Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America
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Man’s best friend is a faithful, loyal companion
offering fluffy, and sometimes slobbery, love.
However, some dogs hold particularly special
places in the hearts of Americans.
While Dachshunds and Yorkies will certainly
be present on this list, can you guess what
the top dog breed will be?
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Starting off our list is the curious, lively,
charming, and brave Dachshund.
The Dachshund attracts devoted followers who
would never consider having any other dog.
Indeed, the Dachshund is often kept in pairs,
which is OK with him, since he seems to recognize
and prefer being with other “wiener dogs”.
The breed’s population dwindled during World
War l, but soon after they were imported from
Germany to the USA and the gene pool once
The Dachshund was recognized by the AKC in
The AKC Standard describes the Rottweiler
as “a calm, confident, and courageous dog
with a self-assured aloofness that does not
lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate
Typically steadfast, sensible, and serious
(though some are happy-go-lucky clowns!),
the Rottweiler tends to respond quietly and
with a wait-and-see attitude.
Overall, the Rottweiler is a splendid, capable
companion in the right hands, but without
ongoing companionship, socialization, obedience
training, and supervision, he is “too much
dog” for many households.
Many people have misconceptions about the
Poodle — that he looks and acts like a “froofroo”
This is one of the biggest myths in dogdom.
The Poodle is an elegant, energetic athlete
who moves with a light, springy gait.
He excels in advanced obedience competition,
where retrieving and jumping skills are required,
and in agility competitions, where he flies
over and under and through the obstacles with
a strength and grace of a champion.
The Poodle has been consistently ranked as
one of the most intelligent of all dog breeds,
landing him firmly on the most popular dog
He might have a worried look on his wrinkled
face, but the Boxer isn’t worried about being
loved: he’s seventh most popular dog in America.
And that’s no surprise since this is a joyful,
loyal companion who truly bonds with his human
A well-bred, well-socialized Boxer is friendly
with children and people he knows, suspicious
and alert but not aggressive with strangers.
He’s always ready for a walk, a game or just
some quality time on the sofa with his favorite
The Yorkie has long been labeled as the preferred
companion of well-heeled, older women who
wouldn’t dream to live in a building without
a doorman, and who can’t bear to be late for
the local arts fundraiser.
Yet there aren’t enough society dames out
there to account for the Yorkie’s popularity.
Truth is, he appeals to a wide range of dog-lovers,
thanks to his shoe-button eyes and soft-to-the-touch,
The Yorkie is alert, trainable, and insatiably
curious, making him a quintessential ‘big
dog in a little dog’s body.’
Laughter, love and a face everyone adores
ensure the enduring popularity of the Bulldog.
He’s a gentle family companion today, but
he was originally bred to fight for sport
‘ a past that, combined with his stalwart
devotion, has made the breed the mascot of
a number of colleges as well as the United
States Marine Corps.
No breed is more admired for the qualities
of loyalty and determination that the Bulldog
Few breeds are as easily recognized as the
Bulldog, with his wrinkled mug, distinctive
underbite, and Churchillian jowls.
Sometimes referred to as the English or British
Bulldog, he’s a short, sturdy dog with a bow-legged
gait, weighing between 40 and 60 pounds.
With a compact size, easy-care coat and happy
nature, the Beagle has long had a place as
one of the most popular breeds for families.
Beagles are also used as scent detection dogs
at U.S. airports, where their friendliness
and indiscriminate food drive allows them
to search for weapons, drugs, and illegal
food items without making passengers nervous.
The breed was developed in England to hunt
rabbits, and Beagles are still happiest when
following their noses.
For that reason, he belongs to a category
of dogs known as scent hounds.
Don’t let the small size or undeniable charm
of the Beagle fool you: this dog is still
born to hunt.
He’s been described as “a nose with four
legs,” and he loves following a scent trail.
The minute he smells something interesting
he’s likely to follow his nose rather than
his owner’s requests.
Cheerful, easy to train and eager to please,
the Golden Retriever is what you see in the
dictionary when you look up ‘Perfect Family
The Golden loves everyone, especially children,
and gets along well with new people and strange
He draws admiring looks and usually loving
pats from almost everyone he meets.
The Golden is an active dog who will retrieve
a tennis ball until your arm falls off.
His loyalty, intelligence, and stable temperament
have made him the darling of the service dog
world, performing tasks from Guiding the Blind
to helping PTSD suffers deal with everyday
His smiling face and sun-kissed coat have
brought more than a few to movie fame, including
a starring role in two ‘Homeward Bound’ movies.
German Shepherd Dog
Rin Tin Tin, a pup found in a World War I
battle zone, became the world’s first canine
movie star, forever marking the German Shepherd
Dog as one of the most easily recognized breeds.
From his imposing size to his erect ears and
dark, intelligent eyes, he has achieved legendary
status as the ideal canine.
A versatile, athletic and fearless working
dog, the Shepherd has done just about every
job a dog can do, from leading the blind and
detecting illicit drugs to bringing down fleeing
criminals and serving in the armed forces.
An energetic, loyal and devoted companion,
the German Shepherd isn’t a breed but a lifestyle.
The abilities of this breed go far beyond
his origin as a herding dog.
The German Shepherd has made a name for himself
as a police and military dog, guide and assistance
dog, search and rescue dog, and detector dog.
He has excelled in every canine sport, including
agility, obedience, rally, tracking and, of
German Shepherds still work livestock on farms
and ranches around the world, today, including
in the United States.
The Labrador Retriever has consistently ranked
as the most popular purebred dog in the United
States for more than 10 years, according to
the American Kennel Club.
The AKC registers more than a hundred thousand
new Labrador Retrievers each year, but when
you take into account all the Labs never registered
at all, or registered with another organization
such as the United Kennel Club, the popularity
of this stable, family-friendly dog is truly
A Labrador Retriever has the kind of versatility
that other dogs only dream of.
He can be a companion, show dog, hunting dog,
canine athlete, guide dog, service dog, sniffer
dog, search and rescue dog, and therapy dog.
He enjoys jogging, boating, swimming, hiking
If it’s active, outdoors and with his people,
the Lab is ready and willing to participate
in any activity.
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