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5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America

Dogs are the most popular pet in the world. A study done by the American Veterinarian Association reported that 38.4 percent of the US has at least one dog as a pet. This statistic is highly due to the dog being a very versatile species. Every breed has unique characteristics, therefore making each breed a fit for an owner with a  particular lifestyle. This being said, if you feel that you simply can not take on the responsibility of a dog, yet dream about one day owning one, a dog statue would be the perfect option for you. 

Labrador

Labradors are known as America’s favorite dog breed. This is due to the labrador’s overly friendly and companion-oriented energy. Labradors are great with children, other dogs, and even strangers. They are also incredibly intelligent and therefore easily trained. This breed is known as a sporting dog, meaning that they were once raised to fish and hunt. This trait has translated into the labrador being extremely playful and energetic. These characteristics combine to make the labrador a great choice breed for a family. 

German Shepherd

In 1889, the first German Shepherd was officially registered in Karlsruhe, Germany. This breed of dog is known for its intelligence, loyalty, and endurance. These qualities make the German shepherd the choice breed for service dogs. These dogs love to play and exercise. Therefore, they would be a great choice for someone who leads an active lifestyle. German Shepherds are also one of the healthiest breeds, living on average ten years. They are also highly adaptable to their living environments. As long as they are getting enough exercise, they should be able to live in most sized homes. 

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are notorious for being family dogs. They are one of the most affectionate breeds. This paired with their great temperament makes them great with people of all ages. Perhaps the most notable feature of the golden retriever is its fluffy coat. While this coat does require some maintenance due to shedding, its luster is remarkable. Golden Retrievers are very energetic and love to play. As noted by their name, this breed is great at playing fetch. The golden retriever is great for anyone who leads an active lifestyle but loves to unwind at the end of the night. 

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are known for their companionship. This breed behaves well with other dogs and children, making it a great choice for a family. French bulldogs are on average 11 to 13 inches tall and about 30 pounds. Therefore smaller than other popular bulldog breeds. French bulldogs were bred to be lap dogs. During the Industrial Revolution, lacemakers in France would have their French bulldogs sit on their laps while working to keep warm. However, this breed’s small stature and friendly energy can be deceiving, as the French bulldog is also a great watchdog.

Poodle

Poodles are known to be a stylish and poised breed. This being said, poodles were actually bred to be hunting dogs. Poodles were trained to swim and retrieve games for their owners. Additionally, the haircut that seems to be solely for aesthetic purposes, was created to increase the poodle’s efficiency while swimming.  In addition to protecting their organs, the puffs of hair are centered around their joints to keep them cushioned and warm. This is opposed to the shaved spots which keep the poodle from being weighed down while swimming. Today, this haircut is heavily monitored when poodles show in competition. Owners must have their dog’s hair cut in one of three styles and measured to the nearest inch.