7 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the US in 2024

Popular for family atmospheres; loving and playful; need up to one hour of exercise daily; be cautious of overheating due to their flat faces; moderate shedding and not very vocal.

French Bulldog

Ideal family dogs; playful, energetic, and loyal; require more than two hours of exercise daily and mental stimulation; prone to shedding and health issues like ACL tears and hip dysplasia.

Labrador Retriever

Gentle and friendly family companions; need more than two hours of exercise daily; love playing fetch and swimming; high shedders and prone to hip dysplasia and higher risk of cancer.

Golden Retriever

High-energy and protective; intelligent and require mental stimulation to prevent boredom; respond well to commands and enjoy having "jobs"; prone to hip and elbow dysplasia and other health issues

German Shepherd 

Smart, social, and versatile; need lots of exercise and brain games; come in standard, miniature, and toy sizes; require frequent grooming to prevent matting; prone to GDV, Cushing’s disease, and eye issues


Low-energy and often lazy; need up to one hour of exercise daily; prone to heat stroke and not good swimmers; susceptible to skin fold dermatitis and eye issues; low shedding.


Thrives with activities or "jobs"; protective and alert, making excellent guard dogs; active breed that enjoys long walks and games; not very vocal; prone to hip dysplasia, eye issues, and heart problems.