Happy National Dog Day!
National Dog Day was created to recognize the millions of dogs that end up in shelters or those that are in dire of being rescued. Since 2004, this holiday honors dogs of all breeds and in all walks of life, from those that serve as assistance dogs to those that relax all day as lap dogs. Each dog breed has unique characteristics and behaviors that can make them fit into a family like a puzzle piece.
Here are the top ten nationally ranked breeds for 2021. Did yours fall into the top 10?
#1 Mixed Dog Breed
Starting off at number one is America’s favorite breed, the mixed breed. These dogs can come in all types of breed combinations from Border Collie-Lab, Pug-Beagle (Puggle), to the Pit Bull-Husky (Pitsky).
Often referred to as mutts, these dogs often have fewer health problems and longer life spans. This is due to their genetic makeup being mixed more thoroughly over time and not having the concentrated health issues that some breeds have, such as Rottweilers and hip dysplasia.
Mutts are often the most common breed to find in shelters and rescues, so remember—adopt, don’t shop.
#2 Labrador Retriever
This short hair, lovable dog comes with a great personality. Labs are popular as family dogs because of how well they behave around kids and other animals. Most labs love water and exercise, so taking them on daily walks and to the park is key to keeping them healthy and happy.
#3 Golden Retriever
Goldens are the American Dream dog. They are happy and goofy animals that love to snuggle and play fetch. Golden Retrievers often work as service animals due to both their drive to please their owners and their lovable nature. They also need exercise and an active lifestyle to keep them out of trouble.
#4 German Shepherd
German Shepherds, unlike the #2 and #3 dogs above, have a more powerful posture and wolf-like appearance. They are intelligent animals that love to release their energy. Shepherds are also often great working dogs; they are a popular breed for police work and for the Military Police Corps.
A mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle, this breed places in the top 5 breeds. Goldendoodles are extremely friendly and intelligent dogs that are known for their people-pleasing attitude and adorable appearance.
These dogs can fit in purses and absolute ROCK a cute sweater or doggie dress. Chihuahuas take extra time for training and often pack an attitude in such a small body. They are adaptable to city living and can be a great pet for someone looking for a canine companion in the concrete jungle.
#7 Siberian Husky
Huskies are known for their talkative nature and fluffy coat. Bred to work, they often have lots of energy and loud vocalizations. Huskies are intensely loyal and attached to their owners, but with too much built-up energy, they may try to escape the backyard to look for adventure.
#8 Yorkshire Terrier
These dogs were bred to hunt rats in small places, but over the years they have become one of the most popular toy dogs in the U.S. Just like other, bigger dogs that were bred to work, Yorkshire Terriers also need an outlet for their energy and crave attention from their owners.
#9 American Pit Bull Terrier
The American Pit Bull is a commonly misunderstood breed. Pit Bulls are often gentle, cuddly and loyal dogs that have had people abuse their strength, drive and ferocity over the years. Pit Bulls enjoy quality time with their humans and will form an intense bond with their main owner. Keep an open mind when considering a Pit Bull because these dogs really are just cuddle bugs.
#10 Australian Shepherd
Aussies are absolutely beautiful dogs. They are intelligent and with all of their energy, love going on walks, hikes and long runs. It is important to put them in puppy training classes to direct their energy and herding drive in the right direction.
We couldn’t stop at just the top 10 and leave out the Dachshund! These dogs have short legs and longer bodies, making them the perfect dog to wear a hotdog costume for Halloween. They are extremely playful but stubborn. This breed also does well in apartment life, as long as they still get a daily walk and play time.
Pure Breed or Mutt, all dogs deserve a good home and warm bed!