Dog Breeds

Before you buy a puppy it’s very important to research the different dog breeds in order to find a breed that will best suit your lifestyle.  While we all probably have a preconceived notion of what kind of puppy we like based on specific dog breeds looks we may not be considering the other important parts about your puppy including personality, temperament, athleticism, and potential health issues.

So what we do over here at the Puppy In Training website?  We decided to put some hard research into helping you find the perfect puppy dog breed for your situation and lifestyle.  Here’s a list of the top 30 AKC puppy dog breeds (2010).  By the way, if you’ve been following us for a while then you probably already know that the three main dog breeds used as guide dogs at Guide Dogs of America are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds and all three are inside the top five dogs on our list.  Also because we are trying to focus on puppies we are doing our best to collect pictures and information based on “puppy dog breeds” rather than just straight “dog breeds”.  Without further adieu…here’s the list of top thirty puppy dog breeds:

  1. Labrador Retriever Puppies
  2. German Shepherd Puppies
  3. Yorkshire Terrier Puppies
  4. Beagle Puppies
  5. Golden Retriever Puppies
  6. Bulldog Puppies
  7. Boxer Puppies
  8. Dachshund Puppies
  9. Poodle Puppies
  10. Shih Tzu Puppies
  11. Rottweiler Puppies
  12. Miniature Schnauzer Puppies
  13. Chihuahua Puppies
  14. Doberman Pinscher Puppies
  15. Pomeranian Puppies
  16. German Shorthaired Pointer Puppies
  17. Great Dane Puppies
  18. Siberian Husky Puppies
  19. Shetland Sheepdog Puppies
  20. Boston Terrier Puppies
  21. French Bulldog Puppies
  22. Maltese Puppies
  23. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppies
  24. Pug Puppies
  25. Cocker Spaniel Puppies
  26. Australian Shepherd Puppies
  27. Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppies
  28. Mastiff Puppies
  29. English Springer Spaniel Puppies
  30. Brittany Puppies
  31. Havanese Puppies
  32. Weimaraner Puppies
  33. Leonberger Puppies
  34. West Highland White Terrier Puppies
  35. Papillon Puppies
  36. Basset Hound Puppies
  37. Bichons Frise Puppies
  38. Collie Puppies
  39. Bernese Mountain Dog Puppies
  40. Miniature Pinscher PUppies
  41. Vizsla Puppies
  42. Bullmastiff Puppies
  43. Bloodhound Puppies
  44. Newfoundland Puppies
  45. St. Bernard Puppies
  46. Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies
  47. Border Collie Puppies
  48. Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppies
  49. Akita Puppies
  50. Chinese Shar-Pei Puppies

The top fifty should do it for starters.  Now it’s time to start visiting dog rescues and dog breeders to take pictures and collect information on these many wonderful dog breeds.  By the way, there are so many different dog breeds you may just want to go with one of our favorites…The Mighty Mutt!  Our current dog, Linus is a Mutt, our family dog, Maffy was a mutt, and all of the puppies we’ve fostered through Cuddly Canines were mutts.  If you’re not sure about the breed then maybe it’s time to adopt a puppy from the shelter rather than purchase a purebred.  Check out your local animal shelter or dog rescue and find out if that adorable mutt is right for you!


    • says

      @Marta, It may be the AKC top 50 breeds, but I’m not really sure. I’d like to add breed profiles and pictures when I have more time to fill out this page.

  1. Jonnii says

    I received a new puppy a week ago and I am almost convinced it is of a mixed breed but I have no clue which breed. Is there anyway I can upload a picture to this site so his breed can be identified?

    • says

      Hi Jonnii,

      Congratulations on your new puppy! As far as we know the best way to determine a breed is to get genetic testing. If you’d like to upload a picture you can upload at our contact form: or you can try uploading to our Facebook audience at

      We can take our best guess, but it’s really just guessing. One of our dogs, Linus is a mixed breed and he looks a lot like a Lab, but when you feel his coat, look at his tail, and take a closer look at his face you can tell he is not. We met his mother and she looked a lot like an Australian Shepherd with a tricolor coat. Linus is all black.

      I hope that helps. Have a great day!

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