These Are Each State’s Most Sought-After Dog Breeds

There are some dog breeds that stand out above the rest in terms of popularity. In the US, the number one most registered dog is Labrador Retrievers, a title they’ve held for decades, according to the American Kennel Club. Joybird decided to look not at registered dogs, but rather internet searches to analyze what breeds pique the most interest state-by-state. You may think that Californians are all about Chihuahuas and that Alaskans love their Huskies, but those aren’t the states’ most sought-after breeds. Read on to see what breeds residents around the country are looking into most.

Colorado Loves To Celebrate Their Goldens

The success of the Air Bud franchise is a testament to America’s lasting love of Golden retrievers. One state that loves them above other breeds is Colorado. The state appreciates Goldens so much that they even had a 2019 gathering in Denver to celebrate International Golden Retriever Day.

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AKC notes that the dogs are both committed workers and friendly family dogs. The athletic breed weighs an average of 65 pounds and is highly intelligent. Coloradans will be happy to hear that Goldens love the great outdoors and are talented swimmers.

Hawaii Islanders Are All About The Pom

Pomeranians may look small, but they have a massive personality that makes them irresistible to Hawaii dwellers. Though they are the descendants of larger sled dogs, Poms are tiny enough to appreciate warmer climates. Still, their athletic background explains the Pomeranian’s funloving energy.

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The perky companions will wear themselves out just from indoor activities, making them an ideal city dog. Poms are also highly intelligent and thus very trainable. They’ll happily play with their owner or take a snuggle break. Their charm and liveliness explain why Poms are not only a popular toy dog in Hawaii but also across the globe.

New Yorkers Adore The Social Havanese

When we think of New York, we think of big coats and bigger personalities. The same could be said about the Havanese, so it’s no wonder they’re the state’s favorite dog. The adorable pooches are highly social, making them a popular pick for city dwellers in general.

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One of their biggest perks is that Havanese can live up to 16 years! They’re also easily adaptable and trainable and only need a moderate amount of exercise. Havanese do get lonely easily, so they are best suited for those who work from home.

Californians Love Their Frenchies

Beverly Hills stereotypes may have left you with the assumption that Californians love their purse Chihuahuas above all else. As it turns out, French bulldogs are actually at the top of the list in this state.

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According to The American Kennel Club, these cuties max out at 28 pounds, making them well-suited for the more populous cities in California. French bulldogs are also neighbor-approved as they don’t bark much. To top it off, they don’t need much exercise, are friendly with other pets, and rarely shed.

Oregonians Agree With The Queen On Corgis

Queen Elizabeth II is famous for owning dozens of Pembroke Welsh corgis over the course of her life. One state that can understand her obsession is Oregon, a state that favors the breed above all else. Corgis have a stout body atop stumpy legs that make them all the more adorable.

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AKC calls them “the most agreeable of all small housedogs,” noting their strength and affection. The 30-pound dogs are surprisingly agile, making them perfect companions for darting through the scenic trails of Oregon. They also have a waterproof coat that’s well-suited for rainy seasons.

Pennsylvanians Are Suckers For Rotties

Leave it to a Pennsylvanian to set the record straight on Rottweilers. Though they may seem like an intimidating breed, that’s only because they are territorial by nature. Behind closed doors, these powerful dogs may as well be a teddy bear.

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The key is training them properly and keeping them socialized from the start. The result will be a calm Rottie that can happily navigate Pennsylvania’s urban or rural life while staying on-guard. Weighing in at up to 135 pounds, Rotties will be tough workers or gentle playmates depending on their family’s needs.

New Jerseyans Love The Elegant Maltese

New Jersey’s favored dog could easily be confused with that of New York. That’s because Maltese and Havanese are cousins, hence their similar names. The funny thing is we could say the same thing about the two states! Maltese have a regal coat that makes them look incredibly elegant.


Don’t let their looks fool you for laziness, though. The Maltese may only be 7 pounds, but it’ll be as athletic as it can be and is bursting with energy. Still, a little goes a long way when it comes to activity, so a fenced yard is plenty for these little charmers.

Alaskans Opt For Bloodhounds

If you’re like us, you may have assumed that Alaskans would opt for a sled dog like the Malamute or Siberian Husky. As it turns out, they spend more time looking up bloodhounds than any other breed. After all, who could resist that droopy face?

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Bloodhounds are famous search dogs, so be prepared for a stubborn pet when it comes to scent. Otherwise, these canines are easygoing housedogs who will love the whole family. Their powerful build needs to get exercised regularly, so letting these sniffers out into the wider terrain of Alaska would be their paradise.

Nevada Praises The Intelligent Sheltie

At the top of Nevada’s list of dog breeds is the Shetland sheepdog, called Shelties for short. Though their fluffy coat makes them look like medium-sized dogs, Shelties only weigh 15 to 25 pounds, making them especially agile. Though they aren’t as energetic as their Collie cousins, they do need moderate exercise.

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Shelties are perfect for owners who want a dog to play with, but not necessarily one to train for a marathon alongside. Their barking and hesitance with strangers make them great watchdogs, but they are also sensitive and loving when it comes to family.

Louisiana Has A Heart For Saint Bernards

Louisiana’s dog of choice is a big ol’ Saint Bernard. There’s something soulful about this sturdy hunk of fur, which tops out at 180 pounds! The family dog has been featured in movies for decades, making the world well-aware of its gentle nature.

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One of the great things about Saint Bernards is that they only require a moderate amount of exercise, not more than many of the smaller breeds on this list. At the same time, they have the strength to accompany you on hikes or pull a cart for you when desired.

Arizonans Are Big On Shih Tzus

Shih Tzus are all about attention, so they’d be pleased to know that they top Arizona’s list of dog breeds. They aren’t your average canine in that they don’t live to chase things down or dig. Shih Tzus just want to look cute while you stroke their wild fur.

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Speaking of their coat, it’s untamed by nature so be prepared to groom your Shih Tzu often. At the very least, the fur at their snout needs to be kept short so it doesn’t get into their eyes. Otherwise, these affectionate little dogs just require a couple of short walks a day.

Mississippi Appreciates The Spunky Daschund

Daschunds’ stubby legs and long snout make them easy to recognize, while their spunky attitude makes them hard to forget. This breed tops the list in Mississippi, which isn’t hard to understand if you’re looking for a playful companion.

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Part of Daschund’s bold personality is their stubbornness, which is thanks to their hunting background. Though Daschunds are fearless, they’re limited by their body composition and don’t make for running dogs. AKC also suggests not letting them jump on furniture due to the impact, which is something many dog owners are happy to obey.

Maine Adores The Low-Energy Pug

Maine’s top dog choice is a pug, the perfect lapdog. These low-energy dogs are easy to recognize by their wideset eyes and round faces. Though their body is stout like a bulldog, they have almost humorously long legs, which is the only lean thing about them.


Owners looking for something round to be their number one couch potato companion will love pugs. The little furballs weigh less than 20 pounds, but they do need moderate exercise to ward off obesity. These dogs live for one thing, and that’s to love and be loved.

Connecticut Is A Big Fan Of The Siberian Husky

Though Connecticut isn’t exactly known for its snow, that’s not a prerequisite for the Siberian Husky, many of whom have long retired from their sledding days. What is required is a whole lot of exercise, so owners with large yards or who enjoy the great outdoors are an ideal fit.

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Siberians are especially happy when they’re working alongside their owner. So long as their exercise needs are met, these canines can thrive just about anywhere as they are highly adaptable. They are highly friendly with both people and other animals, so the one job they aren’t great at is being a watchdog.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Tops North Dakota’s List

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s have a regal name to match their graceful looks and demeanor. Called Cavs for short, these adorable pups are the most sought after in North Dakota. They weigh less than 20 pounds and have a life expectancy of up to 15 years.

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Cavs are an excellent choice for households that want both a couch potato dog and one that will look forward to getting out and exercising. Though they have a calm demeanor, the canine is also up for dog sports and nice walks. Cavs are also gentle with everyone and love affection.

South Dakota’s Dog Of Choice Is The Boston Terrier

Both Dakotas seem to have a flair for small yet regal canines. Where North Dakota prefers the graceful Cav, South Dakota is all about the Boston Terrier, which is nicknamed “The American Gentlemen.” The name is in part due to the Boston’s tuxedo coat, but also because of their proper disposition.

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These canines top the scale in terms of being eager to please, and they are very sensitive. A gentle demand is enough to get a Boston’s attention and they love being around people.

Arkansans Love The Charming Basset Hound

Residents in Arkansas are most interested in the Basset Hound, a droopy-faced charmer with an incredible sense of smell. According to AKC, only the Bloodhound is superior to the Basset hound when it comes to their noses.

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These canines only stand at 15 inches tall, but they weigh up to 65 pounds, a testament to their girth. Their short and muscular build gives Bassets excellent endurance, but they aren’t the speediest. Owners love the canine’s easygoing temperament. They aren’t the most affectionate of dogs, but the Basset is a loyal member of the family.

Delaware’s Top Dog Is The Loyal Akita

Delawareans search for Akitas more than any other breed, and it’s not hard to see why. The thick-coated dogs are sturdy and athletic, but also affectionate with family. Though their facial expression makes them look eternally happy, Akita’s are very territorial.

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They can be silly with their family and friends, but they stay defensive around strangers and will be quick to protect their loved ones. Though Akita’s instinct to guard can make them stubborn, they are built for human companionship. This can’t be said about other animals, though, as Akita’s typically renounce other pets in the house.

Marylanders Appreciate The Bichon’s Big Personality

Marylanders love the Bichon Frise for its big personality and bigger fur, which is also hypoallergenic. When their coat is grown out, these pooches look like they could be plush toys. Their looks match their disposition, which is one of friendliness around fellow dogs and all humans.

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Bichon’s stand at less than a foot tall and weigh less than 20 pounds, making them well-suited for smaller homes. They don’t need much exercise and have long periods of calm broken up by arbitrary spurts of energy. These adorable sprinters also have a life expectancy of up to 15 years.

Rhode Islanders Adore The Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog, or Portie for short, is a favorite among Rhode Islanders. These shaggy dogs stand at around 20 inches and weigh between 35 and 60 pounds, making them a happy medium in terms of size. Their name comes from a history of working alongside fishermen, so Porties are skillful swimmers.

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Their hardworking history also means that Porties are easy to train and live to please their owner. It also means that these furry friends need a ton of exercise, preferably through a variety of activities.

Minnesotans Spring For The English Springer Spaniel

At the top of the dog breed list in Minnesota is the English Springer Spaniel. These sweet-looking canines have a history of working alongside hunters, so they crave companionship. Springers are also nice to fellow pets and family members of all ages.

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These canines do best with active owners as they love to run and swim. Though Springers aren’t the most active breed out there, they do need a fair amount of exercise. A well-worked Springer will be a happy indoor dog, even in an apartment.

South Carolinians Are All About Boxers

South Carolinians adore the fun-loving Boxer above other dog breeds, and they aren’t the only ones. According to AKC, Boxers have been near the top of America’s most beloved breeds for some time. Those looking for a tall canine that won’t outweigh them may want to consider a Boxer.

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The breed typically stands about two-feet-tall and maxes out at 80 pounds. They are equal parts family dog and worker dog, being playful, affectionate, patient, and protective. Boxers are also considered bouncy dogs that aren’t always tolerant of other canines, so be prepared to keep them on a tight leash.

Montanans’ Dog Of Choice Is The Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois are similar-looking to German Shepherds, and they’re just as hardworking. It’s no wonder Montanans love this smart and loyal breed. Mals rely heavily on company and exercise, so working in the open fields of Montana would make this breed feel right at home.

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These dogs will become unhappy if left alone too often and underworked. That’s why it’s imperative to spend as much time exercising with them as possible. Runners or bicyclists who are looking for a workout partner need to look no further than their Mal.

Tennesseans Love Their Quirky Yorkies

Yorkshire terriers are at the top of the list in Tennessee. Their fur could nearly pass for human hair when grown long and is actually allergy-friendly. These adorable little dogs look fit for royalty, but they have all the ruggedness of a terrier hidden beneath the surface.

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Yorkies have a history of being both Victorian lapdogs and mill workers, which explains their uniquely versatile personality. The result is a regal yet feisty companion that will watch out for its owner while making them laugh.

Utahns Opt For Proud Poodles

One of the more recognizable and widespread dog breeds is the Poodle. Not only are Poodles at the top of Utah’s list, but they’re also among the top breeds in America, according to AKC. The proud canines have an air of elitism about them that stems from their superior traits.

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Poodles are both athletic and poised, eager and confident, intelligent and loyal. The pooches come in a variety of colors and sizes, and their coat is hypoallergenic. All of the perks of Poodles have made them a popular choice for crossbreeding, as well.

The Bernese Mountain Dog Is A Hit In Vermont

Vermonters are big fans of the Bernese Mountain Dog, a sturdy and calm bundle of joy. These large dogs weigh between 70 and 115 pounds. They have a silky, tricolored coat that owners will love snuggling up to, especially since these canines are affectionate.

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Berners reserved their heart for family, particularly their master, so they can be a little distant with strangers. The sweet dog lives to make their owner happy and adores company, so it won’t take well to being left alone too long. Berners are built for cold weather, so they’re suited to brace the snowy winters of Vermont.

West Virginians Appreciate The Loyal German Shepherd

German Shepherd’s hardworking and loving character has made them among the most popular breeds in the states, specifically in West Virginia. These intelligent canines can learn many tasks and have noteworthy courage that makes them excellent guard dogs.

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Though German Shepherds are reluctant towards strangers, they are affectionate with family. The sweet dogs also have a gentleness that makes them easy to trust around small children. German Shepherds are athletic and need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. Whatever activities the family loves, these companions will be game.

Alabamans Also Adore Shih Tzus

Arizona wasn’t the only state to have Shih Tzus at the top of their list. Alabamans were also found to adore the breed above all others. As we mentioned previously, Shih Tzus have fur that grows in all directions, so keeping it short is one way to keep strands out of their eyes.

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On the flip side, some owners enjoy growing their Shih Tzu’s fur out long, like the ones pictured here. Though longer fur will require more brushing and can get dirty easier, it does weigh itself down so that the strands become straighter and tamer.

Floridians Are Also Suckers For The Maltese

Alongside New Jersey, Florida also pegs the Maltese to be their dog breed of choice. These cute little dogs may look like Shih Tzus at first glance, but if you look a little closer you’ll notice that their nose is slightly larger.

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Maltese also have a coat that tends to be straighter than that of the Shih Tzu, or at least doesn’t go in quite as many directions. Floridians love this cute little dog so much that they even have clubs for them!

Illinois Is Also A Big Fan Of Rottweilers

In addition to Pennsylvania, Illinois also had Rottweilers at the top of their dog breed list. Anyone who knows a Rottie will tell you that they’re big teddy bears who only unleash their ferocious side when necessary. Their behavior is more a testament to their owner and how they were raised than anything.

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This is especially true considering that Rottweilers are easy to train and loyal. A prime example of this breed’s potential was when a Rottie named Wynd won the Award for Canine Excellence in Therapy. That’s right, even a Rottweiler can be a therapy dog.

Iowa Agrees With Colorado On Golden Retrievers

Golden retrievers are so adorable and fun-loving that it only seems logical they’d be favored by more than one state. In addition to Colorado, Iowa also finds these fur buddies to be the top of the line when it comes to dog breeds.

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The friendly workers are used today for numerous jobs, from hunting search-and-rescue to guiding the blind. Though Goldens can become masterful helpers, they maintain an innocent joy that makes them seem like grown-up puppies even into their later years.

Bloodhounds Are Also At The Top Of Kentucky’s List

In addition to Alaskans, Kentuckians also fancy Bloodhounds. The breed’s impeccable sense of smell is unmatched, which can come in handy when living in wide-open spaces and rural areas.

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One thing to look out for with this breed is infection. Between its large, droopy ears and all those wrinkles, bacteria can easily get trapped and go unnoticed until it’s too late. That’s why it’s wise to check their skin as often as possible and be aware of signs of infection.

Missouri Also Adores the Akita

Considering that the Akita is essentially an athletic teddy bear, we feel like every state has this irresistible breed near the top of their list. In addition to Delaware, Missouri also had this furry friend as number one on their dog wishlist.

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One thing that might explain why Missourians love this breed, in particular, is its ability to handle the state’s snowy winters. In addition to its dense coat, Akitas also have webbed feet to make it easier to walk in the snow.

Nebraska Is Another Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fan

Pembroke Welsh corgis have been so well represented as Queen Elizabeth II’s trusted pet of choice that we’re surprised more states didn’t follow suit. In addition to Oregon, Nebraska is also a big fan of these adorable dogs.

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As we mentioned, they are incredibly friendly and can get around surprisingly well given their almost humorous build. AKC even mentions that they are one of the world’s most popular herding breeds. That’s what we call small and mighty!

Oklahoma Agrees With Arkansas On Basset Hounds

Like Arkansas, Oklahoma rates Basset Hounds number one when it comes to dog breeds. This isn’t that much of a surprise considering that they partake in AKC’s Basset Hound Field Trials, which have been around since 1937.

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The event tests this breed’s hunting ability by having Basset Hounds chase after hares, but they don’t let them catch the animals, of course. The events happen all over the country, and Oklahoma is one of the proud states to host.

Texans Also Love Themselves A French Bulldog

One thing that California and Texas have in common is their love for French bulldogs, a breed that tops both of their lists. The sturdy yet petite dog seems to fit right in with both scenes as they are very adaptable.


Many celebrities own Frenchies such as Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and Hugh Jackman. For the Texans who are more glam and less country, these pooches are a great option because they act like a lapdog without looking quite so prissy.

Washington Also Appreciates The Siberian Husky

Siberian huskies are a fan favorite in not only Connecticut but also Washington. These sled dogs are adaptable enough to do well in a variety of climates, but we’d imagine they appreciate a snowy winter up North.

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Huskies that are well-exercised and taken care of by a loving family can be expected to live upwards of 14 years. Though they’re tall, standing at just under two-feet, they have a lean, muscular build that puts them between 35 and 60 pounds.

Wisconsin Is Also A Fan Of The Bichon Frise

Maryland isn’t the only state that ranks Bichon Frise number one. Wisconsin was also found to be more interested in this breed than others. Bichons have an adorable stout and beady eyes that resemble many of the other small breeds on this list.

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In fact, we would bet that if you have a white Maltese a perm, it would be hard to tell the two apart. Still, pet owners will tell you that even the most subtle differences go a long way when picking the right breed.

North Carolinians Also Love The Shih Tzu

Don’t worry North Carolinians, we didn’t forget you. If you remember from a while back, we noted that South Carolinians favor Boxers as their dream breed. Up in North Carolina, though, they agree with Alabama and Arizona that the choice dog is a Shih Tzu.

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These little dogs have one of the longest lifespans on this list, averaging at up to 18-years-old! When torn between similar dogs, sometimes taking details like longevity into consideration can become the dealbreaker.

New Hampshire Is Another Golden Retriever Lover

Some may not agree with the fact that Labrador retrievers have yet to be listed, and yet this is the third state Goldens have claimed. To put those individuals at ease, we’ll remind you that AKC has named Labrador retrievers the most popular US dog since 1991.

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Still, Colorado, Iowa, and New Hampshire can’t get enough of the shaggier Goldens. They are incredibly beautiful yet hardworking animals, and there’s something to be said about their seemingly eternal youth.