19 Of The Most Popular Dog Breeds In 2018
Dogs aren’t just best friends — they’re part of the family.
Whether they’re big or small, long-haired or short-haired, playful or docile, our lives just wouldn’t be the same without our canine companions.
That said, some dog breeds are more popular than others — so popular, in fact, that if one of them goes walking down the street, we know the breed instantly.
Certain breeds gain popularity due to their temperaments, health, and even celebrity trends. Research suggests that some potential dog owners choose a breed that matches their own personalities.
You might even notice that some dogs look like their owners!
Whatever your reasons for selecting a particular breed, it’s good to know the popular dog breeds that stand the test of time.
The list below is by no means exhaustive of popular dogs, but it gives you a pretty good idea of what U.S. dog lovers want in their beloved pooches.
Here are 19 of the most popular dog breeds in 2018:
19. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
With its small size, liquid eyes and always-wagging tail, this majestic breed will make you say, “Aww.”
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a personality as warm and soft as his fur, making him a perfect companion on days when you need a pick-me-up.
This pooch is also highly intelligent and eager to please. Give him a treat every time he does something you like, and he’s sure to do the same thing again and again in the future.
No wonder people like King Charles the II of England love this breed!
18. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Another dog fit for a king, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a scene-stealer with its sausage-like body, adorable short legs, and smiley face.
Originally bred as a herding dog, this pooch loves hanging around its human family. It’s one of two Welsh Corgi breeds, the other being the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
Like many dogs its size, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s small exterior hides a huge personality.
It’s generally outgoing and intelligent, but it can also be independent-minded and stubborn, so take care to train your corgi as early as you can.
17. Miniature Schnauzer
If this dog reminds you of a smaller version of the Standard Schnauzer, that’s because he is.
Don’t let his breed’s scruffy face fool you: The Miniature Schnauzer loves to have fun, and won’t hesitate to try to grab your attention every chance he gets.
Because he’s a gregarious bundle of energy, the Miniature Schnauzer works best with large families who have enough space in their homes for this pooch to run around.
But if you live in a smaller area, no worries: Just make sure your pet gets enough exercise at least once a day.
16. Australian Shepherd
This breed has energy in spades. The Australian Shepherd, or “Aussie” for short, loves to work, work, work.
You can see him guiding the blind, helping out in search and rescue ops, and — of course — guarding sheep.
Contrary to its name, the Australian Shepherd actually came from the western U.S. It walked side by side with America’s iconic cowboys, but it wasn’t until 1993 when the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Needless to say, this athletic and outgoing breed work best with equally athletic and outgoing owners.
15. Doberman Pinscher
Its reputation as a fierce guard dog may not be entirely unfounded, but don’t let that put you off this one.
The Doberman Pinscher’s sleek and dignified appearance, plus its intelligent and athletic personality, makes it suitable for work in the armed forces as well as house guarding duties.
When properly socialized from a young age, Doberman Pinschers can be as gentle as they’re watchful.
You can even trust them to be nice to visitors — as long as you remind your visitors to be nice to them in turn.
14. Great Dane
Standing up to 30 inches at the shoulder, the Great Dane is one of the largest dogs in the world. And size isn’t the only “great” thing about this breed: Its loud bark can scare off any would-be burglar away from your home.
Despite its intimidating appearance, there’s a reason Great Danes are seen in everything from comic strips (Marmaduke) to animated TV shows (Scooby Doo).
This breed is sweet, playful and eager to please — in short, a big dog with a big heart. Now, who wouldn’t love that?
Everything about the Dachshund is endearing — from its body that’s proportionately longer than its legs, to its big, soulful eyes that make you want to sweep it into your arms for a hug.
Looking at it now, it’s hard to imagine that this dog was originally bred to hunt badgers and other fierce quarries.
City dwellers usually love the Dachshund, since it’s small and easy to care for.
Also, this breed carries itself with a dignity that belies its comical appearance, adding to its already considerable amount of charm.
12. Siberian Husky
If you see someone walking a “wolf” down the street, chances are that wolf is actually a Siberian Husky.
Their appearance is made even more striking by their eyes, which can be either sky-blue or multi-colored. Because they’re so beautiful, Siberian Huskies are often featured in films, TV shows, and even cartoons.
As you might’ve guessed from their “sled dog” occupation, Siberian Huskies are powerful and intelligent. They need lots of exercise, and plenty of space to move around in your home.
Trained properly, this breed becomes a playful, gentle and loving family dog.
11. German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer is arguably one of the most popular sporting dog breeds.
It has a natural tendency to sniff around for game and loves high-energy activities like jogging or hiking.
Since its well-adapted to hunting in the water, German Shorthaired Pointers can be great swimming buddies if you have a pool at home.
Plus, the German Shorthaired Pointer is intelligent but not stubborn, wary of strangers but not inclined to bark, and always up for a challenge. If that sounds like your cup of tea, this pooch won’t disappoint.
Boxers are known for a lot of things. They’re known for their”woo woo” bark, and they’re often used for police, military, and search-and-rescue operations. In short, not exactly the sort you’d want to cuddle with.
But, like the Doberman, the Boxer only looks intimidating.
Once you get to know it better, you’ll realize that not only is it a playful dog that’ll do anything to make you laugh, but it’s also surprisingly great with children.
With its confident personality and fierce loyalty to its owners, the Boxer makes a great family pet.
9. Yorkshire Terrier
What this pooch lacks in size, it more than makes up for in sheer feistiness. The Yorkshire Terrier is pretty and petite, and she knows it and won’t let you forget the fact.
Yorkies are a wonderful blend of affectionate and adventurous. They’ll nip at your heels, follow you around wherever you go, and be always up for a bit of mischief.
If you have a playful streak yourself, this breed is a total delight to be around — and we’re pretty sure that these celebrities who own Yorkies agree.
Much like the Doberman, the Rottweiler has a recognizable black-and-mahogany (or sometimes rust) fur. Also, like the Doberman, the “Rottie” has a somewhat undeserved reputation for aggressiveness.
In reality, Rotties are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. They’re known to “test” their owners to see if they mean what they say and say what they mean.
With firm and consistent training, however, they can be excellent guards and family pets. Rotties can even be good with children, as long as you teach them not to “bump” their huge bodies into your little toddlers!
Poodles come in all shapes and sizes, from the aptly-named toy poodle to the regal and dignified standard poodle.
Any way you look at any of them, you can’t deny that these are some of the fluffiest and most adorable dogs in the world.
Because of their distinct appearance, poodles tend to be popular with celebrities. They also require lots of TLC to keep their looks sharp.
That’s not to say these pooches are a bunch of snobs: If anything, they’re some of the friendliest and most outgoing canines you’ll ever find.
6. French Bulldog
French Bulldogs may not be the prettiest pooches, but they have a charm that’s all their own. With their bat-like ears, grumpy faces and silly dispositions, French Bulldogs are a favorite subject for funny YouTube videos.
This pooch isn’t just a natural comedian, however. The French Bulldog is both playful enough to be fun and docile enough to stay in their lane (or sofa) whenever you need them to.
They tend to follow you wherever you go and are more than happy to cheer you up whenever the situation calls for it.
If there’s one pooch that’s elevated big, googly eyes into an art form, it’s the Beagle.
You can’t help but be won over by a pooch that looks at you as though they want to say, “Hug me and love me.”
Additionally, Beagles make a loud, baying sound that comes in handy for alerting their hunter-owners to prey in the bushes — or simply for waking you up before the morning rush hour.
Your mileage may vary on whether their baying is good or not, but you can’t deny that the Beagle is one lovable breed.
Also known as the English or British Bulldog, this pooch is a favorite mascot for sports teams around the world.
Despite its fierce face though, the Bulldog has a surprisingly gentle temperament, and would rather lie down on your sofa than live up to its stereotype.
Bulldogs have a waddling gait that’s simply hilarious to watch. At the same time, they’re dignified dogs that are equal parts protective and playful towards their human companions.
Overall, the Bulldog has an “ugly cute” charm that lands it a number 4 spot on our list of most popular dog breeds.
3. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are some of the most versatile dogs in the world. Guarding, hunting, tracking, guiding — you name it, this pooch has probably done it.
Even when they’re not on duty, Golden Retrievers are always up for a good game. As long as they have a large yard to run around in and a Frisbee to chase after, they’ll flash their wide smiley faces and be the happiest dogs in the world.
Considering that they’re beautiful, sociable, and loyal, they’re sure to make you the happiest dog owners too.
2. German Shepherd
When you think of police dogs, you usually think of German Shepherds.
Large, intimidating, and intelligent, these dogs are capable of everything from sniffing out contraband to helping the disabled cross the street.
As family dogs, German Shepherds are game for anything that lets them release their massive amounts of pent-up energy.
You can also count on them to guard your house and alert you to any suspicious individuals.
If having a dog as large as this breed isn’t an issue, the German Shepherd is one of the best dogs to have around your family.
1. Labrador Retriever
Unless you’re not a dog person at all, it’s hard not to love a Lab.
Whether they’re bright golden, earthy brown or shiny black, Labrador Retrievers embody all the best qualities of their canine brethren.
Their high intelligence and athleticism make them suitable as working dogs and as fixtures in movies like Marley and Me, A Dog Named Christmas and The Silent Call.
At the same time, their good natures put them right at home with the most loving families. If seeing a Lab doesn’t turn you into a dog person, we don’t know what will!
Whether you’re looking for an exercise buddy or someone small to curl up with on a cozy day, at least one of these breeds will deliver.
Take a look through our list, see which ones look like a fit for you, and learn more about these wonderful dog breeds.
Which breed caught your attention? Which ones do you think should’ve been included on the list? Let us know in the comments, and get a conversation going.