Today World Canine Association recognizes 340 breeds. The association is headquartered in Belgium. About half of these breeds are recognized in the USA.
This means that today you have all kinds of choices when it comes to selecting a dog for you.
Most often when thinking about a dog, people only think about its appearance. Dogs are living beings. Different dogs have different personalities. Let’s take Golden Retrievers for example, they are known for their friendliness, patience and loyalty. This makes them perfect for families with kids.
Different dogs were originally bred in different geographical areas for different reasons. Rottweilers were the first police and military dogs. They are great if you are looking for a guardian dog and want to a dog that will have to work.
This is why you need to pay attention to the levels of activity a breed requires and make sure that your dog is suitable for your climate. For instance, English and French Bulldogs have a pushed-in nose that makes it hard to breath during intense activity or extreme heat. These breeds are probably not for you if you live in the South and live to spend a lot of time with your dog outside.
Below you can see an infographic that tells about twenty-five most popular dog breeds and their typical health issues. You can find more details about each breed here. Additionally, you can read why chocolate is bad for dogs.
Study the infographic to learn more about your favorite breed and find out if the breed is a good fit for you!