Here's How 12 Famous Dog Breeds Changed in 100 Years

Posted on May 29, 2017

Over the past century, dogs have been raised and cross-bred, and all of that resulted in some extraordinary deviations. However, we never wonder about the way dogs have changed over time because we're too focused on petting our adorable little buddies. But how have those changes affected them?

Many of these changes have not only affected their looks but also, their characteristics, behavior, and in some cases, their health. In fact, some dog breeds have developed many health issues over time because of crossbreeding.

Let's take a look at some famous dog breeds and see how they have changed over the past century.

1. St. Bernard after 100 Years

St. Bernard after 100 Years
St. Bernards are dogs which accompanied Roman soldiers in the past. In more recent years, they gained a reputation as excellent rescue dogs.

After 100 years, their fur changed and it got much thicker and bushier. Their heads have also gotten wider, and the angle between their forehead and their snout has changed.

2. Pugs Were Royal Dogs

Pugs Were Royal Dogs
This dog breed, while very popular, has been scandalously altered and the looks of the dogs have changed a lot.

In fact, because of that, they are prone to health problems such as heart conditions and high blood pressure, eye injuries, and obesity.

This breed originally came to Europe from China during the 16th century. In China and Europe, they belonged to royalty.

3. English Bulldog

English Bulldog
English Bulldogs have developed many problems because of excessive breeding.

It’s a dreadful fact, but most of them have some kind of health issue. Studies have found that on average, their life span is 6 to 8 years.

They suffer from every single complication flaw you can imagine, as a direct consequence of excessive breeding.

4. Dachshund's Evolution

Dachshund's Evolution
Dachshunds used to have better body proportions. But, nowadays, they have a longer head and torso while the back legs are sensitive.

Their necks and legs have changed over time, and their biggest weakness is their spine. They develop many problems in their back because of the way their body has changed.

5. Bull Terrier after a Century

Bull Terrier after a Century
The changes in their bodies and heads are visible in these two photos.

Breeding has completely changed the Bull Terrier of today. They are extremely prone to teeth complications due to the enlargement of their skulls. Their attitude has also changed, and they became more aggressive.

6. Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier
Long ago, the Airedale Terrier used to have stronger fur, and over time, their fur got fluffier. While the color has not changed a lot, the facial hair has become bushier.

Dogs of this breed do not alert their owners if they get injured or if they're feeling ill, so owners need to pay extra attention to spot if something is wrong.

7. Saluki: Persian Greyhound

Saluki: Persian Greyhound
Salukis have gotten longer over time, and some of their other features have changed.

Their limbs, ears, and legs have slightly changed in appearance. In the past, they were used to help tribes hunt because of their perfect vision.

8. Rottweiler after 100 Years

Rottweiler after 100 Years
For years, their tails were docked and shortened, but today, that practice is illegal in many countries.

These dogs are usually black in color with some orange-brown areas on different parts of their bodies like on their head, under the eyes, and on their limbs.

9. German Shepherds Have Developed a Lot of Issues

German Shepherds Have Developed a Lot of Issues
As the photo makes it rather noticeable, German Shepherd today, with their shorter backs experience regular and aching problems with hips and legs.

As much as 19% will experience hip problems. There was a study in Switzerland and it concluded that almost 50% of German Shepherds used by the police have developed problems with their backs.

10. Irish Setter

Irish Setter
While they may not have altered their appearance in over a century, Irish Setters are at an increased risk for diseases.

Although they have gotten thinner and lighter physically and their fur is lighter, they are prone to quadriplegia, a hereditary disorder.

11. Boxer after a Century

Boxer after a Century
Today, Boxers have the highest risk of developing cancer.

In the 19th century, people started using them as working dogs, and back then, their faces were longer. This breed also has a major body temperature issue, and Boxers can't lower their temperature after being exposed to hot weather.

12. Doberman after 100 Years

Doberman after 100 Years
The Doberman has developed into a somewhat thinner breed. Nowadays, it has a flatter head and shorter limbs and it is much larger in size.

Originally used as guard dogs, it has been noticed that they have become less violent than they were 100 years ago.
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Here's How 12 Famous Dog Breeds Changed in 100 Years
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