Your dog is a loyal canine companion. Anyone who has spent even a little time with dogs know how attuned they become to their human environment. Of all the species that have ever lived with humans, the dog has adapted best to a human landscape.

A few breeds are known to be truly ancient, but the great majority of the world’s 400 or so breeds have been ‘’created’’ by us over the last 200 to 300 years, mostly in Europe but also in North America. We have created these breeds because the dog remains useful to us even though, for most of us, its function is now negligible.

Now this short blog post will explain all about the three most popular breeds in the world starting with the loyal Labrador.

Labrador Retriever

labradorToday a universally widespread and popular pet, the Labrador was originally bred as a water dog to help the fishermen in Newfoundland pull in their nets.

After it was brought to England in the mid-19th century, the breed quickly became a sporting retriever, working in the water and on land.

This adaptable and trainable breed has worked in many roles, from guide dog to obedience champion.

It is also one of the most popular of all breeds as a family pet, and is well suited to the role.

The characteristics that make this dog such a highly regarded working dog is an even temper, readiness to learn, and a cheerful, enthusiastic outlook which are just as valuable in a domestic situation.

Labradors are extremely lively and boisterous as puppies and can take some time, often well into their second year to mature.

Despite this, the lab is not usually hard to train; naturally tractable and keen to please their owners, even young and energetic labs will respond well to consistent and positive training.

German Shepherd

german shepherdA well trained German shepherd makes a great pet and a devoted canine friend which is smart, tolerant, energetic and self-confident.

However, this intelligent dog will run rings around weak-willed owners, so it is not a great choice for anyone who is inexperienced or inactive.

As its name suggests, the German shepherd was bred to herd sheep, and needs plenty of activity, both mentally and physically, to bring out the best in its personality.

This dog is a natural for obedience, classes and agility training, and is a companion bar none when you have earned its respect.

Because of its highly strung nature and flexibility, it has become popular as a working dog in a wide range of roles, from a police dog to a guide dog for the blind.

Golden Retriever

golden retrieverDespite on tale that holds that the golden retriever is descended from a group of Russian circus dog, the more believable truth is that it was developed on Lord Tweedmouth’s Scottish estate in the mid-19th century, from a mix of retrieving and spaniel stock.

The result was more successful than its breeder ever dreamed.

One of the most attractive of retrieving breeds, the golden soft wavy coat quickly won a fan base outside the sporting world.

From its first registration with the American Kennel Club in 1894 and the Kennel Club of England in 1903, its popularity grew fast.

Its calm and level-headed temperament, proved the breed to be a very suitable for training as a guide dog and for search-and-rescue work also.