I love dogs. All kinds of dogs. All sizes and all breeds. But, here is a specific list of top 10 dog breeds that i find particularly interesting. Not necessarily favorite, BUT interesting in one way or other. If you have any, please let me know too.
- Siberian Huskies and The Alaskan Malamute-
OOPs, two dogs on the same category?
Yup, people they are together in the list, cause FOR ME, huskies and malamutes don’t go alone without the other. Of course, these are entirely two different breeds with two distinct genetic make ups and physical attributes to begin with, but they also do have a lot in common with each other compared to the rest of dog family . One for instance is, they are both sled dogs, capable of surviving the extreme cold of arctic winter. How cool is that?
I still don’t know, what attracts me most about these dogs. Is it their resemblance to their ancestors ‘The wolves’, their handsome furry coats or their photogenic gaze ? Or is it because of their heroic deed on the movie ‘Eight below’, where i ended up collecting a bucket of tears. In either ways, i love these dogs!
Its surprising how many people can’t tell apart between the huskies and the malamutes. No big deal. I couldn’t too before. But, if you do some research you’ll come across a ton of articles that lists at least 10-15 dissimilarities between them. Then you will be like ‘Oh i know now’.. The basic however is, Siberian huskies are the ones with icy cold eyes- blue, sometimes brown or grey. They have slender bodies compared to malamutes and their tails does not roll back unlike their familiar looking cousins.
And oh boy-oh boy, these dogs can howl. Beware of that when you adopt one.
What was that tiny dog called, that Paris Hilton always carried on her arms? Oh ‘Tinkerbell?’ Yeah, it was a chihuahua, the smallest and the oldest dog breed known to man kind. Bet you didn’t know that, did you?
Did you also know, these small legged creatures weighing just about 4-6 pounds (1.1/2kg -3kg) were originally from Mexico and they used to royals? You heard right. They were initially bred to be companions, especially bed warmers for those of royal families. Now, maybe not so much popular in the blue blood, but the breed still holds strong admiration from the celebrities and those from the common households. Reason? Look at it. Its so tiny and cuddly with small fist size head and big big round eyes. But’ i warn you, for its miniature frame, its got a nasty temper.
Not only that, as fragile as it looks, the breed is actually tough and has the longest life expectancy compared to other breeds. Some have known to live till 20 years. Now that on human years would mean, me living one whole century(100 years!!). That’s because, apart from their genetic predisposition to luxating patella and heart disease, you have nothing much to worry about. And oh of course, i almost forgot hypoglycemia and hypothermia; you do have to watch out for those ones though. Barely 3 kgs at maximum, these dogs have very less fat stores to survive winter and their glycogen reserve are so less, if you don’t feed them properly on time, they might become lethargic soon and may even develop seizures.
As an excellent companion dogs, Chihuahuas don’t mind being carried around in bag packs, totes or anything you could fit it in. They are very loyal and are known to be very good watch dogs. However they can be very frisky around kids, especially children. The reason being, well’ they don’t want to be rolled into a ball and be tossed around i suppose.. Because for a dog of this miniature size, chihuahuas definitely has big guts. They don’t know how to back up from fights even with dogs bigger twice or thrice their size. (Wonder if chihuahuas have ever seen themselves in mirror.. Do they see a lion staring back? 😉 )
Google word ‘Corgi’ and you will find hundreds and hundreds of pictures of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with her adorable dogs ‘the Corgis’. You will notice at a glance that these are small dogs with well built physique, furry tail, pointed ears and bubbly eyes.
The breed comes in two varieties, The Pembroke’ and ‘The Cardigan’, among which Pembroke is more popular one, being the choice of Queen herself. However, experts say there are hardly any differences between the two except some physical traits, like the ‘Cardigan’ is more heavier and longer than pembroke. The breed was developed at ‘Wales’, hence the word ‘Corgi’ which means ‘dwarf’ in Welsh language. However, do not be deceived by their adorable foxy appearance, these small dogs are excellent herders. And can control hundreds of cattle alone; gathering them together, barking’ ordering them around and slipping past through their hooves if necessary, without worrying to be kicked. Thanks to their agility! In fact it is said that ‘herding’ comes instinctively to corgis, since they were originally bred to be farm dogs for this purpose. Interesting right?? Let me know, if your corgi does that at the ranch. 🙂
By nature, Corgis are very friendly and intelligent creatures hence very trainable.
They live up to 12-14 years and are quite healthy breeds. Aside from common eye problems, things such as hip dysplasia that they are said to be genetically predisposed to are quite rare. Of course like all small sized dogs, as in chihuahuas and dachshunds, Corgis are prone to obesity too. So, watch out for their meals. They weigh on average up to 10-15kgs, i.e 30-35 pounds, if your corgi weighs extra than that, well its a fat dwarf dog! So better start it on exercise soon. 🙂