Americans really, really love their dogs. And that’s in spite of dogs not being the easiest pet you could bring into your home. Training a dog is difficult, especially if you end up with a headstrong canine. Choosing the right dog breed for your lifestyle or your family can be a challenge. And owning a dog can be surprisingly expensive thanks to an assortment of hidden costs.
But researchers have found there’s a scientific basis for your feeling that your dog is your best friend. And all the trouble is worth it when your puppy greets you at the front door, snuggles up with you on the couch, or looks at you with pure bliss at the park or the beach. That is why plenty of people decide to adopt or purchase a dog and then subsequently enjoy all the laughs, headaches, smiles, and messes that ensue.
So which dog breeds do Americans love the most? You can probably look around the nearest park in your city to get an idea. But do you want a better way to find out which kind of retriever is the most popular or whether beagles or bulldogs are more sought after? Then, take a look at the American Kennel Club’s ranking of the most popular dog breeds in America. Some of them might surprise you. But the same three dog breeds have occupied the top spots in 2013, 2014, and 2015 — which means it likely comes as no surprise these are the most popular dogs in the U.S.
15. Great Dane
In 15th place is the Great Dane. The Great Dane is a member of the AKC’s Working Group. Germans developed the breed as a boar hound, and the AKC officially recognized it in 1887. The AKC calls this breed “the Apollo of dogs” because the strong, dignified Great Dane is “spirited, courageous, never timid; always friendly and dependable.”