Attention, dog lovers. For more than a quarter-century, laboratories have been the number one pick, but there have been a few surprises too. It’s very likely that you know somebody who has gotten a French Bulldog in the past few years. Those cute puppies have been riding a wave of popularity for quite a long time now. But there has also been a surge in interest in breeds like Corgis, Maltese, Dachshund and others.
Check out the 10 most popular breeds below if you want to know which are the most common dog breeds among dog owners.
When you say loyal, friendly, and intelligent most people immediately think of Golden Retrievers. The breed gets its name from its striking gold coat. Goldies have boundless energy. Golden Retrievers, which are medium-sized gun dogs, are bred to retrieve shot birds, including ducks and quail, when hunting and shooting. Retriever is a name that refers to the breed’s ability to retrieve shot game undamaged because of a soft mouth.
Despite their big personalities, Frenchies need minimal exercise. AKC reports that big-eared pooch is also the top choice in New York, San Francisco, and Miami. Bouledogue Français, the French name for the French Bulldog, is a dog breed of a small size used as a pet or companion animal. In the mid-19th century, the breed emerged in Paris, likely as a cross of English Toy Bulldogs with local Paris ratters.
Beagles are curious and merry dogs. They usually follow their noses even when it leads them into trouble. In appearance, the beagle resembles the larger foxhound, a smaller breed of scent hound. This breed was developed to hunt hare. As a breed with a strong sense of smell and strong tracking instincts, the beagle serves the primary purpose of detecting prohibited imports. It is an intelligent breed. The breed is also popular because of its size, good temper, and lack of inherited health conditions.
It was the late Victorian era when Yorkies became fashionable pets, but they were originally used to catch vermin in clothes mills. As a breed, and among breeds of all dog types, the Yorkshire Terrier is among the smallest of the terrier types. Developed in Yorkshire, England, it has been around for several generations. Ideally, it should weigh between 7 and 10 pounds.
Their friendly and outgoing nature makes Labrador Retrievers stand out. Housepets, these playful four-legged buddies typically weigh between 55 and 80 pounds. They make excellent cuddle buddies! It is a gun dog breed that is a retriever, or retriever gun dog. Developed in the United Kingdom by importing fishing dogs from the independent colony of Newfoundland, the breed’s name comes from Labrador, the area of that colony.
German Shepherds are intelligent, confident, and courageous dogs.
These big dogs are typically between 50 and 90 pounds. Its breed standard, according to the American Kennel Club, states that it can be trained to perform various tasks and is a guard dog. This breed of medium to large working dog originated in Germany.