Wamiz builds a football team made up of dogs
Euro 2020 kicked off with its very first game that day, June 11, 2021! We are already looking forward to the first of the British teams, Wales, playing tomorrow.
But nonetheless, we’re still about pets. So the Euro got us thinking, what would a football team look like if it was made up of dogs? We believe we have built a very good team – what do you think?
Goalkeeper: Jack Russell
Okay, listen to us. Goalkeepers have to be alert and attentive at all times. They need to be quick, smart and most importantly ready to jump and catch the ball at all times.
What race could do that better than a Jack Russell? Although they are small in size, Jacks have BIG DOG attitudes and they should not be disturbed. They are super smart, very athletic and active. They can be very protective (which would be helpful in defending a goal), and get this: The average Jack can jump five times his own height! Can you imagine if a human goalkeeper could achieve this ?!
Defenders: German shepherds
Defenders are on the pitch trying to keep the ball away from the goal. They are essentially the right arms of goalkeepers. They must be good guardians, but also have a sense of bravery towards them. They can’t be afraid of being faced with aggressive players trying to get closer to their goal.
We think German Shepherds would be perfect in this role! Not only are they very focused on the job they are doing, they are also excellent watch dogs and are very athletic. But their greatest quality? They are incredibly brave and would never back down when protecting something (or someone) they care about – even if they feel nervous inside. If all defenders were as brave as the GSDs, we’re sure a lot of football matches would end differently!
Midfielder: Belgian Malinois
Midfielders need to be flexible: they can both defend and attack. That means they should be the fittest of all the players – they’re supposed to do most of the racing.
Belgian Malinois are very similar to German Shepherds in that they are intelligent and good guardians. BUT – The Belgian Malinois can be considered a healthier, slender and faster breed than the GSD; they wouldn’t mind running around the field for 2 hours! They also have a little more “umph” when it comes to attacking. In fact, in recent years, Belgian Malinois have overtaken German Shepherds as the number 1 dog breed used by police and military.
Forwards: Border Collie
Forwards are considered the most dangerous players in the game because they are the scorers. They don’t necessarily have to be aggressive, but they do need to be confident, quick and excellent at playing the ball.
Sure, Border Collies were originally bred to keep sheep, but have you ever seen them in a flyball or agility competition? These dogs are fast and furious! They understand the mission every time, whatever it is. They’re fearless when it comes to achieving their goals (pun intended), and they’re certainly sporty enough to do it. We can’t think of a better breed to take the UK to the final!
Coach: Labrador Retriever
A good coach is positive, supportive, focused, knowledgeable and respectful. While the team is doing the heavy lifting, they need someone who can share their wisdom with them and keep them down when the game heats up.
While Labradors are also sporting dogs, they are definitely the quietest dog breeds on this list. They are intelligent and extremely versatile, having been used as guide dogs for the blind, bomb detection dogs, or therapy dogs, to name a few. They are sociable with other dogs but confident enough to keep all the boobies (see above …) in line! What better breed to lead a team of dogs to victory?
What do you think of our virtual doggy football team? Would you have chosen differently?