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'A Dog's Journey': Watch what happens when a squirrel makes the canine movie set go nuts

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Dennis Quaid says in the blooper reel for “A Dog’s Journey” that, “We’re just humans in a dog movie.” Watch what happens when things go wrong.
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Shooting a dog movie with a cast of real canines is going to lead to unexpected pooch mishaps for even the best prepared director.

For example, who knew the trouble one real squirrel scampering near the set of “A Dog’s Journey” would cause? It’s now watchable on the gag reel from the pooch drama’s home release (the Blu-ray dropped Tuesday).

The immediate and amusing dog rush for the squirrel was definitely not in the script.

“That moment was hilarious. The squirrel was running along the fence, and we had these dogs. Someone yelled, ‘Squirrel, squirrel!’ And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ ” says director Gail Mancuso. “You think you’re working with dog actors and then they break out.”

It also mirrors a dog-meets-squirrel moment in the movie. “So this is art imitating life,” says Mancuso.

The gag reel gives a behind-the-scenes look at what its like working with the dog stars. They kind of do their thing. As Dennis Quaid, who stars as pooch-loving grandfather Ethan, says in the clip: “We’re just extras in a dog movie.”

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Special moments from the clip to note:

  • “Glow” star Betty Gilpin, who plays drunken mother Gloria in “A Dog’s Journey,” loses her character when the supposedly hidden dog Molly jumps out of her hiding place in young CJ’s  (Abby Ryder Fortson) drawer.
  • Singer Henry Lau, wipes out during a scene where’s supposed to be walking a dog. He then apologizes for blowing the scene.
  • Kathryn Prescott, who stars as older CJ, adorably interacts with the dogs between takes.
  • There’s a special scene with Prescott and Big Dog (played by a rescue dog Phil) where the pooch is supposed to shake her hand. In one blooper moment, the large dog accidentally knocks the tiny Prescott over. 
  • A scene where Prescott walks a herd of dogs that literally pull her down the hallway. One large Irish wolfhound in the scene required three handlers in the movie.

Mancuso points out that the Irish wolfhound was so large and happy that one of his handlers was a special tail wrangler.

“Her job was to make sure he didn’t accidentally hit his tail on the wall. He was so happy, he was always wagging,” says Mancuso. “These are things you cannot think about, like, ‘Do we need a tail wrangler?’ What?”

Mancuso, who has five dogs of her own, has a few regrets making the movie. For instance, she wishes she’d been running the camera more, to catch even more hilarious, unscripted moments.

“And I would have hired more dogs if I could. It was so much fun,” Mancuso says.

She also notes that her dog clan is well behaved during their frequent hikes: “Unless they see a squirrel. Then I have to really hold on.”

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  • What are the most popular dogs in America?nbsp;24/7 Tempo reviewed data from the American Kennel Club tonbsp;identify the 100 most popular breeds in the United States. Scroll through to learn more.1 of 101
  • 100. Spaniels (Boykin)nbsp;bull; The Boykin spaniel is named after L.W. ldquo;Whitrdquo; Boykin, who created the breed in the early 1900s to hunt ducks and wild turkeys in South Carolinarsquo;s swampy terrain. Conditions there required a rugged dog that could retrieve birds on land and water and could fit in a small boat. The Boykin spaniel became the official state animal of South Carolina in 1985.2 of 101
  • 99. Lagotti Romagnolinbsp;bull; Lagotti Romagnoli (singular: Lagotto Romagnolo) were originally bred as waterfowl retrievers but have become best known for truffle hunting because of their fabulous sense of smell. They have a curly coat that is more like human hair than fur.3 of 101
  • 98. Brussels Griffonsnbsp;bull; The Brussels griffon is an affectionate breed with big black eyes and a beard. It has a noisy bark and makes a good watchdog, despite its small stature mdash; itrsquo;s typically less than 10 inches tall and weighs less than 15 pounds. It has a long life expectancy of up to 15 years.4 of 101
  • 97. Norwegian Elkhoundsnbsp;bull; The Norwegian elkhound is an ancient spitz-type dog. As the name suggests, it was bred to hunt elk.5 of 101
  • 96. Tibetan Terriers bull; The Tibetan terrier is a double-coated dog that was bred as a watchdog for Buddhist monasteries. It has also served as a herder and guard dog.6 of 101
  • 95. Keeshondennbsp;bull; The Keeshond is a medium-sized dog with a fox-like face and markings and shadings around the eyes that resemble spectacles. It is cute, friendly and excels as a therapy dog.nbsp;7 of 101
  • 94. English Settersnbsp;bull; The English setterrsquo;s name says it all mdash; it was bred in England by country gentlemen who crossed spaniels and pointers to create a breed that would ldquo;setrdquo; mdash; or crouch low mdash; after finding game birds. English setters have a unique speckled coat pattern that can include such colors as orange and lemon.nbsp;8 of 101
  • 93. Leonbergers bull; Leonbergers are large and powerful dogs that can weigh as much as 170 pounds, but they have a gentle and playful temperament. The breed is named after the German city of Leonberg, where the breed originated.nbsp;9 of 101
  • 92. Pekingese bull; The Pekingese was bred to be a small enough lapdog for Chinese royalty to fit inside the huge sleeves of ancient Chinese garments. Even so, it was used as a guard dog. The Pekingese is a survivor mdash; one of the two dogs to escape the Titanic was a Pekingese named Sun Yat-sen.10 of 101
  • 91. Flat-Coated Retrievers bull; The flat-coated retriever is one of six retriever breeds recognized by the AKC. It was first bred in Britain in the mid-19th century and was known as the ldquo;gamekeeperrsquo;s dogrdquo; because of its widespread use on estates. It is not just distinguished by its lustrous coat, but also by its long head, which is unique among retrievers.11 of 101
  • 90. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs bull; As their name suggests, Anatolian shepherds originated in the Asian part of Turkey, where they were used to guard livestock. They were brought to the United States after World War II to work on ranches.12 of 101
  • 89. Standard Schnauzers bull; Schnauzers come in three sizes: miniature, standard and giant. The standard is a medium-size dog weighing 35 to 45 pounds. All schnauzers have wiry coats, arched eyebrows and walrus-like whiskers.13 of 101
  • 88. Border Terriers bull; The border terrier was bred to hunt foxes in the rugged terrain of the English-Scottish border. It is a very active and tough breed with a weather-resistant coat. It adapts well to city life as long as it gets lots of exercise.14 of 101
  • 87. Basenjis bull; The basenji originated in Africa and is one of the oldest dog breeds. That said, it has some un-doglike characteristics mdash; it doesnrsquo;t bark and it grooms itself like a cat. The Basenji is good with children, but can also be aloof.15 of 101
  • 86. Rat Terriers bull; As the name suggests, rat terriers were bred to kill rats, but they are good all-rounders and have also been used as watchdogs and for hunting.nbsp;16 of 101
  • 85. American Staffordshire Terriers bull; The American Staffordshire terrier, also known as the AmStaff, is considered a bull type and is bigger than its British cousin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. It is naturally playful and has a stubborn streak that can make it difficult to train.17 of 101
  • 84. Bouviers des Flandres bull; Bouvier des Flandres translates as ldquo;cowherd of Flanders,rdquo; but itrsquo;s a versatile breed and has been employed as a watchdog and to pull carts. The dog is large and powerful, and it has a weatherproof coat, a beard and moustache.18 of 101
  • 83. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers bull; The Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever is the smallest AKC retriever at 18 to 21 inches for males, and 17 to 20 inches for females. It was first bred in the 19th century in the Little River District of Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. Tolling refers to its distinctive method of luring waterfowl to within the range of the hunters. Another distinctive feature is its crimson coat.19 of 101
  • 82. Russell Terriers bull; Russell terriers are small, lively and friendly.nbsp;20 of 101
  • 81. Coton de Tulear bull; The coton de Tulear is also known as the ldquo;Royal Dog of Madagascar.rdquo; Coton is the French word for cotton, which the breedrsquo;s white coat resembles, and Tulear is a town in Madagascar. Coton de Tulear is a companion dog, an AKC designation that certifies a dog is able to perform obedience tasks. It is small but sturdy, with an expressive face and a hypoallergenic coat.21 of 101
  • 80. Staffordshire Bull Terriers bull; Bull terriers were originally bred in England for the cruel sport of bull-baiting, and this breed was particularly popular in the county of Staffordshire, hence the name. They were brought to America in the mid-19th century, where the AmStaff was then bred.22 of 101
  • 79. Chinese Crested bull; The Chinese crested is a toy dog with a distinctive hairdo that gives it its name. It is an affectionate dog with some cat-like traits mdash; it likes to sit in high places. Itrsquo;s also popular in movies. Kate Hudson had a Chinese crested in ldquo;How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days,rdquo; and the Olsen twins had one in ldquo;New York Minute.rdquo;23 of 101
  • 78. Giant Schnauzers bull; The giant schnauzer is a larger and stronger version of the standard schnauzer and can weigh as much as 95 pounds. It was developed in the Bavarian Alps in the mid-19th century to drive cattle from farm to market. It has also been used as a military and police dog.nbsp;24 of 101
  • 77. Irish Setters bull; Irish setters are famous for their fine red coats, their grace and speed. These dogs thrive on human companionship and get along well with children and other dogs. They like vigorous exercise and lots of it.nbsp;25 of 101
  • 76. Irish Wolfhounds bull; As its name suggests, the Irish wolfhound was used to hunt wolves, which it did very successfully mdash; there havenrsquo;t been any wolves in Ireland for hundreds of years. You need space to have an Irish wolfhound as a pet as itrsquo;s the tallest of all AKC breeds and can weigh as much as 180 pounds.nbsp;26 of 101
  • 75. Chow Chows bull; The chow chow is a member of the AKCrsquo;s Non-Sporting Group and does fine without a lot of exercise. Its deep-set eyes give it a serious look. It comes in a variety of colors, including red, black and blue. The chow chow is one of two AKC registered breeds with a unique blue-black tongue, the other being the Chinese shar-pei.27 of 101
  • 74. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs bull; The greater Swiss mountain dog is descended from war dogs brought across the Alps by Julius Caesarrsquo;s armies, but it was only fully recognized by the AKC in 1995. It is a large, powerful working dog. It needs regular exercise and does not cope well with hot weather.28 of 101
  • 73. Italian Greyhounds bull; The Italian greyhound is a miniature version of its relative the greyhound. The ancient breed was popular with European royalty and is featured in numerous Renaissance paintings. Itrsquo;s a sighthound mdash; as opposed to a scenthound mdash; and will pursue fast-moving prey.29 of 101
  • 72. Old English Sheepdogs bull; The old English sheepdog is famous for its shaggy double coat and has been immortalized in Disney films such as ldquo;The Shaggy Dogrdquo; and ldquo;101 Dalmatians.rdquo; The coat is warm and waterproof and allows the dog to blend in with the sheep it herds. The old English sheepdog makes a great pet, but it requires a lot of grooming.30 of 101
  • 71. Lhasa Apsos bull; The Lhasa apso is an ancient breed from Tibet, where it served as a companion and watchdog in isolated monasteries. It can be cute, mischievous and deeply devoted mdash; and remains frolicsome even as an adult.31 of 101
  • 70. Miniature Pinschers bull; Known as the ldquo;King of Toys,rdquo; the miniature pinscher is small and athletic and has a big dog personality. Despite its size, it makes a good watchdog. Because of the shared name, itrsquo;s sometimes mistakenly assumed to be a miniature Doberman pinscher.32 of 101
  • 69. Cairn Terriers bull; The cairn terrier originated in Scotland, where it was used to catch vermin. (A cairn is a pile of rocks, and a natural habitat for rodents and other small creatures.) In ldquo;The Wizard of Oz,rdquo; Dorothyrsquo;s dog Toto is a cairn terrier.33 of 101
  • 68. Cardigan Welsh Corgis bull; The Cardigan Welsh corgi looks a lot like its cousin, the Pembroke Welsh corgi, but doesnrsquo;t have a tail. It is fond of children and gets on well with other pets. The Cardigan Welsh corgi does require some special care as it can get overweight easily.34 of 101
  • 67. Dogues de Bordeaux bull; Dogue is French for ldquo;mastiff,rdquo; and this is a big, muscular breed with a massive head. While it is not aggressive, it is not great with other dogs. Dogue de Bordeaux was featured in the 1989 Tom Hanks movie ldquo;Turner and Hoochrdquo; but was not recognized by the AKC until 2008.35 of 101
  • 66. Great Pyrenees bull; The Great Pyrenees is a strikingly beautiful breed. However, because it was bred as a guard dog it requires careful training and socialization or it can become aggressive. The Great Pyrenees needs a lot of exercise and has a tendency to bark a lot.36 of 101
  • 65. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons bull; The griffon is a medium-sized gundog mdash; trained by hunters to collect game mdash; with a wiry coat and a pointing instinct, which give it its name. It is a very good swimmer, helped by its webbed toes, and retriever.37 of 101
  • 64. Chinese Shar-Pei bull; Shar-pei have some very distinctive characteristics, including a rough coat and folds of wrinkled skin. They are intelligent but stubborn and need to be trained at an early age. Unfortunately, shar-pei are prone to a range of health conditions, including allergic skin disease, eye disorders and various bone and joint problems.38 of 101
  • 63. German Wirehaired Pointersnbsp;bull; The German wirehaired pointer is somewhat bigger than its close relative, the German shorthaired pointer. A dependable hunting dog, its coat provides protection from rough terrain and bad weather. As a pet it needs a lot of exercise.39 of 101
  • 62. Bull Terriers bull; Although bull terriers were originally bred for the cruel sport of bull-baiting, they are now regarded as lovable and entertaining companions. They have distinctive egg-shaped heads and piercing eyes.nbsp;40 of 101
  • 61. Whippets bull; The whippet looks like a small greyhound and is almost as fast mdash; it has been called ldquo;The Poor Manrsquo;s Racehorse.rdquo; Despite its energy level, it does fine as an apartment pet, as long as it gets regular exercise. City dwellers will be pleased to know whippets donrsquo;t bark that often and require little maintenance.41 of 101
  • 60. Airedale Terriers bull; The Airedale is known as ldquo;The King of Terriersrdquo; because of its versatility. It is the largest of all terrier breeds, with males standing 23 inches at the shoulder. The animal excels as a hunter, herder, guardian, athlete and family dog.42 of 101
  • 59. Samoyeds bull; The Samoyed originated in Siberia, where it was used to hunt and herd reindeer, as a watchdog, and to pull sleds. Its thick white coat provides protection against the harshest conditions.nbsp;43 of 101
  • 58. Alaskan Malamutes bull; The Alaskan malamute, the official dog of the largest U.S. state, is named after the Mahlemut people of Alaska, a native Inuit tribe whose remoteness helped preserve the purity of this ancient dog breed. Malamutes are true working dogs and have been used to pull sleds, hunt seals and protect people from bears. They are also friendly, loyal and make great pets.44 of 101
  • 57. Scottish Terriers bull; The Scottie, steadfast and loyal, is thought to be the oldest of the Highland terriers and may be the oldest dog indigenous to Britain. Although itrsquo;s in the bottom half of our list, it has been incredibly popular with famous people. Owners of Scotties have included Humphrey Bogart, Charles Lindbergh, Franklin Roosevelt and Shirley Temple.45 of 101
  • 56. Dalmatians bull; The Dalmatian is known for its spotted coat, although puppies are born without spots. It has a unique AKC designation mdash; coach dog mdash; as it was used to accompany and guard horse-drawn coaches. The breed has been known to generations of children as the star of the Dodie Smith book and Walt Disney film adaptation ldquo;101 Dalmatians.rdquo;46 of 101
  • 55. Australian Cattle Dogs bull; The Australian cattle dog is known for its agility. Bred to herd animals many times its size, it is not easily intimidated. The animal needs a lot of exercise mdash; more than a daily walk mdash; and mental stimulation. If not given enough to do it will not be happy.47 of 101
  • 54. Papillons bull; This toy dog is named for the shape of its ears mdash; ldquo;papillonrdquo; is French for butterfly. It was developed during the Renaissance by crossing other toy breeds with spaniels. It became popular with royalty and was featured in portraits by Rembrandt, Rubens and other famous artists.nbsp;48 of 101
  • 53. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers bull; This sturdy terrier originated in Ireland, where it was used as an all-around farm dog. It has a soft coat that comes in various wheat-like shades and a lot of facial hair.49 of 101
  • 52. English Cocker Spaniels bull; The English cocker spaniel is a compact dog with a silk coat that comes in striking colors and patterns. It is famous for its mellow personality and its ability to flush out and retrieve gamebirds. The English cocker spaniel is larger than its cousin, the U.S. cocker spaniel.50 of 101
  • 51. Bullmastiffs bull; As the name suggests, the bullmastiff is the result of bulldog and mastiff crosses. It was bred to guard country estates and game preserves from poachers. It is large, tipping the scale at up to 130 pounds, and is powerful and intimidating. The bullmastiff requires careful training.51 of 101
  • 50. Portuguese Water Dogs bull; Described as medium sized and robust by the AKC, this breed has an advantage above the other water-loving pups mdash; a waterproof coat. Easily the most well-known of the breed is former ldquo;first dogrdquo; Bo, who belongs to President Barack Obama and his family.52 of 101
  • 49. Bloodhounds bull; The bloodhound is famous for its sense of smell and tracking ability. The breed is used by police forces around the world to find missing people and escaped prisoners. It is instantly recognizable because of its wrinkled face and large drooping ears. Unfortunately, the bloodhound is one of the shortest-lived dog breeds at seven to nine years.53 of 101
  • 48. St. Bernards bull; Named after a monk who aided pilgrims crossing the Alps on their way to Rome, the St. Bernard is famous as a rescue dog. It is very big mdash; males can weigh up to 180 pounds mdash; and very strong, but it has a very gentle and winning expression. Unfortunately, it has a relatively short life expectancy of eight to 10 years.54 of 101
  • 47. Akitas bull; The Akita is a large, powerful breed that originated in Japan. Two distinguishing features are its trademark: its curling tail and its alert expression. It is wary of strangers, has little tolerance for other animals and is protective of its owners.55 of 101
  • 46. Bichon Frises bull; Bichon frise translates into English as curly dog. This breedrsquo;s most distinctive feature is its white coat, which accentuates its dark, inquisitive eyes. It has been described as a fluff ball of a dog and as a canine comedian, reflecting its winning personality.56 of 101
  • 45. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers bull; The Chesapeake Bay retriever is the official State Dog of Maryland, its home state. This family-oriented dog has a waterproof coat thatrsquo;s oily to the touch. Itrsquo;s protective of its owners and is determined, making it a great watchdog.57 of 101
  • 44. Shiba Inu bull; The shiba inu originated in Japan and is a muscular dog that was once used as a hunter. It is that countryrsquo;s oldest, smallest and most popular breed. The shiba inu was first brought to the United States after World War II.58 of 101
  • 43. Belgian Malinois bull; This dog was bred to herd livestock around the Belgian city of Malines. It is versatile and hard working and is also used as a military and police dog. It makes for a great pet but needs more exercise than most dogs.nbsp;59 of 101
  • 42. West Highland White Terriers bull; Known as the Westie, this breed originated as a hunting dog in Scotland, where the tenacious dog pursued vermin. The dog has retained a strong prey instinct. It has an all-white double coat and an inquisitive expression. It is smart, independent, and energetic, and needs careful training and lots of exercise.60 of 101
  • 41. Rhodesian Ridgebacks bull; The Rhodesian ridgeback is named for its land of origin, now Zimbabwe and Zambia, and for the distinctive ridge that runs along its back, which is formed by hair growing in the opposite direction from the rest of its coat. Bred to hunt lions, but not kill them, itrsquo;s an imposing looking dog. They are devoted to family and affectionate toward children.61 of 101
  • 40. Newfoundlands bull; Newfoundlands were originally bred as working dogs for fishermen in the Canadian province after which they are named. Newfoundlands are big, strong, loyal and excellent swimmers, with lifesaving instincts in the water. The breed is easy to train and eager to please. It is an excellent companion and is even referred to as ldquo;the nanny dog.rdquo; Novelist J.M. Barrie specified that the beloved ldquo;Nanardquo; in ldquo;Peter Panrdquo; was a Newfoundland.62 of 101
  • 39. Basset Hounds bull; Originally bred in France, the basset hound is known for its droopy features, hunting ability and keen sense of smell, which is second only to that of its cousin, the bloodhound. Bassets are great with kids, and, despite their size, they think of themselves as lap dogs.63 of 101
  • 38. Collies  Collies have tremendous herding abilities and protective instincts, as generations who have seen Lassie in films and on television know. They are strong, loyal, affectionate, and elegant dogs and respond well to training. Collies are a good fit for families with an active lifestyle, and they can thrive in the city as well as in the country.  An earlier version of this gallery used an incorrect image.64 of 101
  • 37. Maltese bull; The Maltese is an ancient breed mdash; images of Maltese can be found on Egyptian artifacts mdash; and a classic lapdog. Itrsquo;s small, like the island from which it got its name, dainty and proud. It also has a fairly long life expectancy mdash; up to 15 years mdash; and a reputation for being affectionate and perky.65 of 101
  • 36. Weimaraners bull; The Weimaraner is named after the German city of Weimar, where it was bred as a hunting and retrieving dog. It has distinctive silver-gray coloration and bright blue eyes. The Weimaraner is an excellent pet known for its friendliness and obedience, but it needs to be kept active.66 of 101
  • 35. Border Collies bull; The border collie is widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed. In fact, it was bred for its intelligence and obedience and herding abilities. It is trainable and has protective instincts. However, it also needs more physical exercise and mental stimulation than many other breeds.67 of 101
  • 34. Miniature American Shepherds bull; The miniature American shepherd was developed in California in the 1960s and was originally called the miniature Australian shepherd. It has been used to herd small stock such as sheep and goats, and its own small size and temperament makes it a good household pet and travel companion.68 of 101
  • 33. Chihuahuas bull; Originating in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, these dogs are intelligent, loyal and loving mdash; but they are distrustful of strangers. Because they were bred for a warm climate, they donrsquo;t do well in the cold. Their tiny size makes them easy to carry around.69 of 101
  • 32. Cane Corso bull; Originating in Italy and bred as guard dogs, Cane Corso are described by the AKC as ldquo;peerless protectors.rdquo; Notwithstanding their intimidating appearance mdash; they are among the biggest dogs in the world (100 pounds for males) mdash; Cane Corso are also intelligent, loyal and docile in the company of their owners.70 of 101
  • 31. Vizslas bull; Also referred to as the Hungarian pointer, there are depictions of the Vizsla being used as hunting dogs from the early 10th century, when Magyar tribes invaded Central Europe.71 of 101
  • 30. Cocker Spaniels bull; The cocker spaniel is the smallest of the sporting dogs and packs a lot of cuteness into a small package. With a handsome face, big soulful eyes and a tail that wags the dog, itrsquo;s no surprise it always does well in the AKC popularity rankings.72 of 101
  • 29. Mastiffs bull; Mastiffs weigh up to 230 pounds and are a massive breed developed to guard livestock. There are also accounts of them being used for entertainment as fighting dogs in ancient Roman arenas, where they were pitted against lions and tigers. Despite their fierce history, mastiffs are good-natured dogs and surprisingly docile.73 of 101
  • 28. Pugs bull; Pugs have a lot of personality in a small package, and they like attention and affection. They are intuitive dogs and sensitive to the moods of their owners, which makes them good companions. They can be strong-willed but are not aggressive. They like to play with children, but some supervision may be needed.74 of 101
  • 27. English Springer Spaniels bull; This breed is named for its hunting style mdash; it ldquo;springsrdquo; birds, flushing them into the air, and then points and retrieves them. As well as being a great hunter, it is a friendly and playful pet and considered a buddy of hunters. English springer spaniels are highly trainable and bred to work with humans.75 of 101
  • 26. Brittanys bull; Brittanys gets their name from their native French province. According to the AKC, the Brittany didnrsquo;t officially become recognized as a breed until 1907, when an orange and white colored pup named Boy in France was registered as the first Brittany spaniel. Prior to this point, the breed was registered as one of many miscellaneous French spaniels.76 of 101
  • 25. Shetland Sheepdogs bull; This breed was originally bred to tend the small sheep of the Shetland Islands northeast of Great Britain. Because of their intelligence, Shetland sheepdogs are quick to understand and obey commands. While itrsquo;s loyal and affectionate, which makes it a great pet, it also tends to be reserved toward strangers, which makes it a great watchdog.77 of 101
  • 24. Havanese bull; The Havanese, as its name might suggest, is the national dog of Cuba. Itrsquo;s small and sociable. A distinguishing feature is its long, silky coat. The Havanese has a long life expectancy of up to 16 years and manages to look like a puppy mdash; even when it has an old-man beard.78 of 101
  • 23. Pomeranians bull;nbsp;The Pomeranian is the smallest of the spitz breeds, weighing 3 pounds to 7 pounds. It was made popular by Queen Victoria, who was smitten by its puppy qualities. She had as many as 35 Pomeranians in her kennels and died with one by her side.79 of 101
  • 22. Bernese Mountain Dogs bull; The Bernese mountain dog hails from the Swiss Alps. It was used to herd cattle and haul carts filled with farm produce. The Bernese was the perfect fit for such work because of its muscular build and was known to haul loads weighing more than 1,000 pounds.80 of 101
  • 21. Boston Terriers bull; Just as Boston is a historic city with a young population, this dog is a relatively old breed with a young heart. Nicknamed ldquo;The American Gentleman,rdquo; itrsquo;s compact and classy. It excels at canine sports and is eager to please and is popular as a therapy dog.81 of 101
  • 20. Shih Tzu bull; Shih tzus originated in China many centuries ago. Although diminutive in size, they take their name from the Mandarin word for lion. They began appearing in the United States after World War II, when veterans brought them back to America, and they were recognized by the AKC in 1969. They have a long flowing coat and a proud bearing.nbsp;82 of 101
  • 19. Miniature Schnauzers bull; In the United States, the miniature schnauzer is treated differently from other schnauzer breeds in that it is not classified as a working dog and is judged as a terrier. It is intelligent and alert, which makes it a good watchdog, and it excels in obedience trials and agility competitions. The miniaturersquo;s eyebrows and beard make it easily recognizable.83 of 101
  • 18. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels bull; This breed has been popular since the days of King Charles II in the 17th century. It is small for a spaniel and goes through its puppy stage slowly, staying frisky even when older. It also has big eyes and a big heart.84 of 101
  • 17. Doberman Pinschers bull; The Doberman pinscher was first bred in Germany in the mid-1800s by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector. He wanted a dog to protect him in his sometimes dangerous line of work. As well as being one of the smartest breeds, the Doberman ranks high in obedience and trainability. This makes the animal popular with police and military forces around the world.85 of 101
  • 16. Great Danes bull; The Great Dane was developed in Germany as a boar hound, its long ears often left shredded by the sharp tusks of the wild boar. Todayrsquo;s great Danes lead much less hazardous lives and can make for great pets. They are dependable, patient and friendly. But as their name implies, they are huge. Standing on its hind legs, a great Dane can be taller than its owner and weigh up to 200 pounds.86 of 101
  • 15. Australian Shepherds bull; The Australian shepherd is a very cosmopolitan dog. It started out in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain, was brought to Australia to herd sheep, and then became popular with U.S. ranchers, who thought it originated down under mdash; hence the name. It is an intelligent breed with a strong herding instinct and work ethic.87 of 101
  • 14. Siberian Huskies bull; Bred as a sled dog, the Siberian husky is known for its endurance. Huskies have a great work ethic and love to run, preferring that to walking. In fact, the husky is so energetic that it has to be kept leashed or it will run away.nbsp;88 of 101
  • 13. Pembroke Welsh Corgis bull; The Pembroke Welsh corgi is popular with English royalty as well as American pet owners mdash; itrsquo;s Queen Elizabeth IIrsquo;s favorite. The corgi is a working dog, strong and athletic. And despite its little legs, it excels at many sports. The corgi is an easy pet to have, and its weatherproof short coat needs little maintenance.89 of 101
  • 12. Dachshunds bull; The dachshund was developed in Germany centuries ago to hunt badgers mdash; its short legs and long body make it good at below-ground work. The dachshund is intelligent and should be kept busy or it will get bored. It comes in miniature or standard size and can have a smooth, wirehaired or long-haired coat.90 of 101
  • 11. Boxers bull; Although it was recognized by the AKC in 1904, the boxer did not really gain popularity in the U.S. until after World War II, when returning soldiers brought the dogs home with them from Europe.91 of 101
  • 10. Yorkshire Terriers bull; The Yorkshire terrierrsquo;s confidence and courage make it a good pet to keep in bustling cities, and those qualities have earned the dog the nickname ldquo;the tomboy toy.rdquo; It is also known for its beautiful silky coat, which has a texture similar to human hair. The Yorkshire terrier requires a lot of care and attention.92 of 101
  • 9. German Shorthaired Pointers bull; The German shorthaired pointer is a great gundog and a great pet, although it likes a lot of exercise. It is a natural retriever on land and water, and is one of the finest swimming dogs, aided by webbed feet.93 of 101
  • 8. Rottweilers bull; The Rottweiler is one of the oldest working breeds and may have been herding livestock since the days of the Roman Empire. The breed combines intelligence, strength and endurance. Unfortunately, the Rottweiler has sometimes been portrayed in the media as aggressive, but according to the AKC, it is ldquo;a calm, confident and courageous dog.rdquo;94 of 101
  • 7. Poodles bull; Poodles come in three sizes mdash; standard, miniature and toy mdash; and a variety of solid colors. They are smart and eager to please. They are also energetic and are good runners and swimmers. They require regular clipping and grooming of their hypoallergenic coat.95 of 101
  • 6. Beagles bull; Bred to live and work in packs, beagles are sociable dogs and like the company of their human families, as well as other dogs. They are scent dogs, which can sometimes get them into trouble and means they should not be left off-leash unless in a secured area.96 of 101
  • 5. Bulldogs bull; The bulldog has long been associated with British culture, but itrsquo;s also one of the most popular breeds in America. Its name belies a friendly personality and gentle disposition.97 of 101
  • 4. French Bulldogs bull; Contrary to its name, the French bulldog actually came to prominence in Nottingham, England mdash; not France. This sturdy little dog with their bat-like ears is playful, good with small children and intelligent. It doesnrsquo;t need much exercise or grooming but shouldnrsquo;t be left alone for long as it can suffer from separation anxiety. Like other ldquo;flat-facedrdquo; breeds, the French bulldog is prone to snoring.98 of 101
  • 3. Golden Retrievers bull; Golden retrievers arenrsquo;t just intelligent, they are hard workers, too. They are often used as guide dogs, in search and rescue and mdash; as their name suggests mdash; for hunting. Their many other endearing characteristics, including patience and playfulness, make them great pets.99 of 101
  • 2. German Shepherd Dogs bull; The German shepherd is the second most popular dog in the U.S., but is the first choice for many roles because of its intelligence, trainability and obedience. German shepherds are used for disability assistance, search and rescue and as police dogs.100 of 101
  • 1. Labrador Retrievers bull; The Labrador retriever has topped the AKCrsquo;s list of most popular breeds in the U.S. since 1991. Labs are friendly, outgoing and eager to please. They are also one of the most sought-after breeds for challenging work, whether as guide dogs or for search and rescue. When lives are in danger, you want a dog that is smart and dependable.101 of 101

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