Whether puppies or adults, any dog is beautiful!
As lifelong dog lovers, we know that our canine friends are absolutely adorable and worthy of every ounce of our love at any age. That being said, it is fascinating to ponder and see exactly how these popular breeds grow from puppy to adult! Here are some of our favorite dog friends as puppies vs adults, plus some fun facts you might not know about them!
8 Dog Breeds As Puppies Versus Adults
1. Golden Retrievers
Of course, we had to start with America’s most popular breed! In fact, this breed has been in the top 10 for popularity for decades, most recently at number three out of 195. Its cousin, the Labrador retriever, has held the top spot for 28 years.
No matter their age, these dogs are always ready for action! Whether it’s a fetch game, a hike, swimming, or some other form of active exercise, they won’t enjoy being on that couch for too long. They are natural athletes who excel in a variety of sports!
When it comes to cold weather, these dogs are all about it. Huskies are able to tolerate cold temperatures as low as -75°F thanks to their double coat, which gives them fairly strong protection against wind, cold, and rain. No wonder they make such good sled dogs!
Needing as much rest as possible to supplement its rapid growth, a husky puppy can sleep up to 20 hours a day. Husky puppies, like all puppies, tend to sleep more than their adult counterparts. On the contrary, once adults, they can sleep up to 14 hours a day.
This gorgeous breed has been around for quite some time! In fact, they’ve been around so long that spotted dogs have been found painted on the walls of Egyptian tombs, running alongside chariots. Their origin remains unknown, as they often traveled with Roma, who were historically nomads.
These adorable places take time! If you’ve seen their claim to fame One hundred and one Dalmatians, you may recall that all 15 puppies of Pongo and Perdita were born white. It is scientifically correct! Their spots develop as they age. They are also quite expensivewhich is another thing that the movie got right.
What makes this breed so fashionable? Well, for starters, they don’t have fur! It’s actually hair. While the fur grows to a point and then falls out, the hair doesn’t fall out and just keeps growing. Poodle hair, like human hair, can even react to hormonal changes in the body.
Even as puppies, poodles are among the most intelligent breeds! In fact, they are so intelligent that their intelligence and desire to please make them excellent service dogs, guide dogs, and therapy dogs. They were even used as truffle hunters because of their thin nose.
Just like Dalmatians, Rottweilers also have quite a long history. They rank among the oldest breeds! These dogs accompanied the Romans across Germany, driving their cattle and guarding their outposts.
Active since childhood, they certainly still enjoy being employed! Except these days, instead of driving cattle to market, pulling carts, guarding the farm, and even carrying money to and from market in money belts tied around their necks, they work in security and breeding.
Pugs make great pets because they just love to laze around, take as many naps as possible, and be showered with as much attention as possible. In addition, they are quite compact! Adult pugs stand only 13 inches tall and weigh no more than 18 pounds.
Even if that adorable puppy face grabs you, there’s no way you love pugs as much as Queen Victoria! She owned about 38 pugs and loved being the matriarch of a tribe of pugs. She holds an unofficial record for most pugs owned by one person!
7. Shih Tzu
If you think these puppies are fierce, you’re absolutely right! Mandarin sentence Shih Tzu translates directly to little lion. If you’re considering adopting one into your life, expect a lot of attitude in a small body!
And we know exactly who to thank for having these adorable doggies around us! Because their numbers dwindled to almost nothing during the first half of the 20th century, every Shih Tzu alive today can be traced to one of 14 dogs that were used to rebuild the breed.
8. Pit bulls
Although it’s hard to believe due to the tough reputation they have these days, pit bulls were once known as “Nanny Dogs!” They were the breed of choice for parents with young children and were not bred as watchdogs as they were too friendly.
It’s not hard to believe these dogs are full of sweetness after looking at an adorable face like that! In fact, in temperance tests, pit bulls were the second most tolerant breed behind golden retrievers. The least tolerant was the Chihuahua.
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