Top 10 Most Confident Dog Breeds

September 25, 2014

Happy Thursday, fellow dog people! It’s been a long week, hasn’t it?! Well it’s about to get a whole lot better because it’s time to talk about dogs, their confidence and how it relates back to their breed. Very interesting stuff! We’re going to count down the Top 10 confident dog breeds and find out what makes them so outgoing. But before we do that, here’s a little reminder that today is Remember Me Thursday. Don’t forget to light a candle in honor of all those rescue pets who have lost their lives and all the other ones still awaiting adoption!
Canine confidence is really all about your dog’s unique personality, BUT some breeds tend to be much more outgoing than others. Over 260 veterinary professionals had their say on which dog breeds are the most confident, and here are the results:

10. Labrador Retriever
Labradors are great! They love to play, meet new people and they’re even pretty darn smart. They also have the most adorable faces known to man. No wonder they’re so confident!

9. Jack Russell Terrier
These pint-sized, four-legged friends are known for their incredible amount of energy. But at the end of a hard day’s work, they’ll be more than happy to curl up next to you on the couch. They’re also pretty much great at any activity they try, which makes them especially confident for their size.

8. Pit Bull Terrier
Pit bulls are a fantastic breed, no matter how much slack they get for being “aggressive”. In actual fact, they are much more protective than aggressive. They simply love their owners and would literary do anything for you. Pitties are loving, playful and have tons of energy and strength. The perfect confident package, all wrapped up in one charming bundle!

7. English Mastiff
Mastiffs are one of the world’s gentle giants. They’ll also protect you with their lives and when one of these big boys walks into a room, you better believe they are the center of attention. Raise your hand if you’re a fan of big breed cuddles? We sure are!

6. Golden Retriever
Similar to their relatives at number 10, these people-pleasers are as confident, outgoing and loveable as anything. They’ll make friends with (almost) everyone, big or small, and make fantastic family dogs.

5. Doberman Pinscher
Dobermans might be big, bold and a little intermediating at first, but they also make great family dogs and are always on the lookout for threats to your safety. Incredibly loyal and energetic, Dobermans are one of the most confident breeds in the world.

4. Rottweiler
No surprise here! They’re bright, intelligent and know exactly how to work hard. With the correct training, socialization and owners, these big guys can turn out to be extremely well-balanced and confident family dogs.

3. Great Dane
You can just tell by looking at a Great Dane that they’re confident without being full of themselves. In fact, I’m pretty sure most of them have no idea how gigantic they are, which makes them all the more loveable. Think quiet confidence with a sweet as pie personality and the size of a small horse. Who wouldn’t want to wrap their arms around these confident dogs?!

2. Poodle
OK, this one is a little surprising! But if you’ve ever owned a poodle, you’ll know why they rank in at number 2 on this list. They generally feel quite comfortable no matter where they are. They’re the center of attention and they know it! They’re also smarter than most of the other dogs they interact with. That’s gotta be a major ego boost!

1. German Shepherd
Drum roll please! The most confident breed of dog in the world is the German Shepherd and we’re not surprised! These guys work hard, play hard and even make incredible family dogs. They’re adaptable, intelligent and protective of their family. They also excel at everything they do. Of course, they’re full of confidence!
Thanks a ton for all the great info, VetStreet! Read some more great pet articles by pet expert Kristen Seymour right here.

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