It’s no doubt that dogs are man’s best friend. These four-legged creatures come in numerous breeds, sizes, and shades. Each breed has its own personality and temperament. Some will require lots of exercise, while others need attention to thrive. Many of them do well with young children, while a few would prefer to only be around older people.
Each year, the American Kennel Club makes a list of the most prevalent species of canines and has been doing so for years. There is no such statistic in Tunisia, so this list is based on informed guesses from few veterinarians.
The Labrador Retriever, commonly known as the Lab, is a kind species that takes the top spot and has done so for the past 30 straight years. These pooches are condoned for their service work, but also make the ideal household pet as they adore being around people. They demand moderate exercise, and if they do not receive it, they can become destructive. That’s why it’s very important to have many toys for labradors around the house. Labs have an average energy level and need to be trained if they will be around younger children to tone down their natural exuberance. If you will be gone for much of the day, they do not like to be kenneled.
The German Shepherd is an intelligent dog that has been used for years by police officers and the military. These pooches are super adaptable and very easy to teach. They are herding dogs that have amazing physical resilience. These too make fantastic household pups. German Shepherds are energetic, brave, and confident pooches that could be great guard dogs for anyone.
The Golden Retriever is a fawn or cream-colored dog that loves to be active. They are very easy to train, obedient, and have a good disposition. You will find the retriever to be affectionate, loyal, loving, and gentle. They adore being part of a home and are great for hunting or service work. These even-tempered pups are very smart and will easily warm up to strangers. As long as they are exercised daily, a golden retriever can even live in smaller spaces, such as an apartment.
The Bulldog has more than just a cute face. These pups are good-natured, friendly breeds that make an excellent family pet. There are 13 different kinds of bulldog breeds, such as the well-known English Bulldog, American Bulldog, and French Bulldog to the less known ones- the Ca de Bou or the Alano Espanol. With a stout, wrinkled body, each variety of bulldog has its own unique personality.
The Beagles are happy pups that have a carefree manner. You will find they are social animals that can either be part of a group or alone. These hounds are devoted and cheerful and make a good family pet. The easy-going pooches love to track but have a tendency to become distracted at times. They are difficult to train but are easily forgiven due to their sad-looking eyes and long ears. Beagles need to have a minimum of one hour of exercise per day and can become quite destructive if they are left alone.
The Dachshund has a long body with stubby legs that are very intellectual. These adorable pooches make a great pet for the elderly or families that have older kids. Dachshunds were bred to tunnel animals, such as badgers and foxes. These pups come in a diminutive version or normal size, and love to be the center of attention. This alert breed is very vocal and can be feisty and willful. Nicknamed the Sausage dog, these cuties will make a great pet for second-time dog owners.
Known as a gentle giant, the Great Dane is a massive pooch that can be the size of an average man. While these pups make excellent pets, they have a short lifespan of generally ten years or less. These powerful pooches can be stubborn but are easy to train. Training these hounds is greatly recommended as when they are fully grown, they may be harder to manage. Daily exercise is needed, therefore, if you do keep Great Danes in the city or an apartment, be prepared for long daily walks.
Known as friendly and intelligent pups, the Siberian Husky has a thick coat with blue or multi-colored eyes that pop. They love human company and will need to be trained from puppyhood. These puppies can be persistent but are easy canines to keep. They do well with children and other doggies, particularly if they were raised together. Huskies love to run, therefore, plan on running a minimum of twice a week with them. They adore chasing livestock and cats, and prefer to lie in cool places. It is not unusual for huskies to dig in order to create a cool spot to lay.
With so many dog breeds, it can be hard to find which one is right for your household. We hope our list of the most prevalent dog breeds in the U.S. this year has helped you decide which breed will be the next member of your family.