Top 10 Dog Breeds

It’s officially 2020, like seriously, it’s already March! As humans, we love competition (or maybe just weirdly organizing) so we have compiled the top 10 dog breeds going into 2020. These dogs soared through the competition of 195 canine breeds to get to the very top. Here’s your list and a few fun and interesting details about the breeds if you’re on the market.


#1 Labrador Retrievers


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Labs hold the top spot and have for 28 years now. So what has made this breed the top of the top for so many years? Their roots go back to Newfoundland where they are the traditional breed of waterdog. In the 1800s they were brought over from Canada to England by English lords.


Labradors stand 21.5 to 24.5 inches tall and weigh 65 to 80 lbs when fully grown, but this depends on their sex. They are part of the sporting group, which makes sense as they are energetic and need high-activity exercise. Friendliness is their most popular trait and they bond extremely well with their families. This strong bond is an important principle as they live up to 15 years. Labs come in three basic styles: the yellow lab, chocolate lab, and black lab.


Maybe next year they’ll find themselves on the top 10 list of dog breeds going into 2021 as well.


#2 German Shepherds



It’s no wonder why German Shepherds take second place, as they are famous for their police and military duty. Captain Max von Stephanitz bred this breed into creation in the 1800s when he decided to make the ideal German herder. Captain Max spent 35 years polishing and refining this breed. So, it’s no surprise the German Shepherd is high ranking.


Shepherds are loyal, brave, confident, intelligent, and athletic which is what makes them excellent working dogs. They weigh 50 to 90 pounds, standing 22 to 26 inches, and living 7 to 10 years. Germans require an active household to maintain a healthy body and mindset. If you are looking for a German Shepherd Puppy we have some available.


#3 Golden Retrievers



Goldens were developed for 50 years in the Scottish Highlands by Dudley Marjoribanks who wanted to create the ideal gun dog. They found their way to their first dog show in 1904.


This breed is easy to please, train, and live with. Golden Retrievers approach life with joy and amusement, being playful dogs even as seniors. As part of the sporting group, they need daily exercise to maintain a healthy physique along with moderate grooming. They live 10 to 12 years, stand 21.5 to 24 inches and weigh 65 to 75 lbs.


#4 French Bulldogs



French Bulldogs are a non-sporting breed that came into being in the mid-1800s in France before spreading in fame to the US and all over Europe by 1913. They can thank Pugs for their wrinkled faces, as they are one of their prominent ancestors, although the two breeds have their variances. Frenchies are 28 lbs with a height between 11 to 18 inches.


They are known for their bat-like ears, soulful eyes, and wrinkled faces. French Bulldogs are goofy, adaptable, friendly, and easy-going, needing little exercise and grooming. They live 10 to 12 years and range in price from $1500 to $3000. Their high price tag is due to the fact that Frenchies can’t breed naturally and need to be artificially inseminated. Along with that, they also require C-Sections and only produce up to just 4 puppies a litter. All of this adds up for the breeder which hands off to future owners during purchase. View Frenchies 


The most popular and expensive colors these Bulldogs come in are blue, lilac and chocolate, but there are other ranges.


#5 English Bulldogs Top 10 Dog Breeds



English Bulldogs’ ancestors were originally used for bullbaiting in 13th century England. After blood sports including animals were banned, this breed almost came to an end but was saved by breed lovers. These breeders bred them into the friendly, sweet, mellow, and attractive dogs they are today. Bulldogs weigh up to 50 lbs and stand 14 to 15 inches tall, living 8 to 12 years.


English Bulldogs need exercise for about 15 minutes a day at most. Although, intelligence is not a high ranking trait in this breed, so training could be difficult. This is unlike their intelligent and more popular cousins the French Bulldogs. The two bulldogs have many other differences as well.


#6 Beagles

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The English referred to this breed as “the foot hound of our country, indigenous to the soil,” but their history before is shrouded in mystery. None the less, they were found in packs as they tracked alongside English hunters after deer and rabbits. After the Civil War, they became famous rabbit hunting dogs in the U.S. as well.


Beagles are 13 to 15 inches tall but act bigger than they are. This breed is merry, energetic, and loyal. They can also be clever and curious. Their companionability makes them wonderful family dogs, which has made them the top hound for pet owners. Beagles weigh 20 to 30 pounds and will need up to an hour of play a day to maintain these healthy weights. A favorite way to exercise for them is with a companion as their energy is healthiest when exerted through work. Keeping this breed active and happy will have them living 10 to 15 years.


#7 Poodles

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#7 on our top 10 dog breeds. Perhaps the fluffiest breed on the list, Poodles are the national dog of the French, who refer to them as “duck dogs” or Caniche. Funny enough, their origins lie as duck hunting dogs of Germany over 400 years ago.


Although they look prim, a Poodle is a remarkably athletic dog. Poodles are versatile, energetic, and incredibly intelligent. The poodle’s fluffy fur is designed to protect them from the elements.


Poodles come in three sizes: Standard, miniature, and toy. Standards are more than 15 inches tall, miniatures under 15, and with toys being no more than 10. At their largest size, they weigh 50 to 70 lbs. They are a long-living breed, living up to 18 years.


#8 Rottweilers


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Although their stereotype and reputation as an aggressive and dangerous guard dog have tainted their image, a well-bred and social Rottweiler is confident, aloof, and calm. Although, these dogs to their human families are surprisingly playful and silly. They do have a natural territorial instinct, which needs to be properly harnessed, which has garnered them their reputation as guard dogs.


The offspring of ancestorial mastiffs from Asia, Rotties genetics were founded by the Roman Empire into durable herd guarding dogs. Rotties acquired their name when the empire collapsed and the breed found new guardianship in a cattle town named Rottweil. The townspeople even adorned them the “Butcher’s Dogs of Rottweil.” By the 1800s they turned into police dogs, guard dogs, and a blue-collar breed.


They are the largest breed on the list, weighing 95 to 135 lbs with the males standing 27 inches in height. Rottweilers, in relation to the other large dogs on this list, need the same amount of exercise as an athletic breed. Rottweilers, if well taken care of, can live up to 10 years.


#9 German Shorthaired Pointers


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# 9 on our top 10 dog breeds. Another sporting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer was bred by the Germans to be the ultimate bird dog. Germans reached bird dog perfection in the 1800s.


A model athlete, they are agile, quick, powerful, with wonderful endurance, making them a do it all hunting dog. Their trainability and firm bond to their families make them loyal beasts and down to do any activity you require of them. Swimming, sporting, and running are their favorite activities as a boundless high energy breed.


Extreme exercise will help them maintain a weight of 45 to 70 lbs. GSPs stand 21 to 25 inches with a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. Their short smooth coat doesn’t need excessive grooming and should only be brushed every few days.


#10 Yorkshire Terror Top 10 Dog Breeds


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The Yorkshire Terror, better known as the Yorkie, is the smallest dog on this list. Yorkies weigh up to only 7 lbs and weigh 7 to 8 lbs. Their diminutive size doesn’t stop them from being feisty, bossy, and confident dogs. This breed has a big attitude as true terriers do.


Yorkies’ genetics were polished in Lancaster and Yorkshire England in the mid-1800s. They found their place as fashionable lapdogs of ladies as the Victorian Era came about That being said, their true ancestorial grounds are Scotland; Scottish weavers came down to England, bringing their tenacious dogs with them.


Their coats are similar to human hair and if kept long need a brushing daily. Every week or so they’ll need a bath and should have the hair trimmed around their eyes. Moderate exercise, like short fast-paced walks with their owner or bursts of activity, is perfect for this breed.


Yorkies may fall at the bottom of the list, but being number 10 in the top 10 dog breeds going into 2020 out of 195 isn’t a bad thing either.


Applause For Our 10 Ten Dog Breeds of 2020


So, let’s hear it for our champions; these dogs have done their best to cement themselves in history and our couches. These are the top 10 dog breeds going into 2020, but will they keep their spots till the end of the year? Don’t forget the check on Furzly in 2021 for your update.


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Tim Hanson (118)

Tim is a passionate advocate for finding the best dog breeders. He volunteers at Lucky's Rescue, fostering dogs and helping animals. Time also enjoys writing about the best dog breeders and believes dogs can teach humans valuable life lessons.

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