Americans love their pets and no pet is more esteemed than the dog. In fact, a 2007 report by the American Veterinarian Medical Association found that 43 million American households own at least one dog. Cat ownership is not too far behind, at just over 37 million, but the dog still reigns supreme. Here is a list of six of the most popular dog breeds in America today. One will surely fit in with your family.
Labs have always been a favorite, if not the favorite, family dog in America. They are smart, gentle and easy to train. They love children and are always ready to fetch a stick or chase a ball. They fit in well with active families. Then tend to overeat though, so be sure and feed them accordingly.
Golden Retrieves are frequently trained as a service dog for the disabled. They are also used by police departments as drug-sniffing dogs. Goldens are alert, active and always eager to please. They need lots of exercise, and their long coats need to be brushed regularly.
Boxers are both playful and patient. They love attention and do well around children. Their short coats are easy to care for. Boxers are sturdy dogs with broad chests and strong muscles, but they are really just puppies at heart.
Huskies are frisky but very friendly dogs. They have beautiful, expressive faces and many have blue eyes. Their coats are thick and soft but require minimal grooming. They do well in colder climates.
Probably best known as Sparky the fire truck dog, Dalmatians are showy with their black and white spotted coats. Dalmatian puppies are born white and acquire their spots as they grow. They require very little grooming but they do need lots of exercise, so a large fenced yard would be ideal.
The Weimaraner is a handsome dog. Its smooth, sleek coat makes for easy care. Weimaraners love children. They are easy-going and easy to train. Best known for thier tracking abilities, Weimaraners need the opportunity to run and explore.
Dogs make wonderful pets, and have a never ending supply of love to give, but it is wise to choose the breed that fits in best with your family.