These are the most popular dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).
1. Labrador Retrievers
Labradors make great dogs because they were bred as working dogs. They are great as hunting dogs, as they are agile and intelligent. Fully grown Labs range from 55 to 80 pounds. These dogs are the most popular breed, and for good reason. They are very kind and gentle.
2. German Shepherd Dogs
German Shepherds, like Labs, are intelligent and active dogs. They are known for being obedient and loyal. They are large dogs and can range from 50 - 90 pounds. If you've never seen a white German Shepherd, they are very unique dogs.
3. Golden Retrievers
Golden Retrievers are a great breed choice for families with children. They make very friendly and intelligent dogs. Golden retrievers typically live 10-12 years. And these dogs are just generally awesome, as seen in Air Bud.
Bulldogs are a scent-hound breed, related to Irish Wolfhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds and the Basset Hound. These dogs are recognizable by their wrinkly and flattened faces. Full grown Bulldogs range from 40 - 55 pounds. These dogs are great for owners who don't want to have to exercise their dogs on a regular basis. These dogs do develop allergies and asthma, which is made worse if they are overweight.
Beagles are a small breed of dog, originally bred for hunting rabbits. They typically weight between 20 - 25 pounds, and live from 12 - 15 years. Beagles belong to the hound family, which includes the larger foxhound. Beagles are very even tempered and gentle, which makes them a good choice for families with small children.
6. French Bulldogs
French Bulldogs are the smaller relatives of English Bulldogs. Frenchies were bred as a combination of English Bulldogs and french rat hunting dogs in Paris. They are friendly and playful. And despite their stocky stature, they are actually quite athletic.
Poodles are broken down into three categories based on size: Toy Poodles, Miniature Poodles, and Standard Poodles. They dogs were originally bread as hunting dogs, despite their high-class appearance. Toy Poodles were used as truffle hunters, as their light weight and small feet were less likely to damage the funghi. Poodles are intelligent and very trainable. Another advantage to this breed is that they are hypoallergenic.
Rottweilers are very obedient and fearless. This breed is often used as rescue dogs, and service animals. Originally Rottweilers were bred as "butcher's dogs" - they were used for herding livestock and pulling carts filled with butchered meat to market. Along with German Shepherds, Rottweilers are used as police dogs.
9. Yorkshire Terriers
Yorkies are the smallest dogs on this list. Fully grown, Yorkshire Terriers only get up to about 7 pounds, with the largest reaching 15 pounds on occasion. Some "Teacup Yorkies" grow to be only 4 pounds. Yorkies are intelligent and independent, making them somewhat low maintenance.
Boxers are medium-sized dogs, originally developed in Germany. They are very loyal, as they are known for being devoted to their owners. They are playful and energetic dogs, but are also quite calm. Fully grown they can reach up to around 70 pounds. They typically live 10 - 12 years.
11. Pointers (German Shorthaired)
German Shorthaired Pointers were developed in the 1800s primarily for hunting. One of the advantages to a breed like German Shorthairs is that they are extremely trainable. These are medium to large dogs, ranging from 45 - 70 pounds. One interesting fact about this breed is that they are not fully developed until age 2. This means owners will have to deal with a fully grown dog that has a youthful mind for a year.
12. Siberian Huskies
Siberian Huskies are a unique breed of dog. These dogs are intelligent and very active. These dogs require a lot of exercise, which makes them a higher maintenance choice than others on this list. They were bred for working in the freezing conditions in Siberia, Russia. Siberian huskies were featured in the Disney movie Eight Below.
Dachshunds, which are often referred to as "weiner-dogs," are recognizable by their long bodies and short legs. These dogs were origianally bred to chase badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals. Adult dachshunds range from 16-33 pounds. They are playful and lively, but can be stubborn at times. This breed has a relatively long life span of 14 to 17 years.
14. Great Danes
Great Danes are known for being one of the largest dog breeds. If you think you want a Great Dane, it is important to make sure you have enough space for them. This breed has some interesting markings, ranging from plain black, blue and fawn to brindle and harlequin. While Great Danes are typically reserved and gentle, it is vital for a 200 pound dog to be well trained.
15. Doberman Pinschers
The Doberman Pinscher is named after the German tax collector who originally developed the breed in the late 1800s. These dogs are obedient and intelligent making them good companions. They are large dogs ranging from 60-100 pounds. Their life span is typically 10 -13 years.
If you're looking to get a new dog ask yourself these questions:
- What size of dog do you want?
- How much time do you have to exercise your new dog?
- How much grooming are you willing to provide for your dog?
- How important is friendliness in your new dog?
- What other pets do you have and is your new dog compatible with them?
- What kind of yard do you have, and is it fenced?
- What kind of house do you have?
- Do you live in the city or in the suburbs/rural area?
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