There are so many reasons why dogs are awesome. Do you know which dog breeds are the most popular among Malaysians? Here is the list of popular dog breeds in Malaysia.
Poodles are well-loved by Malaysians. It’s a great choice for those who lived in high-rise property. Poodles are fun-loving, clever, energetic and sociable breed. Due to their keen intelligence, Poodles are easy to train. This is why they excel in obedience training. If you are looking for a low maintenance dog breed, this breed is right for you!
Origin: Germany, France
Life Span: 14 to 18 years
Height: 45 cm and up (Standard); 28 to 35 cm inches (Miniature); 28 cm or less (Toy);
Weight: 45 to 70 pounds (Standard); 15 to 17 pounds (Miniature); 6 to 9 pounds (Toy)
2. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu was bred to be a companion dog. The “little lion” is a small breed with big personalities. The Shih Tzus are lap dogs who crave for human companionship. They are loyal, lively, sweet-tempered, happy and affectionate.
Origin: Tibet, China
Life Span: 10 to 16 years
Height: 20 to 28 cm
Weight: 9 to 16 pounds
This breed comes in three sizes: miniature, standard and giant. The Schnauzers are intelligent, friendly, calm, trainable and loving. Their adorable, gorgeous appearance is one of the reasons why Malaysians love them so much!
Life Span: 12 to 14 years (Miniature); 13 to 16 years (Standard); 10 to 12 years (Giant)
Height: 30 to 36 cm (Miniature); 47 to 50 cm (Standard); 65 to 70 cm (Giant)
Weight: 10 to 15 pounds (Miniature); 30 to 50 pounds (Standard); 55 to 80 pounds (Giant)
The athletic Pomeranians are busy little guys who greet the world with curiosity. This small breed is popular among companion dogs and competitive show dogs. They are excellent watchdogs as they can bark loudly.
Origin: Germany, Poland
Life Span: 12 to 16 years
Height: 20 cm
Weight: 3 to 7 pounds
5. Siberian Husky
Easy going and active, the Siberian Husky is a beautiful creature with a thick, fluffy coat and a pair of blue or multi-coloured eyes. Note that Husky is a heavy-shedding breed that requires vigorous exercises. Also, this free-spirited breed tends to get destructive when the boredoms set in.
Life Span: 12 to 15 years
Height: 50 – 50 cm
Weight: 35 to 60 pounds
6. Golden Retriever
Well-known as one of the top 5 smartest dogs, Golden Retrievers are friendly, obedient, intelligent, calm, loyal and trustworthy. Affectionately called Goldies, they love people too much as well as strangers. Although Golden Retrievers are not an excellent guard dog, their tolerant attitude and gentle temperament make them a good watchdog. They are frequently used as therapy, assistant and service dog in many countries including Malaysia.
Origin: England, Scotland
Life Span: 10 to 12 years
Height: 51 to 61 cm
Weight: 55 to 75 pounds
Sometimes called Rotts or Rotties, the Rottweilers can be extremely friendly to their owners and family members if they are well-trained. Since they are very protective, first-time owners are not encouraged to own this breed. They are best with an experienced owner only.
Life Span: 8 to 10 years
Height: 35 to 60 cm
Weight: 75 to 110 pounds
8. German Shepherd
Ranked in the top 3rd of intelligence canines, the German Shepherd is a working dog developed originally for herding sheep. This breed is fiercely intelligent and super loyal dog that can make a perfect family companion as well as used as a working dog. Confident and gentle, this breed originated in Germany. Note that they need early socialization just like every dog – so they can get along very well with children and other pets.
Life Span: 10 to 14 years
Height: 50 – 65 cm
Weight: 75 to 95 pounds