How popular are dogs? According to Forbes, "Dogs are the most popular pet in the U.S. (65.1 million U.S. households own a dog), followed by cats (46.5 million households) and freshwater fish (11.1 million households). That's a lot of bones! So there is a chance you might own a dog. If you follow my page, you may have read we just rescued 2 dogs ourselves so we are once again part of the 65.1 million homes again. 


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Golden Retriever



So let's get right to it, according to a new survey, "The study conducted by pet nutrition experts at PetLab analyzed over 200 AKC-recognized dog breeds alongside keywords such as 'buy' and 'adopt' through Google's Keyword Planner to produce a ranking for each state's most searched-for breed over the past 12 months."


Dog Helena Lopes


For us here in the Garden State, the most popular dog is a well-known breed, the popular Golden Retriever. Maybe you know someone who has a Golden Retriever? I often get them confused with Golden Labs. According to Daily Paws, "One difference between golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers is their muzzle shape: goldens' are more narrow with a lean jaw, while Labs' are broader and a bit more jowly."


Golden Retriever Olga Andreyanova


Here are some facts from the PetLab survey:

  • Golden Retrievers are the most searched-for dog breed in the US, with 38 states favoring the breed over all others 
  • The second most favored dog breed in the US is the French Bulldog, followed by the Bernese Mountain Dog in third
  • The Golden Retriever is the most popular dog breed in New Jersey


Puppy Shayna Douglas


LOOK: The most popular dog names of 2022 in every state

Hey dog lovers, check out this awesome list of the most popular dog names in 2022 for every state, and get ready for some serious cuteness overload.

Gallery Credit: Amber Spencer-Knowles


LOOK: Longest-living dog breeds

To find out the longest-living dog breeds, Stacker examined data from the journal Genetics and American Kennel Club's 2023 breed popularity rankings. 

Gallery Credit: Sophia June

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