Most Popular Dog Breeds we see at Wellness

Most Popular Dog Breeds we see at Wellness

January 5, 2024

Keeping a pet dog can bring comfort to people, eliminate loneliness and bring a lot of fun to life, and they will be regarded as family members. Commonly seen pet dogs include Mongrel, Golden Retrievers, Poodles and Shiba Inus.

Before considering owning a pet dog, apart from the living environment, you need to understand the character and habits of different pet dog breeds to find the right one for you. Below is a summary of the top 10 most popular breeds of pet dogs in the Wellness Veterinary Hospital & Diagnostics Centre, so that you can better understand their personalities and habits.

1. Mongrel

The mongrel is very agile, well-behaved and highly trainable. Well-trained mongrels can understand all kinds of commands and gestures of their masters, and in the past, hunters living in the countryside would train them to be hunting dogs to help their masters hunt all kinds of wild animals. In the past, hunters in rural areas would train them to be hunting dogs to help their owners hunt wild animals. They are also capable of guarding their homes and will never let strangers come near their homes.

They are easy to feed and are not picky eaters, they will eat anything. Since they seldom have legacy diseases, it is easier to take care of them, as long as they are kept clean, they can avoid skin diseases. They are adaptable and resilient and can recover from minor illnesses on their own. Moreover, the genes of different breeds have been combined in the mongrel, so they are usually less likely to suffer from genetic diseases caused by inbreeding. Therefore, mongrels are generally more physically fit and easier to take care of and keep.

The common problems of mongrels are skin allergy, anxious and osteoarthritis. The conditions when they come to Wellness Vet mostly are hair loss, tends to bite strangers, cant stay without owner otherwise will keep barking, also reduce appetites, low energy level and  limping.

Pet owners can also look for their pets to spot problems, like skin rash, itchy skin or keep scratching. Mongrels are easily frightened by loud noises and sudden changes in their environment. Dr. Hailey suggested that allergen-testing could be a good way to figure out problems. 

Mongre might reduce desire to walk, jump, go up and down stairs, and play. Slow movement and limb tremors. Abnormal standing, sitting, or gait. Barking or whining when legs or back are touched. Changes in temperament and depression. Difficulty with toileting, licking and biting joints. Difficulty getting up after a long rest. Stiff movements upon getting up. Muscle atrophy or walking with a limp. “Wellness examinations are necessary and depend on age and health conditions” Dr.Katy said. If your mongrel has the above problems, book online now and have conslutation by our veterinarian for your appointment.

2. Poodles

Poodles come in different sizes, such as toy, miniature and standard, and are very clingy, love to play with people, need company and love to bark, so keeping them requires a lot of time and companionship.

Poodles are in the top ten smartest dog breeds and second in breed knowledge, making them easy to train and keep, and can bring a relaxed and wonderful quality of life to any family or individual living alone. Poodle ranks as the top small dog in obedience and IQ, and is the most frequently seen dog in pet beauty pageants and celebrations around the world. Their small size and adorable appearance are the main reasons for their popularity, and they are a combination of beauty and intelligence.

The Poodle is a droopy-eared dog with ears that hang down over the ear canal for a long period of time, causing the ear canal to be insufficiently ventilated and smothered with earwax, which can easily lead to inflammation, and otitis media is one of the hereditary diseases they are more likely to suffer from, so it is important to pay attention to the cleanliness of the dog’s ears. Poodles are prone to front limb fracture when they are puppies, and joint displacement is one of the common diseases of Poodles, so they should avoid jumping everyday, and pay special attention to the cruciate ligaments of the back knee when they are old.

The common problems of poodles are patella luxation, heart disease and dermatitis. The conditions when they come to Wellness Vet mostly are weakness in hind legs or hobbling, inability to jump, luxating patella is a kneecap that ‘pop out’ or moves out of its normal location in patella luxation. Heart murmur and collapse in heart disease. Itching and excessive scratching, hair loss, flaky skin with an odour and thickening or dark colour of hairless areas  in dermatitis.

Pet owners can also look for their pets to spot problems, like reluctance to jump, sudden yelps of pain while running or playing in patella luxation. Coughing, breathlessness, heavy breathing or excessive panting in heart disease. Rubbing on the carpet, chewing their paws, redness of ear flaps and sometimes with dark waxy discharge in dermatitis. If your poodle has the above problems, book online now and meet our veterinarian for your appointment.

3. French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is a small short-haired dog, a mix of English Bulldog, Pug and Terrier. The French Bulldog is similar in appearance to the Tiger Dog and the Pug, but the French Bulldog’s ears are the most recognizable, with pointed ends and usually erected upwards; secondly, the French Bulldog’s forehead does not have the Pug’s trademark wrinkles; thirdly, the French Bulldog’s tail is very short, or even has no tail at all. Thirdly, the French Bulldog has a short tail, or even no tail at all. The French Bulldog has a short nose, so it is important to pay attention to their respiratory system.

The French Bulldog is not a highly intelligent dog breed and requires repeated training and adjustments to train the French Bulldog. However, they have a cheerful, dog-friendly personality, and their silly character and antics have made them one of the most popular small dog breeds in the world.

The common problems are Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS), heat sroke
and cherry eye.

The condition we see in Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) are stenotic nares: referring to narrow nostrils or small nostril openings. This results in a decreased ability to breathe through the nose and restricted airflow, which leads to increased panting and a higher risk of overheating

  • Elongated soft palate: The soft palate is the part of the roof of the mouth made up of tissue that separates the nasal passage from the oral cavity. Given brachycephalic dogs’ shorter snout, the soft palate is often too long for the length of their mouth. The excess flaps into the throat, causing snoring sounds and blocking airflow into the windpipe and lungs. 
  • Everted laryngeal saccules: In normal anatomy, there are two small pockets (saccules) in the back of the throat. In brachycephalic dogs, there is an increased effort to breathe due to the stenotic nares and elongated soft palate. This increased effort to breathe can cause the saccules to turn inside out and further block the airway. 

Additional airway-related conditions to brachycephalic airway syndrome include:

  • Hypoplastic trachea: This means the trachea, or windpipe, is congenitally smaller in diameter than normal. This can make it harder for dogs to breathe in enough air with each breath (like breathing through a straw). 
  • Laryngeal collapse: The larynx, or voice box, can become damaged by chronic stress to the cartilage from working too hard to breathe. Laryngeal collapse leads to more blockage of the airway, and potentially trouble breathing.
    Everted laryngeal saccules. The laryngeal saccules are small sacs or pouches that are located just inside the larynx; these saccules evert (turn outwards) or are sucked into the airway by pressure associated with the increased respiratory effort caused by the stenotic nares and/or the elongated soft palate. Everted laryngeal saccules will further obstruct airway flow.
  • Hypoplastic trachea. A hypoplastic trachea means that the trachea has a smaller diameter than normal.

    ,and for heat sroke are lethargy,confusion,weakness or collapse,seizures. For cherry eye are a red swollen lump in the corner of the eye closest to the muzzle. Discharge from the eye may be present
    Paw at their eye. If your French Bulldog has the above problems, book online now and meet our veterinarian for your appointment.

4. Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a petite dog, second in size only to the Chihuahua, with a long silky coat that is as silky as a girl’s hair, flowing down from the head, neck, and torso in all its splendor. The Yorkshire Terrier is a fashionable pet with a mischievous personality, loved by men and women of all ages, and has gained a strong position in the dog world as one of the most popular breeds in the world.

The Yorkshire Terrier is ideal for indoor living and does not require a lot of space. They only need to move around indoors to get enough exercise and do not need to be taken out frequently to avoid soiling their long coats. If you are going outdoors, it is best to choose a place with clean floors. Common problems are periodontal disease, retinal dysplasia and collapsed trachea. If your Yorkshire Terrier has the above problems, book online now and have conslutation by our veterinarian for your appointment.


Schnauzers come in different sizes, such as Mini Schnauzers, Standard Schnauzers and Giant Schnauzers, all of which are naturally naughty and mischievous, but stubbornly loyal to their owners. They are also a source of family fun. Although small in size, the face is covered with thick eyebrows like an old man and a particularly plentiful mustache, with a long, stupid face, matched with a pair of big eyes full of passion and hope, the Schnauzer inherits the good blood of its ancestors, with courage and guardianship, and has the innate ability to hunt.

Common problems is collapsed trachea, persistent, harsh and dry cough, sometimes described as a “goose-honking” cough.  The signs may progress to a wheezing noise when breathing in, or in severe cases, difficulty breathing, gums or tongue turning blue, or fainting.

If your Schnauzers has the above problems, book online now and meet our veterinarian for your appointment.

6. Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is the best dog in many people’s minds. Very active and intelligent, with an easy-going personality, it’s no surprise that they rank in the top ten dog breeds, and they hold many titles: friendliest dog, smartest dog, and favorite dog, to name a few.

They have a dense, glossy golden coat with a silky-soft texture that makes you want to cuddle them. Born to run, chase and dig, they need a lot of exercise to discharge. Friendly, affectionate and sociable, the Golden Retriever also gets along well with children and can even serve as a baby sitter, providing a strong bond with the family. Golden Retrievers are eager to please their owners, so they respond very well to obedience training and are suitable for use as guide dogs.

The Golden Retriever is a companion dog for many people and a great companion for the blind. It should be noted that two of the most common genetic disorders of the Golden are obesity and hip dysplasia, which makes them susceptible to injury and dislocation, and to degenerative arthritis in old age. “Wellness examinations are necessary and depend on age and health conditions” Dr.Katy said. If your mongrel has the above problems, book online now and have conslutation by our veterinarian for your appointment.

7. Corgi

The full name of the Corgi is “Welsh Corgi” (Corgi), which belongs to the sheepdog breed and is characterized by its short feet and heart-shaped buttocks, and its IQ is ranked 11th, making it easy to train. However, as Gorgons are extremely curious about the same things and are bold, they need to be taught patiently, with patience and good manners.

The Corgi a double-coated dog with a lot of hair, which is not easy to take care of, and the hair loss is especially serious during the seasonal change of coat. Corgi has a sensitive stomach and is prone to diarrhea and vomiting, so it is recommended to choose natural and healthy dog food.

Corgi is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Corgi are prone to overweight. Excessive weight makes the Gorky, which already has bad joints, more prone to arthritis, spondylosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and other health problems.

8. Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu has evolved from the wolf pack and has a clear sense of hierarchy. When training and raising the Shiba Inu, it is important to make it understand who is the master, rather than changing roles. The Shiba Inu is very afraid of other people taking its food, in order to protect its own food, it will make different levels of aggressive behavior, and appear to protect food behavior problems. The Shiba Inu is stubborn and alert, so it is recommended to train the Shiba Inu before it reaches six months of age.

The Shiba Inu has a thick layer of hair and a large amount of hair, so if the hair is not properly groomed, skin irritation or skin inflammation will easily occur. In addition, the retina of Shiba Inu is prone to degeneration and may even go blind suddenly in old age.

9. Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is one of the smallest dog breeds in the world, divided into long-haired and short-haired dogs. It has a round head, large thin ears, and large round eyes. The Chihuahua is characterized by elegance, agility, liveliness, and clinginess, and is extremely exclusive to its owner. It does not like foreign dogs of the same breed, and is not timid to big dogs and can defend itself bravely.

GSDs have a small stomach and need to be fed twice a day to provide them with the nutrition and health they need. Chihuahuas are afraid of the cold and should not be kept outdoors. They do not get much exercise every day, so they are very suitable for people who live in apartments. It is very suitable for people living in apartments. If they go out in winter, they need to add outerwear to keep warm, otherwise they are prone to pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis after being exposed to the cold. Heart problem
and dry eyes are common.

Heart problem are panting, can hear heart murmur, coughing. Dry eyes will be redness, dry or dull corneal appearance, blood vessel development on the cornea. If your Chihuahua has the above problems, book online now and meet our veterinarian for your appointment.

10. Pug

The Pug is an ornamental breed of short-haired dog, muscular, with a symmetrical body and a large apple-shaped head and short legs. The dog’s coat is smooth and does not require frequent trimming. Energetic and playful, they especially enjoy playing with their family. Pugs may look like a gift, but in fact they are kind-hearted, intelligent, cheerful, stable, curious but not very barking, and very protective of their family. They don’t need much outdoor activities and have good and clean personality, so they are very suitable to be kept in apartments, and these characteristics are the reasons why they are so popular.

Common problems are dental problem, red and swollen gums, drooling, loose or missing teeth, tartar. For eye ulcer and infection, redness, swollen eyelid,  fluorescence stain test positive. For IVDD,
lameness, unsteady walking, dragging back legs, stumbling over back feet, hunched back or neck with tense muscles, pain. “Wellness examinations are necessary and depend on age and health conditions” Dr.Katy said. If your Pug has the above problems, book online now and have conslutation by our veterinarian for your appointment.

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