The 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is in full swing, with over 201 different breeds competing for Best In Show. We at Digital Doggy decided it’s the right time to take a close look at what characteristics make up the most popular breeds in the competition.
Breed Bio: English Setter
There’s too many breeds and not enough time to learn them all, so here’s a quick break down of this very special breed, the English Setter.
- They’re they 100th most popular dog breed
- They’re known to be friendly, merry and mellow.
- Diet is very important for the English Setter.
- They’re substantial gundogs known for their beauty and speckled coat.
- The English Setter was a trained bird dog in England more than 400 years ago.
- They have a high proficiency in finding and pointing game in open landscapes.
- This gentle and affectionate dog loves to be with its people and does not thrive when isolated in a yard or a kennel.
- They’re known for their athleticism and sweet soulful brown eyes.
- The English Setter is believed to be a result of crosses of the English Pointer, the Large White Spaniel and the Springer Spaniel.
Breed Bio: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the feisty, fluffy, fancy, little pooch that everyone adores! That’s why this week our Breed Bio goes out to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Here’s some interesting facts about this loving breed:
- They’re the 19th most popular dog breed in the AKC.
- They are known to be affectionate, gentle and graceful.
- The dogs got their name from King Charles the II. The king didn’t go anywhere with at least 3 of his 4-legged companions at his feet.
- The American Kennel Club first recognized them in 1995.
- These dogs were known as comfort dogs. They were meant to attract fleas and be bitten instead of their owners, thus saving their humans from the plague or other diseases.
- These dogs are easily adaptable and enjoy minimal exercise.
- They do not like spending time alone.
- The Cavalier was featured on the hit HBO series, “Sex And The City,” as Charlotte York’s Dog.
- The Cavalier was a favorite of King Charles I of Britain.
- These dogs are friendly and easily trainable.
Breed Bio: French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is most likely the dog you see in every trendy neighborhood in America, but we’re fine with that. Have you ever seen a French Bulldog up close? If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and find one or Google it…do something! It’s adorable. Here are 9 fun facts about the French Bulldog, our Breed of the Week:
- They’re the 6th most popular breed in the world
- The main purpose of their breed is to warm laps (I’m fine with that!)
- These dogs love crates and crate training
- They are easily trainable (whoo whoo!)
- They like kids a lot (most of them…depending on the kid)
- They don’t like water (so don’t throw them in—even though it’s fun)
- Frenchies are very sensitive! So no need to scold them. They already feel bad.
- Most French Bulldogs aren’t born the natural way AKA artificial insemination. They’re not good with baby making or baby delivering. Poor things.
- They’re the hippest dog of 2016! I mean Lady Gaga has not one but TWO of them. Can this breed be any cooler?
Breed Bio: Great Dane
Watch out because the Great Dane is coming through! This beautiful beast is more than just a pony for small children, they’re practically perfect creatures. Here are some interesting facts about the Great, Great Dane:
- The Great Dane is the 15th Most Popular dog breed in America.
- Great Danes are taller than the average person while standing on their hind legs.
- The Great Dane’s name is the English translation of the breed name in French: Grand Danois, meaning, “Big Danish.”
- The Great Dane is a 400-year-old breed.
- The Earliest written description of a dog resembling the Great Dane may be found in Chinese literature of 1121 BC.
- Despite being called the Great Dane, they have ties to Germany, not Denmark.
- Great Danes were once used for hunting boars.
- The Great Danes ancestors might have lived among the Egyptians. Depictions of giant dogs can be seen on Egyptian monuments dating back to 3000 BC.
- Great Danes were once thought to ward off ghosts and ghouls which is why Scooby Doo makes the perfect ghost hunting cartoon.
- In 1941, Juliana the Great Dane had a bomb fall on her house. Juliana peed on the bomb and the urine diffused the bomb and earned her, her first medal. She was awarded her second medal three years later, when she alerted authorities that a fire was in her owner’s shoe shop.
- The Great Dane is the official state dog of Pennsylvania.
Breed Bios: Miniature Schnauzer
All of these dogs seem like little tough generals and I love it so much. Not to mention, many of my friends have these dogs so I get to spend LOTS of time with them. They’re protective, adorable and have beards. They’re Miniature Schnauzers! Here are 10 fun facts about the breed:
- They’re the 16th most popular dog in the world
- They’re known for friendliness, obedience and brains
- They don’t shed much! (That’s a plus)
- Schnauzers are easily adaptable as long as their owner is around
- They need lots of exercise
- They’re stubborn (The little generals in them)
- People say they have wise eyes
- Some schnauzers can bark a lot (trying to order people around, I’m sure)
- They’re good around other pets
- Schnauzer means small beard in German! YES! Could it be more perfect?