It is amazing to see the power of dogs and the affect that they can have on humans, other animals and the world in general. They have the abilities to change lives, save lives and impact lives forever. Dogs have the ability to serve the government, military, police, hospitals. They ca also help as therapeutic aids. Every breed has something special to offer.
Whether you want a companion, need it for safety or for work, dogs are always ready to learn and grow with their owners. Giving dogs the best lives they can have and taking care of them properly allows them to grow to their fullest potential. They are loyal, loving and extremely gifted and smart. Here is a little more about each of the 15 following specific breeds…
This is the type of breed you see in a lot of dog shows. They were originally intended to be guard dogs, but have transitioned into household pets and working dogs. They are very playful and have a lot of energy at any age. They are fearless and very friendly.
A great thing about this type of dog is that it requires little grooming and don’t shed really. They make a very funny woo-ing sound when they are really excited or they are trying to tell you that they want something. It is very important to train your boxer early on in life before they get too big, because they pack a ton of energy.
14. Golden Retriever
This is one of the most popular breeds in North America and for good reason. They are one of the best breeds for families and children as they are very gentle.
Like their name indicates, they excel at retrieving are are very good at tracking, sniffing out, swimming and hunting. They’re especially good as therapy dogs because of their gentle nature and intelligence. They do not like being alone and love to eat, so it is important not to overfeed them because they will not stop.
These are beautiful animals, they come in a variety of colors and sometimes have bright eyes that contrast with their coats. They are very wolf-like in appearance and originate from Siberia. They are a very difficult breed to train and do not look to please their owner.
They are not recommended for a first time dog owner for that reason, but they also possess a lot of positive qualities. They get a long well with children and other dogs, especially in a home setting. They are pack dogs and require an alpha owner who will clearly be defined as a leader.
This is a very loyal and loving breed. They love their families and live to please their owners. They excel as therapy dogs for they have high intelligence.They grasp how to be an assistance dog for people in need.
Do not expect your lab to be a good guard dog though. Because of their overly friendly nature, they will not attack or recognize an intruder. Like golden retrievers, they love to eat so it is important to give them at least one hour of energy-burning exercise per day. They are one of the most popular breeds and are sought after for most families as a pet.
11. Basset Hound
Basset Hounds were bred to hunt for small animals like rabbits, but most of them have become household pets. They are about one foot in height and weigh roughly 50 to 65 pounds. Although they walk very low to the ground, the dog has a lot of muscle.
Aside from their ears being oversized and almost dragging on the ground, they serve a purpose other than being so freaking cute. Their ears help them smell out when hunting. The wrinkles in their face are actually designed to entrap the smells further. They are very calm, friendly but become lazy dogs if not put to work.
In the past, bulldogs were used as fighter dogs but that behavior has changed drastically. They are now bred to be very affectionate and loving.
Sadly, like many other breeds, this dog is prone to some health problems due to his body type. Joint and respiratory problems are the top issues for these pooches. It is important to give them exercise, because they are not naturally inclined to physical activity. Gaining too much weight can further their health problems.
They are very calm and will stick by your side; you do not have to worry about this breed running away.
These dogs are all about working and can become huge; they can weigh up to 130 pounds of pure muscle. They originated in Germany and were mainly used to help on the farm and drive cattle. Today, they work on police forces and are loving and loyal family pets.
It is vitally important to socialize this breed at a young age because they can be very protective of their family against strangers. It is important to never resort to anger or violence with this breed, because they will remain the top dog (pun intended) and you don’t want to mess with their animal fury.
It is important to understand how to bring up and care for a rottweiler, if you do you will have an obedient friend for life.
8. Great Dane
Also known as the gentle giant, this dog may be huge but it has one of the most gentle characters ever. They can weigh up to 200 pounds! They are highly sensitive pets and do not adapt well to apartment living — for obvious reasons.
Although they are not aggressive or rambunctious, it is important to give them obedience training at a young age simply due to their future large size. Being trained makes them easier to handle in small spaces for their stature. The breed is very easy to train and enjoys positive reinforcement.
These dogs are known for being very silly, they like to play and show their fun characters. Being close to their owners is essential for pugs. They crave human contact and companionship. They socialize well with children and do not bark often.
They do shed a lot but are very good dogs that adapt well to apartment living because of their small size. It is very important to keep a close eye on pugs during the summer. They are prone to overheating and do not well do in high temperatures.
This breed is a mix of all kinds of temperaments. They are very fun-loving and mingle well with children and humans in general. Since they are a type of hound dog, they can be stubborn and need attentive training at an early age. They are relatively small dogs and the heaviest they can weigh is roughly 30 pounds.
They have a very good sense of smell and thus are good at sniffing things out. They bark a lot and can easily get bored if left alone for too long. It is especially important to train others to leave the dog be while eating as it can be prone to getting aggressive and possessive when it comes to their food.
These dogs were bred to be small-time hunters. They grow to be roughly 9 inches at the shoulder and weigh around 30 pounds maximum. Not all fur is the same for dachshunds; they can have long flowing hair, short hair or wiry hair.
Although they look like giant hot dogs, their short legs allow them to properly dig in tunnels and fight small animals like badgers, foxes and rabbits. They are very hard working dogs and make terrific family additions because of their soft yet fun nature.
4. Chow Chow
This breed is one of the funniest and cutest looking types of dogs. They are fiercely loyal and independent. They are not extremely affectionate nor do they like to be fondled.
They are best suited for homes with adults as they do not tolerate child’s play very much. They usually just bond with one or two people and are suspicious of any newcomers. They do have a ton of fur so brushing them two to three times a week is highly recommended.
3. St. Bernard
The St. Bernard was originally used as a guard dog, because of its large size they are very good at pulling heavy weight. You would think it would be difficult to keep a dog this size indoors but it actually is very adaptable and calm inside. They are not aggressive at all and love humans.
They do scare off any intruders or dangerous people due to their size and their capability to cause harm if needed. Surprisingly, they do not require a great amount of exercise and make the best cuddle buddies!
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This is a great breed because they have qualities that are from the best of both worlds. They can easily be a calm lap dog, but also love to be athletic, running and hiking. They very much like human companionship and do not do well being alone for long periods of time.
They aim to please their owners and do not respond well to yelling or aggression. If yelled at, they will most likely go into hiding as they have a very soft nature. They are very friendly and should not be depended on as any type of guard dog.
1. German Shepherd
German Shepherds are one of the best kinds of dogs because of their hyper intelligence. They are eager to learn and respond very quickly to training. They are very courageous and are extremely dedicated and loyal to their owners. They can work many jobs including assistance dog, military and police service, search and rescue and drug detection.
It is important to give them a lot of physical and mental activities to do daily to prevent them from boredom. They are extremely good with children as they are very protective and gentle. Be prepared to give your full dedication to this dog because they deserve it!