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Most Popular Dog Breeds

What dog is right for your family? At La Barkeria, we are here to help you with all your canine questions. We have complied a list of the 10 most popular breeds in the world, according to the American Kennel Club's registration statistics.

Released on March 20th, 2019, the American Kennel Club highlighted the most popular dog breeds from 2018. Each of these have unique characteristics, which earns them a spot on this prestigious list. Whatever preferences you have as a dog parent, you will be sure to find a compatible companion for your family.

  1. LABRADOR RETRIEVER: The Labrador Retriever hits the top of the list year after year as the most popular dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club's famous list. In fact, in 2017, the Labrador Retriever was on its 26th consecutive year as the number one dog breed of choice! The lab continues to win against other popular breeds like the German Shepherd and Golden Retriever for many reasons. A medium-sized dog, Labs typically weigh between 55-80 pounds and their fur coats can be a variety of colors like yellow, black, and even gorgeous chocolate. Labradors are friendly, social and easy-going dogs. Labrador Retrievers are enthusiastic athletes and will never turn down a game of fetch. (It’s true! It’s in their nature as a retriever.) They love to be with their humans. Because of their loyal companionship, Labradors make good service dogs. Their life span averages 10 to 14 years.

  2. GERMAN SHEPHERDS: The German Shepherd comes in a close second place on the AKC's annual list of the 10 most popular dog breeds. Since the 19th century, German Shepherds have had a place in our history. During World War I, they served as military canines. The German shepherd is the third most intelligent dog in the world, AKC's annual list. Because of their quick wit and intelligence, German Shepherds are commonly used by the military and police force. These dogs are easy to train and follow commands. GSP will devote themselves to their human. With this loyalty, comes a drive to protect and serve. They might be a bit standoffish to strangers because of this protective quality. Ultimately, the German Shepard is a smart breed and a devoted human companion.

  3. GOLDEN RETREIVER: This breed is so well known that you could say the Golden Retriever is the most famous dog breed. Not only is it one of the most popular dog breeds among everyday people, but Goldens often star in popular TV shows and movies. People fall in love with Goldens immediately because they are extremely friendly. They have an insatiable need to please their humans. They are easy to train. Goldens are great family dogs and generally have no issues socializing with other dogs. A medium-sized breed, Golden Retrievers are a popular choice for athletes as they are always game for an adventure and are particularly fond of water.

  4. FRENCH BULLDOGS: The French Bulldog is a trendy dog breed. This breed is particularly popular in major cities. Frenchies rank as the #1 breed in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and West Palm Beach. City dwellers love Frenchies because of their small size and dynamic personality. Because of their territorial streak, French Bulldogs will keep a vigilant watch over their homes. They are not huge barkers, but if they do speak up, you should listen! Although they don't make much barking noise, Frenchies create unique vocalization. Known to be quite loud snorers, French Bulldogs often make grunting and snorting noises. Last but not least, the French Bulldog comes standard with their famous "bat ears", making them simply irresistible.

  5. BULLDOGS: A medium-sized breed, the Bulldogs is a calm and recognizable dog. If you like to relax with a loyal companion then the Bulldog might be the best fit. These chill dogs are great family pets because of their docile nature and low-intensity active state. With their stocky build, squishy face, and wrinkled brow, this distinctive breed has charmed their humans. Aside from their unmistakable looks, bulldogs are popular for their relaxed demeanor. They are particularly popular for apartment dwellers because they do not require as much exercise as other breeds. The low-key personality of the bulldog also makes them great with young children.

  6. BEAGLES: Ask any beagle owner and they will happily tell you why Beagles are the best. This breed is known for its lovable floppy ears, fun attitude, and warm eyes. The reason why they make the top 10 most popular dog breeds is because of their temperament. Beagles are very loyal dogs; frequently rated as the #1 family dog. Beagles are one of the friendliest breeds. If you're looking for a fun, lovable, small-sized dog, the beagle is a great option. As part of the hound family, Beagles have great noses and can track for miles. Perfect for hunting small game, Beagles are a great choice for families that like to hunt or hike in nature.

  7. POODLES: Poodles are fun and goofy; but also very intelligent. Poodles learn tricks and commands quickly. For this reason, it is common to see poodles winning competitions in everything from nose work to agility. They also make great companions for people with disabilities. It's clear why poodles are so often winning "Best in Show." Poodles are one of the few dog breeds that do not have fur. Instead, poodles have hair as their coat, making them hypoallergenic, non-shedders. A fan favorite, Poodles come in 3 different sizes, standard at 50-60 pounds, miniature at 15-17 pounds, and toy, at 6-9 pounds. Poodles can be many different colors and because they grow hair, they are fun to groom.

  8. ROTTWEILERS: Rottweilers were originally bred to protect cattle and livestock because they were able to keep up with the sheepdogs and shepherds in the field. In fact, this breed is happiest when they have a job to do. They are smart and eager to please. In modern-day society, Rottweilers are often given important jobs which is why you will see many as service dogs, therapy dogs, guide dogs, obedience competitors, and more. Because of their defensive nature, Rottweilers are known for being very protective of their family and home. If not raised properly their natural defensive instincts can make them less approachable to other dogs, but if given obedience training and a designated pack leader, they are fiercely loyal and their companionship is unmatched.

  9. GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER: The name Pointer comes from their stance. This breed naturally uses their body to point; lowering their head, steadying their gaze, and then lifting a front paw as if pointing toward their prey. Used for hunting birds, German Shorthaired Pointers can easily find pheasant and quail that are known to hide in thick brush. They are also amazing swimmers. Their water-resistant coats repel debris as they swim and their spoon-shaped and webbed paws help them glide quickly through the water. Due to their innate nature to hunt and willingness to learn, the German Shorthaired can often be found outperforming other dogs in agility competitions and obstacle courses. It's no surprise that this breed continuously comes in “Best in Show" at the AKC Agility Tournament and remains one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

  10. YORKSHIRE TERRIOR: The Yorkshire Terrier, often known as the Yorkie, is one of the smallest breeds on this list, typically weighing around 7 pounds. Their size is one of the many reasons this breed makes the list of the most popular dog breeds. This makes the Yorkie an ideal pet for anyone with physical limitations, or anyone with compact living quarters. Another bonus of the Yorkie's small size is they make great travel companions and can attend more activities and outings than larger breeds. From the grocery store to airplanes, Yorkies are the perfect travel buddy. Known to be feisty and vocal, Yorkies have no problem standing up for themselves against larger dogs. Overall, Yorkies love attention and make wonderful companion dogs.

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