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Common Dog Breeds

Updated on October 6, 2014

Labs - One of the Most Common Dog Breeds

Common Dog Breeds
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The common dog breeds are classified as popular dog breeds depending on the number of registered dogs of a certain breed in Kennel Club round the world. The common dog breeds are of different sizes and comprises of the small dog breeds, medium dog breeds and large dog breeds. Other people refer to them as the favorite dog breeds. Generally the common dog breeds are determined by the number of that dog breed that is registered after having certified all the pure breeds’ requirements by respective Kennel club. It is common amongst dog breeders to register their dogs with the Kennel club since it is the best way to determine whether their dog is a pure breed for a certain breed. For breeders it is necessary and part of requirement of the breeding process. When writing this hub I considered the list of common dog breeds in the popular kennel clubs for me to come up with the list of 32 most common dog breeds.

Next 10 Common Dog Breeds

These breeds are also common amongst dog owners and are therefore among the top 50 most common dogs. They are dog breeds of different sizes but are registered with respective clubs as common dog owners and dog breeders:

  1. Yorkshire Terrier
  2. Beagle
  3. Dachshund
  4. Poodle
  5. Shih Tzu
  6. Miniature Schnauzer
  7. Shetland Sheepdog
  8. Bernese Mountain Dog
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Bulldog

Common Dogs
Common Dogs | Source

10 Most Common Dog Breeds

1. Labrador Retriever

2. English Cocker Spaniel

3. English Springer Spaniel

4. German Shepherd

5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

7. Golden Retriever

8. West Highland White Terrier

9. Boxer

10. Border Terrier

The Last 12 Common Dogs Breeds

  1. Mastiff
  2. American Cocker Spaniel
  3. Bichon Frise
  4. Chihuahua
  5. Pug
  6. Boston Terrier
  7. Collie
  8. Akita (American)
  9. Doberman Pinscher
  10. Maltese
  11. Miniature Pinscher
  12. Pomeranian

Common Police Dog Breeds

 Police Dog in Tranining
Police Dog in Tranining

Common Police Dog Breeds

Common dog breeds are dogs that are common amongst dog owners but there are other dog breeds that are common for their temperament that make them ideal for policing and service work. These are dogs that are either used for guarding due to their temperament. They are also dogs that are easy to train although they may not be so easy to handle. In most cases these dogs will be used for patrolling purposes, drug detection, retrieval and life saving missions.

The five most common police dogs are

  1. German Shepherd Dog
  2. Rottweiler
  3. Golden Retrievers
  4. Labrador retrievers
  5. Doberman pinscher

Selecting one of the most common Dogs for Adoption

If you are looking for a dog to adopt, it is likely that you will choose one of the most common dog breeds. Before you consider adopting there are a number of factors that you should consider before settling for one of the common dogs. The following are important considerations that you should use to make a choice on the best dog breed for your lifestyle

Do you have children?

If YES, there are common dogs breeds that are not good for kids. You should consider a dog breed like the Labrador retriever since it is one of the best dogs with kids. There are other dogs that are good for children especially the toy breeds are ideal for small children. It is advisable you take time to understand the relation of each of the common dog breeds with children.

Do you have a large house or spacious apartment?

If you have a large house or a spacious apartment you will be comfortable having a large dog in your house. If you live in an apartment that is limited in the space you should consider small dog breeds that are common and good for apartment lifestyle.

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    • afriqnet profile imageAUTHOR

      Joe Njenga 

      5 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      @ Eiddwen,

      Thanks for taking time to read and make a comment. I feel honored :)

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      5 years ago from Wales

      I do not have a dog for the first time ever but this doesn't stop me from enjoying this great article.



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