Not sure what kind of dog to adopt? Here are 5 popular dog breeds to consider!

When you are searching for a new family member, one of the biggest challenges is finding the right breed for your lifestyle and family. Whether you are adding a new addition to your family or choosing your first dog, there’s a highly popular dog breed which will check the box!

While America’s favorite dog breed could be long debated, it’s no secret that we love dogs. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 40% of homes have at least one pup.

Choosing a pup is a big commitment. It’s important to consider your living space, lifestyle, and family needs. The needs of your new dog are equally important, as well as the ideal size, activity level, and age of the dog you are considering.

It’s hard to tick every box on the perfect puppy checklist. But if you’ve decided it’s time for a dog, we’ve rounded up five great, popular dog breeds ranging in size, energy level, shedding level, and more.

5 Popular Dog Breeds

Yorkshire Terrier

Arguably one of the most adorable and smallest dog breeds, the Yorkshire Terrier is a winner for all small dog lovers! This popular dog breed makes an excellent pet for homes with older children, singles, and seniors.

With spunk and attitude, this petite terrier is bold and fearless with a loveable nature. Yorkies are feisty, active, and energetic, but will love snuggling in your lap, too.

If you are considering an indoor dog for your small living space, the Yorkie is a lovable, loyal breed that will be your lifelong companion.


Forget any preconceived notions you may have about poodles! This fancy-like (and very popular) dog breed is incredibly intelligent, eager to please, and with exceptional learning abilities.

Known for their high energy and affection, poodles require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They would be great family members for homes with young children, as well as other dogs. They are always open to meeting new friends.

Additionally, they make excellent watchdogs and are always on alert for visitors or strange noises.

Miniature and standard poodles are among the best hypoallergenic dog breeds. While their coats are more high-maintenance than others, they produce minimal shedding. Perfect for those with allergies!

Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier is one of the five terrier breeds that originated in the Highlands. These dogs have a stocky build and short legs, but don’t let their petite stature fool you. They make up for their small size with big attitude.

Scotties are known for their stubborn and independent nature. Truth be told, they think rather highly of themselves. Even though their aloofness toward commands can get them in trouble, they are wonderfully affectionate with humans, protective with children, and generally friendly with other dogs.

As natural-born hunters, this breed is prone to mischief and occasional digging, but proper training can discourage these behaviors.

With distinctive styling around their snout, eyebrows, and lower body, the traditional Scottie trim gives them their recognizable dignified appearance. Their short, wiry coat produces minimal shedding, which makes them great indoor dogs.

Scotties are fiercely loyal to their owners and can be very protective. Once you have a Scottie, you have a loyal companion for life!

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are great dogs for those who need a smaller but active companion. This popular dog breed is very obedient and easy to train. Plus, they are always down for a hiking, backpacking, or camping adventure!

While these dogs are smaller in stature, apartment living isn’t ideal for this breed. Aussies are high energy and need space to run, play, and exert themselves. Otherwise, you could come home to a demo zone.

Miniature and standard Aussies have a beautiful, multicolored coat that is soft to the touch. Because of the double coat fluff, shedding could be a minor issue.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Who doesn’t love a Corgi?! Corgis are one of the most beloved and popular dog breeds in the United States – mainly because of their affectionate nature. They are great snugglers and affectionate with family members and children.

Coming in at around 25 pounds, this breed is a hefty and lively character. These exceptionally athletic and energetic dogs are total adventure lovers! With short but powerful legs, they are surprisingly quick and agile, which makes them great companions for long hikes and walks.

They are easy to train, eager to learn, and obedient to their owners. The Corgi is a natural-born herder, so keeping you on track will be a breeze.

If you have questions about deciding which breed would work best for you and your family, give our office a call today.

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