Relaxed pet dog: The 10 most popular dog breeds

Looking to welcome a new pup into your family in 2017? PetInsurance.com.au has listed the Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds – some may surprise you!

By Mr Fluffy

Read on for temperament and care advice to help you make the right decision as to which dog may be the best fit for your family. Always remember to consider a pet insurance policy as soon as you get your pup.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador retriever on the Homer Spit beach, Kenai Peninsula, Southcentral Alaska.
  • Labrador Retrievers are large dogs with a water resistant coat that comes in a variety of colours including yellow, black and chocolate.
  • They are the most popular breed of dog in the world.
  • Distinctive characteristics include webbed paws and otter like tails that help these dogs to be excellent swimmers. 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s are hardy, medium sized, powerfully built dogs that are muscular all over.
  • They have a low maintenance smooth, short coat.
  • They prefer human company to the company of other dogs.

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French Bulldog

  • The French Bulldog is a compact, medium sized dog who are fun loving and affectionate
  • Their main distinctive features are its erect bat like ears and its concentrated gaze. French bulldogs come in a variety of colours and coat patterns including, brindle, fawn, pied and cream.
  • As they are brachycephalic dogs, they are prone to respiratory problems and require special management to minimise complications and ensure longevity.

German Shepherd

  • The German Shepherd is a large athletic dog that is highly active and very sociable. They are good with children especially when socialised from an early age.
  • They were originally bred for herding and guarding sheep that originated in Germany.
  • Today, they work in many different fields including herding, police work, guiding the visually impaired, search and rescue and drug detection.

Border Collie

  • Border Collies are rated as the most intelligent of all dogs. These medium sized dogs have a double coat that can be found in a variety of colours including black and white, tri-colour, red and white and black and grey.
  • Due to their high energy level and impressive intellect, both physical and mental stimulation is imperative to avoid behavioural problems.
  • Failure to challenge and exercise these dogs regularly results in distressed and occasionally destructive dogs 

Golden Retriever

  • The Golden Retriever is a friendly and tolerant dog, making them a fantastic family pet. They are highly intelligent and natural athletes.
  • The breed is best known for its lustrous, golden coat. They have a friendly and intelligent expression.
  • They require a reasonable amount of exercise to keep them in peak condition and muscular.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels date back to 16th century England where they were used as lapdogs for the affluent. They helped to keep their owners warm by curling up at their feet or on their lap.
  • These dogs have a beautiful temperament and are excellent with children hence they make a fantastic loveable family pet.
  • They are suitable for apartment living as they are easily house trained are small and unobtrusive.

American Staffordshire Bull Terrier

  • The American Staffordshire Terrier is a strong, agile and muscular breed.
  • They can make good family dogs and are quite tolerant. They will instinctively protect the house and are good with other animals provided they have been acquainted with them at a young age.
  • The breed is recommended for an active household and an owner who is firm and confident with the dog.

Miniature Schnauzer

  • The Miniature Schnauzer is playful, pleasant and adaptable in the home. They make an alert watchdog and may welcome strangers with a lot of enthusiasm.
  • They are highly energetic and can have a tendency to be stubborn towards other dogs if not well socialised from a young age.
  • They love walks and need a decent amount of exercise, but mostly they are happy just being a part of the family.

Rottweiler

  • The Rottweiler is a large breed, muscular and powerful dog with a short thick coat. They have distinctive colouring mostly black with tan markings on the cheeks, muzzle, paws and legs.
  • These versatile dogs are used in a variety of disciplines including herding, guarding, search and rescue, guide dogs for the blind, police work, carting and competitive obedience.
  • They need to be kept active with regular exercise, as this breed can be prone to obesity and obesity related diseases.
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