A ‘Ruff’ Guide to Dog Breeds

It’s pretty incredible how many breeds of dog exist and how different they can be. While a dog’s love can come in many shapes and sizes, from the short Corgi to the regal Husky, it’s important to have some familiarity with the breed before making them your next family member. Every year, the American Kennel Club tallies their registrations to establish the most popular breeds of that year and the 2015 results are here.

No. 1 – Labrador Retriever
This is the 24th consecutive year Labs have taken the #1 spot, and it’s easy to see why. Active, friendly, and outgoing, Labs tend to play well with other dogs and have a consistent temperament. Apt to training, great with children, and occasional grooming needed.

No. 2 – German Shepherd
Confident, courageous, and smart, shepherds are people dogs that do well with other pets but can have a prey drive that isn’t ideal for cats or small dogs. Loyal and protective, German Shepherds become incredibly fond of children once a relationship is established, respond well to training, and require occasional grooming.

No. 3 – Golden Retriever
Energetic and sporty, Goldens are intelligent, friendly, and devoted companions that work hard to succeed at any job or task they’re given. Easy to train, gentle, and playful, Goldens are great with people, including children, and require regular grooming to maintain their coat’s health and luster.

No. 4 – Bulldogs
Calm, bold, and friendly, Bulldogs are good for busy couples because they do well alone. Independent to a fault, these free thinkers can be stubborn to train but aren’t needy the way other breeds can be. They require minimal grooming and it’s recommended to crate train them, especially during potty training.

No. 5 – Beagle
Lively, curious, and sweet-as-can-be, Beagles are easygoing companions that enjoy the company of other dogs and do great with children. Common among hounds, beagles have an independent nature and can be a challenge to train. Curious and active, Beagles should be kept on leash in open spaces since their sense of smell can quite literally lead them into dangerous situations.

How popular is your breed? Check out the rest of the 2015 AKC rankings here.

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