Have you been thinking of bringing home a new dog or puppy? If so, you’ll want to read on and find out which dog breeds the American Kennel Club has named the most popular!
For almost half a century the sweet-natured, loyal Labrador retriever has been the most popular dog breed in America. Once upon a time, these Newfoundland natives were entrusted by fishermen to pull in nets and gather up stray fish. It’s no surprise then that the lab has an excellent reputation as search-and-rescue dogs. In addition, their mild, people-pleasing persona make them excellent family dogs.
If love inquisitive hounds just like Charlie Brown’s dog, Snoopy, then a smart, cute beagle may be for you! Beagles are curious and determined, with an adorable baying yip rather than a bark. English hunters use groups of tenacious beagles to hunt small game such as rabbits and foxes. If you do decide on a beagle, you have your choice of three color schemes: tricolor, red-and-white and lemon.
The mellow, even-tempered golden retriever is an excellent choice for families with children. This butter-colored canine originated when Lord Tweedmouth bred a yellow retriever with the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. Later he added bloodhound and Irish setter genes to the mix resulting in the friendly dog breed we have today.
If you’re looking for a low maintenance dog, look no further than the funny-faced bulldog. The cute, pudgy canine is as recognized for its chunky build as it is for its broad, wrinkly face. Although it was originally used in bull baiting, the breed displays a mellow temperament. In addition, it requires minimal exercise and grooming. If you do pick a bulldog, be aware that the dog’s stout build and short nose causes them to easily overheat in hot weather.
Like the bulldog, short and sturdy dachshunds are a terrific low-maintenance breed. Their small, squat bodies require minimal exercise and those with short hair need minimal grooming. Confident Dachshunds come in both miniature and standard sizes, with fur that ranges from long to short to wiry.
If you can’t bear the thought of being separated from your dog, how about a Yorkshire terrier? This is the adorable dog that no A-lister with a designer handbag can do without! But if you’re more the stay at home type, Yorkies will just as happily cuddle in your lap. They average around 7 pounds, and their long and silky fur is oh-so pettable!