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The Most Popular Dog Breeds

  • Heidi

Which Dogs Do You Love Best?

If you ask us, every dog is our favorite, whether it’s a specific breed or a mystery mix. That’s one of the things we love most about dogs – they come in too many shapes and sizes to choose from. And that doesn’t even take their different personalities and temperaments into account!

However, other people definitely play favorites.

There are 360 recognized dog breeds, and approximately 65 million American households have at least one dog.

Can you guess the breeds that rise to the top?

Technically, the most popular dog “breed” isn’t a purebred at all. Instead, polls show that 60% of pet parents have a mixed-breed dog.

But Americans do have favorite purebred dog breeds as well.

According to The American Kennel Club, these are the top 20 most popular dog breeds in the US:

  1. French Bulldog
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. German Shepherd
  5. Poodle
  6. Bulldog
  7. Rottweiler
  8. Beagle
  9. Daschund
  10. German Shorthaired Pointer
  11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  12. Australian Shepherd
  13. Yorkshire Terrier
  14. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  15. Doberman Pinscher
  16. Boxers
  17. Miniature Schnauzer
  18. Cane Corso
  19. Great Dane
  20. Shih Tzu

Remember, bringing a new dog into your home is a big step and commitment. And, more importantly, looks aren’t everything. For the most positive, successful, and lasting relationship, it’s better to consider other factors first, like activity level, grooming requirements, training needs, and temperament.

If you’re thinking of getting a dog, use these questions from The American Veterinary Medical Association as a guide. Once you decide to start meeting dogs, these references can help connect you with responsible breeders or rescues.

Not sure if you’re ready for a dog? Consider becoming a foster instead.

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