We all know that Malaysia is packed with a variety of dogs. But have you ever thought about what dog breeds are the most popular? As we wondered ourselves, we think it would be interesting to uncover the popular dog breeds in Malaysia – from small to large dogs.
But this wasn’t an easy task! That’s why we decided to conduct a survey featuring over 350 dog parents, and thanks to them, we’re now able to provide you with a list of the most popular dog breeds in Malaysia.
Be mindful that the data is purely based on our research including a survey. Enough explaining, let’s get to the fun stuff:
Our list of the most popular dog breeds in Malaysia
1. Mixed Breed
*Drumrolls* …. and the top spot goes to mixed breeds!
Mixed breeds, aka mongrels or mutts, comes in all sizes and are common companions in Malaysian households. Most of them have a unique appearance, and sometimes, it can be difficult to predict what their personality will be like.
In contrast, purebred dogs are designed to have specific traits, e.g. to help them perform tasks such as herding, hunting, and more. Whereas in mixed breeds, temperaments and behaviours are often shaped randomly which can make them more flexible and adaptable to a greater variety of households and lifestyles.
On top of that, most mixed-breed dogs are known to have a tendency to be healthier thanks to their good genetic diversity.
Here are some of the mixed breeds with cutesy names listed in the survey:
To be more precise, the afore-mentioned breeds are classified as cross-bred but they can also be considered as mixed breeds.
Now, let’s move on to one of the next popular dog breeds in Malaysia on our list:
2. Toy Poodle/Poodle
We bet you saw this coming!
Toy poodles/poodles are indeed the love of many pet parents in Malaysia. Try to visit the central park at DPC and there will be one without a doubt.
Originating from France, the toy poodles/poodles are best known for their rounded head and curly, thick coat. Not only do they come in various colours, but they also shed very little. That makes them fairly easy to maintain.
Due to their high intelligence, toy poodles/poodles can be easy to train. Another bonus is that they’re often friendly and outgoing making them the perfect family pet.
And did you know that poodles of all sizes can make wonderful therapy dog too? This is because of their empathetic nature and joy in engaging with people.
Speaking of joy, let’s have a look at our next candidate on the list, the Shih Tzu:
3. Shih Tzu
The origins of this “little lion” date back to ancient times in China, and it’s one of the 14 oldest dog breeds. Back in the days, The Shih Tzus were bred solely to be companions and were often on the laps of royal Chinese families during the Ming Dynasty.
That aside, this breed is famed for its gorgeous silky, long coat which comes in many colours. Personality-wise, they’re affectionate, sweet-tempered, and outgoing.
Although mainly a lap dog, they’re not a total couch potato and may bark at newcomers or strangers. This is due to their alert and lively nature, however, they probably only do so because they want to make friends.
The Shih Tzu breed is very adaptable as they can be comfortable living in everything from small city apartments to large suburban homes. Additionally, short walks are sufficient for this dog since they’re not extremely active.
In contrast, a dog breed you may want to walk for longer distances will be the Schnauzer. Let’s find out why:
A charming bearded dog with a personality that’s twice as big as the body. Yes, that’s the Schnauzer. Belonging to the terrier group, they’re designed to be all-around farm dogs and ratters.
Nowadays, they make excellent watchdogs for homes and loving companions for families. Schnauzers are a “people person” who loves to have fun. They’re pretty energetic so do bring them out for regular exercises. And just like poodles, they enjoy being in the spotlight and need a great deal of attention.
There’s just one problem. They can be clueless about how small they are, and likely to talk, or bark, thrash to a much larger dog without preparing for the consequences.
That being said, Schnauzers, in general, are incredibly affectionate, intelligent, and easy to get along with. At the same time, they can be stubborn and also protective of their families.
Another breed with a big attitude is the Pomeranian:
How can we ever miss out on this adorable, smiley, puffy, foxy-face like pup packed with a huge personality? It’s no surprise that this dog is one of the popular dog breeds in Malaysia.
Pomeranians are known to be loyal, smart, and extroverted. Plus, they aren’t an over-dependent breed hence does not require as much attention.
Now, although they have small and compact bodies but don’t let it fool you as they can be very lively. Similar to Schnauzers, Pomeranians can have a big attitude and make great watchdogs due to their alert and suspicious nature.
Although petite, their bark can pack a punch, and sometimes they may not know when to stop.
A fun fact is that the Pomeranian is the smallest member of the Spitz family, including the Samoyed, Alaskan Malamute and Norwegian Elkhound.
6. Yorkshire/Silky Terrier
The Yorkshire and Silky Terrier are often confused with each other due to their similar glamourous appearances but there’s a difference: The first being bred in England while the latter in Australia.
Both have beautiful silky coats that are gold and blue which they are adored dearly for. Yorkies typically have a bow in a topknot, while the Silky is topped by profuse hair parted down the middle.
Ultimately, both are terriers and are bred to keep houses free of rodents. Despite their past, they’re now friendly and charming pets who make great companions. Let’s have a look at each breed:
Generally speaking, Yorkies are smart, adventurous, and self-assured dogs who love to be with their loved ones all day. They can also be a little ‘yappy’ due to their suspicious nature which makes them good watchdogs as well.
Silkys are friendly, intelligent, spirited, and high in energy. They love running around especially chasing small animals and gladly follow you room to room. Although small, they’re also capable of being good guard dogs.
Better known as the Siberian Husky, Malaysians love them for their beautiful, thick coat that comes in a multitude of colours and markings.
This wolf-like dog has beautiful multi-coloured eyes and striking facial mask which adds on to its appeal. As born pack dogs, they love family life and get along well with other dogs too.
In terms of personality, they’re intelligent, independent, and can be welcoming towards everyone — Yes, even to strangers.
Originally developed as sled dogs, they’re athletic and love to be active. So they require regular exercise or playtime – if not unwanted behaviours can arise due to boredom.
We have now covered the small and medium-sized breeds on the list. Now, let’s have a look at the popular large breeds in Malaysia:
8. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is without a doubt one of the most popular breeds in Malaysia.
Their lovable, tolerant, and friendly attitude makes them great family pets. Additionally, their intellect is second to none which allows them to serve as a therapy, assistant, and service dog in various fields.
Originally, The Golden Retriever was bred to assist in hunting. That’s why they can be very energetic beings and enjoy playing outdoors, especially fetching. You may be surprised that they can be pretty good swimmers as well!
Overall, Goldies are outgoing, trustworthy and eager-to-please family dogs. If you appreciate big dogs and want a loyal, loving yet smart companion, they’re the ones for you.
Another clever breed is the German Shepherd:
9. German Shepherd
Loyal, confident, courageous, and steady. These are the best characteristics that describe the German Shepherds who are also willing to put their life on the line in defence of loved ones.
The German Shepherd is not only devoted but highly intelligent, capable, and versatile. This is why they excel at almost everything they’re trained to do and often work alongside humans in many fields.
Despite their maybe intimidating look, they’re very loving and faithful companions. But when threatened, they can be strong and protective. All these traits make them excellent guard dogs, especially due to their aloof and suspicious nature.
A German Shepherds requires a lot of exercise. If not, the boredom can lead them to unwanted behaviours like chewing or barking.
Now, let’s have look at the last breed on our list, the Labrador:
The Labrador is one of the friendliest and most intelligent dogs in the world, bred to be loving companions and useful working dogs. A fun fact is that Labs used to help fishermen to haul nets, fetching ropes, and retrieve fishes that escaped the nets.
Thanks to their good-natured, people-oriented, and hardworking personality, they have earned a place in the hearts of many Malaysians. Just like the Golden Retriever, A Labrador makes a great rescue, assistance, and therapy dog.
The only thing they’re hopeless at is being watchdogs. Compared to any other dogs, the Labs are likely to greet an intruder and welcome them to their home.
Another thing to be mindful of is that labs like to eat a lot — like seriously, A LOT. Especially since they’re originally bred to be working dogs hence they have a high energy level. Because of this, it’s important that they have plenty of exercises.
An overview of the popular dog breeds in Malaysia:
For your convenience, we have listed a complete overview down below which you can share with your friends and family:
Other than the one above, we also received results for the dog breeds stated below:
1.1% — French Bull Dog, Sheltie, Jack Russell, Miniature Pinscher, Daschund
0.7% — Pekingnese, Chihuahua, Belgian Malinois
0.5% — English Bulldog, Japanese Spitz, Boston Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Alaskan Malamute, Border Collie, Samoyed, Boxer, Dalmation
0.2% — Papillon, Fox Terrier, Westie, Kerry Blue Terrier, Pitbull, Great Pyrenees, Soft Coated Wheater Terrier, Sable Shepherd, American Bully, Boerboel, Giant Schnauzer, British Bulldog
Whether it’s mixed breeds, crossbreds, or purebreds, dogs are adorable, loveable, and are deserving of a family.
Additionally, do bring your dog out for regular exercises and feed them a nutritious diet to maintain optimal health. PledgeCare’s air-dried pet food is not only delicious but offers all the health benefits that every dog needs. You can learn more here.
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