How does your canine BFF rate among the country’s most famous breeds? Searching for your new best friend? This list of notable and loved dog breeds is the perfect jumping off point in your quest for the perfect dog. You may or may not agree… (hint: Golden Retriever is NOT #1!)
Chihuahua’s are extremely variable – you never know what you’re going to get – which can make fitting them into your family or lifestyle kind of a crapshoot. They can be neurotic and inherit odd temperamental traits from their parents.
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Known as amazing guard dogs, this breed can also be difficult to bond with. Their dominant personality makes them tougher to train. Small kids and animals are always at risk around Akitas – they are known to snap out of the blue.
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33. Chow Chow
Known as the “Fluffy Lion-dog” in China, Chow Chows are well-mannered and good with children, just as long as they are introduced to other animals and children when they are very young. Chow Chows also believe they are the alpha of your family and will work hard to make sure you know it.
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32. Alaskan Malamute
Large and fluffy, it seems like a fun, cuddly pet, however the shedding is insane! This also requires them to be in a cooler climate – definitely not a southern dog!
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31. Siberian Husky
Quite like the malamute, it sheds like crazy. Much like the Akita, huskies are a little unpredictable around other small kids and animals.
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30. Saint Bernard
Extremely large and slow to mature, this dog can require a lot of patience during training. Even though their size may cause little ones to be knocked down, Saint Bernards are extremely tolerant and gentle with kids. They tend to be very obedient and loyal.
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This one takes work. Temperament relies solely on early training and treatment. They vary, like the Chihuahua, but nurture can very easily dominate nature in this case.
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28. Yorkshire Terrier
Possessive, nippy, and yippy. Tiny and cute. You weigh the pros and cons.
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27. Llasa Apsos
Resembling a mop, this well-groomed small breed is best with an older or single person. Llasa Apsos are very intolerant of children and need a calmer, more predictable environment.
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Always recognized for their “firefighter” status and desirable because of their fame, Dalmatians aren’t always the best pick for a family. They can be too energetic and high-strung.
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Cute, lively, and loyal, this popular breed works well in families, but can get smelly. They require much bathing.
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Intimidating presence makes Rottweilers incredible guard dogs, but their temperament makes them perfect for families. Just keep them busy, or deal with the destruction.
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Hypo-allergenic and extremely trainable, they are a very popular dog to have. Poodles are also very popularly bred with other breeds.
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A very popular family dog, full of energy, and playful. Boxers also have known heart issues and some don’t live quite as long as others. That’s a chance you’d have to be willing to take.
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Slow and slobbery, yet gentle. This quirky breed is full of character and doesn’t need as much exercise.
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Beagles have an unpleasant, and sometimes unrelenting bark, yet are extremely loyal family dogs.
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19. Golden Retriever
It is, hands down, America’s most loved dog breed. They are smart, easily trained, and are perfect family dogs.
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18. German Shepherd
Sometimes feared, German Shepherds can have an intimidating appearance and make great guard dogs. They are also a coveted family dog. Very smart and trainable, as it is a popular police dog.
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17. Lab Retriever
A hunting companion for sure, Labs are another popular family dog. However, Labrador Retrievers can also have energy to spare and need a LOT of exercise and attention to avoid unwanted behavior.
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Although overly hairy, these giant teddy bears are perfect family dogs. They also have webbed feet and love the water – which could be good for some fun, and bad for your furniture.
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This easily trained toy breed is popular among apartment renters. They are very bright and agile. It’s no wonder this dog’s name comes from the French word for butterfly – they will often flit around the room – energetic and curious.
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Extremely popular and often used a humorous movie characters, Pugs are very patient and affectionate. They do have notable breathing problems and will seem like you own a pig instead of a dog with their snorting.
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13. Basset Hound
Low maintenance. Low energy. Less activity. If you like a lazy dog, this is your breed.
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12. Rough Collie
It’s no wonder this breed was used in the popular old show “Lassie”, as Rough Collies are one of the smartest and loyal family dogs.
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11. Border Collie
This breed is more of a working dog, however they are intelligent, trainable, and very energetic. Border Collies want to be your buddy.
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10. Jack Russell
High-energy characters, this breed has a long lifespan without many of the other health issues that typically plague dogs.
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9. Bichon Frise
Another hypo-allergenic dog that works well in families with allergies. They have a merry temperament and are easily exercised.
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8. Shih Tzu
Super affectionate, but not known for their intelligence. They are “oooh” and “aaah”ed over at dog shows for their delightful personality and beautiful coats.
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Appreciative of master’s approval, they are obedient and loving. Havanese are also low-maintenance and easy to care for.
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Maltese have lighter coats for warmer climates and are tiny little companions. These dogs are a little more sensitive and require less forceful, positive training.
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5. French Bulldog
These comical dogs don’t just look alert with their big bat-like ears – they are!
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4. King Charles Spaniel
This ridiculously adorable pup lives up to its royal name. They are obedient, demure, and come out on top at dog shows.
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3. Welsh Corgi
Even though this breed has a small stature, they are amazing herding dogs, and are very strong. Sometimes, they even try to herd people!
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This breed will happily take the spotlight, as they love to be the center of attention. Though little, they KNOW they deserve your attention and will demand it – but very lovingly.
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1. Bernese Mountain Dog
Very large and gentle, these extremely intelligent family dogs are adaptable. They are happy to join you outside for an adventure, but are equally as happy to lay at your feet indoors.