As dog lovers, we all have our favorite breeds. Our preferences are usually guided by our upbringing or experiences with certain dogs – some of us may have happy memories of the Golden Retriever we had as a child, or perhaps we have spent our adult lives around the breeds used in police work. We’ve all come to realize how much our canine friends can enhance our lives.
Although we all have our favorites, determining which is the most popular breed is an extremely difficult task. The American Kennel Club recognized 192 breeds on its 2018 list of the most registered breeds in the United States, with the Labrador retriever taking the top spot (as has every single year since 1991).
We bet you can guess what some of the breeds on the list would be! But we’ve also included some you’ve never heard of before! There’s one thing for sure though: You want to hug every single puppy we show and pamper them with unconditional love.
Until recently, there would have been significant (not to mention nearly impossible) research to determine which dog breed is most popular globally. After all, not every country publishes registration statistics like the AKC.
We needed a way to gauge the popularity of breeds, looking at the world as a whole, rather than just an individual nation. So, as many of us do, we turned to Google – Google Trends, that is. Google Trends allows you to compare the popularity of search terms to each other. In our case, we were able to find out which dog breed is the most searched–and by this metric, the most popular–all over the world.
It’s hard to resist these little dogs. And since they usually don’t exceed 7 pounds, you can take them everywhere. Talk about a furry partner.
You have to love these big eyed puppies who never get tired of playing. They are huge personalities in small packages filled with love for their owners.
It’s no surprise that Golden Retrievers are so popular! They have the cutest faces and personalities. It’s hard not to like them.
With their short legs and long body, Dachshunds are unlike any other dog you’ll see. They have unique characteristics that make them a part of the beautiful crowd.
Just one look at a Samoyed’s signature smiley face and you can see why this super-fluffy, white breed makes our list of the cutest dogs. They are the happiest dogs ever.
We can see why Dorothy had a Cairn Terrier as her furry best friend in The Wizard of Oz. They are cheerful, cute and love seekers.
Japan’s Shiba Inu first came to the United States in 1954. Since then, they have been stealing the hearts of pet owners across the country with their fox-like faces.
You can’t forget to include the Pomeranian in your list of cutest dog breeds! They are so cute and they look like real life toys thanks to their fluffy figures and sweet faces.
The DNA of this fascinating breed consists of Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians, making it basically an overly fluffy, toy-sized Husky that will make anyone who sees it go “Aww!”
Aussies are both beautiful and smart. Talk about a winning combination! They are super-adoring and love to please their owners – they often have blue eyes too.
If your idea of a cutie is a tiny, four-legged cotton ball, then you need a Bichon Frise. His name literally means “drunken white dog” in French.
What’s more adorable than a polka-dotted canine like a Dalmatian? They are stylish, brown-eyed pups who are full of energy.
This breed loves to attract attention. In fact, they were in the limelight all the time as circus performers during the 19th century as they are known to be great tricksters and amazing performers.
This little hybrid is a mix of a Chihuahua and a Dachshund! Apart from its picture-perfect appearance, you cannot deny that its name is just plain adorable.
Did you know that pugs date back to 400 BC? Because of their sweet personality, short stature and shriveled nose, people have considered them one of the most beloved pets for thousands of years.
Yes, that’s actually the name of this breed! They are a mix of a Poodle and Wheaten Terrier that are hypoallergenic, kind and lively.
If you are looking for a curly haired puppy that is not known for shedding, a Cockapoo might be for you! They are wonderful family pets and are easy to train.
What could be sweeter than being known as the “happy little dog”? There are many butterflies and they rarely have bad hair as long as you brush them.