Popular Dog Breeds in the World And Why? – Ultimate Guide

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Popular Dog Breeds – Did you know that dogs were man’s best friend – thousands of years ago? There is some evidence that people kept dogs and occasionally domesticated them by feeding meat.

Whatever is the truth of history, it cannot be denied that dogs have been our best friends for a long time. People keep them for a number of reasons – friendship and security being the main reasons.

Like every human, dogs also have their own characteristics and traits. For example, some make good companions, while others are good at protecting their owners. So it is important to know their characteristics before buying them.

In this blog, we will list the most popular dog breeds in Pakistan to help you understand their characteristics so you can get the right dog for you.

1. German Shepherd

German shepherd is one of the best dog breeds in Pakistan and around the world. Many people also know it as Alsatian wolfdog. They are kind of reserved dogs and do not make friends immediately. But after some time they became very loyal. They’re also suitable for police and military work due to its extreme fitness, ease of training and their nature.

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Facts About German Shepherd Dog (GSD)

HeightMale: 60–65 cm
Female: 55–60 cm
Average lifespan9 – 13 years
NatureWatchdog, reserved in the beginning but extremely loyal and gentle
ColorsBlack, Black & Tan, Sable, Red & Black, Black & Silver, Grey
  • They have amazing sense of smell.
  • GSDs are incredibly smart.
  • They are super active.
  • German Shepherds are natural herders.
  • They worked alongside soldiers in WW1 and WW2.

2. Pitbull

The Pitbull dog, also known as the American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier, is a very brave dog breed. Although they are not highly recommended as guard dogs, they can protect their owners if there is an immediate threat.

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Facts About Pitbull Dog

HeightMale: 45–53 cm
Female: 43–50 cm
Average lifespan8-16 years (depending upon type)
OriginUnited States, United Kingdom
NatureWatchdog, fearless, protective, friendly with owners
ColorsBlack, White, Brindle, Fawn, Tan, Brown, Grey, Blue, Red
  • They were used for blood sports (dog fighting), herding, hunting, and guarding purposes.
  • Pitbull is not born aggressive.
  • Pit Bulls are athletic and are agile as well. It allows them to climb fences with ease.
  • Pit Bulls can be musically inclined.
  • Pit Bulls puppies have a very wrinkled forehead.
  • They are temperamental.

3. Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are known for their aggressive and wolf-like appearance. However, they are not suitable as guard dogs due to their friendly and playful nature. They can only be used as watchdogs. The upright, pointed and triangular ears are one of the main personality elements.

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Facts About Siberian Husky Dog

HeightMale: 53–60 cm
Female: 51–56 cm
Average lifespan12–14 years
OriginNortheast Asia, Siberia
NatureWatchdog, friendly, alert, gentle
ColorsWhite, Black, Gray & White, Sable & White, Black & Tan, Black & White, Silver-gray, Grey, Red & White
  • Huskies were developed as working sled dogs over thousands of years.
  • They were used by the U.S. Army during World War II for Arctic search and rescue of downed pilots and cargo.
  • Siberians have high energy and are extremely athletic.
  • This breed is very friendly; don’t be fooled by their looks. 
  • They have exceptional metabolism.
  • A Siberian can have brown eyes, blue eyes, one of each, or even particolored eyes.

4. Doberman Pinscher

Dobermans are tall, sleek and athletic type guard dogs. They can be very aggressive. However, they are friendly to their owners. They are very intelligent and alert. People usually get them for the security of their property, but they are also recommended as companion dogs.

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Facts About Doberman Pinscher Dog

HeightMale: 66–72 cm
Female: 61–68 cm
Average lifespan10 – 13 years
NatureGuard dog, aggressive, friendly to owners
ColorsBlack, White, Fawn, Black & Rust, Red & Rust, Fawn & Rust, Blue & Rust, Blue, Red
  • Dobermans have markings on the chest, paws/legs, muzzle, above the eyes, and underneath the tail.
  • They were first bred by a Tax collector (Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann).
  • Kurt the Doberman was the first canine casualty during WWII ( in the 1944 Battle of Guam).
  • They hate cold weather.

5. Poodle

Poodles can be classified as one of the most common dog breeds in Pakistan due to their fluffy fur. There are four sizes (standard, medium, small, toy) depending on the size. This dog breed is very intelligent, alert and can learn many tricks that other breeds can find difficult to learn.

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Facts About Poodle Dog

Height(Standard) 45-62 cm
(Medium) 35–45 cm
(Miniature) 28–35 cm
(Toy) 24–28 cm
Average lifespan12 – 15 years
OriginFrance, Germany
NatureWatchdog, instinctual, active, loyal, intelligent
ColorsBlack, White, Apricot, Cream, Black & White, Sable, Brown, Grey, Blue, Silver, Red
  • Poodle dog is the national dog of France. It first originated in Germany though.
  • They were originally bred as hunting dogs.
  • They have hair (many think it is fur).
  • Poodles are super intelligent.
  • They are hypoallergenic.

6. Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a medium to large dog breed that originated in Germany. He has all the characteristics of a guard dog. However, historically, the use was mainly for herds of cattle. It is now used for police search, rescue and assistance.

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Rottweiler Dog Facts

HeightMale: 61–69 cm
Female: 56–63 cm
Average lifespan8 – 10 years
NatureGuard dog, devoted, protective, loving
ColorsBlack, Tan, Mahogany
  • They are named after the town of “Rottweil” (Around 73 or 74 AD).
  • The Rottweiler was known as butchers’ dog in Germany.
  • Rottweilers almost became extinct in the 1800s as the industrial revolution took away their herding job.
  • Nowadays, they are known as working dogs and used by Police and military.
  • Rottweilers don’t bark a lot.
  • They like eye-contact.
  • They are highly athletic.

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7. Labrador Retriever

Labradors are good gun dogs. This may not be a very aggressive type, but it can show aggression when angered. This companion is obedient, playful and very loyal. It can be trained as a guide dog for various purposes.

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Facts About Labrador Dog

HeightMale: 57–62 cm
Female: 55–60 cm
Average lifespan10 – 12 years
OriginNewfoundland (Canada)
NatureGuard dog, patient, aggressive (only when provoked), energetic
ColorsBlack, Chocolate, Yellow
  • Labrador is an excellent swimmer.
  • They are commonly used as guide dogs.
  • They require special attention and affection from the owners.
  • Labrador is also the name of a sea (no wonder they love water).
  • They eat a lot.
  • Labrador has a great sense of smell.

8. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in Pakistan. A strong dog with an all-around personality. Can be trained as a guide dog for the blind. Flipping ears and fur is one of the main personality elements of this dog breed.

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Facts About Golden Retriever Dog

HeightMale: 56–61 cm
Female: 51–56 cm
Average lifespan10 – 12 years
OriginUnited Kingdom, Scotland
NatureGuard dogs, not naturally aggressive (but can become one when provoked), even-tempered, affectionate, intelligent
ColorsDark Golden, Light Golden, Cream, Golden
  • It is among the most active and hard working dogs.
  • They love to eat a lot.
  • Golden Retriever has calming abilities so it is also known as therapy or comfort dog.
  • They have soft mouths and can carry other animals in their mouth without harming them.
  • They need about 1-2 hours of exercise daily.
  • Their fur color changes (slightly) according to their age.
  • Golden Retrievers shed a lot in every season. 

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9. Bulldog

Bulldog is also one of the most popular small dog breeds in Pakistan. Also known as English Bulldog or British Bulldog. The body of this dog breed is muscular and has a very aggressive attitude, reflecting its brave nature. However, it is not aggressive. His face was pink but he looked brave but cute.

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Facts About Bulldogs

HeightMale: 31–40 cm
Female: 31–40 cm
Average lifespan8 – 10 years
OriginUnited Kingdom
NatureWatchdog, stubborn, sociable, sweet, friendly
ColorsWhite, Fawn, Piebald, Brindle & White, Fawn & White, Red & White, Red, Red Brindle
  • A Bulldog doesn’t require much exercise.
  • They were bred to fight with bulls in the 1200s.
  • They were about to go extinct when bull baiting was banned in 1835. 
  • Bulldogs don’t love swimming.
  • They require some assistance in reproduction (due to an awkward body).


Dogs can be great companions, “therapists,” watchdogs, and more. In this blog, we have talked about the most popular dog breeds in Pakistan and also their characteristics, and we hope this will help you choose the right one.

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