Dogs may be one of the few groups to benefit from the COVID-19 pandemic. When the bans went into effect in 2020, many people took the opportunity to welcome a new pet into their lives. In a year when the sales and adoption of dogs reached impressive heights, these were the most sought-after breeds in the country.
The following list comes from the American Kennel Club’s annual roundup of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. A lot has changed in the last year, but the Labrador Retriever has held its title as America’s Most Popular Dog Breed for the 30th consecutive year. The biggest change in the list is the French Bulldog in slot # 2. The small breed dethroned the German Shepherd Dog, which fell from 2nd place in 2019 to 3rd place in 2020. Other notable changes include the appearance of the Dachshund in 10th place – the breed’s highest rank in seven years.
In search of a dog to keep them company in isolation, many new pet owners have made the decision to adopt. Rescuing a pet from a shelter does not mean giving up hope of owning a particular breed; There are even breed specific rescue measures out there that make it easy for you to get the dog of your dreams home. Shelter dogs also offer many benefits that owners don’t get when purchasing from a breeder.
After reading the list of the most popular dog breeds below, check out these underrated breeds that you should know about.
- Labrador Retriever
- French bulldog
- German shepherd dog
- Golden retriever
- German short-haired pointer