Top 10 Favorite Dog breeds | United States
Top 10 Favorite Dog breeds | United States. Americans are, by and large, a dog-loving nation. From pocket pooches to large breeds, the popularity of the dog as a domestic pet is unsurpassed. Maybe you’re thinking of getting one and are wondering what the favorites are. Of course, if ‘Mutt’ was actually recognized as a breed, it would top the list, but according to American Kennel club dog registrations, these are the breeds that Americans love most:
10. Miniature Schnauzer
The excellent temperament of these mid-sized dogs is probably the main reason for their popularity. They’re good guard dogs, but not inclined to bite unless in dire straits. They’re friendly, intelligent, obedient and agile and as a result, they’re a lot of fun to be with and easy to live with. They live to an average of twelve years old and require fairly regular grooming.
9. Shih Tzu
This miniature breed with its long, silky coat is friendly and outgoing and just loves to be near people. They’re usually quite good with children but can get irritable if teased. Basic obedience training should begin young for this breed to learn basic commands. This breed needs regular grooming. Because of its small size, the Shih Tzu adapts well to apartment living but will need a daily walk. The average life expectancy is fifteen years.
These highly intelligent dogs vary in size from the toy poodle to the mid-sized Miniature Poodle and the large Standard Poodle. Poodles are highly intelligent and sociable, preferring to spend their time with their owners, as a result, lack of stimulation can lead to behavioral problems. Poodles are friendly and affectionate and are good with children, so provided you can give them enough attention, they make excellent family dogs. Regular grooming is a must and the average life span is about fifteen years.
These exuberant, playful and powerfully-built dogs are definitely in need of lots of space and exercise. They’ve got lots of personalities and excel at obedience training and, owing to their boisterous nature and tendency to jump up at people, basic obedience training is a must. While they will welcome guests and are gentle with children, they are protective of their families and make excellent guard dogs. The Boxer’s short fur requires little grooming and expected life span averages at twelve years.
Modern living favors small breeds, and thus the Dachshund features high on the list of favorite American breeds. The length of its body coupled with its short legs has led to this breed often being referred to as ‘sausage dogs’. Although this breed makes a delightful family member, it can be difficult to train and requires an assertive owner. However, if this dog is given behavioral limits and is treated firmly and kindly, it can become a charming companion with lots of courage and personality. The fur may be wiry, long and silky or short so grooming requirements vary accordingly. Expected life span averages at 12 – 15 years.
This compact little hound has lots of personalities and an independent spirit. It’s great with people, but shouldn’t be trusted around other pets because of its strong hunting instinct. Obedience depends on whether your beagle has found a scent to follow, whereupon selective hearing may become an issue. These tough little hunters require a firm hand and lots of exercises to take the edge off their seemingly boundless energy. They have low maintenance coats and can be expected to live for about 12 – 15 years.
4. Golden Retriever
One of the gentlest and most engaging breeds available, the Golden retriever is easy going, easy to train, eager to please and although it signals the approach of visitors with loud barking, it is unlikely to bite. Because this is a medium-large dog, it needs a yard and regular exercise to keep it healthy and happy. Although the coat is relatively long and thick, it is easy to groom and is likely to live 10 -12 years.
3. German Shepherd
This physically strong working breed needs early training and socializing, but is one of the most intelligent, loyal and fearless of all breeds. While very affectionate towards their human ‘pack’ in particular the person it sees as its leader, these dogs are wary of strangers. As working dogs, they have an urge to have leadership from their owners and tasks to perform. Make sure that you provide these. German Shepherds need lots of exercise and stimulation and require plenty of space. Grooming is easy and you can expect this dog on average to live for about thirteen years.
2. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkies are a toy breed that adapts well to compact housing such as apartments. These brave, adventurous and intelligent little dogs seem quite unaware of how small they are and are great fun as pets as long as the owner is assertive. The cuter and littler the dog, the greater the chance of it getting away with behavior that wouldn’t otherwise be condoned: avoid the temptation to spoil your Yorkie! The long hair is high-maintenance, but even clipped dogs need regular grooming. Like other small breeds, the life expectancy is a long 12 – 15 years.
1. Labrador Retriever
Although the lists of favorite American and British dogs differ, the Labrador tops both of these. Deservedly so: these dogs have it all. Affectionate, loyal, intelligent, trainable, gentle, calm … the list of superlatives is endless. It’s a small wonder that in the working environment, these dogs are trained as human helpers, such as guide dogs for the blind. If you’ve got enough space and want a loyal companion, this is the dog for you. Grooming is easy, and your Lab will live for 10 – 12 years.