10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

If there’s one spectacular thing to come out of the dumpster-fire of 2020, it’s the soaring adoptions at animal shelters. It’s no wonder because the best dog breed of all time will always be the rescue dog. But the American Kennel Club keeps data on all the rest and their popularity. If you’ve yet to find your best friend, it’s not too late. There might be one of these top ten breeds waiting for you at a shelter. But guaranteed there’s a super-dog mix of all ten waiting for a home. 

10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

Labrador Retriever 

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Ranked #1 in America since 2000, the lab is a perennial family favorite. It comes in three flavors–yellow, black, and chocolate. They’re also one half of the loved/hated labradoodle. It’s no wonder families love this breed, they’re happy-go-lucky, friendly, and good with kids. 

German Shepherd

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Playing second fiddle to the lab, the German shepherd has never ranked lower than fourth amongst the most popular breeds. They’re super-smart, often trained for jobs that only dogs can do, like bomb-sniffing, search and rescue, guide work, and therapy.


Golden Retriever

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Shadow from Homeward Bound epitomized why this gentle, eager-to-please breed has never dropped below third in the most popular breeds. They’re the pretty, popular kids in high school who are also super friendly and smart. 



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Made famous by Snoopy, the beagle is an intense, kind-hearted breed. They love food, being loud, and sniffing. They’re also loyal and dedicated best-friends (see all of Peanuts for proof).


Yorkshire Terriers

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The Yorkie is the quintessential small-dog. They love their family and don’t trust strangers, which has earned them a reputation as “yappy.” But if you’re looking for a pint-sized adventure partner, these little guys are a whole lot of heart in a small package. 



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There’s a reason every designer dog breed has -oodle or -poo in the name. It’s because poodles make everything better. You can get them in four sizes–toy, miniature, and standard–to suit any lifestyle. They’re smart, adventurous dogs with a great sense of humor. 



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If you love funny dogs, there’s none goofier than the boxer. They’re also athletic, with muscular bodies and high energy. For families with rambunctious kids, a boxer is game for whatever antics the day holds. 



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Wiener dogs have a body type that keeps earning them fans year after year. Unbelievably, they were hunting dogs back in the day, but now you’re more likely to spot them sporting a hot dog costume at the dog park Howl-ween party. 



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People love smush-faced dogs. Who wouldn’t want to come home to all that waddling, panting, and snoring? They’re perfect for city-dwellers, preferring to spend their weekends dozing on the couch and hanging out on restaurant patios for brunch. 



The Rottweiler’s reputation is as a brute, but they’re big softies who love hanging out with their family–they can get anxious when left alone. They also enjoy doing odd-jobs around the house–historically, they were a working breed from Germany.