Due to some technical difficulties yesterday, we were unable to post this list on National Dog Day. But we couldn’t resist posting it today. Enjoy!
Dogs are the best.
Incredibly loyal, they comfort, protect, and love their humans unconditionally, making dogs superior to any other pet out there.
But not all dogs are created equal. These are the 11 best dog breeds, based on factors including health, personality, and overall popularity.
Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese water dogs were originally bred to herd fish, retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and act as couriers from ship to shore.
They’re good for people with allergies and make excellent companions since they are loving, independent, intelligent, and easy to train.
Portuguese water dogs also enjoy being petted and are friendly with strangers. Just be warned that like many larger dogs, boredom can cause them to become destructive.
Known as “nature’s babysitter,” Newfoundland Dogs are the absolute sweetest. Perhaps the best-known Newfoundland is the fictional Nana from “Peter Pan,” who was so wonderful with children.
These gentle giants are highly loyal and easy to train, and are legendary for their docile temper.
Newfoundland dogs are also strong swimmers, and the breed was trained to rescue people from drowning — one dog even famously saved Napoleon Bonaparte.
One of the most ancient of the toy breeds, Maltese dogs were bred to be sweet and adoring of their owners. The Greeks even erected tombs for their Maltese dogs, and in Elizabethan times, they were called “The Comforter” because it was believed they could relieve pain and cure illness.
Maltese dogs are also extremely hypoallergenic, with silky coats that don’t shed.
And because of their size, these dogs are good for apartment living, too.
Goldens are sweet, loyal, and incredible companion dogs. They’d rather be sleeping at your feet then running around outside without you.
They’re also very even-tempered, especially with small children. Goldens make great service and comfort dogs because of their friendly and tolerant attitudes.
Plus they were bred to retrieve ducks and other fowl for hunters, so if you like playing fetch, this is the dog for you.
Siberian huskies are stunning animals, with their thick fur coat and piercing eyes. Most people who choose a Husky do so for their extraordinary beauty.
Huskies are good natured dogs who are affectionate with children. They shed minimally, except for twice a year when they blow out their coat, and don’t have the typical “dog odor” that bigger breeds tend to have.
Huskies are not considered a great breed for first-time dog owners, since they need a lot of attention, exercise, and are very good as escaping and running away.
Poodles get a bad rap. But they’re easy to train since they’re so intelligent, and are lively, fun-loving, and loyal family dogs.
Poodles can be attention seekers, so don’t be surprised if this people-oriented breed is constantly with you.
They’re also protective of their families and homes, and can become aggressive with people outside the family or with other dogs.
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