My Top 11 Dog Breeds
Dogs Are Angels With Fur
I have always loved dogs for as long as I can remember. I think I was begging for a dog as soon as I could talk. Both sets of my grandparents had a dog but I wanted my own. We finally got a dog when I was 10 years old, when my parents knew I was responsible enough to have one.
Our first dog was a Beagle that we got from a breeder, so she was a purebred. She was the runt of the littler and very timid. We named her Babe. I rallied to name her Samantha, or Sam for short, but my mom didn't like that. I then suggested Babe and my mom said that would be the perfect name. We got Babe in May of 1993 (I think it was May) and she was with us until October 2002.
After Babe passed, it took 3.5 years to convince my mom that we needed another dog. I was still living at home at the time and I wanted another dog. My mom was hard to convince. I was looking through the local counties animal control page, at the pets up for adoption, and I saw her. Her name was Louise and she was a Beagle. I then turned into a five year old child and begged, pleaded, and whined to my mother...telling her we NEEDED Louise. She used the excuse "but your father is out of town" so I called my dad and he said it was okay with him. In the end, I won, and in the nick of time, too - another couple came in to adopt her right after we had left, after adopting her. We changed her name to Maggie but kept her middle name as Louise (hey, every Southern lady has to have a middle name!) We adopted Maggie in May 2006 and she was around three to five years old, the vet thought. She was with us until June 2013. She was dubbed Maggie the Super Beagle at one point and, well, she was super!
Now, my husband and I have two dogs, which you can see in the picture. Harley is rotten, totally rotten. He will be 5 in April and he's getting to be a cranky old man. He's my baby and he knows it. Rocko is about 16 months old and he is always in trouble. He has a severe shoe fetish so we have to make sure all shoes are put up before we leave them. He is sweet when he wants to be, though. He's very loving.
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Breed #11: Golden Retriever
Breed #11 is the Golden Retriever.
My dad had a Golden, named Jackson, when I was a kid but he lived with my grandparents. He was a sweetheart. Unless you tried to get a ham bone away from him, then he could be kind of mean.
Goldens are bred to retrieve shot waterfowl, like ducks, during shooting and hunting parties. They were named retrievers for their ability to retrieve the fowl unharmed. Goldens love water and are easy to train. They are a long coat breed with a denser inner coat, to provide them with warmth when they are outside.With such a coat, they shed a lot and need regular grooming with the change of the seasons.
Goldens are very intelligent, which makes them a versatile breed to fill a variety of roles, such as seeing eye dog, hearing dog for the deaf, hunting dog, detection dog, and more. The breed is unsuited for a guard dog, as it is very friendly with a gentle temperament.
But, the gentle temperament has made the Golden the third most popular family dog in the US.
Celebrities with Golden Retrievers: Pamela Anderson, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Fallon, Gerald Ford, Mary Tyler Moore, Arnold Palmer, Gregory Peck, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey, and Betty White.
Breed #10: American Pitbull Terrier
Breed #10 is the American Pitbull Terrier.
The term pit bull is a generic term used to describe dogs with similar physical characteristics. The pit bull breed includes: American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, or any mix. The pit bull in not a distinct breed, which may make it difficult for experts to identify. Mix breeds can be labeled pit bull if they have certain characteristics, such as the square head or bulky body type.
The breed was first bred to bait bulls and bears. After bear baiting and bull baiting was deemed inhumane, rat baiting and dog fighting became popular. The American Pit is medium-sized, and has a short coat and smooth well-defined muscle structure. The APBT eye's are round or almond shaped and it's ears are short to medium length. Their ears can be natural or cropped (they're cuter with natural ears, in my opinion).
The essential characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier are strength, confidence, and zest for life. This breed is eager to please and brimming over with enthusiasm. APBT were known as "nanny dogs" because of their love and protection of children. The ignorance, lack of dog experience, and irresponsibility of some owners have caused this breed a lot of problems. Be that as it may, it doesn't diminish the facts. These dogs are very intelligent and require very responsible, experienced owners.
Celebrities with pit bulls: Alicia Silverstone, Teddy Roosevelt, Rachel Ray, Jamie Foxx, Jon Stewart, Cesar Millan, and Linda Blair.
Breed #9: English Bulldog
Breed #9 is the English Bulldog.
The Bulldog is a muscular, heavy dog with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. There are generally thick folds of skin on a Bulldog's brow, a short muzzle, hanging skin under the neck, drooping lips and pointed teeth, and occasionally an underbite.
The Bulldog temperament is a good temperament, with most having a friendly, patient nature. Bulldogs are generally known to get along with children, dog, and other pets.
Bulldogs need daily exercise, like all other dogs. A Bulldog can become overweight without proper exercise, which could lead to heart and lung problems, and also joint problems. Bulldogs are also known as the most relentless farters in the dog world.
Celebrities with Bulldogs: Taylor J. Burt, Adam Sandler, Pink, Truman Capote, Ozzy Osbourne, Olivia Wilde, Reese Witherspoon, Willow Smith, David Beckham, and Michael Phelps.
Breed #8: Basset Hound
Breed #8 is the Basset Hound.
Bassets are short legged dogs and scent hounds who were bred to hunt rabbits and hares. Their sense of smell for tracking is the second best, first is the Bloodhound. Bassets are usually bi-colored or tri-colored, standard to the breeds coloration.
This breed is known for it's sagging facial skin, which can make the dog look sad. They are large, solid, short, and long with tails that curve over their backs. Adult Bassets weigh anywhere between 44 pounds to 77 pounds. Bassets are short haired dogs that shed constantly. The Basset is friendly, outgoing, playful dog. They are great with children because of their temperament. While the are great with children, the Basset will require space and time to relax in privacy.
Celebrities with Basset Hounds: Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, Candice Bergen, George Washington, Jerry Lewis, and Shakira.
Breed #7: Labrador Retriever
Breed #7 is the Labrador Retriever.
The Lab is one of the several kinds of retrievers. They are a type of gun dog. They are even tempered and well-behaved around children. Labs are athletic, playful, and the most popular breed of dog in the United States since 1991.
Labs are also one of the most popular breeds chosen to be assistance dogs. They can be guide dogs, therapy dogs, dogs for people with Autism, and perform screening and detection work. Labs are a very even-tempered breed and an excellent family dog. Their fun-loving boisterousness and lack of fear may require training and firm handling at times to ensure it does not get out of hand—an uncontrolled adult can be quite problematic. Labs tend to mature at 3 years of age. (Great. That means I have a year and a half left until my half Lab HOPEFULLY matures. He's half Lab, half Boxer so he will probably never mature.)
Labs come in three colors: black, yellow, and chocolate.They can weigh anywhere from 50 pounds to 90 pounds. The breed tends to shed hair twice annually but some can shed all the time, with the hair being short and straight. The webbed toes of the Lab make them excellent swimmers and, in cold climates, double as "snowshoes."
Celebrities with Labs: Bill Clinton, Sarah McLachlan, Dick Cheney, Gwenyth Paltrow, Steve Martin, Drew Barrymore, and Mary-Kate Olsen.
Breed #6: French Bulldog
Breed #6 is the French Bulldog.
"Frenchies" are affectionate and playful. They are loyal companions with a loving nature. Frenchies can be a challenge to train due to their willful, stubborn nature. They require patience, repetition and early socialization. Frenchies should have the appearance of an active, muscular dog, of heavy bone, smooth coat, compactly built, and of medium or small structure.
Frenchies are various shades of brindle, fawn, tan or white with brindle patches, with the brindle shade being the most dominant color.
Frenchies requires close contact with humans. They have fairly minimal exercise needs, but do require at least daily walks. Because of their flat faces, they cannot live outdoors. Their bulk and their compromised breathing system makes it impossible for them to regulate their temperature efficiently. Frenchies are very sweet and make excellent companions.
Celebrities who own Frenchies: Martha Stewart, Reese Witherspoon, John Legend, Ashlee Simpson, Hugh Jackman, Jack Osbourne, Mario Lopez, Carrie Fisher, Zac Braff, Ashley Olsen, and Malcolm McDowell.
Breed #5: Boxers
Breed #5 is the Boxer.
The Boxer is stocky, medium-sized, and short-haired, originating from Germany. They have a smooth, close fitting coat and are either fawn, brindled (with or without white), or white in color. They have broad, short skulls (making them brachycephalic), a square muzzle and an underbite. Their jaws are very strong and they have a very powerful bite.
Boxers were originally a docked and cropped (tails and ears) breed, and while this is still done in some countries, it is banned in others. (Personally, I think they're cuter natural.) Their head is the most prominent feature. Boxers with white markings covering more than one-third of their coat are neither albino or rare, with approximately 20–25% of all Boxers being born white. White Boxers have a higher risk of sunburn and associated skin cancers, just like fair skinned humans have.
Boxers are a bright, energetic and playful breed and tend to be very good with children. They are active, strong dogs that require sufficient exercise to prevent boredom. They are also known to be "headstrong." (I can personally tell you that all of that is correct, since Rocko is half Boxer.) By nature, the Boxer is not an aggressive or vicious breed. It is an instinctive guardian and can become very attached to its family. (This I can confirm, too.)
Celebrities with Boxers: Cesar Milan, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Justin Timberlake, Luke Perry, Gisele Bundchen, Ryan Reynolds, and Tony Curtis.
Breed #4: Chihuahua
Breed #4 is the Chihuahua.
The Chihuahua is named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahua's are also the smallest breed of dogs but they come in various sizes, coats, colors, and colors. Chihuahua height ranges between 6 and 9 inches but some can get as tall as 12 to 15 inches. There are two coat varieties of Chihuahuas: short and long. Long haired Chihuahua's are smoother to the touch than short haired, as the short haired can range from having a velvet touch to a whiskery feeling. Unlike many long-haired breeds, long-haired Chihuahuas require no trimming and minimal grooming, and also, the long haired shed less than the short haired variety. Chihuahua's come in any color combination, from solid to marked or splashed.
The temperament of the Chihuahua is based on how the temperament of the human who raises them. The breed tends to be fiercely loyal to one particular guardian and in some cases may become over protective of the person, especially around other people or animals. Chihuahuas with bad temperament can be easily provoked to attack, and are therefore generally unsuitable for homes with small children. They do not always get along with other breeds and can have a "clannish" behavior, preferring Chihuahuas to any other breed of dog.
Celebrities who have/had Chihuahuas: Paris Hilton, Reese Witherspoon (this is like the third time she's popped up on here, I know), Alyssa Milano, Hillary Duff, Christina Ricci, Britney Spears, Sharon Osborne, Marilyn Monroe, Jamie Lee Curtis, Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys), George Lopez, and Mickey Rourke.
Breed #3: Pug
Breed #3 is the Pug.
The Pug is a toy dog, with a wrinkly face, short face, and curled tail. The Pug has a glossy, fine coat and comes in a variety of colors, with black or fawn being the most common. The Pugs body is compact and square with well developed muscles. Pugs were brought from China to Europe in the sixteenth century. They still remain one of the most popular breeds in North America.
Modern breeds of Pugs have a square body, compact form, deep chest, and well developed muscles. This is compared to the pugs depicted in 18th century paintings that tended to be long and lean. Their smooth and glossy coats can be four different colors: fawn, apricot fawn, silver fawn, or black. The Pugs tail normally curls tightly over the hip and they have two distinct shapes for their ears - rose and button. Rose ears are smaller than the standard style of the button ears and and are folded with the front edge against the side of the head. The button style of ears is preferred in the breed. The lower teeth normally protrude further than their upper, resulting in an under-bite.
The Pugs temperament is described as much in little, or multum in parvo, alluding to their remarkable personality, despite their small size. They are rarely aggressive, but strong willed making them suitable for families with children, with the majority of pugs being very fond of children. They can be quiet and docile but also vivacious and teasing.
Celebrities with Pugs: Rob Zombie, Gerard Butler, Ted Danson, Paris Hilton, Hugh Laurie (as if I needed another reason to love Hugh!), and Jonathan Ross.
Breed #2: Beagle
Breed #2 is the Beagle.
The Beagle is a breed of small to medium dog. They are a member of the hound group, with similarities to the Foxhound, but with longer, softer ears and shorter legs. They are scent hounds, mainly tracking rabbit, hare, and other small game. They have such a great sense of smell that the are often used as detection dogs for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world.
The Beagle resembles the Foxhound but has some distinct differences - their head is broader and their muzzle is short; their legs are shorter in proportion to the body; and their expressions are different. Generally, Beagles are between 13 and 16 inches tall and weigh between 18 and 35 lb, with females being slightly smaller than the males. Beagles have have a smooth, somewhat domed skull, with a medium-length, square-cut muzzle, and a black gumdrop nose but the nose can sometimes be liver colored. The eyes are large, hazel or brown, with a mild hound-like pleading look (and when there is food around, the pleading look gets more pitiful - I tell you this from experience.) Beagle large ears are long, soft and low-set, turning towards the cheeks slightly and rounded at the tips. Their tail does not curl over the back, but is held upright when the dog is active. They also typically have white on the end of the tail, which makes them easy to follow when they are being used to hunt. Beagles appear in a range of colors, but tri-color is the most common.
The Beagles temperament is even temper and gentle disposition. Beagles are amiable and typically neither aggressive nor timid. Beagles enjoy company. They may initially be standoffish with strangers, but are easily won over, making them bad guard dogs for this reason (our first Beagle, Babe, would have shown the robbers where the money was hidden). But, Beagles have a tendency to bark or howl when confronted with the unfamiliar makes them good watch dogs. Beagles are intelligent but they are single-minded, determined, and distracted easily by the smells around them (this is so, so true!). Beagles are alert and eager to please but they are also easily distracted or bored. Beagles are excellent with children. But, they are pack animals and prone to separation anxiety. They are not very demanding with exercise but should do some exercise to help ward off the weight gain to which they are prone to.
Celebrities who have/had Beagles: Lyndon B. Johnson, Frankie Muniz, Hélio Castroneves, Barry Manilow, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Breed #1: Dachshund
Breed #1 is the Dachshund.
The Dachshund is a long bodied, short legged member of the Hound group. The standard Dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers along with other burrow dwelling animals. The miniature Dachshund was developed to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. (Or, in Harleys case one time - a copperhead snake. He will hunt anything he can get his lips on!) The Dachshund is of German descent and literally means "badger dog." Although in Germany, they are known as Dackels, or Teckels, by hunters. And, of course, they are also known as "weiners" and "sausages." (I call Harley a weasel, sometimes, as he remind me of the weasel from Looney Tunes, hehe.)
Dachshunds are typically long-bodied and muscular, with short, stubby legs. (I love the little stubby legs!) The front paws are unusually large and paddle-shaped, used for digging.Their snout is long with an increased nose area that absorbs odors. They have an deep chest that provides increased lung capacity, which is used for stamina when hunting prey underground. The Dachshund comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and kaninchen (German for "rabbit.") The standard and miniature sizes are recognized world wide but the kaninchen is not recognized by clubs in the United States and England. The standard Dachshund averages 16lbs, fully grown, while the miniature Dachshund normally weighs less than 12lbs (Harley is a mini and the runt but he teeters between 12 and 13 pounds. He used to weigh less than that but he gained some weight after being neutered.) The Dachshund comes in three coat varieties: short haired (smooth), long haired, and wire haired. Wirehaired is the least commonly seen coat in the US but it's the most common seen coat in Germany. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The colors and patterns include: single colored; single colored with spots ("Dapple" - or what they call "Merle" in other breeds); and single-colored with tan points plus any pattern. They can also be piebald colored. The most dominant color is red and then black with tan. Light colored dachshunds can have amber, light brown, or green eyes. They can also have eyes of two different colors but this is only found in dapple and double dapple dachshunds. Their noses can be black or "liver" colored. (When we got Harley, he had a sister named Carly who had green eyes and a red nose. She was so adorable but we couldn't adopt her as well.)
The Dachshunds temperament is playful but stubborn (oh, are they stubborn!) They are more aggressive to both strangers and other dogs. Some bark quite a lot while others do not and they do have a loud bark. Dachshunds are known for their devotion and loyalty to their owners. (Harley is extremely devoted to me. He loves my husband, too, but is extremely devoted to his Mama!) Dachshunds will whine when left alone until someone gets back. They suffer from separation anxiety, just like any dog, but can relieve the anxiety by chewing. Dachshunds are burrowers by nature and will burrow in anything when they sleep. (Harley has his own blanket in the livingroom [camo colored, of course] and he also has his own blanket on the bed [Hello Kitty. Don't laugh he loves it and pouts when it, or his other blanket, is being washed] even though he will also burrow under the covers with me.) Many dachshunds do not like unfamiliar people, and many will growl or bark at them (Harley does not like the manager where we live at ALL. We've been here 3.5 years and he still barks and growls at him like he's gonna rip his ankles off). Dachshunds may not be the best pets for small children, but they usually get along with well behaved children.
Celebrities who have/had Dachshunds: John Wayne, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Doris Day, Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Gandhi, Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Picasso, Fergie (the Black Eyed Peas singer), and Adele.
For the Love of Dogs
I guess you can tell by now that I love dogs. To me, they're furry little children with four legs with large, loving souls.
I gave you my top 11 breeds of dogs. Let me hear from you - what breeds are your favorite? Do you have any dogs?
Harley and Rocko want to know!