The Most Popular Dog Breeds in America

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The Most Popular Dog Breeds in America

Last update: 17 September, 2019

Here’s a list of the most popular dog breeds in America, according to recent polls. Interestingly, most of the dogs on this list are large. However, the statistics do confirm that Americans tend to adopt the breeds they consider to be the most loyal and protective.

The Labrador Retriever still tops the list of the 10 most popular breeds in the country. However, there are many other popular dogs among American families.

Labrador Retriever

We love Labs because we love the idea of having a dignified hunting dog. Their place in our hearts may have something to do with the supersizing of our American homes.

It helps when the dogs we adopt have a lovely temperament, as Labs do. We like them because they’re kind, playful, intelligent, team players and also great workers. Additionally, they’re highly compatible with our children and with the rest of the pets in our households.

A German shepherd lying on the grass.
There are many of us who still opt for this classic as a house pet. Their loyalty, courage, confidence, ability to learn, and willingness to protect their people is like no other breed. In addition, the German Shepherd is the ultimate service dog.

Though these dogs are highly intelligent, agile, and spirited, their highest quality is his eternal loyalty to their humans. These dogs are highly adaptable to most types of environment and have all the virtues that helped make them an icon.

Golden retriever

Everyone loves Golden Retrievers because they’re beautiful, friendly, confident and have lovely personalities overall. In comparison to their Labrador relatives, Goldies get along great with children and other animals around them.

This is a highly reliable animal that’s great as a guard dog. Not only that –  they’re versatile, able to function in all kinds of situations and, in addition, they can master many skills. Let’s not forget they have nearly perfect, golden hair that goes beautifully with their sunny disposition.


The Bulldog is a highly patient and tolerant dog. Their taut muscles, lazy attitude, wrinkly face, and quintessential underbite make them irresistible to many of us. It’s hard not to fall in love with that face.

Most Bulldogs love spending time with their humans, and they can be amicable, tolerant companions for children. They’re the perfect pet to have indoors.


It’s not surprising that Beagles have long been among the most popular dog breeds in America. They remain so today. Not only are these little hounds excellent hunting dogs and loyal companions, but they are also happy-go-lucky, funny and cute. Who can resist that pleading expression and long floppy ears! Those who adopt beagles soon find out why they’re truly a person’s best friend.


This is a highly recognized breed worldwide. The Poodle stands out for its high elegance, a sleek physique and curly, often well-groomed hair and a rather balanced character.

Though many people mistakenly write them off as high-maintenance homebodies, who seem to spend a lot of time at the beauty parlor, they may, in fact, be the perfect companions for households with children.

The Boxer is a popular breed and there are just so many reasons to fall in love with one of them. It may be their powerful body or their expressive face or their clownish sense of humor. Perhaps it’s their innate intelligence and an intense attachment to their humans. Pick one! In any case, this is a very sweet dog and an excellent companion, well suited for families with children.

French bulldog

Frenchies are intelligent and surprisingly good watchdogs and they don’t usually bark excessively even though they do have a territorial streak. However, you’d better pay attention when they do bark.

They can be very stubborn and hard-headed. You may win the battle but it requires patience and consistent training. Still, they’re worthy of your affection as they’re not only fun but also friendly pets who get along famously with everyone around them.


A Rottweiler sitting on the grass.
Many people think that all Rottweilers are the same, but there’s a difference between an American Rottweiler and a German one. Both are descendants of ancient European herding dogs. Most specimens of this breed are incredibly intelligent, affectionate, and friendly. And, although their loyalty and size make them excellent guard dogs, they’re also quite gentle and nurturing companions.

Shih Tzus might be tiny but they have a big personality and just want to be your friends. They’re highly affectionate, lively and sweet-tempered. In addition, they always seem to be happy and in a good mood, they’re also easy to train.

The most recognizable features of the Shih Tzu breed are long flowing hair and a broad round head with large expressive eyes. There are many small dogs who bark too much but this is not the case here. Keep in mind they do bark to alert you of situations that may require your attention.

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