Most Popular Dog Breeds in America

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5. Poodle
> Popularity in 2021: 5/197
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 4-6 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-18 years

Poodles come in different size varieties and all are intelligent. Miniature Poodles are 15 inches or under and excel in advanced obedience competition, where retrieving and jumping skills are required.

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4. German Shepherd
> Popularity in 2021: 4/197
> Height: 22-26 inches
> Weight: 50-90 pounds
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

The German shepherd is the second most registered breed by the AKC. Originally bred for herding sheep, it has become the first choice for many roles because of its intelligence, trainability, and obedience. German shepherd roles include disability assistance, search and rescue, and police and military work.

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3. Golden Retriever
> Popularity in 2021: 3/197
> Height: 22-24 inches
> Weight: 55-75 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Golden retrievers aren’t just smart but have a great work ethic too. They are often used as guide dogs, in search and rescue, and – as their name suggests – for hunting. Their many other endearing characteristics, including patience and playfulness, make them great pets.

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2. Labrador Retriever
> Popularity in 2021: 1/197
> Height: 22-25 inches
> Weight: 55-80 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

The Labrador retriever is one of the most sought-after breeds for challenging work, whether as a guide dog for the blind or for search and rescue. When lives are in danger, you want a dog that is smart and dependable – just like the Labrador retriever.

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1. French Bulldog
> Popularity in 2021: 2/197
> Height: 11-13 inches
> Weight: 28 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Contrary to its name, the French bulldog actually comes not from France but from Nottingham, England.These sturdy little dogs with their bat-like ears are playful, good with small children, and intelligent. They don’t need much exercise or grooming but shouldn’t be left alone for long as they can suffer from separation anxiety. Like other “flat-faced” breeds, French bulldogs are prone to snoring, which can add to their charm – or not.

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