Despite what you might hear, there is absolutely no such thing as a “bad breed of dog.” Every breed has its own unique set of traits, quirks, and skill sets. Some are bred to hunt, others to guard. Some are more outgoing than others.
There is no good or bad.
If you’re thinking about adopting a new pup soon, consider your personal preferences, lifestyle, and personality. With many dogs available for adoption, it won’t be hard to find one that fits your needs.
Every year the American Kennel Club compiles a list of America’s favorite dog breeds. If you’re struggling with the decision of what kind of dog to adopt, this list may help you narrow down your choices. To help you even further, I’ve given some additional information on each breed and why they are so loveable. Before I dive in, I want to make clear that I’m a staunch supporter of adopting over shopping.
For those who are interested in a specific breed, many shelters do have purebreds to pick from.
If a pure breed isn’t your thing, adoptions are always available for loveable mutts. It doesn’t get much better than bringing home a pooch that’s a mix of two (or more) of America’s favorite breeds!
Either way you really can’t go wrong!
Take a look at America’s favorite dog breeds for 2016. Did your furry pal make the list?
#1 – Labrador Retrievers
It’s no surprise that labs took the number one spot on this list.
Labs were bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog.
Their friendly and obedient nature makes them the perfect pet for families with children, or people who need a service dog.
They are beautiful and come in three distinct colors – yellow, brown, and black.
If you’re looking for a playful, all-around good dog, then a lab might be for you!
#2 – German Shepherds
German Shepherds are incredibly intelligent and hardworking dogs.
It’s no surprise that they are great helpers when it comes to both police and military work.
When German Shepherds aren’t working, they enjoy being at home with their family.
This loyal and affectionate breed is perfect for homes that have plenty of space with an owner that can devote time and attention to them.
#3 – Golden Retrievers
Golden Retrievers are a friendly, cuddly, and tolerant breed.
Their intelligence and loving nature make them perfect family dogs, and they excel as service pets.
Goldens are an active breed that enjoys keeping up with an active family. On the flip side, they are always down for snuggling and sleeping with you on the couch.
The only downside to these medium-sized beauties is their long, golden fur that needs to be groomed from time to time.
#4 – Bulldogs
If the wrinkly face of a bulldog isn’t enough to make you fall in love, then I don’t know what is.
They were originally bred as working dogs that were used to drive cattle to market.
Today they are mostly known for being silly, gentle companions that love children.
The one thing you have to make sure you do with this breed is clean between their face wrinkles.
Other than that, they are generally easy keepers.
#5 – Beagles
A beagle is a small-sized hound. As hounds, they have an impeccable sense of smell, which is why beagles are often used as hunting dogs.
Beagles are friendly, loving, and active, which makes them great companions for families.
The only downside is that they can be stubborn!
If you adopt a beagle, make sure you have the time and patience to properly train him or her.
#6 – French Bulldogs
French bulldogs were bred in England as “miniature bulldogs.”
Along their journey, they accompanied English lacemakers to France, and acquired their Frenchie name.
Back in the day, they were used as “ratters.” Today they enjoy living life as faithful and loving human companions.
French bulldogs are still relatively rare, so if you’re thinking about getting one, you should start your search now!
#7 – Yorkshire Terriers
Yorkshire terriers are small in size, but have large personalities.
They make great companions, but definitely have a feisty side.
This “toy” breed does well in small living spaces and easily adapts to different home settings.
The one drawback of this breed is that they don’t always do well with children.
However, with the right exposure and training, they can make wonderful family dogs.
#8 – Poodles
Poodles are one of the most stylish and sophisticated breeds, and are most known for their poofy white coats.
They make wonderful family pets as they are both loyal and affectionate.
The best thing about this breed is that some poodle varieties are hypoallergenic. If you suffer from pet dander allergies, a poodle is the dog for you!
#9 – Rottweilers
Rottweilers are known for their rough and tough stereotype, but they actually make affectionate and loving family pets.
Rottweilers were originally bred to drive cattle to market.
Now you can find them working alongside the police force and serving in the military.
With proper training, this pooch will make a great family guardian and friend.
#10 – Boxers
This gorgeous, sleek, short-haired breed came to us from Germany.
They were originally bred to be fierce guard dogs, but over time, they’ve made the transition from working dog to family pet.
This hardworking and loyal breed would make the perfect addition to any home that can provide lots of love and training.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what type of dog you own.
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