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Popular Dog Breeds in the Philippines

Looking to adopt a popular dog breed in the PH? Here’s a quick guide to help you decide which to get, along with a pet insurance in the Philippines.

Are you looking to adopt a dog for your home? Keep in mind that every breed has its own needs and quirks, so if you’re looking to add a new family member, you will need to know which can best suit your needs. They might be easy to care for, but they’re still live animals who require extra attention to adapt to their surroundings. 

Many people still get pet insurance for their dogs because no matter how strong they look, they are still susceptible to accidents and diseases. For starters, here’s a quick guide to what you should know about the most popularly adopted dog breeds in the Philippines. Chances are, you’re probably going for one of them anyway!

Retrievers

Whether it’s a Labrador or a Goldy, people will automatically think good things when they meet them on the sidewalk. Retrievers are the poster breeds for “good doggos” on the internet. Their friendly attitude and non-threatening looks make them one of the best family pets. 

Of course, the only downside is that they are large and may not fit small households. Plus, they need some extra care and attention for their coat. But all-in-all, they are incredibly satisfying to own if you’re looking for a family pet that everyone will love!

Pugs

Pugs are docile pets known for their short stature and numerous wrinkles. They’re lightweight and easy to handle, plus they’re often very affectionate with their owners. Some regard them as the perfect tiny house dog because of how easy it is to maintain them.

However, health problems that plague them for what some online articles say are “their entire existence.” Insurance companies probably know them as the most likely animal owners will enroll in pet insurance. 

Pugs have breathing problems, back malfunctions, seeing difficulties (while aging), and other internal infections that will surely cost owners a pretty peso to treat annually. But then again, owning a dog, in general, is never cheap. If you can cover the cost of owning pugs and your apartment feels a little barren, consider getting one as a trustworthy companion!

Shih-Tzu

Playful and hairy, Shih-Tzus are a favorite of aunties and grannies simply looking for a fun little companion to care for. You’ve probably seen some of these dogs strolled around in malls as toddler substitutes. They certainly lack the bite most home dogs have, but a Shih-Tzu is an excellent recommendation for people who simply want a small dog to spoil. 

German Shepherds

The favorite of dads and authority figures everywhere, German Shepherds are known for their fierce loyalty to their family. Despite their feisty attitude towards strangers, they are often extremely playful when they’re with familiar company. 

They may act like the alpha dog around certain breeds, but depending on their upbringing, they may have it to regress into fun little labradors once in a while. But when the time comes when they need to protect their family from unknown threats (like a mailman), they’re always ready to jump into action.

Askal

Mixed-breed dogs are popular in the Philippines for being the easiest (and cheapest) breed to adopt. For the most part, many of them look like a cross between Labradors and Dobermans. Still, they’re mainly recognized as street dogs with a decent life expectancy from being well-accustomed to the Filipino climate. 

While their exact ancestral origins are unknown, what’s important is that many people still value them as a part of urban Filipino culture in many residential areas.

Which one is right for me?

There are plenty more popular breeds out there, like Chihuahuas and Pomeranians, but for the most part, they all require owners to be responsible and attentive to their needs. Some are easy to care for; others are just more fun. Overall, go with the breed that fit your lifestyle.