The last couple of years have seen many of us welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, as the Kennel Club saw dog ownership rise by nearly eight per cent. But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.
Those with active lifestyles might want to consider a larger dog, while somebody with allergies will be looking for a hypoallergenic dog. There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
One dog that often appears on prospective owner’s canine wishlists is the Akita – a breed that can be willful but are alert, courageous, and fiercely loyal to their family. Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the breed.
Unsurprisingly for a breed that comes from a part of the world where temperatures regularly drop to -40C, the Samoyed is used to the cold. They have a dense white coat to protect agains the elements and often sleep with their tail over their nose to cut down on heat loss.
Maya the Samoyed is a huge star on Instagram and YouTube, with millions of people enjoying watching videos of her eating different kinds of food. They are said to be so relaxing that they help people get to sleep.