Dr. Fiona, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine blogs for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.
As far back as humans can remember, dogs have had a place in our hearts and homes. The domesticated canine is thought to have originated tens of thousands of years ago, most likely from grey wolves. It is theorized that early domesticated dogs likely originated from areas of Asia or the Middle East, but modern breeds of dogs have their origins from all over the world.
Here are the top ten truly “Made in the USA” breeds, with photos of each insured by Pets Best Insurance. With a little patriotism, these breeds might make their way up the popularity list!
1. Boston Terrier: Likely descended from a cross between Bulldogs and the White Terrier dog from New England. Boston Terriers have earned themselves the nickname “America’s Gentlemen” due to their black and white tuxedo look and sweet, easy-going manner. Photo: Simon and Colby
2. Alaskan Malamute: This northern breed was important during the Alaskan gold rush in the mid 1800s and was used to help transport sleds over snow. Its thick coat made it a breed well-suited to the cold! Photo: Keiko
3. Chesapeake Bay Retriever: This breed was developed in the 19th century and used primarily by hunters to retrieve water fowl. The Chessie is known for its love of water and excellent hunting ability. Photo: Hanna
4. American Staffordshire Terrier/American Pit bull Terrier: This breed has gotten a bad rap due in part to its origins in dog fighting. Often termed a “bully-breed”, this breed of dog is fiercely loyal to their humans and capable of being extremely loving and social. Photo: Piper
5. Carolina Dog: Also known as the American Dingo, this is one of the oldest breeds to have originated in the U.S. Early drawings made by Native Americans of dogs tend to resemble the Carolina Dog, which was first noted to be free roaming and wild. It now can be registered with the American Rare Breed Association. Photo: Jayda
6. Chinook Dog: A rare breed of sled dog originating from New England, the Chinook is the official dog of New Hampshire. It is known for an easy-going temperament and friendly nature. Photo: Genghis
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7. American Cocker Spaniel: The first Spaniel came across the Atlantic on the Mayflower, but the breed wasn’t recognized by the AKC until 1878. The Cocker Spaniel is a long time top ten AKC most popular dog breeds contender, with 18 total years in all, from the 1940s and 50s, and again in the 80s. Photo: Phoebe
8. Rat Terrier: An intelligent and active breed first used on American farms for pest control and companionship, the Rat Terrier shouldn’t be confused with the Jack Russell Terrier, its English counterpart. It became popular in the 1890s and is likely descended from a mix of terriers and possibly Whippets and Beagles. Photo: Brodie and Tucker
9. Blue Tick Coonhound: Bred for hunting, this breed has a knack for problem-solving and is happiest with a full time job and a lot of physical activity. The breed is very intelligent and athletic. Photo: Bella
10. American Bulldog: this breed is typically confident and social, but can be highly emotional and strongly bonded to their owners. Traits include a stocky, well built body with powerful muscles and a vertical leap of possibly exceeding seven feet! Photo: Thor
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