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Top 10 Manly Dogs


That manly dog is Bodhi the Bulldog. Photo: neilio [Flickr]

I don't to post links to galleries (too much clicking!) but I'll make an exception for this one: an AskMen Top 10 list of ... manly dogs! (It's a fun topic, and I was itching to use this cute lil' bulldog photo above by Neil Lee of BeatnikPad)

Anyhoo, here's number 10 of AskMen's Top 10 Manly Dogs:

No.10 - Bulldog

Taking a turn toward a smaller breed, the Bulldog is a pint-sized tough guy, or at least they’re designed to look that way. This dog looks like a mix of a pug and a Mastiff. Bulldogs can look simultaneously peeved and happy, and they have lovable and quirky personalities that are a significant departure from the other manly dogs seen here.

Having a Bulldog as a pet is a surefire way to win friends and impress women; their bullish looks and saggy skin folds provide lots of laughs and their relatively poor conditioning, due to their heavyset, makes for some hilarious outings at the park when tossing a stick around. Still, they are just as dedicated to their territory as any other breed, and their dedicated companionship and ability to inspire are perfect reasons for their use as the official mascot of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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great list except....no Newfoundland!? whats manlier then a beast built to pull boats into shore and save the life of a drowning human?
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I've always wanted to get a dog as a companion on my walks or to have around as a buddy. But that'll have to wait until I move into my own place. My choice for a pet dog would probably be a Bulldog, Lab, or Corgi. I'm thinking of adopting a dog from a shelter in the future. Any tips?
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Wow I must be really manly I have 3 of the dogs on that list. A Ridgeback, a Doberman, and a red bone coonhound which I know isn't a Bloodhound but I'm going to count it anyways.
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Oh, Kit! I love Red Bone Coonhounds. Who am I kidding? I love all dogs.

Is it me, or is that picture of the Ridgeback on that site not really like a Ridgeback? It looks like a mix of some kind to me.

I am a pretty manly girl, I suppose. I either have or have at one time owned almost every breed on that list. I swear I'm a girl!
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@Ali S.: You might consider a rescue if you're looking for a particular breed of dog. Rescue dogs sometimes have had a rough go of things(neglect, abandonment, etc.), but my two have both been very loving members of the family. An added bonus is that your rescue dogs tend to be healthier than ones from shelters where diseases can run rampant.
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That Rhodesian pic doesn't look very much like a real Rhodesian Ridgeback..... I'd bet a whole lot of money that it's another breed/mix.

I had a Rhodesian Ridgeback growing up and will attest that they are AMAZING dogs...loyal, loving, intelligent and just plain wonderful...great family dogs and, in my opinion, not 'Manly' dogs at all
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evilbeagle: good so it wasnt just me!
i was like thats notttt a Rhodesian, but ok?
how is that the manliest dog anyways? ... strange

and ali thats great:] definitely go to a shelter or rescue, and research research research! haha, breeds really tend to differ in needs and personality and you should find the one most appealing/fit for you:]
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Beagles are awesome, and totally manly.

Was it me, or did it seem like the top 5 or so were just the "macho dogs" they were denouncing in the intro? When I think macho, german shepherd and rottweiler come to mind...
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Manly dogs? What next, manly fish? silverware? I'm sorry but that sounds rather stupid, calling random things manly doesn't actually make them "manly". They're just objects, or animals.. Give me a break.
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Lighten up Arden, it's all just for fun, sheesh.

Anywho... love bulldogs every since we got our little french bulldog mix. He's all bulldog though at heart. He is such a stubborn little turd, spoiled rotten, is going to kill us w/ his gas, but we love him to death and wouldn't trade him for the world.
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Jenny and Summer... the more I look at the picture of the Ridgeback, the more convinced I am that it's not a Ridgeback.

I was honestly surprised that they were the number one manliest dog, though. My Beagle mix can beat my Ridgeback up and she definitely rules the roost, while the Ridgie is really a big baby. I get the feeling that he would react appropriately if we were ever threatened, but until I see it, I'd trust my Beagle to protect me before I trusted the Ridgie, simply because I can't imagine him in anything but "lovey mode".
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@Ali S.

As already mentioned, the best place to look for a particular breed is a breed rescue. Shelter dogs are great too if you are okay with the idea of a mutt or a dog whose history might not be entirely clear. My Beagle mix is a shelter dog and she's wonderful. Either way, any dog can adjust to a new life and be a wonderful pet if you take the time to work with them.

I don't usually like to say that one breed is better than the other, but be careful with Bulldogs, as many of them come with problems due to bad breeding. I love them and love their personalities, but there are a lot of skin, eye, and breathing problems associated with the breed that can get very expensive.
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I think this list was put together very well..but the personality on the bloodhound is wrong..i have a bloodhound and he has more personality than most humans do.
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Personally I'm not a fan of bulldogs. They can be very sweet, but they are almost always morbidly obese and are very loud breathers (/grunters) with frequent breathing problems. Due to their snout face, they don't tolerate heat well.

Fakeity, I had a Catahoula once. Craziest dog we've ever owned. Very active, loved playing in the pond, but also loved digging in the garden, stealing neighbor's shoes (we lived in a semi-rural area where most people kept their dogs off leash outside), and otherwise making a nuisance of herself.
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Very true about bulldogs as we learned with out bully mutt.
We had to get his nares enlarged b/c he was having trouble breathing. Before the surgery, he didn't sleep very well b/c he would try to prop his head up b/c it was easier for him to breath that way. He's totally fine now though, still snores, but his breathing is normal.
Short snout dogs are all the same in that they will not tolerate heat very well, so that def should be a consideration when getting a bulldog or a pug or any other short snout dog. They will overheat in warm weather if you're not careful.
As for the overweight issue. Most bulldogs are stocky, which can make them look overweight when they're not. I know that's true for alot of french bulldogs. They have a very stocky build most of the time, and it gives the appearance as though they are overweight.

Anyway... as I already said, love bulldogs... hopefully in the future, we'll add another to our family :)
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Ali S.: I would go with a mixed breed, rescue dog (go with one that sponsors foster programs because they put more of an emphasis socializing rescues with humans and other dogs. Oftentimes, shelters have limited time and funds so dogs stay in cages like solitary confinement). Mixed breeds are harder to predict personality-wise, but there's a better likelihood that the genetic weaknesses of purebreds are strengthened, bad behaviors predictable of certain breeds are tempered and generally, they are cheaper (to purchase...smaller dogs are cheaper to maintain but that's mainly because of food consumption differences). I've fostered many rescue dogs and found I've had an easier time with the mutts than the purebreeds, and larger than smaller dogs. My favorite foster dog was a pit bull-lab mix and if I could've afforded to keep him, I definitely would have. Type of dog for you depends on level of activity in your lifestyle. If these walks are hardcore hikes, larger breeds will have better endurance for those long walks. If it's just a short jaunt around a city block, you may opt for something smaller who can be content with smaller living space.
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