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Top 10 “Made in the USA” Dog Breeds

Posted on: November 13th, 2012 by

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

Simon has the best pet insurance for Boston Terriers.

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

Keiko has the best dog insurance for Alaskan Malamutes.

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

Hanna has the best dog insurance for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

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

Piper has the best pet insurance for Pit Bulls and Staffies.

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

Piper has the best pet insurance for Pit Bulls and Staffies.

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

Genghis has the best pet insurance for Chinook dogs.

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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

Phoebe has the best dog insurance for Cocker Spaniels.

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

Brodie and Tucker have the best dog insurance for Rat Terriers.

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

Bella has the best pet insurance for Blue Tick Coonhounds.

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

Thor has the best dog insurance for Bulldogs.

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5 Comments

  1. Carlos guerrero says:

    Tell me about bull terrier as mine.. :-)

  2. socalsu says:

    You forgot to add the Catahoula breed. Certainly one of the more interesting and rare of breeds developed in the USA.

  3. Librulgrammy says:

    Agree. Was going to post the same comment. Catahoula leopard from Louisiana? Also redbone and walker coonhounds? Lots were left out,I can think of more- plott,black&tan, etc. And that’s just the southern breeds!

  4. Ronh says:

    Too bad the AKC doesn’t recognize more true American original breeds. My American Bulldog always receives compliments everywhere I take him but few people recognize the breed name. UKC registration just doesn’t get the word out and recognition some breeds deserve.

  5. June says:

    What about the great American Mutt? None more loving and has no inherent defects.

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