The most popular breeds in America today are either highly intelligent working dogs or are small and just plain adorable, according to Nicole Ellis, Certified Dog Trainer and Pet Expert with Rover.com. But this hasn’t always been the case.
The Boston terrier was one of the most popular dog breeds for 30 years but now, doesn’t even appear on the American Kennel Club’s top ten list. Poodles made their way to the top of the list for their showmanship. While other breeds, such as the German shepherd, climbed to the top because of popular films like “Rin Tin Tin.”
INSIDER spoke with several dog experts to find out which breeds have made their way on to the top ten list and why.
Labradors are the most popular dog breed in the United States and have been for the past 26 years, according to Canine Journal.
Labs are a medium-large breed, sturdy with a short dense coat that comes in chocolate, black, and yellow, according to Ellis. What makes them so lovable is their intelligence, love for people, willingness to please, their trainability, and their happy disposition.
People see them as stereotypical “good, family dogs” and for the most part, that is true. But in order for this to be the case, it is important they are properly socialized and trained as puppies, according to Jme Thomas, Executive Director of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue.
Lab puppies can be a lot to handle with such high energy therefore, it is essential to consider your lifestyle too as these dogs need a lot of daily activity, structure, and companionship.
Coming in second place are the the loyal German shepherds also known as GSD’s (German Shepherd Dogs), according to Ellis. This breed is popular amongst the military, police, and security for their extremely high work drive and discipline.
GSD’s range from 75 to 95 pounds with a medium-length double coat, which protects them from rain and snow, according to Ellis. They are often black and tan with long hair, large ears, and a long snout, Ellis added, that help them hear and sniff things out when working. They tend to shed a lot, so brushing daily helps this.
German shepherds love attention and having a job to do. They belong in a home that will keep their mind busy with activities such as tracking and agility, according to Ellis.
This breed is particularly beautiful, which is certainly part of their appeal, according to Thomas. “Goldens” as their name suggests are a medium-large breed with yellow/gold, long hair. They have a dense, water-repellent outer coat with a thick undercoat, Ellis shared.
People love them because they are friendly, energetic, easily trainable and have a great personality, according to Russell Hartstein, CDBC, CPDT-KA, and CEO of Fun Paw Care. They also are usually great athletes, Ellis added, who love outdoor activities like hiking, agility, and swimming.
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