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!

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#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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4 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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#2

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
Community Member
4 months ago

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

Russell Ellwardt
Community Member
4 months ago

I agree, too. Nowadays they have such ugly faces.

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Forrest McCanless
Community Member
4 months ago

I've always hated the bridge of their noses - and I'm a dog person!

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
4 months ago

I like them, but don't approve of changing them just to satisfy the whim of humans.

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S Quinn
Community Member
4 months ago

This is not true. There were a few varieties of bull terrier, and the author has them mixed up, as they are often called under their general name ' bull terrier' Google vintage photos and you will see plenty of english bull terriers that looks just like the bottom picture dated from 1920-1930 A minute of research is all that is needed.

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
4 months ago

That hasn't been my experience. We've had Roman nose Bull Terriers in my family for hunting dogs and not only are they powerful and very loyal, I have known them to be great lateral thinkers and quite charismatic. They were also very gentle and protective of us as children. My Dad still hasn't gotten over his first one and Jake has been dead 30+ years now.....

Louise B
Community Member
4 months ago

I agree with you. They're lovely dogs.

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Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
4 months ago

The ridge of the nose messes with their 3D-vision, since they hardly have any overlapping vision from both eyes. Might be the reason Aunt Messy thinks they're dumb - they're simply half-blind

Charlie Deputat
Community Member
4 months ago

bruh why is everyone hating on walter

Just...moth
Community Member
4 months ago

Ikr

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Sanja Uzelac
Community Member
4 months ago

It used to be such a beautiful dog!

Autumn
Community Member
4 months ago

I always felt so bad for this breed.

Christopher Lee
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, breeders and consumers really ruined that breed!

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

Egg dogs.

Bored Little Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Theu don't grow up, only grow down

Dodo
Community Member
4 months ago

Must have changed a long time ago. Bullseye in the Oliver musical movie looked more like the 'Now' and that movie is 52 years old.

Person
Community Member
4 months ago

What did they doooooooo???

Audrey the Frog
Community Member
4 months ago

Walter

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
4 months ago

BEST. NAME. EVER.

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Azziza
Community Member
3 months ago

They really ruined a nice looking dog.

François Goyette
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm in love with bull terrier and one of the things that made me fall in love with them is their super weird head. I used to give piggy back rides to my ex neighbor's bull terrier and when he was asking me for a piggy back ride, looking at me straight in the eyes with that weird face, he was so cute. I could not say no! So for that one, I definitely prefer the look of modern bull terrier. Back in the days, they just looked like a "standard dog"

Lynn Greyling
Community Member
4 months ago

Ray Heap, I agree wholeheartedly.

Charlie Deputat
Community Member
4 months ago

Its walter

Typical Horse YT
Community Member
4 months ago

Now, the face looks so.. ugly? No offense to anyone who has one I bet urs are much cuter <3

Kendall Dyer
Community Member
3 months ago

I’m curious to know why the bull Terrier looks completely different to the point that we can’t even tell it’s the same breed in these two pictures?

Krisztina Hortobágyi
Community Member
3 months ago

It looks like if the "new" one was after a failed plastic surgery.

kirsty studd
Community Member
3 months ago

it just about to kill my dog

kirsty studd
Community Member
3 months ago

dont get on

kirsty studd
Community Member
3 months ago

dont get one

Barbie Murphy
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope, before please

DebJay
Community Member
3 months ago

I like the before rather than the now.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

A lot stockier now ...

Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 months ago

I've never liked the faces of Bull Terriers, their eyes look like splits in their skin, and the bullet shape muzzle is ugly, they look like aliens. But interesting to see that they once looked like proper dogs.

Teresa Groth
Community Member
3 months ago

I am not happy with the face, but I am sure that someone loves them!

Gilda Farrell
Community Member
3 months ago

How did they manage to straighten out the bridge of the nose? No other canines have this.

Gilda Farrell
Community Member
3 months ago

How did they do that? How did they get rid of the nose stop? No other canines look like that.

Laura Deckers
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3 months ago

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Teresa Spanics
Community Member
3 months ago

The original breed needs to be brought back!

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
3 months ago

In 1968, before dad went to Vietnam, our neighboring Fayetteville NC had a bull terrier. It looked just like this “now” picture.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
3 months ago

This isn't true, there were dogs in the 1930's that were of great conformation and still type-y. This head is an old selection.

A Dumbo Octopus
Community Member
3 months ago

hehe 69 nice

A Dumbo Octopus
Community Member
3 months ago

In all seriousness I wish they still had the grace they did in the old pic...

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i0ana
Community Member
3 months ago

The first breed looks super!

wandile dludlu
Community Member
3 months ago

They ruined a handsome dog

Layla Corman
Community Member
3 months ago

All I can think of is Spud McKenzie! (Yes, I'm an 80s kid)

Kim
Community Member
3 months ago

The dog 100 years ago looks perfect.

Community Member
3 months ago

Ew. Yuck.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
3 months ago

That poor dog.

Bengü Taşkesen
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Why? :(

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
4 months ago

They used to have such a handsome face...

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
4 months ago

Jesus! Who needs snouts, right? Just give it a long, continuous boomerang shaped head with two tiny holes at the end. Seriously, it looks like Toucan Sam is trying to fit inside a dog costume! And look at its eyes! They're permanently pointed up at the sky as to say "God, why did you let me become this, please kill me"!

GirlFriday
Community Member
4 months ago

Strong boi

Summer Thyme
Community Member
4 months ago

its the target dog!

S Quinn
Community Member
4 months ago

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Call Me AJ
Community Member
4 months ago

They shrunk!

Eloise Arrington
Community Member
4 months ago

That dog gives me the heebie-jeebies..

Journey Alvarado
Community Member
4 months ago

shorter

gabrielle wolf-stahl
Community Member
4 months ago

Went from a corvette to a yugo..

chillchillpill
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4 months ago (edited)

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These dogs make Sphinx cats look almost cute.

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 months ago

On the plus side, now they're easy to dress up for halloween.

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#3

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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4 months ago

These are such beautiful dogs ❤

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#4

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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gabrielle wolf-stahl
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4 months ago (edited)

Snubbed face, straightened back, weaker neck

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#5

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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Lord Mysticlaw
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4 months ago

Cuddlessss!

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#6

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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Lord Mysticlaw
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4 months ago

Wow, the ears have basically doubled

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#7

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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4 months ago

dream dog❤️

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#8

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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manon M
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4 months ago

pauvres bêtes ☹️

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#9

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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Bird Mom
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4 months ago

My uncle used to have one of these. He sat in the corner of the apartment and drooled. Whenever I walked in the kitchen, I had to avoid puddles of saliva.

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#10

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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4 months ago

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

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#11

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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manon M
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4 months ago

l'ancienne version est bien mieux

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#12

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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Steve Barnett
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4 months ago

What was wrong with the 'then'? If it ain't broke...

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#13

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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Ray Heap
Community Member
4 months ago

That´s because the tail was cropped, thankfully that malpractice is illegal in civilized countries.

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#14

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

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

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Aria Whitaker
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4 months ago

LOVE these little beauties!!

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#15

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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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow, it seems like quite a big difference

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#16

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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4 months ago (edited)

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

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#17

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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Red
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4 months ago

Big cloud :o

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#18

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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4 months ago

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

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