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Caissie Canine Instruction: Top K9 Breeds in Canada


We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful 2.5-year-old lab mix rescue named Rigby.

I came to my forever family at 8 weeks, and I’ve been keeping my human pack on their toes ever since. I like to have many toys at my disposal and use many of them throughout the day. I often hear my mom say that she’s never seen a dog chew like I do.



Off leash forest walks are so much fun, especially with my friend Cleo. In the evening, I love to cuddle with my family on the couch and watch T.V. with them.


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With K9 ownership increasing in the last few years, there are new top breeds, that owners are now considering for adoption/purchasing. In Canada the smaller K9 breeds are starting to become very popular. Bulldogs have been a great choice amongst young couples, however French Bulldogs,

“The Frenchie” now have taken top spot amongst smaller breeds. These dogs are loving, very adaptable for condo/apartment living, and are happy with 1 or 2 walks a day. They are not a high-energy breed.


Another small breed K9 which are moving up the ranks are Havanese.

This breed is easy to train as they are highly intelligent. They are vocal, high energy, and should not be left alone for long periods of time. This breed is not great for apartment living.


Labrador Retrievers still hold the #1 spot for larger breed dogs.

This breed is playful, friendly, but energetic, and need to burn off that extra energy. This breed is a great family dog, highly intelligent, therefore easier to train.


German Shepherds are another top large breed choice in Canada.

Many of our clients own German Shepherds, as they are a very loyal family K9 and very protective of their family unit. This breed needs training and socialization at a young age, as their instinct to “guarding” and becoming overly reactive can cause stressful situation for all dog owners.


Amongst Poodle breeds, the Standard Poodle is the most popular in Canada.

This breed is extremely intelligent and friendly. Many Poodles are “hypoallergenic”, and they do not shed. They do require regular grooming.


Cockapoos are another top choice as they are a cross breed between a Poodle and Cocker Spaniel.

They are also hypoallergic and non-shedding. Cockapoos temperament is affectionate, and friendly, therefore making them a popular family K9. This cross breed will vary in size, coat colour, and personality. Cockapoos do need regular grooming.


Other mentionable top breeds in Canada are Australian Shepherds, King Charles Spaniels, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Shetland Sheepdogs, Border Collies, and Yorkshire Terrier’s.


Remember choosing the right K9 for your family is a personal choice and a 10-20 year commitment and worth every moment!!!!


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