There are hundreds of breeds of dogs in the world, and millions of us have one by our side. However, there are some who were never supposed to get that far.
There is a good reason that millions of people all around the world have welcomed a dog into their lives: they’re incredible creatures. As well as having someone by your side to keep you safe and protect you, there are so many breeds of dogs in the world that it seems as though there is something for everyone.
As if that wasn’t enough, it turns out that most dogs are actually as smart as a two-year-old toddler, meaning they really can remember a handful of words. It’s not our imagination after all. As if that wasn’t enough, a dog’s sense of smell can also be up to 10 million times as powerful as a human’s. There really is no stopping some of these canines.
While many of us welcome dogs into our homes with open arms, it turns out there are many dog breeds that were never supposed to become a part of the family. That’s right; they were bred for a purpose, but someone fell in love with them along the way.
Like many other breeds, Shar-Peis originated from China. However, no one truly knows why.
Some believe that peasants in ancient China bred the dogs to help herd and guard their animals, while others believe they were a part of the royal household at the time.
Whatever the case, many have fallen for their wrinkled skin over the years. Did you know they also have either black or lavender tongues? All of their unique features means that Shar-Peis are popular across the world. Sadly, they can become territorial if they aren’t socialized and trained from an early age, as well as often fearing any outsiders.
Believe it or not, but Great Danes are usually incredibly gentle, even though they are so large. In fact, they are the biggest dog breed ever recorded.
They were once a popular choice of dogs out on the hunt as their size made them a powerful asset for hunting boar.
Their size teamed with their bravery was everything they needed, but they were once a lot more dangerous than the docile dogs that many of us know today. Although Great Danes are typically brilliant with young children, it’s their huge size that has made them a little hazardous to keep inside – especially in smaller homes.
Chow chows are thought to be some of the oldest dogs in the world. They originated from China, and they are now known for their incredibly fluffy coats as well as their dark blue or black tongues.
The Ancient Chinese used these dogs for hunting, herding cattle, pulling sleds, and guarding homes.
It’s their guarding training that seems to have become an issue in many of the modern-day relatives. Chow chows can become very territorial over their homes as well as going the extra mile to make sure their owner is kept safe. This means they usually aren’t great in households that have lots of strangers coming and going all the time.
Many of us know greyhounds from their time on the track.
This breed has become the top racing dog in the world, with thousands of people betting millions of dollars every year as they hope to back the fastest.
Amazingly, their sight is brilliant for spotting prey in front of them, but their streamlined heads and large eyes back it difficult for greyhounds to see any threats approaching from behind. Greyhounds can become an issue for owners when walking them on the leash as they often want to do anything to chase their prey, including jumping out of yards and disappearing off into the distance on walks.
Akita Inus originated from Japan. They were first bred to help track creatures out on the hunt, with their fluffy fur keeping them warm in the winter and their pointed ears helping them to locate anything hiding in the bushes.
They have been a strong part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years, and their popularity has now spread around the rest of the world.
However, Akitas are also known to be one of the more dominant breeds of dogs. They aren’t great for first-time owners as they need a lot of training to make sure they are fully socialized with other dogs before they get too large to handle.
They might be small, but what Skye terriers lack in size, they make up for in noise. That’s right; these dogs love to bark and have no issue with standing up to other dogs of any size.
Skye terriers were once a popular choice for farmers as they helped to chase away any pests.
They are one of the oldest terrier breeds. However, many Skye terriers still have the instinct to chase and destroy anything smaller than them. This means they can be dangerous in homes with small pets, and usually need a lot of training to help socialize them with other people and animals, so they aren’t harmful.
Wolf dogs are exactly what they say in the name: they are a wolf that has been bred with a dog. They are typically bred with huskies but have also been known to have German shepherd or malamute in them, too.
Amazingly, humans have been breeding wolves and dogs since the 18th century as many mixed Pomeranians with wolves to make the perfect dog.
Sadly, wolves aren’t domestic animals. These wolf dogs usually outgrow their homes in a few months, and typically hold onto their wild side. They have strong pack tendencies that can quickly become an issue for many families.
These dogs were born to run. This alone can cause many issues for families. Siberian huskies originated in Asia as they thrived in colder, snowy weather thanks to their thick coats.
It wasn’t long before they made their way to Alaska where they have been used as working dogs to pull sleds for many decades.
They can carry heavy loads over long distances without the need for food or water, making them a brilliant addition for many. However, Siberian huskies typically need a lot of exercise, or they can become destructive. Plus, they get lonely fast and will often break out of homes and keep running for miles before they are found.
Legends state that Pekingese dogs are actually part lion. The tales explain that a lion mated with a marmoset to make the breed who are said to have the lion’s heart and character – hence why they are usually so brave.
Although they are small, Pekingese often make brilliant guard dogs.
They were bred to fit in the sleeve of Ancient Chinese garments where they could lie in wait of a surprise attack. Amazingly, Pekingese are brilliant house dogs – if they don’t suffer any emotional or physical trauma. Their small size means they usually struggle with the stairs, and can become stressed if they are around too many harmful aspects.
Doberman pinschers are a relatively new breed. They were first created back in the 1880s as a tax collector wanted a dog that would help protect him while he was carrying around the money.
So, the Doberman was born. They are incredibly intelligent and easy to train, meaning they have been used for a host of jobs.
This includes police dogs, therapy dogs, driving dogs, and even search and rescue dogs. Their medium size and strength do mean that Dobermans can accidentally knock over small children in the home. Plus, they typically need a lot of exercise and training to keep their minds healthy.
This is one of the most captivating breeds as many owners have fallen for Weimaraners silver coat and their striking eyes.
They have been used since the 19th century as Germans wanted a noble hunting dog to take with them. This means they are smart, quick, and able to track prey over long distances.
While they were used as hunting dogs for many years, Weimaraners can still make brilliant additions to the home. Unfortunately, many often grow overly attached to their owners. They can suffer great separation anxiety, which could lead to destructive behavior and stress whenever their owner is away from home.
This breed first originated in Argentina, hence their name. However, Dogo Argentinos have been banned in many countries thanks to their strength, size, and often unpredictable behavior.
The breed was created to make the perfect hunting dog that could take down anything that stood in its way.
This means they can be challenging to train and even become destructive if they don’t have enough stimulation. To top it off, many Dogo Argentinos are known to flip moods at the drop of a hat. They aren’t usually suitable for families or people with little experience with dogs as a result – if the country even allows them to be kept in the first place.
Many dog trends have come and gone over the years. Now, it seems as though it’s time for French bulldogs to take the top spot.
Their love of being around people means they make great pets for people with the time to spend with their four-legged friend, but they can quickly get stressed if they are left on their own for too long.
To top it off, Frenchies can’t swim thanks to the shape of their body, which means they need constant monitoring if they are around water. They also get hot very quickly. It can be tough to make sure Frenchies are kept healthy and happy, so they are best for experienced homes.
There have been many arguments both for and against this breed over the years thanks to the public perception of pit bulls.
Some believe that they are the most dangerous breed in the world, while others argue it’s the bad press that has earned them their reputation.
Thankfully, many families have been able to welcome pit bulls in as part of their home. However, they were bred for bear and bull-baiting before they turned to a life in the dogfighting ring. Pit bulls need specialized training and care to make sure they don’t return to their violent beginnings.
Caucasian ovcharkas, or caucasian shepherds as they are commonly known, were first bred in Georgia.
Here, they were used to help round up flocks by day and guard their family by night. It seems as though caucasian shepherds never got a moment to rest.
Being so large and having the instinct to keep protecting their family means that many owners have run into problems along the way. They take on anything in their way, which means caucasian shepherds are typically aggressive toward other dogs and need to be separated at all times. While they are usually low-energy, this breed can easily take it up a gear as soon as they see a stranger.
The Pyrenees Mountains were once filled with this dog as their sole job was to protect any herd of animals. They are thought to be thousands of years old as many experts believe they evolved from white mountain dogs that once occupied the area.
Thankfully, great Pyrenees dogs are typically loving and nurturing toward their family.
Sadly, it’s their health issues that can make them a difficult breed for many. Great Pyrenees dogs require a lot of grooming, they can easily overheat if they are kept in warmer climates, and their teeth and ears are prone to infections if they aren’t carefully cleaned on a regular basis.
It turns out that Cane Corsos normally make great family dogs. That is if they are kept away from strangers or any animals they don’t know.
This is because these dogs were bred to be guard dogs, and they don’t take well to someone entering their home.
Cane Corsos will usually look after their families, even if that means fighting off someone they don’t know who has been invited into their space. They are constantly alert. Cane Corsos will alert their family to any danger by barking as loudly as they can. It’s important to make sure these dogs are socialized from an early age to avoid any complications in the long run.
No one has been able to figure out just where dalmatians originated. Some believe they were painted in Ancient Egyptian times while others think they became popular at times of war.
Dalmatians were spotted all around the world after Disney’s release of ‘101 Dalmatians’ and the live-action remake.
They have plenty of jobs as dalmatians have been used as carriage dogs, trail hunters, actors, and even as firedogs. Sadly, there is one thing that many people don’t know: they have a history of going deaf. This means they can be tough to train, and some dalmatians are merely misunderstood and become dangerous as a result.
They might be small, but don’t be deceived by dachshunds. They were bred to hunt badgers, and many have maintained that feisty trait that made them so popular in the first place.
The breed now comes in a host of colors and coat-types.
Thankfully, being so small means that dachshunds aren’t usually a threat to adults, but they can be a problem for small children. The breed prefers to be left to their own devices rather than played with, meaning they could snap at some. As if that wasn’t enough, their extended back can be a cause for concern for people with stairs in their home.
Like some other breeds in the world, Rottweilers have had a lot of bad press over the years, causing many people to class them as a dangerous dog breed.
That being said, with the right training and attention, they can be brilliant family pets.
It’s their strength and loyalty that draws many people to the breed as they act as excellent guard dogs as well as trusted pets. However, they also have an impressively strong bite. This teamed with their size means that Rottweilers need a lot of training to make sure they don’t start to run the household as top dog.
There is a reason that bull terriers earned their name: they were bred from bulldogs and terriers. Sadly, this dog only had one job as breeders wanted to create the ultimate fighting machine.
It wasn’t until the sport was banned in England in 1835 that bull terriers needed a new job.
The breed was then used as a companion dog and to keep on top of the rat population. It’s common for many bull terriers to develop obsessive personality disorder as they usually obsessively chase their tails or chase shadows. Some countries have been bull terriers, but the right training and stimulation means they can be kept as pets in the right environment.
Shih Tzus are thought to be thousands of years old as they have been bred in Tibet since at least 1000 BCE before they were supposedly gifted to the Chinese.
Their name translates to “little lion” as there is a legend that the Buddhist God of Learning traveled with a small lion dog who could turn into a full-sized lion.
Although Shih Tzus have a pretty interesting history, they are notoriously difficult to house train. Plus, their long coats means they need a lot of grooming, as well as regular check-ups to make sure they don’t develop any eye infections or breathing difficulties.
This is another relatively new breed on the scene as they were created just before the 20th century.
They were first bred to help herd sheep before the breeder realized that German shepherds needed a new job thanks to the industrial revolution.
He soon helped train the dogs to be a part of the police force and armed forces, and they have been able to hold onto their new roles ever since. German shepherds can be kept as pets if they have a lot of training and exercise to keep them fit and healthy. Thankfully, their use alongside the forces means this breed is still pretty popular around the world.
This giant dog breed has been a popular choice across Japan for more than 1,000 years. They were trained alongside samurais, where Tosa Inus learned how to be aggressive.
They almost went extinct during World War II as the nation no longer had the food for them, but 12 were hidden away and helped to repopulate the breed.
They don’t make much noise, which allows these dogs to make sneak attacks on any threat. Sadly, they are typically used for dog fighting around the world. This means they can be tough to get hold of in the first place, let alone keeping one as a part of the family.
No one is quite sure how St. Bernards were born, but they know they have always been great in the snow.
They were once used by monks to keep them company in the mountains before they turned their paw to work as a rescue dog instead.
They were once bred with Newfoundlands as the monks wanted them to have an even thicker coat, but the plan backfired as the excess hair meant they were weighed down in the snow. The effects can still be seen thanks to the short-hair and long-hair varieties. They are gentle giants. However, the St. Bernards size means they can accidentally knock over young children.
Jack Russell terrier
There are so many variations of Jack Russell terriers that it can be tough to choose a favorite. However, they were never destined to be taken in as part of the family.
Jack Russells were bred as working dogs, and have maintained their high energy levels ever since.
Their job out on the hunt was to burrow into animal dens and chase out anything that was waiting inside. Although many have grown to become great family pets, some Jack Russells have maintained their snappy nature all these years. Plus, they can jump up to five feet in the air, making keeping them in the yard a challenge for some owners.
These dogs were once native to Africa, where many people learned to recognize their noises. This is thanks to the fact that many believe it sounds as though a Basenji is yodeling.
In fact, Basenjis are often referred to be more cat-like than other dogs as this ancient breed has come into its own.
They have been spotted all over ancient pieces of artwork alongside their owners, but they had a job to do. That’s right; Basenjis were hunting dogs used to flush out any animals that were hiding underground, as well as keeping the rat population down. To top it off, a pack of Basenjis are even strong enough to take down a lion.
Of course, one of the standout features of an Afghan hound is their long hair. This was to help them keep warm and protected throughout the cold winter months on the Afghanistan mountains.
Amazingly, they are one of the oldest dog breeds known to humans who were once used to chase the likes of leopards and other animals.
They are incredibly bright and know how to pick up high speeds in the chase. While Afghan hounds have been known to make great family pets, their long, flowing hair means they can be pretty high maintenance for people who aren’t prepared for the work.
Perro de Presa Canario
Perro de Presa Canarios are typically known as Canary mastiffs thanks to their roots on the Canary Islands in Spain. They were used to herd animals for thousands of years as well as helping to guard their owners at night.
Amazingly, Perro de Presa Canarios were bred from bulldogs and mastiffs to help give them their impressive size and strength.
Nowadays, the jury is out about how dangerous this breed really is. Some believe they have ended people’s lives while others think they are only a danger to small animals thanks to their need to herd. Either way, Perro de Presa Canarios need a lot of training.
It turns out that Australian shepherds weren’t initially linked to Australia. In fact, they were perfected in the United States before they supposedly traveled across the world in the late 1800s.
They are a combination of many other shepherd dogs and made their name in the rodeo.
They are agile, fast, and have plenty of stamina that helps them to run for miles. As if that wasn’t enough, their striking coat means they have a huge fan base around the world. Being such an active dog means that Australian shepherds thrive in working homes and can become easily bored or destructive if they are left to their own devices.