The best dog breeds are loyal, friendly, hard-working, and more. With over 150 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), there's sure to be one that's perfect for you and what you're looking for in a canine companion.
1. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are a friendly, good-natured, and hard-working breed, equally comfortable in family life and on the hunt. Since 1991, the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular breed in the United States, as determined by AKC registrations. In 2005, it was also simultaneously number one in the U.K. and Canada.
Beagles are loyal, friendly dogs with a gentle personality. They are prized for their hunting and scent-tracking skills. They are generally passive, but a bit stubborn. Their hunting instincts can lead them astray in everyday situations, so proper training is essential.
5. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are friendly, active, and ideal for families. Their hunting roots result in a patient and intelligent breed, making them useful as assistance and therapy dogs.
6. Yorkshire Terrier
Small, intelligent, confident, and energetic, the Yorkshire Terrier is prized for its personality. In 2006, Yorkshire Terriers were the second most popular breed in the U.S., according to AKC statistics.
7. Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniels are typically great with kids, making them ideal family pets. They are friendly and active dogs with a hunting background.
Dachshunds are active, tenacious dogs. Despite their small stature, they can be brave and fierce. In terms of appearance, they are a unique breed with an expressive face and a body that has earned them the nickname "wiener dog."
Chihuahuas are feisty, energetic dogs. Their thin coat makes them ideal for warmer climates, while their size allows them to fit in even the smallest apartment-living situations.
The Rottweiler is a large, strong, confident breed, making a great guard dog. Some poorly-trained Rottweilers have given the breed a bad reputation for aggressiveness, but they can actually be loving and playful family dogs.