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Top 10 Medium Size Dog Facts, Information & Names

#10 Cocker Spaniel Facts, Information & Names

Cocker Spaniel Facts, Information & Names

  1. The Cocker Spaniel originated in Spain in the 1400s and was bred for hunting.
  2. The American Kennel Club classifies the English and American cocker spaniels as two separate breeds.
  3. The breed was named Cocker because it was a great woodcock hunter.
  4. English Cocker Spaniels are great house dogs, but will cause disturbances if kept outside.
  5. They make terrible guard dogs because they fawn over people.
  6. They’re credited with inspiring fashion (Sperry boat shoes) and pop culture.
  7. English Cocker Spaniels are wonderful therapy dogs because of their loving nature; they’re credited with lowering blood pressure in human beings.
  8. The American Cocker Spaniel is generally classified in three color varieties: black, ASCOB (Any Solid Color Other Than Black), and particolored.
  9. The American Cocker Spaniel is known as the “merry” Cocker because of its cheerfulness.
  10. “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.

5 Popular Names for a Cocker Spaniel

Bingo Felix Nugget Oprah Schneider

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#9 English Springer Spaniel Facts, Information & Names

English Springer Spaniel Facts, Information & Names

  1. English Springer Spaniels were bred to serve as hunting dogs – to “spring” their prey, hence the name.
  2. Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels came from the same breed.
  3. The English Springer Spaniel possesses one of the best senses of smell among all dog breeds.
  4. English Springer Spaniels shed fur all year-round, more so in spring and fall.
  5. They make exceptional show dogs and have won the Best in Show awards at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 6 times.
  6. English Springer Spaniels come in nine coat color combinations and three distinct markings.
  7. English Springer Spaniels comprise two distinct varieties: Working Springer Spaniels and Show Springer Spaniels.
  8. Show-bred Springers have harder bones and a thicker coat compared to the field-bred Springers
  9. Scottish folklore hero William Wallace is thought to have owned an English Springer Spaniel called Merlene.
  10. An English Springer Spaniel named Buster has served as a bomb sniffer in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

5 Popular Names for an English Springer Spaniel

Annie Buster Daisy Empress Maximus

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#8 Brittany Facts, Information & Names

Brittany Facts, Information & Names

  1. Brittanys were originally bred as gun dogs.
  2. They are versatile and have won more dual championships than any other breed.
  3. Brittanys are extremely energetic and need plenty of exercise (at least 1 hour a day).
  4. Brittanys are sensitive to harsh treatment; just a stare or a sharp reprimand is enough to put them in their place.
  5. Brittanys are happy and friendly by nature making them a good fit with children and other pets.
  6. However, they do require supervised playtime with small kids as they can accidentally knock them over.
  7. Brittanys are great retrievers both on land and in the water.
  8. Health problems like canine hip dysplasia (CHD) can be an issue with this breed.
  9. Brittanys are thought to be a crossbreed between smaller land spaniels and the English Setter.
  10. The breed was originally called “Brittany Spaniel,” but was later simplified to “Brittany” in 1982.

5 Popular Names for a Brittany

Duke Gunner Jack Rusty Sabre

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#7 Shetland Sheepdog Facts, Information & Names

Shetland Sheepdog Facts, Information & Names

  1. The Shetland Sheepdog’s ancestry can be traced back to the herding dogs of Scotland; it shares a lineage with Collies.
  2. The Sheltie resembles the rough-coated collie but in miniature.
  3. It has a small body that is long in proportion to its height.
  4. The Sheltie is ranked sixth in intelligence among all dog breeds by the American Kennel Club.
  5. The Sheltie shows good speed, agility, and endurance, traits that are important in a herding dog.
  6. It has a double coat comprising a dense, soft, short undercoat and harsh outer coat that repels rain and moisture.
  7. The Sheltie has two main colorations: sable colored or blue merle
  8. The AKC recognizes only those dogs that reach 13 to 16 inches shoulder height.
  9. The Sheltie makes an excellent watchdog although it tends to bark a lot.
  10. Shelties are gentle and playful and can quickly adapt to sharing a home with a cat.

5 Popular Names for a Shetland Sheepdog

Chaos Princess Rufus Shep Zipper

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#6 Pembroke Welsh Corgi Facts, Information & Names

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Facts, Information & Names

  1. The Pembroke Welsh corgi is a distinct breed from the Cardigan Welsh corgi.
  2. The Pembroke’s ancestry is traced as far back as the 10th century; the breed is associated with Vikings.
  3. The Pembroke Welsh corgi is a mix of a Spitz-type dog and Cardigan corgis.
  4. These short dogs were originally used as herders and kept cattle together by nipping at their legs.
  5. Corgi Means Dwarf Dog in Welsh dialect.
  6. The corgi is believed to be an “enchanted dog” ridden by fairies and elves.
  7. The Pembroke behaves well with children but has a tendency to nip at their heels while playing.
  8. Pembrokes are great competitors and do well in dog sports such as agility, obedience, herding and conformation among others.
  9. The Pembroke is susceptible to serious health problems such as intervertebral disc disease and canine hip dysplasia (CHD).
  10. Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 corgis in her lifetime.

5 Popular Names for a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Fletch Cricket Merlin Rugby Taffy

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#5 Australian Shepherd Facts, Information & Names

Australian Shepherd Facts, Information & Names

  1. The Australian Shepherd is not a native of Australia; it is thought to have originated from the Pyrenees Mountains.
  2. Australian Shepherds come in different colors, but only four are accepted by AKC: blue merle, red merle, red, and black.
  3. Aussies are bred to work; lack of mental stimulation and exercise turns them into destructive creatures.
  4. The Australian Shepherd is an agile breed which excels in pet sports such as Frisbee, agility and flyball.
  5. Aussies have blue eyes, but it is not unusual to see one with two different eye colors.
  6. The Australian Shepherd’s coat is a double weather-proof coat of medium texture that sheds moderately.
  7. Australian Shepherds have been used as trick dogs in rodeos.
  8. Many Australian shepherds love water and swimming.
  9. Only one in five Aussies are born with a bobbed tail since the tail has somehow been bred out of existence.
  10. Apart from herding, Aussies also suited for search and rescue work, and serving as therapy dogs.

5 Popular Names for an Australian Shepherd

Brandy Buster Charlie Coco Jinxy

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#4 Doberman Pinscher Facts, Information & Names

Doberman Pinscher Facts, Information & Names

  1. The Doberman Pinscher was developed in the late 1800s by a German named Louis Dobermann.
  2. It is one of the few dog breeds named after a person.
  3. The Doberman is popular for its courage, intelligence, and loyalty.
  4. The Doberman breed is thought to be a mix of the Rottweiler, German Pinscher, Black and Tan Terrier.
  5. Dobermans are characterized by a combination of 4 colors: black, red, blue, and fawn, and rust markings above each eye.
  6. The name “Pinscher,” meaning terrier in German, was dropped by the Germans because they no longer considered it appropriate.
  7. Dobermans shed hair moderately.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Albino versions of the Dobermann breed exist, but their white color is not allowed under the American Kennel Club standard.

5 Popular Names for a Doberman Pinscher

Boone Dimples Rudy Sheba Tex

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#3 Siberian Husky Facts, Information & Names

Siberian Husky Facts, Information & Names

  1. The Siberian Husky is originally from northeastern Siberia and was bred by Eskimos to pull heavy loads.
  2. This breed gained popularity during the Alaskan gold rush because it could run for miles at a stretch while pulling loads.
  3. The Husky makes a wonderful companion for those who love the outdoors or an active dog.
  4. Huskies come in all sorts of coat colors, from black to pure white, with or without markings on the head.
  5. Though intelligent, the Husky presents challenges in training as he is less eager to please compared to other dog breeds.
  6. Huskies characteristically curve their tails over their backs and have hair between their toes.
  7. Siberian Huskies are notorious escape artists and may require a high fence to rein them in.
  8. Huskies have heavy coats and prefer cool weather so you may need to provide air conditioning during warm weather.
  9. Huskies are generally clean dogs that don’t carry much of a “doggy odor”.
  10. Huskies were celebrated as heroes when they managed to deliver medicine to treat a diphtheria outbreak in Alaska in 1925.

5 Popular Names for a Siberian Husky

Boris Empress Ivan Lolita Shadow

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#2 Boxer Facts, Information & Names

Boxer Facts, Information & Names

  1. Boxers were bred from the Bullenbeisser, an extinct dog breed that was used to hunt wild boar and stag.
  2. “Boxer” may have been derived from the German word, Boxl, the name by which the dog was referred to in slaughterhouses.
  3. When playing, they tend to stand on their hind legs and kick out their front paws like boxers.
  4. Their short snout makes their head shape unusual but helps them bite onto their prey.
  5. Boxers were used by German soldiers to carry messages and supplies during WWI.
  6. 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.
  7. Boxers exhibit a lot of energy and may require over 2 hours of exercise daily.
  8. Boxers are highly responsive to the needs of those they serve, making them suitable to work as guide dogs.
  9. A Boxer’s coat requires just the occasional brush up to get rid of dead hair.
  10. The Boxer is currently the tenth most popular breed in the U.S in AKC rankings.

5 Popular Names for a Boxer

Angus Caesar Duchess Gideon Rockie

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#1 Bulldog Facts, Information & Names

Bulldog Facts, Information & Names

  1. Bulldogs originated from England and are believed to be a mix of mastiffs and pugs.
  2. They were originally bred for bull baiting – their low center of gravity and underbite made them suited to the vicious sport.
  3. Bulldogs are prone to health complications like hip dysplasia and respiratory issues.
  4. More than 80% of bulldogs are delivered by Caesarean section owing to the large size of their heads.
  5. The wrinkles on their faces need to be wiped constantly in order to avoid infections.
  6. Bulldogs come in 10 different color combinations and four distinct markings.
  7. This breed is not well-suited for water (because of its large skull) and can drown when swimming.
  8. They play mascot to a number of legendary institutions like Yale University and the U.S. Marine Corps.
  9. Bulldogs’ short snouts make them prone to gassiness and snorting. They also drool a lot.
  10. They are classified as companions and are great for families with kids.

5 Popular Names for a Bulldog

Anita Apollo Brooklyn Princess Ralph

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When not writing about himself in the third person, Andy spends much of his time walking his dog Mr Wox, aka Soxy Woxy. A leading authority on dog-related topics, Andy is highly respected, deeply appreciated and widely admired.

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