I’m sure there are plenty of lists that rank dogs based on different criteria. I’m basing my list on my own personal experience. Please feel free to share your top three list of dogs, or your list of reasons that you hate lists.
I’ve been a dog lover all my life, I can’t remember a time as a child when we didn’t have a dog. My earliest memories of a dog were of Smokey. And Smokey just happens to be from the family of the number 1 dog on the list.
1. German Shepherd: First there was Smokey. And in the picture is the most recent black and tan German Shepherd, Maggie. She’s half German, half American and was supposed to be my loyal companion. Instead for some reason she is my wife’s shadow. And when it comes down to it I’m glad that she is. What better protection for my wife than a 100-pound guard dog. Luckily I also have another German Shepherd. Not a black and tan, but solid white. He was a 2-year-old dog at the animal shelter. He came to the door and just wanted to be loved on, still like that today. He was also supposed to be my loyal companion, but sticks to the kids like glue especially when they go exploring. I’m ok with that too.
2. Australian Blue Heeler: Also known as an Australian Cattle Dog. There are lists ranking dogs by their intelligence. It usually goes Border Collie, Standard Poodle, German Shepherd… You never see the Blue Heeler, maybe they haven’t tested one. For my money the German Shepherd is the most intelligent, the Blue Heeler is a very close second. Loyal, smart, athletic. The only downside, they are a bit suspicious and aggressive with strangers.
3. Australian Shepherd: Jill is the dog in my profile pic. She’s a year and a half and comes from working stock. Meaning that she likes to herd things. Me, the kids and especially the chickens. I’ll post a video of her squaring off with one of the chickens. She also hunts and fishes. As you can see in my profile pic, that little dog is a lot of fun.
There was a study published recently that revealed that dogs process speech the same way we common mortals do. They trained several dogs to lay motionless in an MRI, then researchers measured their brain activity while trainers spoke to them. They discovered that they use the left hemisphere to process words and the right hemisphere of their brain to process the intonation.
Be nice to your puppy. They understand more than what you think they do.