Dogs are the most popular pets across the world. The number of dog owners is on the rise as more and more people are either adopting or buying their own furry pup. Here's a list of the most popular dog breeds in America:
- Labrador Retriever – The loyal and trusty Labrador retriever has been one of the most popular dog breeds in the country for more than 25 years. Originally from Newfoundland, this breed earned its keep as the fisherman's companion: retrieving fish, fetching ropes and hauling nets in the North Atlantic. Later, they were used by breeders to help hunters retrieve their game. Today's Retrievers are as hard working and good natured as their ancestors. It is an excellent breed for families, therapy, show competitions, search and rescue missions, and handicap assistance, among other jobs.
- German Shepherd – This sturdy breed, which was first bred in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1899, is known for its use in military and law enforcement. They are highly intelligent and capable, with unmatched courage and devotion. They are also extremely versatile, excelling at anything they are trained to do: assisting and guiding the handicapped, search and rescue, herding, competitive obedience, drug detection, and other canine jobs. Their high energy levels necessitate a lot of activity and exercise.
- Golden Retriever – The Golden Retriever was first bred in Scotland for hunting. In the 1800s, Dudley Marjoribanks, a Scottish businessman, crossed a Tweed Water Spaniel (now-extinct) with a yellow retriever. He later added a bloodhound and an Irish setter to get the golden haired breed we know today. The tolerant and friendly attitude of the Golden Retreiver makes it a great family pet, and its high intelligence makes it a capable working dog. They are excellent at retrieving game, sniffing out drugs, tracking, and as assistance and therapy dogs. They are also natural at athletics and do very well in dog sports that involve competitive obedience and agility.
- Beagle – Curious and cute, dog lovers know this tenacious hunting dog breed for its trumpet-like baying howl instead of a bark. Like most of the hounds, they come in three colors varieties: red-and-white, lemon and tricolor. It was used by English hunters to hunt smaller game like rabbits and foxes. Their outgoing, loving and happy nature is balanced by their determination and inquisitiveness as a hound dog.
- Bulldog – Known for its wrinkly face and stocky build, the bulldog is one of the most recognizable breeds in the world. The name derives from its original use in bull baiting, which was banned in the early 19th century. Families like the bulldog do not require a lot of grooming and exercise, and has a relaxed temperament. Its short snout and heavy build make it prone to overheating when the weather is hot.