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Top Ten Dogs For Men

Updated on June 19, 2015

Man's Best Friend

To refer to a dog as a man dog, is just to suggest that these breeds of dogs would be more suited to some male lifestyles than other dogs.

I didn't really think of myself as a dog person, not until I got what is referred to as a man dog. Growing up, my parents had three Yorkshire terriers and even though they were fun when I was a younger child, as I became a teenager. I had no interest or patience for the terriers, they become more of an annoyance, especially having to clean up after them, as they would be in doors for long periods of time, alone, away from humans at least.

A couple of years ago my wife came home with a puppy, you could hear the commotion as she rushed up the path with our daughter. She walked in the door and thrust the most sorrowful looking hound I had ever seen in front of me. The dog's head was the same size as her body and her ears seemed to touch the floor, she was shaking and scared, after seeing her stood pitifully there like she was alone in the world.

The question can we keep her? Became rhetorical. After turning our new furniture into shabby chic and trying to recycle everything in the kitchen bin - she started to grow. Lucky for me she grew into a man dog - a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Which was just as well, to keep her company, the rationale; we adopted another dog, a rat-esque Heinz 57, named Roxey.

They say that you can tell a lot about a person from the car they drive, the books they read, the company they keep and their choice of dog. Is there a relevance to a man's choice of hound for his BFF and what type of personality he has?

Here are my top ten breeds, historically favoured by men that suit certain lifestyles. I would suggest as a potential partner his lifestyle choices should be scrutinised, especially his embarras de choix, and his four legged friend. If you want to know something about his persona.

Rhodesian Ridgeback - African Lion Hound

Referred to as Lion fighters, named so because Lions were afraid of them as they were used to keep the lions at bay until the hunters arrived on the scene. They were also used to hunt other big game and are said to be fierce enough to kill a baboon on their own.

Kennel comment: these Dogs don't need much exercise, but of course they benefit from it according to the dog whisperer, exercise seems to be the key to most dog problems.

I have one of these hounds, okay with a whiff of boxer in her, she stays close to the house, buries bones and then digs them up to check it's still there, guards it for hours and then decides to eat it. which is good on a Sunday when you Just want to chill and have no attention seeking hound dogging you for love.

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Bull Terrier and Miniatura - Pit Bull

English Bull Terrier also known as the Bull Terrier, Pit Bull, American Pit Bull they have a pointed nose and beady triangle-shaped eyes.

I couldn’t mention the Pit Bull without visiting the phrase: 'It’s not how big the dog is in the fight, it’s how big the fight is in the dog.'

For its size ratio, Bull terriers are the ultimate power packer, solid muscle dogs. They can also be stubborn and comical. The Bull terrier has had a bad rap for a long time because certain previous owners chose to train them, torment them and brutalise them in the name of toughening them up. Which, inevitable made them vicious. If any dog is treated this way the same effect would happen.

On the flip side, if these dogs are treated right, with some affection, the dog will reciprocate. Bull terriers are best integrated with other dogs from an early age because they do have a natural protective nature, which can become fierce.

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Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers are used as guard and police dogs. The US Marines in WW2 trained them as attack dogs and the Germans soldiers referred to them as "Teufelshunde", Devil Dogs, which they also referred to US marines as in the 1st world war, because of the high ferocity of their fighting. Now days these are extremely popular dogs in the USA and around the world and are well behaved pets.

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On land, only a cheetah can accelerate faster over a short distance, greyhounds can reach average speeds of 43 mph. These dogs are said to be loyal and loving dogs and sensitive, they only need half hour exercise and can sleep for most of the day so these can be kept in apartments.

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Another dog that has had negative press in the past, but still remain a popular breed in the UK.

They can either take a lot of exercise or not, this muscular dog is intelligent and loyal. These dogs are closely related to the Bull Terrier and share its dog fighting ancestry; although these dogs are fearless they are a stable breed and can be affectionate, both with its human owners and other dogs.

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Jack Russell Terrier

The Russel terrier or Jack Russel, came from an early 19th century dog breeder called Reverend John Russell. These dogs are said to be one of the most intelligent pure breed dogs and need a lot of attention and exercise. Suited for the more adventurous and physical owners.

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Also a big game hunter, including bears, Weimaraner dogs make great companions but aren't for slouches as they need walking several miles a day.

Weimaraner where originally used by Royalty for hunting large game, like Boar and Deer and are popular gun dogs. Their web feet make them great swimmers.

These dogs where bred in the early part of the 19th century and was a favourite of a German Duke whose court was in Weimar.

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Border Collie

Border Collies are working dogs and were used to herd sheep and other livestock on the Anglo-Scottish border, hence the name. Collies are acrobatic and energetic and said to be the most intelligent dogs in the world, extremely focused and loyal.

These dogs need a lot of attention, so they would suit the more athletic and someone with spare time, or who can make time, like the unemployed or self-employed.

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German Shepherd

German Shepherd or Alsatian is originally from Germany as its name suggest and was used as a herding dog.

This dog is very popular and extremely obedient and protective of its owners, they are a favourite among the military and Police and the highest registered dog in the USA. These dogs, like most, can be trained to be an affectionate companion or a scary vicious dog. Which one, says a lot about the owner.

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I'll Be Your Dog


Bulldog also known as British Bulldog and variations like the American Bulldog and the French Bulldog. This is not a sporting dog, intolerant to heat and known for their stubbornness. They are ideal for indoors types and couch potatoes.

The Bulldog is a popular mascot dog in America, used by several Universities and is also synonymous with Sir Winston Churchill and representative of England. It is also the official mascot of the US Marine Corps.

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    • Mark Shearman profile image

      Mark Shearman 4 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @Ted Bergman: Hi, thanks I will.

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      Ted Bergman 4 years ago

      Glad to see you included a JRT in this fun lens. I have two, funny videos of Jake that you may want to borrow for your lens. You can check it out at "A Funny Dog & Cat TV Show."

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      Mark Shearman 4 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @Michelllle: You're not wrong there, superb Dogs, thanks for the visit.

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Newfoundland. For guys and gals. : )

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      MaryMitchell 4 years ago

      Just to confuse matters, my 6'2" macho son loves chihuahuas! I'm a Lab person myself, but in the end we love all dogs, and wouldn't be without one whatever the breed.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      Its always the dog that I have as a pet at that time. All dogs are wonderful I find.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I like a lot of different dogs. My father has a Jack Russel, they are very friendly dogs.

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      I like them all