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- #10 English Mastiff Facts, Information & Names
- #9 Bernese Mountain Dog Facts, Information & Names
- #8 Collie Facts, Information & Names
- #7 Great Dane Facts, Information & Names
- #6 German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) Facts, Information & Names
- #5 Rottweiler Facts, Information & Names
- #4 Standard Poodle Facts, Information & Names
- #3 Golden Retriever Facts, Information & Names
- #2 German Shepherd Dog (GSD) Facts, Information & Names
- #1 Labrador Retriever Facts, Information & Names
#10 English Mastiff Facts, Information & Names
- Mastiffs take their name from the Latin word mansuetus, meaning “tame” or “domesticated.”
- The Mastiff’s ancestor, the Molossus, known 5,000 years ago, was a ferocious war dog.
- The Mastiff outweighs all other massive dogs and can weigh up to 220 pounds.
- The largest Mastiff on record was a monstrous 323 pound behemoth named Zorba.
- A far cry from their war dog ancestry, Mastiffs are known for their kind and good natured docility.
- Mastiffs are renowned droolers and can wreak havoc when shaking their massive heads.
- Mastiff dogs can be lazy and need daily exercise or they will become bored and destructive.
- Mastiffs can make excellent watchdogs, though they don’t bark as much as some other breeds.
- Mastiffs snore, break wind, snort and grunt loudly which just makes them all the more lovable.
- Mastiffs should sleep in the house and many like to snuggle up to their owner in bed.
#9 Bernese Mountain Dog Facts, Information & Names
- Bernese dogs are thought to have migrated with the Romans into Switzerland 2000 years ago.
- Bernese Mountain Dogs are identified by their tri-color coat and white “Swiss cross” on their chest.
- The Bernese are working dogs specially developed to endure mountain terrain, hence their powerful build.
- They’re exceptionally strong and capable of hauling up to 1000 lbs—10 times their own weight.
- Out of the four types of Swiss Mountain Dogs, the Bernese Dog is the only one with long hair.
- The breed was almost wiped out in the 1800s due to the popularity of the St. Bernard, a competitor dog breed.
- The breed comes from a small gene pool and is susceptible to health problems related to inbreeding.
- He’s easy to train, provided you allow him time to analyze the job at hand.
- He copes well with children of different ages as well as adults, but doesn’t do well in confined spaces such as apartments.
- Bernese dogs are goofy and respond well to laughter.
#8 Collie Facts, Information & Names
- They came from Scotland around three hundred and fifty years ago and were mostly used for herding.
- Apart from herding, they are also occasionally used for tracking and as search and rescue dogs
- The Collie has two distinguishable looks: short coat and the full coat, known as the rough variety.
- Collies are one of the most intelligent dog breeds and have an amazing ability to foresee their owner’s needs
- Collies make good watchdogs; they will bark but aren’t aggressive.
- As long as they get plenty of exercise daily, they cope well with different kinds of home environments.
- The Collie does well at canine events like obedience, agility and lure coursing.
- Due to their strong herding instincts, it’s not uncommon to see collies gathering children, pets or chasing cars.
- Collies are susceptible to skin, eye and deafness health problems and require regular checkups.
- Collies are usually quiet but can bark incessantly if left alone for too long.
#7 Great Dane Facts, Information & Names
- Unlike the name suggests Great Danes have ties to Germany, not Denmark.
- Great Danes were originally used to hunt wild boars.
- The Great Dane was officially recognized by the AKC in 1887 and has 9 colors and 3 markings that are officially approved.
- The Great Dane Zeus (picture here) was the Guinness book of World Records’ tallest dog with a height of 44 inches.
- Despite his large size, the Great Dane is graceful, well built and majestic.
- Long ago Great Danes were believed to keep away ghosts and evil spirits.
- A Great Dane’s lifespan is one of the shortest among dog breeds at just 6-8 years.
- Contrary to their formidable size, Great Danes are actually loving, loyal and affectionate.
- Great Danes are not the tallest breed; Irish Wolfhounds are known to grow slightly taller.
- Great Danes grow pretty fast and can weigh as much as 100 pounds in a span of 6 months after birth.
#6 German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) Facts, Information & Names
- The GSP is highly active and can be a challenge for a first-time owner who isn’t ready to be a pack leader.
- Their ancestry can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, although the GSP was first bred in Germany.
- They’re called Pointers because they use their bodies to point when they find game.
- It takes almost 3 years before a GSP reaches full maturity.
- The GSP is the ideal hunting dog, capable of retrieving game unharmed.
- They rank among the fastest of all dog breeds with a speed of up to 45 mph.
- GSPs whelp in large litter sizes of up to 12 or more puppies.
- Some GSPs have been trained to sniff out explosives.
- They do especially well in agility events due to their speed, grace and desire to learn.
- Although they can be used as guard dogs, they’re actually not made for this purpose.
#5 Rottweiler Facts, Information & Names
- The Rottweiler is said to have come from the ancient Roman drover dogs
- They make commanding and loyal companions with strong protective instincts.
- They easily knock over children and elderly people because of their herding instincts.
- American Rotties differ from their German cousins who tend to be slightly bigger and have long tails.
- They are aloof and take time to form friendships so they require socialization from an early stage.
- 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.
- Their willingness to work makes Rottweilers ideal for police work or therapy.
- They almost went extinct around the mid-1800s when demand for herding dogs diminished.
- Despite their large size they still think they’re lap dogs
- They have huge appetites and can easily put away 5 to 10 pounds of high-quality kibble a week.
#4 Standard Poodle Facts, Information & Names
- They’re superiorly intelligent, so training them is fairly easy.
- They shed very little of their fur and so are good for people who suffer from dog allergies.
- The Poodle is the French people’s national dog.
- Poodles have excellent hunting and water-retrieving skills besides being supermodel dogs.
- The Poodle is practically odorless.
- Poodles can reach a height of 11 to 22 inches and 6 to 60 pounds in weight.
- Standard Poodles live a relatively long life reaching around 14 years.
- Poodles are proficient swimmers and good at water retrieving.
- Their great intelligence has seen them serve as circus dogs with traveling troupes.
- Poodles loudly announce guests’ arrival, but aren’t aggressive toward them. You could try training them with tips here
#3 Golden Retriever Facts, Information & Names
- Golden Retrievers originated in Scotland and were bred for hunting Wildfowl.
- They get their name from their uniquely gold-colored silky tresses.
- Goldies have the best sense of smell among all dog breeds.
- They rank fourth among all dog breeds in smartness behind Collies, Poodles and German shepherds.
- They’re great swimmers and love to splash in the water and chase our floating toys
- Golden retrievers were officially recognised by AKC in 1925.
- Goldies have great maternal instincts – a Goldie once saved a litter of African wild dogs.
- The Guinness World Record for loudest bark is held by an Australian Goldie, Charlie at at 113.1 decibels.
- Goldies are ranked 3rd among the most popular dog breeds.
- Golden retrievers are highly valued as assistant dogs for people with disabilities.
#2 German Shepherd Dog (GSD) Facts, Information & Names
- German Shepherds are a multi-talented breed and can act as guard, show, police, service, as well as a family dog.
- The Schutzhund sport was specifically designed for GSDs to test their natural instincts and weed out unsuitable dogs.
- GSDs pioneered the service-dog movement to assist people with disabilities in the 1920s.
- GSDs make great rescue dogs and have saved many lives in the course of their duties.
- GSDs have a high work ethic and are ideal for owners who like to push themselves to the limit in terms of exercise.
- German Shepherds are keenly intelligent and can learn many tricks within a short period of time.
- 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.
- The GSD has a following of hundreds of thousands of fans in 78 countries worldwide.
- 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.
- The German Shepherd Dog is one of the few breeds which includes the name “dog” in its title.
#1 Labrador Retriever Facts, Information & Names
- The Lab has been ranked first in the American Kennel Club’s registration lists for eighteen consecutive years.
- The Lab was previously known as the St. John’s dog, named after the capital city of Newfoundland.
- Labs have big webbed feet to help them paddle around in the water.
- Labrador Retrievers shed hair, so they’re not ideal for people with allergies.
- You can get all three colors black, yellow, and chocolate in the same litter regardless of their parents’ color.
- Labs have a waterproof double coat that also provides insulation.
- They are sprinters capable of hitting 12 mph in a mere three seconds.
- Labs have voracious appetites and may require training to discourage begging at the dinner table.
- Labs have great control over their jaw muscles and have been known to carry an egg in their mouths without breaking it.
- Labs have a high threshold for pain, which makes them ideal for search and rescue operations.