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- #10 Cocker Spaniel Facts, Information & Names
- #9 English Springer Spaniel Facts, Information & Names
- #8 Brittany Facts, Information & Names
- #7 Shetland Sheepdog Facts, Information & Names
- #6 Pembroke Welsh Corgi Facts, Information & Names
- #5 Australian Shepherd Facts, Information & Names
- #4 Doberman Pinscher Facts, Information & Names
- #3 Siberian Husky Facts, Information & Names
- #2 Boxer Facts, Information & Names
- #1 Bulldog Facts, Information & Names
#10 Cocker Spaniel Facts, Information & Names
- The Cocker Spaniel originated in Spain in the 1400s and was bred for hunting.
- The American Kennel Club classifies the English and American cocker spaniels as two separate breeds.
- The breed was named Cocker because it was a great woodcock hunter.
- English Cocker Spaniels are great house dogs, but will cause disturbances if kept outside.
- They make terrible guard dogs because they fawn over people.
- They’re credited with inspiring fashion (Sperry boat shoes) and pop culture.
- English Cocker Spaniels are wonderful therapy dogs because of their loving nature; they’re credited with lowering blood pressure in human beings.
- The American Cocker Spaniel is generally classified in three color varieties: black, ASCOB (Any Solid Color Other Than Black), and particolored.
- The American Cocker Spaniel is known as the “merry” Cocker because of its cheerfulness.
- “Cocker rage” – a dominance aggressive behavior – is normally associated with dogs of one color than multi-colored dogs. Such”Rage syndrome” can affect many breeds.
#9 English Springer Spaniel Facts, Information & Names
- English Springer Spaniels were bred to serve as hunting dogs – to “spring” their prey, hence the name.
- Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels came from the same breed.
- The English Springer Spaniel possesses one of the best senses of smell among all dog breeds.
- English Springer Spaniels shed fur all year-round, more so in spring and fall.
- They make exceptional show dogs and have won the Best in Show awards at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 6 times.
- English Springer Spaniels come in nine coat color combinations and three distinct markings.
- English Springer Spaniels comprise two distinct varieties: Working Springer Spaniels and Show Springer Spaniels.
- Show-bred Springers have harder bones and a thicker coat compared to the field-bred Springers
- Scottish folklore hero William Wallace is thought to have owned an English Springer Spaniel called Merlene.
- An English Springer Spaniel named Buster has served as a bomb sniffer in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
#8 Brittany Facts, Information & Names
- Brittanys were originally bred as gun dogs.
- They are versatile and have won more dual championships than any other breed.
- Brittanys are extremely energetic and need plenty of exercise (at least 1 hour a day).
- Brittanys are sensitive to harsh treatment; just a stare or a sharp reprimand is enough to put them in their place.
- Brittanys are happy and friendly by nature making them a good fit with children and other pets.
- However, they do require supervised playtime with small kids as they can accidentally knock them over.
- Brittanys are great retrievers both on land and in the water.
- Health problems like canine hip dysplasia (CHD) can be an issue with this breed.
- Brittanys are thought to be a crossbreed between smaller land spaniels and the English Setter.
- The breed was originally called “Brittany Spaniel,” but was later simplified to “Brittany” in 1982.
#7 Shetland Sheepdog Facts, Information & Names
- The Shetland Sheepdog’s ancestry can be traced back to the herding dogs of Scotland; it shares a lineage with Collies.
- The Sheltie resembles the rough-coated collie but in miniature.
- It has a small body that is long in proportion to its height.
- The Sheltie is ranked sixth in intelligence among all dog breeds by the American Kennel Club.
- The Sheltie shows good speed, agility, and endurance, traits that are important in a herding dog.
- It has a double coat comprising a dense, soft, short undercoat and harsh outer coat that repels rain and moisture.
- The Sheltie has two main colorations: sable colored or blue merle
- The AKC recognizes only those dogs that reach 13 to 16 inches shoulder height.
- The Sheltie makes an excellent watchdog although it tends to bark a lot.
- Shelties are gentle and playful and can quickly adapt to sharing a home with a cat.
#6 Pembroke Welsh Corgi Facts, Information & Names
- The Pembroke Welsh corgi is a distinct breed from the Cardigan Welsh corgi.
- The Pembroke’s ancestry is traced as far back as the 10th century; the breed is associated with Vikings.
- The Pembroke Welsh corgi is a mix of a Spitz-type dog and Cardigan corgis.
- These short dogs were originally used as herders and kept cattle together by nipping at their legs.
- Corgi Means Dwarf Dog in Welsh dialect.
- The corgi is believed to be an “enchanted dog” ridden by fairies and elves.
- The Pembroke behaves well with children but has a tendency to nip at their heels while playing.
- Pembrokes are great competitors and do well in dog sports such as agility, obedience, herding and conformation among others.
- The Pembroke is susceptible to serious health problems such as intervertebral disc disease and canine hip dysplasia (CHD).
- Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 corgis in her lifetime.
#5 Australian Shepherd Facts, Information & Names
- The Australian Shepherd is not a native of Australia; it is thought to have originated from the Pyrenees Mountains.
- Australian Shepherds come in different colors, but only four are accepted by AKC: blue merle, red merle, red, and black.
- Aussies are bred to work; lack of mental stimulation and exercise turns them into destructive creatures.
- The Australian Shepherd is an agile breed which excels in pet sports such as Frisbee, agility and flyball.
- Aussies have blue eyes, but it is not unusual to see one with two different eye colors.
- The Australian Shepherd’s coat is a double weather-proof coat of medium texture that sheds moderately.
- Australian Shepherds have been used as trick dogs in rodeos.
- Many Australian shepherds love water and swimming.
- Only one in five Aussies are born with a bobbed tail since the tail has somehow been bred out of existence.
- Apart from herding, Aussies also suited for search and rescue work, and serving as therapy dogs.
#4 Doberman Pinscher Facts, Information & Names
- The Doberman Pinscher was developed in the late 1800s by a German named Louis Dobermann.
- It is one of the few dog breeds named after a person.
- The Doberman is popular for its courage, intelligence, and loyalty.
- The Doberman breed is thought to be a mix of the Rottweiler, German Pinscher, Black and Tan Terrier.
- Dobermans are characterized by a combination of 4 colors: black, red, blue, and fawn, and rust markings above each eye.
- The name “Pinscher,” meaning terrier in German, was dropped by the Germans because they no longer considered it appropriate.
- Dobermans shed hair moderately.
- Dobermans Make Great Soldiers; a Doberman named Kurt is credited with saving 250 U.S. Marines during WWII when he alerted the troops to Japanese soldiers.
- Contrary to the popular belief that it’s a very aggressive dog, the Doberman can actually be friendly if exercised regularly and socialized early enough.
- Albino versions of the Dobermann breed exist, but their white color is not allowed under the American Kennel Club standard.
#3 Siberian Husky Facts, Information & Names
- The Siberian Husky is originally from northeastern Siberia and was bred by Eskimos to pull heavy loads.
- This breed gained popularity during the Alaskan gold rush because it could run for miles at a stretch while pulling loads.
- The Husky makes a wonderful companion for those who love the outdoors or an active dog.
- Huskies come in all sorts of coat colors, from black to pure white, with or without markings on the head.
- Though intelligent, the Husky presents challenges in training as he is less eager to please compared to other dog breeds.
- Huskies characteristically curve their tails over their backs and have hair between their toes.
- Siberian Huskies are notorious escape artists and may require a high fence to rein them in.
- Huskies have heavy coats and prefer cool weather so you may need to provide air conditioning during warm weather.
- Huskies are generally clean dogs that don’t carry much of a “doggy odor”.
- Huskies were celebrated as heroes when they managed to deliver medicine to treat a diphtheria outbreak in Alaska in 1925.
#2 Boxer Facts, Information & Names
- Boxers were bred from the Bullenbeisser, an extinct dog breed that was used to hunt wild boar and stag.
- “Boxer” may have been derived from the German word, Boxl, the name by which the dog was referred to in slaughterhouses.
- When playing, they tend to stand on their hind legs and kick out their front paws like boxers.
- Their short snout makes their head shape unusual but helps them bite onto their prey.
- Boxers were used by German soldiers to carry messages and supplies during WWI.
- The record for “Longest Tongue on a Dog,” was held by a boxer named Brandy at 17 inches long. That record is currently held by a boxer with a piffling 4.5 inch tongue. Either way, I’m sure you wouldn’t complain if your husband’s tongue was either of those lengths.
- Boxers exhibit a lot of energy and may require over 2 hours of exercise daily.
- Boxers are highly responsive to the needs of those they serve, making them suitable to work as guide dogs.
- A Boxer’s coat requires just the occasional brush up to get rid of dead hair.
- The Boxer is currently the tenth most popular breed in the U.S in AKC rankings.
#1 Bulldog Facts, Information & Names
- Bulldogs originated from England and are believed to be a mix of mastiffs and pugs.
- They were originally bred for bull baiting – their low center of gravity and underbite made them suited to the vicious sport.
- Bulldogs are prone to health complications like hip dysplasia and respiratory issues.
- More than 80% of bulldogs are delivered by Caesarean section owing to the large size of their heads.
- The wrinkles on their faces need to be wiped constantly in order to avoid infections.
- Bulldogs come in 10 different color combinations and four distinct markings.
- This breed is not well-suited for water (because of its large skull) and can drown when swimming.
- They play mascot to a number of legendary institutions like Yale University and the U.S. Marine Corps.
- Bulldogs’ short snouts make them prone to gassiness and snorting. They also drool a lot.
- They are classified as companions and are great for families with kids.