Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in The World

“Dogs are a man’s best friend”. This phrase from the 18th Century is still and even more relevant today. Originally domesticated for the purpose of hunting and other functional tasks, dogs have since become true companions of us humans. They’ve become more than just pets. They’ve become friends or even family members. There are now around 900 million dogs around the world. The following ranking shows you the world’s most popular dog breeds (counted by ownership registrations, excluding stray dogs and non-registered dogs).

Note: Click the following for the ranking of the Top 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds in the World.

The 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World

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1. Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever is the world’s most popular dog. One of the many reasons for the Labrador’s popularity is the big variety in which the dog comes along. Labradors can greatly differ in coat color, pigmentation, and even size. Due to their kind and outgoing nature, Labradors make fantastic family dogs and are first and foremost considered as such nowadays. However, they are also used as working dogs, primarily in the assistance of disabled people as well as for therapy work.

2. German Shepherd

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The German Shepherd dog is a direct descendant of the Continental Shepherd dog of Europe who was used to, unsurprisingly, herd sheep and assist farmers in other works. Sometime in the 1800s during the Industrial revolution the German variant then increasingly found its way into urban areas where he was the preferred dog used for home protection. Today the German shepherd is used both as a pet or family dog as well as a working dog in farming or, for example, in police work. Owners value the great loyalty German shepherds show to their masters and their human families. German shepherds also show a well above average intelligence level for dogs. This fine and well-deserved overall image made the German shepherd the second most popular dog breed in the world.

3. Poodle

As the ultimate pet dog, Poodles have significantly gained in popularity around the world in recent decades. Poodles can greatly vary in their appearance, not just by the color of their coat, but also by their size. Even though they may not always look like it, Poodles belong to the most intelligent dog breeds. This makes them very sociable, but at the same time also a very kind and low-maintenance breed. No wonder why so many families all around the world fell in love with their poodles.

4. Chihuahua

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They may be the smallest dogs in the world, but Chihuahuas also belong to the oldest still-existing dog breeds on the planet. The ancient civilizations of modern-day Mexico already were familiar with the small, cute dog. The Chihuahua is therefore also one of the few still living dog breeds that did not originate in Europe. Chihuahuas are usually kept as pet dogs and are often described as the “cats among dogs” since they show cat-like behaviors in many situations. At the same time, Chihuahuas are also known for their great loyalty to their owner. Despite their small size, this can not seldom result in overprotective behavior in perceived situations of danger.

5. Golden Retriever

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The Golden Retriever is a genetic relative of the Labrador and shares most of the attributes of the Labrador. There is however less variety among the individual dogs of this breed compared to Labradors. All Golden Retrievers are blonde to yellowish-brownish golden. Golden Retrievers also belong to the most intelligent dogs on Earth and just like the Labradors are known for their kindness and sociability. They are therefore the preferred choice as therapy dogs or assistance dogs for people with a disability or special needs. Of course, they are also widely used as pets and family dogs.

6. Yorkshire Terrier

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7. Dachshund

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8. Beagle

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9. Boxer

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10. Schnauzer

The 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World
(at a glance)

((as of August 2019, by worldwide official registrations)

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World:
Around 12.9% of all worldwide registrations
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Around 7.1% of all worldwide registrations
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Around 6.1% of all worldwide registrations
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Around 3.2% of all worldwide registrations

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