16 Mar, 2023
Throughout history, there have always been more and less popular dog breeds. The changes in popularity for a given dog breed are based on many different things, such as changes in technology, changes in a country's living conditions, availability, and many other factors. An example is a shift in the popularity of herding and hunting breeds. They used to be the top choice for dog owners a couple of hundred years ago, as having them around for work was practical and valuable. However, while working dogs still exist, most dogs today are simply companions. Therefore, having a highly energetic hunting dog in a one-bedroom apartment is not necessarily practical. This article has compiled the top 10 most popular dog breeds of 2023.
AKA the 'Wiener" or "Sausage" dog, this pup has been among the most popular breeds since the 1950s. They were initially bred in Germany, and illustrations of dogs that strongly resemble the Dachshund date back to the 16th century. The Wiener dogs' popularity does not come without reason. They are extremely fun and loving. This pup usually gets very close with one specific family member, and they can potentially become very protective if they see this person giving attention to other dogs or people.
The dog that makes everyone passing by take a second look at their striking beauty. The Siberian Husky has a very unique appearance. Their often multi-colored eyes, thick coats, and wolf-like features will melt anyone's heart. This is not the kind of dog that will cope with being bored at home all day, and for that reason is extremely popular with adventurous and outdoors people. This intelligent dog breed also happens to be one of the oldest in the world!
The Rott looks tough on the outside, but they have warm, gentle eyes that tell a different story. Many cities have banned Rottweilers for being overly aggressive, and Rott owners need to break this stigma. This aggressive behavior results from inexperienced dog owners that cannot undertake such a self-assured dog. The Rottie is a highly intelligent and trainable dog. Besides being excellent guardians and protectors, these dogs are highly loving toward their families.
This compact hound dog is a happy, fun-loving pup. Beagles are very active companions packed with energy. This is the type of dog that needs to be taken out for daily exercise; otherwise, your living room will not be in the best shape. Interestingly, the Beagle is widely used today in airports across the world. They can sniff out contraband while people are passing through, but at the same time, they do not intimidate anyone.
An elegant and proud-looking dog. The Poodle is best known today for its dog show abilities and excels in agility and obedience contests. While these dogs often look pampered, don't let this fool you. This is one of the most ancient breeds and was initially bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters.
Bulldogs are so kind and gentle that it is difficult not to love them. They are very friendly and playful toward everyone they meet. They are especially known for their compassion towards children. It is essential to note that Bulldogs cannot tolerate heat or humidity. If you take your fur friend out on a sunny day, keep it brief and give them plenty of water as they can quickly overheat. One small warning if you decide to get a Bulldog is that you might need to wear earplugs at night as they are notorious snorers!
Also known as an "Alsation," this working dog is one of the most well-known and recognizable breeds. The German Shepherd is incredibly intelligent and capable of just about any task you train it to perform. These pups will be as loyal as they come toward their owners and will always be ready to protect them at all costs. While notorious for police/military work, such as searching for drugs, these dogs are also commonly used as guidance/therapy dogs. These pups also make incredible companion dogs; they will love doing activities with their people and will quickly become your new best friend. Their unique personalities are the reason why they are among the most popular dog breeds.
The dog breed that everyone is familiar with, these pups make wonderful family pets and have a sweet nature. Your Golden will want to be a part of every family activity and thrive in an environment with many people. Not many dogs are as friendly and outgoing as the Golden, making them excellent therapy dogs as well. The Golden Retriever gets along great with other dogs as well. They are rarely aggressive and just want to have a good time and make new friends. While they love meeting new people, the Golden is unconditionally loyal to their family and will always stick by your side.
Labrador Retrievers are extremely friendly dogs (they're Canadian after all!) and have been the most popular breed in North America for over 30 years… until now! Due to their gentle and nonaggressive nature, they make excellent family pets and are very well-behaved around young children. Maybe most importantly of all, Labs make unbelievable assistance and guide dogs. Labs will often be seen helping those who are blind or have other disabilities.
At first overall, for the very first time in the breed's history, it's the French Bulldog! This breed is known to be one of the best companion dogs in the world, and their popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, boosting them into the leading position. These dogs will become highly attached to their owners and will shower them with love and affection. Unfortunately, with a boom in popularity also comes an increase in unethical breeding. French Bulldogs are known to have breathing problems, and many are concerned that this is now only going to get worse. At DogPack, we strongly urge people to research where their puppy is coming from and to always support ethical breeders.