Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds Among Dog Owners In The United States

In 2022, it was estimated that 69 million U.S. households own at least a pet dog. Needless to say, the United States ranks number one in terms of dog ownership by country in the world. According to WPR data, virtually 76 million domesticated dogs are owned by Americans as of 2022. As a result, a whopping $123.6 billion was lavished on our furry friends in the United States. 

With virtually 200 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, these top ten breeds have captured the hearts of Americans the most. The number one most popular dog breed in the U.S. is the Labrador Retriever followed by the French Bulldog. That said, here are the top ten choices for American pet owners right now.

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds In The United States

#1. Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retriever: the most popular dog breed in the US

When it comes to the most registered dog breed in the US, the Labrador Retriever has been a top-ten contender for thirty consecutive years. Based on 2022 ownership statistics, there are estimated to be more than a hundred thousand Labrador retrievers in the United States. The breed's easy-going temperament contributes to its popularity. In addition, Labradors are naturally loyal, affectionate, smart, and playful. Such characteristics make them a perfect pet choice for families with young children or first-time dog owners.

#2. French Bulldogs

French Bulldog

Second on the list are Frenchies. The breed is the most popular in Los Angeles, Miami and Columbus, Ohio. According to the Associated Press, several American celebrities including Dwayne 'The Rock,' Lady Gaga, and Martha Stewart have boosted the breed's popularity. Being one of the most popular small-dog breeds in the world, French Bulldogs are naturally adaptable, irresistible, alert, and playful.

#3. Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers: Third most popular dog breed in America

Another family-friendly dog breed in the US is the Golden Retriever. Besides their playfulness, Goldens are fast learners and are popularly used in the country as hunting or as search and rescue dogs. In addition, this hard-working breed makes top-notch therapy dogs in the US. Particularly, many young children and elderly patients have found comfort in Goldens' reserves of unconditional love and empathy.

#4. German Shepherd Dogs

German Shepherd Dogs

The fourth most popular dog breed in the United States is the German Shepherd. This smart and hardworking breed, for good reason, has been the second most popular dog in the United States for the past ten years. Known for their versatility, these strong and noble dogs provide constant companionship and are protective of their loved ones. Furthermore, German Shepherds make great police and detection dogs thanks to their scenting ability, which is better compared to other breeds.

#5. Poodles


Coming in three different sizes, Toy, Miniature, and Standard, Poodles are famous for appearing in several dog shows. Regardless of size, these excellent retrievers are highly active, with most of them working in the United States as therapy dogs, guide dogs, and assistance dogs. Moreover, Poodles were owned by many American icons including Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Katharine Hepburn.

#6. Bulldogs


With their wrinkly faces, Bulldogs are great companions of many Americans. And for good reason. Despite appearances, Bulldogs are gentle and sweet, which makes them a great choice for a family dog in the United States. However, due to their size, Bulldogs need good amounts of exercise to keep them healthy and happy. According to Bark, the American Bulldog has the longest lifespan and is said to be the healthiest of the Bulldog breed.

#7. Beagles


This peaceful and cheerful dog breed loves people. For years, this smooth-coated dog breed has been the most popular hound dog among dog owners in the United States. Beagles are curious and loyal companions that come in different adorable colors such as red and white, lemon, and tricolor. In addition, these energetic hounds are the ideal family dogs among American pet owners.

#8. Rottweilers


Often misunderstood because of their stature, these large and hard-working dogs are not hard to train. Being one of the smartest dog breeds in the world, Rottweilers are known for their muscular bodies and broad chests. Also known as drover dogs, Rottweilers were originally utilized to drive cattle to market. A job that required great strength and athleticism. When raised properly, Rottweilers are not unduly aggressive but are calm and confident playmates and protectors within the family circle.

#9. German Shorthaired Pointers

German Shorthaired Pointers

Popularly known as extremely versatile hunting dogs, German Shorthaired Pointers are loved by active people in the United States. This is because the energetic dog breed can make a great running partner and hunting companion. Moreover, Pointers are also great retrievers, who require serious exercise.

#10. Dachshunds


The tenth most popular dog breed in the United States is the Dachshund, a breed that made it to the top ten list for the first time in 2022. Known for their long-backed bodies and short legs, Dachshunds are smart and brave. The breed's endearing nature and vivacious personality have won millions of hearts in America.


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