13 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America

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Dogs are the most popular pets in the United States and there are a lot of statistics that prove this fact, for example, according to American Veterinary Medical Association, 37 percent of Americans have a dog as a pet and the percentage is higher than for cat owners. As the saying goes, ‘dogs are man’s best friend’ and it is not just an old saying, it is the honest truth! 

The writings say that thousands of years ago, wolves from the ancient period were domesticated by humans, becoming the ancestors of today’s American dogs. The relationship between the wolves – that later became the ancestors of the dogs – was based on reciprocity, so the owners were protected and the dogs received food. These Native American dog breeds are extinct nowadays, but they played an important role in the evolution of today’s breeds. We do not know exactly how true this story is, but it seems quite plausible.

Anyway, it is clear that people who own a dog consider their beloved friend to be part of the family, and according to a survey by Purina, 95 percent of dog owners believe that. Therefore, if the data doesn’t lie, it means that Americans really love their pets, and I bet that this applies to cat owners as well. 

There are numerous statistics that analyzed the most popular dog breeds in America, so here is a list of them all!  

8 thoughts on “13 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America”

  1. My brother and Mom had a Saint Bernard
    That lived to 15 years old. He was blind and
    Slept a lot but my Mom loved him. And although he was very old and couldn’t see well, if at all. He would bark if he heard any
    Noises and my Mom felt secure when he was alive. She found him dead one morning
    It it took three men from the Vets office
    To remove his body. We paid to have him
    Cremated and got a tin with his alleged
    Ashes. Later there was a big scandal about
    The pet cemeteries in Long Island NY
    And the State of NY took their license
    Away, and siezed the property for back
    Taxes

  2. Those were all nice dogs. However, you left out some of the smaller ones. Like Mini
    Schnauzers. I have two sisters/litter mates. Our 9th and 10th Schnauzers.

    Plus we live on a street with 7 other Schanuzers. Use to be 9 but one died and one
    move away. I thought our street should have been renamed “Schnauzer Lane”.

    Thanks Have a good day and stay healthy.
    Debra Belisle

  3. if you are in the market for a dog, please adopt a shelter dog. There are so many mixed breed dogs that are sweet and need a family. Did you know that mixed breed are less likely to have problems with there hips, etc?

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