From mellow to energetic, small to large, and obedient to rebellious—Dogs come in all shapes and sizes! Hundreds of dog breeds exist in the world, but have you ever wondered which breeds are more popular than others, and why? Today we are going to be discussing the top 5 most popular dog breeds in the world and in our very backyard: Hong Kong!
What makes some dog breeds more popular than others? What makes some more common in certain countries over others? In Hong Kong, space is limited. You may have observed that many Hong Kongers own smaller dogs in comparison to other parts of the world. The city’s high density and compactness are a couple of the reasons it has so many skyscrapers. It comes down to the cost and availability of land. Some breeds of dogs are better suited for smaller spaces. Today we are going to be introducing the top 5 most popular dog breeds in the world and in Hong Kong and why that may be. We recently wrote a blog post on “9 dog-friendly beaches in Hong Kong”. Check out our blog page to read more about some fun dog-friendly spaces to take your pup. Get ready for some cute images of puppies and more!
The Top 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World in no particular order:
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Golden Retriever
- German Shepherd
The Labrador Retriever is up first! Labradors are the most popular breed in America! They are easily trained and extremely friendly. They make very entertaining pets! They are intelligent and have proven to be a very useful working dog breed. If you have the space, they make a great family dog even though they are rather large in size. They come in three distinct colours; Black, Chocolate, and Golden!
Next up we have the Beagle! Beagles are distinguishable by their cute puppy-dog eyes and floppy ears! They are outgoing, affectionate, and low-maintenance dogs. They are highly intelligent dogs and are very energetic. They are extremely social dogs and were originally bred to live in packs. Fun fact: They are scent hounds and have a powerful sense of smell that makes them great at hunting!
Yorkshire Terriers are bold and fearless dogs with a natural flair for hunting! They make wonderful family pets if young children are taught how to properly engage with them. They also make excellent companions for those who live alone. Their size undermines their energetic and dominant personality. Due to their affectionate nature and need for care, Yorkies are perfect for anyone who wishes to spoil a dog.
Golden retrievers are loving, wise, and friendly companions. These qualities make the Golden Retriever a great choice for a family with young children. They are easily identified by their golden coat and friendly demeanour. They are active dogs that can be used as service dogs and are highly capable working dogs due to their ability to learn quickly. Commonly referred to as “Goldens” for short, these pups are some of the sweetest and most easygoing of dog breeds.
The German Shepherd has a reputation for being an intelligent and easily trained dog. They are great working dogs and companions due to their high level of loyalty and intelligence. German Shepherds can be friendly to both people and other canines. They make great security dogs because of their guarding instincts and are commonly used as K9 dogs working with the police. Intruders will have a difficult time escaping a German Shepherd's home without leaving some teeth marks!
The Top 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Hong Kong in no particular order:
- Shiba Inu
- Welsh Corgi
Shiba Inu's are a breed of hunting dog from Japan. They are alert, bold, and (mostly) very friendly! They are very strong-willed and courageous dogs that love to exercise and play. Shiba's are easy to raise and are intelligent dogs. They can form bonds with people very easily. They are affectionate and loyal to family members but remain wary of strangers. These pups are considered small to medium-sized so perfect for living in Hong Kong.
Small size, big personalities, and variation in coat kinds and colours are just a few of the charms of the Chihuahua! Although small, they are among the top 10 watchdogs that experts recommend. They are extremely obedient dogs that are very intelligent with distinct personalities. Another benefit is that they can get all the exercise they need in a small space due to their small size! They do not require much grooming so it is much easier to take care of them.
Poodles are fantastic family dogs because of their high intelligence, energy, and ease in the ability to train! The poodle breed is divided into four varieties based on size: The Standard Poodle, Medium Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle. They function best when they get lots of mental and physical exercise, or spend time with others, which is something they really enjoy. They are very versatile dogs and are popular because of their good-natured personality.
The Bulldog is a British breed of dog! They are friendly but they make great watchdogs due to their loyalty and protective nature! They are extremely dependable and very people-oriented. They are muscular, medium-sized, and are most easily recognisable by their pushed-in nose! Bulldogs are great for a family with children due to their loving and easygoing nature.
There are many factors that make the Welsh Corgi so popular! This breed is easily distinguished by its stubby legs and cute smile! They have quite a bit of energy for a small dog. Many people love corgis due to their friendly nature and because they are easy to take care of. They are great for novice pet owners. They have long hair and thick fur and are athletic dogs! They are adorable and fun-loving.
Here was a quick summary of the most popular breeds of dogs! Hope we helped you learn more about different kinds of dogs across the world! Check out our website to read some of our other blog posts!