From epic rescues to loyal companions, dogs fill our lives with love and give us endless reasons to smile. If you are a dog owner, there’s no doubt that you already know just how awesome dogs really are and why they deserve the title “Man’s Best Friend.” These four-legged besties are not only intelligent, loyal, affectionate and devoted, but they are also known to improve our mental and physical health. Whether a pooch is one of the most popular dog breeds in the US or a beloved mutt, dogs have a unique chemistry with humans that can be traced back thousands of years. The human-canine bond has intrigued scientists for years which is why researchers have gone as far as to investigate why this special relationship exists. Their findings were surprising, yet significantly reassuring about what we already knew – dogs are incredible companions.
As we know, domestic dogs are descendants of wolf packs, yet surprisingly, their biological social behavior remains the same. Because dogs are inherently members of packs, they are more emotionally bonded to each other and greet each other enthusiastically after they have separated. Sound familiar? It’s why when you return from vacation, come home after a busy day at work, or even return from a quick trip to grab something from your car in the garage, your dog can’t help but greet you with utter fervor! The greeting ritual is a true social bonding experience and exceptionally special to dogs of every top dog breed in the US and beyond. For this reason and so many more, the social adaptions and domestication of dogs have made them just as happy living with humans as in a wolf pack. Getting pampered with the best food, medical attention, and their owners’ comfortable bed, surely helps too!
A Member of the Family
From in-laws to estranged cousins, it’s no secret that some people actually prefer their dogs over other members of the family. On an emotional plane, most dog owners identify their dog as a family member, and treat them as such. Often more attentive and loving than other family members, dogs have an uncanny ability to predict what their owners will do and because of this, show an absolute loyalty to them. Dogs are also tuned in to the emotional state of their masters and can easily determine when their owners are sad, depressed, hurt, or otherwise not themselves. Their ability to express affection at just the right times is what easily makes the dog a valued member of the family.
While we may have a bad day at the office or have to handle a tough break-up, dogs are almost always perpetually happy and certainly emotionally stable. Again, another reason why we often love them more than particular family members. The happiness dogs feel is comparable to what humans experience, it’s just dogs are pretty much happy all the freakin’ time. Whether it’s a walk in the park, a really comfy spot on the bed, or a delicious slice of bacon, dogs are easily pleased and their fondness for life is infectious. Even when dogs are sad and want some solo time, they almost always do it knowing that social contact can be continued at virtually any time.
If you’re not yet a dog owner, but are definitely interested in getting one – especially after learning just how loyal and affectionate they are, one thing is for certain, there is a dog breed for anyone. While dog breeds are just about as different as the people that own them, the good news is with so many top dog breeds in the US, there are plenty to choose from and you’re bound to find the one that best suits you and your entire family. Deciding a dog breed to fit your needs may feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Canines can be grouped depending on the nature of the dog, size, temperament, life expectancy, and many other features. You’ll just have to due diligence to research which one is best for you. No matter what, they are sure to love you unconditionally while always giving you something to smile about. Here are the Top 5 most popular breeds in the US:
#1. Labrador Retriever
Why are we not surprised at this top breed? Both a friendly companion and a working dog, this breed has historically warmed hearts as a rescuer, show competitor and assistant to the handicapped. An all-around workhorse, as one of the most popular dog breeds in the US and the United Kingdom, the Labrador Retriever is frequently used as a therapy dog, as an aid to the blind and those with autism, and frequently takes the role of sidekick to law enforcement for screening and detection work. Good-natured and reliable, these beauties have it all.
#2 German Shepherd
The regal-like build of a German Shepherd makes it stand out as one of the most alert and watchful breeds. Known for their strength, intelligence and trainability, they are often bred specifically for their intelligence, a trait for which they are famous. German Shepherds have the unique ability to learn simple tasks after only five repetitions and typically obey the first command 95% of the time. This makes them extremely desirable as search and rescue dogs, as well as police, military and guard dogs. They are also known for being animal actors! Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart, have popularized the breed even further.
#3 Golden Retriever
Aww, everyone’s favorite family dog! Another favorite on the list of top dog breeds in the US is the gorgeous Golden Retriever. This long-coated breed, have an instinctive love of water, and were originally trained to be hunting dogs for water fowl. Often used as a guide dog for the blind and a hearing dog to the deaf, they are one of the most popular dog breeds for disability assistance. Of course, with their gentle temperament and friendly spirit, this breed is typically unsuited as a guard dog. Well, unless it’s possible to be licked into remission!
Small, but mighty, this pooch is popular for its size, good temperament and lack of inherited health problems. With an impeccable sense of smell and excellent tracking instincts, beagles are often used as detection dogs. These lovable hounds have been in existence for over 2,500 years and have regularly been depicted in pop culture since Elizabethan times. The beagle has made its way into the hearts of many, from paintings and literature to film, TV, and you know, the whole Snoopy thing.
How can you not love that face? The hefty, muscular and wrinkle-faced companion is often considered a national icon symbolizing pluck and determination. Originally bred to drive cattle, these gentle companions are one of the most popular dogs for city dwellers. Easy to take care of, these dignified pups consider themselves a lap dog, even if you don’t! Their perfect day consists of brief walks and naps on the couch. With their loose joints, short-faced, massive heads, and shuffling gaits, we think they are irresistibly smoochable!
As dog-lovers, we have to note that while purebreds are absolutely beautiful dogs, there are tons of equally lovable and deserving non-purebreds or mixed breeds (dare we say, mutts!) worthy of your love and a good forever home, too. Remember, if you choose a mixed breed, it will have traits of each of the breeds in the mix, so be sure to look into the background to determine the influence of the breed in how your dog will act. You may also want to consider adopting a senior dog. These pups are equally worthy of your love and affection and will give it right back to you – minus all the potty-training and chewing that come along with raising a puppy. Check your local animal shelter for a mixed breed to rescue and adopt today!
If you’re like us, you’re all about wearing your love for animals on your sleeve, er, t-shirt. We think you’ll dig this apparel that shows just how cool (and fashionable!) K-9s really are.
Blonde, Chocolate, White or Black, we’ve never met a Labrador that didn’t win us over with endless wet kisses and ridiculously cute tail wags. If you’re a fan of Labradors you’ll love our collection of tanks, tees, and leggings paying homage to the respectable pup.
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Watchful, courageous and valiant, German Shepherds are so gorgeous these prints speak for themselves. Our German Shepherd leggings go with everything including long walks and playdates in the park.
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