The Most Popular Dog Breeds And Hybrids, Ranked
Dogs are considered “man’s best friend” for a reason. They’re loyal and intelligent companions that are an important part of domestic culture, and the addition of a puppy can really round out a family. Beyond how fun they are, dogs are known to actually help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Their presence can also ease loneliness, encourage exercise and subsequently improve cardiovascular health. They are great with kids and can actually influence the way children grow up by providing them with a friend and teaching them about responsibility.
Above is an image of the Catahoula Leopard Dog, which is one of many amazing hybrids that unfortunately didn’t make this list. But it’s such a cool looking puppy that it works as a great preview for the second half of this article. Before we check out some of the more desired mixed dogs, let’s look at the most popular breeds. The first half is in order from most popular down, according to the American Kennel Club, which is a registry of purebred dog pedigrees. This list includes physical details, as well as character traits and descriptions that all animal lovers will enjoy…
When people think of dogs, it’s hard not to picture the Labrador Retriever, especially considering that it’s the most popular breed in the US, the UK and Canada. This includes yellow, black, chocolate and golden coats. They are medium to large sized, typically standing around 22 to 23 inches tall from the shoulder down and weigh anywhere from 55 to 80 pounds. Labs are very friendly and loyal and are often used for disability assistance.
They help the blind, people struggling with autism, and act as therapy dogs for a variety of reasons. Labs are even used for screening and detection purposes with law enforcement and other official agencies. Retrievers, per their name, are prized sporting and hunting dogs, but are loved by families for how well they socialize with humans and other animals. They are super high energy and outgoing will big personalities. Labs love exercise, and unlike some breeds they’re actually great swimmers.
The second breed at the top of the list is the German Shepherd, another medium to large sized dog. They are a relatively new breed, only dating back to around 1899. German Shepherds are confident, courageous and smart. They’re even considered the finest all purpose worker dog. Shepherds are not just big, they’re also highly intelligent and strong. At a little bigger than the Lab, they get up to 26 inches tall from the shoulder down.
German Shepherds were developed for sheep herding, but have grown to be useful in a variety of fields. They are a preferred breed for many types of work, including disability assistance, search and rescue, police and military roles, and even acting. Some of the most famous German Shepherds are Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart. Both have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beyond how family friendly and useful they are, they’re also popular show and competition dogs.
French Bulldogs have become increasing popular in recent years. They certainly resemble the Bulldog, except they’re much smaller and are known for their large, tall “bat” ears. Frenchies are muscular, quiet, and alert, making them great watchdogs. They get along well with people, from singles to couples and families, and are pretty low maintenance when it comes to exercise. They were originally called the Boule-Dog Francais.
The Bulldog is a national symbol in England and an incredibly popular breed in America, as well. One of the most iconic breeds, the Bulldog is instantly recognizable for its loose skin, furrowed brow, flat nose, little ears and overbite. They can weigh up to 50 pounds, but still consider themselves lap dogs. Owners have to make sure to keep them on healthy diets with regular exercise to stay healthy.
While they’re most commonly associated with hunting, the Beagle is also a super popular companion dog, too. They are medium sized with big personalities, and their coats range from yellow, red, white and multicolored. These hound dogs are known to be affectionate, intelligent, curious and energetic. Beagles were bred to hunt in packs and require a lot of exercise.
Poodles come in all colors, shapes and sizes, from Standard and Miniature to Toy. They are a very fancy breed and are often used as show dogs. Poodles are known for their curly coats, leading many to assume they’re not as strong as they actually are. But don’t be fooled, they are very athletic and smart, and are even ranked as the second most intelligent breed behind the Border Collie.
The Rottweiler is a large, strong dog that is much more gentle than it looks. As descendants of the mastiffs, they are the biggest and tallest breed on the list so far. But Rottweilers can also be calm, confident and courageous, and if raised properly, will even be playful and silly. They are a working breed used as search and rescue dogs, guard dogs and police dogs.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Yorkshire Terrier, a tiny, compact breed commonly associated with the “purse dog” designation. They typically don’t get bigger than seven pounds, but can definitely still be tenacious, feisty, brave and even bossy. Yorkshire Terriers are popular especially among people in city environments who don’t have a lot of space.
The graceful and powerful Pointer has a name that also helps to describe one of its biggest strengths. The breed helps hunters by pointing at game birds, but they are also great companions. Pointers are smart, fast, proud and agile. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, and can be as tall as 28 inches from the shoulder down and weigh as much as 75 pounds.
Unlike the last entry, the name Boxer doesn’t mean this breed can box, but they certainly look like they could. Boxers are strong and muscular, but also loyal, affectionate and intelligent. They’re upbeat, playful and love kids, making them a great breed for big, active families. Boxers are also used as watchdogs and guardians.
Siberian Huskies will always be known as sled dogs, but they also make great pets. Their thick coats and amazing endurance are definitely products of their super active history, which also informs their pack mentality. Huskies are typically pretty big and very friendly, and interestingly enough, are naturally clean with little odor.
Dachshunds, also known as Weenie Dogs, have an iconic, easily recognizable look. But they’re much more than just their classic shape. Dachshunds have big, bold personalities and come in two sizes: standard, between 16 and 32 pounds, and miniature, 11 pounds or under. They can be stubborn, but are also smart and playful.
The Great Dane will always be associated with the classic cartoon character Scooby-Doo. Also known as the “Apollo of Dogs,” this giant breed can be as tall as 32 inches from the shoulders down, and can even stand taller than some humans. They are incredibly powerful, but also surprisingly gentle and friendly. Danes make great companions and guardians.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a super friendly housedog that started out as a herder. They’re not tall but can weigh as much as 30 pounds. Their short legs are still powerful, making them quick and agile. Corgis are very smart, sensitive, easily trainable and great for families as pets and watchdogs.
One of the noblest dog breeds is the Doberman Pinscher, a fearless and vigilant animal that is great for protection. They are a medium to large breed that was originally developed by a German named Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. They can be stubborn, but Dobermans are definitely smart, alert and loyal companions.
The Australian Shepherd is commonly associate with cowboys for being their herding dog of choice, making this medium sized breed difficult for certain kinds of pet owners. They are so used to herding that Aussies can be too smart and active for some, but are always a good choice for anyone looking for an intelligent, trainable worker.
A great family dog is the Miniature Schnauzer, which is the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds. The are friendly, smart, easily trainable and get along great with kids and other animals. These super active dogs are used to patrolling farmland, so exercise is a must. Miniature Schnauzers are known for their bushy beards and eyebrows.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
With connections to British royalty, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a great companion. The medium sized breed loves kids and other dogs, but they also require a good amount of activity. Cavaliers are gentle, attentive, super adaptable and can easily fit into an owner’s lifestyle.
Rounding out the end of our most popular breeds list is the Shih Tzu, or little “Lion Dog.” They’re small, lively, great with children and don’t require much exercise, making them perfect for city environments and apartments.
Continue reading for a collection of super interesting and unusual breeds that are definitely in the running to be the most popular mixtures right alongside the previous entries.
A Yorkiepoo is a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle, which are both two of the most popular breeds discussed earlier. The Poodle side is super smart and trainable, with the Yorkshire Terrier side bringing a lot of energy. They’re also prone to barking, but smaller versions of things are always adorable.
A Pitsky is a mix between a Pit Bull and a Husky, and while the Pit didn’t make the previous list, the Husky definitely did. Even though there’s a lot of stigma around Pit Bulls, the Husky side definitely balances things out, making for a super sweet and incredibly interesting breed that is perfect for families.
The creatively named Taco Terrier is a mix between a Chihuahua and Terrier, specifically the Toy Fox Terrier. The Taco Terrier is very small and just as charming. Their fox-like head comes from the Terrier side, and their ears obviously come from the Chihuahua side. They’re great for families and can adapt to a variety of environments.
The Schnoodle is the second mix in this article to take from the Poodle, which makes sense seeing as it’s one of the most popular breeds. The other half is a Schnauzer, making this crossover a small but energetic dog. The Schnauzer side is loyal and protective, with the Poodle side bringing intelligence, making them easy to train.
Another popular Poodle hybrid is the Jack-A-Poo, mixed with a different form of Terrier than the Taco mix, which is the Toy Fox Terrier, and instead combines the Jack Russell type of Terrier with the miniature version of the Poodle. Again, the Poodle side brings intelligence, but the Jack Russell side makes this dog very energetic and mischievous, which is a super fun combo.
The second mix in this article to use the Chihuahua is the Cheagle, which combines it with the Beagle, another one of the most popular breeds seen earlier. Again, any small version of a normally bigger thing is definitely cute, and the Cheagle is not only tiny, but its personality traits that come from the Beagle make it a smart and protective hybrid.
Another popular Chihuahua mix is the Chug, which combines the tiny breed with another small dog, the Pug. They’re also known as the Pughuahua. While the Chug is muscular, it’s still super calm and diminutive, making it a very sweet hybrid that’s easy to love.
And now we go back to Poodle hybrids with the hilariously named Cockapoo, which also includes the Cocker Spaniel. It goes without saying at this point, but the Poodle side is extremely intelligent and mellow, while the Cocker Spaniel side brings amazing loyalty and low maintenance with a coat that rarely sheds.
The Chusky is the second hybrid in this article to include the Husky, and the first appearance of the Chow Chow. The Chusky combines the cuddly fluffiness of a Chow with the energy and personality of a Husky, which also includes its loyal and protective nature.
Another small hybrid is the Miniature Boxer, which is a mix between the Boxer, obviously, and the Boston Terrier, two of the most popular breeds seen earlier. They are super social and get along well with kids and other animals, making them a perfect house pet. While they’re affectionate and not aggressive, they’re also devoted and protective.
The last, but not least, Poodle hybrid in this article is the Maltipoo, which mixes the very smart breed with the Maltese. While some of the aforementioned Poodle mixes don’t include their signature curly hair, this one definitely does. They are intelligent, fun loving and affectionate, and because of their Maltese features, they’re adorably small.
The Bullpei is a cross between the Bulldog and the Shar-Pei. The former made the most popular list, and the latter did not, but maybe one day the hybrid will. They’re medium to large size and while they’re great for families, the can exhibit some of the Shar-Pei’s aggression. They’re not super vocal but do require a lot of exercise.
Another hybrid that combines one of the most popular breeds seen earlier, in this case the Shih-Tzu, is the Malshi. Its other half is the Maltese, making it very small and affectionate. They’re great family dogs that are easily adaptable to a variety of environments and living situations. And they don’t shed, which is always a plus.
The Boxador is a mix between two of most popular breeds, the Boxer and the Labrador Retriever. Also known as the Boxerlab, Boxerdor and Laboxer, this hybrid is basically a stronger version of the Lab. It is intelligent, affectionate and devoted, but also super energetic and requires a lot of exercise and attention.
The Dachshund and the Corgi already have similar features, so mixing them into the Dorgi makes sense. This hybrid has a long frame that’s low to the ground with big ears that are easily recognizable. And beyond being affectionate and great for families, they shed very little and don’t require much exercise.
We’ve seen the Pug and the Bulldog crossed with other breeds, but the Bullpug mixes them together. This hybrid is essentially a miniature Bulldog, with adorable added Pug features to boot. Despite their small size, they have big personalities and are very loving and mellow.
The Gollie is a mix between the Golden Retriever and the Collie, combining two of the most lovable and intelligent breeds into one amazing dog. They’re mild-mannered, patient, obedient and perfect for anyone. Both sides make them great for sports, families and interacting with other animals.
Another Golden Retriever mix that takes the breed in a different direction is the Golden Dox, which combines the insanely popular Lab with the Dachshund. It’s basically a miniature Lab with the body of a Weiner Dog. They’re smart like Retrievers as well as protective and quirky like the Dachshund.
The French Pin is a hybrid that uses another crossbreed, making it the first mix in this article to combine more than two different dogs into one. The French Bulldog, another one of the most popular breeds, is combined with the Miniature Pinscher, which includes traces of Italian Greyhounds and Dachshunds. They’re loving and energetic.
The final hybrid in this article takes the second most popular breed, the German Shepherd, and combines it with the Chow Chow, which was seen earlier as part of another mix. They keep the great qualities of the Shepherd and combine them with the cute cuddliness of the Chow, making an energetic and protective breed that is super lovable and loving.