When you’ve decided to adopt a dog, what’s the next question that comes to mind?
Typically, it is, “What dog breed do I want to get?”
The answer to this question depends on what you want from your dog breed, i.e. the longest living, smartest, most child-friendly, etc.
That’s why we’ll tackle these facts on dog breeds in this short article!
Which Dog Breeds Live the Longest?
The New Guinea Singing Dog is reportedly the longest living dog breed, with an average life span of 18 years!
Never heard of the New Guinea Singing Dog Breed?
That’s because it’s also the rarest dog breed at the moment – double fact!
There are New Guinea Singing Dogs that are reportedly undomesticated, that is, still living in the wild jungles of the New Guinea Highlands. Only two photographs have been taken of these dogs in the wild.
New Guinea Singing Dogs are known for their distinct appearance and strange howls, and their very aggressive behavior traits.
The Chihuahua is the second longest living dog breed, with an average lifespan of 16 to 17 years. Toy Poodles, Jack Russel Terriors, and Cockapoos (mix between Poodles and Cocker Spaniels) tend to live a long time as well.
Which Dog Breeds are the Smartest?
Across the board, the Border Collie is ranked one of the smartest, if not the smartest, dog breed.
One Border Collie can reportedly respond to over 1,000 English words.
Border Collies are also very energetic and lovable. The breed is particularly known for its ‘herding eye,’ an intensely focused gaze directed towards other animals. Because of this stare, Border Collies were used to herd livestock a long time ago.
The Poodle is also a highly intelligent dog breed and ranks just behind the Border Collie. The Poodle is an extremely popular dog breed, and it is known for its distinctly curly coat and aptitude.
Which Dog Breeds are Child-Friendly?
Golden Retrievers, despite often being big dogs, are known to be very gentle and child-friendly. They aren’t aggressive, yet they have a confident and loyal ambiance, making them great for children.
The Labrador Retriever, which – as we’ll cover – is the most popular dog breed in America, is lovable, kind, and playful. Though they, like the Golden Retriever, require much exercise, they are very good with little kids.
Poodles and Irish Setters also make very good dogs in the home. I recently just posted an article about the Keeshond dog breed, which is very protective of children as well. In the late 1700s, Hollanders would often use the Keeshonds to guard their children on the farm.
Which Dog Breeds are the Most Athletic?
It’s hard to figure out which dog is exactly the most athletic, since some dogs are stronger than others but not as fast or energetic, and vice versa.
Rottweilers, Pit bulls, Siberian Huskies, among others, tend to be very strong and have strong bites.
Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and Siberian Huskies are typically energetic and have good stamina and are often recommended for people who want to jog with their dogs.
The Greyhound, which is one of the oldest dog breeds (evidence of Greyhounds has dated back 4,000 years) is widely considered the fastest breed, with a top speed of 43 miles per hour.
Which Dog Breeds are the Most Popular?
The Labrador Retriever and the German Shepherd dominate the popularity billboard. Golden Retrievers and Bulldogs are also consistently popular, alongside Poodles.
The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog in America since 1991!
The Komondor (Mark Zuckerberg’s dog), English Foxhounds, and the Cesky Terrier are among the least popular breeds in the U.S.