After a long day at work, having a dog waiting for you at home is a great way to cheer you up and make you feel relaxed. But if you are not a dog owner and are still planning to get one, knowing various breeds is a must before deciding what pup to bring home.
If you are looking for the ideal dog breed, you need to consider various factors before choosing the best dog to bring home. There are so many factors that you should consider before adopting a pup: size, adaptability, playfulness, personality, and so on. Once you already know the various elements of choosing a dog, it would be easier to decide what breed would be the perfect companion for the family.
Every year, organizations in different countries come up with a list of the most adored breeds of dogs. In the US, they have the American Kennel Club. It is one of the most trusted groups that keep a systematic record of all recognized and purebred dogs. They are ranked according to the number of registered breeds.
Whether you are a new fur parent or considering adding one to your growing fur family, we listed down the most popular dogs to help you choose. There are so many reasons why these breeds are the most sought in America. Do you own any of these adorable dogs?
1. Labrador Retriever
No doubt why this breed is the dearest one. With their sweet and charming looks, you’ll fall head over heels easily. Their outgoing personality and high spirits make them a very suitable family pet. It has been America’s top breed since the ’90s.
Size: 220.127.116.11 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Behavior: Very family-friendly and gentle to young children. No problem being with other dogs in the house, too.
2. French Bulldog
This small-built dog makes it to the second spot. Their size makes them perfect for city dwellers.
Their playfulness and adaptable characters are perfect for fast-paced urban living. Despite their size, Frenchies can be trained and are very much willing to spend their energy on playtime.
Size: 11-13 inches
Life expectancy: 10-12 years
Behavior: Sad-looking but very warm to be with people he knows of. Small but sturdy enough as playmates for your young ones.
3. German Shepherd Dogs
Next on our list is a large dog with a powerful aura. Their protective nature is clearly seen in their stance. Don’t be deceived by its built. This breed is just like the others when it comes to playfulness and adaptability.
Size: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
Life expectancy: 7-10 years
Behavior: This fierce-looking dog is just as friendly as the top 2 breeds. This one may not be as friendly towards other dogs, though.
4. Golden Retrievers
The next one is a medium-sized dog with gold, flowy fur. They come in 3 hues—golden, lightly golden, and dark golden. Just like the Labs, they have fun playing with kids and can be very gentle to your newborn.
Size: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
Life expectancy: 10-12 years
Behavior: They love doing jobs for the family-like waking you up, fetching, and walking. They are indeed family dogs.
A very tough-looking dog is on our next list. With its muscles and furrowed brow, it screams courage. No wonder why it is a symbol for many known universities. Just like other superheroes, this super dog also has a weakness—hot and humid temperature.
Size: 14-15 inches
Life expectancy: 8-10 years
Behavior: Despite their ferocious depictions in cartoons, they are much more likely to be calm and affectionate. Certainly, a dog to keep for your family.
This breed makes it to our top 6 and is the national dog of France. They are excellent swimmers and come in three different sizes. They are one of those excellent trainable dogs.
Size: Toy (10 inches), Miniature (10-15 inches), Standard (15 inches)
Life expectancy: 11- 15 years
Behavior: Poodles are not snobs. They are fine living in your flat. They are very playful and active, so obedience training will help them keep busy.
A great hunting dog but totally adorable is what comes to our top 7. With their funny and merry character, you’ll surely love their companion.
Size: Two kinds: under 13 inches and 13-15 inches
Life expectancy: 10-15 years
Behavior: Beagles are highly sociable and cat-friendly. Since they are great hunting dogs, they are very alert when there are strangers.
A very good-looking dog with a big built placed our top 8. Rottweilers have held many important roles in society, like search-and-rescue dogs, guide dogs, and police dogs. But just like others, this large dog has a soft spot for cuddles.
Size: 24-27 inches (male), 22-25 inches (female)
Life expectancy: 9-10 years
Behavior: Because of their big built, they should be properly trained to live a healthy life and be more gentle to their little ones.
9. Pointers (German Shorthaired)
Next on our list is another medium-sized dog with distinctive patterns. This one will not let you down if you are into running and biking. Yet, a very loving dog to add to your family.
Size: 23-25 inches (male), 21-23 inches (female)
Life expectancy: 10-12 years
Behavior: Due to their active lifestyle, this breed may be better with families with a big space for longer, healthier life.
Last but not least is the ever-alert small dog – Daschunds. Known for their size and long body type, they are indeed a lovely pet family. They come in 2 sizes: standard and miniature. You’ll also see three varieties of coats: smooth, wirehaired, or longhaired.
Size: 8-9 inches (standard), 5-6 inches (miniature)
Life expectancy: 12-16 years
Behavior: Do not take this one as any other small dog. The Dasch is very curious and can be a very good watchdog. Their bark is similar to those of big dogs.
There are still so many other kinds of breeds that you can find online. These ten are what most people choose for some good reasons. If you are still not yet decided on which pup is the most suitable for you, just know that it is with a big heart that you can deal with any type of dog. A loving family can welcome any type of breed, whether they are small, medium, or large size ones.