Some of the world’s most popular – and arguably the cutest, dog breeds originated in the United Kingdom. Many of the canines were developed as working dogs to assist gamekeepers and hunters. Are you looking for a pet dog? Why not get the best of British! Here are 5 of the most popular dog breeds from the UK.
Today, the golden retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the USA. If you look at movies, dog posters, TV shows, and advertisements, you will notice that golden retrievers are usually the breed of choice. Their popularity is probably because they are such beautiful, friendly, and intelligent dogs who love to please people.
Golden retrievers were bred in the mid 19th century in Scotland for the aristocracy, who used them in hunting sports to retrieve their kills, such as wildfowl and rabbits.
The bulldog is often used as a symbolic icon of British culture as it is thought to resemble Prime Minister Winston Churchill and share his determined, spirited personality. They were originally used in a blood sport known as bull-baiting, and breeding has led to them developing stocky bodies, large heads, and strong jaws over the years. They look like they may be aggressive and menacing, but they are actually very fun-loving and affectionate.
Beagles have an exceptional sense of smell and were initially bred to track small game animals such as rabbits and hare for hunters. Nowadays, they are used at airports to sniff out contraband food and drugs in traveler’s luggage. Beagles are very friendly and loving and make great pets for people who can devote plenty of time to them. These dogs do not do well being left alone for long periods and will become destructive and bark incessantly.
Jack Russell Terrier
John Russell was a vicar who lived in the early 19th century. He was a keen game hunter, and the Jack Russell was developed from a small white dog he owned and used to chase foxes out of burrows during a hunt. These feisty dogs are very intelligent and require constant mental stimulation and company. Despite being small, Jack Russells have no fear of other dogs and will square up to dogs twice their size. However, if you are looking for a loyal pet, look no further than these little guys.
As their name suggests, Border Collies originate from the Border region of Scotland. The word “collie” comes from the old Celtic word for useful. These dogs certainly are useful when it comes to herding livestock, especially sheep. Collies are the most intelligent dog breed and require considerably more exercise and mental stimulation than other pet dogs. They do not do well in a household where they are left alone for long periods or have little chance of physical and mental exercise. A collie’s herding instinct can carry through to family life, and you may find that your furry friend wants to herd your children or other household pets.