10 most popular dog breeds

1. Labrador retriever

The ever-popular labrador retriever comes from Newfoundland, Canada, where it was used as a duck retriever and fishing buddy.

2. German shepherd

They were created when German farmers crossed different breeds to make a dog that was good at herding and also had a good sense of smell and a sharp mind.

3. Golden retriever

In the middle of the 1800s, Dudley Marjoribanks created the golden retriever in the Scottish Highlands. He did this after years of crossing breeds to make a good gundog.

4. French bulldog

French bulldogs are related to English bulldogs. They got their French roots when workers from Nottingham took miniature bulldogs with them when they moved to France.

5. Bulldog

Bulldogs were first used for the cruel sport of "bullbaiting" in England in the 13th century. England outlawed violent blood sports in 1835, which led to the rise of pit-dog fighting.

6. Poodle

People often think of poodles as being from France, but the breed is thought to have come from Germany. The exact history has been lost to time, though.

7. Beagle

The first dogs that were called beagles were only eight or nine inches tall and were even called "pocket beagles."

8. Rottweiler

Rottweilers are related to the war dogs that the Romans used in the past that look like mastiffs.

9. German shorthaired pointer

Most historians think that the German shorthaired pointer came about in the 1860s when old continental pointers were crossed with old Spanish pointers.

10. Pembroke Welsh corgi

Pembroke Welsh corgis are related to the Cardigan Welsh corgi, which is also from Wales. In fact, until 1934, they were thought to be the same breed.

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