If you are one of those dog lovers, it might be of interest to you know the top 10 most popular dog breeds. As the years go by, the list of the most popular dogs is changing now and then. We know that there are more than 150 dog breeds, and it might shock you to know the breed that has retained the top position. In this article, I will be showing you the top 10 most popular dog breeds, and narrow down into what makes these dogs so popular. Stay tuned also to get some cool facts about each breed.
So, what are the top 10 most popular dog breeds?
Naming the breeds from top to bottom, we have the Retrievers (Labrador), the German shepherds’ dogs, the retrievers (golden), the French bulldogs, bulldogs, beagles, poodles, Rottweilers, Yorkshire terriers and the Pointers (German shorthaired).
These breeds have grown favor in humans, and that increases their popularity. Some of these dog breeds have maintained their position while others have moved a step or two on top. Let’s look deeper into these breeds and find out more about them.
The Labrador was first introduced in the 1830s in trade between the Poole and the Labrador region of Canada hence the name Labrador. The breed has become very popular in the regions of Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. It has gained favor in humans due to its loyalty, obedience, and playful composure. On top of this, the dog is good at hunting and sports. Interestingly, the dog is known for disability assistance as it acts as a therapy dog for those with autism and blindness. For 4 consecutive years, this breed has maintained the top position and is still the most popular dog breed.
German Shepherds Dogs
Just as the name suggests, this dog originated from Germany back in 1899. It has the appearance of a wolf and a size medium to large. They are the second most popular dog breed thank to their strength, trainability, and obedience. The German shepherd is a working dog and is preferred in acting, search and rescue, military role, and disability assistance. In the past, these dogs were used to herd the sheep.
Owing to its gentle temperament for its popularity, the golden retriever is the best family dog breed. The dog is a medium-large gun dog with a dense inner coat for warmth and an outer coat that repels water as this breed is fond of water. The dog’s intelligence and obedience make it easy to train. This dog is also used to aid the blind and deaf. For this reason, the dog has gained popularity in the United States, Brazil, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
The French bulldog that most pet dogs call a frog dog or a Clown dog is a muscular dog with soft and loose skin leading to the formation of wrinkles. This breed is a hybrid dog breed between the Toy bulldog from England and the Ratters from France from the 1800s. The breed is a domestic dog and has gained popularity over the years. In 2015, the dog attained the fourth position of popularity in the United Kingdom, 6th position in the United States and 3rd most popular in Australia in 2017. This breed loves to be around people and if left for long alone, it may experience anxiety and become destructive. They are affectionate and patient. They rarely bark and are intelligent. You can find the best harness for your french bulldog here.
This breed is also known as the British bulldog or the English Bulldog. The word bulldog dates back to the 1630s from a man Preswick Eaton. This breed is known to have a big head with round black eyes and broad shoulders. Bulldogs are famous for being kind, courageous and brevity. They are not aggressive but have a stubborn character. They have gained popularity in the United Kingdom and the United States for their tendency to get along with children, family members, and other pets.
The beagles have originated from Great Britain in the 1830s. It was a breed from several breeds such as the north country beagle, the southern hound, the Tablot hound, and the harrier. This breed is similar to the foxhound but smaller in size. Due to its excellent sense of smell, it is used in tracking mainly as a detection dog. This breed is popular as it is intelligent, has good size, good temper. Although this is the case, they are hard to train as they are single-minded and do not make good guard dogs but can serve as watchdogs. They care easily won over but they back before that.
Poodles are interesting dogs starting from their appearance. They possess a fancy ‘haircut’ with very dark eyes, ears that fold over close to the head with a curly coat. They are the second most intelligent breed of dogs after the Border Collie. This breed is a show dog and has been to many conformations shows emerging with top honors. With many dog skills, this breed excels in obedience, agility, herding, tracking, circus performance, and also assistance dog. An interesting fact is that the dog’s hair does not stop growing unless it is cut and failure to leads to major consequences such as illnesses and skin infections.
The rottweiler is a domestic dog that was used to herd livestock and pull carts with meat to the market in Germany. This has changed over the years, and they are now the best as police dogs, search dogs, rescue dogs, and guard dogs. The name is from a town called Rottweil which was a trade center. This is a working dog and is always eager to work. They are obedient, devoted, fearless, calm, confident and courageous. They are good companions.
The Yorkshire originated from Yorkshire, England. This breed has a long coat that is either grey, black or tan. They are good companions, and they enjoy the company. Without a company for long hours, they get anxiety which is not good.
For this reason, most families with this breed have two of them. This breed is active, curious, overprotective and fond of attention. They are not good with children under the age of ten but has still managed to gain popularity as a companion dog.
POINTERS (GERMAN SHORTHAIRED)
This breed was developed in the 19th century for hunting in Germany. The dog is muscular with strong legs that help him to be fast and turn quickly. The breed has floppy ears and long muzzle that is strong. They have webbed feet good for going after the waterfowl. They are friendly, enthusiastic, intelligent, and bold. They are easy to train using positive reinforcement methods. Their temperament is affected by different situations such as training and socialization. The dog has managed to be in the top 10 most popular dog breeds. This breed likes to hunt and participate in different canine activities like agility and tracking. An interesting fact is that the dog must have 1 to 2 hours of exercise if the dog is to remain in a sane mind. Otherwise, the dog will get destructive.
Well. There you have it, a list of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the world.