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Americans love dogs. According to statistics from The Humane Society of the United States, approximately 51 million Americans own at least one dog, an average of 18 million Americans own two dogs, and seven million people own three or more dogs.
But what is the most popular dog breed for these dog owners? Let's take a look at some popular breeds and see why they are so appealing. Just for fun, we 'll also discuss some celebrity dog owners and talk about what breed of dogs they prefer.
Popular Dog Breeds & Their Celebrity Owners
Most Popular Dog Breeds: Large Dogs
Do you prefer Labrador Retrievers? Well, you are in good company because so does most of America.
For almost 20 years, the Labrador has topped the list of the most popular American dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. In fact, according to an article in PawNation by Nancy Barber, when the AKC released its 2013 list of the most popular dog breeds, Labrador Retrievers were in the number one spot for the 23rd year.
Why do we love these good-natured dogs so much? In addition to their mild temperaments, they are easy to train, great hunting dogs, and excellent dog agility competitors.
The roots of the Labrador Retriever can be traced back to 1878 in Newfoundland, where they were used to catch fish; they were introduced to the United States in 1917.
Full-grown dogs weigh between 55 to 80 pounds, stand about 23 inches high, and belong to the sporting group. Coat colors are chocolate, black, or yellow.
Celebrities Who Own Labrador Retrievers
|Name of Celebrity||Name of Dog||Type of Labrador Retriever|
Yellow Lab/Chow mix
Yellow Lab; Black Lab
Mary Kate Olsen
Most Popular Dog Breeds: Medium Size Dogs
Beagles are ranked number four, which means they are still ranked in the top five on the list of the most popular dog breeds for 2013. The world’s most famous beagle is a fictional character, Snoopy, the comic strip dog created by the late Charles Schultz. Beagles date back to the fifteenth century and were used to hunt deer and rabbits.
Their popularity is due to their loving nature, appealing eyes, and long ears as well as their keen hunting ability.
They are stubborn dogs—but highly intelligent—and with loving care and consistent training, they make well-behaved companion dogs.
Beagles are average size dogs, which stand about 15 inches high, weigh about 25 pounds, and belong to Hounds' group. Their coats range in color from tri-colors, red, white or lemon.
Famous Beagle Owners
Who are the famous people who love beagles? Let’s take a look at some celebrity beagle owners.
- Helio Castroneves - Tuggy
- Jake Gyllenhaal – Boo (Pug/Beagle mix)
- James Herriot - Sam
- Lyndon B. Johnson – Little Beagle, Him, and Her; he also owns or has owned a mixed breed dog named Yuki
- Barry Manilow - Bagel and Biscuit
- KayCee Stroh - Pyper
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Celebrities & Their Yorkies
Here’s the short list of celebs who own Yorkies.
- Cindy Adams - Jazzy
- Justin Timberlake – Bella and Bearlie
- Ivana Trump – Dodo
- Mariah Carey – Ginger
- Richard Nixon – Pasha
Yorkshires Terriers Are a Popular Small Breed
Yorkshire terriers, or Yorkies, just missed ranking in the top five, but they still hold a spot among the prestigious top 10 most popular dog breeds and come in at number six. Anyone who has ever owned one of these adorable little dogs can attest to their loving nature, intelligence, and energetic personalities. Their roots date back to nineteenth century Yorkshire, England where they proved to be exceptional ratters. Yorkshire terriers stand about six inches tall, weigh about five pounds, and belong to the toy group. Coat colors are black, tan or blue.
Celebrities Who Own Chihuahuas
|Name of Celebrity||Name of Chihuahua|
Cesar Milan (The Dog Whisperer)
Chloe's Fashion Show: Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Popular Dog Breeds: Toy Breeds
Chihuahuas have suffered a recent decline in popularity, falling from number 12 to number 22 on the list of the most popular dogs, but there is no denying the ongoing appeal of these diminutive dogs.
The breed is known as the world’s smallest dog breed, and two Chihuahuas achieved fame by being included in the Guinness World records as the world’s tiniest dogs: Boo Boo, a teeny-tiny four inch dog, and Brandy, a two pound darling.
Chihuahuas are named for their Mexican state of origin and are popular because of their feisty personalities, diminutive sizes, and loving natures.
Typically, Chihuahuas are one-person dogs and fiercely loyal to their chosen human.
The breed weighs an average of five pounds, stands about six inches high, and belongs to the toy group.
Coat color varies greatly, but the most recognizable color is probably the fawn color of famous Chihuahuas like the Taco Bell Chihuahua or Chloe from Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
Chihuahuas may be smooth coated or long-haired.
Tidbits & Trivia for the Most Popular Dog Breeds
Here are some fun facts about celebrity dogs who are members of some of the most popular dog breeds category.
- Madison, a female Labrador Retriever, is an animal actor who plays the part of Vincent on the television series Lost.
- Lucky and Flo are two hard working Labrador Retrievers who are trained to detect counterfeit DVDs.
- Marley is the yellow Labrador Retriever inspiration for the book Marley and Me.
- Some famous Chihuahuas animal actors are Gidget, who played the Taco Bell Chihuahua and Bruiser’s mom in Legally Blonde 2, and Moonie, who played the part of Bruiser in Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2.
- Willy is a real-life paraplegic Chihuahua, whose compelling story of overcoming handicaps is told in How Willy Got His Wheels and How Willy Got His Wings.
Now that you know more about some of America’s most popular dog breeds, why not visit your local animal shelter or rescue facility today and add a pet to your family? There may be some of these types of dogs waiting for adoption, or you might decide to choose a companion from another breed.
References and Resources
American Kennel Club, "AKC Announces Most Popular Dogs," 2013, accessed 11/28/2014
American Kennel Club, “AKC Announces Most Popular Dogs,” January, 2010, accessed 0/02/2010
American Kennel Club, “AKC Club 2009 – Dog Registration Statistics – Historical Comparisons,” accessed 07/02/2010
American Kennel Club, “Labrador Retriever History,” accessed 07/02/2010
ABC News, “Police Dogs Sniff for Pirated DVDs,” May, 2006, accessed 07/02/2010
How Willy Got His Wheels, Deborah Turner, Doral Publishing, (2009)
How Willy Got His Wings, Deborah Turner, Doral Publishing (2009)
Marley and Me, John Grogan, Hatchette Australia, (2000)
Celebrity Dog Watcher, accessed 07/02/2010
Life in the Fast Lane, “World’s Smallest Dog – Brandy,” 1/2008, accessed 07/02/2010
The Humane Society of the United States, “U.S. Pet Ownership,” 12/2009, accessed 07/02/2010
Undisclosed author, "Celebrity Beagle Owners," June 6, 2010, accessed 11/28/2014
© 2011 Donna Cosmato
Most Popular Dog Breed? What's Your Vote?
Carol kim on May 04, 2019:
I have worked as a groomer and I have bred different purebred dogs for over 30 years. The one breed I enjoyed was the rat terrier. I have owned and had experiences with many breeds through the years but when I retired I purchased 2 rat terriers. I have found they are as enjoyable breed as the ones I worked with in my years. Intelligent, calm , loyal , easy to groom , easy to feed, healthy, loyal and loving. They are everything I had hoped they would be. This is a breed that has been around a long time but has just been recognized by the bigger organizations. I see this breed in the future to be at the top of many lists in the future. They are a hidden diamond that word is spreading about fast.
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 26, 2012:
Well, thank you so much, epigramman! I'm overwhelmed by your graciousness in promoting this hub. By the way, it looks like you are owned by a particularly wise and discriminating cat (we too are owned by a calico cat!)
epigramman on January 26, 2012:
...thank you for your sincere and wonderful comments at the Hub forum today and although as you can see I am a cat owner (actually both my cats own me ) I really do think you have a great selection of dogs hubs here for the offering and I will send some of my dog loving friends your way - in the meantime I will post this interesting and enlightening hub and labor of love on your part to my Facebook page with a direct link back here ...... lake erie time ontario canada 6:18pm
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 15, 2011:
Hi, Movie Master! So far, Labrador Retrievers are running away with the votes in the poll - over 50% of my respondents have voted for them as their favorite, so you are in the majority. I'll bet your friend's dog is astonishing as it is truly incredible what guide dogs can be taught to do. Thank you for reading, commenting, and voting on this hub.
Movie Master from United Kingdom on December 15, 2011:
Labradors are my favourite breed, my friend has a Labrador guide dog, she is amazing!
I really enjoyed this interesting hub, thank you and voted up.
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 14, 2011:
Thanks for sharing about your pet Chihuahua, Blackie, always exploring. I've owned at least one (and sometimes more than one) Chihuahuas for the last 30 years. They are awesome little pals if you socialize them early and get them used to a variety of environments and people.
One of them used to go on my sales calls with me (I was selling in a rural area where most of the business owners had dogs) and I carried her in a little basket just like Toto in the Wizard of Oz. I sure miss her:)
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 14, 2011:
Hi amandacox...I'm so glad that you enjoyed this hub about popular dogs and their celebrity owners! It is really fascinating to see some of the pets that the "rich and famous" cater to, isn't it?
We had a border collie/Saint Bernard mix and were amazed by how smart they are. The only problem was he tried to herd us everywhere we went, but we loved him until the very last minute. Thanks for sharing your thoughts:)
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 13, 2011:
This was a really interesting hub. I used to own a chihuahuas named Blackie. He was a great pet..Thank you for sharing...
amandacox from Collingwood, ON on December 13, 2011:
I really enjoyed this hub, it's very informative and interesting. I loved to see what kinds of animals these well known celebrities are particular to. I have an eight month old border collie, and he's fantastic-- so smart! And incredibly loyal. Anyway, I very much enjoyed this! Happy hubbing. (:
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 12, 2011:
Thanks for reading this and sharing your thoughts about popular dog breeds. I've never heard of the LaChon, so I'm excited to learn about it. I'll have to check it out and get more information...I'll bet they are darling little dogs:)
Tammy on December 12, 2011:
Interesting hub! I enjoyed the video. I have a fondness for a mix called LaChon. It is a Lhasa/Bichon. They are like having a child around the house and easy on those with allergies. The only downfall, is they are high maintance. I trim our dog every six to eight weeks so her hair doesn't get tangled. Thanks for sharing this interesting information!