4. Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States. This “American Gentleman” was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. Bostons are small and compact with a short tail and erect ears. They are highly intelligent and very easily trained. They are friendly and can be stubborn at times. The average life span of a Boston is around 11 to 13 years, though some can live well into their teens.
They were originally bred to be fighting dogs, but today, they’re gentle, affectionate companions with tuxedo-like markings that earned them the nickname “American Gentleman.”
The Pug is a breed of dog brought from China to Europe in the sixteenth century with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square body with well-developed muscles.
Pugs often are described as a lot of dog in a small space. These sturdy, compact dogs are a part of the American Kennel Club’s Toy group, and are known as the clowns of the canine world because they have a great sense of humor and like to show off. Originally bred to be a lap dog, the Pug thrives on human companionship.
2. Shih Tzu
The name means little lion, but there’s nothing fierce about this dog breed. The Shih Tzu are a lovers, not a hunters. Bred solely to be a companion, the Shih Tzu are an affectionate, happy, outgoing housedogs who love nothing more than to follow their people from room to room.
In recent years, however, owners have started taking the Shih Tzu off their laps and into dog sports, training them for obedience, rally, and agility competitions.
1. English Bulldog
A Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. It is a muscular, hefty dog with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. Bulldogs have a longstanding association with British culture, as the BBC wrote: “to many the Bulldog is a national icon, symbolising pluck and determination.” During World War II, Bulldogs were often likened to Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Bulldogs originally were used to drive cattle to market and to compete in a bloody sport called bullbaiting. Today, they’re gentle companions who love kids. A brief walk and a nap on the sofa is just this dog breed‘s speed.