2023 Trending Dog Breeds
Dogs have been loyal human companions for millennia and their popularity has evolved over this time. In the 80s the most popular breeds were the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, while the 70s sported more German Shepherds, Beagles, and Dachshunds.
Other factors today affect popularity: which celebrity is sporting a breed, social media exposure of popular dog breeds, and lifestyle changes as people towards more contained living.
So, in 2023, what breeds are capturing the public's imagination? Here’s our take, as well as key information for anyone considering bringing a new furry friend home.
Trending Dog Breeds in 2023
In 2023, certain breeds are stealing the spotlight and captivating our hearts. They have unique looks and personalities, and compatibility with our modern lifestyles — from the lively Australian Shepherd to the low-shedding Poodle to the loyal Belgian Malinois.
- Australian Shepherd
- Belgian Malinois
- French Bulldog
- Doodle Breeds
- Bernedoodle, Goldendoodle, Cavapoo
- Yorkshire Terriers
Aussies are known for their intelligence, agility, and stunning appearance. They have gained in popularity from having different sizes (Standard Australian Shepherd and Miniature Australian Shepherds), and stunning appearance, which includes captivating coats (often with a range of colors) and blue or bi-colored eyes. They excel in activities including agility sports. If you're an active family seeking a loyal and playful companion, the Australian Shepherd is an excellent choice.
These dogs are loyal companions and great guard dogs, too. They sport an athletic built and are in size a bit smaller than a German Shepherd. They exude an aura of confidence and strength, and display great loyalty. If you are looking for a loyal and protective companion, consider the Belgian Malinois.
Frencies are small, charming dogs with bat-like earls, big eyes, and lovable snub-nosed faces. They have been in popularity since the late 1800s and their popularity continues to date, as the French Bulldog became for the first time in 30 years, the most popular breed in America. If you are looking for a friendly, adaptable companion who is great with kids and adapts well to apartment living, Frenchies are an excellent option. Their affectionate nature is sure to steal your heart, and they are low-maintenance companions, too.
Rotties are powerful and robust dogs with a distinct black and tan coat. They are loyal, protective, and if well-trained, can be gentle giants, too. They are a very intelligent breed that excels in obedience training and protection work, which is why it’s often used in security roles. These dogs are excellent for families of all kind, especially those looking for a strong and loyal companion.
Doodle breeds have been growing in popularity given their family-friendly personality and low-shedding fur, which is easier to maintain and also easier with those with allergies.
Bernedoodles: A striking breed typically with black-and-white coat and fluffy in fur, but also fluffy in personality.
Goldendoodles: can be larger or smaller, depending on the size of the Poodle parent. Hypoallergenic companions popular amongst families with asthmatic or dog-allergic members.
Cavapoos: Small, low-shedding dog breed that is excellent for family life and apartment living. These family pets are also wonderful companions for the elderly looking for a smaller, lower-energy companion.
Pugs have been rising in popularity across social media, given their cute and expressive personalities. These companions are perfect for families of all kind, and also adapt well to apartment living.
As the smallest dog breed, the Chihuahua is often seen in popular culture in handbags, popularized by examples of celebrities like Paris Hilton. These pups pack big personalities and are very attached to their families (and especially primary owners).
Yorkies are tiny dogs with silky, low-shedding oats, who are bold in personality and confident in demeanor. They are compact companions who are perfect for individuals and the elderly, particularly given their strong attachment to their primary owner. The big personalities of Yorkshire Terriers makes them stand out, and their loyalty is unwavering.
FAQS on Trending Dog Breeds
Why Do Some Breeds Become More Popular?
The main factors that are influencing recent trends are unique looks, personalities, and growing demand for smaller dogs for apartment living and low-shedding dogs is on the rise.
Which Breed is Best?
No breed is best for all, and things always vary by dog, too. That said, keep in mind the key traits of that breed and their compatibility with your lifestyle. For example, Aussies require a lot of exercise while a Belgian Malinois requires a lot of mental stimulation and obedience training to stay well-behaved.
Where Do I Find Puppies of These Breeds?
At Mawoo Pets, we have puppies from 80+ breeds available across a network of 1,500+ breeders in North America. You can browse by location, breed, size, and more, or take our Puppy Match Quiz, to find the perfect puppy for your lifestyle.
We also recommend that you start your search with your local shelter or rescue, as there are dogs looking to find caring and loving homes.
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