10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the United States

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Popular Dog Breeds

Dogs are by far one of the most popular pets to have, not only in America, but around the world. They are very lovable and have an unconditional affection that fits well with many families. However, not all dog breeds are the same. Every breed is inherently different, and will react different depending on the living conditions in which they live. You obviously don’t want to buy a big dog, if you live in a small space.

Below is a list of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in America, according to the American Kennel Club.

1. Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in America, not only because it’s a beautiful dog available in a variety of colors, but also because it’s a great family pet. Labs also make great hunting dogs, as well as a bird dog. Parents love that they are easy to train, have a calm temperament and are very friendly with kids. It should be no surprise to anyone why labs are one of the most popular dog breeds.

2. German Shepherd


The German Shepherd breed has a very strong following. They make great service dogs for the police, but are also family-friendly watch dogs. They are a bigger breed, but very intelligent and easy to train. A well-trained German Shepherd will be one of the best dogs you will ever own.

3. Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a stylish smaller breed, that is a popular one at competitive dog shows. Many people like th Yorkshire terriers because they have a style that separates them from other popular breeds. They are smaller, and make great house pets for the elderly.

4. Golden Retriever

The Labrador Retriever may be the most popular dog breed, but it’s not the only retriever people like. The Golden Retriever is also a very popular breed. Its main distinction is the beautiful golden coat that appeals to many people. Golden retrievers are also very smart and easy to train, which make them a great choice for a pet.

5. Beagle

Popular Dog Breeds

The Beagle is another popular dog breed. They’re small, lovable dogs that make great hunters of small game. While the history of beagles is complex, they are more recently becoming a perfect addition to families that have a little less active lifestyle. Training a beagle is also very easy to do and they make great family pets, especially lemon beagles!

6. Boxer

Boxers are a strong, stocky breed that originates in Germany. Like many German dogs, Boxers have numerous qualities that appeal to many families.

7. Bulldog

The Bulldog, sometimes referred to as a British Bulldog or English Bulldog, is another popular breed in the United States. This affectionate dog has a low-key demeanor that hides what can sometimes be an aggressive streak. Many people find this dog a great choice because of its look and personality, however, they often have health problems that may contribute to a shorter lifespan.

8. Dachshund

The Dachshund is another popular breed with families and the elderly. Sometimes called wiener dogs because of their long body and short logs. For a family looking for something a little out of the ordinary, dachshunds can be a great choice.

9. Poodle

Poodles are another popular dog breed that is commonly associated with older, rich women, but in reality, they can make great family pets. Its most popular form is a miniature poodle, which has been “bred down” over years and years of breeding. They are small and cute, but their intelligence is debatable amongst dog lovers.

10. Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is another show dog. This breed originates from China, and is one of the oldest dog breeds on Earth. Their small size and hypoallergenic coats make it a very good choice for families or anyone that suffers from allergies.


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5 Responses to “10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the United States”

  1. I don’t know who wrote this list, but I would argue pretty much every dog on that list. My biggest beef, however, is with what was said about poodles, that they’re not very smart. As a dog groomer who regularly handles all kinds of dogs including poodles, I can confidently say that poodles are among the smartest dogs and, if given enough exercise, are highly intelligent and exceedingly easy to train. In fact, a poodle would be my first recommendation to an active family.

  2. Hi Erika!

    Thanks for your comment. The list of dog breeds are based on popularity according to the American Kennel Club. For more information, I’d recommend clicking on the link towards the top of the article. In regards to your thoughts on poodles, I updated the text to portray a “more balanced” outlook on the breed, but the comment was originally geared towards miniature poodles, which have been bred down over the years. Hope this provides clarification.

  3. I couldn’t help but to laugh out loud at the comment that labs have a “calm temperament”. As a dog owner I see way too many labs at the dog park and while they are a breed that is overly eager to please, they are just over eager in general. Over eaters, overzealous…you name it.

    As with Erika, poodles were bred to be hunting dogs and have amazing intelligence along with a personality which most dogs listed above lack (in my opinion). Whoever had the bright idea of breeding down an already great dog didn’t really do it a kindness.

    The german shephard is also noted as the most aggressive dog towards humans but you won’t find that on the akc website I bet.

    Lastly the comment in the opening paragraph where you shouldn’t buy a big dog if you live in a small space is misleading. In most breeds, the bigger the dog the lower the energy such as mountain dogs that are known to make excellent apartment dogs. Also smaller spaces will usually make a calmer dog if it is taken out regularly enough and leads an active outdoor life as well-apartment owners are probably more motivated to walk their dog twice a day than those who toss their pooch in the backyard. This myth that you shouldn’t have a dog if you live in an apartment needs to be tossed because if the owner is willing to take responsibility for the pet-no matter the square footage-that involves outdoor activity as well as indoor every day.

  4. What’s kind of funny about this is that four of the dogs on this list have the highest bite rate for dogs biting families, children, and other pets/animals. they can be very loyal pets but they can also turn on you if you mistreat them.

  5. Really-?? That is all you have to say about Boxers????? That they are German dogs? Great research.