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10 Dog Breeds that Love to Eat

(Tuesday, July 22, 2014)

These ten breeds, like many other dogs, definitely enjoy feeding time. Keep an eye on what they’re eating so that they stay in good shape! Click here for more information about nutrition and feeding your canine companion.

What other breeds should be added to this “chowhound” list? Let us know at communications@akc.org.

Beagle: The Beagle uses its nose to track its quarry, and today, as a pet, the smell of food! Beagles are happy-go-lucky and friendly, but may try to raid your garbage can if it’s not secured. Beagles should get regular exercise on leash or in a fenced yard.

Bull Terrier: Playful and clownish, the Bull Terrier is best described as a three year-old child in a dog suit. The breed should have a muscular build, so it’s important for owners to make sure their dog is eating an appropriate amount. Bull Terriers are exceedingly friendly dogs, with a sweet and fun-loving dispositions so gird yourself against any begging!

Dachshund: Dachshunds are lovable, playful companions, and an ideal pet for many homes. Just because the breed is small doesn’t mean it doesn’t need exercise – these dogs require moderate exercise daily.  To keep their long and low bodies slim, owners can take regular walks, play in the yard or get them involved in an activity like earthdog.

Golden Retriever: The willingness to work that the Golden Retriever possesses has made him a useful hunting companion, guide dog, assistance dog and search and rescue dog. The breed will do anything for treats, so owners should take care that they are not overfeeding their dogs during training sessions. Feeding times and living spaces must be monitored as Goldens will also eat many things that aren’t food if left to their own devices.

Great Pyrenees: It is thought that the Great Pyrenees got his name from the mountain range in southwestern Europe where they guarded flocks on the steep slopes for many years. The Great Pyrenees enjoys working, faithfully guarding his flocks no matter the weather or terrain. Without a job to do or some exercise to replace its guarding, the Great Pyrenees can become overweight. The breed should be exercised daily on leash or in a fenced area.

Labrador Retriever:  Historically, Labrador Retrievers worked alongside fisherman, helping to pull in nets and catch fish that escaped from fishing lines. They later worked as hunters for their families. Labs can be taught a variety of behaviors using treats and love to eat!

Norwegian Elkhound: An ancient breed from Scandinavia, the Elkhound worked as a hunting and guard dog for the Vikings. The dogs tracked and held game such as bear and moose for the hunter. Although they may not perform those exact duties in the US, the Norwegian Elkhound is a hardy silver-grey dog that possesses the stamina to run or hunt over rugged terrain. Food portions should be carefully monitored based on the amount of exercise the Elkhound is actually getting – most owners are probably walking these days instead of hunting moose.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi: The PWC is one of the most agreeable small house dogs, as well as an avid competitor in many dog sports. Bold and friendly, the Pembroke responds well to training and loves his family. He loves being rewarded for his hard work with treats, but be careful -- even a few extra pounds can make this short-legged dog seem overweight.

Pug: The Pug is commonly described as "a lot of dog in a small space" and the breed’s sturdy body can be affected by just a few pounds. Just because the Pug is small doesn’t mean it doesn’t require exercise! The playful, affectionate Pug loves to have fun outside or spend time walking with its family.

Rottweiler: The Rottweiler's ancestors were the drover's dogs accompanying the herds the Romans brought with them when invading Europe. The dogs were selectively bred in Germany for hundreds of years for their herding and guarding instincts. As such, if Rottweilers laze around the house without anything to do, they can become overweight. The breed is happiest when given a job to perform and lots of exercise.

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