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Check out the 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Kentucky

David Mead is the Vice President, Head of Marketing at PuppySpot. Dogs have been an important part of his life since his early childhood. He has a passion for dog training and believes that dogs make the best companions as long as you treat them right.

The great state of Kentucky is home to many of man’s best friends. According to PawlicyAdvisor, 46.5% of the state’s residents own at least one dog. This is one of the highest ownership rates.

More importantly, Kentucky has a lot to offer our furry friends. According to Pawsafe, Kentucky is the 8th state for pet-friendly accommodations. It is also the 12th best location for the percentage of pet-friendly restaurants.

With all these pet-friendly establishments, Kentucky can be an amazing home for any kind of dog. That said, there are a few breeds that are more popular across the state than others.

PuppySpot has reviewed internal data for thousands of puppy sales to determine which dog breeds are the most popular in Kentucky. Here’s what we found:

1. Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are adorable and energetic mixed breed dogs that come from crossing Poodles and Golden Retrievers. They are both smart and athletic, exhibiting the best qualities of both canine lineages. Whether you live in rural Danville or downtown Louisville, you’ll see plenty of these adorable pups throughout the Bluegrass State.

2. German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are strong, athletic dogs that are often considered to be the best all-around working breed. In addition to their physical capabilities, Germans are also loving dogs which is why they are the 2nd most popular breed in Kentucky.

3. Dachshund

Dachshunds are scent hound dogs that were originally bred to hunt tunneling animals like rabbits and badgers. You might know them as Hot Dog dogs, Wiener Dogs, or Sausage Dogs. With their entertaining personalities and small stature, Dachshunds are a perfect match for Kentucky's urban dwellers.

4. Bernedoodle

Bernedoodles are a hybrid dog that comes from mixing the Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle. This breed has a goofy personality and they are some of the most loving companion breeds you can find in Kentucky.

5. Yorkshire Terrier

Originally bred in England, Yorkshire Terriers are the most popular toy dog breed in the United States. They may be small but Yorkies tend to act like a big dog in a little dog’s body. They can be loud at times, but they are also a loving family companion. Great for urban living, Yorkies are a favorite among Kentucky city dwellers.

Top 3 Dog Breeds in Louisville

1. Labrador Retriever

Bred as both a loving companion and a capable working dog, there are more Labrador Retrievers registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) than any other breed. Labs love being active and thrive when given plenty of opportunities to enjoy Louisville’s dog-friendly outdoor activities.

2. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are the 2nd most popular breed in Louisville. These loyal, intelligent dogs are easy to train and can learn a variety of different work roles. With their courage and size, they make for great guardians as well as gentle family companions.

3. Boxer

Boxers are a medium-sized breed that was bred to serve as guide dogs. They have a fairly distinguishable appearance with their muscular bodies and square jaws. Boxers are versatile dogs and can thrive in a variety of environments. This makes them a great fit for homes across Louisville.

Top 3 Dog Breeds in Lexington

1. Labrador Retriever

The most popular U.S. dog breed for 31 years and counting, Labs also have a big presence in Lexington. This kind, energetic breed loves to spend time with its humans. You can find plenty of Labs walking, hiking, and swimming everywhere across Lexington.

2. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are an intelligent and outgoing breed. Originally bred for the tough job of retrieving fowl for hunters, Goldens are strong dogs that thrive on daily exercise. Golden Retrievers are also great family dogs, which is why they have long been one of the most popular Lexington dog breeds.

3. Beagle

Beagles were originally bred to act as scent hounds for tracking small game such as rabbits. While they have grown to be loving family companions, Beagles still love to use their noses and are happiest when roaming through a Lexington neighborhood and tracking an interesting scent. 

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