Popular breeds of dog

How many different dog breeds are there in the world?

So we call different types of dog “breeds” rather than species or subspecies, and because there are an infinite number of variables and dog breeders can select for whatever variables they want, it’s next to impossible to obtain a complete list of all the world’s different breeds. If you’re a breeder, you could theoretically produce an animal that looks and behaves differently from other dog types and call it your own “breed.” Sell enough people on the qualities you’ve bred into that animal, and you can start your own breed club. There really isn’t any governing body that can definitively tell you that your breed isn’t really a breed. Well they can, but just because they say so doesn’t make it so.

There are plenty of isolated places in the world where people have been breeding a certain type of dog — sometimes for centuries — and yet that dog exists in such small numbers that it still hasn’t been recognized by a national breed association.

We can somewhat ballpark it, though. Of all the world’s breed associations, the world’s largest is the Federation Cynologique Internationale, or World Canine Organization. According to Breeding Business, Federation Cynologique Internationale recognizes 344 dog breeds in 10 groups, which include dog types like sheep and cattle dogs, sight hounds, terriers, pointers, and toy dogs. By contrast, the American Kennel Club only recognizes 202 different breeds, so whether or not a breed really qualifies as a breed is clearly at least somewhat subjective. So let’s just go with the Federation Cynologique Internationale’s number and add to that dozens or maybe even hundreds of unrecognized breeds. And remember that even if we did come up with a precise number today, by tomorrow it might no longer be accurate.

AKC Top 100 Dog Breeds in the United States

Now that we knew what information we wanted to procure, our next step was to conduct thorough research. Most of the information we needed was on the AKC website, so we created an Excel spreadsheet with data on all 100 dog breeds. Although rare in occurrence, there were a few cases when additional research was needed to determine the origin and hypoallergenic property of a breed. This information was gathered from a variety of reputable dog enthusiast sites.


After all of the data was collected on the dog breeds, we began the planning phase of constructing our visualization. Because we wanted our visualization to include five dimensions, we knew we had to create a custom graph that would make cohesive sense out of every piece of information. To fit all 100 dog breeds into a compact space, we made the decision to go with a circular graph design. Our original plan separated the different dog breeds by their country of origin — similar to regions on a globe. After adding up every country, we quickly realized that dividing the breeds into 36 distinctive sections wasn’t feasible for a handful of reasons:

• Several of the breeds were listed as originating from multiple countries due to either a lack of historical data, dispute between countries, or the breed developing on a border between regions. This would make sections overlap, causing the visualization to look overcrowded and confusing.

• Our next idea was to use a visual marker instead so that each country would be easily distinguishable from one another. Our original thought was to have small flags beside each country’s name. However, with 36 countries needing a marker in such a limited space, the flags wouldn’t provide a high enough resolution to recognize.

• Our only other option for an identifier was shapes. Unfortunately, these also wouldn’t end up being a contender because of their lack of distinction. Plus, who can actually name 36 different shapes?

Plan B was to use continents instead of countries in hopes of reducing the number of sections and alleviating the overlap issue. After assigning each country to their respective continent, we realized that this plan was also flawed. The data would show that most breeds came from Europe; however, it would lack the granularity to indicate whether they were from Italy, England, Germany, etc., making the data statistically insignificant. This was a limitation that couldn’t be overlooked. In the end, we decided not to include the breed’s origin as our fifth dimension, and instead, were able to introduce the breed’s overall rank in popularity to the graph.

Our next task was to assign the remaining breed characteristics to a visual representation. There were only a finite number of aspects we had to work with — shapes used to plot points on a graph, color, rings, size, letters or symbols, sections, and labels. Keeping the design integrity in mind, we mapped out potential placements for each characteristic — separately and as a whole.

Our original thought was to use different sized circles to represent the size of the dogs. The larger the circle, the larger the dog. After some deliberation, we decided to nix that idea because scale in visualization is often used to describe density and/or volume. The size of the breeds would now be represented by distinct sections (the same sections that were previously reserved for the country of origin). The circles we would use to plot points would remain equal in size and vary only in color, which would be the distinguishing factor of the breed’s group. As for the placement of the circles, we determined that each ring of the graph would represent a possible coat type. An additional ring, placed just outside the graph, would label each breed’s rank in popularity. Because we didn’t find it necessary to emphasize the popularity ranking over individual characteristics, we chose to order the breeds by size (extra-small to extra-large) and then rank (most popular to least popular) within their given sections. The final piece of the puzzle was figuring out how to note that the breed’s coat was hypoallergenic. For that, we added a small h. after the popularity ranking for concise indication.


We’ve recently been obsessed with the vintage, antique design trend and wanted to draw inspiration from architectural and astronomical diagrams from the 18th century. For this visualization, we wanted a warm, earthy, and monochromatic color scheme to really bring out a tone appropriate to the overall design theme we were trying to achieve.

We believe that typography is one of the most critical aspects of any design project. Even though our visualization’s design theme was inspired by an 18th-century piece, we found it essential to introduce a few modern elements. We chose the classy and sophisticated Savoye to serve as the label and paragraph typography and went with the modern yet understatedly elegant Baskerville for the headers.


After thorough planning, research, design, and final touches, we are finally able to reveal the finished product. We love sharing our passion for all things data visualization-related and hope you were able to find this process as exciting as we did.

There are plenty of obscure dog breeds out there, but some breeds just rise to the top more than others. The five dog breeds on the list below are so popular that almost everyone in the world has heard of them, seen them, or lives with them.

In fact, if you ask a stranger to picture a dog in their mind, chances are good it will be one of these breeds. The most popular dog breeds in the world can be found in dog shows, in homes and families, and even as hard workers in all kinds of fields.

Here are the most popular dog breeds in the world and some of the reasons they’re so famous.

5. Beagle

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You may remember the Beagle breed from the film Shiloh, or you may recognize the most famous Beagle ever, Snoopy, the dog from the Peanuts comic strip. If you take one look at a Beagle, it’s easy to see the appeal.

They have adorable, puppy-dog eyes, floppy ears, and soft features–and they have a very friendly personality to match. But most of all, they have powerful noses. They’re scenthounds, which means they were bred to rely mostly on their sense of smell to hunt. They are still used for this purpose today.

In fact, all of these traits make them the perfect choice for working in airports around the world. They’re friendly and cute, so they don’t intimidate people. They also have great sniffers, which helps them detect contraband, even in a crowded airport.

This began in 1984 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture started using Beagles to detect illegal food products being brought into Los Angeles International Airport. The Beagle was so successful that the “Beagle Brigade” still patrols 20 international airports and points of entry into the U.S. today!

4. Poodle

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The Poodle held the title of most popular breed in the United States for almost 20 years. While they may seem prim and proper to those who have only seen the fancy-hairdo-wearing pups from dog shows, those familiar with Poodles know just how friendly and loyal they can be.

And that fancy hairdo may be for show today, but it once served an important purpose. Poodles were originally bred to be waterfowl hunters. Their fur would be cut short in places to prevent being caught by underwater debris, but was left long around the joints and organs to protect the dog from cold water.

Their biggest asset is their intelligence. Circus performers recognized their talent for learning tricks, and their fur was perfect for styling into a visual spectacle for shows.

These days, Poodles continue to dazzle audiences with their obedience and agility feats, which earn them high honors in many dog shows.

Their friendly nature, intelligence, and “hypoallergenic” status makes them highly sought-after for interbreeding with other dogs, leading to the rise in popularity of mixed breeds like the Goldendoodle.

3. German Shepherd Dog

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German Shepherd Dogs owe their popularity, at least in part, to the dog who saved Hollywood, Rin Tin Tin. However, GSDs kept their status as one of the ten most popular breeds in the United States with their ability to be trained to do just about anything.

They work as assistants to the disabled, police dogs, military dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, contraband sniffing dogs, and herding dogs among other jobs.

German Shepherds are loyal, sometimes to a fault, and must be socialized early on to be friendly to other dogs and humans. That said, they make excellent guard dogs for this reason. They are naturally wary. If intruders break in to a German Shepherd’s home, they’ll have a hard time getting away without some teeth marks.

The German Shepherd’s reputation as an intelligent, trainable dog with a strong sense of loyalty makes them a favorite as a worker dog and as a regular companion.

2. Bulldog

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The Bulldog may have one of the most unique looks in the world of dogs. Perhaps it is their easily recognized appearance that draws it such popularity. Or maybe it’s their friendly, albeit lazy demeanor.

In fact, it’s their good nature that separates them so strongly from the ancestors they originate from.

The Bulldog was bred in England from Mastiff dogs for the purpose of bull baiting, which was a bloody, vicious sport that involved the dog biting the nose of a bull and shaking it. Eventually the sport was outlawed, and the Bulldog lost their purpose as a working dog.

Rather than let the Bulldog fall by the wayside, patient breeders selected only the kindest, most pleasantly-tempered members of the breed to reproduce. So the Bulldogs we have today have none of the vicious tendencies of their forefathers.

Still, their unique body structure can cause joint and respiratory problems. They tend to be overweight and low energy, they snore, they have excessive gas, and they’re sensitive to extreme temperatures.

Even with all these issues, they are one of the most beloved and popular breeds in the world. Their looks may be both their biggest asset and their biggest challenge.

1. Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in the United States, and if you’ve ever met a Labrador Retriever, it’s easy to see why. They’re incredibly friendly and loyal, great for families, and perfect companion dogs.

In fact, they’ve been made famous by art, books, and movies, like Old Yeller and Marley & Me. But a good-natured personality isn’t the Labrador Retriever’s only strength. They were bred to be working dogs.

It won’t take you long to notice that Labrador Retrievers love the water. That’s because they originated in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, where they accompanied fishermen and helped with work on ships. The loyal Labrador would haul in nets, fetch ropes, and catch fish that got off the hook.

Labradors may not be helping fishermen as much today, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still working dogs. Labrador Retrievers are employed as assistance dogs for the disabled, therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, and hunting companion dogs.

Their intelligence and pleasant demeanor make them great at working with humans. The only job they’re not so talented at is being watchdogs. They’re too friendly, even to intruders. However, their loving nature and adaptability make them the most popular dog breed in America.

Is your dog one of these popular breeds? Why do you think they’re so beloved by people all over the world? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 10 Dog Breeds in America

For the past 25 years, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has named the Labrador Retriever the number one dog breed in America (www.akc.org/news/the-most-popular-dog-breeds-in-america/). But for the first time in quite a while, there may be a real “bully” battling for the top spot. The Bulldog and French Bulldog have been gaining tremendous popularity, and may have the best chance yet to become America’s next top dog breed.

The following is the most recent top 10 dog breeds list released by the AKC. Did your favorite make the cut?

#1: Labrador Retriever

The Lab makes his 25th straight appearance as the number one breed. And why not? This family-friendly, smart, and fun-loving breed is a favorite in households across America. Their desire to please and gentle disposition also help them excel as guide dogs and search-and-rescue dogs.

#2: German Shepherd Dog

A true dog lover’s pet, the German Shepherd Dog is intelligent and hardworking. They are also known to be extremely versatile and courageous. No wonder they are so often trained to assist people with disabilities, the police, the military, and other service organizations.

#3: Golden Retriever

A very athletic breed, the Golden Retriever is another family-friendly pet with a fantastic demeanor. Because they love to run and play, they’re a great fit for families with young children. Also skilled workers, Goldens are popular hunting companions, guide dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs.

#4: Bulldog

One of the fastest-growing breeds in terms of popularity, Bulldogs are fun and loveable. They are very calm when compared with the previously mentioned breeds, and they make great companions. They don’t need a ton of exercise—they actually prefer to stay home and relax most of the time.

#5: Beagle

Conveniently sized with short, low-maintenance coats, the Beagle is a peaceful and cheerful pet. Unlike Bulldogs, Beagles do require some exercise, so a fenced-in yard is an ideal setting for them. A hunting breed with great curiosity, these hounds enjoy exploring and keeping their noses active.

#6: French Bulldog

French Bulldogs have mixed demeanors—sometimes they love to run and play, and sometimes they just want to lie around and be loved. They thrive from human contact and attention, so this isn’t a breed to be kept alone for hours at a time.

#7: Yorkshire Terrier

“Yorkies” are the most popular small dog breed in America. They become extremely devoted to their owners, and their small stature makes them a great choice for people who live in condos or apartments. They can be a bit feisty at times, but overall this brave and energetic breed is excellent for anyone wanting a small companion.

#8: Poodle

Poodles are known for making regular appearances in dog shows. Their elegant form never goes unnoticed, but their personalities are just as charming as their looks. They’re smart, easy to train, eager to please, and lots of fun to be around.

#9: Rottweiler

Large and powerful, Rottweilers are sometimes misunderstood because of their stature. They are actually very intelligent, easily trained, and willing to work. Their broad chests and muscular bodies stand out, but Rottweilers have even bigger hearts and make for devoted companions.

#10: Boxer

Boxers have endless energy and love to play. Although they can be headstrong at times, Boxers are extremely loyal to their owners. They are great with kids while also being alert and courageous.

These Are The Top 20 Most Popular Dog Breeds Of 2019

They say you’re not supposed to pick favorites but when it comes to dog breeds, we all do it! Some of us like them big and slobbery. Others prefer pint-sized and portable. Those of us with loads of space might prefer a working or sporting breed while city dwellers may want a medium sized active dog that can keep up with fast moving feet. We all have our reasons for favoring one type of dog over another, even though we’ve got nothing but love for dogs of every variety.

Rover.com just released rankings of the top 20 most popular dog breeds in the country and in selected cities, too. They looked at breed data for over half a million dog having families across the country and used that information to rank the country’s favorite breeds. They also took a deeper dive into select cities to put together the 5 most popular breeds in each of those, giving us a unique peek at regional differences in pup preferences.

Mixed Breeds Took the Top National Spot

Shelter dogs and rescues are typically mixed breeds. With adoption rising as the most attractive option for many dog families, it is no surprise that Mixed Breeds took the top spot nationwide. What’s not to love? Mixed breeds are completely unique! Aside from siblings, there are no two mixed breeds who are genetically the same. Personality is individual so you never know what you’re going to get when you adopt a Mixed Breed until you get to know each other.

Labs, Chihuahuas, and Goldens, Oh My!

Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas, and Golden Retrievers ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th nationally. These findings come as no surprise. Is there anything more Americana than a Lab swimming after a tennis ball? Chihuahuas are more wildly popular than the tacos they are famous for pushing. And Goldens? They are just about the sweetest and smartest dogs you’ll ever meet. All of these breeds have amazing temperaments along with beauty and brains in equal measure.

American Pit Bull Terriers made the list at #16 nationwide while the crossbreed Goldendoodle came in just before the Poodle at #10. Check out the full national rankings below.

Check out the rankings in your city to see if your favorites made the list!

  1. Mixed Breed
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Chihuahua
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. German Shepherd
  6. Yorkshire Terrier
  7. Shih Tzu
  8. Dachshund
  9. Boxer
  10. Goldendoodle
  11. Poodle
  12. Beagle
  13. Australian Shepherd
  14. Siberian Husky
  15. Maltese
  16. American Pit Bull Terrier
  17. Pug
  18. French Bulldog
  19. Pomeranian
  20. Border Collie

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The Top 20 Most Popular Dog Breeds In Britain for 2019

As Derbyshire’s premier dog kennels, we love all dogs, but we thought we’d take a look into what breeds are amongst the favourites in the UK this year.

Earlier this year ITV aired a programme called Britain’s Top Dogs Live. The show asked Britain’s dog lovers to vote live on their favourite dog breeds and featured fascinating facts about heritage, characteristics and personality traits of the top 100 dog breeds. The top ten being decided in the final live vote at the end of the programme.

And so, without further ado, here are the nation’s favourite top 20 dog breeds for 2019.

20. Jack Russell

Jack Russell

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting in England. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated and can be any colour.

Jack Russells are an energetic breed that rely on a high level of exercise and stimulation. They are relatively free from any serious health complaints. Originating from dogs bred and used by Reverend John Russell in the early 19th century, from whom the breed takes its name, the Jack Russell has similar origins to the modern Fox terrier. It has gone through several changes over the years, corresponding to different use and breed standards set by kennel clubs.

19. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

The Dobermann, is a medium-large breed of domestic dog that was originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany.

Dobermanns are known to be intelligent, alert, and tenaciously loyal companions and guard dogs. Personality varies a great deal between each individual, but if taken care of and trained properly, they are generally considered to be loving and devoted companions. The Dobermann is driven, strong, and sometimes stubborn. Owning one requires commitment and care. With a consistent approach, they can be easy to train and will learn very quickly.

18. Dachshund


The dachshund also known as the sausage dog or wiener dog is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound-type dog breed. They may be smooth-haired, wire-haired, or long-haired.

The standard-size dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature dachshund was bred to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits.

17. Weimaraner


The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear and deer. As the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraners were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits and foxes.

The Weimaraner is an all-purpose gun dog. The name comes from the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl August, whose court, located in the city of Weimar (now in the state of Thuringia in modern-day Germany), enjoyed hunting.

16. Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier originates from Wales and was originally bred for hunting fox, rodents and badger, but during the last century it has mainly been bred for showing. Despite this, it has retained its terrier strength of character. The Welsh Terrier has been claimed to be the oldest existing dog breed in the UK according to research.

The Welsh Terrier was a latecomer to the British show-ring (being primarily a working dog) and was not officially registered as a breed until the 19th century. It is currently on the UK Kennel Club’s list of breeds that are in danger of dying out, having as few as 300 or so pups registered annually, as compared to the nation’s most popular breeds that are registered in the tens of thousands each year.

15. Cavachon


The Cavachon is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. A cross between a barbet or water spaniel and a small white lap dog. They are a small breed of dog which is good with families and small children and get on well with other dogs. They can, however, be prone to some hereditary medical conditions due to their breeding heritage. They can be either be white, apricot and white, white with black markings or black with tan markings.

14. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

A Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small Scottish dog breed in the terrier family. The breed has a very long body, short legs, and a distinctive topknot of hair on the head. They are friendly but tough, and are suitable for interaction with older children.

The breed is named after a fictional character in Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Guy Mannering. This character, Dandie Dinmont, is thought to be partly based on James Davidson, who is credited as the originator of the modern breed. Davidson’s dogs descended from earlier terrier-owning families, including the Allans of Holystone, Northumberland.
There are three breed clubs in the UK supporting the breed, although it is registered as a Vulnerable Native Breed by the Kennel Clubdue to its low number of puppy registrations per year.

13. Labradoodle


A Labradoodle is a crossbreed dog or Mutt/Mongrel created by crossing the Labrador retriever and the Standard, Medium, or Miniature poodle. The term first appeared in 1955, but was not initially popular. Not all Labradoodles are hypoallergenic, but it is a quality that many look for and appreciate in this type of crossbreed.

The Labradoodle became known in 1988, when Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia in Victoria.

Conron’s intent was to combine the low-shedding coat of the poodle with the gentleness and trainability of a Labrador retriever, and to provide a guide dog suitable for people with allergies to fur and dander.

12. Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Miniature Schnauzers may have been developed from the smallest specimens of the Standard Schnauzer, or crosses between the Standard and one or more smaller breeds such as the Affenpinscher, Miniature Pinscher, and Poodles, as farmers bred a small dog that was an efficient ratting dog. They are described as “spunky” but aloof dogs, with good guarding tendencies without some guard dogs’ predisposition to bite. Miniature Schnauzers are recognized in three colors internationally: solid black, black and silver, and pepper and salt. There is a controversial fourth color variant in Miniature Schnauzers, pure white, which is not recognized universally.

11. Flat-coated Retriever

Flat-Coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a gundog breed. It was developed as a retriever both on land and in the water. The Flat-Coated Retriever is an active, multitalented bird dog with a strong desire to please people. Exuberant, confident, and outgoing, they make a loving family pet and can be companions to small children, provided adults are nearby to direct this dog’s boisterous enthusiasm. These retrievers require plenty of exercise and engagement to help channel their natural sporting energy. The British Kennel Club recommends that owners provide dogs with at least 2 hours of exercise a day.

10. Mixed Breed

Mixed Breed

A mixed breed is one that doesn’t belong to any of the classifications or recognised breeds. The great thing about a mixed breed dog is that they all look different and have different characteristics. They also tend to live longer and be healthier as they don’t inherit their pure breed issues from two of the same breed parents.

9. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog that retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties. They were named ‘retriever’ because of their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged due to their soft mouth. Golden retrievers have an instinctive love of water, and are easy to train to basic or advanced obedience standards.

The Golden Retriever is popular as a disability assistance dog, such as being a guide dog for the blind and a hearing dog for the deaf. In addition, they are trained to be a hunting dog, a detection dog, and a search and rescue participant. The breed’s friendly, gentle temperament means it is unsuited to being a professional guard dog.

8. German Shepherd

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a breed of medium to large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. The breed was officially known as the Alsatian in Britain until 1977 when its name was changed back to German Shepherd. Despite its primitive, wolf-like appearance the German Shepherd is a relatively modern breed of dog, with their origin dating to 1899.

7. Border Collie

Border Collie

The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience.

Considered highly intelligent, extremely energetic, acrobatic and athletic, they frequently compete with great success in sheepdog trials and dog sports. They are often cited as the most intelligent of all domestic dogs. Border Collies continue to be employed in their traditional work of herding livestock throughout the world.

6. Boxer


The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawnbrindled or white, with or without white markings. The Boxer was bred from the Old English Bulldog and the now extinct Bullenbeisser which became extinct by crossbreeding rather than by a decadence of the breed.
Boxers are a bright, energetic and playful breed and tend to be very good with children. They are patient and spirited with children but also protective, making them a popular choice for families.

5. Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is a breed of gun dog. It is noteworthy for producing one of the most varied numbers of pups in a litter among all dog breeds. The word cocker is commonly held to stem from their use to hunt woodcock. The breed can have litters of anywhere from 3-12 puppies. The English Cocker Spaniel is a sturdy, compact, well-balanced dog. It has a characteristic expression showing intelligence and alertness.

4. Springer Spaniel

Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog in the Spaniel family traditionally used for flushing and retrieving game. It is an affectionate, excitable breed with a typical lifespan of twelve to fourteen years. They are very similar to the Welsh Springer Spaniel and are descended from the Norfolk or Shropshire Spaniels of the mid-19th century; the breed has diverged into separate show and working lines. It is closely related to the Welsh Springer Spaniel and very closely to the English Cocker Spaniel; less than a century ago, springers and cockers would come from the same litter. The smaller “cockers” hunted woodcock while the larger littermates were used to flush, or “spring”, game.

3. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever, or just Labrador, is a large type of retriever-gun dog. A favourite disability assistance breed in many countries, Labradors are frequently trained to aid the blind, those who have autism, to act as a therapy dog, or to perform screening and detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies. Additionally, they are prized as sporting and hunting dogs.

The modern Labrador’s ancestors originated on the island of Newfoundland. The founding breed of the Labrador was the St. John’s water dog, a breed that emerged through ad-hoc breedings by early settlers of the island in the 16th century. The forebears of the St. John’s Dog are not known, but were likely a random-bred mix of English, Irish, and Portuguese working breeds.

Labradors have a reputation as a very even-tempered breed and an excellent family dog. This includes a good reputation with children of all ages and other animals. Some lines, particularly those that have continued to be bred specifically for their skills at working in the field (rather than for their appearance), are particularly fast and athletic. Their fun-loving boisterousness and lack of fear may require training and firm handling at times to ensure it does not get out of hand—an uncontrolled adult can be quite problematic.

2. Cockapoo


A Cockapoo is a mixed-breed dog that is the cross between either Cocker Spaniel breeds (American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel) and a poodle (in most cases a miniature poodle or toy poodle).

Cockapoos have become popular because they generally combine the outgoing, loving personality of the Cocker Spaniel with the low-shedding, low-dander qualities of the Poodle.[ Cockapoos are moderately active dogs; the level of activity needed varies depending on the type of Poodle cross. Cockapoos can be very agile, excelling at “retrieve” games and enjoying activities such as swimming. Cockapoos are frequently very needy dogs and as such are not suitable to be left alone for long periods as they frequently suffer from separation distress or anxiety.

1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also known as Staffie, is a breed of short-haired, small to medium sized dog that was developed in Staffordshire, England and northern parts of Birmingham. The breed first originated by crossing the Bulldog and Black and Tan Terrier, and evolved over time with the profusion of other breeds for refinement of purpose which, in mid-19th century Victorian England, was varmint control and dog fighting.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is considered a loyal, devoted, tenacious and particularly affectionate breed of dog, it is one of the only dog breeds recommended by the Kennel Clubas suitable to be around children. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a reputation for pugnaciousness; when challenged by other dogs it is generally known to not back away from a fight.

Well, there they are, Britain’s favourite dogs. But don’t worry if your dog isn’t on the list, to us, they’re all favourites!

Well, there they are, Britain’s favourite dogs. But don’t worry if your dog isn’t on the list, to us, they’re all favourites!

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If you’re thinking about adopting a dog you might be wondering about the most popular breeds and why they’re so popular, every dog breed has its pro’s and con’s after all!

It’s important to find the right breed for you, whether you’re a young family, apartment owner, retiree or busy professional there’s a dog breed for everybody.

We’ve done our research on the most popular breeds below, read on below to find out more about the good and bad points of the 20 most popular dog breeds.

The most popular dog breeds in the world:

Labrador Retriever Dog. Photo: Skeeze,

Labrador retrievers are the most popular dog breed in homes today and for a good reason. Known for their friendliness the Labrador retriever makes and excellent family dog.

Their dense hard coat makes them easy to groom and look after and comes in golden, chocolate and black. Labrador retrievers are easy-going with humans and other pets and have a great temperament for training.

They are energetic dogs however and do require a lot of exercise so they are not suitable to all home environments.

2# German Shepherd

German Shepherd. Photo: Gribouillle,

German Shepherds are an excellent and highly popular breed of dog. Their large, muscular build and high intelligence make them an excellent working dog, they also make superb companions because of the loyal nature.

The breed is a popular choice for Police dogs because of their intelligence and ability to learn commands.

3# Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever. Photo: Skeeze,

The Golden Retriever is a popular choice for a family dog because of its tolerant personality and friendly face.

Golden Retriever’s are cheerful and highly adaptable dogs that will go with the flow in almost any home environment.

Their longer coats mean that they do need a bit of grooming and they will shed a bit. They are also high energy in their early years and will require a couple of walks per day to keep them well exercised.

4# French Bulldog

French Bulldog. Photo: Ivanovgood,

The French Bulldog has become steadily more popular in recent years and is one of the world’s most popular small dog-breeds. His distinctive bat ears, compact small body and short fur have made him a popular choice for city-dwellers.

French Bulldogs do very well in small apartments or houses, they don’t bark much or require as much exercise as many breeds of dogs.

5# Bulldog

English Bulldog. Photo: Rangercutie93,

Bulldogs (or English Bulldog) are a highly, you certainly can’t mistake their sour faces for any other breed. Whether you think they have faces only a mother could love or think their gorgeous, their friendly, calm personalities have made them one of the most popular dog breeds.

Bulldogs can get quite large and heavy but still believe they’re lapdogs. Their easy going, cuddly nature should not be mistaken for laziness, they will still need regular exercise.

Their short noses make them vulnerable to the heat so it’s important to be careful when taking them out in the sun.

6# Beagle

Beagle. Photo: AlbanyColley,

Beagles make excellent hunting dogs as well as pets, they are known for their happy, quirky personalities.

They make excellent family pets as they do well with kids. They have a stubborn streak so it can take patience and creativity to train them.

They require regular exercise and have a high prey drive, so they are necessarily the best choice for homes with other pets such as cats.

7# Poodle

Poodle. Photo: Alexas_Fotos,

Popular show-dogs, Poodles are a popular dog choice for those that appreciate style and aesthetics. Poodle’s distinctive curly coats make them instantly recognisable.

They make good family pets and enjoy the companionship of humans. Poodles come in three sizes, small, medium and large and are adaptable to different environments, including smaller apartments.

Poodles are non-shedding, making them a great choice for people with allergies.

8# Rottweilers

Rottweilers. Photo: Alexas_Fotos,

Rottweiler’s were originally bred to pull carts, when you look at their muscle bound stature this becomes obvious. Although they are rather large, muscly dogs they are extremely mellow and intelligent.

They make loyal companions and have a strong instinct to protect their families, but don’t tend to be overly fearful or quick to go on the attack.

Well-trained Rottweiler’s make fantastic pets and are very gentle, calm and family-friendly.

9# Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier. Photo: Josch13,

Yorkshire Terriers are a popular small dog breed with a distinctive floor length coat. Yorkshire Terriers are small in stature but not in personality, they have a true terrier countenance and are known to be feisty, bossy and brave.

Yorkshire Terriers are hypoallergenic and great for people who struggle with allergies. Their coats to require some grooming and care however.

Yorkshire Terriers do not require as much exercise as some breeds but still benefit from moderate exercise.

10# German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer. Photo: Wilda3,

German Shorthaired Pointers are a popular sporting breed, these high energy dogs make good pets because of their playful nature but might not be ideal for smaller children because they can be a little bit boisterous.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium sized dog with an almond sized head and a distinctive sleek liver and white coat.

German Shorthaired Pointers require between one to two hours of exercise each day so they are a good choice for active households but do not adapt well to apartment living. If they do not get enough exercise they tend to become nervous and destructive.

11# Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky. Photo: Monicore,

Siberian Huskies are a striking dog breed with distinct facial markings and a thick coat. They’re looks have made them a popular breed is households around the world. There is more to them then just appearance though, they also have funny personalities and are known for their howling and vocalisations.

Siberian Huskies are also well-known for being escape artists and can find a way out of almost any yard, so it’s important to keep this challenging breed fenced inside. They do make very rewarding pets, but for first time dog owners they can be a handful.

12# Boxer

Boxer. Photo: Belenfant,

Boxers are the ‘peter Pan’s’ of the dog world, they never want to grow up. Boxers’ have endless energy and love to play, they remain ‘puppies’ for three years – the longest of any dog breed! They are known for their clown-like behaviour,

This breed is good natured but stubborn and can be challenging to train. They do well with children, but might be too high energy for small children. They love companionship and attention from people, although they are sometimes wary of new people initially.

Boxer’s do not do well outside in the heat for long periods of time because of their short noses, and they struggle in the cold weather because of their short coats.

They can adapt surprisingly well to apartments, given the correct amount of exercise.

13# Dachshund

Dachshund. Photo: Klausneu,

Dachshund’s are a popular small dog breed that were originally bred to be scent hounds and used to hunt animals like foxes and badgers. Affectionately known as the ‘sausage dog’ this breed has become a popular favourite for its cute appearance and personality.

Dachshund’s come in a variety of sizes and coat lengths but the most popular variety is the smooth coat because it requires minimal grooming.

14# Great Danes

Great Danes. Photo: Mtajmr,

Great Danes are very large dogs, they can look quite scary because of their stature but they are actually very good natured dogs and are excellent with children.

Great Danes are very mellow and don’t tend to be high energy, but their large size can mean it’s necessary to move breakables out of easy reach of their tails.

Great Danes are very gentle dogs and take well to obedience training (a good thing given their size!).

Great Danes do have a very short life span at only 8 years, which is something to consider for those thinking about adopting one.

15# Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Photo: Tatiana LM, Pexels

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a popular breed of dog because of their adaptability. They are great in family homes, easy to train and adapt well to apartment living.

Corgi’s are vocal dogs and will bark but they don’t tend to be aggressive. They have a strong herding instinct which will sometimes kick in and cause them to nip at children’s heels.

Corgi’s require regular exercise, and tend to eat too much, so they’re portion’s should be monitored.

16# Doberman Pinschers

Doberman Pinschers. Photo: Tobnat,

Doberman Pinscher’s are a relatively new breed but have nonetheless become popular because of their elegant appearance and loyal personalities.

Dobermans sometimes get a reputation as overly aggressive, but they are not, they are typically gentle but will protect their families from danger.

Dobermans need a lot of exercise and regular mental stimulation because they are athletic and intelligent.

17# Australian Shepherds

Australian Shepherds. Photo: Empiep,

Australian Shepherds did not actually originate in Australia, but are a popular breed there because of their working dog status and natural herding abilities.

These dogs require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation; they were bred for life on the farm after all so they are not the breed to choose for apartment living. They need much more than a walk around the block, requiring vigorous daily exercise.

Australia Shepherd’s tend to be good with kids, although they have strong herding instincts and might attempt to herd them. A great breed for active families!

18# Miniature Schnauzers

Miniature Schnauzers. Photo: IsabellWolf,

The little moustache on this dog and funny personality makes him a hilarious addition to the family. Miniature Schnauzers are fun, friendly dogs that require a lot of time and attention.

They love being with people and will follow them around throughout the house, they do well with children but not always with other dogs because of their terrier attitudes.

They’re barkers and natural guard dogs that will alert you to the presence of people.

19# Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Photo: Alexas_Fotos,

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a popular companion dog and loves to sit in your lap.

Cavalier’s love the company of people and make excellent therapy dogs. They are incredibly affectionate and will follow family members throughout the house.

They love their exercise, and their food. They have a tendency to overeat so it’s important to keep an eye on their weight.

This is a great choice for those looking for a lap dog!

20# Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu. Photo:

Shi Tzu’s are friendly housedogs that love the companionship of people.

They are a great choice for apartment owners and do well with children as they were not bred as hunters, herders or guarders.

Shi Tzu’s can be a bit wheezy and don’t do well in the heat because of their flat faces.

Compare the dogs with cats here.

Executive Editor at Best in Australia. Mike has spent over a decade covering news related to business leaders and entrepreneurs around Australia and across the world. You can contact Mike here.