Most Popular Dog Breeds Of 2018

Dogs are getting more and more popular every day, mostly thanks to their ability to co-exist with humans and bring the best within us. Currently, there are more than a few hundreds of different dog breeds in the world, and they are all different. Different sizes, attitudes, and habits are what make them unique. Read on about top 30 most popular dog breeds in 2018 and learn if your canine friends are on it.

The popularity of dogs is constantly going up. With so many breeds in the world, this doesn’t come up as a surprise. The records show that even 60 million American Household poses around 90 million dogs as pets. If they were a country they would be like a third of the States.

In general, there are more than hundreds of dogs to choose from. They come in different sizes and shapes, and even attitudes. In addition, new breeds are welcomed every year. Simply said – some are more popular and beloved than others.

However, certain dog breeds are classics and they are forever popular. Other breeds are more or less popular thanks to pop culture and different trends. Above anything else, dogs are great companions, and that’s is the first reason for popularity.

Whatever are your preferences, lifestyle, your house or your budget there’s a dog on our list just for you.

30. Spaniels (Cocker)

spaniel

2017 Rank: 29

The Cocker Spaniel is beautiful to look at. This smallest of sporting dogs comes with a huge amount of energy. Cocker’s are extremely cheerful and great to be around family.

Spaniels are great to have around, they are just perfect companions. However, they remain to be bird dogs at heart. This dog with big soulful eyes will wag its tail when snuggles on the couch with its favorite human.

29. Mastiffs

mastiff

2017 Rank: 28

This courageous dignifies and the good-natured breed is above all obedient. It is often said that they are as old as humans. Developed to guard livestock against many predators, and used for entertainment in Roman arenas, they went a long way of fierce history.

Mastiffs weight up to 160 pounds. Their body is muscled, covered by a double coat, and the head is massive with a cute wrinkled forehead. They are very protective and training them is easy.

28. Pugs

pug

2017 Rank: 31

What an enormous personality in a small package with this breed. Pugs are all about affection and attention. They are highly intuitive and sensitive toward mood swing in their owners, which makes them perfect companions. They are not aggressive, but they are strong-willed at least, so make sure to train them well. Pugs love children and love spending time indoor as well as outdoor.

27. Spaniels (English Springer)

english springer

2017 Rank: 27

These breed ‘spring’ birds during the hunt and that’s how it got its name. ‘Springing’ birds mean flushing them into the air. English Springer is not just a great hunting dog, its a rather friendly and playful dog. They are highly adaptive and easy to train and to work with humans when necessary.

26. Brittanys

brittanys

2017 Rank: 26

This breed’s origins are in France province, Brittany. That’s how they got their name. Brittanys are smaller than other spaniels, and their beautiful coat comes in a combo of vivid orange color and white. They are strong, but rather fun-loving dogs, that would make a great dog-human-sport teammate. This is a great dog for outdoorsy family life.

25. Shetland Sheepdogs

shetland sheepdog

2017 Rank: 24

The initial purpose of Shetland Sheepdogs was to tend the small sheep of the Shetland Islands, northeast of Great Britain. Shetland Sheepdogs are considered one of the most intelligent dogs. Because of their intelligence, Shetland’s are quick to obey and above all to understand the command. They are affectionate as pets and highly loyal, but they tend to be reserved when it comes to strangers, which makes them a great watchdog.

24. Havanese

havanese

2017 Rank: 23

This national dog of Cuba is small and extremely sociable. Their long and silky coat gives them additional youthful and graceful look. They are known for living quite long, even up to 16 years.

During their lifetime they manage to look like a puppy, even when they are actually old. Havanese are perfect for a life in the city thank to their adaptable nature. These are really intelligent and trainable extroverts.

23. Pomeranians

pomeranians

2017 Rank: 22

This longtime royals favorite dog is the smallest of the Spitz breeds, weighing 3 to 7 pounds. Pomeranians are considered to be perfect companions. Their foxy face, attitude and glorious coat give them some royal appearance. They are easy to train, good around kids and good for life in the city or suburbs, as they are active indoor and outdoor.

22. Bernese Mountain Dog

bernese mountain dog

2017 Rank: 25

Originally from Swiss Alps, this breed was built for hard work in difficult conditions. Bernese Mountain Dog is considered to be one of the most beautiful dogs, and no wonder that’s the case, thanks to its sweet face and affectionate nature. They are big and powerful, but gentle giants.

They love sharing living space with their owners, which makes them perfect for families. Thanks to their gentle nature they are great to be around kids.

21. Boston Terriers

boston terriers

2017 Rank: 21

Boston Terriers are a short-tailed and compact little dog that weight no more than 25 pounds. They are known for its ‘tuxedo’ coat, square head, and big round eyes. Therefore, they are known as ‘The American Gentleman’.

They are highly people-oriented, extremely alert and always ready for a brisk walk. Boston Terriers are always ready to make your smile with their goofing around. They are also known for being great therapy dogs.

20. Shih Tzu

shih tzu

2017 Rank: 20

This is one of the oldest breeds. Originally, they are from China. They are small in size, but their name tells the best about them, as their name in Mandarin means lion. Veterans brought them to the States after WWII.

This lion dog is surprisingly solid for dogs their size. They are extremely affectionate with children, and a small dog they are good for living in bigger and smaller areas. Their idea of fun is sitting still in your lap.

19. Miniature Schnauzers

miniature schnauzers

2017 Rank: 18

The Miniature Schnauzer is the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds. This dog is known for its good health, longevity, and even low-shedding. This great furry companion is an ideal family dog, equally suitable for bigger and smaller families.

This Schnauzer is highly alert. Add to that great intelligence and you will have a great watchdog. They are easily recognizable for their beard and miniature eyebrows.

18. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

cavalier king charles spaniels

2017 Rank: 19

This big-hearted dog has been winning hearts ever since the days of King Charles II in the 17th century. Cavalier King goes through its puppy stage extremely slow, so you have a feeling that your Spaniels is forever young.

They have big eyes and a bigger heart. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect combo of an athletic spaniel and a gentle dog. They get along nice with other dogs and kids, and they are capable of showing off even highly active owner.

17.Doberman Pinschers

doberman pinschers

2017 Rank: 16

This fearless breed was bred in the mid-1800s in Germany, when a tax collector, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, wanted a dog to protect him. Doberman Pinschers or simply Doberman ranks high when it comes to trainability and obedience.

That’s one of the main reasons why this dog is the first choice by police and military forces. One of the finest protection dogs is muscular, fast, with a slick body covered in a black, fawn, or red coat.

Within the canine world, Dobermans are known as dogs with elegant qualities.

16.Great Danes

great dane

2017 Rank: 14

The Great Dane or ‘Apollo of Dogs’, was developed in Germany and England as a boarhound, had a trademark in form of the shredded left ear. Luckily, today’s great Danes are firstly big and fuzzy, in-house, pets. They are highly patient, dependable and above anything else, friendly.

But, they are super huge. When standing, great Dane’s can be taller than their owners. Furthermore, they can weight up to 200 pounds.

This dog is a perfect example of balance and elegance. Their coat comes in different patterns and colors. Needless to say, but just a look at the dog can make any intruder think twice. They are superb guard dogs. This people-pleaser is great with children and immensely gentle.

15.Australian Shepherds

australian shepherds

2017 Rank: 17

This is a cowboy’s dog by choice, that went a long way from the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain too hard sheep in Australian, and continue its development in the States. The Australian Shepherd is a highly intelligent dog, with strong herding instincts and work ethics.

They have rather vivid coat colors. Their coat is usually a mottled pattern with contrasting shades of different red and blue. This is a perfect dog for anyone who is looking for a tireless and trainable partner for work or sport.

14.Siberian Huskies

siberian huskies

2017 Rank: 12

The Siberian Husky is known for its endurance in the first place. What we know is that this breed was originally bred as a sled dog. Huskies are extremely energetic dogs. They love running and spending a significant amount of time outdoors. They prefer running to walking.

Their fur is thick as its original created to tolerate bellow zero temperatures. They love winter and snow. Siberians are known to have both of their eyes in different color. One eye is usually blue. Huskies are friendly, and they love being a part of the pack, so family life is a must for them.
In addition, they get along perfectly with other dogs. They can’t resist chasing small animals. Plus, they have a little doggy odor.

13.Pembroke Welsh Corgis

welsh corgis

2017 Rank: 15

This is no.1 Queen Elizabeth II dog favorite. Ever since this dog is popular with English royalty. In addition, it’s also super-popular in the States. Maybe it doesn’t seem like that at first glance, but Corgi is a working dog, surprisingly strong and athletic above average. Don’t be fooled by its little legs, because they are no setback for this little dog to excel in many sports.

Corgi is a low maintenance dog, it doesn’t shed a lot or requires a lot of affection. They are one of the worlds most popular herding breeds. They are usually red, fawn, black and tan, without or with white markings.

They respond excellent to training, enjoys spending time outside with its owner, and as herding bred they are independent and fearless. Everyone loves their need for togetherness once with a family.

12.Dachshunds

dachshund

2017 Rank: 13

This famously long dog has developed in Germany centuries ago with the purpose of hunting badgers. Dachshunds’ interesting anatomy makes it perfect for below-ground work. They are intelligent and should be kept busy or they will be extremely bored in a short period of time.

Dachshunds can have a long-haired coat, wirehaired or smooth. Dachshunds come in two sizes, standard or miniature.

They are not built for strong running or swimming, but otherwise, they are up for anything. With their big-dog bark, they are fine watchdogs. Dachshunds are mostly independent because they were first bred to be an independent hunter of dangerous and bigger pray.

Their intelligence, braveness and a pinch of stubbornness will win your heart in a no time.

11.Boxers

boxer

2017 Rank: 12

This dog is a whole package. It comes with intelligence, affection, loyalty, good looks, and works ethic. They are sometimes silly, but above all, they are always courageous. Boxers are an awesome sight in peak condition. Males are high as 25 inches.

Their muscular and tall body is covered with a short, tight-fitting coat. Their eyes with dark circles are their trademark, next to the wrinkled forehead. The coat is usually with white marking among brindle or fawn coat.

Boxers are playful and protective dogs, which makes them perfect for children.

10.Yorkshire Terriers

yorkshire terriers

2017 Rank: 9

This little dog comes with great confidence that makes it perfect for a life in busy cities. Yorkshire Terrier is also known as ‘the tomboy toy’. This breed is known for its specific coat.

They are hypoallergenic – their coat is more like human, long-lived and they make just fine little watchdogs. As they expect a lot of attention and care they will offer you years of love, laughs and close companionship.

9.Pointers (German Shorthaired)

german pointer

2017 Rank: 10

The German shorthaired pointer is a great pet and awesome gundog. This dog demands a lot of exercises on the ground or in the water, as they are often great swimmers. Their coat is reddish brown, white, or liver in different patterns. Their eyes just scream friendliness.

Thanks to their posture they are often seen as aristocrat dogs, next to their speed, endurance, and agility.

They are always ready for physical activity, even organized dog sports. The German shorthaired pointer is easy to train and requires training seasons. They usually bond with the family fast and towards them, they will have a protective role.

8.Rottweilers

rottweiler

2017 Rank: 8

This is one of the oldest working breeds. Rottweilers are a combo of strength, endurance, and intelligence. They are closely attached to their owners and sometimes overprotective, that’s why an early training and socialization with other humans and dogs is crucial.

Thanks to bad media reporting this breed were shown as aggressive, but that’s entirely opposite when it comes to these gently and strong giants. Rottweilers are more of a hard-calm, courageous and above all confident dog.

7.Poodles

poodle

2017 Rank: 7

There is no poodle that’s identical. They come in three different sizes – the standard one, miniature poodle and toy. They are also known for a variety of solid colors. These dogs are eager to please their owners. Poodles are known for their intelligence and energetic nature.

When it comes to their outdoor side they are good runners and excellent swimmers. Their coat is hypoallergenic and requires regular grooming and clipping.

6.Beagles

beagle

2017 Rank: 6

Beagles are sociable dogs that like the company of their human families, next to other dogs. They are bred to work and live in packs. Therefore the feeling of unity and acceptance is important to them.

Their uniqueness is built on their power of scent, so they are truly scent dogs. This super-power is the thing that usually gets them into trouble as soon as they are off-leash. Beagles are described as ‘merry’ by its fanciers.

5.Bulldogs

bulldog

2017 Rank: 5

It seems that Bulldogs are forever linked with British culture, mostly thanks to loving that Winston Churchill showed toward this breed. Bulldogs are one of the most popular breeds in the States. People mostly loved them because if their personality and gentle side. This is the dog that can never be mistaken with any other.

Furrowed brow, pushed-in nose, small ears, and hanging chops on either side is what makes them unique and recognizable. They can weight up to 50 pounds, but don’t think that their weight will stop them from jumping into your lap.

4.French Bulldogs

french bulldog

2017 Rank: 4

This dog is originally from England, regardless of its name. These dogs with bat-like ears are great with kids, as they are extremely playful. They are also really good with the elderly.

French Bulldogs are firm little dogs always ready for exercise and dog park. They are very rewarding when it comes to maintenance, but they shouldn’t be left alone for too long alone. Every minute with them will be full of joy and happiness, as they are indeed little four-legged clowns.

3.Retrievers (Golden)

retriever golden

2017 Rank: 3

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dogs ever. And they will probably continue to be. Golden retrievers are extremely social, playful, and intelligent. In addition, they are hard workers so with them you can always expect a willingness for some activity.

They are often used as therapy dogs, guide dogs and as great support in search and rescue. Their easy-going nature and playful characters make them great pets. Thanks to their patients they are great for kids and adults.

2.German Shepherd Dogs

german shepherd dog

2017 Rank: 2

This is the second most popular dog in the States. German Shepherd is often the first choice for many different roles because of its intelligence, obedience, and trainability. This dog is easy to train as they really enjoy it. No wonder that they are often part of a search and rescue crew. They often serve as police dogs.

They will be gentle with house pets and obedient with its guardians.
German Shepherd is active dogs that enjoy being outdoors with their owner. They are also extremely good watchdogs that are great with children.

1.Retrievers(Labrador)

labrador retriever

2017 Rank: 1

This dog is ultimate No.1 ever since 1991 when it comes to the States favorite dog. Labradors are so lovable dogs thanks to their outgoing and friendly nature. They are also so eager to please. They are known for its intelligence especially in life-risking situations.

Labradors are even open for challenging work, whether as a local guide dog or the dog for search and rescue. This is the dog that you want to be next to you in you are going to challenging, difficult and dangerous adventures.

These sweet-faced dogs are famously friendly. Forever. And. With. Everyone.

Check out the top 150 popular dog breeds for the last 6 years! It looks like the top three breeds are not giving their throne away to anyone!

Breed 2018 Rank 2017 Rank 2016 Rank 2015 Rank 2014 Rank 2013 Rank
Retrievers (Labrador) 1 1 1 1 1 1
German Shepherd Dogs 2 2 2 2 2 2
Retrievers (Golden) 3 3 3 3 3 3
French Bulldogs 4 4 6 6 9 11
Bulldogs 5 5 4 4 4 5
Beagles 6 6 5 5 5 4
Poodles 7 7 7 8 7 8
Rottweilers 8 8 8 9 10 9
Pointers (German Shorthaired) 9 10 11 11 12 13
Yorkshire Terriers 10 9 9 7 6 6
Boxers 11 11 10 10 8 7
Dachshunds 12 13 13 13 11 10
Pembroke Welsh Corgis 13 15 18 20 22 24
Siberian Huskies 14 12 12 12 13 14
Australian Shepherds 15 17 16 17 18 20
Great Danes 16 14 14 15 15 16
Doberman Pinschers 17 16 15 14 14 12
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 18 19 19 18 19 18
Miniature Schnauzers 19 18 17 16 16 17
Shih Tzu 20 20 20 19 17 15
Boston Terriers 21 21 21 22 23 23
Bernese Mountain Dogs 22 25 27 29 32 32
Pomeranians 23 22 22 21 20 19
Havanese 24 23 23 24 25 25
Shetland Sheepdogs 25 24 24 23 21 21
Brittanys 26 26 25 26 27 30
Spaniels (English Springer) 27 27 26 27 28 28
Pugs 28 31 32 33 33 31
Mastiffs 29 28 28 25 26 26
Spaniels (Cocker) 30 29 29 30 30 29
Vizslas 31 30 31 32 34 34
Cane Corso 32 37 40 35 48 50
Chihuahuas 33 32 30 28 24 22
Miniature American Shepherds 34 34 36 N/A N/A N/A
Border Collies 35 38 38 38 40 44
Weimaraners 36 34 34 34 35 33
Maltese 37 33 33 31 29 27
Collies 38 40 37 36 36 35
Basset Hounds 39 39 39 39 42 42
Newfoundlands 40 36 35 37 37 37
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 41 41 42 40 39 39
West Highland White Terriers 42 42 41 41 38 36
Belgian Malinois 43 44 47 51 60 60
Shiba Inu 44 45 44 45 47 46
Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) 45 43 43 42 41 43
Bichons Frises 46 46 45 44 44 40
Akitas 47 47 46 46 46 45
St. Bernards 48 48 49 50 51 47
Bloodhounds 49 50 52 49 50 48
Portuguese Water Dogs 50 54 51 52 52 49
Bullmastiffs 51 51 48 43 45 41
Spaniels (English Cocker) 52 52 56 60 62 62
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 53 49 50 47 49 51
Papillons 54 53 53 48 43 38
Australian Cattle Dogs 55 56 54 56 55 58
Dalmatians 56 63 62 62 66 64
Scottish Terriers 57 58 58 58 59 55
Alaskan Malamutes 58 59 59 54 54 57
Samoyeds 59 57 65 61 68 67
Airedale Terriers 60 55 55 53 57 56
Whippets 61 61 60 57 56 59
Bull Terriers 62 60 57 55 53 52
Pointers (German Wirehaired) 63 62 64 68 71 71
Chinese Shar-Pei 64 64 61 59 58 54
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 65 65 66 66 76 80
Great Pyrenees 66 66 67 67 75 69
Dogues de Bordeaux 67 67 63 63 63 65
Cardigan Welsh Corgis 68 68 69 76 78 75
Cairn Terriers 69 69 70 70 69 61
Miniature Pinschers 70 71 68 64 61 53
Lhasa Apsos 71 77 71 65 67 63
Old English Sheepdogs 72 70 75 74 77 78
Italian Greyhounds 73 74 72 71 74 66
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs 74 75 78 78 80 74
Chow Chows 75 76 74 73 70 70
Irish Wolfhounds 76 73 73 69 72 73
Setters (Irish) 77 72 76 72 73 72
Giant Schnauzers 78 80 79 81 83 83
Chinese Crested 79 79 77 75 65 68
Staffordshire Bull Terriers 80 82 82 79 79 79
Coton de Tulear 81 81 80 85 31 N/A
Russell Terriers 82 78 90 104 105 102
Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 83 89 87 99 99 97
Bouviers des Flandres 84 85 83 83 81 82
American Staffordshire Terriers 85 83 81 77 84 76
Rat Terriers 86 97 96 101 111 N/A
Basenjis 87 84 88 87 86 85
Border Terriers 88 92 86 82 85 81
Standard Schnauzers 89 90 85 91 90 90
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs 90 86 84 92 94 93
Retrievers (Flat-Coated) 91 96 89 86 92 94
Pekingese 92 88 93 80 82 77
Leonbergers 93 100 95 93 104 98
Setters (English) 94 95 102 96 89 91
Keeshonden 95 87 92 84 87 86
Tibetan Terriers 96 101 91 90 88 88
Norwegian Elkhounds 97 91 94 88 103 103
Brussels Griffons 98 94 97 95 91 84
Lagotti Romagnoli 99 117 114 N/A N/A N/A
Spaniels (Boykin) 100 98 110 107 108 121
Fox Terriers (Wire) 101 99 101 94 95 96
Neapolitan Mastiffs 102 107 99 106 114 111
Borzois 103 102 98 89 102 99
Japanese Chin 104 108 108 97 93 87
Schipperkes 105 110 112 109 109 109
Belgian Tervuren 106 103 107 98 110 108
Welsh Terriers 107 109 111 108 106 104
Norwich Terriers 108 105 103 103 97 89
Spinoni Italiani 109 111 105 112 118 117
Miniature Bull Terriers 110 115 120 121 129 125
Toy Fox Terriers 111 112 116 110 115 107
Silky Terriers 112 106 100 102 101 92
Afghan Hounds 113 93 113 100 98 95
Pointers 114 113 117 114 119 114
Setters (Gordon) 115 104 104 105 100 105
Irish Terriers 116 114 115 113 125 123
Parson Russell Terriers 117 119 109 111 116 100
Black Russian Terriers 118 116 119 116 127 118
Tibetan Spaniels 119 121 118 115 122 106
Salukis 120 123 125 132 134 115
Boerboels 121 124 131 126 64 N/A
American Eskimo Dogs 122 118 122 118 120 110
Fox Terriers (Smooth) 123 122 124 122 124 116
Beaucerons 124 141 140 142 145 152
Belgian Sheepdogs 125 120 129 120 123 119
Norfolk Terriers 126 128 134 131 131 129
Bearded Collies 127 125 126 119 121 112
Spaniels (Welsh Springer) 128 133 123 128 133 124
Kerry Blue Terriers 129 129 127 124 128 126
Bluetick Coonhounds 130 132 121 123 130 128
Tibetan Mastiffs 131 153 135 133 135 132
Briards 132 127 132 130 132 127
Manchester Terriers 133 135 133 137 136 120
German Pinschers 134 136 146 138 141 130
English Toy Spaniels 135 134 130 129 138 135
American Hairless Terriers 136 126 106 N/A N/A N/A
Treeing Walker Coonhounds 137 131 137 117 112 101
Black and Tan Coonhounds 138 130 128 127 126 113
Australian Terriers 139 137 136 125 139 122
Xoloitzcuintli 140 143 139 135 142 139
Bedlington Terriers 141 151 138 146 140 137
Redbone Coonhounds 142 139 143 139 148 133
Spaniels (Clumber) 143 140 144 134 143 131
Berger Picards 144 146 141 N/A N/A N/A
Greyhounds 145 156 151 147 147 148
Setters (Irish Red and White) 146 154 142 148 155 145
Lakeland Terriers 147 138 145 141 149 134
Affenpinschers 148 147 149 136 144 143
Spaniels (Field) 149 145 147 145 137 140
Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes 150 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

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