We all love our dogs whether they are pure bred, a cross breed or like my own dogs a mix of many varieties.
Different breeds can impart different traits in a pet. Some breeds are desirable for their intelligence, while others might have a coat that doesn’t shed. Some might be working dogs and need stamina while others might be purely for companionship.
Today the Fédération Cynologique Internationale officially recognizes 344 different dog breeds. Add to this all the different cross breeds and there is an infinite number of variations in the Canine world.
Check out the top 10 most popular dog breeds in and around Ivanhoe and let us know about your canine companion in the comments.
Cocker Spaniels are friendly and smart and this makes them a great pet for families in particular.
Cocker Spaniels love to be around people and are generally easy to train, which means that they are a great pet for families with children.
Originally a hunting dog, Cocker Spaniels need a fair amount of exercise as part of their daily routine. A long walk or playing fetch in the park are great fun ways to keep them active.
German Shepherds are considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs around. From police dogs to search and rescue to guide dogs, German Shepherds can do it all. Protective of their owners, socialising and training are a must for these beautiful dogs.
Spoodles or Cockapoos are a mix between the Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Being a smaller breed the Spoodle tends to be a long lived dog.
Spoodles are known as an outgoing, loving breed with low-shedding and low-dander coats. This combination of low shedding and friendly disposition make the Spoodle a great choice for an indoor family pet.
Originally bred as fighting or rat baiting dogs, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are these days a very popular companion animal. Considered a loyal, devoted and affectionate breed, these dogs are real nuggets of love. Like German Shepherds, Staffys can be very protective so good socialising and training is recommended.
Border Collies, or as they are sometimes known, Scottish Sheepdogs, are a working dog breed. Bred for their intelligence and obedience, Border Collies have traditionally been used as herding dogs for sheep in particular. These days Border Collies are also a very popular companion animal breed due to their playful and energetic natures.
Maltese terriers can be traced back as far as 350BC as companion animals originating around the Mediterranean islands. Over the last 2400 years not much has changed as Malties are still a very popular pet to this day. A smaller breed, Maltese are great for households with small yards or for apartment and townhouse environments.
Originally used in fox hunting in England, Jack Russels were first recognised as their own pure breed in Australia. You might recognise this breed of dog from the famous ‘His Master’s Voice’ painting by Francis Barraud. Jack Russels are smart and usually full of beans so need plenty of exercise and play.
Golden Retrievers are a large sized gun dog originally bred for retrieving duck and other waterfowl for hunters. Golden Retrievers are known for their kind, friendly and confident natures which makes them ideal pets for families with children. Being an intelligent breed, Golden Retrievers are used as work dogs for the blind and deaf, people with mobility issues and for search and rescue too.
A cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle, Cavoodles are an outgoing, small dog bred for their non-shedding coats and loving nature. These dogs generally have a fantastic temperament so are great pets for any family. Not a working dog breed Cavoodles don’t require as much exercise as some other breeds on the list but still enjoy an everyday walk.
The number 1 most popular breed in the Ivanhoe area is Labradors! These beautiful dogs are a breed of retriever-gun dog, but these days are best known for their fantastic work as disability assistant dogs. Yellow, chocolate or black, Labradors all share a kind, pleasant and outgoing temperament. Labradors are an excellent choice as a family dog due to their even-tempered nature and loving disposition to their owners and strangers alike.
So there we have it, the top 10 dog breeds in Ivanhoe and surrounds. Whatever breed or mix your dog is they are all so lovely we wouldn’t know what to do without them.
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