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Top Ten Dog Breeds Golden Retriever with boy.

Ranked by the
American Kennel Club

(2015 update coming soon)

 

1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are sporting dogs. They were originally bred to retrieve birds, like pheasants. With Labs helping them, people long ago could find food to eat.

These days Labs can work as assistance dogs for peoplewith disabilities, as search and rescue dogs, as drug detection dogs with the police, and more. They are good companions and sensitive therapy dogs. They enjoy fun activities like flyball and agility.
More about Labrador Retrievers

Labrador in girl's lap.

 

2. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are herding dogs. They were originally bred to herd flocks of sheep and goats.

These days German Shepherds can work as guide dogs for the blind, search and rescue dogs, police dogs, and even herding dogs as they did in the past. Many people like to teach their German Shepherds to pull carts, and to herd sheep. Some German Shepherds also make wonderful therapy dogs who visit sick and elderly people.
More about German Shepherds

Family with their German Shepherd

 

3. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are sporting dogs. They were originally bred to retrieve water birds, like ducks. With Goldens helping them, people long ago could find food to eat.

These days Goldens can work as assistance dogs for people with disabilities, as search and rescue dogs, as retrievers in field trials, and more. They enjoy agility, flyball, rally, swimming, and competitive obedience.
More about Golden Retrievers

Spend time with your Golden. Two boy in this picture are having fun!

 

4. Beagle

Beagles are hound dogs. They were originally bred to hunt using their noses. They hunted using their noses more than their eyes. Beagles are sometimes referred to as scent hounds. The small Beagles hunted rabbits and the larger ones hunted deer. Beagles have a very strong sense of smell.

These days Beagles can do many different activities. They make good hunters, and they enjoy the sport of tracking. They enjoy agility and they can be good therapy dogs. They make very faithful companions.
More about Beagles

Young girl laying next to her Beagle

 

 

5. Bulldog

The Bulldog originated in the British Isles. The very first Bulldogs were bred to be fierce fighters with a courageous personality. But fighting became illegal and Bulldogs were soon lovers, not fighters. For more than a hundred and fifty years, Bulldogs have been bred to be kind and gentle family pets.

Today, Bulldogs can participate in obedience, agility, and flyball competitions. Some are active therapy dogs visiting people who are sick or disabled. More about Bulldogs

Bulldog

 

6. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers are terriers and are in the Terrier group of the American Kennel Club (AKC). They were originally bred to be something called a 'ratter.' This means that people used Yorkshire Terriers to hunt down (chase) and kill rats that were bothering people in their homes and neighborhoods.

This dog, also known as the Yorkie, was developed from mixed breeding (like many purebred dogs) of several other kinds of terriers. Now people are happy with Yorkies the way they are. They are the perfect little companion dog.
More about Yorkshire Terriers

Young girl holding a Yorkie!

 

7. Boxer

Boxers are working dogs that came from Germany long ago. They came from dogs that were originally bred to hunt wild animals. Now, Boxers have a strong instinct to guard and protect the people around him.

These days Boxers can do many different activities. They are good companions and sensitive therapy dogs. They enjoy fun activities like flyball, agility, and tracking. Some are used as service dogs, police dogs, and guard dogs.
More about Boxers

Boxers like to play with children!

 

8. Poodle

Originally Poodles were duck retrievers. A Poodle would jump into the water and swim to the duck he wanted to retrieve. They were bred to be very good swimmers.

These days Poodles can do many different activities. They are good companions and participate in obedience, agility, flyball, dock diving, conformation, canine freestyle, hunting, and tracking. They also make excellent rescue dogs and service dogs.
More about Poodles

Young girl holding apricot poodle puppies.

 

9. Rottweiler

Rottweilers are working dogs. They were originally bred to be guard dogs, but they also worked driving cattle on farms. They also used to pull carts for people, and many people are now teaching their dogs to pull carts.

These days some Rottweilers work as police dogs and guard dogs. They also make excellent leader dogs for people who are blind. Many people like to teach their Rottweilers to pull carts, and to herd sheep. Rottweilers also make very faithful companions.
More about Rottweilers

Rottweiler laying in the grass.

 

10. Dachshund

Dachshunds are hound dogs. They were originally much larger than they are today, and were bred to hunt badgers in Germany. Later, smaller sizes were bred so the dogs could hunt smaller animals, like foxes, rabbits, and weasels.

These days Dachshunds can do many different activities. They are good companions and participate in obedience, agility, conformation, go-to-ground (earthdog competitions), canine freestyle, and tracking.
More about Dachshunds

Redheaded boy with Dachshunds.

 

 

 

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Learn about all of the dog breeds!
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The Complete Dog Book For Kids, AKC 1996

Here is the ultimate show-and-tell for children who love dogs! With its lush, four-color portraits of all of the AKC-recognized breeds, information on the history and character of the breeds, graphics showing where each breed originated and how big it is, and boxes containing a 'fun fact'. The Complete Dog Book for Kids is the ideal way to teach kids about the rich history of the sport of dogs and how their pets contribute to it. Excellent book! Ages 9-12

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Dogs, by David Taylor, Dorling Kindersley, Ltd June 2003

An invaluable introduction to the dogs of the world, this compact and comprehensive guide reveals key characteristics of each breed, highlights the their history, and provides tips on how to choose and care for a pet. Ages 9-12

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Dog, Eyewitness Books,by Juliet Clutton-Brock, Dorling Kindersley, Ltd 1991

Discover the world of dogs, wolves, jackals and foxes -- their natural history, behavior and domestication. Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the fascinating world of the entire dog family. Superb real-life photographs of dogs, wolves, jackals and foxes offer a unique "eyewitness" view of the natural history and evolution of the dog family, highlighting the many ways in which they have helped people throughout history. Ages 9-12

 

Here are a few books that can help your parents choose the right dog:
Choosing a Dog

Choosing a Dog for Dummies, by Chris Walkowicz, July 15, 2001
From an Amazon.com reader: Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies is a simple, straightforward, easy-to-read, and dependable introduction on how to decide which pet qualities you value most and are compatible with your own particular life style; all of the practical steps to take in choosing a great dog for you; as well as all aspects of properly caring for your canine pet. Additionally, readers can find out about breed rescue, and there's an invaluable advice about selecting a "kid-friendly" dog. If you are considering the acquisition of a canine companion for you or your family, read Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies! Written for adults

Paws to Consider

Paws to Consider, by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson, September 1, 1999
As compassionate as they are knowledgeable, Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson tell you how to avoid the pitfalls before you lose your patience or money. Their combined expertise and honesty will help you choose wisely, with your eyes wide open as well as your heart. The result will be a dog you can happily live with...and who will reward you with unconditional love.

Idiot's Guide

The Idiot's Guide to Getting and Owning a Dog, by Sheila Webster Boneham, August 26, 2002
From an Amazon.com reader: This book is must for every potential or real dog owner's bookshelf! Ms. Boneham does an excellent job of helping you through the steps of choosing and living with your dog. The book is an excellent source of of information itself and includes many references, both on the Web and otherwise. In the future, this book will be part of all my puppy's going-to-their-new-home bag.

 

A Couple of Dog Breed Games

Dog Breed 'Hangman'

'Guess the Dog Breed' Spelling Game

 

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