The Top 10 Dog Breeds in Demand (2024)

Americans love dogs—65 million homes own at least one, according to the American Pet Products Association. However, with 360 dog breeds, you may question which ones rank highest. 

Every year, the American Kennel Club lists the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. Some, like golden retrievers, are expected, but others are surprising.

The AKC's most popular dog breed is French bulldogs, or Frenchies, which have grown in popularity over the years.

 

1. French Bulldog

Labrador retrievers are considered the ideal family dog. As active, energetic, and loyal dogs, they suit most living situations. They love to please their owners, making them easy to train.

 

2. Labrador Retriever

Golden retrievers, like labradors, make great family pets. These charming dogs are affectionate and loving.

 

3. Golden Retriever

German shepherds don’t just make great police and search and rescue dogs—they also make for loving house pets. German shepherds are “high-energy and have more of a protective side,” according to DeMarco. He also adds that they’re highly intelligent and require lots of mental stimulation.

 

4. German Shepherd

Poodles are known for being smart and social—and for their beautiful, high-maintenance coat. As one of the most intelligent dog breeds around, Poodles also need lots of exercise and brain games to be content.

 

5. Poodle

DeMarco calls bulldogs lethargic and low-energy. Bulldogs would rather watch your favorite movie on the couch than run with you. The Kennel Club recommends bulldogs exercise for an hour daily. Daily walks and house games should suffice. Bulldogs, like Frenchies, are flat-faced and susceptible to heat stroke. Bulldogs are poor swimmers, so watch them near pools and lakes.

 

6. Bulldog

Rottweilers are working dogs and thrive when they have a task. They make great watchdogs due to their alertness and protection. Rotties are affectionate and loyal, and their territorial impulses may be managed with training and socialization.

 

7. Rottweiler

Floppy ears and colorful coats define beagles. Their personalities are friendly, interested, and cheerful. They are hounds and are utilized as airport scent-detection dogs.

 

8. Beagle

Often called “weiner dogs,” dachshunds are known for their long bodies and short legs. They’re funny, curious and have endless energy. But as with many small dogs, “they can be feisty,” DeMarco says. 

 

9. Daschund

German shorthaired pointers are another breed that does well with a job, training and vigorous exercise. This is because they are highly intelligent and active dogs—historically, they’ve been used as efficient hunting dogs. 

 

10. German Shorthaired Pointer

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