Dogs have been our companions since long time. Since then, certain breeds gained huge popularity in many countries. There were bred for different purposes and found their way into our homes.
Find out if your dog counts to the most popular dog breeds on this top 10 list in the USA in 2019 and if you are thinking about getting a new dog, this can also be of help to you. I am very glad to see my dog still at spot 8 in the US as Rottweilers have become so rare in Germany because of the strict regulations here, filing the Rottweiler as a dangerous breed.
The German Boxer is a crossbreed from the Old English Bulldog and the “Bullenbeißer”. The Bullenbeißer was used for hunting deer, boar and beers and is now extinct. The hunter sent out the dog to catch and hold the prey until their hunters arrived.
The origin of the name boxer is still not clear. The name clearly has German origin and may come from the first registered boxer.
9. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers come from the historic county Yorkshire and were originally bred to hunt rats. They were a mixed breed bred from the Paisley Terrier, Maltese and Scotch Terrier.
In the 1940s the popularity of the breed significantly dropped. ‘Smokey’ a very famous
Rottweilers originate from the Germany city Rottweil and were called the “Metzgerhund” (butcher’s dog). They were used to herd livestock, pull carts with meat to the market and guard the butcher’s money on the way back.
They were also used in World War I & II as
Poodles are very smart and popular water dogs. They also originated from Germany like the Boxer and the Rottweiler.
They were bred into different sizes: the Standard Poodle, the Toy Poodle, and the Miniature Poodle. While the Standard Poodle was used as a retriever and gun dog the Miniature Poodle is used for truffle hunting.
6. French Bulldog
The English Bulldog has been bred in England with Terrier dogs to create the smaller French Bulldog.
Once they became popular in France they have been shipped over from England to achieve an even tinier breed of Bulldog with huge ears, known as the modern French Bulldog. Unlike most dog breeds, French Bulldogs were only bred as a companion.
Beagles are famous for their superior hunting skills even named after them as “beagling”. The breed exists for over 2500 years and mainly
Beagles have been in the top 10 dogs list for over a decade and they are much more popular in the US and Canada tha the UK.
The English or British Bulldog is a national icon of the UK. Their unique and strong appearance has surely changed from 1500 until today.
The bulldog got his name from a now illegal sport called bull baiting, where a bull was tied to an iron stake and the dogs should attack it with the goal to immobilize it.
3. Golden Retriever
As a retriever dog, they were bred to gently retrieve birds and ducks that had been taken down by hunters through land and water.
This breed originated in Scotland and is used today for nearly any purpose, like obedience training, duck diving, and assistant dogs.
2. German Shepherd
Another breed that has its origin in Germany and as their name suggests they were bred for herding sheep and cattle.
Today they are highly trained military and police dogs where their intelligence and working abilities are appreciated.
1. Labrador Retriever
Since 27 years, the Labrador has been this list in America. Similar to the Golden Retriever they can be seen performing nearly any task and are America’s favorite pet dog. They are also very popular in the UK and Canada.
Coming from Newfoundland, they first emerged as the St. John’s water dog which became extinct in the 1980s.
Let me know in the comments which breed is your favorite and what dog do you have at home? I will be an all-time fan of the Rottweiler!