Everyone has their own favorites and their own reasoning as to why a certain dog breed is the best. Whether the argument is temperament, cleanliness, healthiness, hunting ability, family-friendly, or cuteness, you’ll be hard pressed to convince anyone that their breed is not the best. With that said, here are the most popular dog breeds in the United States according to the American Kennel Club. We’ll also take a look at what makes each breed so special.
The Labrador Retriever consistently shows up as one of the most popular dogs in the United States. These friendly pooches typically come in colors of yellow, black, and chocolate making it easy for a lab lover to find their particular coat. Labradors are intelligent dogs that are commonly used for police work and search-and-rescue missions. However, they are so popular because of their demeanor with families. They are extremely loyal, playful, and great with children. When it comes to health, labs are among the more healthy breeds.
German Shepherds are born workers. They are extremely active dogs that need routine physical and mental exercise, making them the leading choice for police, guard, and military around the world. While that certainly adds to their popularity status, they are also incredible companions for families. They are very loving dogs, eager to please and can be depended on to protect and care for the family. German shepherds are also a very healthy breed with hip and elbow dysplasia being their only common health pitfall.
Golden Retrievers are another common family dog across the United States. These well-mannered, friendly dogs are incredibly intelligent and hardworking. They are also a common choice for search-and-rescue jobs, as well as great guide dogs. This energetic breed is a pleasure to have around families with the right amount of daily exercise and stimulation.
Bulldogs are popular amongst the United States for their squishy faces and gentle demeanor. This breed is extremely calm and willing to try a lot of sports. When trained properly, this breed makes an excellent companion. They don’t need as much exercise as the first three dogs in the list but they do need daily walks. Their health pitfall has to do with their short-nosed build, causing breathing difficulties.
Beagles are extremely active dogs that have a ton of personality. They love being outdoors and have a cheerful disposition. They were originally bred to be hunting dogs, searching for live hares. While that may not be your goal with your own beagle, it should be noted as you may need to have them leashed while on walks. They make great family pets because of their friendliness and rarely have any major health issues as a breed.
If you are looking for a working dog, you might want to look elsewhere. French Bulldogs are not very active or athletic. Regular walks are need to maintain health but beyond that, your Frenchie doesn’t need much more activity. These easygoing dogs make great family pets because of their easygoing nature. They are great for those in apartments because they don’t need space to get their energy out. Similarly to bulldogs, French Bulldogs have a tendency to have breathing issues because of their short noses. This is really the only
This tiny dog can commonly be found in its owner’s arms. However, the Yorkie has a ton of personality and energy. These dogs can be extremely energetic despite their size, so daily walks are necessary to quell some of that energy, especially if you don’t want them to use their investigative side to get into things. This loving dog is great for families that want a peppy breed without the need for immense amounts of exercise.
Poodles are amongst the most recognizable of all dogs. Their curly coat makes them a popular choice for families in the United States. The poodle comes in three sizes including toy, miniature, and standard. The size variation along with the coat variation makes them easy to appeal to all types of people. Not only are their looks appealing but poodles are among the smartest of dogs. They are excellent when it comes to obedience training and tricks. They are also a very healthy breed with very few health issues affecting the breed as a whole.
Rottweilers are becoming more popular amongst U.S. families. These intelligent dogs are extremely hard-working. They make great police dogs, herders, service, and therapy dogs. They are also a very loyal breed, making them a great companion and family dog. They too suffer from very few health ailments that can affect the breed.
Last but not least, are boxers. This generally healthy breed is very athletic and is chosen for many working jobs, such as police dogs. They also make great seeing-eye dogs due to their intelligence, protectiveness, and love for people.