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Most Popular Dog Breeds & their Origins

Posted on 6th June 2018 by Green Lane Farm Team

If you’re a dog lover, you’ll certainly be interested to know the 10 most popular dog breeds across the world. See for yourself where your favourite pooch originates from. Find out fun facts and all there is to know about your best friend.

Appearance:Labrador Retrievers have beautiful thick - but short - coats and come in three colours: gold, black or brown. They have large heads, wide muzzles, perky ears and big round eyes, they are solid, muscular dogs and are agile on their paws.

Size:Large sized breed.

Health care:because of a Labrador’s thick coat, it is important to brush them regularly to keep their coat under control. Also, because they’re very active dogs, it’s likely that they will roll around in mud and forage around any greenery that crosses their sight - so a regular bath is certainly on the cards to ensure a clean, well protected coat. The good thing is, they quite like to bathe, so bathing them shouldn’t be a big problem. The standard lifespan of a Labrador is 10-14 years.

Training & Exercise:Labradors have a whole lot of energy, they require homes with large gardens and enough space to roam indoors. They must be walked regularly, more than once a day down the street and back, as this is not enough daily activity for a Labrador. They must be able to run and burn off their energy, otherwise they might become destructive.

Fun Facts!Labradors are extremely loyal pets and enjoy having a close relationship with their owner, so teach them tricks. Not only will they will love it but it will help you to build trust and friendship.

Appearance:Poodles are very square dogs with a small head and long muzzle. Their most prominent feature is their thick curly coat, their most common colour of coat is black but white and apricot are the other natural colour of coat.

Size:Small to medium sized breed.

Health care:Due to the Poodle’s extremely thick coat, they must be brushed regularly to prevent any painful matting. It’s also important to maintain healthy dental care. Simply use a soft brush to clean their teeth weekly. Eye care is also important in Poodles because they tear more than most dogs, so to prevent irritation and sores, wash their eyes with cotton wool. The standard lifespan of a Poodle is 10-15 years.

Training & Exercise:Poodles require a few walks a day, but they do not require as much exercise as some other energetic dogs.

Fun Facts!Poodles were originally bred for hunting waterfowl, so to keep their vital organs warm whilst in cold water, their unusual hairstyle offered a purpose - keeping them warm (not just a fashion statement!).

Appearance:Although they’re not overly large dogs, Bull Terriers are very muscular and their distinguishing factor is their oval face that morphs into their muzzle. Although they may appear to look unfriendly, they are in fact the complete opposite. There are a few common colours of Bull Terriers including, white, white & brown and fawn.

Size:Medium sized breed.

Health care:Bull Terriers have very short coats and, because of this, minimal coat care is required. They can suffer from minor heart issues and allergies but keeping an eye on this pooch and regular trips to the vet will ensure good overall health. The standard lifespan of a Bull Terrier is 11-14 years.

Training & Exercise:Bull Terriers are feisty little fellows, they’re very playful but can be a little too mischievous at times and some can take a disliking to other small dogs and other animals. To maintain their overall good nature, it’s important to allow them full run of the garden and play times throughout the day to keep them mentally and physically busy.

Fun Facts!Their egg-shaped faces and triangle eyes, certainly set them apart from all other dogs around the world.

Appearance:Chihuahuas are very small, their bodies are relatively long compared to their height. They have large circular heads, big round eyes and large upright ears. Chihuahuas can have short or long hair in a variety of colours.

Size:Small sized breed.

Health care:Chihuahuas are pretty simple to look after, they shed only lightly. Like the Poodle, they too, are prone to tears, so it’s important to wipe them away with cotton pads to avoid infections. They are also known to have dental problems, so a simple tooth brushing once a week will keep a happy and healthy Chihuahua. The standard lifespan of a Chihuahua is 15-20 years.

Training & Exercise:Due to a Chihuahua’s size, they do not require a lot of activity but they do still require a good walk to ensure they don’t become obese.

Fun Facts!The Chihuahua is the world’s smallest dog, their weight varies between 2 and 8 pounds - similar to the weight of a pineapple!

Appearance:The Siberian Husky is well known for their striking blue eyes and their thick wolf-like coat. They have a very muscular physique and long, bushy tails.

Size:Large sized breed.

Health care:Due to their really thick fur, Huskies must brush their coats to help them get rid of excess fur. To prevent plaque and tartar buildup, it’s important to brush their teeth a couple of times a week. The standard lifespan of a Husky is 12-15 years.

Training & Exercise:Huskies are very intelligent working dogs and so, it’s important that they get enough exercise. A Husky must be able to cover long distances each day and enjoy lots of playtime. This will help to create a strong bond between you and your dog.

Fun Facts!Huskies are able to alter their metabolisms, they can sprint for long periods of time without tiring or using their fat or energy stores.

Appearance:Pugs are stout dogs and stand to around 14 inches high. They are well known for their prominent eyes, flat faces and curly tails.

Size:Small sized breed.

Health care:Due to a Pug’s flat face and lack of muzzle, they often have eye conditions, so it’s important to get a vet’s opinion, should you see any change. Also, their classic wrinkles on their face must be cleaned to prevent infection or irritation. The standard lifespan of a Pug 12-14 years.

Training & Exercise:Pugs are energy filled, which means they enjoy exercising however training can be a little difficult because they can be stubborn from time to time.

Fun Facts!In China, some Pugs were so well looked after that they had their own guards and palaces.

Appearance:Known for their spots, Dalmatians have a black and white coat and a long tail. They stand tall to a maximum height of 23 inches and have an athletic physique.

Size:Large sized breed.

Health care:A Dalmatian’s coat is almost a dirt repellant, so they are relatively clean dogs and needn’t be washed too regularly. Dalmatians can have allergies, so you may see them scratching excessively or a rash begin to form - if you see this it could be a reaction to a change in food or exposure to something new in the environment. The standard lifespan of a Dalmatian is 10-13 years.

Training & Exercise:Dalmatians like to be active and if under stimulated, they can be prone to hyperactivity and destruction. It’s important to take your dog for a long walk or jog everyday to help them relieve their excess energy. Dalmatians enjoy a good game of fetch and general interaction, they dislike being alone for too long.

Fun Facts!Dalmatian puppies are born pure white and develop spots as they get older.

Appearance:Basset Hounds have short legs and long bodies, with a large head, floppy ears and loose, excess skin that folds over their muzzle. To add to unusual proportions, they have big feet too.

Size:Small sized breed.

Health care:Basset Hounds do not require much grooming because they have water-resistant coats, but a simple weekly brush will suffice. As their ears are so large, they do have a tendency to get ear infections, so to keep any harmful bacteria away a weekly clean is important. The standard lifespan of a Basset Hound is 10-12 years.

Training & Exercise:With a Basset Hound, training can be challenging because they’re very independent dogs which means they can be hard to teach. As Bassets very much like to do their own thing in their own time, it takes a lot of patience to ensure that they get enough exercise because they do love to eat.

Fun Facts!Basset Hounds have large ears because they’re sniffer-dogs and this helps to draw smells directly into their nose.

Appearance:Basenjis are muscular dogs that are light on their paws, they have long legs, a curled tail and a long muzzle. These elegant dogs have very handsome faces and almond-shaped, brown eyes. Basenjis are usually brown and white variations.

Size:Medium sized breed.

Health care:Basenjis are delightful, almost cat like because they keep well groomed and do not give off a ‘dog odour’. To keep them healthy it’s good to clean their teeth and ears weekly to stay infection-free. The standard lifespan of a Basenji is 12-16 years.

Training & Exercise:As Basenjis have cat-like qualities, they can be testing when it comes to training but a little perseverance and they will a pleasure to spend time with. It’s also important to point out that Basenjis are pretty quick, they enjoying running and can reach impressive speeds.

Fun Facts!The Basenji was the ultimate gift given to kings and queens as a sign of respect and admiration.

Appearance:Bichon Frise are very compact dogs that almost look like toys because of their sweet faces and fluffy white fur. They are white all over but when they’re puppies they are more of a cream colour.

Size:Small sized breed.

Health care:Bichon Frise are very much indoor dogs, although they enjoy a good run outside, they are better suited to a cosy family oriented lifestyle. This breed is prone to matting, so it’s important to brush and trim these dogs regularly. The standard lifespan of a Bichon Frise is 12-15 years.

Training & Exercise:Like all dogs, Bichon Frise enjoy a good walk and play but because they are smaller dogs they require less exercise than most. They are very affectionate, so training them is quite simple because they enjoy spending time with their owners.

Fun Facts!For those that suffer from many allergies or are generally allergic to dogs, the Bichon Frise is most likely to have very little or no effect on them.

Green Lane Farm have over 50 years of experience caring for all types of animals, so when you choose to board your furry best friend with us, you can ensure that they’re in good hands. For more information, contact our team today!

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