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Check Out the 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in New York

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.

New York is the 4th most populated state in the United States. With so many humans, it’s not surprising that New York is also home to many of man’s best friends. According to PawlicyAdvisor, 27% of the state’s residents own at least one dog.

More importantly, there is much in New York for our furry friends to love. The state is home to a wide array of pet-friendly establishments. This includes plenty of dog parks, hiking trails, dog-friendly rentals, hotels, and a few awesome dog-friendly beaches.

With all these pet-friendly locations, New York 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 New York. Here’s what we found:

1. Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are loving mixed breed dogs that come from Poodle and Golden Retriever parents. They are a designer breed as they were made to share the best qualities of both canine lineages. Intelligent and playful, Goldendoodles make a great companion for any New York family.

2. 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, given their tubular, hot dog-like bodies. With their entertaining personalities and small stature, Dachshunds are a perfect match for New York's urban dwellers.

3. Cavapoo

The Cavapoo is a mixed dog breed resulting from Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle parents. This breed has the best traits of both their parents. They are smart, playful, friendly dogs that love getting their human’s attention. This makes them great companions for the whole New York family.

4. Poodle

Instantly recognizable for their curly hair, Poodles are often considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds. They come in a variety of sizes including the Standard, Miniature, and Toy Poodles. Poodles are full of energy and you’ll find many of them out on walks and enjoying New York’s many dog parks.

5. 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 the outdoors.

Top 3 Dog Breeds in New York City

1. French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are the most AKC-registered breed in New York City. They are loving companion dogs with playful personalities. With their small, muscular bodies, Frenchies are a great match for the urban New York City lifestyle. They are particularly popular in East Village, Riverdale, Park Slope, and the Financial District.

2. Poodle

Poodles are hard to miss and you can find plenty of them throughout the Big Apple. These smart dogs are full of energy and they are quick to make friends with new humans alike. Poodles are adaptable and can thrive in a big city environment, so long as they get their daily exercise.

3. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are an intelligent and sociable breed. Originally bred for the demanding job of retrieving fowl for hunters, they 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 New York City dog breeds. Golden Retrievers have a big presence in Murray Hill

Top 3 Dog Breeds in Buffalo

1. Labrador Retrievers

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

2. German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are intelligent dogs and are widely considered to be the best all-around working breed. In addition to their strength, Germans are also loving dogs which is why they are the 2nd most popular breed in Buffalo.

3. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are the 3rd most popular breed in Buffalo. These dogs love snow and the outdoors in general, making them a great fit for Buffalo’s climate. You can find plenty of Goldens and their owners walking throughout the city and playing in one of many dog parks.

Top 3 Dog Breeds in Rochester

1. Labrador Retriever

Like many other cities, Labs are the most popular breed in Rochester. These dogs love to walk, run, and swim, making them the perfect fit for those looking for a loving and active companion.

2. German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are the 2nd most AKC registered breed in Rochester. 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 New York.

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