The Most Popular Dog Breeds

Many of us have a favorite breed or breeds in mind when it comes to dogs we’d like to spend our lives with. Different things appeal to different people, and that’s the beauty of it all-variety and options. Still, certain breeds have a tendency to be more popular with a larger group of people. Have you ever wondered what the most popular dog breeds are in America?

1. Labrador Retriever

No surprise here as the Lab has been in the list of top dog breeds for two decades in a row now. An ‘All American’ breed, labs are good at many things, including living with families. Their gentle and mild nature makes them a good companion for children. Bred to hunt, labs have lots of energy and make great running partners, love a game of fetch, and almost never turn down a swim.

2. German Shepherd

Instantly recognizable with distinctive black and tan markings, the German Shepherd is another breed who’s popularity in America has remained fairly consistent over the years. German Shepherds make ideal working dogs, teaming up with law enforcement and search and rescue teams. The breed is hard working and eager to please, with a drive and intensity unmatched by many.

3. Golden Retriever

An amiable breed, Goldens are beautiful and eager to please. Easily identified with their flowing golden coats, Goldens are admired for their dedication as service dogs and search and rescue companions. Their gentle nature makes them a great family companion.

4. Beagle

The Beagle has been steadily climbing the popularity charts for the last few years now. A nice size for either home or apartment living, Beagles are cute and sweet. Sometimes known to bark and wander, with proper physical and mental stimulation they’re an incredibly comedic companion to include in your life.

5. Bulldog

A more endearing breed is hard to find. Bulldogs are arguably the cutest puppies around, and it seems America can’t get enough of their squishy faced, shuffling gait goodness. This breed is prone to more health issues than many, but a more joyful creature is hard to come by. Bulldogs entertain their family with an array of grunts, snorts, and snores

6. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are a member of the toy breed group, but they are brave for their size. A small breed who doesn’t realize his small stature. Yorkies are black and tan, and look adorable in either their long luxurious coats, or an easier to manage puppy cut. Yorkies also have a long life span, making them an ideal choice for someone looking for a long-term lovable companion.

Certainly no one can determine your favorite breed other than yourself, but these breeds have been identified as having the most members in the US according to the AKC annual records. Some of these breeds have been in the top ten for decades, while others like the bulldog have been steadily making an upward climb in popularity.

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