I am sure as you already guessed – I LOVE DOGS and i love my dog! They are truly a woman (and man’s) best friends!
Did you know archeologists have found fossil records of domesticated pet dogs alongside humans from as long as 14,000 years ago! Wow - that’s a long time. That’s 140-280 generations in human terms, or nearly 100,000 dog years!
It’s fascinating what can happen in as long a time. What started presumably with frail wolves ousted from their packs, gravitating towards early human settlements for scraps and protection – have evolved into over 300 breeds of dogs we know and love today.
Over these 14,000 and probably more years, humans only selected the genetic variations in the offspring of these initial outcast wolves which best suited our needs. Which is why all puppies look cute to us today, because the ones which didn’t, or those who were extremely aggressive towards humans - we never further developed their genetic variations, all those thousands of years ago.
We only developed the genetic variations/behaviors/ characteristics we liked or needed in our new best friends. So, the dogs we know and love today, have come down a very long line of natural genetic variations and human selection – leading them to look and behave the way we know them too!
But all these variations in dog breeds only exploded over the last 200 years, when humans began cross-breeding dogs in the 19th century. Before then dogs were groomed over thousands of years in somewhat isolated pockets across the world for different and unique characteristics. From small cute ones for royalty to bigger, sportier or more protective ones for working alongside humans.
Along with the explosion of dog breeds, also came an explosion in unique gifts for dog owners! With so many more dog breeds and owners, dog lover gifts (especially dog mom gifts) are now amongst the most popular gifting category in the US and around the world.
I did some research, and here’s what I found for many of the more popular breeds we know and LOVE today.
Dachshund is a German word meaning “badger dog” - "Dach" means badger and "hund" means dog - primarily groomed to hunt badgers in the wild.
With their slender long torso, dachshunds have the lung capacity, stamina shape and size to become great badger hunting dogs. It’s said that Dachshunds can track a scent that is more than a week old! So they were also commonly used for rabbit, fox and deer hunting in addition to badgers.
The Dachshund may have an unmistakable long-backed body, and little legs - but they have a BIG personality. They are a loyal companion and good with children if treated well. Smart and vigilant, with a big-dog bark, they are good family dogs and they can also make watch dogs. They can be brave and a bit stubborn, but their endearing nature and unique look has won millions of hearts the world over.
However, as Dachshunds were bred to be hunters, they are ranked high for destructiveness. But their versatility makes them excellent family companions. There is no height standard for the dachshund, but they are usually under nine inches in height and come in five colors: red, black, chocolate, white and gray.
As we were saying before, despite their size, Dachshunds are well known for their courageous nature, well-balanced, bold and confident personality, with an energetic disposition and pleasant expressions.
Their keen nose also gives them an advantage over most other breeds for trailing when on the hunt. However, as they have a long back, Dachshunds are prone to spinal disk problems, making it extremely important not to let them ever become overweight and always keep a close check on their weight.
The exact origins of the Dachshund are unknown but theorized that the early roots of the dachshund may go back to ancient Egypt. Since then the Dachshund has long been a national symbol of Germany now also including elements of German, French, and English hounds and terriers.
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Boston Terrier owners know that their dogs’ rule, as they are lovers - not fighters! You will instantly fall in love with a Boston Terrier puppy when you see one and you will do every possible thing to bring one home and so what I did. They are just Adorable!
They are extraordinarily adaptable to your lifestyle and have the most expressive facial expressions that will make you laugh out loud! They’re just well-proportioned, handsome little dogs. For people who want a cheerful companion, a Boston Terrier can be a great choice. They are often referred to as the national dog of the United States.
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A Frenchie is a companion dog amongst the world’s most popular small dog breeds. In fact, in 2015, they were the 4th most popular dog in both the United Kingdom, and in the U.S. They demand attention, like many other companion dog breeds, requiring close contact with their humans. French bulldog is most often mistaken with the Boston Terrier and English Bulldogs, as they resemble a lot.
French Bulldog is a muscular dog, an even-tempered house dog. They do not require a lot of food, need minimal exercise, with daily short walks. A Frenchie is a charmer - they rarely bark, but they are excellent watchdogs. They do well with other animals and enjoy making new friends. They are the most loving dogs, playful, alert, adaptable and muscular in appearance.
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At 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder and 27 to 30 pounds, they are Chubby and you can find them in four different coat colors and markings - red, sable, fawn, and black and tan, with or without white markings.
They are one of the world's most popular herding breeds. They are fearless, independent and responds well to training. According to the AKC, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was ranked 20th most popular breed of dog in 2015. Some of them are prone to overeating, so one must keep an eye on their weight. Pembrokes also make good watchdogs. They tend to bark at anything and everything. They are very affectionate, love to be involved in the family.
Also, did you know none other than Queen Elizabeth II has had more than 30 corgis in her lifetime?
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As their name suggests, originally from Germany, German Shepherd Dogs are the most popular breeds in the United States. They started being called an Alsatiansin the United States during World War 2 owing to the anti- German rhetoric.
They are amongst the smartest, intelligent and most versatile dogs around. That’s why they are also a favorite choice for service dogs, military dogs, and police dogs.
Large-sized with medium-energy, the German Shepherd breed can grow to between 75-95 pounds and lives an average of 10-12 years. They are large, agile, muscular, and were bred to be the ultimate herding dog. Their courage, speed, strength, gentleness, endurance, obedience, loyalty also makes them a good choice as well-disciplined family pets. They are very protective and devoted to their family and home.
The German Shepherd is both an indoor and outdoor dog. Frequent training or exercise sessions and daily mental stimulation are essential for keeping their mind and body active. They enjoy physical challenges, and because the German Shepherd sheds throughout the year, their coat needs to be brushed once or twice a week.
Ample daily exercise helps prevent aggressive behavior. German shepherd pups needs socialization and obedience training at a young age, else they can be very destructive. German Shepherds get along well with children and other dogs and pets as long as they’re taught to do so. They are amongst the smartest and easiest to train.
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The Golden Retrievers are playful, friendly, affectionate and even-tempered large-sized Scottish gun dogs. Their temperament has made them the third-most-popular family dog in the United States.
Named after their dense, lustrous coat of beautiful golden fur. They are fabulous outgoing, trustworthy family dogs and are also natural athletes. An extremely intelligent companion, always wanting to love and please, they’re great with kids, very protective of their humans and tend to get along well with other pets. Goldens can reach a weight of 55 – 75 lbs, and a height between 21.5 – 24”.
Swimming and fetching are their natural pastimes as Golden Retrievers have an instinctive love of water and are easy to train. Golden Retrievers require fairly regular grooming. They were originally bred in Scotland in the mid-19th century. They don’t often bark so do not count them to make good watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are rarely picky eaters, and they require ample physical and mental exercise. They are so versatile as they are not only good bird dogs and family pets but are popular service dogs for the blind and disabled, as well as working search and rescue dogs.
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Labradors are gentle, affectionate, cute, friendly & loyal and this makes them a great family dog, also one of the best dogs for children of all ages and they socialize well with neighbor dogs and humans alike.
They are peaceful with other animals and their highly intelligent and pleasing characteristic makes them easy to train. Exercising them regularly helps them to calm down and induce good behavior.
They shed a lot that’s why they need frequent grooming. Labradors are a heavy eater, that’s why one needs to keep a check on their diet or else they pose a high risk of obesity. The Lab is an enthusiastic athlete.
They need a good amount of exercise, not just a couple of short walks to keep physically and mentally fit. They can adapt to any climate due to their double coat. They enjoy jogging, swimming, boating, hiking, and many more activities. Labradors are excellent swimmers as their water-resistant double coat and possess an ability to tolerate extreme cold water for an extended period.
They possess a strong-smelling sense, this helps them to be used as detection dogs to track down thieves, terrorists, smugglers and black marketers. The Labrador Retriever did not come from Labrador, but Newfoundland. No doubt Labs are great hunting dogs, guide dogs, show dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs, sniffer dogs, rescue dogs and above all, great family dogs.
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One of the friendliest breeds I have ever came across with is Beagle. Beagle come in two varieties, one is about 13 inches tall and the other size come between 13 to 15 inches in the varieties of colors as lemon, red, white and tricolor. They are muscular, solid, loving, friendly and cheerful companionable breed & they make a great family dog. They are clever and prefer company. They may bark excessively if left alone and be destructive. Among American pet owners, Beagle is the most popular hound dog. The beagle is the primary breed used as detection dogs because of possessing a great sense of smell (can also refer as scenthounds) and tracking instincts. They are good with other pets and children. They require minimal grooming. Also, they seem to easily become overweight, so one must keep a check on their calorie intake.
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Pugs have an even-tempered and charming personality with their small size and muscular disposition. Well known as sociable and gentle companion dogs with a large round head, smooth, black and velvety ears, wrinkly, short-muzzled face, sparkling eyes, and a tightly curled tail. They really can’t help but make you smile. They are very intelligent, happy, affectionate, playful and mischievous.
It is believed that the Pug's name comes from the Latin word for "fist" because their face resembles a closed human fist. They are suitable for families with children and their cute wrinkled brow giving them a range of human expressions.
Very fond of children and small enough to properly play with them. They are playful and thrive on human companionship and are ideal house dogs. Many owners call their pugs ‘shadows’ because they like to follow their humans everywhere and always stay close to the action, always craving for affection and attention from their owners.
Pugs live to love and want to be loved in return. They can't tolerate high heat and humidity because of a short muzzle. They do best in moderate climates but with proper care. Pugs love to be the center of attention and are sure to be very lovesick if ignored. They are greedy eaters and will overeat every chance they get, and also gain weight easily. If you own a Pug, expect him or her to follow you everywhere, including the bathroom, always want to sit in your lap, want to sleep on the bed with you and more! Today Pugs are among one of the most popular breeds on the planet!
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This medium-sized working dog and high-energy breed, originally hails from Siberia, can grow to between 35-60 pounds. Huskies were originally bred by the native people in Asia. It is an active, energetic, and resilient breed with an extremely dense coat, which allows them to withstand extreme cold. These dogs often have striking blue eyes which makes them even more beautiful. Their thick coats require weekly grooming. The Husky howls instead of barking and are notorious howlers, you can hear Husky's voice carry from miles. They are intelligent and independent and are affectionate with everyone.
They do well with children and friendly towards strangers and would highly recommend them if you want a guard dog. When properly trained and cared for, Huskies make truly wonderful family companions. They are very charming with their mischievous, playful, highly intelligent and talkative nature. They exhibit high energy indoors, needs tons of exercise and maybe destructive "without proper care". They give a lot of affection and love to receive it. They do better in cooler climate.
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