Most Popular Dog Breed in America

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If you have to guess, what would you say is the most popular dog breed in America? Well, a new study has done the guessing and has the answer for you.

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Most popular dog breed in America

The study conducted by pet nutrition experts at PetLab analyzed over 200 AKC-recognized dog breeds alongside keywords such as ‘buy’ and ‘adopt’ through Google’s Keyword Planner. With that info, it produced a ranking for each state’s most searched-for breed over the past 12 months.

Golden Retriever tops the list

The Golden Retriever came out at the top of the rankings as the most searched-for dog breed over the past year. I’m not surprised — Goldens are a super-popular breed all around.

Thirty-eight states favor the breed the most, including some of the most populated states, including:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania.

Golden Retrievers are a prevalent breed for families due to their kind nature and ease of training. They are also trendy within the celebrity community. The following celebs have all owned a Golden at one time or another:

  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Nick Jonas
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jimmy Fallon

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French Bulldog comes in second

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The second most popular breed in the US is the French Bulldog. Frenchies are friendly, affectionate and comical dogs, making them an easy choice for those looking for a pup. French Bulldogs are also one of the dog breeds that sploot.

It is the most favored dog breed in these nine states:

  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma,
  • Texas

In fact, Frenchies are so popular that there’s been a spate of dog thieves stealing French Bulldogs.

Bernese Mountain Dog is third most popular breed

The third most popular dog breed in America is the Bernese Mountain Dog. It tops the list in these three states:

  • Montana
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

These terrifically tempered pups are hardworking, affectionate and intelligent. Celebrities such as Courtney Cox and Hillary Duff have each had a Bernese in their family at one time or another.

Number four is Newfoundland dogs

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The fourth most popular dog breed in America is the Newfoundland. Newfoundlands are the most searched-for breed in Alaska and the second most popular in Montana, Oregon and Vermont.

The sweet-natured breed is the perfect companion for children as they are patient and have a watchful eye. Although they are mighty, Newfoundland’s are brilliant, calm and loyal, not to mention fantastic swimmers.

Dogo Argentino is number five

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The fifth most popular dog breed in America is a Dogo Argentino, an Argentine mastiff-type pup. The AKC recognized Dogo Argentino as a new breed in 2020.

These dogs are hardworking and tough and tend not to be ideal for inexperienced dog owners. But, rest assured, this breed is extremely loyal, loving and a fantastic companion.

Dogos are the third most favored breed in nine states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Chart of The Most Popular Dog Breed in Each US State

StateMost Searched-for Breed
AlabamaGolden Retriever
ArizonaGolden Retriever
ArkansasFrench Bulldog
CaliforniaGolden Retriever
ColoradoGolden Retriever
ConnecticutGolden Retriever
DelawareGolden Retriever
FloridaGolden Retriever
GeorgiaFrench Bulldog
HawaiiFrench Bulldog
IdahoGolden Retriever
IllinoisGolden Retriever
IndianaGolden Retriever
IowaGolden Retriever
KansasGolden Retriever
KentuckyGolden Retriever
LouisianaFrench Bulldog
MaineGolden Retriever
MarylandGolden Retriever
MassachusettsGolden Retriever
MichiganGolden Retriever
MinnesotaGolden Retriever
MississippiFrench Bulldog
MissouriGolden Retriever
MontanaBernese Mountain Dog
NebraskaGolden Retriever
NevadaFrench Bulldog
New HampshireGolden Retriever
New JerseyGolden Retriever
New MexicoFrench Bulldog
New YorkGolden Retriever
North CarolinaGolden Retriever
North DakotaGolden Retriever
OhioGolden Retriever
OklahomaFrench Bulldog
OregonGolden Retriever
PennsylvaniaGolden Retriever
Rhode IslandGolden Retriever
South CarolinaGolden Retriever
South DakotaGolden Retriever
TennesseeGolden Retriever
TexasFrench Bulldog
UtahBernese Mountain Dog
VermontGolden Retriever
VirginiaGolden Retriever
WashingtonGolden Retriever
West VirginiaGolden Retriever
WisconsinGolden Retriever
WyomingBernese Mountain Dog

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