Dogs have taken over people's heart all over the world. Every country has their own unique breed and a history associated with it. But a few Dogs have transcended the human boundaries to liven up families across the globe. Can you identify the country of origin of these dogs? We have a fun trivia for you!
Yes, these small dogs originated from China and were bred as companion dogs. The Chinese empire highly valued their Pugs and gave them a life of luxury and protection. Pugs were brought into Europe during the 16th century by the Dutch traders and in no time they became the favourite breed of many European royalty. This small dog breed was so popular that even Queen Victoria couldn't resist having one for herself.
Their unique facial features makes them irresistibly adorable and to top it all their curly tail adds to more cuteness. Pugs are sometimes called the "shadow". You may wonder why? This is because they love following their human companions everywhere - just like a shadow. Enjoy this cute Indian Pug commercial.
Dreaming of owning a Pug, aren't you?
Golden Retrievers were first bred in Scotland during the 19th century by a person called Tweedmouth. He mixed a yellow coated Retriever with a Water Spaniel, a now extinct breed. Their offspring were then further bred with the Water Spaniels, Black Retrievers and also Irish Setter to produce what is today the Golden Retriever. They were bred to be Gun dogs- that retrieve the shot waterfowl back to the hunter. Golden Retrievers are the friendliest of the dog breeds and one of the most preferred family dogs. Their alluring friendliness and intelligence makes them the best guide dog for disabled people.
Can you guess the one from Japan?
Akita Inu were first bred from their ancestors Matagi, a hunting dog in a place named Akita, Japan.
Akita Inu became a symbol of loyalty in Japan after a true tale of how an Akita named Hachikō waited at the subway for more than 9 years for its deceased owner to comeback . This true life event was adapted into a movie, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, which made this breed popular around the world. The story of the bonding between Akita and its owner has been melting people's heart.
They may be very loyal and protective towards you but stay away from their food. They do not like to share.
Shih Tzus are from China. Shih Tzu, the furry tiny dogs are friendly, clever, playful and very affectionate. No wonder they are amongst the most popular dog breeds in America. When it comes to this dog's history, there is no clear indication of their origin. One theory suggests early Tibet, where the Tibetan lamas bred Shih Tzu and gifted them to the Chinese Tang dynasty. Another theory depicts a very different story where the Shih Tzu were developed by cross breeding Pekingnese and Lhasa Apso in China.
The Chinese Royalty loved Lion art; they were present in paintings, statues and ornaments. And the Shih Tzu were actually bred to look like these lions. The small dog did not turn out to resemble anywhere close to the large cats but were adored by the Chinese dynasty none the less.
Dalmatians are from Dalmatia, Croatia. Yep, we all know how they got famous. The spotted dogs were the stars of the movie 101 Dalmatians. Before Dalmatians took over our hearts, they were used as a carriage dogs, herding dogs and also circus dogs . In the USA, before the days of fire trucks, Dalmatians ran long distances, directing the fire-fighters on horse carriages to their locations and even guarding the expensive work horses at fire-stations. This is why they are so energetic. If you are looking for a hyper-active dog then Dalmatians are the one for you.
Go on fly!! I think we could name them the flying dogs. Puli have this amazing corded coat that make them look like a mop . Puli were bred in Hungary to be herding dogs. They are super active, intelligent, have a great sense of smell and are athletic - known for their pace as well as agility. No wonder they are used as police days these days! They are also very caring. They can be very kind to kids and the elderly in the house, when acquitted from a very young age. Beast, Mark Zuckerberg's dog is a Puli breed. Aren't they the cutest?
Dachshunds, originally from Germany, are among the world's most popular dog breed. Why not? They are playful tiny bundles of joy. Earlier, the Dachshunds were comparatively larger and were divided into the straight limbed and the crooked limbed. Dachshund like all hounds have a great sense of smell and were used to hunt badgers. They are very protective and possessive about their owners. They still carry their previous traits for hunting and have been known to destroy household items when not trained. Dachshunds that are preferred today are the smooth coated ones, but there are two lesser known Dachshund variety - the longhaired and the wirehaired.
Corgis are from Wales. The name roughly translates to "Dwarf Dogs". They are the smallest known herding dog breed and have become a popular choice for their amazing companionship. They are very affectionate, fun and are always ready to please their human companions, making them easy to train and the best pet anyone could have. Queen Elizabeth 2 once owned over 30 of them during her time in power. There are two different types of Corgis: the Cardigan Welsh Corgi - the larger one - and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, with the latter being more preferred. They are known to be amongst the oldest dog breeds dating back to the 10th century. Like many historical events, the Corgi ancestry is uncertain. There is one particular theory that suggests that the ancestors of Corgi had been brought to Wales by the Vikings.
The name says it all, they are a mix of female Labrador and a standard male Poodle. They were developed by a retired vet in Australia in 1980s on request from a blind women, who desired a guide dog that her husband wasn't allergic to. Labradors make for a great guide dog while Poodles shed very less, making these two breeds perfect for the desired mix.
Though Labrodoodles are not completely allergic-proof, they are still a better choice for a lot of people with allergies. Labrodoodles are not yet a recognised dog breed. In recent years people are wrongly cross breeding and developing a less tested labradoodle that are prone to major health issues.
Wire Fox Terrier
Wire Fox Terriers are a dog breed from England. Remember Snowy from Tintin? Tintin's best companion was inspired from the Wire Fox Terrier. Just like Snowy, Wire Fox Terriers are very smart and can figure out things quite easily.
Here is a clip of Snowy from the Adventures of Tintin
They were bred to be fox hunters but they were also pro at hunting animals like badgers and wild bores. Because they were bred to hunt, Wire Fox Terriers today show no signs of fear even towards bigger animals, often intimidating and attacking animals larger than their size. This makes owning and domestication of Wire Fox Terriers a risky business, many owners have known to abandon them for their aggressive behaviour towards other pets. They are very tough to train, so if you are thinking to own one of these smart pets then make sure you properly train them from a very young age and always keep them engaged in activities; if not, they will turn out to be nothing like snowy.
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