The American Kennel Club has listed the most popular dog breeds in the United States. Does your favorite breed make the list?
Labs are known for their friendly, playful attitudes and the way they enjoy spending time with people. Retrievers are commonly used as hunting dogs and excel at retrieving game after it has been shot. Because of their intelligence and sensitivity, Labrador retrievers also make great companion dogs for the blind or disabled. They are easy going and terrific with children.
German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd Dog is a large, muscular dog that can look intimidating but is often gentle with a sweet nature. As its name suggests, the German shepherd was originally used as help in herding animals. This behavior can sometimes be seen at home in the German shepherd’s attempts to herd its family members.
Golden retrievers are very much like Labrador retrievers. They love people, and they love to play. Golden retrievers are considered easy to train because they love positive attention and want to please their people. Golden retrievers were developed from water Spaniels. This is what gives them their water resistant coats, webbed feet and excellent swimming abilities.
Beagles are compact bundles of energy and joy. These dogs were used for hunting small game such as rabbits, and they now make excellent family pets. Beagles are naturally curious and intelligent, and they need plenty of exercise to keep them from getting bored and causing trouble.
English Bulldogs are charming dogs known for their large heads and droopy muzzles. They are patient and strong, and they get along well with children and other pets. They were named for their participation in a cruel game known as bull baiting where the dog was encouraged to grab a bull by the nose. This game was declared illegal long ago, but the dog’s popularity continues.
Known as Yorkies, these little dogs are full of pep and spunk. This beautiful breed was originally used for catching rats in mills that made fabrics and clothing. It was then discovered by European aristocrats and became known as a dog of the wealthy. You can sometimes see modern Yorkies tucked away in their owners’ handbags.
Boxers are tough dogs that were once used in hunting large game. Their size, strength and history have led some to assume that they are aggressive. The truth is that Boxers are typically loving, patient dogs. Most Boxers adore children.
The Poodle’s traditional, fluffy cut sometimes makes this breed the target of jokes in spite of the fact that Poodles are intelligent and poised. The breed comes in three different sizes from tiny to large and was bred to retrieve game from the water. The traditional haircut is a reflection of this job. It allows the Poodle to move easily through the water while keeping warm. Poodles are energetic and easily trained.
The Rottweiler is a powerful worker. This dog was bred primarily as a guard dog and is at its best when performing a task. Rottweilers love being part of family life and are often cherished companions. They can be suspicious of strangers and should have obedience training. Rottweiler owners love their dogs for their independent and confident attitudes.
Dachshunds are the funny little dogs with long backs and short legs. They were bred this way so that it could chase badgers through tunnels underground. Very good with other dogs, dachshunds are friendly, happy dogs that love to play. They make good family pets.
It is easy to see why these 10 breeds are the most popular among American dog owners.