1. The German Shepherd
The German Shepherd dogs were well known for herding and protecting sheep. The white shepherd was originally used because it could hide unnoticed among the sheep and surprise any wild attacker.
These dogs, because of their extensive training ability, have been very popular with police for pursuing and tracking criminals.
The German Shepherd is attentive, faithful, good watch-dog, and responsive to very diverse training. They also make great family pets when they are well trained.
2. The Collie
Collies are of a very old breed from Scotland, and were used as sheep dogs.
Having a Scottish name, the famous Lassie made this breed very well known.
They have great personalities, are watchful, faithful, obedient, and intelligent.
3. The Golden Retriever
These dogs are of British origin, developed in the mid-Nineteenth Century by Scotsman Lord Tweedmouth.
The dog’s intelligence and gentleness have earned it a well-deserved reputation as the perfect family pet. As well as being a reliable, gentle-mouthed retriever, this breed is obedient and easily trained.
This retriever’s coat is dense and water-repellent and comes in various shades of gold — hence the name — helping give this dog its beautiful classic good looks.
The Golden, along with the Labrador Retriever, is the most popular dog overall in America — country, city and suburbs.
4. The Siberian Husky
These dogs we call “Huskies” and “sled dogs”, were used by the Arctic people for transportation. They can travel long distances bearing the cold and snow.
Sledding or “mushing’ is what they love to do. They are very affectionate, kind and loyal and like to feel that they are part of the “pack”.
Related dogs are the Canadian husky (including the now-rare, powerful Ungava husky, a timber-wolf/dog hybrid), Samoyed, American Eskimo dog and the Alaskan malamute. See our DOGS IN LITERATURE for more on these Northern breeds.
“On, you huskies!”
5. The Newfoundland Dog
These dogs being so large and bear-like helped the fishermen by dragging nets and drawing carts and sleighs. It is a genuine water dog, with an oily undercoat that keeps the water away from the skin.
There have been many occasions where Newfoundland dogs have saved men from drowning. They have also been used to rescue people that have been in avalanches.
They are calm, trustworthy, self-confident, gentle and courageous.
THE TOP 10 DOG BREEDS OVERALL:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. Golden Retriever
4. German Shepherd
6. Yorkshire Terrier
9. Shih Tzu
Other Top Breeds, besides the “Country Dogs” mentioned above, include the Boston Terrier, English Bulldog, Great Dane, West Highland White Terrier, Cavalier King Charles, Cocker Spaniel, Scottish Terrier, Pug, Doberman Pinscher, Pomeranian and Welsh Corgi.
Recently, Japanese breeds have increased in popularity worldwide. The best known Japanese breed is the Akita Inu. An ancient breed of Arctic origin, the Akita Inu is a handsome dog with broad skull and proud bearing. Originally bred to hunt wild boar and deer, they are now employed as watch-dogs. The Hokkaido Ken (Ainu) is similar and slightly smaller, renowned for its courage, obedience and intelligence. The Tosa (Japanese Fighting Dog) was bred during Japan’s Meiji period for dog fights. The original animal, from the Kochi region, has been crossed with a number of European breeds, including the Great Dane and the Saint Bernard to produce a big dog that is a courageous watch-dog but patient and gentle.
Every dog, of course, is the “most popular” to somebody!
From the Affenpinscher to the Zwergschnauser, from Bernese to Maltese, from the Pit bull to the Pekingese, Border Collie to Dalmatian, any dog — with the proper training and care — can be your most loving and loyal companion. Whether you’ve got a dog with a pedigree or a hybrid mutt, an absolutely cute puppy or the world’s ugliest dog, we must love ’em!