Americans today have over 70 million pet dogs in their homes, and more than two-thirds of American households have at least one dog. Of the top 10 most popular breeds in the US, 5 breeds are of German origin, the rest are of British and Canadian origin. In general, Americans prefer large dogs, the vast majority of which are European.
The American Kennel Club has released its list of the most popular dogs in America for 2017.
Loyal and reliable Labrador has been the most popular dog breed in the United States for 26 years. The history of Labradors dates back to the 19th century. At this time on the island of Newfoundland, there was a so-called "little Newfoundland", which was a faithful assistant to fishermen. This breed has a very calm temperament, which makes them excellent companions.
This sturdy breed is familiar for its use in law enforcement and the military, but it is also great for family and home security. German Shepherds were first bred in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1899, and the AKC recognized the breed in 1908. When a German shepherd named Rin-Tin-Tin became a Hollywood star, starring in over 20 films, the breed gained fame.
The Golden Retriever was the first hunting dog breed in Scotland. The Golden Retriever was not known until the Scotsman Lord Tweedmouth started breeding them on his estate in the 1800s. One of the legends says that the Golden Retriever descended from eight Russian shepherd dogs that performed in the circus.
The Golden Retriever is a great companion for the whole family.