Most Popular Dog Breeds in America

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50. Bloodhound
> Popularity in 2021: 50/197
> Height: 23-27 inches
> Weight: 80-100 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

The bloodhound is famous for its sense of smell and tracking ability. The breed is used by police forces around the world to find missing people and escaped prisoners. It is instantly recognizable because of its wrinkled face and large drooping ears. Sadly, the bloodhound is one of the shortest-lived dog breeds.

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49. Dalmatian
> Popularity in 2021: 49/197
> Height: 19-24 inches
> Weight: 45-70 pounds
> Life expectancy: 11-13 years

The dalmatian is known for its spotted coat, although puppies are born without spots. It has a unique AKC designation – coach dog – as it was once used to accompany and guard horse-drawn coaches. The breed has been known to generations of children as the star of the Dodie Smith book “101 Dalmatians” and its Walt Disney film adaptations.

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48. Australian cattle dog
> Popularity in 2021: 51/197
> Height: 17-20 inches
> Weight: 35-50 pounds
> Life expectancy: 12-16 years

The Australian cattle dog is known for its agility. Bred to herd animals many times its size, it is not easily intimidated. The animal needs a lot of exercise – more than a daily walk – and mental stimulation. If not given enough to do, it will not be happy.

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47. Bichon frisé
> Popularity in 2021: 47/197
> Height: 10-12 inches
> Weight: 12-18 pounds
> Life expectancy: 14-15 years

“Bichon frisé” is French for “curly small dog.” This breed’s most distinctive feature is its puffy white coat, which accentuates its dark, inquisitive eyes. It has been described as a fluff ball of a dog and a canine comedian, reflecting its winning personality.

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46. Portuguese water dog
> Popularity in 2021: 44/197
> Height: 17-23 inches
> Weight: 35-60 pounds
> Life expectancy: 11-13 years

Described as medium sized and robust by the AKC, this breed has an advantage above the other water-loving pups: a waterproof coat. Easily the best-known example of the breed is former “first dog” Bo, who belongs to President Obama and his family.

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