18 Dog Breeds That Have Changed Over The Last Century

Dogs have been our furry companions for thousands of years, but they didn’t always look the way they do today.

Many well-known dog breeds have changed a lot physically in the last century, thanks to humans.

By identifying specific traits — such as size, coat color, and demeanor — and allowing only those animals to mate, humans have created at least 167 different “breeds,” or groups of dogs with unique physical and mental characteristics. Still, they’re all part of the same species.

The Science of Dogs blog put together a side-by-side comparison of several popular breeds from the 1915 book “Dogs of All Nations” by Walter Esplin Mason, showing what they look like today.

Incredible images show how different dog breeds have evolved over the past century, from basset hounds’ ears getting longer to pugs developing flatter noses.

#1 Pug

Wikipedia Commons – These cuties are roughly the same size they were a century ago, but they were bred to have bigger eyes and flatter noses. Unfortunately, it has been linked to breathing problems and other health issues.

#2 Bull Terrier

dogsofallnations – The face of the bull terrier became shorter, while the jaws as well as the bridge of the nose became larger. The body shape became more muscular and legs—shorter.

#3 Basset Hound

dogsofallnations – The hind legs of the basset hound became shorter, while the ears became a lot longer. Their face also became shorter, and the skin now has more folds than it did before.

#4 Dachshund

homedesignfordogs – Today, the sausage dogs have a longer face and body. Also, a chest that’s slightly wider and hind leggies—shorter.

#5 Old English sheepdog

dogsofallnations – The Old English sheepdog used to be much shaggier than it is today. Apart from that, the looks haven’t changed much over the last 100 years.

#6 West Highland white terrier

dogsofallnations – This cutie hasn’t changed a lot during the years (probably because he was already so darn cute), but the fur became a little bit longer and thicker.

#7 Irish Setter

Wikipedia commons – Irish setters haven’t changed much, except for a longer and thicker coat they now have and a slightly thinner body.

#8 Scottish Terrier

dogsofallnations – The coat of the Scottish terrier is now much longer, and also has a slightly different texture, which makes it softer. 100 years ago, their coat used to be wiry.

#9 Dobermann

Wikipedia commons – The body shape of Dobermann became more slender, while the ears look slightly different, too. Also, they’re not as aggressive as they used to be a century ago.

#10 German Shepherd

Wikipedia commons Over the course of 100 years, German shepherds became larger, while their fur became longer and thicker. The skeleton has changed slightly too, while the chest of these majestic dogs is now wider.

#11 Newfoundland

dogsofallnations – While they appear rather similar, Newfoundlands were likely much smaller than they are today. “Dogs of all Nations” writes that the breed weighed somewhere around 100 pounds back in 1915, whereas today, Newfoundland males can weigh up to 150 pounds.

#12 Airedale Terrier

unknown – These cuties haven’t changed much, except for a shaggier coat and a longer face with more fur.

#13 Rottweiler

Wikipedia Commons – As you can see, Rottweilers today don’t have a docked tail anymore. Also, their coat is now coarser than it was before.

#14 Boxer

dogsofallnations – The body shape of the Boxer was obviously altered, while their faces used to be longer and more downturned than they are today.

#15 Shetland Sheepdog

unknown – During 100 years, the Shetland Sheepdog has doubled in size, while its fur also became longer.

#16 Great Dane

unknown – These long-legged dogs used to weigh less than they do today. According to “Dogs of All Nations,” they used to weigh around 120 pounds, while today, males can reach up to 175 pounds.

#17 Chow Chow

dogsofallnations – These adorable balls of fluff weighed around 50 pounds a century ago. Today, they weigh up to 75 pounds. In addition to this, the faces of Chow Chows became 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.

‘Dogspotting’ – The Cutest Instagram Account (50 Pics)

We all love some extra animal content on the internet. I mean.. who can get enough of these adorable creatures that make our life better? Not us at least. Whoever has a dog, is like those new moms that can’t stop posting pictures of their babies on the internet. And since internet is the place that gathers people with all kinds of challenges, these lovely creatures have been involved in many of them.

Dogspotting is just that – an Instagram account where the manager shares photos of various dogs. And it’s just as pure as it sounds. The account has 46.4k followers. It is dedicated to spotting, photographing, and sharing photos of random dogs. It’s also “a fun place to hang out with friends who enjoy dogs.” From the cutest pic to the silliest one, there’s basically everything you will need to see to make your day better. Some dogs just have those extra squishy cheeks that you can’t stop squashing. Therefore, scroll down below to check them out and upvote your favorite pic.

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