Most Popular Dog Breeds in America

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10. German shorthaired pointer
> Popularity in 2021: 9/197
> Height: 21-25 inches
> Weight: 45-70 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

The German shorthaired pointer is a great gundog and a great pet, although it likes a lot of exercise. It is a natural retriever on land and water, and is one of the finest swimming dogs, aided by webbed feet.

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9. Dachshund
> Popularity in 2021: 10/197
> Height: 5-9 inches
> Weight: 11-32 pounds
> Life expectancy: 12-16 years

The dachshund was developed in Germany centuries ago to hunt badgers, and its short legs and long body make it good at below-ground work. The dachshund is intelligent and should be kept busy or it will get bored. It comes in miniature or standard size and can have a smooth, wirehaired, or long-haired coat.

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8. Beagle
> Popularity in 2021: 7/197
> Height: 13-15 inches
> Weight: 20-30 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-15 years

Bred to live and work in packs, beagles are sociable dogs and like the company of their human families, as well as that of other dogs. They are scent dogs, which can sometimes get them into trouble and means they should not be left off-leash unless in a secured area.

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7. Rottweiler
> Popularity in 2021: 8/197
> Height: 22-27 inches
> Weight: 80-135 pounds
> Life expectancy: 9-10 years

The Rottweiler is one of the oldest working breeds and may have been herding livestock since the days of the Roman Empire. The breed combines intelligence, strength, and endurance. Unfortunately, the Rottweiler has sometimes been portrayed in the media as aggressive, but according to the AKC, it is “a calm, confident, and courageous dog.”

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6. Bulldog
> Popularity in 2021: 6/197
> Height: 14-15 inches
> Weight: 40-50 pounds
> Life expectancy: 8-10 years

The bulldog has long been associated with British culture (note the resemblance to Winston Churchill!), but it’s also one of the most popular breeds in America. Its name belies a friendly personality and gentle disposition.

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