There are two types of people in the world: those who love dogs and those who don’t care. Dogs are one of the best friends of human beings and they are also wonderful companions for our children. They are an excuse to make time for daily exercise; a vacuum cleaner for our children’s crumbs; and they are a companion when we are stressed, sad or alone. During the pandemic, dog adoption rates skyrocketed as people looked at the prospect of spending months at home and decided now was the right time to introduce a puppy to the family. With so many different dog breeds, from mutts to purebreds, parents need to figure out which one would be best for their family in terms of lifestyle and temperament. And apparently there were clear favorites in 2021.
The American Kennel Club wanted to know which dog breeds were the most popular in 2021. Being the “only purebred dog registry in the United States that maintains systematic inspections and investigations,” the club has unique access to data showing which breeds are the most sought after each year.
“At a time when there are more families with dogs than with children, it’s no surprise that breeds vary widely, from large guard dogs and nimble shepherds to small toy breeds and everything else,” the club writes. “The pandemic has been an especially popular time for new dog owners deciding to bring home a puppy.”
The organization is correct. There have been many new pets in homes since the pandemic began. According to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a national poll of more than 5,000 people got a new cat or dog since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. That equates to about one in five households, or about 23 million American households.
That’s a lot of pets – but which dog breeds were the most popular in 2021?
- Labrador Retrievers
- french bulldogs
- Golden retriever
- German shepherd
- German Shorthaired Pointers
thoroughbred or not.