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.