Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds


#1 LABRADOR RETRIEVER

The trusty and loyal Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog breed in America for 23 years. Originally from Newfoundland, Labs were once used by fisherman to help round up stray fish and pull in nets. Later, breeders bred them to help hunters retrieve game. The Lab’s gentle, people-pleasing personality makes it excellent for therapy, search-and-rescue and families.

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#2 GERMAN SHEPHERD

This sturdy breed is familiar for its use in law enforcement and the military, but they also make loyal family dogs. German Shepherds were first bred in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1899, and the AKC recognized the breed in 1908. When a German Shepherd named Rin-Tin-Tin became a Hollywood star of more than 20 films, the breed catapulted to fame.

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#3 GOLDEN RETRIEVER

The Golden Retriever was first bred in Scotland for hunting. In the 1800s, the Lord Tweedmouth crossed a yellow retriever with the now-extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. He later added Irish Setter and Bloodhound to get the friendly, golden-hued breed we know today. The Golden Retriever has since evolved into an excellent pet for families with children.

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#4 BEAGLE

Cute and curious, dog lovers know this tenacious little hunting dog for its trumpet-like bay instead of a bark. Like most hounds, Beagles come in three color varieties: tricolor, red-and-white and lemon. Beginning in the 1500s, English hunters used packs of Beagles to hunt smaller game like foxes and rabbits. Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s dog in the “Peanuts” comics, is perhaps the most famous Beagle in pop culture.
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#5 BULLDOG

Known for its stocky build and wide, wrinkly face, the bulldog is one of the most recognizable dog breeds. Its name refers to the breed’s original use in bull baiting, which England banned by 1835. Families appreciate bulldogs for their relaxed temperament and minimal need for grooming and exercise. The breed’s heavy build and short snout makes them prone to overheating in hot weather.
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#6 YORKSHIRE TERRIER

Today, the Yorkshire Terrier is the quintessential purse dog, but its lap-dog status wasn’t always so. In 19th-century England, Yorkies had important working-class jobs hunting rats in clothing mills. Later, they became status symbols for English high society. They rarely weigh more than 7 pounds, and they’re known for their long and silky blue-and-tan coats. Read More…
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#7 BOXER

Athletic and alert, the boxer is a prized companion dog that loves to please. In the 19th century, the breed was used for hunting large game and dog fighting. During wartime, they worked as messengers, but have since become popular family pets. Though gentle with their human companions, they can be adept guard dogs when needed.

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#8 POODLE

This sporting breed originated in Germany where hunters used the dogs as water retrievers. The trademark “Poodle clip” fur style has become a symbol of wealth and status, but its original intent was to protect the dogs’ joints from cold water during hunts. The breed comes in three sizes. They also have several color variations, but individual Poodles are always one solid color.
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#9 ROTTWEILER

The Rottweiler is happiest when working. That could mean guarding a family home, assisting law enforcement or serving on search-and-rescue teams. Despite their muscular bodies and aggressive appearance, Rottweilers make great companion animals. They’re even gentle with children. Still, their instinct is to protect their territory and the people who inhabit it. This makes proper introductions crucial.
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#10 DACHSHUND

Developed in Germany in the 1600s, Dachshunds were bred to root out badgers from their underground dens. The dogs’ short, long and sturdy bodies and confident demeanor make them perfect badger hunters. Today, their small size and minimal exercise requirements make them great household companions. The breed comes in standard and miniature sizes, and can have long, short or wiry fur.
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