No one can resist stopping in their tracks to give a pooch a heckin' good pet. Dogs are undeniably the most perfect four-legged pet out there (unless you're a cat person) and have a combination of unmatched loyalty and unconditional love that makes them the perfect addition to any family. Just like we all have our favorite kinds of people, we also have our favorite kinds of furry, four-legged best friends. Here's our top ten list of the most "pup"ular dog breeds to satisfy your canine curiosity.
Popularized by their nickname as "Yorkies," Yorkshire Terriers rank as the tenth-most popular dog in the United States as of 2018. Today, Yorkies are primarily considered affectionate yet sassy lapdogs. However, their roots lie in the working class as the cutest pest exterminators textile mills and coal mines were ever lucky enough to work with. These incredibly kissable, long-haired lapdogs generally don't surpass the seven-pound mark, but are prone to becoming overweight. So, they should have a properly maintained diet to avoid the health complications associated with overweight pups. Historically, Yorkshire Terriers are super popular with celebrities and have been owned by renowned celebs like Audrey Hepburn, Whitney Houston, and Britney Spears.
Perhaps the most surprising pup on our list, the German Shorthaired Pointer is making its highest appearance on the list of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. since being recognized by the AKC in 1930! This beautiful breed was built to work for long days hunting a variety of game. So, naturally, this pupper has an incredible track record in speed and agility competitions. This dog is a master both in body and beauty, even winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2016. Because of their highly energetic nature, these prince-like pooches are best suited for people with very active lifestyles to make sure these dogs have the opportunity to release their energy in a positive fashion (a.k.a. not eating the couch because they got bored). If you're looking for a fun pup to train with for marathons, this pointer is perfect for you.
Don't be fooled by their robust, muscular disposition: Rottweilers can be the perfect loving guardian in any family home. These Mastiff-related mutts were bred by Romans to manage herds during travel, but today the breed has quickly developed into an intelligent, people-loving pup that enjoys learning and playing with lots of positive reinforcement. Rottweilers were even used as search-and-rescue dogs after the devastating effects of 9/11, serving as a testament to the breed's incredible courage and loyalty to humans. If you're on the lookout for a loving, loyal, and intelligent companion to you and your household, consider connecting with one of these courageous canines.
As the national dog of France and one of the most popular breeds in the United States, the Poodle has earned a place in the hearts of dog owners internationally. Despite their reputation as a "sissy dog," Poodles are extremely intelligent and athletic, which has led the breed to achieve in a variety of canine sports such as agility, tracking, and obedience. These poofed-up pups come in three sizes (standard, miniature, and toy) and have a rich history in the laps of royals and nobles all over Europe. Today, Poodles are prized for their iconic fluff and are the perfect fit for a home that likes to exercise both the body and the brain.
Beagles have consistently topped the charts of most popular dog breeds for more than a century! Thought to have been bred to hunt hare in packs, the Beagle is actually so ancient that their origin isn't completely known. However, there is evidence of packs of Beagles hunting together in England as far back as 55 B.C.! Culturally, Beagles are popular amongst leaders (owned by Queen Victoria I and Lyndon B. Johnson) and have earned a spot in the hearts of Americans as the Peanuts character, Snoopy. With a pack mentality and playful, curious nature, Beagles are the perfect match for homes with other dogs and children to complete the family.
If you're searching for a sweet, wrinkly pup that's a-okay with spending a day cuddled up at your feet or one walking through the park, the Bulldog might be the pooch for you. These dogs are easily identified by their short, stocky, body coupled with those droopy chops on either side of their jaw. Bulldogs originally were bred for blood sport, but nearly came to extinction when bull staking and pit fighting became outlawed in England during the nineteenth century. Luckily, the breed avoided disappearance and was refined into the calm, courage, and kid-loving family dog that we cherish today. Because these pups are so willing to go with the flow, making sure they receive enough exercise to maintain their muscular bods is important for these wonderfully wrinkled dogs.
French Bulldogs quickly became popular for their bat ears and incredibly adaptable nature. Because they are so small with a calm, couch-potato disposition, these pups are perfect for any living situation, from apartment to family home. The title as a "French" bulldog is deceiving because their roots actually lie in England where they were bred to be a literal miniature version of the larger, original Bulldog. Their relaxed tendencies make for an easy exercise schedule, as they might be perfectly contempt with a lap or two around the block. However, they also have been known to enjoy participating in more stimulating activity like obedience and agility training. Though they enjoy a brisk walk, their flat faces and smushed noses can cause breathing problems if they go too hard making gains. This amazingly adaptable pup is the perfect fit for someone going through a transitional time that needs a loyal sidekick.
Golden Retrievers are the perfect, all-American, apple pie of the dog world. These dogs are prized in both the service industries and film industries. They act as the perfect service dog for those who are blind and serve as fearless search-and-rescue dogs. They also beautifully appear in shows like Full House and star in movies like Air Bud. Golden Retrievers are the cherry on top to everyone's "American Dream" and exist as another loyal breed eager to please their owners. Whether you're looking for an athletic dog to chase your kids in the backyard or swim with you on trips to the lake, the Golden Retriever checks all the boxes of being a perfect family pet.
German Shepherds are the breeds with day jobs. Famously noted for their work with police and military services, German Shepherds are considered the perfect all-purpose working dogs because of the unshakable loyalty and courage they display even in the face of danger. They are fantastic learners that are eager to please their caretakers and flaunt an almost royal, well-mannered demeanour. This exterior beauty brought one pup to the silver screen, Rin Tin Tin, as he starred in silent motion films after his rescue from World War I. Though these dogs do make fantastic companions to their handlers, German Shepherds often exhibit aloofness with those whom they are unfamiliar. All in all, the German Shepherd's courageous bravery and loyalty makes it a fantastic family dog if you're looking for dedicated and beautiful guardian.
Whether you're a sporty outdoors person in need of an intelligent hunting buddy, a bachelor/ette searching for a quiet best friend, or a family looking for the perfect pup for your kids to grow up with, a Labrador Retriever fits the needs of any dog lover at any stage in their life. Labs are known for their friendly demeanour and Olympic-level athleticism, but require a good amount of exercise to stay both physically and mentally fit. Training these sweet-faced athletes is considered to be rather easy because Labs have a tendency to be "people pleasers," if you will; it's recommended that they begin obedience and socialization training at a very early age before bad habits can be learned. This pooch has an anticipated life span of about 12 years, dedicated to being your absolute best friend with unwavering loyalty and love that makes it the perfect family pet.