Number 1 : ST Bernard
St Bernard’s are the most placid dog in the world they were originally bread to be rescue dogs in the mountainous regions of Sweden and Norway. They have a built in caring mechanism and would travel to the ends of the Earth for you. St Bernard’s are very playful despite their lazy image if they are in the mood for playing your best to play along with them or they will get very upset and get in a huff and sulk in a corner. They are not afraid to show you how they feel either. If they want some thing they are also very vocal and smart despite their dopey appearance, mine kicks the fridge when she wants something from it, stares at the sink and moans when it wants fresh water which is important because they slobber alot when they drink. Big Ears also wants to go outside when you give her a treat because she knows she makes a mess when shes eating and knocks on the door when she wants to get back inside. They are a very funny dog to have as a pet but your heart would be broken cleaning up after them, so you would want plenty of time on your hands to put the cushions back on the couch or remake the bed.
Number 2 : Labrador
Labradors are the most loyal dogs in the world when you own one and have kids you will find that out for yourself. When I was young my brother and I had one and we gave it an awful-time pulling its tail, its ears teasing it with food covering it with flour and eggs and the dog just sat there as if to say do your worst I still love you. For years we annoyed it and we never phased it one bit, when we got older round 9 and 10 years old it followed us everywhere and our parents always knew where we were by just calling the dog. April wouldn’t let any one but our friends into the garden when we were in it playing, none of the older boys, sales men or even our parents friends got near us, I guess because they were bigger than us she saw them as a threat. Labradors are very protective and motherly of babies when they cry all they want is peace and happiness, they are also very intelligent you could train them to do almost anything. If your looking for a new dog I would strongly recommend you consider a Labrador.
Number 3 : New Found-land
Newfoundland’s are the closest thing to a bear that a family can own, like the St Bernard they are a rescue dog. They were used originally for rescuing people from lakes they are very strong swimmers they could even pull a small boat with 5 or 6 people on it to the shore. Their temperament is very much like a Labrador but like a St Bernard they will need alot of attention in grooming and cleaning up after them. After their puppy stages they get very serious like a Labrador as in respect of what can they do for you next, they are not happy unless they know that they are of some use to you, if they are not active they get lazy same as any working dog really. New Foundland’s are great with children too, they have the same motherly instinct as a Labrador and are very protective of their territory. I haven’t owned one of these yet but they ar on my to do list.
Number 4 : German Pointer
A German Pointer is a great dog to own they are very playful and they are a very happy dog. These dogs were originally bread as a gun dog, the dog doesn’t hunt its self they are known for pointing in the direction of where the game has fallen or where it has landed. When the dog is not hunting its the happiest dog on the planet even if you never use it for hunting. These dogs are also great with children but they have only one drawback, their tail. Most of the people that own them cut the tail off which I am strongly against. I have owned one of these dogs when I was little, we had her the same time as the Labrador and we kept the tail. Sue’s tail could cut paper in half when she was wagging it so it stung a little when you got hit with it, other than that she was a great dog. German Pointers get real excited over the littlest of things so if you have small toddlers in the house just keep them away from the dogs tail. There is no harm in introducing the dogs tail to the child at the age of 6 or so. With great excitement comes bad observation skills, these dogs don’t mind walking into doors or crashing into walls to get its prize such as a Frisbee or a ball but they soon learn. They are highly intelligent and make a great loyal pet.
Number 5 : Collies
There are two different types of collies there is the Collie that we all associate with Lassie and there is the Border Collie that we associate with the crazy dog in the field chasing sheep. Only for the colours and the sense of pride there is very little between these two dogs. These are the masterminds of the dog world their problem solving skills are better than any other dog, these dogs more less train themselves. Collies will try and out smart you, and they are very sneaky and stealthy. As temperament goes they are very loyal, loving and protective of kids. Having these dogs on your property is like having a full squad of special forces guarding your house, intruders wont know that they are there until its to late. If your worried about your property at all I strongly recommend one of these teamed up with a German Shepard.
Number 6 : Dalmatian
Dalmatians are a peculiar looking dog but they are very sweet in their temperament and they are very loyal and loving. Every Dalmatians spots are different so the one you get will be unique. Dalmatians also have a Whipple tail like the German Pointers, so like them you will have to watch that around infants. The difference is with Dalmatians they don’t get so frantic when they get excited. Dalmatians are very playful when they are in the puppy stage but after about three years they get very sensible and become great guard dogs. Their loyalty is unquestionable and they love watching over children. If you are looking for a great family friend a Dalmatian is the dog for you.
Number 7 : Siberian Husky
A Siberian Husky is like owning your own wolf in fact they are just like wolves minus the hunting and killing instinct. Everyone wants to own a wolf and these dogs have all the characteristics, they howl and look like a wolf and even act like wolves. When they are howling they like to be up high when they are doing it firstly because sound will travel further but most of all because they like to be seen. Siberian Huskies are very protective of anything smaller than them and they are particularly fond of children and pups. Huskies are a very proud dog so it is very rare that you will get a bad photograph of them, they know that they are a beautiful dog and they are not shy to let it show. I myself am looking for one of these dogs at the moment because they are very playful all the way through their lives, and very loyal and clever.
Number 8 : German Shepherd
German Shepherd’s have a bad reputation because people regard them as coal yard dogs or warehouse guards. People think of these dogs when they are looking for a guard dog, yes they will guard an area, they will do the job but they are more of a family pet. German Shepherd’s like being around people more so than being caged off and treated as a vicious dog. These dogs have to be trained to be vicious. German Shepherd’s were bread for guarding sheep from foxes and other predators, so they have the caring and motherly instinct. These dogs are the best dogs for watching over children, they are also very protective of things smaller than them, even if you had rabbits they would be their best friend. These are also one of the dogs on my to get list.
Number 9 : Basset Hound
Basset Hounds are the most adorable dogs that I can think of, the reason for this is because they they are so sad and miserable looking. Basset Hounds are the most trusting dog in the world and they are great with children, as you can see from the image above they love hardship its not because they like to be tortured its just they couldn’t be bothered fighting back. Basset Hounds wouldn’t be the best of guard dogs but they will bark to alert you if there are strangers around. Basset Hounds became a world wide name after the cartoon Droopy D where we saw the dog as a detective that couldn’t be bothered to chase criminals but it always worked out for him in the end eventually. If you are looking for a dog but don’t want a big clumsy oaf of a mutt then a Basset Hound is for you.
Number 10 : Great Dane
If your looking for a monster of a dog that will challenge you on almost everything then you need a Great Dane. Great Danes are the biggest messers of the dog world and rarely do what they are told outdoors, indoors they will follow and obey orders because they know they are your guest in your house but outside they are a different dog altogether. Great Danes are not bold dogs they won’t start fights with other dogs or chase people such as the postman or things like that, they just want to have fun. These dogs love anything smaller than them which is most of the worlds population and get real protective of smaller dogs in distress. Great Danes love children and most children love Great Dane’s just for the fact that they are huge, around children these dogs are on their best behaviour and they will guard them with their lives. Great Danes are yet another one of my to own list and I would strongly recommend you getting one if you have the space and time they need.