How to Distinguish Between Dog Breeds

Among all of the dog breeds, there are a few that are more popular in the US. 5-Minute Crafts will let you know what they are, along with the differences between them.

1. Labrador retrievers

Labrador retrievers are often friendly and outgoing dogs, as well as high-spirited companions with a lot of affection to give. They can grow up to 24 in or 60 cm of shoulder height, and weigh up to 80 pounds. Their fur is dense and hard, and it can be a yellow, black, or chocolate color. You may also find they have lots of energy.

2. French bulldogs

French bulldogs are one of the most popular small dog breeds. They’re playful, alert, and adaptable, with a shiny and compact coat and quite a few muscles. You won’t be able to resist their charm, given how smart and affectionate they are. Unlike labradors, these are dogs that don’t need much outdoor exercise, making them perfect for people that live in cities. If you’ve got other pets, French bulldogs will usually get along with them.

3. German shepherds

A bit taller than labradors, standing at as high as 26 in or 66 cm at shoulder height, these dogs are agile, albeit large and muscular. They’re very smart, loyal, confident, and courageous too. They’ve got graceful curves to them and can run very fast at times. German shepherds are considered to be gentle family pets and even guardians.

4. Golden retrievers

Golden retrievers are medium-sized, muscular, and sturdy dogs. Their fur resembles gold, and it’s very lustrous. They’ll often have jobs as hunters, fieldwork helpers (search-and-rescue missions), and even act as guides for blind people. These are energetic dogs that enjoy being obedient and competitive. Their personalities remain joyous and playful from puppyhood to adulthood.

5. Bulldogs

Kind and friendly, bulldogs have a very unique look to them because of the loose skin on their head, their pushed-in nose, and their small ears. Their fur is short, smooth, and glossy and they can grow up to 50 pounds. With muscular bodies, these are dogs that require regular moderate exercise.

Note: As bulldogs have a short snout, it can cause labored breathing in hot and humid weather, and they might be better off spending hot afternoons inside, in air-conditioned rooms. They also need to follow a careful diet to remain slim.

6. Poodles

Poodles are found in 3 different sizes: standards are taller than 15 in or 38 cm, miniatures are smaller than 15 inches or 38 cm, and toy poodles are 10 in or 25 cm. They all come in black, white, or apricot colors. They’re smart and elegant yet muscular and athletic under all that curly fur. It’s also important to notice that some owners prefer to have their fur short to outline their bodies. Their versatility ensures that they’ll make a great addition to any family.

7. Beagles

There are 2 varieties of beagles (above and under 13 in or 33 cm) that you can find. They’re sturdy, solid dogs with fur that’s either a lemon color, red and white, or even tricolor. They’re smart, curious, and energetic hounds, which means you’ll need to make sure they get enough playtime. To add to their qualities, they’re also happy, funny, and easy to love.

8. Rottweilers

Rottweilers can grow anywhere from 24 in or 61 cm, and up to 27 in or 69 cm for male dogs; the females can be a bit smaller as well as lighter. They’re robust and muscular with short black fur and rust markings. Since they’ve got territorial instincts, having a Rottweiler socialized and trained early on can mean they put those same instincts to use in a positive manner. Even though they’re calm, confident, and courageous, they can also be playful and even silly at times.

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