Roger Salmon column

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.

From pups that fit into purses to those that need stabling, dog breeds run the whole range of sizes, shapes, temperaments and overall looks but they have one thing in common – they all come from the gray wolf.

Here are 10 breeds that are mainstays on the most popular dog’s list.

1 Labrador retriever – These athletic dogs are originally from Newfoundland where they worked among fishermen to help pull nets. They were then crossed with retrieving breeds making them very successful gun dogs.

2 German shepherd – This breed is the gold standard when it comes to police, guard and military dogs. They are derived from a mix of herding and farm dogs originated in 1899 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

3 Yorkshire terrier – Part of the toy group they weigh between 1.8 and 3.2 kilos. Named for the county where they originated, they were originally used to catch rats in the clothing mills.

4 Golden retrievers – This intelligent dog was bred into existence by Lord Tweedmouth who wanted a skilled retriever which was suited to the Scottish climate, terrain and game, he crossed a Labrador with a Tweed water spaniel.

5 Beagles – This breed’s hunting acumen and cheery temperament have made them one of the most popular breeds. Originally they were used to track everything from deer to rabbits.

6 Boxers – These dogs stand on their hind legs to “duke it out” with their opponent; this gave them their name although they are a gentle breed and known to be very good with families that have children.

7 Bulldogs – This breed owes its popularity to its loveable nature and it’s characteristic appearance. It gets it’s name due to its connection with bull baiting in the 1700s.

8 Dachshunds – Known as ‘sausage dogs’ this fearless, lengthy canine can dig into badger burrows.

9 Poodles – This is not a fluffy toy but rather a breed with intelligence and excels at training; they are thought to be one of the cleverest dogs.

10 Shih Tzus – This toy dog was cherished by Chinese royals as a house pet for over a thousand years during the Ming Dynasty. They were brought to the UK by soldiers during the World War 1.