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Check out the 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Maryland

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.

Maryland has the 18th highest population in the US. With a healthy number of people, it’s not surprising that Maryland is also home to many of man’s best friends. According to PawlicyAdvisor, 30.2% of the state’s residents own at least one dog.

While this rate of dog ownership is lower than other states, Maryland has a lot to offer our furry friends. According to Safewise, the state is the 18th most pet-friendly location in the country. It is home to plenty of pet-friendly establishments, including numerous dog parks, hiking trails, hotels, and restaurants. The state also has one of the highest percentages of pet-friendly rentals in the country.

With so much to give our canine friends, Maryland makes a great place to live for any kind of dog. That said, there are some breeds that are more common in the state than others.

PuppySpot has reviewed internal data for thousands of puppy sales to determine which dog breeds are the most popular in Maryland. 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 Westminster or downtown Baltimore, you’ll see plenty of these adorable pups throughout the Old Line State.

2. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are the 2nd most popular breed in Maryland. These dogs love the outdoors, making them a perfect match for families looking for an active companion. You can find plenty of Goldens and their owners walking all over the state and playing in one of many dog parks.

3. Labrador Retriever

The most popular U.S. dog breed for 31 years and counting, Labs also have a big presence in Maryland. This kind, energetic breed loves to spend time with its humans. They also love to swim, making them a great companion for your next trip to Ocean City. 

4. Yorkshire Terrier

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

5. Poodle

Immediately recognizable for their curly hair, Poodles are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. It is common to find them in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Maryland residents really love this breed, which is why the state is also home to many Poodle crossbreeds.

Top 3 Dog Breeds in Baltimore

1. Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers, also known as Parson Russell Terriers, are smaller-sized dogs with big personalities. They are also very energetic and protective of their humans. Because they have so much energy, Jack Russells do best in Baltimore homes with a yard for them to run around in.

2. Beagle

Beagles were first 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 tracking an interesting scent. With their recognizable compact bodies and dark brown eyes, you’ll see plenty of them throughout Charm City.

3. Labradoodle

Labradoodles are an energetic breed that comes from Poodle and Labrador Retriever parents. First bred to serve as hypoallergenic guide dogs, they can come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Labradoodles are smart and loveable dogs that would make a great addition to any Baltimore home.

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