These Were the Most Popular Dog Breeds So Far in 2021

Most popular doesn’t always mean the best, but if millions of dog owners are choosing certain breeds, there might be some truth to it. Check out our list of the most popular dog breeds so far in 2021, and what makes them such good dogs.

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#15 – Siberian Husky

The first entry on our list is Siberian Huskies, beautiful dogs that were recently in the news when Texas was hit by a snowstorm in early 2021:

AKC says: Loyal, Mischievous, Outgoing

#14 – Boxer

Boxers have a lot of energy and spunk, which has made them popular with celebrities such as Cesar Millan, Chelsea Handler, and Gisele Bundchen.

AKC says: Bright, Fun-Loving and Active

#13 – Australian Shepherd

Two fun facts about this breed: it actually originated in the US in the 19th century, and is one of very few breeds to commonly have heterochromia (meaning two different colored eyes).

AKC says: Smart, Work-Oriented, Exuberant

#12 – Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are a toy breed, which means that they’re especially good dogs for those who are worried about the size (or strength) of a larger animal. They make great personal companions.

AKC says: Affectionate, Sprightly, Tomboyish

#11 – Dachshund

Dachshunds are clever and loyal pets that are actually hunting dogs. Picasso has a famous Dachshund sketch of a dog named “Lump”:

Lump by Picasso

AKC says: Friendly, Curious, Spunky

#10 – Pembroke Welsh Corgi

There’s no denying that Corgis have an adorable way of waddling, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by other breeds, either:

AKC says: Affectionate, Smart, Alert

#9 – German Short-haired Pointer

German Short-haired Pointers do double duty as great family dogs and great hunting dogs.

AKC says: Friendly, Smart, Willing to Please

#8 – Rottweiler

Rottweiler owners will know that, although their Rotties look tough, they’re giant teddy bears towards their favorite people.

AKC says: Loyal, Loving, Confident Guardian

#7 – Beagle

Another hunting dog on this list is the Beagle, a breed immortalized by Snoopy comics.

AKC says: Friendly, Curious, Merry

#6 – Poodle

Poodles are incredibly smart and sharp-looking dogs. They’re also hypoallergenic, making them popular with people who have allergies.

AKC says: Active, Proud, Very Smart

#5 – Bulldog

While they look tough, bulldogs have a gentle disposition that makes them great with families and kids.

AKC says: Friendly, Courageous, Calm

#4 – French Bulldog

The smaller cousin of the Bulldog, French Bulldogs have risen astronomically in popularity. One famous example is AOC’s dog Deco.

AKC says: Adaptable, Playful, Smart

#3 – Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are beautiful, happy dogs that have long been popular in America–just look at the Airbud movies.

AKC says: Friendly, Intelligent, Devoted

#2 – German Shepherd

German Shepherds are gentle and protective dogs that will serve families well, provided that they are given the proper training. They’re been a long-time favorite, thanks to the monks of New Skete who became famous for training these beautiful dogs.

AKC says: Confident, Courageous, Smart

#1 – Laborador Retriever

Unsurprisingly, Labrador Retrievers top the list for the 30th year in a row. These pups are slobbery, loving family dogs.

AKC says: Friendly, Active, Outgoing

The real #1 breed: mixed breeds!

All of the earlier breeds on the list were purebreds, but according to Rover, the most popular dog breed is not purebred at all, but mixed breed pups! These dogs are just as cute and loving as their purebred counterparts, and may be less susceptible to breed-specific medical issues. Check out Petfinder for a shelter dog near you. ❤️

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PuppyLists is written by J., who has owned, trained, volunteered with, and loved dogs for nearly three decades. When she isn't writing or researching, she's out adventuring with her 14 year old Lab mix.

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