The 20 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the Country
This is going to be a fun list to read, since it features your usual lovable suspects and some cutie-pie surprises, too!
The results are in!
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Rover, an on-demand dog-walking and dog-sitting service, was curious to find out which dog breeds are the most popular. And we bet you’re curious now, too! So, how did they arrive at these results? They examined dog-breed data from more than half a million pet parents in America and came up with the 20 most popular dog breeds, as of 2019. Did your favorites make the list? If so and if you’re ready to welcome a new fur baby into your home, make sure you first check out this guide to picking the best dog breed for you.
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Mixed breeds might not be able to trace their ancestral lineage, but does that really matter when their sweet, adorable eyes are looking up at you or when they’re covering you in doggy kisses? That’s what we thought. Whether you’re looking for a lap dog, a jogging partner, or an all-around-great family dog, a mixed breed is a lovable blend of everything you’re looking for. Mixed breeds in shelters long to find forever families, but it’s not always a simple process for a dog to make the leap from the shelter to a new home. Here’s what shelter dogs wish you knew—and why this information is essential.
You probably see Labrador Retrievers everywhere—in town, on the trail, at the beach, and at the dog park. You might even see them working as rescue, guide, and therapy dogs, jobs that seem tailor-made for them. They’re happy and outgoing and love to retrieve balls, frisbees, and just about anything you toss out—especially if it means jumping into the lake to retrieve it. Labs often top these most-popular lists because of their great nature; they’re the family members who get along with everyone. They are blissfully content to cozy up to one family member or plop down in the middle of the kids sprawled out on the floor. A Labrador Retriever is basically an oversized lap dog…but not quite as big as these massive and mellow dog breeds.
A teensy-weensy cutie, the Chihuahua tips the scales at around six pounds (or less!) and is around eight inches tall. But this small breed packs a gigantic amount of personality in its dainty body. Speaking of that personality, it actually depends a lot on the particular Chihuahua’s genes. Some may have come from a long line of mild-mannered and mellow dogs, while others have ancestors who are a little more bossy and boisterous. Mild or a saucy, a Chihuahua will be your biggest fan. They’ll stick to you like glue 24/7, bestowing lots of affection, fun playtime, and eternal devotion—especially if you buy them these things on every dog’s wish list.
“Hopelessly devoted to you” is what the Golden Retriever’s profile might say if it had one. Golden Retrievers love their humans and have reservoirs of empathy and compassion that keep on giving, making them the ideal family pet and therapy dog. They’re notorious for being friendly, outgoing, goofy, relaxed, eager to please, playful, and intelligent, to boot! As a matter of fact, the first three winners of the AKC Obedience Champion title were Golden Retrievers. Here’s how dog trainers harness all of that intelligence and turn it into positive behavior.
Words we associate with German Shepherds: intelligent, protective, athletic, versatile, and active. Now let’s add a few more you might not know about. For starters, scent-driven. German Shepherds are highly valued K-9 members of the police force and detect drugs and bombs with their sniff-sleuthing skills. And another word that will be more relevant to your life: devoted. These dogs show 100 percent unconditional love to their human families and pet siblings. And did we mention how gorgeous they are? Check them out in this list of the 50 cutest dog breeds as puppies.
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The Yorkie is the poster pup for the terrier breed. It has the hallmark trademarks of being feisty, tenacious, and gutsy in spades. Back in the day, Yorkies started as working-class dogs, bred to hunt rodents. By late Victorian times, Yorkies became a fashionable lapdog for proper English ladies. They’re a bit aloof with strangers and make great watchdogs. Yorkies are alert and lively and happily communicate by barking. If you prefer a dog who is quieter, take a look at this list of dogs who don’t bark too much.
Resistance is futile when you lock eyes with a Shih Tzu. They draw you in by somehow being sweet, cheerful, and slightly mischievous all at once. You won’t even care that these pups are constantly trying to divert your attention back to them because they are so darn cute. Shih Tzus are famously great with kids and love to entertain and be entertained with games and tricks. When it’s rest time, you can assume that if your lap is empty, a Shih Tzu will soon occupy it. Here more adorably small dog breeds that stay small.
The peppy and headstrong Dachshund has a tail-wagging honor that you might not know about. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), a Dachshund named Waldi was the official mascot of the 1972 Olympics. Even more fascinating, the Olympic marathon route was in the shape of a Dachshund! While these dogs will never run a marathon (or even run down the block, for that matter), they do love to hunt and dig. As far as companions go, they tend to be a one-person kind of dog and are content to snuggle in tight on the sofa or burrow under your blanket.
Boxers are loyal and alert companions, and they are very protective of their humans. They’re playful and gentle with kids, and they tolerate dogs they know but might not be all that keen on dogs they don’t. Boxers thrive with pet parents who are willing to put in the time for consistent obedience training. It’s not that Boxers aren’t intelligent; it’s that they can be stubborn and sensitive. Boxers also like to stay busy, so keep them mentally challenged with puzzles and toys, take them on long walks, and make playtime active.