Rare Dog Breeds

Common Dogs

A lot of thought goes into buying a dog to become the newest member of the family. You have to decide what kind of purpose you want the dog for (there’s the companion dog which is a typical pet, a hunting dog used to aid in tracking prey as well as bringing in small animals you shoot, guard dogs which are used to protect your family or home against unwanted guests, pastoral dogs used to herd livestock on the farm, show dogs for dog show competitions, and shed dogs used for pulling a sled for travel purposes or races) and whether it’ll spend most of its time in the home or out in the back yard.

If you have a family, you’ll want a dog that’s great with people and especially children. You want a dog that is manageable giving the constraints of the size of your home, and probably something that won’t set off your allergies too bad. Well, luckily, most other Americans share many of the same concerns as you when buying a pet. So instead of wracking your brain trying to figure out which dog of the thousands of breeds you should pick, you have the option of picking one of the most common dogs.

Common Dogs/ The Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.A.

Dogs how common? Instead of doing loads of research on the thousands of dog breeds and cross breeds and mixes and rare breeds etc., here is a list of the top 50 most common dog in the United States, listed in order from 1 to 50 according to the American Kennel Club registrations:

· Labrador Retriever
· Yorkshire Terriers
· German Shepherd Dogs
· Golden Retriever
· Beagles
· Boxers
· Dachshunds
· Bulldogs
· Poodles
· Shih Tzu
· Miniature Schnauzers
· Chihuahuas
· Pomeranians
· Rottweilers
· Pugs
· German Shorthaired Pointers
· Boston Terriers
· Doberman Pinschers
· Shetland Sheepdogs
· Maltese
· Cocker Spaniels
· Great Danes
· Siberian Huskies
· Pembroke Welsh Corgis
· Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
· French Bulldogs
· English Springer Spaniels
· Mastiffs
· Australian Shepherds
· Brittanys
· Weimaraners
· Miniature Pinschers
· Basset Hounds
· West Highland White Terriers
· Bichons Frises
· Havanese
· Papillons
· Collies
· Bullmastiffs
· Bernese Mountain Dogs
· Bloodhounds
· Vizslas
· St. Bernards
· Newfoundlands
· Chinese Shar-Pei
· Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
· Scottish Terriers
· Rhodesian Ridgebacks
· Cairn Terriers
· Akitas

Many of these dogs are so popular for the reasons listed in the first paragraph. Most of them are wonderful with children, their loyalty and patience even with small kids (who tend to get a little rough with pets without realizing it or meaning to do so) make them suitable to be around children of most ages.

Several of the top dogs on the list (such as the Labrador Retriever, the German Shepherd, and the Golden Retriever) make not only wonderful companion dogs, but also great working dogs. Each of them have been known to be used as hunting dogs for their great sense of smell and sense of direction. The German Shepherd also makes a perfect guard dog and is used often by police departments to be a part of the K-9 units, sniffing out not only illegal narcotics, but also aiding in disabling assailants and other perpetrators.

Taking a “when in Rome…” attitude, and going with the more common dogs chosen by Americans will cut back on the guess work. However, each individual dog is different, so don’t expect that just because most people think a Labrador is the way to go, doesn’t mean you or your kids will agree. They are, after all, a large dog with a more than healthy appetite.