Whilst a sense of humour is a human trait, and it is debatable whether this could really apply to a dog; there are some breeds who definitely show some attributes that make us laugh. It may be their inherent keenness to play, their big smiles or simply their joyful and exuberant outlook on life.
The Boxer is quite possibly one of the happiest breeds in existence. Atlanta Boxer Rescue says: “Now, did we mention the fact that Boxers are total clowns up until the age of about....oh, pretty much their whole life?! They are definitely Peter Pans of the dog world. Although they will mellow out in their old age, they are always up for fun and a little mischief!” Boxers have an abundant supply of energy and they are always ready for a walk or a game. They love human company and are loyal companions who enjoy plenty of affection.
Boxers are unsuitable dogs for lazy owners, or those who do not have sufficient time to provide the physical and mental stimulation that they thrive on.
Boxers are ideal for physically fit owners who enjoy plenty of walks, and they fit in wonderfully in a family environment.
The Boston Terrier’s appearance with his cheeky face and grin completely epitomise what this little guy is all about. Like the Boxer, he’s a member of the Utility group (he’s not actually classed as a terrier). He is a boisterous fellow and popular Boston hobbies include playing, bouncing and learning tricks (he is an intelligent breed and quick to learn). A quick Google search will bring up numerous mentions of the Boston Terrier’s sense of humour. Bromley Rock Boston Terriers say: “Their antics keep people laughing.” They do warn that the breed can be a little busy for some people and dogs, and advise that they definitely don’t understand the concept of personal space!
Boston Terriers are unsuitable for owners who are out a lot, as they absolutely adore the company of their human friends and are likely to resent periods of solitude.
They are the perfect breed for an energetic owner who can keep up with their enthusiasm and zest for life. Boston Terriers often enjoy sports such as fly ball and agility as they prefer to jump over things rather than go around them!
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or Staffie as he is affectionately known, is another smiley breed. The Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue say: “The Staffordshire Bull Terrier does everything full throttle: play, work and love.” They describe him as courageous and affectionate; and with a sense of humour.
Staffies love exercise, but they are also happy to spend time at home so long as they have human company. They can be demanding of your attention, and are not a breed for someone who does not have plenty of time to spend on socialisation and training.
The Staffie is a great family dog, and his ideal home is one where he is invited to accompany his humans on many of their excursions. He will thank you for making sure he is well trained and a good ambassador for the breed.
The Siberian Husky’s sense of humour has been attributed to him largely because of his ability to “talk” and his eagerness to interact. Tails of the Tundra Siberian Rescue say: “Siberian Huskies are hard to resist, with their joyful demeanour, exuberance, friendliness, striking appearance and incredibly beautiful smile.” The sensibly advise that despite these highly appealing traits, this breed is not suitable for everyone due to their exceedingly high requirement for both physical and mental stimulation.
A Husky is highly unsuited to a sedentary owner. He needs a garden, and an owner who is vigilant and careful. It is imperative that fencing is safe, secure and high. Huskies are very good escape artists.
Huskies hate being left alone, so his ideal owner is one who does not have to leave him for long periods. They particularly enjoy the company of other Huskies, so a home that already has an occupant Husky may be perfect. He needs consistent and patient training, so the potential owner should be prepared to invest lots of time and energy fulfilling his requirements.
The Australian Cattle Dog is another high energy breed. Marian Ring and Liz Scott of the Australian Cattle Dog Club of New Zealand describe him as “a dog with a wicked sense of humour and the ability to look innocent when caught red-handed.” They refer to the breed’s delightfully devilish grin, and admit that they are born stirrers!
Like the other breeds outlined, the Cattle Dog is not for the lazy or the faint-hearted. He needs a fit owner, and it has been said that it is impossible to wear out a Cattle Dog so there is no point in trying. That’s not to say that you should skimp on his exercise though. A bored Cattle Dog can quickly become a destructive one.
The ideal owner for a Cattle Dog is someone with time, space and patience. Cattle dogs love jumping, so an agility home is often ideal. The breed is very intelligent, and still relatively natural and uncorrupted from the original herders of the Australian outback. The Cattle Dog’s dingo ancestry remains apparent in both his physical and behavioural traits.