Dog Breeds

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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:

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

    We Like: Calmeroos Puppy Toy w/ Heartbeat and Heat Packs - Perfect for new puppies. Helps ease anxiety in their new home.
    We Like: Bones & Chews Bully Sticks - All of our puppies love to bite, nip, and chew. We love using Bully Sticks to help divert these unwanted behaviors.
    We Like: Crazy Dog Train-Me Treats - We use these as our high-value treats for our guide dog puppies.
    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.