For many people, nothing would take the place of the family dog as a pet. Home would just not be the same without a cold, wet nose and a tail wagging in a joyous greeting when one comes through the door. Which dog is the right one to share the home with can only be answered by the individual owner. Among the many dog breeds of Britain, several stand out as favourites, such as Dalmatians, Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels and the Welsh Corgi, to name a few.
Dalmatians were trained to run beside
horse-drawn carriages in the 1800s. Their job was to chase away
stray dogs who might scare the horses and cause them to bolt,
according to the BBC. Because fire departments used them for the
same purpose, they eventually became a mascot of fire departments
Labradors are friendly, intelligent dogs who are
active and love to retrieve almost anything, which they were bred to
do. They also love swimming and being around water. They want to
please, and are easy to train, but need rewards rather than
harshness. They are affectionate, good with children and get along
well with other dogs. They should not be left alone for long periods
of time, however, as they may become destructive from boredom.
Labrador Retrievers are used as working dogs and excel as service dogs for the blind and disabled. They have diversified jobs in police work, search and rescue, and field sports. As a pet, they are wonderful, affectionate and crave lots of attention from their human companions. They also make good watch dogs.
First recognized as a breed in England in the 1870s, the Cocker Spaniel gets its name from hunting woodcock, for which it was bred. Presently desired as more of a pet than a hunter, Cocker Spaniels are playful, friendly and make wonderful family pets. Easy to train and very active, they need something to do at all times, and so are delighted to play with children or other dogs.
Springer Spaniels were bred as hunting, or gun dogs, and are very active and energetic. They are very intelligent and sincerely want to please, making them easy to train. They love interaction with humans, and are great with children and other dogs. This dog does not do well in isolation, which is not good for any dog, but they need as much companionship as possible.
The Pembroke and the Cardigan breeds of Welsh Corgis, each named for their counties of origin in Wales, were bred for centuries to herd cattle. Guarding children was another of the breed's duties, and they quickly became beloved pets. They are loyal and full of fun with an excellent temperament, making them a wonderful family pet. Of all dog breeds of Britain, the Welsh Corgi is the favourite of the monarchy.