We all know that dogs are a man’s best friend. Most modern breeds have been around for thousands of years and have been an essential part of human history.
There are about 400 different purebred dog breeds out there globally, so we’re going to give you the most common ones. Our collection will be one of the largest, but indeed not even close to all.
A breed of dogs is a group of dogs with very similar or almost identical characteristics or behaviors (generally both). These breeds are traced back more than a thousand years (some tens of thousands!). They were mostly bred to get specific characteristics (like hunting ability or, in other cases, a particular look).
Quick facts for examples; the Japanese Akita dog’s ancestors can be traced back to 8000 BC and the popular Alaskan Malamute to 1000 BC!
Their genealogy needs to be traced back at least three generations before a dog can officially be considered part of a particular breed. This concept has caused some controversy because of the difficulty in regulating it and the fact that it can result in inbreeding in areas of limited population of a particular breed.