People love dogs. And why wouldn’t they? Dogs provide a long list of benefits which include health, protection and of course companionship. Simply put, dogs are awesome and people on the internet know this. However, apparently some dogs are liked more than others…or at least searched more on Google’s search engine. You want to take a wild a guess as to the most searched and popular dogs on Google? Well guess away but you don’t have to, we have them right here. Ranked accordingly, here are the 25 most popular dog breeds on Google (based on Google trends).
Note: This listing was compiled using Google trends results from Feb 2015, due to the dynamic nature of the internet these could vary in later months).
Nicknamed “The American Gentleman”, the Boston terrier is a very intelligent and easily-trained dog. Usually weighing 10 – 25 pounds (4.5 – 11 kg) and standing 15 – 17 inches (38 – 43 cm) at whiskers, the Boston terrier is a friendly but sometimes a bit stubborn dog.
With its name and origin derived from Malta, a little Mediterranean island country, the Maltese is a dog breed from the Toy Group (a group of the world´s smallest dogs). Characterized by long and silky, usually white coat, the Maltese is an extremely lively and playful companion.
Named after K. F. L. Dobermann, a German tax collector who wanted a strong and feared dog that would protect him when collecting taxes, the Doberman pinscher is a medium-sized, short-coated dog. Originally, Dobermans used to be intimidating and aggressive dogs but now, they are known for having a good-natured temperament, extreme loyalty, high intelligence, and great trainability.
Originating in Scotland and Northern England, the collie is a medium-sized, very active dog. They are kept as herding dogs, working dogs as well as pets and sporting dogs. Their coats can be short, flat, or long, ranging greatly in color but what all collies share, is extreme stamina, agility and trainability.
The Great Dane is a German dog breed notable for its giant size. Their height often reaches well over 30 inches (76 cm) and there have been many Great Danes who have held the record for being the world´s tallest living dog. Despite their intimidating size, they are usually very friendly toward other dogs and familiar humans.
Another dog breed that has its origin in Germany, the Rottweiler is a large, robust dog that was once used to pull loaded carts. These days, thanks to its good nature, high intelligence and eagerness to work, the Rottweiler is often used as a rescue, guide or police dog.
Commonly known as the Aussie, the Australian shepherd is a medium-sized, intelligent dog originally bred for herding. Despite its name, the breed was not developed in Australia but on ranches in the western United States. Today, the Aussies are used as rescue, detection, guide, and therapy dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Favored by British royalty for more than seventy years, Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of the smallest herding dogs. Queen Elizabeth II is known to have had more than 30 of these dogs during her reign. With an average life expectancy of 12–15 years, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi loves to be a part of a family and is always eager to learn and train.
Commonly known just as Pom or Pom Pom, the Pomeranian is a small dog breed of the Spitz type. Weighing only up to 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds) and standing 13 – 28 cm (5–11 inches) high at the withers, the Pomeranian is another dog especially popular among British royalty.
Another toy dog, the Shih Tzu is a small dog breed characterized by long silky hair, short muzzle and large dark eyes. It’s origin is debated but it is generally thought Shih Tzus originated in Tibet and were further developed in China.
Called the pig-dog in the UK, the French bulldog is a very playful and affectionate small dog. Although the French bulldog is a small and short breed (standing just about 12 inches or 30 cm at the whiskers), it has the appearance of a very muscular, heavy-boned dog.
Standing up to 30 inches (76 cm) at the shoulder and weighing up to 250 pounds (113 kg), the English mastiff is one of the largest and heaviest dogs in the world. But despite its enormous proportions, the mastiff is famous for its gentle and loving nature; and friendliness. A loyal family guard and playful companion, the English mastiff usually lives 7-11 years.
A member of the hound group, the beagle is a small to medium-sized dog developed in the UK. With a life expectancy of up to 15 years, beagles are very popular pets because of their moderate size, mild temper, high intelligence and good health.
Originating in Germany and further developed in France, the poodle is a toy to medium-sized dog characterized by long, dense and curly coat of various colors. Poodle is known as a highly intelligent, energetic, and sociable breed that requires both physical and intellectual activities.
Named after its excellent ability to retrieve shot birds and game, the golden retriever is a large dog breed that originated in Scotland. This long-coated, water-loving dog is famous for its high intelligence, which makes it an ideal dog for many roles such as guiding, hunting, detection, search, rescue etc.
Easily recognizable by its typical large, broad head and short square muzzle, the boxer is a medium-sized dog that originated in Germany. Despite its intimidating appearance and extremely large and powerful jaws, the boxer is an ideal family dog, totally loyal and protective to its master and other family members, particularly children.
Notable for its unusually short legs and long body, the dachshund is a small dog originally bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers, foxes and other burrow-dwelling animals. Dachshunds are very active and playful, but sometimes quite stubborn, which can make them hard to train.
Commonly known as the Yorkie, the Yorkshire terrier is a toy dog (weighing a maximum of 7 pounds or 3.2 kg) originally bred to catch rats. Despite the miniature size, the Yorkshire terrier is a very active, surprisingly protective, curious, and attention-loving dog.
The world´s smallest dog breed recognized by some kennel clubs, the Chihuahua is a toy dog named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua from where it originated. Chihuahuas can differ in sizes, head shapes, colors, and coat lengths but they shouldn’t weigh more than 6 pounds (2.7 kg).
Brought to Europe from China in the 16th century, the pug is a small breed of dog with a pudgy but muscular body and a wrinkly, short-muzzled black face. Known for their rather lazy nature and frequent napping, the pugs are usually very docile, good-tampered and suitable for children.
Recognizable by its thickly furred double coat, erect triangular ears, and distinctive markings, the Siberian husky is a medium-sized dog whose ancestors came from an extremely cold Siberian Arctic region. Able to withstand temperatures as low −60 °C (−76 °F), the husky is a very active, energetic, and resilient dog.
Despite being one of the most popular dogs in the world and the second most popular dog in the US, the German shepherd is a relatively new breed with its origin dating back to 1899. Originally bred for herding sheep, the German shepherd is now used for many types of work, including assistance, search-and-rescue, police and military roles; and even acting.
Commonly know just as Labrador or Lab, the Labrador retriever is a large, playful dog that originated in Canada where it has been the most popular breed for decades. Known for their high intelligent and friendly nature, these dogs are often trained to aid blind and autistic people as therapy dogs and for detection.
Pit bull is the common name for dogs such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog and Bull Terrier. Most of these breeds were originally bred for fighting but as this brutal practice has been banned in many countries, pit bulls are now kept as pets. Pit Bulls make a great family addition as they are known for their loyalty, intelligence, and ability to protect.
Another breed with an English origin, the bulldog is a medium-sized, heavy dog with wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. Bulldogs were originally bred for bull baiting (hence the name), but modern breeders have managed to remove aggression from these dogs, making them friendly and docile pets particularly suitable for families with small children.