The 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America

What’s your favorite kind of dog? At BiomeXity, we love all dogs; tiny, massive, mixed or pedigree, but most people gravitate to one breed or another for a variety of reasons.

Owners look for different qualities when selecting their pets, including:

  • Behavior – Are they going to be child-friendly and docile?
  • Maintenance – Do they require a lot of time, money and effort to groom and care for?
  • Intelligence – Are they going to be easy to train and obedient?
  • Medical issues and life-span – Sadly, a lot of breeds have issues like Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) and canine hip dysplasia (CHD).
  • Environment – How well-suited are they to the climate where you are? Are they apartment-friendly?

While some breeds remain the darlings of the dog world for decades, others have moved up the ranks and into our hearts in more recent years

Top 10 Dog Breeds in America

So, what are America’s favorite breeds? The American Kennel Club announced the results of its annual survey of the Nation's top dog breeds last week, and there were a few surprising additions to the list.

Labrador Retrievers

Americans still can't get enough of the Labrador retriever, which held onto the top spot for the 31st year in a row. The Lab is a great, family-friendly dog and remains popular for a reason.

“The versatile, family-friendly Labrador Retriever has solidified itself as America's dog.” says AKC’s executive secretary Gina DiNardo, "With their loving, outgoing personality and eager-to-please attitude, it's no surprise that the Lab has been able to continue its record-breaking run as the most popular breed in the U.S. As always, we encourage people to do their research to make sure they are not just getting a purebred dog, but most importantly a well-bred dog from a responsible breeder."

Top breeds of dogs for families

top breeds of dogs for families

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog has a long history as a companion dog and they’re also great with children. Frenchies are usually laid back and playful, but these small dogs have big personalities. 

They are prone to overheating and have well-documented breathing issues, so they’re not the best breed for long hikes or vigorous exercise.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are smart, loyal and make great family pets. They have high energy levels but can also be gentle and sweet.

They typically love the outdoors and are extremely affectionate. Their lustrous, golden coat is another attractive quality, so long as you don’t mind a bit of shedding.

German Shepherds

German Shepherd dogs are highly intelligent and hard-working animals that are often used as service animals by police and the military - but they also make wonderful family pets.

Good looking and naturally athletic, this breed can also have joint problems later on in life, so do your research into their lineage before selecting yours.

Poodles 

A born show dog and supremely well-behaved, Poodles are making a comeback in the USA, breaking into the top five for the first time since 1997.

Poodles are generally healthy due to years of responsible breeding and tests, but they do require regular grooming, which can be expensive.

Bulldogs 

The American Bulldog is well-muscled and large, but they have a reputation for being softies who dote over children.

Originally bred for handling large animals and protecting property, such as Southern plantations and ranches, all modern American Bullies can trace their roots to four strains (Williamson, Scott, Bailey & Johnson.) from the Alabama/Georgia area.

Good breed for first time owners

Good dog for first time owners

Beagles 

Even-tempered, sociable and adaptable, Beagles remain a popular choice as an American pet.

Beagles are very smart animals and are very easy to train, which makes them a perfect pet for a first-time dog owner. They also have an exceptional sense of smell, so you’ll often see them put to work at airports making sure baggage passes the sniff test. 

Rottweilers

With training and socializing from a young age, Rottweilers make perfect family pets. 

The AKC Standard describes Rotties as, “a calm, confident, and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.”

Although they can be wary of strangers, they’re usually very loyal and protective of their owners.

Pointers 

Bred for centuries to “point” out birds and small game, the Pointer is both a utilitarian field dog and a loyal family pet. 

Pointers have a long history with the AKC and were one of the original breeds recognized when they were founded in 1884. Because they’re bred for sport, they do need a lot of exercise and have high energy levels.

Dachshunds 

The Dachshund's small size makes it ideal for smaller homes and apartments. 

They do have a reputation for being a bit stubborn to train, but most owners are happy to overlook this. They also love lots of attention, so they'd prefer you to be around all the time. 

 

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March 23, 2022