The American Kennel Club (AKC) had released rankings for the most popular dog breeds in the United States based on registered ownership.
Here are the top five breeds and their general characteristics:
Characteristics: Labradors are friendly, outgoing, and high-spirited companions who have more than enough affection to go around.
They are known for their intelligence, versatility, and good nature.
Their short coat requires minimal grooming, and they are generally healthy and long-lived.
Characteristics: French Bulldogs are adaptable, playful, and affectionate.
They have a compact size with bat-like ears and short snouts.
Despite their small size, they are sturdy and muscular.
They're known to form strong bonds with their families and can be quite protective.
Characteristics: Golden Retrievers are friendly, intelligent, and devoted.
They are reliable, friendly, trustworthy, and well-behaved.
They are known for their dense, water-repellent outer coat with a soft undercoat.
Golden Retrievers are also eager to please, making them easy to train.
Characteristics: Bulldogs are docile, willful, and friendly.
They have a loose, saggy skin, especially at the face, which gives them their characteristic wrinkled appearance.
Bulldogs are very gentle and friendly dogs that form strong bonds with their families. They're particularly good with children and make excellent pets for city dwellers because of their relatively inactive nature.
It's worth noting that breed popularity can shift over time due to various factors, such as media exposure, changes in living conditions, or shifts in cultural preferences.
Always refer to the latest AKC statistics or other local sources for the most current rankings.