The Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2022

The Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2022

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently released its list of the most popular dog breeds for 2022, and there are some new additions! Spoiler alert: the Labrador Retriever secured the “top dog,” winning the ongoing debate between the Labrador vs. Golden Retriever owners. 

But the retriever family isn't the only dog breed that has been popular in 2022. Several other breeds made their way on the list, including the French Bulldog and German Shepherd. Hypoallergenic breeds such as the Poodles and Goldendoodles are rising in popularity as well. Each breed offers something special, and they all have their own reasons for making their way onto our list. If you're looking for a furry friend to take on the new year with, consider one of these breeds that everyone seems to love!

Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever is a classic American breed known for being loyal, friendly, and good with children. They are also one of the most popular breeds for service dogs and weigh about 55-80 pounds. They range in color and can be anywhere from black, yellow, chocolate, red, white, silver, or a mix of those. There are two types of Labrador retrievers: the American and the English. The American Lab is leaner and more agile with a finer coat, while the English Lab is larger and stockier. However, both have excellent qualities that make them great family dogs.

Labs are patient and gentle with children, and they're also very friendly and outgoing. They love being around people and are always happy to see you. They can be energetic and love to play, even with other dogs. Labs are also intelligent and easy to train, so overall they make a good choice for first-time dog owners.

If you're looking for a Lab, ensure you provide plenty of exercise and mental stimulation; these dogs can get bored easily if they are not given enough activities to keep them entertained. As with all breeds, be sure to groom your Lab regularly to keep its coat healthy and tangle-free. Be prepared for light seasonal shedding.

French Bulldog

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Are you looking for a small pup that packs a big personality? Then the French Bulldog is the breed for you. Not only are they known for their snorting and snuffling noises and large, erect "bat ears," but this little pooch also loves attention and affectionate cuddles.

Frenchies are low-energy dogs, which makes them perfect companions for someone with a busy schedule. But don't let their laid-back attitude fool you— these dogs also have an adventurous spirit! Although they don’t speak much, they are still quite charming and affectionate. They are very adaptable and tend to get along with other dogs well. Another plus: they don't shed as much as other breeds, so Frenchies are also great for those with allergies. With so many great qualities, it's hard to resist this type of dog.

Training a French Bulldog can take some patience and perseverance— but it will ultimately pay off in the long run! They might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, so it helps to keep your pup on track with their training. Make sure to stay consistent with commands and rewards. Of course, lots of love and affection will nurture your furry friend's spirit even more!

Golden Retriever: Facts and Care tips

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Golden Retrievers are an all-time favorite, and to no-one's surprise, they rank high on our list. When choosing your Golden Retriever, you will decide between three types: British, American, or Canadian. American Goldens tend to be slimmer and taller, while British ones are slightly shorter with a stockier build, and tend to be white or creamy. Now let's explore the different personality traits found in each breed.

American Golden Retrievers

American Golden Retrievers are known for being more playful and energetic than other retriever breeds. They need plenty of regular exercise and activity to stay healthy and happy. They are intelligent and curious dogs that can observe an environment quickly and respond well to positive reinforcement during training sessions too! 

British Golden Retrievers

A British Golden Retriever is often known for its sweet disposition—and these dogs have been known as gentle giants for good reason. Loyal and loving, these kinds of retrievers also take well to training sessions due to their commitment and obedience.

Canadian Golden Retrievers

Canadian Golden Retrievers are also very friendly and gentle breeds. They usually get along well with other people or animals in the house, so you don't have to worry about them causing any trouble when visitors come over. Like the rest, Canadian retrievers are also very smart, and easy to train.

If you are considering getting a Golden Retriever for your family, it's important to be aware of the particular needs of this breed. Unlike Goldendoodles or Labradors, which have very easygoing temperaments, Golden Retrievers require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.

To ensure your Golden Retriever is happy and healthy, make sure you:

  • Give them lots of exercise - they're an active breed and need lots of opportunities to run around. Take them on long walks or hikes, play fetch in the park, or attend a dog agility class
  • Spend time with them regularly - these pups love socializing with people and other dogs
  • Monitor their diet - these pups are prone to weight gain if not exercised enough or given too many treats
  • Brush their coats often - Golden Retrievers have beautiful fur that can get matted if not cared for properly. Their thick fur sheds often, especially when not maintained
  • Take them to regular vet appointments - like all dogs, they need yearly vaccinations and check-ups.

German Shepherd

german shepherd

The German Shepherd is an excellent choice for those looking to add a regal and protective pup to their family. This breed is known for its intelligence, loyalty, and strength. They love being around people and make for great guard dogs.

German Shepherds are incredibly versatile and can be trained for many different roles: search and rescue missions, military service, herding livestock, or simply being a loving family pet. They have high energy levels, so they need daily exercise and mental stimulation.

If you are looking for a pup that will grow up to be a loyal companion, then the German Shepherd is right for you — but take note that this breed requires lots of time and dedication towards training and socialization.



The Goldendoodle appears in this list for many reasons. The cross of the Golden Retriever and the Poodle is what creates this “designer breed.” They carry over traits of both parents, who are already great dogs on their own. With the gentle nature of a Golden Retriever and the brains of a Poodle, you can see why these dogs have grown so much popularity.

Not only are these dogs intelligent, friendly, and affectionate, but they are also low-shedding and hypoallergenic. They generally have shorter coats that don't require much maintenance and grooming. All around these qualities make them great family pets. 

Goldendoodles also come in a variety of sizes and colors. Typically they weigh anywhere from 50 to 90 pounds. However there are also Mini Goldendoodles, which can be anywhere from 20 to 35 pounds. As for colors, these dogs can be seen with cream, brown, or black coats.

Before you run out to check out Goldendoodle puppies, be mindful of a few things. First, they can be quite expensive. They initially range anywhere from $1,500-5,000, so it is important to make sure you are able to financially support your dog. Second, they are also known to be high-energy dogs. Be prepared to take them on plenty of walks and playtime. Finally, because they are a mixed breed, it is important to do your research to ensure your dog is healthy and fit for your lifestyle.

Whether your pup is one of the most popular dog breeds of 2022 or not, it deserves your planning! Once you bring your new pup home, be prepared to give them plenty of love and attention - they will definitely return the favor!

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So, there you have it—the most popular dog breeds of 2022! Whether you are looking for a cuddly companion or a loyal protector, definitely consider one of these pups. 

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