As a pet owner, few things are as special as having a furry companion who can fill a life with loyalty and love. With so many dog breeds available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your home, lifestyle, and personality. Life in Australia is diverse and comes with a diverse range of options for dog breeds as pets. Want to know what fellow Aussies love in a fluffy companion? We've done the research for you to bring you our guide to Australia's most popular dog breeds. Each breed exhibits unique traits and characteristics. We're sure that among the lists is the perfect breed for your home...
#1 - Best Dog Breed for Families: Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever originates from Newfoundland then brought to England by fisherman in the 1800's. They are traditionally thicker-set than other retrievers and have characteristic otter-like tails.
Is this breed the 'golden child' of dog breeds? With their big smiles and gentleness towards children, we tend to think so. And it seems lots of Aussie families agree, too. If you're looking for a fluffy companion that will fit in well with your young family, the Lab is an excellent option.
The Labrador Retriever is known for being top of the list for the most friendly and lovable breeds in Australia. They always seem to have a smile on their face, and, they're known for being exceptional with children.
Some other lesser-known traits about the Lab is that they are highly intelligent and loyal. This aids them with their gentleness around children.
Be warned, the Labrador has an insatiable appetite and is prone to health-issues such as obesity and diabetes. For this reason, these big friendly giants are perfect for families or individuals who love getting outdoors and enjoy their pets joining in on the fun in order to stay active and healthy. In general, they LOVE to swim - a trait probably originating from their origins over the water.
Their intelligence and loyalty makes them easily trainable (and it helps that they love their treats) which is especially important for a bigger breed who will likely be spending time around young children.
#2 - Most Affectionate Dog Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
They're known amongst people that know them for their boundless energy, loyalty, intelligence, and playfulness. With their strong muscular physique, they're great pets for those who love physical activity and sports such as running, hiking, and playing fetch. These dogs are great protectors of their families and are fiercely loyal, but they need their owners to establish strong boundaries with them.
They are incredibly loving and, whilst appearing dominating to outsiders, are known by their owners to be big babies.
If you're looking for a protective and loyal dog that is also perfectly happy to snuggle on the couch all day, a Staffy could be the breed for you!
ST ARGO Size Suggestion: For a standard adult Staffy, ST ARGO suggests our size Large Collar and Medium Harness.
The French Bulldog, or 'Frenchie', appeared, as their name suggests, in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century as a result of breeding local ratters with small-sized Bulldogs imported from England.
They were originally bred to be companion dogs, a trait that has seemed to survive the years. Frenchies are much smaller than their English counterparts, the British Bulldog. They come in a range of colours and have cute bat-like ears.
They're also generally very lively and sociable. They are happy to go for a walk with their owner and equally as happy to laze around the apartment all day. For this reason they're a great breed for an apartment as they don't require much space or physical exercise. Because they are not a particularly active breed, they can be prone to obesity, so it's important to monitor their diet.
Frenchies are also very intelligent and easy to train. But be warned. They can be sassy and stubborn!
If you're looking for a couch companion that will make you laugh at their attitude, Frenchie's are a must for you!!!
ST ARGO Size Suggestion: For a standard adult Frenchie, ST ARGO suggests our size Medium Collar and Harness.
#4 - Best Dog Breed to Train: German Shepherd
The first trait that comes to mind when considering the German Shepherd? Loyalty.
The German Shepherd is an incredibly loyal and courageous breed, originating from 19th century Germany and used initially for herding sheep.
Because of their unwavering courage and loyalty, they are now commonly used as Army and Police-force dogs.
The German Shepherd will bond with their owner for life. A bond that cannot be broken by external forces. Their incredible work ethic and intelligence means they will require high-level training in order to be utilised to their full potential and for them to feel fulfilled and content.
A German Shepherd is the right breed for an owner who is willing to put in the time and training with this special breed. This includes social interactions. The German Shepherd is not an overly sociable or friendly breed to strangers - so social interactions from an early age is imperative as part of their training.
And oh man, does the German Shepherd excel in training. From agility to search and rescue to herding, the German Shepherd will be highly responsive when training with someone they trust and they will excel.
If you're looking for a loyal and hardworking companion, and you consider training your dog as a fun bonding experience, then the German Shepherd is a great option!
ST ARGO Size Suggestion: For a standard adult German Shepherd, ST ARGO suggests our size Extra-Large Collar and Large Harness.
#5 - Most Intelligent Dog Breed: Border Collie
Known for their intelligence and work ethic, Border Collies are an excellent choice for pet owners seeking highly active dogs.
They originated in Northumberland, on the border of Scotland and England as a result of centuries of breeding herding dogs. The result of all this breeding is a physical and intelligent breed. Actually, the Border Collie is generally considered the most intelligent dog breed in the world!
In fact, in 2009, NBC News reported that the average dog is as smart as a two-year-old child, while the Border Collie would trump a four-year-old when it comes to spatial problem-solving skills and basic arithmetic.
The Border Collie is a highly trainable breed, which makes them perfect for agility and obedience training. With their innate herding instincts, they need plenty of space to stretch their legs and regular physical activity, as well as mental stimulation. These dogs are loyal, obedient, and protective of their owners and need plenty of training to thrive. This isn't a couch potato pet, this is a breed that requires exercise - both mental and physical.
This breed won't necessarily curl up on your bed at the end of the day for a snuggle, but they will excel in physical activities and protect their family at all cost. They'll beat any other breed at the dog park when it comes to agility and endurance, due to their highly-athletic nature and physique.
ST ARGO Size Suggestion: For a standard adult Border Collie, ST ARGO suggests our size Large Collar and Harness.
Choosing a dog breed for your home is a big decision that requires careful thought and research. If you're a pet owner living in Australia, these popular dog breeds can provide you with long-term fulfillment, loyalty, and companionship. Each breed has its unique characteristics that need to be considered when choosing and caring for your new pet. Remember, each dog is different, with its personality and requirements, so be sure to choose a breed that suits your personality and lifestyle. With the right care and attention, your pet can become your lifelong companion and the perfect addition to your household.