Coming from central Asia, the Chow Chow first appeared in Europe in the 19th century. They have strong personalities and need a firm hand to cope with their stubbornness. They also need to be brushed regularly so that they don't get knots in their fluffy fur.
The Akita, or Akita Inu, comes from Japan. Their name literally means 'dog from Akita' in Japanese, and they were used as hunting dogs. Like the Chow Chow, they are stubborn and need regular brushing to keep their coat healthy.
3. The German Shepherd
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This very popular breed is seen in families and public services alike, as they make both amazing pets and fabulous working dogs. They are affectionate and loyal, as well as intelligent. They shed a lot during at one point in the year, when their winter coat falls out in the Spring, but you can lessen this with regular grooming.
The Great Pyrenees is a very old breed, used in the middle ages to guard herds of sheep and cows. They are strong willed, yet affectionate. A weekly brush is enough to keep them neat and tidy, aside from when their winter coat sheds, when they need to be brushed daily.
Popular for their beautiful looks and cheeky personalities, Huskies do need experienced owners, due to their active nature and high intelligence. They shed a lot when their summer coats come in, which is unsurprising when you see how thick and fluffy their fur is.
Despite what their name might suggest, the American Eskimo actually comes from Northern Europe. A member of the Spitz family, they are lively canines who love to bark. They need regular grooming to keep their coats fluffy and soft.
The Alaskan Malamute is one of the world's oldest breeds of sled dogs. Their name comes from the Mahlemiut people of Alaska. Loyal, affectionate and playful, they make perfect family pets. Although they have a reputation as being very clean dogs, they still shed a lot, especially when they molt twice a year.
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