A dog is a man’s best friend, but even among our best friends we’re aloud to have favorites right? All dogs were certainly not born equal, and even just to look at the various breeds have some rather obvious differences. So the question is, which dogs are the best? Which are the most popular and which will bring you the most joy? Here we will look at the most popular breeds of dogs and why they’re such winners… though these dogs are the most popular in terms of numbers, there’s no order to the top 10 dog breeds here as there’s a big element of personal preference involved in choosing the right pup – it’s up to you to find the right match for your home and lifestyle.
Labradors have to be one of the most purely ‘fun’ dogs out there. They’re huge bundles of energy that will nearly bowl you over when you come in through the door, and they love to fetch and generally play. Their large size means you can really hug them and they’re easy to train and teach tricks. Incredibly good natured, their only downside is their tendency to malt and they aren’t really suitable for the elderly who aren’t so steady on their feet.
Golden retrievers are great alternatives to Labradors that are similar in many ways but slightly larger and with longer hair. They’re also a little more docile meaning they’re better suited to older owners or families with small children.
Poodles have a lot going for them and a range of plusses make them one of the top 10 dog breeds. They come in three sizes (or four if you count ‘teacup’) meaning they can suit most homes, and they’re also very good natured and highly intelligent. As an added bonus they don’t malt meaning that they are suitable for people with allergies and meaning the home is much easier to keep clean. They can get problems with their legs in older age though, and are hunting dogs meaning they have a tendency to bring in dead animals.
Whippets are a lot of fun and are hugely energetic. They’re incredibly fast and love chasing (be careful around smaller dogs). If you have the energy to keep up these are beautiful and powerful animals that also have a very loving nature.
These tiny dogs have been very popular for the lat decade thanks to the likes of Paris Hilton who managed to turn the breed into a fashion accessory – they probably wouldn’t be one of the top ten dog breeds were it not for this recent trend. They’re not very manly, but they are cute and easy to look after thanks to their diminutive stature.
5.King Charles Spaniel
These good natured and excitable little dogs are a lot of fun and are again easy to look after. They once again manage to be small without being too girly, and their friendly personalities make them great for families. They are quite bad for malting again though.
For anyone who’s a fan of Frasier the appeal of a Jack Russel is clear. They’re intelligent dogs that are small without being ‘girly’ and they’re a lot of fun. They lose points though for the wiry fur which put some people off and because they can occasionally be rough with other dogs.
Westies are great little dogs that don’t need quite the same amount of exercise as some of the more spritely breeds which makes them popular among the older population. At the same time they are very cute in appearance and have a very teddy-bear-esque aesthetic.
Boxers are once again good natured and perhaps not as excitable as some dogs. Their gruff faces make them quite manly to look (you won’t feel embarrassed walking them) and also gives them a unique personality that gives them their status as one of the top ten dog breeds. On the downside however, the deep set wrinkles make them prone to problems like eczema.
Despite their reputation for being very tough (with a dislocating jaw), Rottweilers are actually very friendly and good natured even with other dogs. They’re also very intelligent and easy to train and make great guard dogs thanks to their somewhat frightening appearance. Again though being quite large they can be tricky for the elderly and risky for young children who can get easily knocked over.