Top 10 Dog Breeds in the Philippines and Why Filipinos Love Them

October 27, 2022by petpal0

If you’re looking for a new best pal, you should first choose which breed to own. There are actually several dog breeds out there; whether common or rare, you should check out the ones that are compatible with your lifestyle. In the Philippines, there are tons. If you’re curious about which breeds are most popular in the country, here’s a list for you.

Shih Tzu

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It’s no contest that one of the most popular dog breeds in the country is the Shih Tzu. You’ve probably seen them strolling around or know someone who’s a proud owner of one. Charming, cuddly, and known to be affectionate with their humans, Shih Tzus are easily recognizable for their big dark eyes and furry soft coat. 

Thousands of years ago, they were considered regal and a favorite by noble and royal families in China. They are naturally intelligent and calm in nature. Their idea of fun would be sitting on your lap while you binge on your favorite series or movie. 


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Pugs are popular for their distinct adorable faces. This small playful yet charismatic dog breed was once the companion of Chinese emperors. Today, they’re adored by many Filipinos because they live to love and just be the happy furbaby in your household. They’re also disciplined and obedient making them a good pet for condo dwellers. 


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Whether miniature, toy, standard, black, white, or apricot in color, poodles are considered the aristocrats in the Dogdom. Although they appear to be posh, poodles are active, affectionate, and smart. Toy poodles adapt better to their surroundings making them the perfect pet if you live in a smaller space while a standard poodle can live happily in a bigger space. Poodles are natural athletes so don’t forget to take them out for walks and keep them active to avoid weight gain.


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Another toy dog that has won the hearts of Filipino pet lovers would be the Pomeranian, which also comes in different colors. They are smart, adaptable to their surroundings, and affectionate. They do tend to be noisy but they make a good pet, especially for novice pet owners. Pomeranians are active but they only require short periods of exercise due to their size. With proper training, they can master tricks that’ll bring joy to their special human.

Golden Retriever

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Golden Retrievers are popular worldwide and they make a good family pet. They are naturally competitive yet gentle, obedient, trustworthy, and playful. Aside from being a family pet, they’re also great as service dogs and help with authorities since they can easily master tricks. Golden Retrievers have a broad head, muscular body size, and are famous for their lustrous coat of gold, hence the name. 

Siberian Husky

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A Siberian Husky has thick fur and was developed to work in packs. Although we live in the tropics, Siberian Huskies are popular among local pet owners. However, since they are built to live in a colder climate, consider getting a Siberian Husky only if you can provide sufficient air conditioning and proper care for them to avoid overheating or other possible health issues. Born pack dogs, they enjoy family life and are friendly. 

Chow Chow

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Chow Chows are one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. An all-purpose dog of ancient China, they are dignified, aloof, and serious-minded. Their distinctive features include a lion’s mane-like fur around its head and shoulders, a blue-black tongue, and snobbish reactions just like the cats. They’re loyal to their owners and may take a while to adjust to new visitors. Owners of Chow Chows say they can adjust easily to the indoor setting without the need for special exercises. They’re independent and happy with city life.


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A chihuahua is a tiny dog with a big personality. Known as a “purse dog” because of their tiny size, they’re easily kept in every indoor setting, you just have to take caution if you have children in the house. Confident and adaptable, these tiny doggos are ideal city pets. They are sweet and affectionate but can be aggressive to strangers. So make sure to be gentle when you meet them for the first time.

German Shepherd

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Filipinos love German Shepherds because of their unique appearance and demeanor. These large dogs are loyal, easily trained, and willing to defend their loved ones making them truly a delight to every dog lover. As loving as they may be, this dog breed isn’t suitable for all types of households. Since they are large dogs, they would need a larger space to live in. They will also need more time for mental stimulation and you have to keep them active so walking them daily would be a requirement. 


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Not only are Beagles loyal companions, but they’re also carefree and funny, thanks to their cheeky behavior and cute face. They are a favorite among Filipinos because of their personality. Beagles are energetic and lovable which makes them a good furbaby. Beagles have a strong sense of smell so you might notice them walking you instead when they catch a unique smell. It’s also ideal to train them early.

Whatever dog breeds you may want to have, all of these dogs are lovable and will surely bring joy to your life. 


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