List of the Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World

Do you know why one breed of dogs is more popular than others and how they had deserved popularity? Why do the previously popular breeds go into the background and are replaced by new ones?

There are many reasons and for each separate breed its own ones.

Often, the popularity is influenced by a fickle fashion, for example, yesterday everyone admired the beautiful wool of Shih Tzu which today was replaced by an exotic Chinese Crested Dog.

Fortunately there are fans that will never change their pets. They will do much to improve the abilities of their favorite breeds of dog.

There is a list of the most popular breeds of dogs in the world which shows how breeders are true to their tastes and why.

1. Labrador Retriever

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The most popular breeds of dogs in the world

Origin: United Kingdom & Canada

Weight: Male 65–80 lb (29–36 kg); Female 55–70 lb (25–32 kg)

Temperament: Kind, cute, sociable, obedient

Using: Companion, sporting and hunting dog

Labrador Retriever is an energetic, cheerful, affectionate and friendly dog. After the first meeting you will surely love this dog for his gentle and kind temperament.

Initially, the breed was bred to serve people. Labradors are still used in hunting as gun dogs, they are trained to accompany blind people (to lead blind and visually impaired people around obstacles) and they are involved into rescue operations. Also these bold dogs save drowning people, and as therapists they provide moral support to people who need it.

Despite their versatile capabilities, first of all Labrador is a companion dog and a faithful friend of the owner`s children.

2. German Shepherd

Origin: Germany

Height at withers: Male 60–65 cm (24–26 in); Female 55–60 cm (22–24 in)

Weight: Male 30–40 kg (66–88 lb); Female  22–32 kg (49–71 lb)

Temperament: Active, confident, curious

Using: Working

German Shepherd is one of the most versatile and popular dogs. He has a high intellect and can perform various tasks as watchdog, rescuer, guide dog and shepherd.

They can work in the police, catch criminals and find contraband. They are filmed in films and advertising as they are trained very easily.

Smart and active German Shepherd needs a regularly physical activity to maintains his physical form.

3. Poodle (All sizes)

The most popular breeds of dogs in the world

Origin: France & Germany

Height at withers: Standard Poodles: Over 45 cm up to 60 cm

                              Medium Poodles: Over 35 cm up to 45 cm

                              Miniature Poodles: Over 28 cm up to 35 cm

                              Toy Poodles: Over 24 cm

Temperament: Intelligent, energetic and sociable

Using: Companion

Also Poodle is included in the top 10 most intelligent dog breed in the world and takes second place after Border Collie. It is incredibly intelligent and talented breed which has a lot of ability. Poodles like sports for dogs including agility, obedience and they have success as circus performers.

Nowadays Poodles are companion and family dogs despite the fact that they were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl during hunting.

Poodles often have an unusual hairstyle and a strange coat color as they are favorite models for the groomers at dog shows and beauty contests.

4. Chihuahua

Origin: Mexico

Height at withers: Male 15–25 cm (6–10 in); Female 15–25 cm (6–10 in)

Weight: Male 1.8–2.7 kg (4–6 lb); Female 1.8–2.7 kg (4–6 lb)

Temperament: Clever, faithful, cheerful

Using: Companion

Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and he has funny, cute, active and loyal temperament. He perfectly feels the owner`s mood and can adapt to his lifestyle without problems.

This cute little dog is a reflection of the owner and pet`s behavior (cheerful or calm, brave or timid, confident or shy, stubborn or lazy) depends entirely on you.

Surprisingly, Chihuahuas are excellent watchdog. Despite their small size they need early socialization to prevent spoiled behavior towards strangers and children.

5. Golden Retriever

Origin: Scotland

Height at withers: Male 22–24 in (56–61 cm); Female 20-22 in (51-56 cm)

Weight: Male 65–75 lb (29–34 kg); Female  55–65 lb (25–29 kg)

Temperament: Affectionate, cheerful, faithful, kind

Using: Working, companion

Golden Retriever is a beautiful, active, well-built dog with confident movements and a friendly look. He has only positive character traits. He is affectionate, loyal, friendly, cheerful, delicate and cute. Golden Retriever was bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl during the hunting because he has an instinctive love of water and he is easy to train obedience standards.

At the present time he is a companion, a friend of children, a family dog, a guide for the blind and a lifesaver for the drowning. He perfectly feels the owner`s mood and always tries to comfort him. He never shows aggression towards humans and animals. But he is able to protect the owner if the other dog provokes him.

6. Yorkshire Terrier

The most popular breeds of dogs in the world

Origin: Great Britain

Weight: Up to 3,2 kg

Temperament: Active, overprotective, curious

Using: Companion

Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog who has toy appearance and hunter`s temperament. This is not a surprise that their ancestors caught rats and mice in mills and factories.

He is active, cheerful, loving the owner and all members of his family including the owner`s children. But he is very wary and even displays aggression towards strangers  and children. In this way, he shows the desire to protect the owner and his territory.

Yorkshire Terrier has a beautiful long coat that does not shed and its structure is similar to the human hair. Therefore, people who are suffering allergies can keep dogs of this breed.

7. Dachshund (all varieties)

Origin: Germany

Height at withers: Standard 16 lb (7.3 kg) to 32 lb (15 kg)

                              Miniature  12 lb (5.4 kg) 

Weight: Up to 12 kg

Temperament: Stubborn, hardy, faithful

Using: Scent hound, companion

Dachshund is a hunting dog with a long body and short legs. They differ in size, weight, and have a lot of coat colors. There are standard, miniature and rabbit dachshunds. They also have coat variations: smooth-haired, long-haired and wirehaired.

The standard dachshund was bred to trail, persecution and expel fox, badgers and other burrow animals. The miniature dachshund was bred to hunt rabbits. All representatives of these breed have a bold, balanced and friendly temperament. They are agile, hardy and dexterous hunters with excellent sense of smell.

8. Beagle

Origin: England

Height at withers: 13–16 in (33–41 cm)

Weight: Male 22–25 lb (10.0–11.3 kg); Female 20–23 lb (9.1–10.4 kg)

Temperament: Gentle, active, sociable

Using: Scenthound

Beagle is a scent hound that was bred to hunt for hare and fox. He is not only a smart and hardy hunter. He is also a great companion and a wonderful family dog. Beagle is gentle, intelligent and active so all love him for his inquisitive and friendly personality. Even Queen Elizabeth II and President Lyndon Johnson admirered of this amazing breed.

Beagle gets on well with children and other dogs. Though, a strong hunting instinct does not allow the friendship with other pets. Beagle needs regular exercise and communication with people because they do not like loneliness.

9. German Boxer

Origin: Germany

Height at withers: Male 22–25 in (56–64 cm);  Female 21–24 in (53–61 cm)

Weight: Male 55–71 lb (25–32 kg) Female 55–71 lb (25–32 kg)

Temperament: Energetic and playful

Using: Family dogs

Boxer is live, energetic and playful breed. He is excellent companion and lovely family dog. Boxer is devoted to the owner and all members of his family. He has an impressive appearance and is an excellent watchdog and guard. This alert, dexterous, strong and intelligent dog is used as servant dogs, guide dogs for the blind and therapy dogs.

In times of war Boxer worked at the military and was used as messenger dogs, pack carriers and guard. Boxers have a lot of abilities and they work at the police and even sometimes they are used for herding cattle or sheep.

10. French Bulldog

The most popular breeds of dogs in the world

Origin: France

Height at withers: Males: 27–35 cm. Females: 24–32 cm

Weight: Males: 9–14 kg. Females: 8–13 kg 

Temperament: Funny, faithful, cheerful

Using: Companion and Toy dog

French Bulldogs have gained popularity for their charming muzzle and cheerful temperament. Bulldogs are perfect companions for city residents. They are of medium size, have a short coat and need a low level in physical exercises.

Bulldog is not just a companion he is a clown dog. This amazing animal is able to amuse the gloomiest person in the world. Nobody will remain indifferent seeing his cute muzzle and hearing his grunting.

He is an ideal pet. French Bulldog has a strong psyche and gets along with the children. He is always glad to guests and in case of danger he is ready to protect the owner and his family.

Unfortunately, he can show aggression towards other dogs and cats, but this depends on the temperament and upbringing of each one individually.