According to the FCI – Fédération Cynologique Internationale (World Canine Organization) – there are currently 332 official dog breeds. Some more common than others.
Which do you think are the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the world?
1. Labrador Retriever
With almost 200,000 registered dogs, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the world (and also in America).
They are friendly and outgoing, which make them great family dogs. Because Labradors are easy to train, they are used for a variety of important jobs: Search-and-rescue, drug detection, disability assistance, and guiding the blind.
However, Labradors are not suitable for everyone, as they require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
2. German Shepherd Dog
Thanks to its large athletic body, its intelligence and courage, and its great drive to work, the iconic German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is used by law enforcement agencies and by the military all around the world.
GSDs are also used as guide dogs for the blind.
With the right obedience training, and a lot of exercise, the GSD is also a great family dog.
The Poodle is not one breed, but a group of three breeds in varying size: Standard Poodles, Miniature Poodles, and Toy Poodles.
It’s not surprising that Poodles are so popular. They are very smart and versatile, but also very cute.
Agility, tracking, swimming, and retrieving are activities that most Poodles like.
A tiny dog with a big-dog attitude. That’s the Chihuahua.
It’s the perfect dog for couch potatos as it doesn’t require long walks. The Chihuahua do however require training and an assertive owner, or else it will run the house like a tyrant.
Because of its fragile body, it’s not the ideal dog for small kids.
5. Golden Retriever
How can you not like the Golden Retriever? It’s a warm, beautiful, and friendly dog with a mild temperament. It’s a fantastic family dog.
Much like the Labrador, the Golden Retriever was originally bred as gun dogs, but is nowadays also used for disability assistance, detection, andsearch-and-rescue.
6. Yorkshire Terrier
Originally bred to catch rats in mills and mines, the Yorkshire Terrier has become the lapdog of choice for people all around the globe.
With its long body and short legs, the brave Dachshund is perfect for hunting badgers, rabbits, and other burrowing animals.
Thanks to their vigilance and loud bark, Dachshunds are also great watchdogs.
The Dachshund comes in three types of coat – wirehaired, smooth, and longhaired – and in two sizes; Standard and Miniature.
Beagles are happy, friendly and easygoing, and loves the companion of humans as well as other dogs. In other words, they are perfect family dogs.
As Beagles are curious and energetic, they require a lot of exercise and playtime. Be prepared to spend at least an hour each day on activities with your dog.
Brave, smart, athletic, and active, it’s no wonder Boxers have been a longtime favorite among dog owners.
As they are both protective and patient, Boxers are great with kids.
Be aware though, they need a lot of exercise and activity to stay healthy and happy.
10. Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog originally developed to catch rats.
Because they are intelligent, friendly and outgoing, Miniature Schnauzers make great family dogs.
They come in three colors – solid black, salt and pepper, and black and silver.