Most Popular Dog Breeds in America

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20. Shih tzu
> Popularity in 2021: 22/197
> Height: 9-11 inches
> Weight: 9-16 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-18 years

Shih Tzus originated in China many centuries ago. Although diminutive in size, they take their name from the Mandarin word for lion. They began appearing in the United States after World War II, when veterans brought them back to America, and they were recognized by the AKC in 1969. They have a long flowing coat and a proud bearing. Among their owners was Queen Elizabeth II, and pop star Miley Cyrus has one now.

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19. Great Dane
> Popularity in 2021: 17/197
> Height: 28-32 inches
> Weight: 110-175 pounds
> Life expectancy: 7-10 years

The great Dane was developed in England and Germany as a boar hound: Its long ears were often left shredded by the sharp tusks of the wild boar. Today’s great Danes lead much less hazardous lives and can make for great pets. They are dependable, patient, and friendly. But as their name implies, they are huge. Standing on its hind legs, a great Dane can be taller than its owner and weigh up to 200 pounds.

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18. Cane corso
> Popularity in 2021: 21/197
> Height: 24-28 inches
> Weight: Proportionate to height pounds
> Life expectancy: 9-12 years

Originating in Italy, where it was bred as a guard dogs, the cane corso is described by the AKC as a “peerless protector.” Notwithstanding their intimidating appearance – they are among the biggest dogs in the world (100 pounds for males) – they are also intelligent, loyal, and docile in the company of their owners.

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17. Miniature schnauzer
> Popularity in 2021: 18/197
> Height: 12-14 inches
> Weight: 11-20 pounds
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years

In competitions in the United States, the miniature schnauzer is treated differently from other schnauzer breeds in that it is not classified as a working dog but is judged as a terrier. It is intelligent and alert, which makes it a good watchdog, and it excels in obedience trials and agility competitions. The miniature’s eyebrows and beard make it easily recognizable.

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16. Boxer
> Popularity in 2021: 14/197
> Height: 22-25 inches
> Weight: 50-80 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Although it was recognized by the AKC in 1904, the boxer did not really gain popularity in the U.S. until after World War II, when returning soldiers brought the dogs home with them from Europe. Its popularity may also have received a boost when actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were given one as a wedding present.

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