No matter what part of the United States you’re in, one thing is clear: Americans love pets. Dog lovers are particularly enthusiastic about their furry companions. Many of us spend hundreds, even thousands, of dollars caring for our companion. Medical bills, food, toys, and a soothing bed all cost money. No matter what kind of dog we own, everyone agrees that it’s money well spent. With that said, some types of dogs are more popular than others. Preferences are based on a variety of factors, from personality to size and ease of care. Let’s look at a few of the top choices, based on a survey by Rover.com.
6. Yorkshire Terrier
Also known as the “Yorkie,” these are small dogs that weigh only seven pounds as adults. For that reason, you can sometimes see Yorkies being tucked into ladies’ handbags, carriers, and even pockets. Walk into a big city supermarket, and there is a good chance you will see one of these little characters carefully evading the “no dogs” sign.
Why are Yorkies so popular? Well, for one thing, they’re small and friendly dogs that adapt well to apartment life. However, size isn’t the only thing that goes for the Yorkshire Terrier. Their need for exercise is easily dealt with through a daily walk and some indoor games. After that, they’re quite happy to retreat to a soothing dog bed or enjoy cuddle time with their parents. Yorkies like kids, so they do reasonably well in a family setting, but they also excel as pets for working professionals or the elderly.
5. Golden Retriever
Growing families that have access to a back yard or dog park love the Golden Retriever. These dogs were originally bred for hunting, and as a result, they have a higher level of energy. Sporting a long coat and happy expression, goldens adore children and other pets even when their soothing dog bed gets invaded. They will stand guard for your family and home.
Besides serving as a family pet, golden retrievers are wonderful exercise companions. Adult households will sometimes take them for long walks, bike rides, or other sporting events. Before spending the night on a soothing dog bed, a golden retriever will need to be worn out. However, that isn’t to say that they dislike cuddle time. Rather, goldens are known for being incredibly friendly and patient.
4. German Shepherd
These large dogs are known for police work, and as a result, they often get a bad rap. After all, who can blame people for associating barking police dogs with their family pet counterparts? Yet, there’s another reason why German Shepherds have a fearsome reputation: they are fiercely loyal to their families and can be somewhat aloof with strangers. As confident dogs, they won’t easily back down from a threat. For families that want a nice guardian for kids, this is an asset. At the same time, they do well with children who are part of their families.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs, so they’ll need a fenced-in yard, long walks, or dog park access. Families and adult households alike love this breed because they won’t hesitate to leave their soothing dog bed or doghouse to protect their people. At the same time, a GSD is gentle and kind when the situation allows it. Due to their high intelligence level, they are great for use as service dogs. Since they can adapt to family life, retired police dogs often live out their days as pets. Maybe that’s why they are so popular.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed around. However, that’s not to say that they are retiring cuddle bugs. In fact, Chihuahua dogs are known for being spirited, even high strung. Although they can be picked up and held, these little toys need to be carefully trained. Otherwise, they will use their charming demeanor and feisty personalities to get whatever they want out of their owners. Even the finest soothing dog bed might not be enough to calm them.
One of the best things about Chihuahuas is that they’re excellent companions if you live in an apartment. So long as you train them not to bark excessively, these tiny dogs do a good job of entertaining themselves all day while mom and dad are working. At the same time, they tend to still have the energy for puppy games and some lap-sitting after work. Like Yorkies, Chihuahuas get taken everywhere in handbags before sleeping in their fur dog bed every night. Experts don’t normally recommend these puppies for children.
2. Labrador Retriever
Known for being enthusiastic about life, the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular family pets. While they do OK with single people, they are poor choices for apartment life. You can take a lab on long walks, to the dog park, and on numerous outdoor activities. Lab owners are often active people, but they also love the friendly nature of these dogs. Many labs we’ve met will come right up to a new person and demand to be petted.
Due to their happy-go-lucky nature and trainability, labs are an instant favorite. The one thing you must be careful of is their destructive nature when bored. For that reason, it’s important to ensure labs get plenty of exercises and mental stimulation. Do you really want to come home and see they’ve torn up that soothing dog bed?
1. Mixed Breed
Here at Best Friends by Sheri, we are glad that Rover included the fabulous mixed breed category in their survey. After all, mixed-breed dogs or “mutts” come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. If you want to “adopt, not shop,” there are lots of mutts available at most local shelters. Instead of worrying about the specific breed you want, pick a dog that appeals to you with Those Puppy Eyes. If their personality is a good fit for your home, go for it. Then, as the adoption application is pending, you can check out our assortment of toys and dog beds. You’ll need a few before fido comes home.