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#10 English Mastiff Facts, Information & Names

English Mastiff Facts, Information & Names

  1. Mastiffs take their name from the Latin word mansuetus, meaning “tame” or “domesticated.”
  2. The Mastiff’s ancestor, the Molossus, known 5,000 years ago, was a ferocious war dog.
  3. The Mastiff outweighs all other massive dogs and can weigh up to 220 pounds.
  4. The largest Mastiff on record was a monstrous 323 pound behemoth named Zorba.
  5. A far cry from their war dog ancestry, Mastiffs are known for their kind and good natured docility.
  6. Mastiffs are renowned droolers and can wreak havoc when shaking their massive heads.
  7. Mastiff dogs can be lazy and need daily exercise or they will become bored and destructive.
  8. Mastiffs can make excellent watchdogs, though they don’t bark as much as some other breeds.
  9. Mastiffs snore, break wind, snort and grunt loudly which just makes them all the more lovable.
  10. Mastiffs should sleep in the house and many like to snuggle up to their owner in bed.
5 Popular Names for a English Mastiff

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#9 Bernese Mountain Dog Facts, Information & Names

Bernese Mountain Dog Facts, Information & Names

  1. Bernese dogs are thought to have migrated with the Romans into Switzerland 2000 years ago.
  2. Bernese Mountain Dogs are identified by their tri-color coat and white “Swiss cross” on their chest.
  3. The Bernese are working dogs specially developed to endure mountain terrain, hence their powerful build.
  4. They’re exceptionally strong and capable of hauling up to 1000 lbs—10 times their own weight.
  5. Out of the four types of Swiss Mountain Dogs, the Bernese Dog is the only one with long hair.
  6. The breed was almost wiped out in the 1800s due to the popularity of the St. Bernard, a competitor dog breed.
  7. The breed comes from a small gene pool and is susceptible to health problems related to inbreeding.
  8. He’s easy to train, provided you allow him time to analyze the job at hand.
  9. He copes well with children of different ages as well as adults, but doesn’t do well in confined spaces such as apartments.
  10. Bernese dogs are goofy and respond well to laughter.
5 Popular Names for a Bernese Mountain Dog

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 #8 Collie Facts, Information & Names

Collie Facts, Information & Names

  1. They came from Scotland around three hundred and fifty years ago and were mostly used for herding.
  2. Apart from herding, they are also occasionally used for tracking and as search and rescue dogs
  3. The Collie has two distinguishable looks: short coat and the full coat, known as the rough variety.
  4. Collies are one of the most intelligent dog breeds and have an amazing ability to foresee their owner’s needs
  5. Collies make good watchdogs; they will bark but aren’t aggressive.
  6. As long as they get plenty of exercise daily, they cope well with different kinds of home environments.
  7. The Collie does well at canine events like obedience, agility and lure coursing.
  8. Due to their strong herding instincts, it’s not uncommon to see collies gathering children, pets or chasing cars.
  9. Collies are susceptible to skin, eye and deafness health problems and require regular checkups.
  10. Collies are usually quiet but can bark incessantly if left alone for too long.
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#7 Great Dane Facts, Information & Names

Great Dane Facts, Information & Names


  1. Unlike the name suggests Great Danes have ties to Germany, not Denmark.
  2. Great Danes were originally used to hunt wild boars.
  3. The Great Dane was officially recognized by the AKC in 1887 and has 9 colors and 3 markings that are officially approved.
  4. The Great Dane Zeus (picture here) was the Guinness book of World Records’ tallest dog with a height of 44 inches.
  5. Despite his large size, the Great Dane is graceful, well built and majestic.
  6. Long ago Great Danes were believed to keep away ghosts and evil spirits.
  7. A Great Dane’s lifespan is one of the shortest among dog breeds at just 6-8 years.
  8. Contrary to their formidable size, Great Danes are actually loving, loyal and affectionate.
  9. Great Danes are not the tallest breed; Irish Wolfhounds are known to grow slightly taller.
  10. Great Danes grow pretty fast and can weigh as much as 100 pounds in a span of 6 months after birth.
5 Popular Names for a Great Dane

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#6 German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) Facts, Information & Names

German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) Facts, Information & Names

  1. The GSP is highly active and can be a challenge for a first-time owner who isn’t ready to be a pack leader.
  2. Their ancestry can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, although the GSP was first bred in Germany.
  3. They’re called Pointers because they use their bodies to point when they find game.
  4. It takes almost 3 years before a GSP reaches full maturity.
  5. The GSP is the ideal hunting dog, capable of retrieving game unharmed.
  6. They rank among the fastest of all dog breeds with a speed of up to 45 mph.
  7. GSPs whelp in large litter sizes of up to 12 or more puppies.
  8. Some GSPs have been trained to sniff out explosives.
  9. They do especially well in agility events due to their speed, grace and desire to learn.
  10. Although they can be used as guard dogs, they’re actually not made for this purpose.
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 #5 Rottweiler Facts, Information & Names

Rottweiler Facts, Information & Names

  1. The Rottweiler is said to have come from the ancient Roman drover dogs
  2. They make commanding and loyal companions with strong protective instincts.
  3. They easily knock over children and elderly people because of their herding instincts.
  4. American Rotties differ from their German cousins who tend to be slightly bigger and have long tails.
  5. They are aloof and take time to form friendships so they require socialization from an early stage.
  6. Rottweilers have a powerful bite – about half the strength of a shark’s, which makes even the world’s strongest dog toys no match for them.
  7. Their willingness to work makes Rottweilers ideal for police work or therapy.
  8. They almost went extinct around the mid-1800s when demand for herding dogs diminished.
  9. Despite their large size they still think they’re lap dogs
  10. They have huge appetites and can easily put away 5 to 10 pounds of high-quality kibble a week.
5 Popular Names for a Rottweiler
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#4 Standard Poodle Facts, Information & Names

Standard Poodle Facts, Information & Names

  1. They’re superiorly intelligent, so training them is fairly easy.
  2. They shed very little of their fur and so are good for people who suffer from dog allergies.
  3. The Poodle is the French people’s national dog.
  4. Poodles have excellent hunting and water-retrieving skills besides being supermodel dogs.
  5. The Poodle is practically odorless.
  6. Poodles can reach a height of 11 to 22 inches and 6 to 60 pounds in weight.
  7. Standard Poodles live a relatively long life reaching around 14 years.
  8. Poodles are proficient swimmers and good at water retrieving.
  9. Their great intelligence has seen them serve as circus dogs with traveling troupes.
  10. Poodles loudly announce guests’ arrival, but aren’t aggressive toward them. You could try training them with tips here
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#3 Golden Retriever Facts, Information & Names

Golden Retriever Facts, Information & Names

  1. Golden Retrievers originated in Scotland and were bred for hunting Wildfowl.
  2. They get their name from their uniquely gold-colored silky tresses.
  3. Goldies have the best sense of smell among all dog breeds.
  4. They rank fourth among all dog breeds in smartness behind Collies, Poodles and German shepherds.
  5. They’re great swimmers and love to splash in the water and chase our floating toys
  6. Golden retrievers were officially recognised by AKC in 1925.
  7. Goldies have great maternal instincts – a Goldie once saved a litter of African wild dogs.
  8. The Guinness World Record for loudest bark is held by an Australian Goldie, Charlie at at 113.1 decibels.
  9. Goldies are ranked 3rd among the most popular dog breeds.
  10. Golden retrievers are highly valued as assistant dogs for people with disabilities.
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#2 German Shepherd Dog (GSD) Facts, Information & Names

German Shepherd Dog (GSD) Facts, Information & Names

  1. German Shepherds are a multi-talented breed and can act as guard, show, police, service, as well as a family dog.
  2. The Schutzhund sport was specifically designed for GSDs to test their natural instincts and weed out unsuitable dogs.
  3. GSDs pioneered the service-dog movement to assist people with disabilities in the 1920s.
  4. GSDs make great rescue dogs and have saved many lives in the course of their duties.
  5. GSDs have a high work ethic and are ideal for owners who like to push themselves to the limit in terms of exercise.
  6. German Shepherds are keenly intelligent and can learn many tricks within a short period of time.
  7. Although the GSD is mostly associated with the black and tan color, it actually comes in 11 colors that are officially recognized by the AKC.
  8. The GSD has a following of hundreds of thousands of fans in 78 countries worldwide.
  9. A GSD named “Rumor Has It” won the coveted Best in Show title at the Westminster Dog Show for only the second time in the history of the event.
  10. The German Shepherd Dog is one of the few breeds which includes the name “dog” in its title.
5 Popular Names for a German Shepherd

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 #1 Labrador Retriever Facts, Information & Names

Labrador Retriever Facts, Information & Names

  1. The Lab has been ranked first in the American Kennel Club’s registration lists for eighteen consecutive years.
  2. The Lab was previously known as the St. John’s dog, named after the capital city of Newfoundland.
  3. Labs have big webbed feet to help them paddle around in the water.
  4. Labrador Retrievers shed hair, so they’re not ideal for people with allergies.
  5. You can get all three colors black, yellow, and chocolate in the same litter regardless of their parents’ color.
  6. Labs have a waterproof double coat that also provides insulation.
  7. They are sprinters capable of hitting 12 mph in a mere three seconds.
  8. Labs have voracious appetites and may require training to discourage begging at the dinner table.
  9. Labs have great control over their jaw muscles and have been known to carry an egg in their mouths without breaking it.
  10. Labs have a high threshold for pain, which makes them ideal for search and rescue operations.
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