For the 20th consecutive year, the Labrador retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America.
There's a reason why Labs are the most popular purebreed in America. The Labrador retriever thrives as part of an active family or as a trusted hunting companion. A double-coated breed, Labs sheds seasonally and require regular grooming to keep their coat at its water-resistant best. Because of their even temperament and trainability, Labrador retrievers are owned as pets by millions of Americans.
Beagles are happy-go-lucky and friendly, making them a wonderful family pet. They are also favored for their compact size and short, easy-to-care-for coat. Since they lived in packs for hundreds of years, they naturally enjoy the company of other dogs and humans. Curious and comedic, they often follow their noses -- which can lead to some mischief if they are not provided with daily activity.
This active and energetic sporting breed can adapt to many different living situations but requires daily exercise. His water-repellant double-coat sheds seasonally and needs regular brushing. With his friendly temperament and striking golden color, this breed is both beautiful to look at and a joy to own.
When it comes to "portable" dogs, Yorkies are the breed of choice. They are easily adaptable to all surroundings, travel well, and make suitable pets for many homes. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise, but need daily interaction with their people. Their long coat requires regular brushing.
Bulldogs are recognized as excellent family pets because of their tendency to form strong bonds with children. They tend to be gentle and protective. The breed requires minimal grooming and exercise. Their short nose makes them prone to overheating in warm weather, so make sure to provide a shady place to rest.
One of the breed's most notable characteristics is its desire for human affection, especially from children. They are patient and spirited with children, but also protective, making them a popular choice for families. The Boxer requires little grooming, but needs daily exercise.
Dachshunds are lovable, playful companions, and an ideal pet for many homes, including those with children with appropriate supervision. They require moderate exercise and can adapt to most living environments. Depending on their coat type, Dachshunds may need regular grooming.
Rottweilers love their people and may behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced. Obedience training and socialization are musts. Rottweilers must be exercised daily, but require minimal grooming maintenance.