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What are the most famous dog breeds in France?

In France, you will find most dog breeds existing in the world in the LOF. What are the favorite dogs of the French?

What are the five favorite dog breeds of the French?

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The Société Centrale Canine or SCC publishes an annual ranking of the most popular dog breeds in France. In fact, it manages the registrations of dogs in the LOF or Book of French Origins. This large book lists the origins of each breed (Shepherd, Terrier, Basset, Braque, Griffon, Mastiff, etc.). It also serves as a guarantee of purity of each breed in breeding stock.

The Australian Shepherd

In 2020 and 2021, the Australian Shepherd kept the number one spot ahead of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the Belgian Shepherd.

This Dog Breed is not of Australian origin, she comes from the Basque Country. At the beginning of the 20and century, Basque settlers exported it to Australia and North America.

This shepherd proves to be intelligent in leading the herds. He is also excellent as a companion dog. This canine breed is particularly suitable for sports masters. Playful and affectionate, this dog is also suitable for children and is comfortable with the whole family.

Many French people are very fond of this shepherd.

The Belgian Shepherd

This breed of dog is of Belgian origin. In the 1800s, this Shepherd developed in the cities of Mechelen, Tervuren, Laeken and Groenendael.

Know that the Belgian Shepherd exists in four varieties. Each bears the name of its city of origin. The Mechelen variety is used by law enforcement during interventions. In fact, the Belgian Malinois proves to be reactive, lively and agile. Thus, it adapts well to family life.

In addition, this Shepherd is suitable for guarding. With a little exercise, he quickly develops his intelligence.

As a player, the Belgian Shepherd cohabits well with children. Its breeding is therefore recommended.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an ancient breed. After the Australian Shepherd and the Belgian Shepherd, he holds the third place in the classification in the Book of French Origins.

This breed of dog originated in the territory of United Kingdom. Before 1835, it was used as a fighting dog. From 20and century, this terrier develops in a more framed way and spreads in the world.

In 1935, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was recognized as a dog breed. Even if he has an imposing physique, he remains a balanced and very gentle terrier. This English dog proves to be close to his master. So it is suitable for children. However, he attacks and defends himself when he feels attacked or in danger.

The Golden Retriever

L’origin of this Retriever remains unknown. Some dog handlers say it is descended from Caucasian dogs, ancestors of the Leonberger. Other breeders claim that the Golden Retriever is the result of a cross between a Tweed Water Spaniel (an extinct breed) and a Wire Retriever.

From 20and century, this dog develops in England. In the 1930s, he arrived in France and began to conquer the hearts of the French.

This breed of dog is docile. Sweet and intelligent, the Golden Retriever is a pleasant pet. In addition, he is in the list of dogs that are easy to train. Given its size and behavior, this family dog ​​is well suited to children.

The German Shepherd

Towards the end of the 19and century, the German shepherd is identified for the first time in Germany. The popularity of this dog is immediate in this country and especially in France.

Today, the German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds around the world. Indeed, this dog has many advantageous traits such as intelligence, docility, etc.

The German Shepherd is a very good guard and hunting dog. In addition, he is very protective and attaches a lot to his family, especially to children.

This dog breed is easy to train, she just needs physical exercises to develop her potential. Affectionate, this dog gets along well with other animals (cats, other breeds of dogs, etc.).

Other breeds fairly widespread in France

A group of walkers with different breeds of dogs / Credit: LuckyBusiness.

In France, you will find most of the dog breeds that exist in the world. To identify the type of canine that suits your personality, get advice from a dog handler when selecting.

The French Bulldog

The French Bulldog exists in two varieties:

  • The Brindle Bulldog;
  • The White and Brindle Bulldog.

This mastiff has a small size. Friendly, playful, affectionate and gentle, this french dog is good with children. Smart, it is easy to maintain. However, he does not get along well with other animals, especially with the cat.

the French Bulldog has a muscular and powerful body with a large frame. Its imposing head is slightly angular. The bulldog’s skin forms more or less symmetrical folds and wrinkles.

This mastiff has an average size between 30 and 35 cm. The weight of the French Bulldog varies between 8 and 14 kg.

Brittany Spaniel

The Brittany Spaniel is a hunting dog very fast French. He is one of the swift continental pointers. However, it also adapts to family life.

This companion dog remains loyal to its master while being friendly with strangers.

The Brittany Spaniel is a runaway. He therefore needs a lot of exercises. Therefore, its maintenance turns out to be a bit difficult.

Playful and robust, he is kind to children and remains affectionate towards them. The spaniel is well suited to people wishing to start dog breeding.

This dog has a somewhat fine, slightly wavy or flattened coat. It exists in several colors: white and orange, white and brown, white and black, etc.

The average height of the male Spaniel varies between 47 and 52 cm. A female Spaniel measures between 46 and 51 cm.


The Basset Hound has short legs with a fairly heavy frame. It has a strong, elongated body with a somewhat long but still proportionate head.

The Basset stop is not very marked. This terrier also has a heavy, deep muzzle with hanging lips. Her soft, sad eyes make her gaze irresistible.

The Basset Hound is good with children. Affectionate, playful and calm, this apartment dog is therefore ideal if you have just started dog breeding. Also, you can take it with you on a trip, etc. Note, however, that this dog needs to move on a daily basis.

The Basset has an average height of between 33 and 38 cm.

The Weimaraner

The Weimaraner comes in two varieties: the Shorthaired Pointer and the Longhaired Pointer.

This large dog features an elongated body and a slender, slightly arched neck. The Braque has a developed musculature and strong limbs. Its stop is slightly marked and gives it a noble profile.

With its amber eyes, the Braque has an intelligent expression. He also has large, relatively long ears.

Easy to care for, the Braque is the perfect dog if you have a baby at home. In addition, he gets along well with other animals (cats, other dogs such as Labradors, Shepherds, Bouviers, Vendéens, etc.).

Robust, this guard dog needs exercise to flourish.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

This Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is good with children and gets along well with other animals (cat, horse, etc.). Robust and intelligent, it proves capable of guarding. Playful and calm, the Griffon is still a hunting dog.

The Griffon needs exercises like other dog breeds (Labrador, Bouvier, Charles King, Anglo French, Chihuahua, Bordeaux, Basset Vendeen, etc.). He is also sociable with Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, etc.

The Pyrenees

The mountain dogs from Pyrenees are a very old breed of shepherds. This French dog is used in the Pyrenees to protect herds against bears.

The Pyrenean Mountain is considered a companion dog. He has an impressive and imposing physique like the shepherd. Intelligent and affectionate, a Pyrenees dog remains suspicious of strangers and other animals.

The English Mastiff

The English Mastiff or english bulldog is a ferocious dog like the German Shepherd. The English used it for Bull-baiting. This sport died out in 1837 and the English Mastiff began to disappear until hunters became interested in this breed.

The English Mastiff has a very short, smooth and fine coat. The color of this breed of dogs is often uniform (red, fawn, black, white, etc.).

The English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is both a hunting dog and a companion dog. Its long hair makes it difficult to maintain it. Also, its long bangs pick up dirt, leaves, etc.

The Cocker Spaniel exists in several colors:

  • Single-colored dogs: black, chocolate, etc.
  • Two-tone Cockers: black and white, orange and white, black and chocolate, etc.

How to choose your French dog?

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Before deciding toadopt a dog, you must first choose a race. Would you like to have a German Bulldog, a Chihuahua, a Labrador or a Vendéen? Note that selecting a breed depends on your lifestyle and the space available in your home. If you want a small house dog, for example, opt for a Cavalier King Charles, a Chihuahua, a small Russell dog or a Bordeaux dog. On the other hand, if you want a guard dog or a hunting dog, opt for a German Shepherd, a Bouvier, a Labrador, etc.

Also think about feeding and caring for your pet. You need a budget to provide him with a healthy life and ensure his well-being, regardless of his breed (Shepherd, Labrador, Chihuahua, Charles King, etc.).

In France, the search for an intelligent dog turns out to be simple. All you have to do is join a dog club to find a good breed.

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