According to Time, the ten most popular dog breeds are Rottweilers, Dachshunds, Poodles, Boxers, English Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers. These breeds all have very different characteristics and personalities.
The Rottweiler is a strong and powerful working dog, and it has become more popular in recent years, ascending from the seventeenth most popular dog to the tenth most popular. The dachshund, also known as a "weiner dog," has remained in the top ten for years; these dogs are excellent hunters, and their name means "badger dog" in German.
The Poodle is an all-American dog, taking the number one spot on the annual list between 1960 and 1982, and it has remained in or around the top ten ever since. Boxers are renowned for their family friendliness, and have remained around the middle of the top ten for about the last decade. Boxers were bred for dog-fighting, and earned their name by standing on their hind legs during bouts.
The English Bulldog is the mascot for the University of Georgia, and has risen in popularity in recent years, rising from number 19 in 2001. The Yorkshire terrier, or Yorkie, is named for the English city of their origin and they are celebrated for their strong personalities. The Golden Retriever is consistently one of the top-ranked breeds in America; like the Poodle, they are considered a classic American pet.
The Beagle is consistently ranked highly in the top ten. It is the only dog breed to rank in the top ten every year since 1885. Because of its reliability as a service animal, the German Shepherd is a consistent favorite of Americans. Their ability to be trained and the even temperament of Labradors has made them one of the most popular American dog breeds for over two decades.