I love my two dogs more than life itself, which happens to be common among Americans. I got to thinking one day, is a love of dogs just an American thing? Surely other cultures adore the hound as much as we do, but in what way? Do other countries favor certain dog breeds? I need answers!
It turns out there is more information on the type of dog breeds that originated in certain countries than the popularity and treatment of dogs in different cultures. After a little digging, you can find that according to 2014 data gathered from the American Kennel Club by Statistic Brain, the top countries for dog ownership include the following:
- United States
The US has by far the most registered dogs with a resounding 403,760. Canada holds second place, but they only have 23,068 dogs registered. What a jump! The US is not going to lose their title for most extreme dog lovers in the world anytime soon.
Most popular dog in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand
The Labrador retriever is the most popular dog in the world for a reason. Not only are these intelligent labs the go to dog for helping those in need of animal therapy, and they are sociable and always happy to please or just be around their lovable owners.
According to the American Kennel Club, the lab wins first place for the most popular dog in all the cities in the US except for two: New York City and Miami. In NYC the poodle is the most popular dog. In Miami the German Shepherd comes in at number one, the Yorkshire Terrier is a close second place, and then the Labrador retriever is the third most popular.
South Africa loves their Yorkshire terriers too, and the Labrador retriever comes in at second most popular in the country. The bulldog is the third most popular for South Africans, which is slightly surprising as they come in at 6th place here in the US.
Mexico’s beloved Xolo
The Xoloitzcuintli breed (Xolo for short and pronounced “show-low-eats-QUEEN-tlee”) is a hairless native to Mexico that originated 3,000 years ago. Okay, some of these Mexican Hairless dogs do have hair, but that doesn’t reflect on their nickname.
The Aztec name Xoloitzcuintli means dog of the gods, and they live up to this omni-potent title as they tend to protect their family wholeheartedly while staying aloof toward strangers.
Yo Quiero Taco Bell
Long before the Chihuahua became the adorable spokesdog for the Chalupa, Latin America was honoring this Mexican native breed. The Chihuahua is also very popular in the US, coming in around 6th place in the popularity contest.
Watch this video http://youtu.be/wtwdqW-wct4
Who wouldn’t want to care for that little Chihuahua, helping him get over his addiction to low quality tacos and dressing him in colorful ponchos?
Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia
The Shih Tzu is a Chinese dog breed, but it is most popular in the Philippines and Singapore. These little dogs have a name which means “lion dog”. Shih Tzus tend to be very outgoing and alert (much like a lion), which doesn’t go unrewarded by Singapore and the Philippines.
Malaysia has more cat lovers than dog lovers, and there are no real statistics on which breed is the most popular, but they do love the Labrador retriever along with the rest of the world. Interestingly, Malaysia has a strict policy of which breeds are not allowed. These include the following:
- American Staffordshire terrier
- Staffordshire bull terrier
- American bulldog
- Neapolitan mastiff
- Japanese tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Braziliero
Banning specific breeds carries with it much controversy. While there are more aggressive breeds, it has been shown that dogs will behave in certain ways based on the way their owners treat them. In a perfect world, all dogs would be given proper training and love during their early life. There are many factors, such as chaining up and neglecting dogs, which make a bad situation worse.
There you have it, a brief overview of dog breeds throughout the globe. Keep in mind the information above does not take into account the vast numbers of homeless dogs in different countries. Adopt a homeless dog today; it’s one of best decisions I’ve ever made.
“This featured contribution was written by Cindy Romero, an animal lover from North Carolina who loves tiring out her cat with a pink fluffy feather toy. She also has a Himalayan bunny roaming her house that she likes to snuggle with when she isn’t teaching him how wrong it is to bully the cats.”