Dogs have been around humans for over 30,000 years now and have earned themselves the title of humans' best friends. But ever since they were domesticated, the species has gone through dramatic changes due to selective breeding. Whether the changes were physical or mental, people have bred dogs for their own advantage, sometimes causing the animals some severe health problems.

However, it was only in the 20th when the process became more sophisticated as new methods of selective breeding were discovered. Hence, the way popular dog breeds look today may differ greatly from how they did a century ago. Therefore, Bored Panda has made you a short list comparing how these 18 popular dog breeds looked 100 years ago versus how they look today. Scroll down below to see the full list!

More info: Dogs of All Nations

#1

Pug

Pug

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.

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kate h
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3 months ago

Pugs are such great little dogs - happy, friendly, funny and loyal. It's a shame what people have done to this breed and many others. :(

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Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

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.

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Ray Heap
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3 months ago

A handsome dog a century ago, now, not so much.

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Irish Setter

Irish Setter

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

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Lord Mysticlaw
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3 months ago

These are such beautiful dogs ❤

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West Highland white terrier

West Highland white terrier

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.

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Up All Night
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3 months ago

The old one looked almost like a Cairn terrier. I have read that Westies, Cairns and Scottish terriers were bred together and the breed of the pup was decided at birth - by its color. Quite hilarious, if you ask any modern dog breeder.

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Old English sheepdog

Old English sheepdog

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.

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Russell Ellwardt
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3 months ago

The present one had more contact with a brush, I'd say.

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Basset Hound

Basset Hound

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.

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Marcellus the Third
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3 months ago

None of these changes help the animal much?

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Dobermann

Dobermann

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.

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Call Me AJ
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3 months ago

Yay! His tail is not docked! Cheers for animal rights!

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Dachshund

Dachshund

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

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Russell Ellwardt
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3 months ago

Longer body and shorter legs. In other words, more health issues.

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Newfoundland

Newfoundland

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.

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Lord Mysticlaw
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3 months ago

Fun fact: In Disney's 1953 Peter Pan, Nana is a Newfoundland. At the time they were often used as "babysitters" because they're so gentle, but protective of their family.

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German Shepherd

German Shepherd

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.

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Forrest McCanless
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3 months ago

I hate that modern ones' back legs have been tailored to make them appear crouching and cowed.

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Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

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.

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Journey Alvarado
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3 months ago

why do people breed dogs to die so fast and make life harder ?

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Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier

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

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Red
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3 months ago

square dog to the rescue :D

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Rottweiler

Rottweiler

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

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Forrest McCanless
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3 months ago

Uh - by "longer tail" do you mean "not docked"?

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Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

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

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Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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3 months ago

But... they're tiny NOW, how have they been even smaller back then?

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Boxer

Boxer

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

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GeoSushi
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3 months ago

Isn't the first picture a Boston Terrier?!?!?

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Great Dane

Great Dane

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.

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gabrielle wolf-stahl
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3 months ago (edited)

Again with weaker headquarters and back and now a squarer, more jowly jaw

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Chow Chow

Chow Chow

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.

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jevais
Community Member
3 months ago

What happened to this once beautiful dogs? Why a shorter jaw and make them so wrinkle? Stupid breeders!

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Saluki

Saluki

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.

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Bird Mom
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3 months ago

The Saluki in the now looks malnourished. YOu can see its rips

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