Most Popular Dog Breeds in America

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45. West Highland white terrier
> Popularity in 2021: 46/197
> Height: 10-11 inches
> Weight: 15-20 pounds
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years

Known as the Westie, this breed originated as a hunting dog in Scotland where the tenacious dog pursued vermin, and it has retained a strong prey instinct. It has an all-white double coat and an inquisitive expression. It is smart, independent, and energetic, and needs careful training and lots of exercise.

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44. Weimaraner
> Popularity in 2021: 40/197
> Height: 23-27 inches
> Weight: 55-90 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-13 years

The Weimaraner is named after the German city of Weimar, where it was bred as a hunting and retrieving dog. It has distinctive silver-gray coloration and bright blue eyes. The Weimaraner is an excellent pet known for its friendliness and obedience, but needs to be kept active. Artist William Wegman has based his entire oeuvre around depictions, photographic and otherwise, of his Weimaraners.

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43. Shiba inu
> Popularity in 2021: 42/197
> Height: 14-17 inches
> Weight: 17-23 pounds
> Life expectancy: 13-16 years

The shiba inu, which originated in Japan, is a muscular dog once used as a hunter. It is that country’s oldest, smallest and most popular breed. The shiba inu was first brought to the United States after World War II and has been growing in popularity ever since.

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42. Newfoundland
> Popularity in 2021: 45/197
> Height: 26-28 inches
> Weight: 100-150 pounds
> Life expectancy: 9-10 years

Newfoundlands were originally bred as working dogs for fishermen in the Canadian province after which they are named. Newfoundlands are big, strong, loyal, and excellent swimmers, with lifesaving instincts in the water. The breed is easy to train and eager to please. It is an excellent companion and is even referred to as “the nanny dog.” Novelist J.M. Barrie specified that the beloved “Nana” in “Peter Pan” was a Newfoundland.

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41. Rhodesian ridgeback
> Popularity in 2021: 41/197
> Height: 24-27 inches
> Weight: 70-85 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10 years

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is named for its land of origin, formerly called Rhodesia (now divided into Zimbabwe and Zambia), and for the distinctive ridge that runs along its back, which is formed by hair growing in the opposite direction from the rest of its coat. Bred to hunt – but not kill – lions, it’s an imposing-looking dog, devoted to family and affectionate toward children.

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