The percentage of dog owners in Canada is on the rise with approximately 38% of households owning at least one pup. There are literally hundreds of breeds to choose from, some more popular than others.
A few breeds have remained consistently preferred by families such as Labrador retrievers and German shepherds. Then, there are other breeds you may be surprised seeing on this list of most popular dog breeds. Are you ready? Here we go!
1. Yorkshire Terriers
Yorkshire Terriers are a very popular dog breed although have faded ever so slightly in recent years compared to other types. Yorkshires are confident, courageous, and a great pet to have living in the city. They’re beautiful, silky, and of course, small. The texture of their coat is also very similar to human hair.
The Yorkshire Terrier does require a fair amount of care and attention so choosing one isn’t the sort of hands-off pet you may want.
Beagles are bred to live and work in packs. They can be on their own however this is where they work best. Beagles are very sociable, enjoy the company of others, and they are known to be ‘scent dogs’ which in other words means they follow their nose.
Off-lease in an unsecured area and a beagle may very well leave your presence to chase after something they’re too busy smelling.
Boxers gained popularity in Canada post-World War II as returning soldiers brought these little puppies home with them from Europe. Boxers not long after experienced another spike in popularity when one was gifted to Hollywood A-listers Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
The Boxer has retained its popularity all these years later and is still one of the most popular dog breeds around the world.
4. French Bulldogs
Despite the name, French Bulldogs actually originate from Nottingham, England. They are small, sturdy, and are known for their bat-like ears. Always playful and good with small children, in the past decade, French Bulldogs have seen a spike in popularity for these reasons.
These popular dog breeds are easy to take care of, with little exercise or grooming that has to happen. That said, they are prone to separation anxiety when left alone for a long time.
5. Golden Retrievers
Golden Retrievers are intelligent and hardworking dogs. They are regularly used as guide dogs, in searches, and for hunting. In fact, they are the top hunting dog preferred in the United States. Always endearing, a Golden Retriever makes for a great family pet. These are the most popular dog breeds because they are oftentimes patient, playful, and excellent with kids.
6. German Shepherds
German Shepherds are a first-choice for any pet owner seeking intelligence, trainability, and obedience. There’s a reason these are the go-to police dogs. German Shepherds are also sometimes used for disability assistance and search-and-rescue. They can also be very friendly, after getting to know their owners and who is or isn’t a safe friend.
Bulldogs are one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide, with many owners in Canada, the US, and the UK. They generally carry a friendly personality and gentle disposition which makes them a highly sought after family pet.
Poodles are very small dogs, coming in either standard size, miniature, or even toy size. Poodles come in a variety of colors, are intelligent and eager to get attention, and very energetic. If you are looking for a dog that’s laidback, this probably isn’t it. Poodles are excellent runners and swimmers, and also require regular clipping and grooming.
9. Labrador Retrievers
Like anyone would expect on a list of most popular dog breeds, here’s the Labrador Retriever. There’s no breed as popular as Labrador Retrievers, friendly, outgoing, and eager to please.
Sought-after as both family pets as well as for search-and-rescue purposes and as guide dogs, these are smart and reliable companions to have along with you on your journey through life.
Rottweilers are one of the oldest working breeds in the world. Some estimates suggest Rottweilers have been used as a herding dog for livestock since the Roman Empire. They’re intelligent, very strong, and have healthy endurance.
Although they’ve sometimes been portrayed or depicted as aggressive, this is hardly the reality of Rottweilers. They tend to always be calm, confident, courageous, and even playful at times.
Dachshunds originated in Germany 100s of years ago and were originally used to hunt badgers among other animals. The short legs and long body make the dachshund perfect for below-ground work. They are intelligent though they need to be busy or else they will get bored.
Dachshunds can come in a miniature or in standard size, and have either a smooth, wirehaired, or long-haired coat.
12. German Shorthaired Pointers
German Shorthaired Pointers are a gundog first and foremost, though they also make for an excellent family pet. This breed enjoys a lot of exercise, and are a natural retriever on land and water. German Shorthaired Pointers are one of the best swimming dogs, helped along by their webbed feet.