The Chinese have it pinned. It’s a Dog Year, and with that in mind, we thought we’d take the opportunity to explore everyone’s favourite canines of the world. Afterall, who doesn’t love a puppy?
Humans aren’t the only ones with nationalities you know. Man’s best friend was landlocked for centuries since the beginning of domesticated dogs some time around 15,000 years ago. From the somewhat ugly (sorry, unique) Chinese Crested to the PR friendly Labrador, the variance of breeds is both unimaginable and amusing. And now with the introduction of international air travel for pooches, the prospects for truly multicultural and potentially bi-lingual dogs is very real. Scroll through the gallery of dog porn above and check out the list of traits below, the similarities to human nationalities may cut closer to the um, bone than you think.
Loveable breeds, loyal and affable with a ‘she’ll be right attitude’, Australian dogs can be mischievous, rowdy but often with a heart of gold. Think Australian Terrier, Cattledog, Silky, and the Kelpie.
Squishy faces, short snouts and stocky bodies, the Asian pooches are undeniably cute. What you mightn’t know is that they have long been associated with emperors and luxury, with the Pekingese and Pug being favourites. The saggy Chinese Shar-Pei translates to “sand skin” and is considered the Asian equivalent of the loyal Labrador.
Regal, well mannered, and often good hunters, the English dogs are the courtly Ladies and Gentlemen of the dog world. As British as a cup of tea, the Bulldog is often delivered by c-section and was even adopted as Winston Churchill’s famous moniker. Other well known breeds include the kingly Cavalier Charles Spaniel, Westie, English Foxhound, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Old English Sheepdog.
Bringing a certain je ne sais quoi to the canine world, the French dogs are leading the catwalk (shhh don’t mention those pesky lil felines) of most popular breeds at the moment with the French Bulldog able to fetch upwards of $10,000.00. Definite head turners, well groomed, well coiffed and smart, French dogs like the Poodle go in and out of style, but always remain classic.
Stoic and with questionable senses of humour, the German dogs have purpose and are efficient in battle. Leading a pack to victory and often sporting elongated snouts, the Boxers, Alsatians, Schnauzers and Dachshunds have historically been fearless and able to sniff out enemies with ease.
TripADeal travels to all these places and more, just make sure you book your pet-sitter early.
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