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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:
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Golden Retriever
- Shih Tzu
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Chihuahua Puppies
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- Great Dane
- Siberian Husky
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Boston Terrier
- French Bulldog
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Cocker Spaniel
- Australian Shepherd
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- English Springer Spaniel
- West Highland White Terrier
- Basset Hound
- Bichons Frise
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Miniature Pinscher
- St. Bernard
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Border Collie
- Chesapeake Bay Retriever
- Chinese Shar-Pei
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!
Top Picks For Our Puppies
- BEST PUPPY TOY
We Like: Snuggle Puppy w/ Heart Beat & Heat Pack - Perfect for new puppies. We get all of our Service Dog pups a Snuggle Puppy.
- BEST DOG CHEW
We Like: Best Bully Sticks - All of our puppies love to bite, nip, and chew. We love using Bully Sticks to help divert these unwanted behaviors.
- BEST DOG TREATS
We Like: Wellness Soft Puppy Bites - One of our favorite treats for training our service dog puppies.
- BEST FRESH DOG FOOD
We Like: The Farmer's Dog - A couple months ago we started feeding Raven fresh dog food and she loves it! Get 50% off your first order of The Farmer's Dog.
Check out more of our favorites on our New Puppy Checklist.