Best Dog Breeds For Families

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Are you currently looking at breeds of dogs to see which would fit best into your family? If so, you need to read this introduction to 14 highly respected breeds of dogs.

If you are looking for a new dog to bring into your family, there are many breeds that you may witch to buy or adopt. Every breed of dog has its own history and its own set of particular strengths. The following is an introduction to many dog breeds that you should consider as you search for your new dog.

The Boxer Breed:

The Boxer Breed

The origins of a Boxer can be traced back as far as the 16th century. Their ancestors include a Tibetan fighting dog, hunting dogs from central Europe and also Bulldogs. The Boxer today really was developed by German breeders during the 1800s. These were one of the very first breeds that worked in both police and military callings in Germany. By the 1900s, they had become an ideal and well loved pet. The AKC recognized them as a breed in 1904 and saw a surge in popularity during the 1940s.

The Bull Mastiff:

The Bull Mastiff

Bull mastiffs were developed during the 1800s in England as a way to assist gamekeepers from having poachers invade their estates and game preserves. This dog had to be able to quietly track and pin and keep poachers without injuring them and it was done easily because of the size, speed and viciousness that came from breeding 60 percent Mastiff with 40 percent Bulldog. The Bull mastiff is now companion who can still function as a watchdog. In 1933 this breed was recognized by the AKC.

The Doberman Pinscher:

The Doberman Pinscher

Around the turn of the 20th century, the Doberman Pinscher originated in Germany, taking its name from a tax collector, Louis Doberman, who needed a dog to give him protection as he did his job. To create the Doberman the German Pinscher, Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier and the Weimaraner were more than likely used. Its skills and ability to understand make it a great police dog, guard dog and war dog, the Doberman is a praised who dog and a loved and faithful family pet.

The Dogue De Bordeaux:

The Dogue De Bordeaux

A lot is unknown of the history of the Dogue de Bordeaux, but it is usually agreed upon that the old breed is related to Molossers like Mastiffs and Bulldogs. Found in the houses of prosperous French, the Dogue de Bordeaux was a cherished hunter, fighter and guard. There were some setbacks for these dogs during the French Revolution and the First World War, but it became popular again in America after one of its breed became a celebrity through the 1989 movie, Turner and Hooch.

The German pinscher:

The German pinscher

The German Pinscher looks like other Pinschers and like a Doberman, but it’s more akin to the Standard Schnauzeer. It began as a catcher of rats in stables in the 17th century and might have been extinct after the First World War except that it was saved by devoted breeders and accepted in 2003 into the AKC’s Working Group of dogs. Besides centuries of protective instincts and natural hunting skill, the dogs also make energetic and loyal companions.

The Giant Schnauzer:

The Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is originally German and is in the same family as the Miniature and Standard Schnauzer. The breed was crossed with sleek cattle dogs, sheepdogs, Great Danes and others to develop dog capable of cattle driving in various weather conditions or even be used as guard dogs by butchers and breweries. Further down the like, the dogs were trained as police dogs during the World War I era.

The Great Dane:

The Great Dane

A Great Dane’s heritage can go back to ancient sources like the English Mastiff, larish Wolfhound and Greyhound. By the 1300’s, they were treasured in Germany because they were so strong as hunters of wild boar. Gradually, this breed got more popular with rich landowners because it looks so noble and elegant. They may not always be appreciated because of how big they are, but many pet owners as well as show people still love them.

The Great Pyrenees:

The Great Pyrenees

An imposing white dog, the Great Pyrenees were held in high esteem by the kings and nobles of medieval France. The breed has long served to guard flocks of sheep, notably in the Pyrenees Mountains, from which it gets its name. However, the origins of the breed can be traced much further back to ancient Asia Minor. Careful and selective breeding has allowed the Great Pyrenees to overcome some setbacks and gain a sizable following in the United States. It was given official AKC recognition as early as 1933.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog:

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Among the native Swiss Mountain dogs, the oldest and largest remains the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Tracing its heritage to the Mastiff-type dogs introduced by ancient Romans, the breed is skilled at herding, drafting and guarding home and livestock. Although technology has taken on many of its traditional duties, the breed has enjoyed a slow but steady increase in interest as companion animals. In 1935 the breed was recognized by the AKC.

The Neapolitan Mastiff:

The Neapolitan Mastiff

As an ancient breed with a history going back to the war dogs of the Romans, the Neapolitan Mastiff faded into obscurity until the breed enjoyed resurgence in lately in the 1940s. The Neapolitan is known a mastiff guard of livestock, home owner and family. This is probably due to the breed’s large size and somewhat severe look, caused by its loose folds of skin.

The Newfoundland Breed:

The Newfoundland Breed

Recognized by the AKC as a member of the working group since 2004, the Newfoundland’s exact origin is not clear. However, many think the breed came from Newfoundland’s coasts. The dogs thrived on the cold, wet island due to their webbed feet, strong muscles and heavy coat. They were often used to drag large fishing nets. It is a beautiful appreciated for its sweet personality and ability to work easily.

The Portuguess Water Dog:

The Portuguess Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog (which is what its Spanish name means) comes from that country but is now popular with Americans and Canadians along with Europeans. They can swim and dive and so guard ships, dive for fish and rescue nets that have been broken. Technology now does most of that work, but this breed has turned into a great family pet. The Portuguese Water Dog was the breed of choice when President Obama adopted a dog in 2009. They’re also popular with those with allergies, as the breed is non-allergenic.

The Rottweiler Breed:

The Rottweiler Breed

The Rottweiler is thought to descend from Roman dogs who worked with cattle that accompanied soldiers on marches. Some of these dogs ended up in Germany, where they further developed their herding and guarding skills. Dog fanciers reinvigorated the breed, which had nearly become extinct. In the 1990’s, the Rottweiler was the second most popular breed in the country.

The Saint Bernard Breed:

The Saint Bernard Breed

Dogs are the most trustworthy companions of man. They are always there to help you and warn of dangers ahead. The Saint Bernard dogs can be relied on by people travelling across the Swiss Alps. These dogs have saved many lives in the Alps and rescued people who have lost their way or got trapped in the snow covered Alps. These dogs are said to have been brought to Switzerland by the Romans in the mid-1600s. Today, finding suitable homes for these valuable dogs is a matter of concern.

At this point, you may be curious to learn more about one or more of the breeds listed above. Keep in mind that here are many other breeds out there to choose from and that you can also consider adopting a mixed breed dog, as there are many mixed breeds awaiting adoption in shelters across the country. Whatever you decide, be sure that you select a dog that you and your family can love for years to come.


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