10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the Philippines

There are no exact criteria in selecting the Top 10 Dog Breeds Most Favored by Pinoys Today. It”s a matter of perspective. Several factors are considered but at the end of the day – it all boils down to what the home needs in a given situation. Find out who made the list and learn some facts about them as well.

10. Beagle

If you’re looking for a mild-mannered companion for kids and adults alike, then the Beagle is the perfect dog for you. The Beagle is a happy, inquisitive, short-haired hound who makes a great family companion, an eager hunter in the field — or both! Their noses guide them through life, and they”re never happier than when following an interesting scent. So watch out for those trash. though. That inquisitive nose can sure spread mischief round the house.

Resembling a miniature Foxhound, the Beagle are merry and fun loving, but being hounds, they can also be stubborn and require patient, creative training techniques. Because of its playful nature, firm training is required.

Still, many Pinoys have found comfort in their friendly nature because this little wonder is loving, sweet and gentle. Eager and happy to see everyone, greeting them with a wagging tail.

9. Poodle

Beautiful, sophisticated, and intelligent, the Poodle stands out in the crowd. Poodles are affectionate family dog and make very good watchdogs for their size. Showing poise, grace and intelligence, many have found this impressive dog to be a very trainable dog. However, they need a regular daily morning walk for without the proper type and amount of exercise they may be high-strung and timid.

8. Pug

“Big dog in a little body”, that”s how dog breeders described the pug. Square-proportioned, compact and of a cobby build, the pug is a large dog in a little space. This breed is a good choice for happy-go-lucky masters. For what reason? Pugs are known as the clowns of the canine world because they are comical and like to show off.

These playful dogs are also lovers – love to be the center of attention, and are heartsick if ignored. Pug thrives on human companionship! Pugs are intelligent, loyal, amiable, and affectionate with its family. Pugs seldom get into real mischief. Adults spend much of the day sleeping. Just one thing to remember, it bores easily without variety in its training.

7. Golden Retriever

Smart, good-natured, and eager to please, the Golden Retriever excels as a family companion and working dog. And with its wavy blond fur, an amiable nature and playful personality, it is easy to understand why this charming dog is a fave for dog-lovers. Not only is it easy to train, the golden retriever has been known for its intelligence. And like other intelligent breeds, it needs to have a job to do, such as retrieving balls, carrying items in its mouth, or simply waking up family members. You should also remember that a golden retriever is definitely not a watchdog.

6. Dalmatian

With its super-friendly nature, regal carriage and unique spots, you’ll find Dalmatians hard to resist. But this breed is definitely not for everyone. A Dalmatian requires an active owner who can provide plenty of training, socialization, and opportunities for hearty exercise. A Dalmatian must have adequate daily exercise and its high energy level can be exhausting to live with. One thing is sure – Dalmation he will be a great addition to your family given the right combination of love, discipline and training.

5. Shih Tzu

The descendant of regal dogs of China, the Shih Tzu makes a loyal and lively friend. Shih Tzus “little lion” may give poodles a run for their money when it comes to the well-dressed department. All those beautiful conflagration of hair is sure to wow your guests and bring your household more finesse than otherwise possible. Just like the poodle breed, you’d need to put extra effort in keeping this breed well-groomed. Don’t worry these dogs have been known to be very warm and friendly. Just don’t forget to keep them exercised so they can let all their energies out.

4. Chihuahua

Meet the world”s smallest dog. The Chihuahua is one dog breed many Pinoy love to have at home. Chihuahuas are loyal, entertaining, and affectionate. They love nothing more than being with his family. Also, Chihuahuas are intelligent and fast learners. It”s important to remember to socialize your Chihuahua to children, adults, and other animals.

With its big eyes, big ears, and bigger-than-life attitude, the Chihuahua is the epitome of cocky canine in a petite package. This pint-sized pet is a curious explorer and fears nothing, which makes them good watchdogs.

3. German Shepherd

Amazingly versatile, highly-intelligent and protective, the German Shepherd Dog has won Pinoy hearts a thousand times. Added to that, GSDs are courageous, alert and fearless. They will not think twice about giving their lives for their masters. Truly a guard dog.

On the sober side, GSDs are obedient, confident, clever and eager to learn. German Shepherds are cheerful, loyal, and love to be close to their families. They can be wary of strangers, but only bark when they feel it is necessary. This is a high-energy dog who needs a lot of activity and exercise. It is recommended to start training the dog at an early age with a firm and loving hand.

2. Doberman

Noble and athletic, the Doberman Pinscher is a courageous guardian. Like a champion boxer, the Doberman is compactly-built, muscular, agile and athletic. Add intelligence, loyalty, gentleness to the mix and you have a courageous guard dog as well as a beloved family companion. These are the reasons why Dobermans are the most revered and most prized dog in our country. In spite of his positive qualities, the Dobie isn”t the right breed for everyone. This able defender is huge at 30 – 40 kg (66 – 88 pounds) , and he”s extremely active, both physically and mentally. He needs a lot of exercise.

1. Labrador Retriever

Black Lab, yellow Lab, Silver Lab, Chocolate Lab — take your pick. The Labrador Retriever has won the hearts of millions of Filipinos the world over. The intelligent, muscular and athletic Labrador Retrievers have proven their usefulness and versatility – from fisherman”s companion, to retriever for hunters, to show dog, to rescue dog, to therapy dog and to modern working dog. One role has remained constant: a friendly companion.

There”s one dog job that Labs are hopeless at: watchdog. Nevertheless, the loyal, loving, and affectionate Labs are a symbol of warmth and friendship – making a great family dog.

Just don’t forget to harness its energy by exercise and play.

27 thoughts on “10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the Philippines

  1. nova hedges

    I like the small breeds and the not too hairy ones. I once had a Shih-Tzu, although I loved him, I hated that his hair was everywhere.

  2. Chubskulit Rose

    absolutely adorable, they are those kind of dogs the mostly everyone would love to have.

  3. Maria Teresa Figuerres

    ASkal lang ang alam kong breed dun sa lugar namin KUya lol. I would love to have a lab retriever.

  4. Orly Ballesteros

    My husband will be delighted to see this post as he loves dogs. Personally, I like the small breed of dogs. I think these make very good house pets that even kids will enjoy taking care of and playing with.

  5. Violy Salas

    Pug syempre. kasi comedy just like me. But for now, tyaga muna ako sa makulit kong mini pin.

  6. curlydianne

    I never had a pet yet, after losing my baby, I'm thinking of having a dog to help me cope with the loss. I'm thinking of getting a Shih Tzu.

  7. Carlo Andrew Olano

    Whenever I see beagle, I always remember the movie "Underdog". Looks like a stuff toy too 🙂 I love dogs but I'm more on cats.

  8. Cyan Rivera

    Never owned a labrador but I won't mind if someone gives me a puppy. I have always been happy with 4 askals.

  9. Chef Jay

    I always have the difficulty in familiarizing bulldog to a pug. They look actually the same.

  10. Mark Villar

    I know a lot of families here prefer shih tzus! They are just a fluffball of love. I've been seeing a lot of pugs recently, but they are really expensive!

  11. Franc

    I love dogs but I don't have one. I found poddle and retriever the best. I will definitely have one soon.

  12. Rochkirstin Santos

    We had a labrador too though it died of old age. They are just really smart and sweet pets.

  13. Karen

    All of them look cute but it's the Golden Retriever that I would want to have if given the chance for me to keep a pet. It's also challenging to train dogs of any breed.

  14. Leilani Gamboa

    I missed our Dalmatian, Jenine, she died last month. We have a foster dog but I don't know the breed, he has webbed feet.

  15. Ma.Nicholai Casey Lirfo

    Do you know if Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can be found in the Philippines as well, or are they not common to be found there?

  16. WES

    Pretty interesting to see the different breeds that are common or famous there — my grandfather had a king charles cavalier — real lap or couch dog…run up , lay on couch and not move all day. They are not like cocker spaniels that can be very terretorial and nip …their ears must be cleaned constantly but learn how so you dont injure…because the way the ears hang, the conditions are perfect for mites and dirt — moist, dark and the way it curves is perfect environment but it was healthy — had heart issues later in life — always research medical issues of particular breeds before any consideration or purchase.

  17. Marieposa

    I just had a puppy and I’m a first timer pet parent. I’m kind a thinking of what breed of puppy we have. He looks like Beagle but his mom looks like Labrador. Hehehe. He is 2 months old already, and I love him so much!

  18. ynan

    its a big lie, how about the askal breed. All mentioned dog are not Philippine Dog, “Be proud of what we have”

  19. Jack Erwin

    Please stop saying Askals or Aspins, because there is no official dog breed originating from the Philippines. BTW of all the breeds listed I’ve only had the Beagle.

  20. Larry perez

    I love all types of dogs purebreed and mix breed i dont mind for me they are all the same ,i have toy breeds because of my wife and two aspins that we rescue ,i always love pitbulls but maybe i can not have them kasi sa budget sa pagkain i have 8 dogs sa bahay but now im interested about a dog from bukidnon name asong gubat they said it exist as a old breed here in the Philippines they said it exist for 36,000 years now they are brindle dogs who never mate other aspin or askal which i prefare to call it kasi doon mo makikita sa asong pinoy na they are unique and stardy ,since asong gubat are smooth coat ,brindle color i think that would be the dog for me pinoy na pinoy . Im thinking to have them since meron na ako male yung female nalang hinahanap ko not that i only like askal but they won my heart having this asong gubat dog .if you read this pls im looking for a askal brindle i love brindle dogs asong gubat dog

  21. Atty.G

    I totally agree with this list. And thank you for making Labrador Retriever the number 1! I have two of them. Male and female. They’re my kids. We sleep on the same bed. They have separarion anxiety whenever I leave for work. They follow me around everywhere. They’re like my shadows

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