18 Dog Breeds That Became Different Over The Last Century


Companionship of humans and dogs originated a thousand years ago. But, the look of our dog companions wasn’t the same throughout the years until today.

A large number of well-known dog breeds have changed their physical appearance a lot during the last century.

This new appearance was given by man after identifying the traits such as coat color, size and demeanor. Humans have allowed the best dogs to mate with each other. Due to this process, man has been very successful in creating about 167 different “dog breeds,” or groups with a large count of dogs with their own mental and physical conditions. But, they still are in the same category.

A side-by-side comparison was put together by the Science of Dogs recently. Details were extracted from 1951 “Dogs of All Nations” that was one of the works of Walter Esplin Mason.

These stunning images carry out different photos of the dogs in different angles and they show the evolution of dogs since the beginning; Development of flat nose, longer pugs and hounds’ ears.

#1 Pug

Wikipedia Commons – The size of these cuties has never changed throughout the years, but the noses have become flat and the eyes have become bigger than earlier, leading these doggos into health issues including breathing problems.

#2 Bull Terrier

dogs of all nations – The face of it has become shorter and the jaws plus the nose bridge have become larger. More muscular shaped body and short legs have been developed.

#3 Basset Hound

dogsofallnations – The ears of it have become quite longer and the hind legs have become shorter. Their skin has a lot of folds than earlier while the face has become shorter.

#4 Dachshund

homedesignfordogs – The present sausage dogs have a longer body and a face. Wide legs and short hind legs have been developed with the time.

#5 Old English sheepdog

dogsofallnations – The Old English sheepdog was a bit more shaggier than it is now. That’s the only difference that was recognized on it over the last century.

#6 West Highland white terrier

dogsofallnations – There aren’t a lot of noticeable differences in this breed. The thickness as well as the length of fur have increased.

#7 Irish Setter

Wikipedia commons – These dogs too haven’t changed a lot, except the increase of length and thickness of their body coat. And also they have become slightly thin.

#8 Scottish Terrier

dogsofallnations – The coat of it is quite longer and it has a slightly different texture, which makes it softer. It had a wiry coat 100 years ago.

#9 Dobermann

Wikipedia commons – Their body has become quite more slender. The ears too have changed. The level of aggressiveness too has decreased.

#10 German Shepherd

Wikipedia commons – They have developed long and thick fur with large bodies. The chests of them have become wider while the skeleton too has slight differences.

#11 Newfoundland

dogsofallnations – Although they appear to be similar in size, they have grown a bit bigger than earlier. They weighed around 100 pounds back in 1915, whereas they weigh 150 pounds now.

#12 Airedale Terrier

unknown – The coat has become more shaggier and the faces have become longer.

#13 Rottweiler

Wikipedia Commons – As in the picture, a docked tail cannot be seen in Rottweilers today. The coats have become rough than earlier.

#14 Boxer

dogs of all nations – There’s an alteration of the body shape of the Boxers with downturned, longer faces.

#15 Shetland Sheepdog

unknown – There’s a doubling of the size of them with a growth of long fur.

#16 Great Dane

unknown – These long-legged doggos weigh more than they were earlier. As per “Dogs of All Nations,” their weight was around 120 pounds then. But now, they have reached up to 175 pounds.

#17 Chow Chow

dogsofallnations – The weight of these pups were around 50 pounds 100 years ago. But at present, they weigh about 75 pounds. Moreover, their faces too have become more wrinkly.

#18 Saluki

unknown – The Salukis have become even taller than they were before. Today, they are also thinner, have longer ears, and legs that are thin and long.

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