Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2018

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Introduction

According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), approximately 43 thousand households in the United States have dogs, and the total number of dogs as pets across America is almost 70 thousand. The American Kennel Club recognizes 192 different dog breeds from tiny toy breeds to giant breeds, and they list the top dog breeds each year on their website. They determine the popularity of these breeds by the number of dogs that have been registered each year. The pawsitively pawesome Labrador Retriever has been at the top of the list since 1991 and continues to be the number one dog breed in the United States. Are you looking to add to your family with a pupular breed? Read on to see the top breeds of 2018!

#1 Labrador Retriever

Since the 1990s, the Labrador Retriever has been the number one dog breed in America for many reasons. They are intelligent, gentle, playful, and make wonderful family pets, as well as working dogs. This furfect furball is even great at being a guide or therapy dog, and can help you hunt game as well. 

#2 German Shepherd

Another hard-working dog, the German Shepherd is pupular with families, as well as with the military and police departments. They are smart, energetic, strong, loving, and they can protect your family. These pups will even herd your sheep if you have any. German Shepherds also love kids and other pets, so they can fit in anywhere. 

#3 Golden Retriever

One of the best family dogs, the Golden Retriever loves kids and other pets, and can get along with anyone. They’re pawesome service dogs and have plenty of love to give to anyone they meet. They also hunt and retrieve, but don’t ask them to be a guard dog because they are too friendly for that.
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#4 French Bulldog

The French Bulldog, or Frenchie, is a small pup that was specifically bred to be a companion, so they are a furrific choice for anyone who wants a cuddle buddy. Since they have a very short hair coat, they are easy to care for, and with their silly personality, they will keep you laughing with their antics. 

#5 Bulldog

Similar to the French Bulldog, but about 30 pounds heavier, the Bulldog may look furocious, but they are gentle and sweet dogs who love to get attention. Like the Frenchie, their coat is easy to care for, and they love to cuddle. They are friendly and like children and other pets, so they will fit into any family. 

#6 Beagle

The blissful Beagle is considered to be one of the happiest and laid-back dog breeds there are. They were bred to be trackers and hunters, and love to smell everything, so if you lose something, your bouncy Beagle will find it for you happily. This pup's coat is easy to care for, and they make great family pets.

#7 Poodle

As one of the first known dog breeds, and the cleverest, the Poodle makes a pawsitively excellent canine kid for any family or individual. They also come in three diffurent sizes: toy, miniature, and standard, so you can take your pick. These beauties also come in almost any color you can think of.

#8 Rottweiler

Although many people consider the Rottweiler a guard dog, these furocious looking pups are also extremely lovable and loyal family members. They do make excellent guard dogs though, and they will herd your livestock as well. With their short hair coat, you won’t have to brush them often either.

#9 Yorkshire Terrier

Even though they are one of the smallest breeds, the Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) has a big fursonality. Not only do they make excellent lap dogs, but they can also keep your home free of vermin like rats and mice. Their long, silky hair is beautiful, but you will have to brush them often to keep it from getting matted. 

#10 German Shorthaired Pointer

If you want an excellent hunter as well as a good family pet, the German Shorthaired Pointer makes a furfect choice. This pointing pup can show you where the prey is every time. However, if you’re not into hunting, they still make great pets, and their coat is short and easy to care for.