Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)

Is your dog’s breed winning this year popularity contest? The Pet Embassy have compiled a detail report of the Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020) based on American Kennel Club registration statistics.

Can the Labrador Retriever claim top spot for the 30th year in a row or does the French Bulldog steal their crown as the new number 1? Is there a new entrant into the Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)? Find out more below.

The Pet Embassy’s “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)”

Labrador Retrievers

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)
A lovely Labrador Retriever puppy enjoying some exercise. Image by Sven Lachmann from Pixabay

Size: Large

Temperament:  Energetic, Intelligent and Tenacious

Topping the list for the 30th consecutive year is the Labrador Retriever! The Labrador Retriever is 1st in our “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)”.

Labrador Retrievers make great pets for first-time dog owners due to their affectionate and loyal natures. The Labrador is one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and they are frequently trained to aid those with blindness or autism. They are known for being calm and gentle, meaning they are a great family dog as well as a great companion to share the home with as well as being one of the best dog breed for kids and families. In addition, Labrador Retrievers are one of the best dog breeds for seniors. Labrador Retrievers are one of the most loyal dog breeds to their family, and develop bonds with each member, not just with one person. They are friendly to everyone they meet and get along with other animals in the household. 

Labrador Retrievers are one of the most active dog breeds and need around an hour exercise every day. This could be running, swimming, or fetch. They are an intelligent dog breed who get great satisfaction out of releasing their energy in fun ways.

Labrador Retrievers are one of our favorite double-coated dog breeds, therefore they require regular grooming to keep their coats nice and healthy. Their coat is made up of a short and thick outermost with a soft undercoat. Their coat should be brushed regularly as this can alert you to health and skin problems such as hot spots, hair loss or dry skin.

In addition, Labrador Retrievers are one of our top working dog breeds and one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world.

French Bulldog

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)
A French Bulldog on an adventure in a grass field. Photo by GUSTAVO H from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Alert, Easygoing and Sociable

The French Bulldog ranks as number 2 in our “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)”.

The French Bulldog actually has British origins and is originally from the city of Nottingham. During the industrial revolution, many British people lost their jobs and relocated to France, where their skills remained in demand. Their pets followed them, and their popularity in France quickly outpaced its popularity in England.

The French Bulldog makes an exceptional apartment dog. They do not require much space and they are a quiet breed who rarely barks, although, there are exceptions to every rule.

French Bulldogs do not need a lot of exercise, just a daily walk to keep them at a healthy weight. They also are great companion dogs and thrive when they have human contact, they do not do well when left alone for a long time. These facts make them perfect for senior citizens who may not be as mobile as they were in their younger years and tend to spend a lot of their day at home.

German Shepherd

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)
Brown and tan German Shepherd standing on the grass. Photo by Morten Hai Hansen from Pexels

Size: Large

Temperament: Intelligent, Obedient and Protective.

The German Shepherd ranks as number 3 in our “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)”.

The German Shepherd one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world. They were originally bred as a working dog breed, which they still remain today. Infact, they are one of the best working dog breeds.

The German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent dog breeds which means they excel in their ability to follow command and their bravery. Their main mission was to serve and obey their master. The combination of their intelligence and their instinctual willingness to learn and obey makes them one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world as well as one of our favourite working dog breeds.

When trained and socialised properly, their stable obedient temperament allows them to bond with all family members as they consider them to be part of their pack. This dog breed is one of the best guarding breeds and they will do anything, even put their lives at risk, to protect their pack. This makes the German Shepherd one of the best dog breeds for protection.

Due to their origins, they need to be kept occupied both mentally and physically therefore they require at least 1-2 hours of exercise per day to ensure they aren’t bored. German Shepherds have a lot of energy and require large amounts of movement everyday to burn their energy!

Like the Labrador Retriever, German Shepherds are double-coated dogs therefore they require regular grooming to keep their coats nice and healthy. Their coat should be brushed regularly as this can alert you to health and skin problems such as hot spots, hair loss or dry skin.

The German Shepherds versatility means they are one of our favorite herding dog breeds too!

Golden Retriever

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)
A beautiful Golden Retriever sitting on the grass. Photo by Mithul Varshan from Pexels

Size:  Large

Temperament: Caring, Curious and Energetic

Coming in at number 4 is the Golden Retriever in our “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)”.

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dogs breeds in the world right now. They offer affection, companionship and energy whilst also being easy to train and incredibly gentle. They are excellent choices for therapy or canine assistance as they are one of the most intelligent dog breeds! They are a great family dog and the Golden Retriever develops a bond with each family member, not just one person. They are also one of the best dog breeds for beginners.

Due to their active nature, Golden Retrievers need a good amount of exercise to keep them healthy, dog games are recommended to keep this particular breed physically and mentally stimulated.

The Golden Retriever is known for being a great dog breed for kids and families and other dogs due to their gentle and kind nature. They have an instinct for protecting their pack from anything dangerous so they are great to take to the park with your children as they are another pair of watchful eyes!

Golden Retrievers also appear to be one of the gassiest dog breeds, however, there is no evidence to suggest this. In fact, we think there could be a slight bias! The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, therefore, there is a larger number of owners who have said they their Golden Retriever farts!

The Golden Retriever is one of the best working dog breeds as well as one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world.

English Bulldog

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)
A resting English Bulldog. Photo by Creative Workshop from Pexels

Size: Medium

Temperament: Gentle, Sociable and Sweet

Rounding off the top 5 is the English Bulldog.

The English Bulldog is a favourite amongst people who love staying indoors and need a cuddle buddy! The English bulldog was originally bred to compete in a sport called bullbaiting and also so drive cattle to market. Bulldog is one of the least active dog breeds. They are stubborn and lazy, which makes them perfect for the sofa! An older English bulldog may not be extremely enthusiastic about going for a walk or doing some exercise. However, they still need to be taken on daily exercise just like many other dog breeds. They are very happy just lying around the house, or on their owners lap!

The English Bulldog is a sociable and courageous dog, which makes this particular dog breed an exceptional watchdog. The English Bulldog has a tendency to be a slow learner, but once they understand something, they never forget it!

Unfortunately, the English Bulldog features on our of the gassiest dog breeds in the world. They have a very sensitive system which means they have trouble digesting some types of foods, therefore, bloating up their stomach. In addition, they are a short-nosed dog breed which means they may have trouble breathing and eating thus they may swallow a lot of air when doing one of these two tasks.

Poodle

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)
A lovely Poodle puppy plays on the grass. Image by carah_ from Pixabay

Size: Medium

Temperament: Active, Instinctual and Intelligent 

The Poodle ranks number 6 in our “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)”.

The Poodle is a well-known and versatile breed that can come in miniature, toy or standard size. Poodles are one of the most active dog breeds as well as a family dog that responds well to training and are able to thrive in a number of households, they are one of the best dog breeds for kids and families. The Poodle is protective of his home and family, and if strangers approach your house, they are known to sound a warning bark to let you know. Their easy going nature and ability to learn makes them one of the best dog breeds for beginners as well as one of the best dog breeds for seniors.

The Poodle is one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. Their intelligence, playful nature and the fact that they are one of the most energetic dog breeds means that obedience training is essential in keeping your Poodle mentally and physically stimulated. In addition, they also should be taken for exercise daily and they enjoy and excel at dog games due to their intelligent nature. Poodles are energetic dogs that need plenty of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy. The Poodle is one of our favorite medium dog breeds as well as one of the healthiest dog breeds in the world.

The Poodle is one of the longest living dog breeds and they can live for about 12 to 15 years, but note that toy and miniature varieties usually outlast standard poodles. All variations of the Poodle are amongst the longest living dog breeds.

Poodles are hypoallergenic and the Toy Poodle features on our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds.

Beagle

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)
Beagle taking a quick rest on the sofa. Photo by Nastya Korenkova from Pexels


Size:  Medium

Temperament: Caring, Curious and Energetic

Number 7 on our “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)” is the Beagle!

The Beagle is one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world. The Beagle is a loving dog breed that want to please their owner making them one of the best family dogs. Their loving nature means that they find it easy to bond with everyone in the family and consider them pack members. This dog breed is great with children and other animals. Beagles are a playful breed and their sturdy, compact frame allows them to be one of the best dogs for kids and families, and they can play without fear of injury to both themselves or the children. Beagles have an impressive sense of smell and are even used as detection dogs in some airports but due to their friendly nature they can do their job without making anyone uncomfortable! Beagles are one of our favourite medium dog breeds but the Beagle is also one of the gassiest dog breeds as they are constantly inhaling air through that strong nose of theirs.

Due to the Beagles small size they require less upkeep then some of the bigger dogs. They can be happy in a flat as long as they are walked regularly. A back garden would be preferable, but be aware, a Beagle may wander off when it is following its nose so it is much safer if there is a fence!

The Beagle’s short coat requires regular bathing and daily brushing. Naturally, other care includes a balanced diet and regular exercise to prevent obesity. The Beagle is one of the longest living dog breeds, living up to 12-15 years.

Also, due to the Beagles strong sense of smell it easily becomes distracted by attractive scents, therefore the Beagle needs regular and consistent use of a leash when out for walks!

In addition, the Beagle is one of the healthiest dog breeds in the world.

Rottweiler

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)
A stunning Rottweiler enjoying a pet game. Photo by Tom Verdoot from Pexels

Size: Large

Temperament: Calm, Confident and Intelligent

Coming in at number 8 is the Rottweiler.

A Rottweiler is a calm and confident dog breed and is very self-assured. Originally bred to drive cattle and pull carts for farmers and butchers. Their heritage shows through their broad chest and heavily muscled body.

The Rottweiler is a fantastic guard dog albeit with a mellow temperament. Rottweilers have a natural instinct to protect their pack and will be very demanding in their defence. Please ensure early socialisation to allow them to channel their power and protectiveness, otherwise, they may become a dangerous bully rather than the protector that you want in your household.

Owning a Rottweiler is very challenging but rewarding. Rottweilers are not the best for first time dog owners. You must be able to show your Rottweiler leadership so he can trust you and respect. Otherwise, there is a chance that your Rottweiler will assume the role of top dog for themselves, which can be very bad considering the intelligence and power of the Rottweiler.

Rottweilers are one of the most intelligent dog breeds and are very trainable if you’re firm and consistent in your actions. They may look to test you to see if what you say is actually what you mean, always be specific in what you ask and don’t leave any loopholes for this intelligent dog breed! Their intelligence is just one of the reasons why the Rottweiler features on our favorite large dog breed list!

German Shorthaired Pointer

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)
A German Shorthaired Pointed looking into the camera. Photo by Helena Lopes from Pexels

Size: Medium

Temperament: Energetic, Friendly and Intelligent

Number 9 in our “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)” is the German Shorthaired Pointer”.

The German Shorthaired Pointer was originally bred as a hunting dog. They excel in hunting feathered and furred game and have been known to trail deer extremely well. However, that doesn’t stop them from being one of the best family dogs around and they love to curl up on the sofa and play with the couch when they are resting.

Due to their nature as a hunting dog breed, they are a very energetic dog breed and need a lot of exercise, they will be very happy to go for a hike or jog with you if possible.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a real people pleaser and loves to be around people. This also means that they will be unhappy if left alone for a long period of time and have the potential to become destructive if left alone for long periods and not getting the regular exercise that they need.

Dachshund

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)
A black dachshund sitting on a grey sofa. Photo by Dominika Roseclay from Pexels

Size: Small

Temperament: Energetic, Fun-loving and Lively

Lastly, at number 10 in our “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)” is the Dachshund.

The Dachshund is known as a scent hound dog and was originally used to hunt badgers and other animals that made holes such as rabbits and foxes. Their slim frame, short legs and long body made them perfect for this type of activity.

However, the Dachshunds versatility makes them one of the best dog breeds to bring into your family. They have an extremely playful nature, and they love to help you do things at home. Wherever you are your Dachshund won’t be too far behind.

The Dachshund has a keen sense of smell which at times can mean they are distracted when you are training them, they are also prone to chasing small animals or birds so please be cognisant of where you are training your dachshund.

Is your dog breed featured in our “The Pet Embassy’s “Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America (2020)” list? Let us know in the comment section below.

Many of these dogs also feature in our other posts so why not read them below!

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Top 10 Best Dogs for Beginners and First Time Dog Owners

Top 10 Most Energetic Dog Breeds for Active People

Top 10 Dog Breeds for Kids and Families

Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds (Intelligent Dog Rankings)

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Top 10 Favorite Small Dog Breeds to Keep You Company

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Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors and Older People

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Apartments and Smaller Living Spaces

Top 10 Longest Living Dog Breeds to Fill Your Home With Love

Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Protection and To Keep You Safe

Top 10 Favorite Medium Dog Breeds That Encompass The Best of Both Worlds

Top 10 Favorite Large Dog Breeds for Any Adventure

Top 10 Small Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds for People Who Suffer From Allergies

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