10 Most Popular Dog Breeds as We Celebrate National Dog Day

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Just in time for National Dog Day, on Aug. 26, Growing Bolder looks at the 10 most popular dog breeds. 

Trupanion, a medical insurance company for pets, surveyed more than 600,000 pet owners and compiled a list of the most popular dog breeds. At the top of the list: mixed breeds. After that is the Labrador Retriever, a lead that friendly Labs have enjoyed for decades. 

Labrador Retriever
1. Labrador Retriever
Golden Retriever
2. Golden Retriever
Goldendoodle
3. Goldendoodle
German Shepherd
4. German Shepherd
Labradoodle
5. Labradoodle 
Shih Tzu
6. Shih Tzu  
French Bulldog
7. French Bulldog 
Chihuahua
8. Chihuahua   
Yorkshire Terrier
9. Yorkshire Terrier  
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 

Two recent breeds have become increasingly popular: the Goldendoodle and Labradoodle, cross breeds of Golden Retreivers and Poodles in addition to Labrador Retreivers and Poodles. Dog experts say that these dogs exhibit the intuitive, people-friendly qualities of Retreivers as well as the intelligent persona and allergy-friendly qualities of Poodles. 

National Dog Day began in 2004 to celebrate dog ownership and to encourage pet adoption. 

The American Pet Products Association reported that 44% of all households in the United States have a dog, and many of those are new pet owners. About one in five households, or 23 million people, including many older adults, reportedly adopted a dog or cat during the pandemic. 

If you have ever considered adopting a dog, now may be the perfect time. Growing Bolder believes in living our best lives, and for many people, that includes sharing it with a companion, including the four-legged kind. 

Numerous studies have shown that pets can improve our mental and physical health while lowering stress levels and blood pressure. A study published in the journal, “Gerontologist,” reported that a pet can help alleviate pain from the loss of a spouse or loved one, either from divorce or widowhood. 

Fun fact: Pet insurance was first introduced in the United States in 1982, when the Collie that played Lassie on TV was insured by Veterinary Pet Insurance. 

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