All dogs make great best friends. When you’re looking to get a new dog of your own, it can be overwhelming when there are so many options, and they’re all so cute in their own way! We’ve compiled a list of the most popular dog breed(s) in the country, according to the American Kennel Club, along with some of their character traits. Consider this list if you’re thinking of adding a new pup to the family!

Labrador Retriever

Labs are playful and loving while remaining protective and reliable. They’re also one of the smartest dog breeds; they are brilliant and easy to train.

German Shepherds

German Shepherds are another one of the most intelligent dogs out there. They’re a herding breed, knowing for their courage, loyalty, and the fact that they make great guard dogs. Because of their guarding intuition, they make excellent police dogs, guide dogs, and search and rescue dogs. They aren’t just dogs with jobs, though – they make an excellent family pet.

Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers are our personal favorites: confident, smart, kind, and loyal. They are not aggressive or timid, with a great amount of patience; this makes the Golden Retriever is a perfect match for a family with kids. Originally bred as a hunting dog for retrieving waterfowl, they remain one of the most beloved family dogs.

Golden Retriever, Top 10 of most popular dog breed

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French Bulldog

French bulldogs are intelligent and loving dogs. They are playful and relaxed, which leads to them getting along with everyone, including children. Frenchies can be possessive of their people, especially when other dogs are present. This is why socialization is a must for this breed.

English Bulldog

Bulldogs are devoted and patient. They aren’t very energetic, which makes them a great fit for those who have limitations on their physical activity. They’re great with kids, which makes them an awesome family dog.


Beagles are great family dogs with a calm temperament. Their small size makes them easy to take around with you – they can easily be carried. They are smart, friendly, and happy.


A poodle is one of the smartest dog breeds that you’ll find. They shed very little, which make them a great match for kids with allergies.


Rottweilers may look tough, but they’re good-natured, obedient and calm. They’re another one of the most intelligent breeds while remaining alert and fearless. I’ve never known a Rottweiler that doesn’t love to sit on your lap, no matter how big they are.

German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is known as a happy dog. They are trainable dogs who bold with their family. German Shorthaired Pointers love to be physical and enjoy activities like running, swimming… anything that will burn some of their boundless energy while spending outdoor time with a human buddy. They’re suited for family life, and a versatile hunter. They are intelligent, boisterous, and characteristically affectionate dog that is cooperative and easily trained.

Yorkshire Terrier

The tiny Yorkshire Terrier is affectionate and sprightly. Their owners often remark on their bold and independent nature. Yorkies prefer older, well-behaved children.

While these may be the most popular dogs, and could be an excellent addition to your family, there is one breed that we think is the best breed to consider for everyone.

Rescue breeds are the best dog breed.

Why should you rescue a dog? When you rescue a dog, you save a life. The number of euthanized animals would be dramatically reduced if people chose to adopt pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you make a loving animal a part of your family while opening up shelter space for another animal who may desperately need it.  Many different dog breeds are available as well or even better a blend of them!

If you’re considering rescuing a dog, you’ll want to observe how it responds to every member of your family. Remember – pets are a commitment. They aren’t a Christmas gift or birthday present. You need to make sure the rescue dog that you take home fits in with your family so you can give them a loving, permanent home.

There is a quote from humourist Josh Billings that says, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” Nothing is as pure as the love of a pet. When you add a dog to the family, you will experience how they bring unconditional love and joy. There are many rescue organizations that devote their lives to saving animals that can help you to connect with the perfect rescue for you. Check with your vet or the local SPCA for an organization near you.

What has helped you in the past when it comes to adopting a dog? If you have good suggestions or other ideas that you would like to add, please let us know. Contact us at or visit us at Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram @k9cleanpets or Facebook @k9clean.