What dog breeds are common in the Philippines?
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Similar to fashion trends, dog breeds fall in and out of popularity. Factors affecting particular dog breeds’ popularity may include cultural shifts, on-screen appearances, nationalism, colonialism, and practicality. Dalmatians, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles soared in popularity when the movies “101 Dalmatians,” “Marley and Me,” and the comic strip “Peanuts” were released. Germany promoted German dog breeds in the first world war as a symbol of national unity. New Zealand and South Africa prefer British dogs. And Japan favors the practicality of the Toy Poodle, the Chihuahua, and the Dachshund.
Below is a list of the most popular dog breeds that make for fantastic furry companions in the Philippines.
Price Range: P5,000 to P30,000
Using Google search data, HouseholdQuotes found that although the German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever are the most preferred in the Asia Pacific, the Shih Tzu is a favorite among Filipinos. This breed of furballs is commonly seen in dog-friendly malls in the country. Shih Tzus are originally from Tibet and were once favorites of emperors in China. They are affectionate, energetic, intelligent, and can spend most of their day indoors, which appeals to families with small children.
Price Range: P12,000 to P50,000
Chow Chows are one of the oldest breeds in the world. Originating from ancient China as an all-purpose dog, Chow Chows have a thick coat of fur around the head and shoulders that resemble a lion. They’re fastidious, independent, and adaptable, ideal for future dog owners living in the city. Chow Chows are known to be highly loyal towards their owners and territorial around strangers.
Price Range: P2,000 to P10,000
Perhaps the cheapest on this list, Dachshunds are loyal and remarkable companions for young children. They are clever and observant and make excellent watchdogs. Although bred to dig into dens and hunt badgers, Dachshunds aren’t typically built for long-distance running and laborious plays. Despite this, Dachshunds are down for outdoor adventures, like hiking and camping, and can preserve their energy well.
Price Range: P10,000 to P30,000
Intelligent and active, Poodles come in three sizes: Standards, Miniatures, and Toys. Their flexibility in size makes them adaptable for living in different types of homes. In their long legs, Standard Poodles make great athletes in a family, while Miniature and Toy Poodles are ideal for beginner dog owners. They are smart, energetic, and easy to train. Poodles are also alert, affectionate, and gentle, which makes them one of the perfect breeds for families.
Price Range: P15,000 to P30,000
Much like the Shih Tzus and Chow Chows, Pugs were also the companions of Chinese emperors. They were even the official dog of the House of Orange-Nassau. Their distinct and diminutive but muscular features have captivated the hearts of many from around the country. Pugs are excellent house dogs, content in living in the city or country, and enjoy playing around with young children or old folks.
Price Range: P15,000 to P30,000
Described as noisy and excellent watchdogs, Pomeranians are the ideal companions for the younger and elderly members of the family. They are extroverted, sociable, highly affectionate, and intelligent when they undergo proper training. Pomeranians are active and can be kept physically preoccupied with short walks and indoor plays. Pomeranians also have a long lifespan and can live 12-16 years as long as they are adequately taken care of.
Price Range: P20,000 to P70,000
Since the Queen’s death in September 2022, Corgis have skyrocketed in fame. Corgis, or the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, have short stature, powerful legs, and strong thighs, making them surprisingly quick and nimble. They are fitting watchdogs for families with small children as they are affectionate and loyal. Bred to herd cattle and chase livestock, Corgis are independent and vigilant and have a strong bark that can surely deter unwelcome visitors.
Price Range: P15,000 to P40,000
Originally bred to be hunting dogs and companions to retrieve game birds, Golden Retrievers are exceptional all-around dogs and make great companions for everyone in a family. This breed is commonly described as a ray of sunshine for their confident, friendly, and outgoing nature, albeit terrible guard dogs because of their gentle and mild personality. Golden Retrievers are hard workers and are often seen as guides for the blind and in search-and-rescue.
Price Range: P15,000 to P50,000
Despite the country’s hot climate, Siberian Huskies are often seen in malls and dog parks. They make great family pets, especially for those with small children. They are born pack dogs, not big barkers, affectionate with children, and will look out for them. Siberian Huskies are also highly energetic and friendly, a great addition to an active family lifestyle. It should be noted that future dog owners who wish for a Siberian Husky must have sufficient air conditioning to keep them physically preoccupied.
Price Range: P10,000 to P30,000
Originally bred to herd sheep along the borders of Scotland and England, Border Collies are highly energetic and athletic. They’d love to run and play around kids and may instinctively herd them. They are intelligent, competent, agile, and easy to train, characteristics that, when utilized well, can train Border Collies to become search and rescue dogs. It is highly unlikely for Border Collies to be aggressive, but they are territorial and protective, which can make them aloof around strangers.
Consider some things before buying, adopting, or rescuing a dog. These include checking your finances, making your home dog-friendly, finding a local veterinarian, looking into pet insurance, and doing extensive research on their behavior, habits, and environmental compatibility.
The cost of owning a dog also comes with food and treats expenses, toys, beds, collars, grooming, veterinary check-ups, vaccines, and obedience training. Much work comes with it, but it’s important to remember to keep loving them like family.
*Prices listed above are just estimates and may change without prior notice.
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