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5 Most Popular Dog Breeds Registered with the American Kennel Club

Ask any pet owner for a list of the most popular dog breeds and you will probably get a different answer every time. That’s because anyone who is close with a canine companion usually thinks that their pet is truly the best. While dogs continue to capture our hearts, some breeds stand out and become noticeably more popular than others.

5th Place: The Golden Retriever

It’s no surprise that the Golden Retriever would find a place on the American Kennel Club’s list. This popular canine has earned a place in many homes thanks to its trademark temperament. The average Golden is very patient and loving. They don’t mind children and fit in exceptionally well in a family setting. They are also quite sociable and happily welcome visitors into their home. A healthy, well-balanced and well-trained Golden Retriever will show no unprovoked aggression and will be very amicable.

4th Place: Beagle

The Beagle is yet another handsome canine that has earned a reputation among dog owners. This breed comes from England however it is actually more popular in Canada and the United States. Beagles are gentle and show an even temperament that is very appealing to families and individuals looking for a companion pet.  They aren’t timid, but show no aggression either.  Potential owners should be aware that this breed is very headstrong and determined which can make training a challenge.

3rd Place: Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is the smallest canine featured on this list. What it lacks in size it makes up for in appearance and personality. Developed in Yorkshire, England during the 19th century, this breed was a worker. Its small size was perfect for its assigned task: catching rats. The average Yorkie weighs less than 10 pounds and is very active and affectionate. It can also be overprotective and is not considered a lap dog.

2nd Place: German Shepherd

The Alsatian (German Shepherd) came from Germany, but has spread to become one of the most popular dog breeds in other countries including the United States.  This herding canine is protective, a trait harkening back to its original purpose which included guarding its master’s livestock. The average German Shepherd is large and can weigh anywhere from 55 to 95 pounds with females falling on the lighter side. The breed is highly intelligent and a hard worker. It is also very active and will require an outlet to satisfy its mental and physical abilities.

1st Place: Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever takes first place on the American Kennel Club’s top dog breeds list. This breed serves as an excellent gun dog. Unlike other canines, the Lab has webbed paws which allow it to take well to water. This stems from the dog’s original purpose, which included retrieving nets for fishermen. They are hugely popular in many countries, including the U.S., Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada.  The average Lab weighs between 60 and 88 pounds and stands 21 to 25 inches tall. Accepted colors include black, chocolate and yellow.

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Beagle Boston Terrier Mix

A Beagle Boston Terrier mix is also called a Boglen or Boggle (from a combination of the breed names).

Mixed Breeds, Hybrid Dogs, Designer Dogs

Many people use the terms “mixed breed,” “hybrid dog,” and ‘designer dog” interchangeably but they are not exactly the same thing. In general, a mixed breed dog, or mutt, is any dog that is not a purebred. Usually the parents are unknown and the breeding was accidental. A designer dog or hybrid dog usually refers to an intentional breeding between two purebred dogs of different breeds. The goal is usually to breed something cute and novel or to make money. As with anything else, there are all kinds of designer dog breeders. Some breeders are better than others. Some provide excellent care and homes for their dogs. Some don’t. You should always make inquiries before you buy any dog or puppy to make sure you are getting a healthy puppy from a good source.


Many designer dog breeders and mixed breed advocates will tell you that mixed breeds and designer dogs are healthier than purebred dogs. This is not true. The truth is that no one really bothers to keep records about the health of mixed breeds and most designer dog breeders do not health test their breeding stock. There is, by contrast, a great deal of health testing done for purebred dogs which makes all of their health issues well-known to the public. This doesn’t mean that purebred dogs are unhealthy. It means that breeders do everything possible to test their dogs, spend money on tests and research, and try to breed healthier dogs with each generation. The American Kennel Club has contributed more than $25 million to the Canine Health Foundation since 1995 for research into canine health issues. This research has benefited all dogs, both purebred and mixed breed.

Beagle Boston Terrier Mix

If you are interested in getting a Beagle Boston Terrier mix then there’s no way to know what the puppy will look like. It could resemble either the Beagle or the Boston Terrier parent. It could be brown and white, brindle and white, black, or some other combination of hound colors. Both of these breeds are very sweet so the dog’s personality will likely be very kind and sweet. However, the puppy/dog may also inherit some traits from the Beagle parent such as baying and howling, which make them a bad choice for people who live in apartments.

Beagles are also known to shed a great deal and your puppy/dog could inherit this kind of coat shedding.

Although Boston Terriers are terriers, they have been considered non-sporting dogs for a long time. Your puppy/dog may or may not inherit the Beagle and terrier’s tendency to dig.

The Boston Terrier is a brachycephalic (short-nosed) breed. Your puppy/dog could inherit this short-nosed face.

Boston Terriers are considered clean like cats and relatively easy to train. Beagles are considered a little hardheaded and hard to train. There’s no way to know how your puppy/dog will turn out in this area.

As far as size goes, your puppy/dog will probably be small to medium in size, weighing 25 pounds or less.


The Beagle Boston Terrier mix can be a sweet, gentle dog and you may enjoy this puppy/dog. There’s really no way to predict what many of the puppy/dog’s traits will turn out to be since the two breeds are so very different.

Types Of Small House Dogs

Small dogs are often bred-down, smaller versions of the larger dogs with which we are all familiar. Some of these small dogs once had jobs but they have become lap dogs or small house dogs now. Here’s a look at some of the different types of small house dogs you may encounter.


There are a number of small house dogs that have terrier-like traits or which are related to the terrier breeds. “Pinscher” means terrier in German and the Affenpinscher and Miniature Pinscher were created from larger terrier breeds. The Brussels Griffon was also created from terrier breeds. The Manchester Terrier, the Silky Terrier, the Toy Fox Terrier, and the Yorkshire Terrier all have the terrier spirit and were bred from terriers. So, if you like terriers you will have no trouble finding a small house dog with terrier traits. Many of these dogs are brave and have lots of personality.

Sporting Dogs

There is a hint of the sporting dog in some small dogs, such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Dogs that resembled the Cavalier can be seen in paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries in England. Like sporting dogs, the Cavalier is a gentle dog who loves to be with his owner. They make excellent family dogs. There are several Toy dogs and Non-Sporting dogs with the name “Spaniel” such as the English Toy Spaniel but these dogs are not actually spaniels. It’s possible that there was some spaniel mixed in with these breeds at some point long ago, but they are Toy dogs and should not be considered spaniel in type or personality.

Spitz Dogs

The Pomeranian and the American Eskimo Dog in the Non-Sporting group are reminiscent of the northern dogs that once pulled sleds. They look like Spitz-type dogs. The Pomeranian was at one time much larger and used to be a sled dog in northern areas. The American Eskimo Dog is the descendant of several different white breeds such as the white German Spitz, the white Keeshond, and white Pomeranian dogs, among others. They were exceptionally smart dogs and were used as circus dogs because they were so easy to train.


You can even find a member of the Hound group among the small house dogs. The Italian Greyhound, which stands only 15 inches tall at the shoulder, is a smaller version of the Greyhound and the Whippet. These gentle, playful dogs are quite laid back and relaxed and make wonderful companions for the home.


You can find a number of small house dogs who were once kept as watchdogs. For example, the Lhasa Apso, the Tibetan Spaniel (who is not really a spaniel), and the Tibetan Terrier (who is not really a terrier) were all kept in Tibet as watchdogs for Buddhist monks and for the nobility. The Tibetan Terrier was even used as a small herding dog at times. These little dogs will still watch over you in your home.


Finally, there are many small dogs which have always been companions and lapdogs. The Pekingese, the Chinese Crested, the Japanese Chin, the Maltese, the Papillon, and the Pug have always been valued as pets. They still fulfill that important role today as small house dogs.


Small house dogs have interesting and varied backgrounds. Many of these breeds were originally kept for other purposes. They come from terrier, sporting, spitz, and the hound group, for example. Some small dogs, however, have always been kept as companions. Whichever small dog you choose, they are all loving and make good pets.

Beagle Puppies for Adoption

Beagles are one of the most popular breeds in the United States and in many other countries. In the U.S., Beagles are ranked as the fourth most popular breed registered with the American Kennel Club. Beagles are in the top 15 most popular dogs in Canada, and in the top 30 most popular dogs in the UK. However, whenever a breed is very popular, there are likely to be dogs that end up in animal shelters This article will provide information about Beagle puppies for adoption.

Why Dogs End Up In Shelters

According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, people turn in pets to pet shelters for the following reasons:
  • They ask for euthanasia because their pet is ill (7.4 percent)
  • They are moving (7.3 percent)
  • They found the animal (6.6 percent)
  • Their landlord won’t let them have a pet (5.3 percent)
  • The owner says they have too many pets (4.8 percent)
  • The animal is old (4.6 percent)
  • It costs too much to keep the pet (4.1 percent)
  • The animal is sick (4.1 percent)
  • Someone in the family has allergies to the pet (3.98 percent
  • The pet is not housetrained (3.37 percent)
Other reasons include behavior problems and things like the owner dying or a divorce in the family.  These reasons account for about half of the dogs in shelters in the U.S.

Puppies In Shelters

If you have ever tried to find a puppy at an animal shelter then you probably already know that it’s usually hard to find one. It can be nearly impossible to find a purebred puppy such as Beagle puppies for adoption. Puppies are cute and everyone wants one, so when there are puppies at an animal shelter, they are taken quickly. Plus, there are relatively few purebred dogs and puppies at animal shelters. Breeders can sell purebred puppies and people are willing to buy them, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to take them to an animal shelter where the breeder won’t get any money for them. You should know that many people who work at animal shelters often label dogs as purebreds when they are not. They do this in an effort to make the dogs and puppies more appealing and try to get them adopted. They may call a dog a purebred Beagle when it is a mixed breed. In some cases animal groups illegally raid breeders and seize dogs so they will have purebred dogs and puppies to sell in animal shelters. You may occasionally find purebred puppies for sale in a shelter if an animal organization has done this. However, Beagles are not usually one of the breeds seized by animal groups. Animal groups can get more money by seizing and selling cute Toy dogs and puppies.

Beagle Mixes

You have a much better chance of finding mixed breed Beagle puppies for adoption. These puppies often look like Beagle puppies, for the most part. They are cute and they will probably have a good temperament. They just won’t be purebred Beagle puppies. However, it can still be hard to find puppies in a shelter so you may have to keep going back to the shelter to see when puppies are brought in. Or try to become friends with someone at the shelter and ask them to call you if they have some mixed breed Beagle puppies brought in to the shelter. Then you can get a puppy before they are all adopted.


It’s often hard to find purebred Beagle puppies in an animal shelter. You may need to look for mixed breed Beagle puppies for adoption. Visit the shelter often and try to make friends with the shelter staff so they can call you if they get in some puppies you may like.

Beagle Dog Training

Beagles are considered to have average or above average intelligence. However, Beagles are hunting dogs and they are used to working in the field on their own, making their own decisions. They do not always listen to their owners or check with them before doing something. Beagles can be quite independent and this can make them hard to train. They are sweet, loving dogs but Beagle dog training can take some patience.

Early Training

Ideally, training your Beagle will begin when he is a puppy. Beagle puppies, like all puppies, should be well-socialized. Take your puppy with you to places where he can meet some friendly people who will pet him. Let him meet some friendly puppies and dogs. Allow him to go places and see things so he won’t be scared of new things. These experiences will help to build your puppy’s confidence. Puppies who are well-socialized when they are young have fewer behavior problems when they are adults. You can also enroll your Beagle puppy in a puppy preschool or puppy kindergarten class. These classes are often offered by pet stores, animal shelters, kennel clubs, and dog trainers. You puppy can meet friendly people and play with some other puppies. He can learn some manners. And some classes also teach some basic obedience.

Beagle Dog Training

You can begin formally training your Beagle with some basic obedience lessons when he’s 8 to 12 weeks old. By this age your puppy will be old enough to start learning some commands such as Sit and Come. There are a couple of different approaches you can take to training your Beagle. You can sign up for a dog training class. These classes are usually offered by pet stores, animal shelters, kennel clubs, and by training centers run by dog trainers. Or, you can train your dog yourself. There are lots of DVDs, CDs, and good books on training dogs available. If you run into trouble with your training you can always join a class with your dog later.

What Your Dog Should Learn

Basic obedience commands that your Beagle should learn include Sit, Come, Lie Down, Heel, and to walk on a loose leash. Once your dog knows these basic commands you can work on doing them off-leash, but this will come later, after your dog can do the commands every time you tell him. A dog has to be very reliable before you start trying to train him off the leash. When training off leash you will need to start training in an enclosed area so your dog won’t escape or get out into traffic. Most people start off leash training inside the house.

Training Methods

There are several different training methods you can use for Beagle dog training. The most popular kind of training right now is positive reinforcement. This method uses praise and rewards for the dog. When the dog does what you tell him to do you give him lots of praise and a reward, such as a food treat. If the dog doesn’t do what you tell him, or he doesn’t understand you, you ignore what he does and keep repeating the lesson. This method doesn’t rely on correction or punishment but it encourages the dog to want to please you. Clicker training is one kind of positive reinforcement training. Traditional dog training, exemplified by the Koehler Method, is another dog training method. This method was popular prior to the 1990s and it is still used by some trainers. This training method uses a slip chain collar. The dog is given slight corrective jerks with the collar. At times you need to use your hands to position your dog for sitting or lying down by pushing on his hips or shoulders. This is not a cruel method of training if done properly. Some people also combine methods or just use whatever works for their dog. And other people try to use dog whispering for their dog. However, dog whispering is not really a training method. It is an approach to handling dogs that tries to make the human the “alpha” or leader in the relationship, but it doesn’t offer any specifics about training your dog for obedience.


Beagle dog training should start by socializing your Beagle well when he’s a puppy. Teach him good manners at home and start basic obedience training. You can teach him basic commands yourself or sign up for a good obedience class. Choose a training method that works for you and your dog.

Beagle Dog Information

Beagles are one of the most popular dogs in the U.S. and in many countries around the world. They are known for being cheerful, loving, friendly little dogs. They are also quite curious and they have a great sense of smell. They will follow wherever their nose leads them. They usually love children and they make a great dog for kids. Read below for more Beagle dog information.


Dogs of beagle-type have been reported in the British Isles since the time of the Roman occupation. In the 1500s it became popular in England for gentlemen to keep packs of Beagles for hunting small game. Some Beagles at this time were quite small and there are reports of “pocket” Beagles that could fit in a person pocket, and “glove” Beagles that could sit in someone’s gloved hand. It was said that people could put some of these small Beagles into their saddlebag and take them hunting. Beagles continued to be popular for hunting for the next several hundred years, though they were slightly larger. By the 18th and 19th century Beagles were used in crossbreeding to create the Foxhound, which looks similar in appearance to the Beagle, only larger, with longer legs. According to Beagle dog information, in the 19th century the Beagle became more standardized in appearance. Beagles in the United States were crossed with more elegant Beagles from England to produce the kind of Beagle we have today. Beagles today are still used for hunting rabbit and hare. They are still popular with hunters and some people still hunt with Beagles in packs.


The Beagle today in the United States is separated into two sizes: dogs that stand up to 13 inches tall at the shoulder, and dogs that stand up to 15 inches tall at the shoulder. Both sizes can appear in the same litter. Dogs can weigh up to 25 pounds. Popular Beagle colors include tricolor (black, white, and tan), tan and white, black and white, red and white, lemon and white, and other colors seen in hound breeds. Flecking or “ticking” is sometimes seen among these colors. The Beagle is a compact, tidy dog with long ears and appealing brown eyes. However, they do shed quite a bit so brush your Beagle often.

Living Conditions

Beagles do well as house dogs but, although they are small, they don’t usually do well in apartments. Beagles tend to bark and howl a lot which neighbors in an apartment building may not appreciate. They need lots of regular exercise. This is a breed that can become overweight easily if they don’t get enough exercise.


According to Beagle dog information sources, Beagles are generally considered to be a healthy breed of dog. However, like most breeds, they can have some health problems. Epilepsy can occur in the breed, along with hypothyroidism. Disc problems in the back are possible. Eye problems such as glaucoma can occur. Beagles have long ears which cover the ear canal so they can be prone to ear infections. You should clean your Beagle’s ears regularly. Beagles typically live 10 to 13 years.

Temperament and Training

Beagles are generally friendly and affectionate dogs. They can be quite smart but they are not always easy to train. As a hunting breed they tend to be independent-thinkers. If they become interested in something they smell they can stop paying attention to you. Training a Beagle takes time and patience. Beagles have been kept in packs for centuries so they usually do very well when living with other dogs. However, you should be careful if you have a cat or other small animal in the house. Your Beagle may see them as prey. If possible, try to raise your Beagle with a cat from the time he’s a puppy so he will respect the cat. Beagles get along great with children.


Beagles can make great family dogs. They are loving and affectionate dogs. They are not always easy to train, however. They do well living in a house with a yard. They are usually healthy dogs but you need to clean their ears regularly. They do shed a lot so brush often.