“Dogs are the man’s best friend”. They are not only our friend and loyal but they also guard our homes and help the police department to control crime. This is one of the most common and favorite species which is kept as a pet. Dogs are also available in various breeds, some of which are also the hybrids. Throughout the years various competitions take place in different corners of the world for dogs ranking them according to different aspects and their features. Following are the top ten most popular dogs in the world.
10. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu was originated in China, is the 10th most popular breed of dogs in demand in the world. They are also known by the names like Chinese lion dog and Chrysanthemum dog. Both adult male and female dogs of these breed weights about 4-7.25 kilograms and stand up to 2-028 centimeters and have silky and long hairs. Their demand for a consistent grooming session because of their furs and curly hair. This breed is available in colors like white, black or the combination of the two, dark and light brown and brindle. Their life span expands from 10-16 years.
Poodles were originated in Germany and France. Other popular names of poodle are Caniche and Barbone. These dogs are extremely obedient, energetic and intellectual and are extensively used in dog sports. Colors like white, brown, black, silver, red, gray, apricot, red and cream are common in this dog breed. They are also hypoallergenic (as they don’t shed) and have a curly fur and so poodles demand for a regular session of brushing and bathing.
Dachshund, standing in the 8th position in the list is also a member of Hound family and is characterized by short legs and a long body. It is known by many different names in different parts of the world like Teckel, Tekkel, Weenie dog, Sausage dog, Bassotto, Perro Salchicha. They were originated in Germany. Their life span is 12.7 years on an average. An adult dachshund weighs about 7.3 -13 kgs. Their paws are usually large and paddle making them an efficient digger. They come in a variety of colors like red, tan, black. They can be single colored or multi colored with or without spots. They are mesmerizing eye colors like green , brown and amber.
German Boxer (also known as Deutscher Boxer) stands on the 7th position in the list of most popular dogs were originated in the United Kingdom. With an average male weighing 30-32 kilograms and a height of 57-63 centimeters, and that of a female being 25-27 kilograms and a height of 53-60 centimeters, they have a life span of 9-10 years. Colors like fawn or black with or without white markings are common in them. They are often medium in size and short haired.
English bulldog, commonly referred as Bulldogs owe their origin to England. The other known breeds of bulldog include the American bulldog, Australian bulldog and the French bulldog. It is a heavy muscular body with a distinctive wrinkled face. They have a very small life span of about 8-12 years, the major reason of death being heart related cancers and old age. An average male bulldog weighs 45-55 pounds while a female weighs 45 pounds. These dogs are also heat sensitive and special care must be taken to keep them cool in summers. If little sounds awake you then you should probably not go for the Bulldogs as they are loud snorers.
5. Golden Retriever
Golden retriever has an immense love for water. Their coat helps them from drowning in water. Other than serving as pets they are also used as guard dogs for helping the blind and deaf as well as a hunting dog. An average male weighs about 29-34 kilograms and female from 27-32 kilograms. Males stand up to a height of 58-61 centimeters while females stand up to 55-57 centimeters. They have a life span of 10-12 years. Permissible coat color includes any variation in the colors like cream or golden. Their coat acts as a temperature controller for them, keeping them cool in summer and warm in winters.
Beagle or English beagle is the 4th most popular breed of dogs in the world. They make a great detection dog because of their great smelling sense. They are a member of the Hound group. They were the hybrid of many dog breeds including Talbot hound, southern hound and North Country Beagle and originated in Great Britain in 1830s. They live up to 10-13 years, males weighing up to 10-11 kilograms and females up to 9-10 kilograms. Their coat color varies in color like white with a blend of red or tricolor, brown or orange. They also don’t have a health problem, making then a dog option for a pet.
3. Yorkshire terrier
Yorkshire terrier (nick named as Yorkie), a breed of terrier type dogs originated in 19th century in Yorkshire, England. These dogs live up to 13-16 years. The Yorkshire Terriers have a very fine quality of coat and texture. Their hair is glossy, silky and straight. The coat color varies from gray to blue. Healthy breeds of these dogs include colors like blue and tan, blue and golden. These dogs are one of the hypoallergenic breed of dogs as they don’t shed much when bathed or brushed and are known to cause many allergic reactions in humans. These dogs have been used to develop other breeds of dog like an Australian silky terrier.
2. German Shepherd
Originated in Germany long back in 1899, German shepherd also widely known as Alsatian is the second most popular breed of dogs in the world. The other common names of shepherd are Berger Allemand, Deutscher Schäferhund, GSD
and Schäferhund. Weight of german shepherd male is around 35-43 kilograms and height ranges from 60-65 centimeters while that of females is 23-33 kilograms and they stand up to 55-60 centimeters. The average duration of their life span is around 9.7years.These dogs are mostly used to guard flocks of sheep or animal herd. Due to their high intellectual level they are also useful to police and military generals. The most common coat color is black.
1. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed of dogs. This breed of Retriever dog is on top in the list of most popular dogs from over two decades. Canada is the origin country for Labradors but now they are popular in many countries like United states, Australia and united kingdom. Their life span is about 10 -13 years with a male weighing 29-30 kilograms and a height of 57-62 centimeters and female weighing 25 – 30 kilograms and 55 to 60 cm tall. The coat of Labradors is generally yellow, black and chocolate. Their webbed paws make them an efficient swimmer. These dogs are very widely used by the police officials and army officers in crime detection. These are also kept as pets because of their friendly nature to children and senior citizens. They are also a guide to the blind people.