Patriotic Pets: American Dog and Cat Breeds

The fourth of July means fireworks, barbecues, camping, swimming, and a ton of fun.

Patriotic Pets: American Dog and Cat Breeds

The fourth of July means fireworks, barbecues, camping, swimming, and a ton of fun. Sadly, the noise and excitement of the holiday weekend also accounts for a 30% increase in lost or runaway pets. So it’s super important that your special pals have updated pet ID tags just in case the fireworks scare them off or a family member accidentally leaves a door open. Not to mention, they can sport their red, white, and blue pride:

With our pets safe and sound, Independence Day also makes for an excellent time to honor some of the dog and cat breeds that originated in the United States. These patriotic pets may not be able to sing the national anthem, but their lovable cuteness makes them an excellent addition to American history.

Alaskan Malamute

The American Kennel Club acknowledges the Malamute as “one of the oldest Arctic Sled dogs.” The Malamute originated in Alaska no later than the 19th century. Their strong bodies (averaging between 70 and 90 pounds), high energy/endurance levels, loyal spirit, and thick coat made them ideal for hunting and hauling, even in the harshest of weather conditions. Throughout history, they have remained incredible athletes, hard workers, and above all, excellent family companions.

American Bobtail

The Bobtail was bred in the U.S. for optimal survival and hunting skills. Known for its short, stubby tail and wild appearance (similar to that of a Bobcat), this fun-loving breed makes an excellent pet that is affectionate, playful, easy to train, and healthy. .

American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terriers have a lineage that can be traced back to the United Kingdom, where they were bred for intense hunting. The American Pit Bull breed became fully developed in the U.S., where its past and recent history have remained controversial. Still, guardians of this strong, athletic, and intelligent breed may consider them among the greatest and most loyal family pets and service dogs.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier originated in Boston, Massachusetts in the late 19th century. Since then, the breed has developed into a small, sturdy, and agile pup that radiates joy and love. They make great family dogs that can adapt to various home environments, including small apartments. Their playfulness is sure to make you smile!


Despite its exotic name, the Javanese was developed in the United States in the 1900s, modeled after the Balinese and Siamese breeds. They are considered show cats, but do require a great deal of physical activity and interaction with their human family. If you have a Javanese, you will become very familiar with their meow – they love to “talk.”

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is true to its name, originating in Maine somewhere before the 19th century. The Maine Coon is considered the largest domestic cat and usually weigh more than 20 pounds. Despite their large, dominant size, Maine Coons have a gentle disposition. They are also very intelligent, making them excellent, obedient companions.


Ragdolls were bred domestically in the mid 1900s and may be the most affectionate cats around. The term “Ragdoll” refers to the dramatic way they relax in a human’s arms, with their bodies completely limp. They thrive on human contact and affection, love to play, and enjoy being an important part of the family.

Rat Terrier

Rat Terriers originated in the early 1900s and were bred to help farmers control rodent populations. Like other terrier breeds, they are brave, tenacious, and, in some cases, stubborn. With proper socialization, they make excellent pets. They are high energy dogs that require exercise and play in order to maintain good behavior. Overall, they are spunky, smart dogs that make great diggers and hunters.

Please note: Not all pets are true to their breed’s characteristics. Caring for a new pet is very big commitment that requires consideration and research. This way, the pet you choose to love is the right fit for you, your lifestyle, and your family – everybody wins!