10. English Setter
The English setter is one of the oldest purebred dogs in existence today. They are known for their loyalty, love of family and affectionate nature. These dogs have been bred since ancient times to work with them, but they were not considered very popular until the 19th century when many were imported into England from Great Britain and Ireland. Today, there are several types of English setters.
Some are smaller than others, some have short coats while others have long ones. However all of these dogs share certain characteristics such as being loyal, loving and having good temperaments.
9. Afghan Hound
Afghans (or Afghans) are a type of medium sized dog with black or brown fur and a flat face with two pointed ears at the top of their heads and thin lips that form a “V” shape. Their coat tends to be thick and coarsely woolly, though it may occasionally become lighter in color with age. They are often described as having a “wooliness.”
8. Doberman Pinscher
Dobermans are a small, compact breed of German Shepherd dogs that originated in Germany around 1780. They are classically known for their black color, intelligence, loyalty and ferocity; though over the years, breeders have created variations in color, physical stature and even character. They are still, however, one of the best guard dogs in existence. Though they are typically associated with being “mean,” this is a misconception.
Dobermans are bred to be alert, protective and fearless; however they don’t tend to act aggressively without a reason.
7. Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound is a very old breed of dog that is thought to have developed from ancient Dog breeds that migrated with humans to Ireland. (Specifically the Celts, who were the first major residents of Ireland) The dogs have been depicted in ancient Irish literature and art, which means they have been part of Irish culture for a very long time.
Many of these ancient dogs were said to be as tall as the roof of a typical Irish home of the time (5 feet high or more), though the modern breed is much smaller than this, ranging from 34-43 inches. This means they are still quite large, and thus require plenty of exercise to avoid becoming bored and destructive.
6. Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound is an incredibly old breed of dog that has been depicted in ancient Scottish artwork and literature. In fact, they are thought to be the oldest breed of dog in existence that has remained fundamentally unchanged since ancient times. They are very large dogs, with males reaching a height of from 30-34 inches and females 28-32 inches. The males weigh from 75-110 pounds and the females weigh from 55-90 pounds.
These dogs have long, silky hair that often becomes very matted if it isn’t brushed daily. It is also recommended that the long feathering on their back and haunches be trimmed to avoid pain and bleeding from hair growing inside the ear or leg.
5. The St. Bernard
St. Bernards are large, sturdy dogs that were bred in the Swiss Alps by monks of the Moutaineer’s Abbey for the specific purpose of acting as guides for travelers crossing the snowy passes in the mountains.
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