarily better: Breeds weighing more than 80 pounds represent less than 11 percent of all mixed-breed dogs.

Bugs are a bugaboo: Flea and tick prevention is a core element to responsible pet care, but 69 percent of respondents reported that they don’t use flea and tick control medicines regularly.

 
Population control: Nearly nine out of 10 (89 percent) mixed-breed dogs are neutered.

This “mutt-makeup” poll follows on the heels of Mars Veterinary’s do-it-yourself cheek-swab dog DNA kits, which became available over the counter in 2007. The Insights analysis  kit enables pet parents to test for about 185 breeds. Since it was released, more than 60,000 mixed-breed dogs in America now have their own individual “family trees” outlining their genetic make-up.

The subsequent ancestry report sent to those dog owners reveals genetic background that helps explain physical traits as well as behaviors like digging, herding and barking. Once pet parents understand their dog’s natural tendencies, it’s possible to tailor training, exercise and nutrition programs to fit their pooch’s one-of-a-kind needs.

Although the survey is officially over, the information gleaned state by state is still available to pet lovers at www.MuttCensus.com.

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Fun and lovable dogs for pets

28 Mar

Another found article.  I really like this one, it is true to what I have seen. 

So, if you are in search of the best dog breed for your companionship, here are some of the dogs breeds list along with some short descriptions of their attitudes that you would most probably love to adopt.

  1. Golden retriever
  2. Golden retriever is the most powerfully built well proportioned dogs which are specially trained for hunting and retrieving things. These golden hair dogs are not only adorable for adults, but also becomes a lovable pet for the entire family. These dogs are very affectionate towards their owners and show infinite patience towards children.

  3. Brittany spaniel
  4. This particular dog has athletic and sturdy built body. The face is very expressive and its intelligence is commendable. Brittany has natural eagerness and a good nature for a great companionship. It is highly trainable and an obedient dog as well.

  5. Labrador retriever
  6. Labrador dogs are very affectionate towards their owners and would make an excellent family dog to adopt, if given proper training. They have great patience levels and the most adorable dogs for children.

  7. Bearded collie – an excellent dog…One of my favorites!
  8. Bearded collies are smart working dogs with high energy levels and affections. These particular dogs require high physical activities and exercises. They love chasing animals and require some proper training in order for them to behave appropriately

Most obiedient dog breeds

14 Mar

Great article by Michelle Norton.  Nice information 

Top Obedient Dog Breeds

By Michelle Norton, eHow Contributor
updated: February 5, 2010

  1. Which are the most obedient dog breeds is a matter of some debate. By “obedient” list-makers usually mean “trainable.” Trainability in a dog depends on what the breed was bred for and how much work an owner is willing to put into training. No matter how trainable or smart a dog breed is, if you do not train the animal it will never be obedient.
  2. Herding Dogs

  3. Herding dogs are probably the best at obedience trials. They need constant training and are happiest when trained for a purpose, as they are bred to work. Australian cattle dogs need both metal and physical workouts daily. Shetland sheepdogs are excellent agility dogs and are extremely loyal.
  4. Sporting Dogs

  5. Sporting dogs are bred for hunting birds and other types of game. Labrador retrievers are among the most popular of these dogs and considered one of the smartest and most trainable breeds. The Labrador retriever has been number one on the AKC most popular dogs list for many years running. Golden retrievers also rank high and are very trainable.
  6. Hounds

  7. Hound dogs such as dachshunds and greyhounds are dogs that hunt by sight or smell, and have also been bred to be highly trainable. The most effective method of training your hound will depend on whether it is a sighthound or a scent hound. Dachshunds fall into the latter category. When training dachshunds, therefore, it is best to use games that involve the sense of smell.
  8. Working Dogs

  9. Working dogs are usually guard dogs, such as rottweilers and dobermans. Both breeds are loyal and fierce in protecting their homes. They make good family dogs and tend to shed less than other breeds. They enjoy working and training because of the praise they receive.Rottweilers are intelligent dogs and milder than their doberman cousins. They are equally loyal to their masters and accept training well.

    German shepherds are among the best guard dogs. They need a very structured home and training.

Read more: Top Obedient Dog Breeds | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_5954468_top-obedient-dog-breeds.html#ixzz1DWTTtZPV

25 Incredible Dog Hero’s

15 Feb

I found this awesome article…fun and wonderful.  I love dogs! 

25 Heroic Dogs and How They Saved People

People have always seemed to have a soft spot for heroic dogs. Whether it’s TV classics like Lassie or heart-warming family films like Homeward Bound, the idea of dogs rescuing their human masters (or even complete strangers) captures our love and affection as few other things do. So it’s only natural to love hearing about dogs who save people in real life! Here are 25 true accounts of dogs who saved people from perilous circumstances.

1) Brutis

Brutis was a 7 year old golden retriever when he became a hero in 2004. That’s when the loveable pooch snatched up a coral snake as it was slithering dangerously close to a young child, suffering a near-deadly bite from the snake in the process. His heroics did not go unnoticed however, as Brutis was promptly flown to Los Angeles to recieve the National Hero Dog award.

Said the committee who awarded the medal, “when we give an award like this, we’re looking for something extra, something that would make people wonder why a dog would do what he did.”

2) Zoey

Everyone knows that smaller dogs have to display in attitude what they lack in size, and Zoey is living proof. A five pound chihuahua from Colorado, Zoey made headlines in 2007 for rescuing a one year old child from an approaching three foot rattlesnake when the snake got too close for comfort. While Zoey sustained a small wound from a snakebite above her eye, she eventually recovered and the snake was killed by the dog’s owner.

3) Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was a miserable occurance for everyone down south, but inspiring stories of heroism have helped give victims something to smile about. That’s certainly the case with Katrina, the ironically named black labrador who saved a drowning man before rising flood waters claimed his life. The dog, who was later rescued herself by rescue teams, was honored at that year’s Genesis Awards with a standing ovation.

4) Shana

In a Fox News story titled “Half-Breed Wolf Dog Hero Rescues Elderly Owners From Snowstorm”, readers learn the heroic tale of Shana, a half wolf dog/half German shepard who saved an elderly couple from a treacherous snow storm. When Shana found Norman and Eve trapped by snow, she went to work, diligently digging out a tunnel through which she would pull the couple back to the safety of their home.

5) Maya

You don’t get to be the 2008 Dog of the Year for nothing, and this pooch is no exception. Maya took home this year’s honors for courageously saving Angela Marcelino, her owner, from a vicious male attacker. The pitbull’s act of bravery earned some high praise from the Animal Miracle foundation, who was happy to report that “the pitbull breed can be hero dogs just like any other breed.”

6) Moti

2007’s Dog of the Year winner was Moti, the five year old German Shepherd who literally took a bullet for his human family. When a masked intruder made his way into the Patel household, Moti wasted little time, leaping to his feet and barking to draw the gunman’s attention. Faced with the angry pooch, the gunman shot him and ran off without harming any of the Patels. Luckily, this furry hero is making a full recovery!

7) Honey

Honey was the 2006 Dog of the Year, an award she earned by saving her owner from a violent car accident. When she and Michael Bosch found their SUV rolled over and stuck upside down in a deep ravine, Bosch was trapped and knew that Honey was his only hope. With all his strength,  he managed to release the dog and hope that she would somehow find help. Sure enough, the then 5 month old English Cocker Spaniel got the attention of a man about a half-mile away and brought him to the scene of the accident. Rescuers concluded that had it not been for this, Bosch would have died.

8) Napoleon

Cats and dogs are always made out to be enemies, but this not always so! Enter Napoleon, the English Bulldog who defied the poor swimming skills of his breed to swim deep out into a lake and rescue a burlap sack containing 6 abandoned kittens! While two of the kittens didn’t make it, the other four were nursed back to health, leading to a hero’s welcome for Napoleon back at the local adoption center.

9) Hero

In a truly heartwarming story, a four year old Golden Retriever was credited with saving a paralyzed man who got his wheelchair stuck in the middle of a muddy field. When Gareth Jones found himself unable to move, the former soldier’s service dog was ready to answer the call, dutifully pulling the rope Jones threw to him until the wheelchair was pulled free.

Said Jones, “He didn’t let go until I was clear. He knew exactly what he was doing.”

10) Eve

Everyone loves those heart-pounding movie scenes where the hero escapes a burning pit seconds before it explodes, but it’s not so fun in real life. That’s what Kathie, a paralyzed parapalegic, learned when her Rotweiller (Eve) pulled her by the ankles from her burning, smoldering truck. Upon pulling Kathie out, Eve proceeded to drag her to a nearby ditch, just far enough away to avoid the explosion of her vehicle.

After firemen cleared the scene, Eve was awarded the Stillman Award for her bravery.

11) Ginny

Is Ginny a traitor to canine’s everywhere, or an undisputed hero? The 300 cats who attended her memorial service would probably say the latter, paying homage to a dog who endangered herself on multiple occasions to save dying or stranded cats from peril. On one particularly remarkable occasion, Ginny threw herself against a vertical pipe at a construction site so that it would topple and the stranded cats inside could escape. Another time, Ginny suffered severe cuts on her paws to find an injured cat inside a box of broken glass.

12) Trakr

Trakr owns arguably the most prestigious rescue on our list. Together with police officer James Symington, Trakr helped dig through some 30 feet of unstable debris at the World Trade Center “ground zero” site and locate the last human survivor of the attack. The dog’s bravery was so celebrated that he is going to be cloned for use in other police rescue forces!

13) Shelby

Shelby became the 45th Skippy Dog Hero of the Year for saving two adults and two children from carbon monoxide poisoning. The dog (with her keen sense of smell) was the first to detect the rising C0 levels while the rest of the family was asleep, nudging each of them out of their sleep and refused to stop barking, scratching, and whining until the family was safely outside. Luckily, each family member was treated at a nearby hospital and made a full recovery.

“In my eyes, and in the eyes of my family, Shelby is more than a hero; she is a lifesaver, a guardian angel,” said Joleen Walderbach.

14) Rocky

A Lakewood, Colorado police dog, Rocky made headlines in 2002 for chasing down a burglar, taking a bullet in the process and ultimately helping to capture the 20 year old thug. According to Darren Mauer, the dog’s officer/partner, the bullet to Rocky’s paw never slowed him down. “He was the same dog after as he was before.”

15) Blue

Most people wouldn’t dare to go one-on-one with an alligator, but that’s exactly that Blue did to take home 2001 “Dog Hero of the Year” honors. The Australian Blue Heeler saved Ruth Gay, his 85 year old owner, from an alligator attack behind her home. Reportedly, Ms. Gay had fallen while walking Blue. When a nearby gator lumbered over, threatening to attack, Blue charged into action and sparred with the gator long enough to scare it away. Both Gay and Blue made full recoveries, and blue was awarded with doggie treats, cash, and a specially engraved Dog Hero food bowl.

16) Patty

Blue’s runner up to the 2001 award was Patty, a yellow lab retreiver who saved her owner from drowning while on a winter duck hunting excursion. After Ray Fogg’s boat capsized and dumped the two into frigid North Atlantic waters, Patty allowed him to grab hold of her tail while she vigorously doggy-paddled against the powerful current. They made it all the way to the nearest land, where they were rescued by game wardens later on that evening.

17) Neo

This 11 month old Siberian husky earned his hero stripes by getting human help for his imperiled owner, Marci Snead. When Snead (a diabetic with fibromyalsia and rheumatoid arthritis) went into hypoglycemic shock, Neo ran to the nearest building. There, he grabbed the attention of several people who followed Neo back to where Snead had fallen. Within moments, an ambulance was called and the women carted off to a nearby hospital, where she recovered completely.

18) Kankuntu

It’s not every day that a dog saves its family from armed pirates at sea, but amazingly, that’s exactly what Kankuntu did. When Peter Lee found himself about to be hijacked on his 41 foot yacht by armed pursuers, the dog (who “thinks he’s a lion”) leapt right into action, furiously attacking the gunmen until one of them shot and stabbed the pooch between his shoulder blades. Amazingly, the dog was nursed back to the health and the family continued with their voyage.

19) Junior

Don’t let the name fool you; there was nothing “junior” or small about this dog’s effort. As fire tore through the Davilmar household in the middle of the night, the 14 month old shihtzu mix started barking and did not relent until everyone (including the family’s half-dozen visiting relatives) was awake and out of the house.

20) Belle

In a nearly unbelievably story titled “Dog Makes Cell Phone Call to Save Owner’s Life“, readers learn about Belle, a beagle who literally bit “911” into Kevin Weaver’s cell phone after the diabetic man collapsed from a seizure. Said Weaver, “there’s no doubt in my mind that I’d be dead if I didn’t have Belle”, who became the first canine to win VITA’s Wireless Samaritan Award. Evidently, the pooch had been trained to bite down on the phone’s keypad in the event of an emergency!

21) Toby

MSNBC tells the story of Toby, a golden retriever who heroically saved owner Debbie Parkhurst from choking to death on an apple in her Maryland home. When it became apparent that she was choking, the dog leapt hard onto her chest and forced the lodged morsel to come loose from her throat. For his efforts, Toby took home a share of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ “Dog of the Year” award in 2007.

22) Nyla

Nyla is another dog that risked her own life to save her human owner from the threat of fire. When Sheila found herself surrounded by smoke and flames, unable to see in front of her, Nyla courageously buided her toward a nearby door, barking whenever Sheila lost track of her. While her home and belongings were destroyed, Sheila was guided to safety, noting that “Nyla could have left anytime. Instead, she chose to stay and risk her own life and face death to save me.”

23) Roselle

When Michael Hingson found himself on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, it took some unexpected heroics from his yellow labrador to save his life. When the building started to sway and the air filled with choking smoke, Roselle lead Michael to safety, guiding him through the crumbling office toward a stairwell. It wasn’t easy for Michael or Roselle, who was panting and extremely thirsty, but the two managed to reach safety just moments before Tower 1 collapsed.

24) Nellie

All dogs are known for their super-sharp hearing, but most of them don’t win awards for it. But when Nellie, a 4 year old black lab, used her high powered ears to detect an intruder in time to save her severely deaf owner, it would’ve been a crime to give the Heroic Hearing Dog of the Year award to anyone else! The charity that trained Nellie couldn’t have been more proud.

25) Kaze

Kaze earned top honors from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department for saving the life of a woman in her late 20’s, reported missing a few days earlier. On his first-ever rescue mission, Kaze located the missing woman under a bridge, in a coma that authorities later reported that would have killed her within the hour if she had not been found. Luckily, the woman was rushed to a hospital, where she recovered after a week’s time.

Cool list – best dogs for service

13 Feb

 

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Dogs are amazing creatures, capable of so much more than many of us realize. They help ordinary people in extraordinary ways! Read on to learn more about 10 wonderful types of service dogs.

Be sure to read: Service Dogs: To pet or not to pet?

Have you had encounters with these or other types of service dogs? Post a comment and share your experience.

Police dogs

Informational websites: McGruff’s Dog Blog (kids)

Fire Dogs

Popular breeds: Dalmation

Informational websites: Sparky The Fire Dog (kids)

Search & Rescue Dogs

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Dogs

Popular breeds: Sporting Dogs, Labrador Retriever,

Guide & Hearing Dogs

Informational websites: Guide Dogs of America

Therapy Dogs

Popular breeds: Various

Informational websites: International Therapy Dogs, Inc

Seizure Alert Dogs

Popular breeds: Golden Retriever, Setter mixes, Samoyed crosses, Border Collie crosses, German Shepherd

Informational websites: Epilepsy Foundation

Physical Assistance Dogs

Informational websites: Canine Companions for Independence

Dogs for Diabetics

Popular breeds: Various

Informational websites: Dogs4Diabetics

Military Dogs

Popular breeds: Dutch & German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois

Informational websites: Military Working Dog Foundation

2010 Most Heroic Dogs

11 Feb

I saw this article from Cesar Millan‘s web site.  I wanted to share this with you.

Most Heroic Dogs of 2010

We always hear those stories of dogs saving humans in incredible feats of bravery, but we often forget about them as the year moves forward. So we would like to take the time to share with you some of the dogs selected in The Daily Beast’s Heroic Animals of 2010 and remember those canines that have made a heroic impact in our world.

BLUE
Although his owner was an NYPD officer, Blue never intended on solving any crimes in his lifetime. But while on a walk with his owner John Mallia, Blue sniffed out a set of skeletal bones that would eventually lead to an FBI investigation. His crime-fighting nose eventually led to the later discovery of three more bodies in the area.

BANDIT
Bandit became an unexpected hero while a guest in his neighbor’s home. Staying with the DeStefani’s for the weekend, the Pomeranian-Poodle mix alerted the sleeping family when a stovetop fire erupted and the smoke alarms failed to sound. The family escaped safely and Bandit was a hero!

Buddy, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, led an Alaska State Trooper to his owner’s property fire on April 4, 2010. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

BUDDY
When a spark from a heater engulfed Ben Heinrichs’ shop in flames, German Shepherd Buddy lept into action. Heinrichs suffered severe burns on his face and hands and had directed Buddy to “get help.” Buddy intercepted the Alaska State Troopers that were responding to the fire and guided them directly to his injured owner. Read more about Buddy’s story here!

TARGET
Of the many dogs to come out of the war in Afghanistan, Target was one of the greatest! She provided comfort and companionship to the many soldiers based in Afghanistan, and even though she was a stray, she quickly became part of the troops’ family. Upon his return home, Georgia National Guardsman Chris Duke requested for Target to be transported to the states. Target eventually made the journey to the U.S. and ended up with a military family in Arizona, but unfortunately met a tragic end when she was accidentally euthanized in a local animal control after escaping from her owner’s yard. Target’s memory will forever remain a prime example of the power of canine companionship.

ANGEL
Golden Retriever Angel lived up to her name when she saved her 11-year-old owner from a cougar attack. While walking in the woods near his home, Austin Foreman was approached by a wild cougar. Watching the scene unfold, Angel quickly jumped in front of the cougar, allowing Austin to run to the house and call for help. Both Angel and Austin escaped the attack with their lives.

Four-year-old pit bull mix Baby with four-year-old Morgan White Troopers

BABY
When The Berkeley East Bay Humane Society burned down this past May, many dogs and cats were left (once again without homes). Volunteers and aid workers took in the homeless animals and cared for them while new homes and shelters were sought out, but in the midst of the chaos, an unlikely hero emerged. Baby, a four-year-old pit bull mix, lived in the apartment above the shelter, and as the fire erupted, she alerted her sleeping owner JoHanna White to escape. Read more about this heroic tale here!

Unique Dog Breed Qualities

10 Feb

I was skimming the net about dogs…of course , and came upon this fun listing.  I put the web site here as the source, it is a fun site, I reccommend it to enjoy all sorts of information.

I hope you enjoy this list.

www.thepetscentral.com

Counting Down the Top 10 Most Amazing Dog Breeds

If you’re thinking of a breed of dog to take care of, it is good to have an idea about what its temperament is, its characteristic and what makes it unique. To help you out, we will have a countdown of the top 10 most amazing dog breeds – ranging from the most dangerous, loyal, fascinating, popular and expensive breeds that you can buy.

1. Dog Breed: Doberman pinscher

Distinction: One of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world.

doberman pinscher

With their tall and compact bodies, dark color and alert ears, it is easy to see why the Doberman Pinscher as a dog breed is considered to be one of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world. Simply referred to as Doberman, this canine breed originated from Germany.

Generally, a domesticated Doberman is loyal, intelligent and alert. If you own this dog breed, they will be particularly loyal to you and aggressive towards strangers. They also do not like rivalry with other dogs.

What makes caring for a Doberman pinscher particularly dangerous is when the owners lack guidance, subject them to abuse or if not enough attention is given to them – upon which they can become destructive, dominant and extremely aggressive. [Dog Behavior]

2. Dog Breed: German Shepherd

Distinction: One of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world.

german shepherd

Another German breed of dog which is considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world is the German Shepherd. Unlike the Dobermans, this breed of canine does not have a particularly menacing look because they have a long coat and a generally mild-looking face.

However, they are extremely intelligent, strong and obedient, which is probably the reason why most police and military establishments employ them as guard dogs. Another characteristic of the German Shepherds which makes them particularly dangerous is their aggression towards smaller dog breeds.

3. Dog Breed: Rottweiler

Distinction: One of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world.

rottweiler

Did you know that Rottweiler is also known as Butcher dog? This canine breed ranks third in our list of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world. They are energetic, intelligent and hardy animals.

The thing which makes Rottweiler – and any dog breed for that matter – become dangerous is when they are subject to abuse and neglect. They also become a hazard to the community if they do not have sufficient training when it comes to mingling with humans or other animals.

In addition, Rottweilers are aggressive towards other dogs of the same sex. If you have cats and birds in the house, they might also exhibit aggressive behavior towards them.

4. Dog Breed: Samoyed

Distinction: One of the most expensive dog breeds in the world.

samoyed

Next, we will take a look at a few of the most expensive dog breeds in the world. This ‘luxury’ dog breed has a price ranging from around $3,000 to $8,000.

What makes the Samoyed breed particularly expensive is the fact that they are among the ancient dog breeds that have been around for the last three centuries.

There are also a dwindling number of Samoyed dog breeders which is another reason why an owner needs to pay an arm and a leg to call this canine breed his or her best friend.

5. Dog Breed: English Bulldog or British Bulldog

Distinction: One of the most expensive dog breeds in the world.

english bulldog

How would you feel about owning a dog breed which is also owned by the British royals? In the United States in particular, English or British bulldogs are both expensive and popular. This breed of dog is also favored by a lot of men who see the breed as being a symbol of masculinity and tenacity.

If you’re thinking about a breed of dog to buy and you are willing to shell out the money for it, then you might as well go with one of the most popular and expensive dog breeds in the world – the British or English bulldog. A typical English bulldog puppy can cost you anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000.

6. Dog Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Distinction: One of the most expensive dog breeds in the world.

cavalier king charles spaniel

To cap off our list of the most expensive dog breeds, there is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel which can cost anywhere from $800 to about $3,500 for a puppy. What makes the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel expensive and special is that they are the ultimate definition of a man’s best friend.

When you look at their puppy-dog eyes, their rich coats and their small, compact bodies, it is easy to see why anybody would want to spend a significant amount of money just to be able to own a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. [Adorable Dog Breeds]

7. Dog Breed: Labrador Retriever

Distinction: One of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

labrador retriever

Finally, we’ll move on to some of the most popular dog breeds in the world. First, there’s the Labrador Retriever. They are among the world’s most popular dog breeds according to the American Kennel Club because of their friendly demeanor.

If you would like to purchase a dog breed which is great with kids and works as a great solo companion as well, then you can never go wrong by choosing to care for a Labrador Retriever.

8. Dog Breed: Golden Retriever

Distinction: One of the most popular dog breeds in the worlds.

golden retrieverGolden Retrievers rank next to the Labrador Retriever as the most popular dog breeds in the world. This cousin breed is almost synonymous with the dog that almost every average American family has.

What’s so good about this breed of canine is that they are gentle by nature and their temperament is suitable for kids and all members of the family to play with.

Despite their large size, they do have a way with kids which make for the perfect canine friend. Just make sure that you have enough room for them to grow, because they can weigh as much as 90 pounds.

9. Dog Breed: Yorkshire Terrier

Distinction: One of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

yorkshire terrier

Yorkshire Terrier dogs are small pooches which are also an ideal family dog. Let’s say that you live in an apartment which allows pets – but there isn’t much room for the dogs to move around. Naturally, you would be selecting a breed which is small in nature – and the Yorkshire Terrier is perfect for such a setup.

10. Dog Breed: Dachshunds

Distinction: One of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

dachshundsThis dog breed with a unique name, Dachshund, is also known as wiener dogs. They do have a unique body shape and they are known for their playful and sometimes ferocious nature.

There are different kinds of Dachshunds that you can own – including the long-haired, standard Dachshunds which has a calm demeanor, or the wire-haired Dachshund which has a personality more like the terrier’s.