Approximately two-thirds of U.S. households own a dog, and 85% consider them family. Forbes surveyed 10,000 dog owners to determine each state's favorite breeds.

Exploring the top 10 dog breeds in the U.S. 

Top favorite in 10 states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, New York, Virginia are highly intelligent herding dogs with colorful coats.

Australian Shepherd

Favorite in 16 states, making them the most popular breed overall. Known for intelligence, loyalty, and versatility.

German Shepherd

Ranked third nationally, Bulldogs are beloved for their distinctive appearance and friendly demeanor.


Labradors, known for their friendly nature, hold the fourth spot nationally in popularity.


With a 5.6% preference, Bernese Mountain Dogs captivate hearts with their majestic appearance and gentle temperament.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Beagles, with their keen sense of smell and friendly disposition, are the sixth favorite breed in the U.S.


At 5.1%, Golden Retrievers shine as one of America's favorite breeds, cherished for their intelligence and friendly demeanor.

Golden Retriever

Boston Terriers, with a 4.7% preference, are known for their compact size, friendly nature, and distinctive 'tuxedo' markings.

Boston Terriers

Boxers, with a 4.5% preference, are energetic, playful, and known for their loyalty to their families.


Shih Tzus, with a 3.1% preference, are cherished for their small size, friendly temperament, and luxurious coat.

Shih Tzus

Dachshunds, also at 3.1%, are beloved for their unique long bodies and playful personalities.


Siberian Huskies, at 3%, are known for their striking appearance, intelligence, and strong work ethic.

Siberian Huskie