Dog Breeds With The Most Misleading Names
it comes to naming dog breeds, people have done a pretty
good job. For example, the Golden Retriever with its
rich creamy coat, seems well-suited for its name. So too
does the Scottish Terrier, whose alert expression and
sturdy determination reflect the character of its native
other breeds weren’t so aptly named. Here are 10 dogs
with the most misleading monikers:
Contrary to what some people think, this breed did not
get its name because of its vicious
“blood thirsty” nature. Bloodhounds are in
fact quite gentle.
Nor did this great scent hound get its name
because it smells blood when following a trial. One of
the earliest breeds in history, this dog was called
“bloodhound” because its blood lines were kept pure
for breeding purposes. By the way, the breed was
originally called St. Huberts Hound after its original
This giant breed is “great” but it isn’t from
more appropriate name might be the Great German, because
the modern breed originated in 19th century Germany.
Here’s another breed that can use some “truth in
name not withstanding, the Australian Shepherd didn’t
originate in the land down under, it was developed in
California in the mid-1800s.
This seems a rather inelegant name for a breed that is
often associated with high society. The name
“poodle” sounds uncomfortably like “puddle,”
which is no accident when you consider the breed’s
origins as a duck-hunting water dog.
Isn’t it time that the poodle got a more
upscale name, like the “glamour hound?”
Names can be deceiving. This breed sounds like it would
be a small French lap dog. In reality its a massive
(90-LB) powerful dog that has often been used for guard
The boxer’s name has perpetuated many myths about the
breed. The dog did not get its name from the fact that
it stands up and assumes the position of a boxer when
all likelihood, the name comes from the German word for
The Doberman Pinscher is named after the German tax
collector who developed the breed in the 1860s. His name
was Louis Dobermann.
Strangely, the breed’s name (Doberman) has one
less “n” at the end.
Such sloppy spelling errors should not go
This very fast dog can be found in a variety of colors,
including black, white, red and tiger. So how come they
call it a greyhound?
Guinea Singing Dog
This shy, fox-like little dog is unfairly burdened by
its intriguing name.
The New Guinea Singing Dog has a peculiar howl,
which sounds like a cross between the sounds made by a
wolf and humpback whale. It’s a beautiful sound, but
singing it’s not.
You can enjoy this dog as a pet, but don’t
bring him up to a karaoke machine.
has to be the most difficult name to pronounce in the
dog world. Even CraZy Dog finds that this name goes
“over the top.” Better we should just call this
breed by its unofficial name, “The Mexican Hairless
breeds with tongue twister names are the Hovawart,
Magyar agar, and
Kuvasz. Can you say them all fast?