They're loved by everyone: Which dog breeds are the most popular in the world
Dogs have been around for thousands of years and have become some of our best friends and helpers. During this time, hundreds of different breeds have been bred for different tasks, but some of them have gained great popularity. The reason is the friendly nature and sharp mind of these animals. Their temperament can be quite different, but they have one thing in common - they are wonderful friends, ready to do anything to find a common language with their master.
OBOZREVATEL tells what breeds of dogs are the most popular in the world. And what are popular in Ukraine.
Top of the most popular dog breeds in the world
German Shepherd Dog
This breed appeared at the end of the XIX century in Germany and was intended to work with livestock. But it quickly became clear that German Shepherds are the perfect combination of intelligence, balanced temperament and beauty. This breed can be trained for any task - from escorting a blind person to serving in the army or police.
Representatives of the breed are called ideal family dogs. They are kind to children and are ready to play with them endlessly, but with the right approach to education are obedient and do not bully in the house. Due to the fact that the breed was bred as a hunting dog, Labrador Retrievers can boast good health and great physical endurance.
Husky's energy reserves are almost inexhaustible, because this breed was created specifically for use as a sled animal in the far north, where a horse would not be able to walk through deep snow. This is a strong and very intelligent dog, amazingly similar in appearance to its distant ancestor - the wolf, but at the same time very human-oriented. If you provide the Husky with enough activity, it will become the best friend to all members of the family.
Like all hunting dogs, this diminutive beauty is extremely intelligent and contactable. Cocker Spaniels were created to understand humans from the word go. To all they have an excellent appearance and a pleasant to the touch silky coat. A dog of this breed will be quite comfortable in a standard city apartment.
The main advantage of these ornamental dogs is that they are hypoallergenic. But on top of that comes incredible patience and intelligence. Poodles are loved for their beauty and wit. And for high contact - they themselves are looking for communication with a person. And all the best qualities of the breed are inherent in all its types - from a huge, almost 60 cm tall poodle to a toy poodle.
These tiny dogs look very funny, but are very brave and loyal to their owners. They love attention and are easy to train. The Yorkshire Terrier will be comfortable in a small apartment and in a large house, where he can release all his energy. In addition, they are one of the longest-lived of all dogs.
Once again, a hunting dog. Beagles are characterized by their small size and very friendly nature. Since they were bred to hunt animals in packs, beagles interact well with a large number of people and are able to find a separate approach to everyone. They have an excellent sense of smell, so they are used as search dogs in the army, customs and police. The Beagle will also make a great walking companion for a child, as it has the same energy level as a toddler.
In ancient China (and the breed is over 2,000 years old), Pekingese were considered imperial dogs. They were deified for their resemblance to a miniature lion. At the same time they are not so formidable at all. Pekingese are great pranksters and love to play with people. At the same time, it is a dog with a great sense of dignity, which will not give itself in offense and if necessary will stand up for the owner.
Dogs with long, strong bodies and short legs were bred to hunt burrowing animals. That's why they're intelligent. These dogs love to search for different objects and frolic. Dachshunds are incorrigible optimists and always show great joy when they see people they love.
What breeds are popular in Ukraine
In addition to those listed, Ukrainians prefer several other breeds. These are mostly small animals with a friendly character. Hence, this list includes:
Jack Russell Terrier
These little hunters have an inexhaustible supply of energy and a joyful, open disposition. Despite their restlessness, they learn very easily and follow commands almost without mistakes. However, the owner of a Jack Russell will have to work hard to ensure that his pet has enough activity.
Pugs are not just friendly dogs, they are love itself. They do not tolerate aggression and hostility and prefer to avoid conflict at all costs. They are rather calm in temperament. They are very active only in childhood, after which they turn into balanced and moderate animals. Although they can be stubborn. Then you will have to make concessions to avoid quarreling with this funny and affectionate dog.
Despite the miniature size, Chihuahuas are champions of devotion to their masters. They are ready to protect people from the last forces. This is one of the oldest dog breeds known to man. The Aztecs considered them sacred - they were depicted on frescoes in temples and buried with their owners. The ancient people believed that the Chihuahua is able to lead its own owner through the trials of the afterlife. Which tells us a lot about the animal's character. They are patient, intelligent and incredibly contactable.
Despite their diminutive size, Chihuahuas are champions of loyalty to their owners. They are ready to protect people with their last strength. This is one of the oldest breeds of dogs known to man. The Aztecs considered them sacred - they were depicted on frescoes in temples and buried with their owners. The ancient people believed that the Chihuahua is able to lead its own owner through the trials of the afterlife. Which tells us a lot about the animal's character. They are patient, intelligent and incredibly contactable.
Earlier OBOZREVATEL published a rating of the most intelligent breeds of dogs.