According to dog handlers and veterinarians, these dog breeds will never abandon their owners.
Some dogs don’t just take the expression “Man’s Best Friend” to heart. They are always next to you: if you take a nap, they will also fall asleep; if you go to the kitchen, be sure that you will always trip over them; if you go into a store, they will tirelessly wait at the entrance; even if you go into the toilet room, they will patiently lie down under the door. Well, if you really want such an affectionate friend, dog experts from the American website Best Life will help you make your choice.
Personal space does not exist if you have a Vizsla living next to you. She always craves affection and your communication. This is especially true when you go for a walk with her.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), this dog is descended from ancient hunting dogs used by the Magyars in hunting – a kind of Hungarian Pointer. The ancestors of these pets lived in Hungary more than 1000 years ago. Of course, the modern Vizsla is somewhat different from its ancestors, but there are much more similar features than differences.
These dogs were greatly valued by aristocrats, and each nobleman had a pack that was constantly used in hunting. In addition, these animals could develop enormous speed, which is why they were used to deliver messages during the First World War.
However, when the war ended, the breed was on the verge of extinction, as the consequences for many European countries where these dogs developed were dire. Only through the great efforts of dog breeders did the Hungarian Vizsla dog breed survive to this day. Although, these dogs had to endure another significant blow to their population – during the Second World War.
Around the beginning of the 50s of the last century, the Hungarian Vizsla began its journey to the USA and then to the UK. The first breed club in America was founded in 1954. By the way, the Vizsla is the first and today the only dog in the world that was a five-time champion: in conformation, in field, in obedience and agility.
“Their big, bulging eyes are naturally that way on purpose because they can keep a close eye on you,” joke pug owners, adding that their noisy breathing is another way to “know they’re near you.”
“The Pug always wants to be with its family and is very unhappy if it is regularly left alone for long periods of time,” agrees the AKC, describing this sensitive and perhaps the oldest dog breed, dating back about 2,000 years.
For many centuries of their history in China, pugs and their ancient ancestors occupied a privileged position. They were considered a royal breed, and therefore these dogs were always surrounded by luxury and prosperity. Often several pugs could live in special apartments, they had special servants, moreover, such a room was strictly guarded.
Since China was a very closed country for many hundreds of years, pugs were known only in its territory. Hence the name Chinese Pug. The exception is Japan, where various evidence and archaeological finds have been found confirming their presence in the area.
Around the 14th and 15th centuries, European traders began traveling to China. It was then that the first representatives of this breed appeared in Europe. And already at the beginning of the 19th century, a large number of these dogs were in England.
These friendly and very loyal dogs have a high level of emotional intelligence and an unwavering need for loyalty and companionship. As the AKC notes, a Golden Retriever wants nothing more in this life than to please his human. They are sociable, loyal and ready to carry out your every order.
There is a misconception that Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are related – this is not true. Sir Dudley Majorbanks, who later became known as Lord Tweedmouth, is the “father” of this breed. He was known as an avid dog breeder and hunter, especially of waterfowl. So he sought to breed a breed that would ideally correspond to his ideas about hunting dogs.
One of the most famous representatives of the breed was Don Gerwin, a direct descendant of one of those same Tweedmouth dogs – he won the International Gundog League in 1904. The Kennel Club of England officially recognized the Golden Retriever as an independent breed only in 1911.
Another small breed that will simply attach to your hip is the Chihuahua. They are often called purse dogs because of how tiny they are and how much time they spend with their owners.
The Chihuahua breed has a very long history. According to archaeological finds, these dogs lived in Toltec society, and this is the 9th century BC. e.! Considering the size and build of dogs of this breed, it is not even entirely clear how they could have formed into a separate breed and survived in the harsh conditions of the jungle.
Later, the Toltecs were conquered by the Aztecs, and the Techichi harmoniously entered the life of the new civilization. The Aztecs, like many other people in the ancient world, endowed various animals with magical powers, and in this case, they believed that Techichi had a connection with the other world and could accompany the souls of the dead there.
There is another theory about the origin of the Chihuahua, which states that they are the product of crossing Chinese hairless dogs and a local breed. Chinese dogs were brought to Texas by Chinese workers who traveled en masse to America and Mexico in search of a better life.
It is not known for certain which theory is correct. However, what is certain is that in the mid-19th century, American travelers discovered these small dogs in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Hence the name of the breed.
Known for their long body and short legs, these dogs will easily win you over. They love to give and receive love and thrive best on positive, reward-based learning, AKC experts explain. However, keep in mind that Dachshunds are very sensitive and do not respond well to harsh commands or punishment. So as long as you shower them with love and treats, they will never leave you.
The breed was developed in Germany around the 15th century to hunt badgers. In German, the breed’s name is spelled “dachshund”, which literally means “badger hunter”. Despite their size, for many centuries these dogs have shown their effectiveness in hunting; they could not only track down, but also attack and kill a badger. They also hunted foxes and even wild boars with dachshunds, but in this case a lot of dogs were required.
Over the centuries, the breed was improved by German foresters and hunters. They wanted a dog that could tear up badger holes and climb deep, killing the badger in the depths of its dungeon. A distinctive feature of the smooth-haired dachshund is its skin, which does not get damaged even in narrow holes. Today they are the only dogs in the world that are registered with the AKC as a breed for hunting not only above ground, but also underground.
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