TOP 10 BLUE DOG BREEDS
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Number 10 – The American Pitbull Terrier American Pitbull Terriers are beautiful, athletic dogs who – despite their reputation - can make quite sweet and affectionate family companions. As they come with an extremely high prey drive, they are best suited for very experienced owners. And they definitely need lots of socialisation, training and exercise. Blue (with or without white markings) is quite a common coat colour for Pitbulls – even though breed standards permit pretty much any colour, except for merle. Number 9 – The Irish Wolfhound Our number 9 spot goes to one of the largest dog breeds – the wonderful Irish Wolfhound. This handsome dog was originally bred (you guessed it!) to hunt wolves, and packs of Wolfhounds were seen guarding many country estates of Irish noblemen. Their rough, weather-resistant coats come in various shades of Blue, Blue Fawn, Silver and Grey. Dogs with an “official” Blue coat can be recognized by their darker and cooler shade of colour – compared to their Grey and Silver counterparts. Adult Irish Wolfhounds can weigh over 100 pounds, but they are extremely gentle giants who make amazing family companions. Number 8 – The American Staffordshire Terrier And on the number 8 spot on our list of the TOP 10 Blue dog breeds, we have the American Staffordshire Terrier. This breed looks very similar to the Pitbull, but is a distinctly different breed. Like the Pitbull, the “Am Staff” can come in just about any colour, including Blue in many different tones, like a nice pastel Blue Fawn or a gleaming Silver. Like Pitbulls, these stocky dogs are immensely powerful and need an experienced, responsible owner. They are quite patient with children and can absolutely make wonderful and loving pets. Number 7 – The Cane Corso And at number 7 on our list of the TOP 10 Blue dog breeds, we have one of the best guardian breeds on the planet: The Cane Corso. Whilst these majestic Mastiffs from Italy can weigh more than 140 pounds they are extremely gentle and affectionate towards their favourite humans. And they quite often come with Blue coats – and blue eyes! Other colours include black, brindle and Formentino (which is basically fawn with a grey mask). The Cane Corso is one of the smartest of all the Mastiffs and can be trained with relative ease. However, due to its immense power and prey drive, this breed is not an ideal choice for novice dog owners. Number 6 – The Italian Greyhound Even though the Italian Greyhound has the word “grey” as part of its name, these elegant beauties quiet often come in Blue: This can either be a solid Blue, or a combination of Blue and white markings. Their short coats can also show an especially lovely, lighter shade of Blue which is known as “Blue Fawn”. Other shades include Blue brindle or various nuances of Blue and Brown. These speedy little Sighthounds are wonderful companions – and sprinters: Despite their moderate size, they can reach speeds of 25 miles an hour. But whenever they are not busy sprinting through the countryside, they are quite happy to snuggle up on a cosy couch. Number 5 – The Great Dane On our number 5 spot, we have the largest dog breed in the world, the Great Dane. Mellow, laid-back and always up for a good cuddle, these even-tempered giants are a joy to behold. Blue and variations of Blue are a fairly common coat-colour in this marvellous Guardian breed. For dogs competing in conformation trials, solid Blue is one of the most popular shades. But these elegant giants can also often be seen in Blue Merle (with or without white markings), Blue brindle, or Harlequin. As Great Danes have very short coats, they are pretty low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Number 4 – The Poodle Here on the number 4 position, we have an extremely intelligent dog breed – the sweet, pretty-looking and kind-hearted Poodle. The curly coats of these amazing canine companions often comes in a beautiful shade of Blue. Purely Blue poodles have slightly lighter-coloured faces than their Grey-coloured counterparts. But no matter their colour, poodles have many benefits to offer to their owners: Ranging from their practically non-shedding soft coats all the way to their joyful, affectionate personality. They make quite good beginners’ dogs and family pets. Number 3 – The Blue Lacy And here we are, at the TOP 3 positions on our list of the TOP 10 Blue dog breeds on Earth! The winner of the Bronze Medal is a dog whose name clearly indicates its unusual coat colour: the beautiful Blue Lacy. This intriguing working dog mostly comes in solid Blue, or in Blue with white markings. But shades of Grey and Red are also permissible. This unique breed is an incredible worker – keen, switched-on and always ready for action. It originated in Texas, where it is used to this day as farm dog and hunting companion. The Texans love the breed so much that they have declared the Blue Lacy their official state dog! And in case you wonder why they are called “Lacies” – you would think this refers to their extremely smooth and soft coats. But actually they got their name from the Lacy family who migrated to Texas in the mid-19th century. Blue Lacies are extremely intelligent and love pleasing their owners. They are extraordinarily easy to train and make wonderful pets. Number 2 – The Neapolitan Mastiff The giant Neapolitan Mastiff is an absolutely incredible dog – and the undisputed King of all dog breeds, when it comes to droopy eyes and huge facial folds. But what sets the Neapolitan apart from other Mastiff breeds even more is its colour: These dogs come in a steely Blue, Black, Brown or Brindle. And whilst their coats are short and very easy to groom, managing the flow of their drool can be a challenge. These imposing Italian giants are immensely strong and can easily weigh more than 100 pounds. But despite their bulk, Neapolitan Mastiffs make calm and loving companions – when socialised and trained by an experienced owner. Guarding is very much part of their nature, and they take protection duty extremely seriously. Number 1 – The Kerry Blue Terrier And here we are – at the TOP spot on our list of blue dog breeds. And who could be a more worthy candidate for this number 1 position than a breed whose name already includes its stunning colour? The compact Kerry Blue Terrier comes exclusively in Black, Grey, and various shades of Blue. This beautiful, smart and energetic breed strongly resembles the “King of all Terriers” - the Airedale. Kerry Blue Terriers are incredible dogs – smart, alert and playful. They are known to be very fiercely loyal to their owners. As a bonus, the thick, curly or wavy coat of the Kerry Blue does not shed, but it does require regular brushing and the occasional visit to the local groomer.