Top 20 Best Dog Breeds to Own

by RobertKeith

Ask any loving dog owner and they'll be happy to tell you which dog breed is the best.

Ask any loving dog owner and they'll be happy to tell you which dog breed is the best. Usually, it is theirs! That being said, there are numerous dog breeds that offer various qualities for an owner or family. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), out of the most popular dog breeds, the following hold the top 20 places.

Labrador Retriever

This lovable dog is loyal, playful and affectionate, although a bit "mouthy" (they chew things...lots of things). They are also very protective, but you couldn't ask for a more generous soul than this pup. 

German Shepherd

This noble breed is most renowned for serving with law enforcement or the armed forces. They are loyal, courageous and will guard their loved ones with their life. 

Golden Retriever

Hailing originally from Scotland, this loyal, loving dog wears many hats, including search and rescue, leading the blind and helping the hunter. 

French Bulldog

These gentle, stocky dogs are known for their scrunched up nose and and lovable personality. Persevering and strong, they are the perfect sporty yet casual companions. 

Hugging a Dog
Hugging a Dog


Strong, loyal and docile, these low-to-the-ground bundles of drool and wrinkles bring plenty of laughter and joy to a family. 


Originally bred for hunting, these dogs are well known for their playfulness and personality, making them a loving and fun companion. Coming in at roughly a foot tall and under 20 pounds, these dogs fit comfortably both in city or country settings. 


Smart and elegant, the poodle is not just another pretty face! They come in 3 different sizes, with all being athletic and graceful, making them wonderful family pets. Heights can range from 10 to 15 inches tall and they can weigh from 10 to 70 pounds easily. What a diverse breed! 


Descended from the Mastiff of Roman Empire times, this gentle giant is a family favorite offering love and protection for its "pack". With a height of over 2 feet and weighing in at 80 to 100 pounds, this breed will require some space. 

Yorkshire Terrier

This beloved lap dog used to work for a living clearing out the rat population in mills and mines. The average height is less than 8 inches tall, weighing 7 pounds or less, this dog is definitely a toy breed. 


You can usually find the Pointer out assisting their hunter companion while trekking through the woods and fields looking for game. They are strong family dogs and will be loyal pets. 


The Boxer is an all around family dog; loyal, loving and sweet, yet fiercely protective. The males can stand up to 25 inches tall with weight anywhere from 65 to 80 pounds. 

Siberian Husky

Born for cold weather, this furry canine can be extremely talkative and temperamental. Both loving and gentle, they make great family dogs. They can be up to 2 feet tall, weighing in at 35 to 60 pounds 


Known to the world as the infamous "Wiener-dog", these pooches are on point for anything that comes their way. Independent yet lovable, they are great companions. 

Great Dane

These easy-going affectionate dogs have a great personality, strong sense of humor and are generally  good-natured. They are also great protectors. 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Blessed with an independent nature, this breed doesn't require a lot of attention but does enjoy companionship. 

Doberman Pinscher

Known as the ultimate guard dog, this beautiful canine not only has beauty, but also the brains to go with it. They are fiercely protective of their family. 

Australian Shepherd

This smart and witty herding dog is one of the most utilized ranch dogs in the United States, particularly the west. Amazingly, the breed started in Europe, routed through Australia, (possibly it was Hobart), and ended up in California. 

Miniature Schnauzer

This dog breed is known for it's joyous personality and handsome good looks. It is intelligent and easy to train, although it does have a mind of it's own at times. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Obviously, descended from royalty...ok, well maybe not, but this dog's gentle nature will make you feel like it is. Equally playful or just enjoying your lap, this breed is a great family dog. 

Shih Tzu

Small and absolutely darling, this toy breed is all about your lap and love. Ordinarily sweet with children, they make great family companions. 

So there you have it! Obviously, some of you will disagree but as a disclaimer we must say that all breeds have their own individual qualities. It just takes the right human to see them!

Updated: 05/26/2018, RobertKeith
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