These are the most popular American dog breeds

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Did your furry friend make it on the list of most popular dog breeds?

The American Kennel Club, which is a registry of purebred dog pedigrees has released its latest version. Data on the most popular dog breeds America 

The organization lists the most popular dog breeds each year and provides background information about each canine. 

There have been many surprises this year. The ranking of the poodle has changed dramatically, and there is even a new breed.  

Here are the top 100 American dog breeds.

100. Norwegian elkhound

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The Norwegian elkhound Friendly, confident and reliable

This breed can grow to approximately 51 pounds and was originally bred by Vikings for hunting bears and moose. This courageous dog is Norway’s national canine. 

99. Wire fox terrier

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The AKC recently added the wire-fox terrier to their list of top dog breeds in America. 

Wire-fox terriers are Alert, confident, and gregarious. They are also intelligent and friendly. 

98. English setter

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English setters are often accompanied by human companions who will tell them that speckled hunting dogs can be very comfortable snuggling buddies.

They also seem to have a memorable look.

97. Brussels griffon

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Shhh! You shouldn’t tell the Brussels Griffin that she’s a toy dog. 

The “griff” can grow to 12 pounds but is not a lap dog. 

96. Standard schnauzer

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These medium-sized puppies were originally created to be guard dogs and ratters on German farms.

Standard schnauzers can be found today chasing backyard squirrels and protecting their human families.

95. Keeshonden

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These playful and obedient Dutch puppies are often used as therapy or comfort dogs.

94. Pekingese

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Pekingese dogs were originally developed in ancient China to be lap dogs. You’ll find these fluffy friends on couches all over America, true their heritage.

Here’s Wasabi demonstrating his winning turn around Westminster arena. Wasabi’s victory was the fifth win for a Pekingese puppy in the dog show.

93. Flat-coated retriever


A flat-coated retriever is seen playing in the water of the Neckar river in Ludwigsburg (southwestern Germany), on April 22, 2018.

According to the AKCThe flat-coated retriever is happy, optimistic, and good-humored. 

92. Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever

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Do you enjoy playing fetch? This tireless retriever could be the right breed for you. 

Many tollers love to splash in the water and have a great time. You might also like to invest in a ball that flots.

91. Border terrier

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The border terrier breed is one of Britain’s most popular dogs. 

These hypoallergenic, rough-coated little friends love to be entertained with exercise and interactive games.

90. Boykin spaniel

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The Boykin spaniel was originally developed to hunt waterfowl in South Carolina. However, many families have found that they are a loving companion for their children.

Boykin spaniels are often seen zooming through American homes and playing fetch with their owners.

89. Dogo Argentinos

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These powerful, large-sized dogs were originally designed to hunt big game in Argentina. 

They can kill wild hogs six times as fast. 

88. Anatolian shepherd dog

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This Turkey-based livestock-guarding breed dates back to at most 2000 B.C.

Even the Old Testament contains descriptions of dogs that look like the Anatolian shepherd.

87. Basenji

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Basenjis are known for their yodeling vocalization. 

They also hate the rain and are agile climbers — a bit like cats.

86. Rat terrier

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This tiny terrier is determined and energetic. Do not let her size fool your eyes; this breed is bred to hunt.

Rat terriers live long into their teens, with an average lifespan of 16-19 years.

85. Irish wolfhound

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The Irish Wolfhound is the world’s largest dog breed. These giants reach an average height of 32 to 35 inches at their shoulders.

84. Lhasa apso

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This long-haired toy breed was originally from Tibet. The lhasa kept watch at monasteries and alerted its caretakers of any strangers. 

83. Coton de Tulear

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This Madagascar-bred fluffy dog is well-known for its clownish personality. Cotons enjoy spending time with humans of all ages.

82. Biewer terrier

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This year, the Biewer terrier is new to the list. 

According to the AKCThis particular breed is known for its intelligence, devotion, and amusing nature. 

Despite being small, Biewer terriers can hunt vermin despite their small size. 

81. American Staffordshire terrier

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A pit bull terrier-like appearance, Staffy is a trusting friend and well-trained. These stocky dogs are genuinely eager to please, but they are not without their vices — namely, chewing on things when they’re bored and under-stimulated. 

80. Chow-chow

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The personality of a chow-chow is very cat-like. These dogs are independent, confident and suspicious of strangers.

79. Lagotti Romagnoli

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The dog’s name roughly means “water dog from Romanga in Italy”. This lively, curly-coated breed is known for snagging truffles in the mud.

78. Greater Swiss mountain dog

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These tri-colored giants can grow to 135 lbs and are intimidating looking, but they are often calm and confident members of the family. Most “Swissies”, or Swissies, want to be with their families and don’t mind being surrounded by humans.

For easy access to your ears and affection, your Swiss mountain dog can be trusted to snuggle up at your feet.

77. Chinese crested

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There are two varieties of Chinese crested dogs — the hairless and the powderpuff, with both varieties often represented in one litter.

76. Miniature pinscher

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Wondering how this tiny breed became the “king of toys” nickname? Min pins can pack all the personality of a big-dog into their tiny 11-pound bodies.

75. Staffordshire bull-terrier

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These dogs were originally bred for fighting, but Staffords were often adopted by their families. These dogs are beloved for their patience and love of children.

74. Cairn terrier

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The Cairn Terrier is something you will recognize if you have seen “The Wizard of Oz”. Cairn was Dorothy’s adaptable, yet lovable basket dog, Toto. 

Cairns don’t usually go for long walks along the yellow brick road. They’re more likely to be found in back yards digging holes, chasing vermin and digging holes.

73. Greyhounds of Italy

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These short, slim dogs were bred for a life full of privilege. These sensitive sighthounds were kept by wealthy women in Italy during the Middle Ages as pets.

72. Russell terrier

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This high-energy terrier loves to run, jump, and play. These dogs were bred to hunt foxes and can run, jump, and play for hours.

71. Irish setter

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These canines, which are silky red and intelligent, are playful and mischievous. Some Irish setters retain their playful puppy personalities throughout their lives. 

70. Dogue de Bordeaux

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After the 1989 comedy “Turner and Hooch”, the American buddy-cop comedy that featured a French breed, the French breed was popularized in the United States.

69. Old English sheepdog

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Old English sheepdogs are a favorite cast member in movies. This large, hairy breed is often seen in movies like “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “The Shaggy Dog.”

68. Alaskan Malamute

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It’s not difficult to keep up with this high-energy dog. These Arctic creatures, like huskies require a lot physical activity. They are also very intelligent. Dogs might also be able to spot missing chickens on the kitchen counter.

67. Cardigan Welsh corgi

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While you might think Welsh corgis were couch potatoes, they are actually small herding dogs. These loaf-shaped dogs were beloved by Queen Elizabeth II of England.

66. Soft-coated wheaten terrier

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The Irish wheaten terrier was originally created as a well-rounded farm dog. 

Wheatens, today, are great family dogs that love to play with children.

65. Giant schnauzer

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The giant Schnauzer was originally bred to help German farmers market their livestock. These intelligent, large dogs are great pets and love to be entertained. If bored, their independent nature will lead to big-dog mischief.

64. Chinese Shar-pei

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This sharpei is a wrinkled, willful specimen. These dogs were originally bred for their ability to guard and fight in China.

63. Great Pyrenees

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It’s not a giant sheep; it’s a great Pyrenees. This is a working-breed dog that was created to scare off wolves by its loud, loud bark.

“Pyrs” that are house pets will notify their families if there’s a coyote/cat or mail carrier who doesn’t belong. The great Pyrenees are affectionate and will happily place a large white paw on the lap of the next person.

62. Airedale terrier

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The Airedale Terrier is the largest breed of terrier. These pups were used by British troops in World War I as messenger dogs and ambulance dogs. 

Airedales can still be seen running with their people or digging holes in search of underground critters.

61. Bull terrier

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Bull terriers can be cheeky, playful, and rambunctious. Target’s official mascot is the bull terrier.

60. Pointing griffon wirehaired

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The griffon is another shaggy hunting dog. They are excellent retrievers and pointers. These affectionate dogs love to be with their loved ones, even when they aren’t hiking or fetching.

59. German wirehaired Pointer

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This German hunting dog loves to run outside. The bristly hair of this dog protects him from thorny and scratchy shrubbery. This makes the German wirehaired pointeder an excellent companion for adventure.

58. Scottish terrier

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The Scottie is taller than it looks, but has a big, dignified personality. This lap-sized terrier won’t be loyal to you. Scottish terriers were designed to be independent.

Here, President George W. Bush (left) and First Lady Laura Bush (right) are carrying their two Scottish terriers.

57. Whippet

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The whippet was created by breeders to catch rabbits or other small game. Whippet racing was a popular sport in England during the 19th century.

56. Bullmastiff

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Bullmastiffs can be as gentle and calm as they like. Your friend will be well-rested if you take him for a few walks each day. Even if you live in an apartment with your bullmastiff, your neighbors won’t notice it because this large breed doesn’t bark often.

55. Samoyed

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This snow dog is known for his smile. He has upturned his mouth corners so that he always looks happy. The Samoyed is a happy dog with a bright personality. 

This is the key to keeping your dog happy and healthy. Their long, fluffy locks need to be brushed almost daily, especially when they shed.

54. Papillon

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French for “papillon”, the word means butterfly. This playful breed is named after its tiny, butterfly-shaped ears.

53. Saint Bernard

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This working breed is perhaps the most well-known of all the breeds. It is known for its ability to rescue the lost. 

52. Akita

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These dogs are just as beloved in Japan as they are here. A woman walks with her Akita dog as she crosses a street in Tokyo during Japan’s annual holiday, “Golden Week”, on April 30, 2020. 

51. Australian cattle dog

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The Australian cattle dog, unlike the Scottie will not leave your side. She is loyal and loving, and she wants to play all day. 

This herding breed requires a lot of exercise to keep their dogs happy.

50. Bloodhound

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Although bloodhounds can be very athletic and can follow scents for miles, don’t expect them to attack once they find a mark. Despite their intimidating name, you would be more likely to see a bloodhound kill someone.

Nanyokie, a 5-month old bloodhound, has been trained to detect poachers from Kenya.

49. Dalmatian

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The Dalmatian has had many dog-jobs. These canines with speckles have been used throughout history to protect highwaymen, keep an eye on enemy soldiers, and even hunt mice and rats. They’re a traditional favorite among firefighters.

These days, Dalmatians enjoy merrier activities — like running alongside humans, even if those humans are on roller-skates or bikes.

48. Chesapeake Bay retriever

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Here’s Fozzie, a Chesapeake Bay retriever who was playing in the snow at Harvard University during winter 2015.

47. Bichon frise

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While some dogs were bred for herding or other work, the puffy Bichon was created solely to be a companion animal.

46. West Highland white Terrier

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Be careful: Although they may look a little like bichons, they are not bichons. These feisty terriers were originally bred in Scotland to chase rodents.

45. Newfoundland

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The “Newfie” can be described as the fisherman’s friend. This dog was bred to assist anglers with water rescue, and pulling nets. These dogs have webbed toes. 

44. Portuguese water dogs

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This breed was introduced to many Americans by President Barack Obama, who currently has two. Bo was the first dog that Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts gave to him. 

Kennedy’s trainers worked closely with Bo before introducing him through a secret White House meeting. The BBC reported that Bo made no toileting errors and didn’t chew on furniture.

43. English cocker spaniel

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A handler and an English cocker Spaniel share a moment during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2018, New York City. 

42. Shiba Inu

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This compact hunting breed was created in Japan. This hardy breed should be taken for a walk every day by veterinarians. 

41. Rhodesian ridgeback

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Full disclosure: Rhodesian Rhodesian ridgebacks are not usually like this. This is a ridgeback dressed in a lion’s costume. They are known for their distinctive cowlick or crest running along their spines.

40. Weimaraner

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The German Weimar court gave the Weimaraner dog its name because they valued its hunting skills. These dogs are loyal and can be very protective of their owners. They may also suffer anxiety from separation.

39. Maltese

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No, it’s not a doll. This breed is said to have been a favorite of ancient Greeks and Romans, probably for the same reason we love them today: Their long, silky — and non-shedding — coats, among other traits.

38. Collies

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Peyton, a rough collie who stops to help his fallen handler, during the agility competition at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2014

37. Chihuahua

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One thing is certain, this breed has been around for quite some time. Wheeled toys dating from as early as 100 A.D. have been found in and around Veracruz, Mexico — and those little toys look a whole lot like modern-day Chihuahuas. 

36. Belgian Malinois

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After a 5-hour, overnight air attack mission in Afghanistan in 2011, Justin Coletti, U.S. Army Specialist, rests with Dasty, a Belgian Malianois. Dasty, a sergeant in rank, was trained for patrolling and locating targets.

35. Mastiff

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Hercules was a mastiff from “The Sandlot”. The giant dog in the movie had a bad reputation (the kids called it “the beast”) but Hercules was all bark, no bite. He spent his days relaxing in the sun, collecting home runs from the nearby baseball park.

34. Basset hound

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Congratulation to your basset hound if it suddenly bolts while hunting small game. The French developed the basset dog to hunt hares. These dogs are known for being stubborn so owners of basset hounds must be patient and firm. 

33. Pug

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These baby-faced dogs originate from China and are considered great house pets. 

Doug the pug attends CMT Music Awards 2019, which took place in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 5, 2019.

32. Vizsla

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This breed is great for hunting and families. This dog is a Hungarian origin and is considered to be extremely protective. This dog doesn’t have an underneath coat, which is a major difference from other breeds. Therefore, owners need to take extra care to keep their vizslas warm.

31. Border collie

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These dogs seem as passionate about Frisbees than we are. Ryan Hall’s border collie, Emma, catches a Frisbee in Huntington Beach’s Freestyle Flying Disc contest on June 8, 2018. 

30. Miniature American shepherd

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Hey, there, stranger. If you don’t know this breed, you should. This breed of herding dog was not eligible to compete at The Tony Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show from 2016 to 2016.

Here’s an American shepherd miniature, hoping to be accepted by the media after being introduced at the Westminster dog show in New York. 

29. Cocker spaniel

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It is believed that the female lead in the Disney animated film “Lady and the Tramp,” is a cocker spaniel.

Here, Rocco, a cocker spaniel, enjoys an ice-cream with his owner, as they participate in the Great North Dog Walk, which took place in South Shields (England), on June 4, 2017.

28. Shetland sheepdog

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Shetland sheepdogs look like a small collie and are hard-working herders who originated from Scotland’s Shetland Islands.

Tina Lowes is seen hugging her Shetland sheepdog, Tina, as she arrives at Crufts Dog Show on March 8, 2018, in Birmingham, England.

27. Brittany spaniel

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These outdoorsy dogs enjoy exercise because they were originally bred to be hunting companions in France. They are also excellent at agility competitions, which is why they are so popular. 

26. English springer spaniel

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There are many different types of spaniels. It can be confusing for non-experts trying to distinguish them. A springer and cocker spaniel were virtually the same thing 100 years ago. Many times, springers and cocker spaniels would be from the same litter. The “cockers” were the smaller ones who hunted birds. The flushers, who “spring” game from hiding spots, would be the larger littermates.

Here’s a man arriving with his shoe-wearing English springer spaniel at Crufts in Birmingham, England, on March 5, 2015. 

25. Havanese

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This dog is a native of Cuba and is the only AKC-recognized breed. They are well-known for their silky coats, and their skills as watchdogs.

24. Pomeranian

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Pomerania, a region located between Poland, Germany, and the home territory of this toy group, is its name. These are technically miniature versions of the powerful spitz-sled dogs of northern Europe.

Here’s Goldie Ann wearing sunglasses, sitting on her owner’s lap, and attending the 2017 Walk of Fame Star Induction Ceremony.

23. Boston terrier

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The ears! The eyes! The adorable little feet! This breed is a popular choice for urban pets. AKC rules require that all Boston terriers have some white. However, the second can be black, brindle or seal. This is a color which looks black but is actually more reddish when exposed to bright light.

Here Freddy, the Boston Terrier, plays in the snow outside of his Nottingham, England home. 

22. Shih Tzu

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Although they are adorable, Shih Tzus require regular brushing to keep their coats clean. These charmers are said to look like a little lion from traditional Chinese art, hence the name “lion dog”. They were originally bred for palaces. Although these pets were kept in China for many years, European officials finally allowed them to be imported to Europe in 1930.

You’re probably familiar with this breed if you play Animal Crossing. Isabelle, the game’s main character, is said be a Shih Tzu. 

21. Cane corso

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This breed is pronounced CAH-nay-cOR-so in the traditional Latin way. This may be because these vigilant dogs were born in ancient Rome. The name “guard dog” roughly translates to English.

Here is a moment between a trainer, his cane corso, and his dog before the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on Feb 9, 2019.

20. Bernese mountain dog

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These dogs were developed in Switzerland but are believed to have been brought here by the Romans around 2,000 years ago. 

If you meet a aloof member of this breed, don’t feel embarrassed. According to the AKC, this is normal. These dogs love to bond with their family members or one another.

19. Siberian husky


This breed is reliable in colder climates.

18. Miniature schnauzer

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These dogs were originally bred in Germany to be farm dogs. However, this adorable show dog competing in China shows that these pups belong to China. Everywherewhere. 

Your friends may say that their white dog is a mini schnauzer, and they may be right — but only three color combinations are accepted by the AKC for competition: salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black.

17. Great Dane

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This one is huge. We’re talking up to 32 inches at the shoulder — and only if all four feet are on the ground. These dogs are said to be great, but — get this — not Danish. They are actually a German breed, with past names like “English Dogge”, “German Dogge” or “German Mastiff.”

These dogs may look familiar to you because you’ve seen them before. Marmaduke, the comic strip icon, is a Great Dane. McGruff the Crime Dog is the mascot of U.S. National Crime Prevention Council.

16. Doberman pinscher

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The AKC describes this dog as having a “noble and wedge-shaped” head. We can’t argue with that description given the musculature. The Doberman (or Dobermann), is one of the easiest-to-train dog breeds.

They are also very stylish: This Doberman wore a baseball scarf to a Seattle, Washington game. 

15. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Cavalier King James spaniel has a lot to offer for a breed that stands only 13 inches high. 

14. Boxer

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Boxers’ ancestors were bred to hunt prey and keep it still until their master arrived. Traditionally, owners would crop the ears and dock the tails of this breed — a practice that has been increasingly banned. 

13. Yorkshire terrier

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Fun fact: A Yorkie was the original therapy dog.

12. Shepherds in Australia

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This breed is a go-to herding dog. It excels in agility challenges.

11. Pembroke Welsh corgis

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The Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain was the most popular. A huge fan This dog breed is a good choice. 

She owned more corgis than 30 during her lifetime.

10. Dachshund

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Dachshunds were originally raised in Germany to hunt badgers.

9. German shorthaired tiper

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These hunting dogs make excellent swimmers.

The German Shorthaired pointer According to the American Kennel Club they are intelligent, friendly, and willing to please. 

8. Rottweiler

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After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Rottweilers were used to search and rescue victims.

7. Beagle

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Beagles were originally bred for hunting in packs.

6. Bulldog

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Bulldogs were named for bull baiting, an inhumane 13th-century sport that pit bulls against dogs.

5. Poodle

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The popular poodle is ranked No. 5 on the list. 

Poodles are Described The American Kennel Club describes them as intelligent and versatile dogs. They are also athletic and eager. 

4. German shepherd

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German shepherds are loved for their loyalty, ability to retain training and willingness to work with people.

3. Golden retriever

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These playful dogs are often used to guide the blind.

2. Bulldog from France

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Even though they require a lot more attention, French bulldogs are great watchdogs. 

According to the AKCFrench bulldogs can be playful, intelligent and adaptable. 

1. Labrador retriever

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America’s No. 1 Labrador retriever, the ever-so-friendly Labrador, has been for 31 consecutive years. According to the AKC

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