Not only are there hundreds of different dog breeds in the world, but dogs are rated the most popular companion animal of humans as well. The American Kennel Club regularly announces its list of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and as it stands right now, these are the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the USA.
What is your favorite breed? Let’s take a closer look at the top 10, counting down to the Number One most popular breed in the country. Maybe your dog will make the list!
Boxers are a medium-large breed with short hair that is easy to maintain. They make wonderful family pets because they are known to retain puppy-like qualities for years. Formally a working dog breed, boxers are highly intelligent and high energy, so keep this in mind if you are interested in adding one to your household. More so lately, Boxers are known for being good house dogs. They are playful and loving, while still being agile and protective of home and family.
Yorkshire Terriers, also known as “Yorkies,” are a toy sized breed with long hair, a shaggy-like look, fine-boned, and very petite. Originally, they were breed to catch rats due to their small size and speedy gait. This is a common breeding purpose for most terrier breeds.
Today, they are popular for being pocket sized and for the ease of taking your little companion everywhere with you. In addition, the fact that they have hair, and not fur, makes this breed a great choice for people with allergies as they are hypoallergenic. However, having hair, instead of fur, means these little guys do require a lot of maintenance.
Rottweiler’s are a large breed dog, black and red in color, and have a very distinct face. “Rotties” as they are also known as, were originally bred to drive cattle and pull carts. These guys make great working dogs. Today they are best known for being one of the best guard dogs because of their bulky and strong build. Though they may have an intimidating look, they are extremely brave, smart, protective, and loyal. Their reputation truly is a false one as this breed is also well known for being very loving, sweet, and an incredible family pet.
The Poodle has a very distinct look and are easily recognized. These medium sized dogs come in a wide range of colors, sport curly locks, and typically do not shed. They are well known for being very loyal, smart, dainty, and as great emotional therapy dogs. Their high intelligence, often quirky personalities, and their non-shedding hair, makes this a top breed as far as popularity goes. Because of their great characteristics, the poodle has been used as a base for creating other dog varieties, such as the Goldendoodle.
The French Bulldog, also known as “Frenchies,” are very similar to their bigger cousins, The Bulldog. These guys are the pint-sized version of bulldogs in that they are also short and stocky. Frenchies have big ears and an adorable smooshed face, giving them their own unique and distinctive look. As with other breeds that have short snouts, the French Bulldog is prone to medical breathing issues, so keep that in mind.
This breed is known for being lively and very stubborn, thus making them a bit more difficult to train. They tend to be “pushy” little dogs with “bully-like” personalities, so proper socialization is important. They are on this top 10 list because of their looks, their funny personalities, and their small size. Frenchies are great traveling companions and make a wonderful buddy to tag around with.
The Beagle is a small breed dog that is very compact, yet an amazing working dog. They are known for their ability and desire to track down smells, making them a very useful breed. They have been employed as luggage checkers and are great at tracking game for hunters.
Families love them because they are smart, extremely trainable, high energy, and they always like to be part of the fun! Beagles are a great choice for children because of this as well. In addition, their short hair is easy to maintain, thus making for another great reason they are on this top ten list.
The English Bulldog was known years ago as a working dog. They are medium sized, stocky, and have an unmistakable look. Because of selective breeding, the bulldog is no longer considered a working dog. Due to selective breeding, they are now known mostly for their looks and not for their benefits. Bulldogs from 100 years ago differ significantly from the breed you see today. This has caused the significant health problems that are associated with his breed.
Bulldogs cannot give birth naturally requiring them to have c-sections. They are also prone to breathing issues because of their snub nose. Because of this, bulldogs are very expensive to maintain as they can develop allergies, skin issues, breathing problems, and other breed-specific medical issues. So, while people find them cute, they are NOT an easy dog so plan ahead as they will run you thousands of dollars in Vet bills.
The Golden Retriever is a large breed dog that has been a top ten breed favorite year after year. It’s easy to see why. People love them because they are friendly, energetic, easily trainable, and have a great personality. They make an amazing family dog. Golden’s do have a longer coat which requires a bit of upkeep, but nothing too bad.
Golden Retrievers are also so popular because they are great athletes. They enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, agility, and swimming. They make a great companion to anyone who also enjoys an active lifestyle or has energetic children to play with.
Number two on this list is The German Shepherd Dog. German Shepherd Dogs (GSD’s) are a large breed working dog ranging from 75 to 95 pounds with a medium-length double coat which protects them from weather conditions such as rain and snow. They are often black and tan in color with longer hair, large ears, and a long snout. These features make them ideal to hear and sniff things out when working. Keep in mind, these dogs do tend to shed a lot, so a bit of upkeep is required.
GSD’s are a very popular breed for police, security, and military due to their high work drive, extreme intelligence, and strong discipline. German Shepherds love attention and having a job to do. They work best in a home that will keep their mind busy with activities such as tracking and agility.
The Number 1 Most Popular Breed
The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog for over the last 25 years running. Not only is it the most popular dog in the USA, but also the world as well. “Labs” are a large breed dog with a short coat. Their colors range from black, yellow, or brown (chocolate). People have always viewed the Lab as a stereotypical ‘good family dog’, and for the most part, this is true. However, in order for this to be the case, it is highly important to properly socialize them and start training as puppies.
Lab puppies can be a lot to handle because they are super high energy, therefore it is extremely essential to consider the type of lifestyle you have prior to getting this breed. You will be required to provide a lot of daily activity and structure. And might I recommend a lot of safe chewing toys too!
There you have it! These are currently the most popular dog breeds in the USA. I hope that you enjoyed this article and perhaps found some of the information useful! As always, if you liked this article, then share with your friends and drop a comment below!