Most popular dog breeds
April 17, 2019
Without a doubt - dogs are among the most popular pets. These faithful companions are much more popular than cats, parrots, fish and others. But there are breeds that are much more popular than others. Of course, popularity and the love of man are something variable and influenced by fashion, lifestyle, even by place of residence.
What is the most popular dog breed?
In each country, there are different favorite breeds and their rating can change each year. Popular breeds in Europe are not always the same as in the US and Canada, for example. In Nordic countries, because of the weather conditions, more popular are breeds that have thick fur, are resistant to cold, strong and durable. Some people from the ranks of fashion and art do often prefer small breeds that are like toys and ornaments.
In almost all countries the Labrador retriever is always among the top 10. These dogs came first in England from the Canadian island of Newfoundland. They inhabited the island four thousand years ago. Initially, they were called dogs from the island of St. Jones. It is enough to look at a photo of this breed to find out why. The sweet mug of the puppy doesn't lose its charm when the Labrador grows. They say that a man can fall in love with a Lab at first sight. In the US this breed is placed first in popularity for years. Today these dogs are the best companions because they are very kind to people. Not accidentally used as rescue dogs to guide blind people. They are perfect for families with children, as they will take care of them as a nanny. The Labrador Retriever easily makes friends with dogs of other breeds as well as cats. It loves water and is a very good swimmer. Dogs of this breed can swim at a speed of five km/h. Labradors are very smart and easily trained. Their only disadvantage is that they are prone to obesity.
The German shepherd is ranked second among the most popular dogs. These are very loyal animals, ready under any circumstances to defend its farmers. They are smart, obedient and have a great capacity to acquire new skills. They are physically strong and are therefore used as police and guard dogs. Socialization and training should start from an early age. The German shepherd can learn quickly, but you must show consistency in training.
The Beagle is a small and cute dog. It is very smart, easily finds a common language with children. They are kind, social and playful dogs. They have an incredible sense of smell, which makes them favorite pets for hunters all over the world. Keep in mind that the Beagle often barks which can be uncomfortable for your neighbours.
The Golden Retriever is a great favorite of families with children. They are sociable, friendly, with an excellent temperament. They love to play and constantly seek people's attention and sometimes even become annoying. Thanks to their high intellect, they quickly learn and can be trained. They need exercise, but not as much as their cousins Labradors. You cannot rely on golden retrievers as guards because they love everybody. Some hospitals even use them to help children with autism. They also become an ICU for guide dogs for blind people. For the creator of the breed is considered Scottish Lord Tuidmaut. This dog is a great choice for inexperienced families. It is gentle and loving and will not cause you any problems. They love water games, so we will be most happy if you bring them to a river, lake or the seaside.
Despite the strange appearance, Bulldogs are also in the top 10 of the most popular dogs. They are very friendly, sometimes arbitrary and stubborn, but affectionate with children, playful and gentle. They are also excellent guards. The uniqueness of this animal is its great kindness. It is gentle with the owner and his family, but also with other guests and friends. But if you feel the malevolence it is ready to give its life defending you and your property. In the process of selection, the aggressive past disappeared and now its attack is expressed mostly with loud barking. Owners of the Bulldog must show patience and persistence in its education. However, if the dog is trained properly, it will become a reliable defender and keeper, loyal and friendly friend.
Some people think that the Poodle is stupid, but actually, that's not true. They are accustomed to participate in circus performances and to help hunters. They are hyperactive and have a very acute sense of smell. This breed is suitable for allergic people, although you should brush your pet on a daily basis. Poodles have a curious history - this is one of the oldest breeds in Europe created for hunting waterfowl. There are paintings from the 13th century, which undoubtedly depict poodles. One of the most popular theories is that the breed was selected in Germany, having received its name from the world "pudeln", which is used in the sense of "to throw something in the water." Soon after the establishment of the breed, they become very popular in France, where they are known as duck dog. There are 3 varieties of poodles - medium, miniature and toy.
The Rottweiler also entered the top 10 most popular dog breeds, although with improper training can become dangerous to humans. The reason is its beautiful appearance and his intelligence. Despite its German origin, experts tend to believe that the ancestor of the Rottweiler is a Neapolitan Mastiff which was a guard and was involved in the fighting. The Rottweiler is a powerful, calm and devoted dog, ready to sacrifice for its master. It should be brought up and pass a course in dressage, otherwise this 60-pound animal can become a deadly weapon. This breed is used in the police. It's clever and very observant. If raised by balanced and intelligent people who accept it as part of the family, everything goes well. But there are cases of "dating" a Rottweiler with crazy people, demonstrating his own aggressiveness make him suffer mistreatment and wear the blame on himself. It is a dog that belongs to one person. An owner with authority, calm, able to teach, without using force.
Shih-Tzu is a cross between three recognized breeds: Tibetan mountain dog, Lhasa Apso and Pekinees. This is the smallest and one of the most ancient breeds of Tibet. They are not aggressive, but thin-skinned and sensitive. They tend to gain weight and it is important to track their nutrition. Shih Tzu is an energetic and playful dog and loves to run around the yard like crazy. Being a lover of comfort and attention, it can sit on the lap of its owner for hours, making it an excellent pet for older people. Most dogs of the breed are friendly with strangers, although still need to work on the socialization of the animal and the building of trust in humans and other animals that it might face. Shih Tzu are also peaceably disposed to other pets in the family. The results of their training will be wonderful if you rely on consistency, praise and food rewards.
In some charts, the Dachshund is also in the top 10. This breed is affectionate and true, but hard to train and can show vagaries because they are very stubborn. We recommend that you take your dachshund if your child is already older, because Dachshunds sometimes are annoyed by young children and can gently bite them. This is an ancient hunting breed, there is evidence that dogs with such a vision existed in Egypt. The modern Dachshund, however, is associated mainly with Germany. Over the years the breed has undergone many changes, in the selection are used spaniels, greyhounds, Pinschers, Scottish terriers and other unknown varieties. The final result was an extremely agile and clever dog that is unsurpassed assistant in the hunt. For years it was used in hunting big and small game. Dachshunds excel at catching badgers, foxes and rabbits. Besides being capable hunters, dachshunds can be loving pets. They are nimble, agile and energetic dogs.
Regardless of the breed and size, all dogs are smart, beautiful and are true friends of man. Your puppy will become a great animal if you train and treat it the right way.
Bear in mind that a dog breed’s popularity is never certain and is likely to change from year to year! This is due to different factors, sadly that includes which dogs are seen as trendy. However, there are also plenty of good reasons why a breed’s popularity would decline over time such as health issues.
It’s great to see that most of the dogs featured on this list as hardy breeds with very few genetic defaults! Of course, every large breed of dog will be susceptible to issues such as hip dysplasia due to their size, but there is plenty that you can do to ensure your pup stays in top condition.
You may also want to ask yourself the question why you have come here to look at the most popular dog breeds. Popularity in dog breeds isn’t the same as it is when it comes to buying a new Smartphone. There are so many different types of breeds with very specific personality types – just as there are with people.
So, the best match for you would be based on your personality, your income, your living situation, your lifestyle, how much you like to exercise, how much you are away from home.
All of these factors are considerably more important than how popular a dog breed is.
If you’d like to know more about dog breeds, you can find the breed description of every breed on this list over on our Breed Descriptions page.