Topping the list year after year is the Lab, and this includes Yellow, Black and Chocolate. This family-friendly dog is enthusiastic and easy to love. Labs are great for active families or those looking for a hunting companion. Labs live to please, which is why they’re often used as guide dogs, service animals and with law enforcement.
A great working dog, the German Shepherd is often used by the police and military, but because they’re loving and loyal, can still make great companions. They’re fearless and strong, make great guard dogs, and do need a lot of exercise. Rin Tin-Tin may be the famous German Shepherd that made so many families love this breed.
Goldens are a friendly, lovable lot. They’re happy to just hang out with the family, or go on an adventure. They’re gentle, easy-going and adaptable. Another working dog, the Golden is a great guide dog and are used in search and rescues too. Their hair can be long and they do require more grooming than the aforementioned breeds.
The first small dog on the list, the Beagle is a cute, happy-go-lucky guy. These dogs are part of the Hound group, which is probably why they love to sniff, follow their noses and be part of a pack. Their coats are short, so they require little grooming, but their floppy ears should be cared for. The most popular Beagle is probably good ol’ Snoopy.
I don’t know about you, but when I think of bulldogs, I always think of those videos of them riding a skateboard. Bulldogs love having fun and they love forming bonds with children. They’re a nice medium-sized dog with an easy-to-care-for coat, but their short noses can sometimes lead to overheating.
Yorkies are the first toy breed to make the list, and as the AKC says, they “offer big personalities in a small package.” They tend to be inquisitive, energetic and bold, and thrive on daily interaction. They don’t require much exercise, but their long coat does need regular maintenance. Even though the Yorkie started off in the English working class, they rose to be associated with high society. Fancy that!
The Boxer is an athletic breed and their name is likely inspired by their tendency in early times to stand on their hind legs and appear to battle with their front paws. Though they first were used to fight and hunt, the Boxer loves to be with its people. They make instinctual guardians and are intelligent. They are great with children, patient and protective. They do require daily exercise, but their coats are short and easy.
Despite stereotypes, Poodles are both smart and pretty! They come in a range of colors and three different sizes. They excel in obedience training and are adaptable dogs – they can live happily in most any size living quarters. Poodles have hypoallergenic coats, making them popular for those with allergies, but it does require regular grooming.
Confident and powerful, the Rottweiler makes a great protector. They’re strong and love the people they know, but can be territorial. Because of this, Rotties need lots of socialization and training, but with that and regular exercise, they can still be great family dogs. And like several other doggies on this list, the Rottweiler loves having a job, as they were originally bred to herd and guard.
The Dachshund is characterized by its short legs and long body, making them comical little creatures. Despite their stature, they are hounds and natural hunters. In fact, their close proximity to the ground gives them an advantage when it comes to ground work! They are friendly and lively and come in either short hair or long hair.
If you’re looking for a new pup to join your family, remember to shop responsibly – know where your dog is coming from and that the dog was cared for properly, whether from a reputable breeder, friend with puppies, or a local adoption or rescue group.
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About Amanda Huggett Hofland
Amanda Huggett Hofland works as a writer in Fargo, N.D., and volunteers at a local dog rescue. She and her husband own two cats named Captain and Little Girl and a goofy Boxer-mix dog named Brick. ... Add Amanda to your Google+ circles at https://plus.google.com/u/1/100395784410601424272/. You can also find her on Twitter @AmandaHofland.