English Dog Breeds Who Make Excellent Pets

Many widespread dog breeds have their origins in the UK and specifically in European countries. Many of the English dog breeds were developed for their working abilities. This included looking, retrieving, and blighter extermination. They are available in a very wide variety of shapes and sizes, bred to surpass their intended jobs. Their temperaments also vary, with some generally being quite active and athletic, while others being calmer.

1 - Bulldog


Breed: Dog
Height: 31 to 40 cm
Weight: 40 to 50 pounds
Color: White, Red, Fawn, Piebald, Red & White, Fawn & White, Red Brindle and Brindle & White
Life: 8 to 10 years
Behavior: Gregarious, Willful, Friendly and Docile

Bulldogs have been copied in European countries since the thirteenth century. Due to their powerful physique, they were used for the sport of bull baiting, in which a pack of dogs would fight a staked bull. Once this sport was prohibited in the 1800s, bulldogs were used for embezzled dog fighting. The breed was additionally crossed with alternative terriers. Breeders have since refined the dog’s look, creating a squatter with a more pronounced face and additional wrinkles than its ancestors.

2 - Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Breed: Dog
Height: 51 to 61 cm
Weight: 55 to 80 pounds
Color: Dark Golden, Golden, Light and Cream
Life: 10 to 12 years
Behavior: Trusting, Even Tempered, Friendly and Gentle 

The retriever is also the second hottest dog breed in America. However, they really originated from European countries. Hunters in any European country required a tireless employee who was high-energy and an excellent swimmer. This picture of an English dog was developed by Dudley Marjoribanks, the first Lord Tweedmouth. He first set his sights on breeding a good sporting dog capable of navigating the parcel of his estate in the highlands, and through several iterations, the golden retriever was born.

3 - Bullmastiff


Breed: Dog
Height: 64 to 68 cm
Weight: 110 to 130 pounds
Color: Red, Brindle and Fawn
Life: 8 to 10 years
Behavior: Loving, Powerful, Docile, Reliable, Courageous, Calm, Devoted, Alert, Protective, Reserved and Loyal

Bullmastiffs were developed in the nineteenth century by English landowners to help protect their hunting grounds from poachers. They are massive, powerful dogs with massive heads and robust jaws. Despite their size, bullmastiffs are generally docile dogs, if not a little stubborn. Because of their massive size, they ought to be trained and liberal from an early age.

4 - Beagles


Breed: Hound 
Height: 36 to 41 cm
Weight: Up to 30 pounds
Color: Orange & White, Chocolate Tri, Red & White, White & Chocolate, White & Tan, Lemon & White and Tri-color
Life: 12 to 15 years
Behavior: Even Tempered, Intelligent, Amiable, Determined, Gentle and Excitable

Beagles are kid-friendly family dogs with fond tendencies. These sensitive souls love company and friends! English hunters in the 1500s worked with dogs that were eventually bred in the mid-1800s to produce the modern hound dog. However, their ancient lineage is murky, and it’s unclear wherever their ancestors originated. Their name is also Gaelic (beag means "little"), but the word hound dog has been used to describe many sorts of little hounds.

5 - Gundogs


Breed: Hound 
Height: 56 to 63 cm
Weight: 50 to 60 pounds
Color: Any shade of gold and cream
Life: 12 to 14 years
Behavior: Friendly and Social

Notably, the gundog cluster was bred to accompany their house owners out on a shoot, being employed to nose out (hunt and point) game (usually birds) and retrieve live and dead game. Because of the popularity of hunting among the English aristocracy, a plethora of gundog breeds were developed.

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Airedale Terrier

Breed: Dog
Height: 58 to 61 cm
Weight: 45 to 60 pounds
Color: Black & Tan
Life: 10 to 12 years
Behavior: Courageous, Friendly, Outgoing,  Intelligent, Confident and  Alert

The Airedale was developed in the mid-nineteenth century to hunt rats in the River Aire valley (in a northern European country near the Scottish border). These massive dogs have thick, lean coats that are tan with black markings and have jaunty beards and mustaches. The terrier is brave, intelligent, and patient with kids; that makes them glorious family pets.

7 - The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Breed: Dog
Height: 30 to 33 cm
Weight: 10 to 13 pounds
Color: Blenheim, Tri Color, Ruby and Black & Tan
Life: 9 to 14 years
Behavior: Gentle, Sociable, Playful, Adaptable, Graceful, Patient Affectionate and Fearless

In the seventeenth century, King Charles I and Charles II were each keen on a tiny low-sort of sporting dog with a black-and-tan coat. This sporting dog remained popular with British aristocrats into the nineteenth century once it had been crossed with little Asian dog breeds, giving it a pleasing face and rounded tail. Then, in the Nineteen Twenties, breeders tried to recreate the first version of the tiny sporting dog, supported by recent portraits of the dogs in English manors, leading to the Cavalier.

8 - English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

Breed: Dog
Height: 48 to 56 cm
Weight:  40 to 50 pounds
Color: Red & White, Liver & White, Orange & White, Black & White, Lemon & White and Tri-color
Life: 12 to 14 years
Behavior: Active, Cheerful, Intelligent, Attentive, Affectionate and Alert

The English springer is the embodiment of the spaniel-type spirit. They're filled with energy and exhaustion from working and caring for dogs. As such, they’re a balanced dog that is aware of the way to play, exhausting and work even more durable. These sporting dog breeds were created several centuries ago when flushing and trailing geese in the uplands was necessary. From the start, they worked as generic helpers since hunters solely had bows, nets, and falcons to contend with.

9 - English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

Breed: Dog
Height: 48 to 56 cm
Weight:  28 to 34 pounds
Color: Black & Tan, Black, Blue Roan, Orange Roan, Liver Roan, Liver & Tan, Tri-color and more
Life: 12 to 15 years
Behavior: Friendly, Trainable, Affectionate, Quiet, Faithful and Playful 

Like the antecedently defined sporting dog breeds, English Cockers were developed in the nineteenth century as good-looking dogs. They are a distinct breed from the American English cocker spaniel, distinguished primarily by being larger and having an agent head. English Cocker Spaniels are very handsome looking dogs and are widely used as pets owing to their charming personalities.

10 - Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

Breed: Dog
Height: 25 to 55 cm
Weight:  35 to 75 pounds
Color: White & Black Brindle, White, Tri-color, Red & White, Fawn & White and Brindle & White
Life: 10 to 14 years
Behavior: Protective, Stubborn, Trainable, Keen, Sweet-Tempered and Active

Bull terriers share an equivalent ancestry to today’s bulldogs. In the 1800s, bulldogs were crossed with hunting dog breeds to make robust and spirited fighters (with the terriers providing their fiery demeanor). The bull hunting dog arose from these crosses and was utilized in embezzled dog fighting. However, it also became a preferred companion animal, leading breeders to modify its appearance and sweeten its temperament.

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