These Dogs Are the Best of the Breeds

The best in show award is one of great subjection, especially when it comes to your very own beloved canine-child. Our own dogs are woven into the fabric of our lives, making us laugh, cry, socialize (when we least want to), and oftentimes create major inconveniences. But we love them, finding them to be utterly the best.

While everyone’s dog may win a very biased award for cutest and most loveable, these dogs have been specifically bred to be the absolute best at this one thing. Below, find if your dog’s breed is the recipient of one of these awards.

1. Best sense of smell

Bloodhound puppies

Bloodhounds have an excellent sense of smell. | Lakshmi3/iStock/Getty Images

It was during the Middle Ages that selective breeding occurred among scenthounds, and the purpose of it was very clear. What we now know as Bloodhounds, Beagles, Basset hounds, and Foxhounds (to name a few) were all bred with the purpose of becoming stellar hunting dogs. And that, they are. Research has proven that a Bloodhound’s scent receptors are 40 times those of a human being, which makes the discoveries of a trailing admissible in court.

Next: This dog packs the strongest bite of all.

2. Strongest bite

Turkish Guard Dog Kangal

The kangal has a powerful bite. | Selcuk1/iStock/Getty Images

A descendant of the Mastiff, the Kangal’s jaw is a force to be reckoned with. While this guard dog is more well-known for being loyal and protective, its bite packs the most punch. Measured by pounds per square inch (PSI), the force of a Kangal’s bite registers at 743 PSI. For reference, a Rottweiler’s forceful bite clocks in at 328 PSI. On the upside of this, the Kangal is also known for having a very gentle nature and approach to children.

Next: This dog may be the ultimate fetcher, but it is the bark that wins the award.

3. Loudest bark

Golden Retriever

A golden retriever holds the record for loudest bark. | jonathandavidsteele/iStock/Getty Images

For some reason, the loudest-barking dog is always the one that can’t seem to zip its snout. Surprisingly, it is the Golden Retriever holding the current record for the loudest barking dog. Runner-up is the German Shepherd. In this case, the bigger the dog truly is the bigger the bark. While a Golden Retriever’s ability to continuously fetch the ball and its natural loyalty make for a spectacular family pet, it’s the bark that wins the loudest award.

Next: Who is the tallest of them all? 

4. Tallest dog

Large purebred Irish Wolfhound dog outdoors on a sunny day

The Irish wolfhound is the tallest among dogs. | Bigandt_Photography/iStock/Getty Images

The Irish Wolfhound’s origin dates back to 7000 B.C., and its purpose was important. From chasing down wolves to being solid hunting dogs, this breed has evolved into a much more relaxed lifestyle as a family pet. When it comes to height, however, this dog outshines even the Great Dane. A female typically measures about 30 inches in height, while the male can be as tall as 35 inches.

Next: The crisp vision of these dogs make them excellent hunters. 

5. Best eyesight

Two whippet dogs in a garden

Whippets have excellent eyesight. | Onetouchspark/iStock/Getty Images

Sighthounds encompass a variety of breeds who use their keen sight to hunt, instead of their sense of smell. Yet, it is the mixture of great vision with speed and agility that make sighthounds prime hunting dogs. In addition, these dogs have extremely large chest cavities to properly hold their hearts and lungs. Common sighthound breeds are Greyhounds, Scottish Deerhounds, Borzois, and Whippets.

Next: A 45-mph sprint makes this dog the winner.

6. Fastest runner

Spanish Greyhound Galgo looking around

Greyhounds will win any race. | SvetaElfimova/iStock/Getty Images

There is no question about the Greyhounds being the fastest dogs on earth. After all, people get all dressed up to place bets and watch to see if their dog will win the race. It’s the double extension gallop of Greyhounds that get them compared to the pace and running style of a cheetah. This sort of “gallop” enables the dog’s paws (and the cheetah) to touch the ground only 25 percent of the time. The athleticism of these dogs is truly impressive.

Next: How smart is your dog? 

7. Most intelligent

Brown poodle running with a toy

The poodle is extremely intelligent. | ttretjak/iStock/Getty Image

The bouffant is not the only thing the German-bred poodle has going for itself. Not only is the poodle fashionable, but it’s ultra-smart too. Bred for hunting and retrieving from water, the poodle is considered a highly-intelligent and teachable dog breed. The non-shedding fur is added bonus points. A close runner-up on the intelligence race is the Border Collie.

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