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Top 9 Canine Breeds to Adopt



labrador retrieverBefore adopting a dog, you should check out the list below of the most adopted breeds. Sure, dogs that don’t appear on the list may also be great pets and are sure to love you, but the dogs below are adopted the most often for a variety of reasons.

Labrador Retriever - These big dogs are full of puppy love! That is part of the reason why they are the #1 most adopted dog in the U.S. They typically come in three different colors: black, chocolate, and yellow/golden. They are known as the “family” pet for their never-ending friendliness and because they are very easy to train.

Yorkshire Terrier - “Yorkies” are very popular because of their tiny size and are all-around very easy to take care of. They are great for any family, with any aged children because they are easy to handle. Yorkies don’t require much exercise which makes them ideal for the elderly to own them as well. Their 3 - 7 pound frames make them incredibly easy to manage.

German Shepherds - German Shepherds are known as America’s guard dogs. They’re large in size and can grow up to 160 pounds. This is sure to deter any unwelcome guests in your home! Aside from being intimidating, German shepherds are incredibly intelligent, lovable, playful, and friendly.

Beagles - Beagles are known for their small, hot-dog shaped body with droopy ears and stumpy legs. There tiny size makes them adorable and easy to take care of. Beagles are great hunting dogs and are known for the ability to sniff and stalk a scent. If you’re into hunting, this may be the puppy for you!

Dachshunds - These are adorable dogs that are great for families because of their constant eagerness to love and because they are very protective; their bark is loud and deep which also helps scare anyone who is unwelcome in their path. They require strict training so they do not rebel in disobedience.

Boxers - Despite their tough looks, they are known for their incredible playfulness. They are very lively and energetic. Most dogs are loyal, but Boxers are extremely loyal to their owners; especially if they are well taken care of.

Poodles - Although portrayed in the movies as small, puffy pups, poodles are often large, up to 70 pounds as an adult. They are best fitted for active families because they require an abundant amount of exercise. Jogging and swimming are a poodles two favorite past-times!

Shih Tzus - These tiny, long-haired dogs are great for children because they love attention and love being the center of it. They love to be groomed and their coat actually requires some extra care because of its length. But if routinely brushed, you won’t run into any problems.

Bulldogs - Although thought of as tough pups, these dogs are very mellow and easy to get along with. They are lazy by nature, but should be exercised regularly. However, if you’re looking for a long-distance running partner, you may want to check out a more active breed.


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