The Most Popular Dog Breeds in Every State
Yes, we know you love your Labrador retrievers—it is, after all, the most popular dog breed in the United States for 26 years and running (followed by German shepherds and golden retrievers to round out the top three), according to the American Kennel Club. Of course, that’s just the “popular vote.” When you break it down state-by-state, a different story emerges.
The top three most popular dog breeds in Alabama are Labrador retriever, German shepherd, and…beagle, reports this interactive Time infographic, which is based on information from the American Kennel Club (AKC). According to alabama.com, Alabama’s love for beagles coincides with its people’s love for hunting. In fact, beagles are among the top three faves in a number of southern states where hunting is a popular activity.
“Labs love water,” points out Anchorage Daily News, making Labs a lot less popular with owners trying to keep their homes clean come spring in Alaska. (Think mud, mud, and more mud.) However, they’re still number one in Alaska, followed by German shepherds, and golden retrievers, according to the AKC’s ranking. Fun fact: Unique to Alaska’s top 10 is their love for the Alaskan malamute, the official state dog.
Labs, German shepherds, and goldens make up the top three most popular dog breeds in Arizona. But in an unexpected twist, the Phoenix New Times points out that the pit bull, which isn’t an AKC-registered breed, makes up a large portion of the canine population in Maricopa County (the state’s most populous county). For comparison’s sake, the American Staffordshire terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier, (both closely related to the pit bull), come in at 81st and 82nd in the nation, respectively. This is what your favorite dog breed says about your personality.
Labradors, German shepherds, and beagles hold the top three spots for dog breeds in Arkansas, reports the AKC. However, according to the Barkpost, Arkansans love their boxers most of all.
After Labs, the most popular dog breeds in California, are French bulldogs and German shepherds. San Francisco falls into line with the rest of the state with its city-wide love of the French Bulldog (often referred to as the “Frenchie”). But the bulldog reigns supreme in Los Angeles and San Diego, bringing these California cities more into line with the nation as a whole, according to the AKC. These are the first steps you need to take to train your puppy.
Colorado’s unofficial dog breed isn’t a breed at all, shares the Barkpost: It’s the rescue dog! Rescue dogs tend to be mixed breeds (what used to be called “mutts”), and aren’t recognized by the AKC as an actual dog breed. Colorado’s favorite official dog breeds, according to the AKC are Labs, German shepherds, and goldens. Don’t miss these unbelievable facts you never knew about your dog.
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Labs, German shepherds, and golden retrievers are the top three most popular dog breeds in Connecticut, according to the AKC. In a surprising twist, the Australian shepherd came in at number one on the list of the ten most adorable dog breeds compiled by Connecticut Breeder, the largest pet store in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Time will tell if the state is onto something.
The golden retriever became Delaware’s official state dog in 2016, despite being only the third most popular dog breed in the state, per the AKC. Number one and number two are (not surprisingly) the Labrador retriever and the German shepherd. That said, the golden’s official status was not a shock, considering the breed’s friendliness, devotion, and intelligence.
The German shepherd is the number one favorite dog breed in Florida, followed by the Labrador, and then the golden. Miami falls right into line with the rest of the state with its love for German shepherds, but it’s number two is the Frenchie, which happens to be the favorite dog of West Palm Beach, according to the AKC. Check out the superpowers you never knew your dog had.
Georgia’s top three most popular dog breeds, according to the AKC, are Labs, German shepherds, and beagles. That said, Georgia’s got some other breeds its quite fond of, including the bulldog, which was proposed as Georgia’s official state dog in 2016, as a nod, no doubt, to Uga, the mascot of the University of Georgia. Here’s how to keep your dog busy (and out of trouble) while you’re at work.