7 Most Popular Dog Breeds In The World, Per Experts

There are a lot of different dog breeds in the world, and if you want a dog, it can be intimidating. They are all wonderful in their own ways, but there are the few that stick out the most. The most popular dog breeds are those that are found in homes all over the world, If you look out your window right now, you might even see one happily walking with their owner. 

So, which dogs are the most common in households worldwide? We at StudyFinds have researched across eight expert sources to bring you today’s list of the seven most popular dogs in the world. Don’t agree with our ranking or feel we missed a breed? No worries, we realize there are dozens of breeds that could have made the list and we would love to hear your opinion in the comments below. Now, onto the list! 

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golden retriever on gray rock during daytime
Golden retriever on gray rock during daytime (Photo by Enis Yavuz on Unsplash)

1. French Bulldog

Brown French bulldog wearing yellow shirt (Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash)

You may hear this breed referred to as a “Frenchie.” These little guys are so irresistible with their little wrinkly faces and puppy eyes. You may expect all smaller dogs to be yappy, but that is not the case with the French Bulldog. Southern Living says that is why they are a great choice for city dwellers

We’ve heard of dog shows, but did you know that there are French bulldog specialty shows? Yup. The first one was in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria in 1898. As adorable as they are, Today says “there’s something inherently comedic about their looks.”

In each of the expert sites we researched, they refer to the Frenchie’s ears as bat-like. Rover refers to them as their defining feature. Their other features vary. They come in white, tan, fawn, and brindle.

2. Labrador Retriever

Yellow labrador retriever lying on green grass field during daytime (Photo by Ivan Louis on Unsplash)

Labs are very versatile. They are great with adults, kids, and babies. They love to be involved with their humans, so much that Today claims if they could talk that they would constantly say, “me too!” 

Labs also make great companions in the water due to their webbed feet. They also help them stay comfortable in colder climates. The lovable pooches can be found in many different colors. Some of the most common are yellow, chocolate, and black, but Rover informs us that the “silver Labrador Retriever has a rarer grayish coloring with striking blue eyes.”

As grooming goes, a Lab will usually shed twice a year, or year-round in temperate climates. Much like other dogs with a double coat, weekly brushing (or daily during shedding months) should be enough. Despite their shedding, Country Living informs us that they have “held the title of the most popular dog breed in the U.S. for more than three decades.”

3. Golden Retriever

Golden retriever (Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash)

Have you ever met an introverted Golden? That is because this breed is naturally very easygoing. This is apparent as they are always wagging their tail. Southern Living labels them as the epitome of man’s best friend.

Goldens are people pleasers. They are number three on our list of most popular dog breeds partly due to their eagerness to please their loved ones. Today reminds us of Betty White’s love of Goldens. She had her beloved dog, Pontiac. It makes sense, since she was a Golden Girl, after all.

This fluffy breed is highly trainable, friendly, and lovable, but just be sure you are ready for some serious hair shedding. According to Rover, they also have a double coat. It is water-repellent with a soft undercoat. This keeps their body temperature regulated no matter what the season.

4. German Shepherd

German shepherd sitting on road near bushes
German shepherd sitting on road near bushes (Photo by Marcus Cramer on Unsplash)

A German is the most popular breed of police dog due to being hard-working, loyal, and courageous. They are great working members of society. But at home, Southern Living claims they are the perfect gentle guardians.

There are a couple of Germans that you may know from Hollywood, Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart. They are very confident dogs, but also loyal and loving. Today points out that they are “consistently in the top 10 most popular dogs thanks to their intellect, athleticism and versatility.

Germans may look like wolves, but they won’t tear you to shreds unless it’s warranted. They are obedient and eager to work and protect. Rover says that Shepherds enjoy demanding tasks, so teaching them tricks would be a complete day of fun!

5. Poodle

Poodle standing on snowfield (Photo by Faith McDonald on Unsplash)

Next up on our list is the fluffy, cuddly Poodle of all shapes and sizes! Southern Living says they are both smart and loving. It’s no wonder they make this list!

Their full thick coats are there for a good reason. They were born to be water-retrieving dogs. Their fur protects their inner organs. Today debunks the misconception about their fancy haircuts. Despite the Poodle’s manicured poofy appearance, the breed is very athletic.

The national dog of France doesn’t shed, but their fur does get matted. To avoid this inconvenience, you should brush them every other day. According to Forbes, you should also have them professionally groomed every six weeks

6. Bulldogs 

White and black English bulldog on green grass field during daytime (Photo by Kabo on Unsplash)

Bulldogs may be built strong, but they are as gentle as a mouse. Despite a mean mug, they are loyal and loving. Southern Living warns that they can be a bit sensitive to heat, so be sure keep them cool in the summer.

It may not be your first thought, but when we tell you that Bulldogs are the most popular mascot, we bet you can think of at least one. According to Today, they are the mascot of over 40 universities

Most breeds are prone to certain health concerns. Bulldogs are susceptible to skin fold dermatitis, cherry eye, mange, and more. Forbes advises to make sure you take proper care of them. With the right amount of T.L.C., a Bulldog is a loving couch potato that makes the perfect addition to any family.

7. Beagle 

Tricolor Beagle (Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash)

Beagles are so cute that they keep their puppy-esque personality and looks forever. We’re not talking just about looks. Beagles continue to stay curious and playful, always keeping you on your toes. Southern Living says they are also known for their howling.

Remember Snoopy from “The Peanuts?” Beagle! So cute, right? Similar to the beloved character, beagles are quite independent. Their strong sniffers and curiosity are to blame. Today says that is the reason they are masters of sniffing out contraband. 

A Beagle’s sniffer was used primarily to hunt rabbits. Although, today they mainly like to use their nose to explore their surroundings. Forbes warns owners to keep a tight grasp on their leash, so they don’t wander off chasing a rogue scent. 

Several factors contribute to a dog breed’s popularity, and it’s often a complex interplay of various elements. Here are some key contributors:

Temperament and Suitability:

  • Friendliness and trainability: Breeds known for being good with families and children, such as Labrador Retrievers or Golden Retrievers, tend to be highly sought-after. Easy trainability also increases potential appeal, especially for first-time dog owners.
  • Energy levels and lifestyle compatibility: Matching a breed’s energy level to your lifestyle is crucial. High-energy dogs like Huskies might not be ideal for apartment living, while couch potatoes like Bulldogs wouldn’t suit active owners.
  • Adaptability and size: Smaller, adaptable breeds like Shih Tzus can thrive in various living situations, while larger breeds may require specific needs that not everyone can accommodate.

Appearance and Aesthetics:

  • Popularity in media and pop culture: Breeds frequently featured in movies, TV shows, or social media can experience surges in popularity due to increased exposure and positive portrayals.
  • Uniqueness and rarity: While not the sole factor, uncommon breeds like Tibetan Mastiffs or Chinese Cresteds can attract interest due to their distinctive appearances.
  • Grooming requirements and maintenance: Breeds with low-maintenance coats like Beagles or Doberman Pinschers might be more appealing to owners who prefer less grooming commitment.


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  1. Whomever made up the list of dogs to NOT HAVE due to “aggressive” behavior is suffering from a rectal-occipital inversion…head up their ass! Just because, due to their affectionate nature they may sit on a kid or knock one over playing, I have the answer..NO KIDS! It’s worked perfectly for us!
    I all depends on how a dog is raised! A Golden Retriever can be made vicious if raised and treated like that, just as a Black Russian Terrier can be the sweetest dog ever. It’s all how they are raised, folks! Yo don’t know much about dogs,

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