Although all dogs are lovable and adorable whether purebred or mutts, many animal lovers are interested in what the most popular dog breeds are. Everyone has their own preference; many people love a more aggressive dog such as a German Shepherd, while others prefer a more mild-tempered, smaller dog. No matter what type of dog you have or want, remember that the right one will make a perfect addition to your family. Every year, the American Kennel Club publishes a list of some of the most elegant and popular dog breeds. In 2014, ten breeds scored highly among the high-class dog types.
Here is the list of the top 10:
The Labrador Retriever
- this smooth-haired dog has topped the list for the last 20 years. Owned by millions, the dog is energetic, spry and loves people. Many male Labrador Retrievers grow to weigh as much as 100 pounds or more. These dogs are a good choice for those who want an inside dog as long as it is sufficiently exercised.
The German Shepherd
- a courageous breed of dog, the German Shepherd is known as the police dog due to its athletic abilities and fearless protective traits. German Shepherds are obedient, cheerful and faithful, good with children and other pets when well trained. This breed generally grows to weigh about 77 to 85 pounds and can live inside, although they do better when left outdoors in a large yard part of the time.
- the easiest of all dog breeds to train, this gold-colored breed sheds liberally. Its gentle, calm nature is a joy to live with. Golden Retrievers are intelligent dogs which are well-mannered and loving, and enjoy swimming any time of the year. They're also a good choice for families with children. This breed generally grows to about 60 to 80 pounds and are moderately active even indoors; most do best in homes with a medium to large yard.
- friendly and full of life, the bulldog has a short coat of hair, but slobbers more than other dog breeds. A bond-forming animal, the Bulldog is commonly called "the couch potato." Although the appearance of a bulldog can be intimidating, it is a dependable dog with an affectionate, gentle nature. Always ready to guard the family and property, bulldogs typically grow to reach 49 to 55 pounds and are good for those who live in apartments as they are very inactive when indoors.
- dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, this breed of dog is highly intelligent and charmingly exquisite to look at. The Beagle breed is renowned for getting along with children; sweet and gentle, Beagles are hardy dogs that love to hunt. Typically 20 to 25 pounds depending upon whether the dog is male or female, Beagles can live indoors or out and do not require a large yard as they are active indoors as well.
- feisty and cuddly, the Yorkshire Terrier is a breed that is often described as a little dog with an aggressive nature. Small in size, this breed is highly energetic, clever, brave and loyal. Yorkshire Terriers generally weigh only around 7 pounds, and need daily exercise and play to help fulfill their need to walk. This breed is a good choice for those who live in small homes or apartments.
- a beautiful dog which comes in various colors and varieties, the Poodle is clever and originates from Germany. The dog breed's coat is hypoallergenic. The Poodle is intelligent and always ready to please its owner. If not exercised frequently, Poodles can be high-strung and nervous, so they aren't always the best choice for families with small children. Depending upon whether the Poodle is a Toy, Miniature or Standard variety, it may weigh 6 to 70 pounds; toy Poodles generally weigh around 6 to 7 pounds while standard Poodles weigh as much as 70 pounds when grown.
- a dignified dog breed, the Boxer is notorious for being an exercise fanatic. The boxer is extremely friendly and loyal to its owner. Energetic, happy and naturally curious, the Boxer bonds tightly with the family and is very generous with its affection. This breed of dog reaches a weight of approximately 53 to 70 pounds and needs sufficient exercise if living indoors or in an apartment setting.
French Bulldog – a playful, smart and cooperative breed, Frenchies prefer to be indoors especially if air-conditioned during hot weather. While attentive to their surroundings and fond of announcing the arrival of the mailman, their main function is that of loving companion. Only needing minimal exercise and grooming, the French Bulldog is part of the AKC's Non Sporting Group and is distinguished by its two most prominent features: its bat ears and half-flat, half-domed skull. It should not exceed 28 pounds.
– a dog which truly enjoys meeting the approval of its owners, the loyal Rottweiler may have an amusing personality for family and friends, but is extremely territorial and suspicious of strangers until properly introduced. It is essential that this dog receive formal obedience training and socialization as a puppy. Daily exercise is beneficial, but grooming needs are minimal. A relatively large breed measuring about 26 inches at the shoulder, the Rottweiler makes an excellent guard dog.
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