The amazing state of Rhode Island is home to many of man’s best friends. According to PawlicyAdvisor, 25.8% of the state’s residents own at least one dog.
Rhode Island has a lot to offer our furry friends. There are hundreds of dog-friendly restaurants, rentals, and other pet-friendly attractions and activities.
With many pet-friendly activities, Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island. Here’s what we found:
Goldendoodles are adorable hybrid dogs that come from crossing Poodle and Golden Retriever parents. They are intentionally bred to share the best qualities of both canine lineages. Intelligent and playful, Goldendoodles make a great companion for any Rhode Island family.
2. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are an intelligent and outgoing breed. Originally bred for the exerting 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 Rhode Island dog breeds.
3. Labrador Retriever
Bred as both a loving companion and a capable working dog, Labrador Retrievers are the most registered breed with the American Kennel Club (AKC). Labs love being active and thrive when given the chance to roam and soak up the Rhode Island sun.
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. Bernedoodles can have varying energy levels and they thrive in the colder Rhode Island weather.
5. Shih Tzu
Known as little lions or lion dogs, Shih Tzus are the most popular toy dog breed in Rhode Island. Intentionally bred to be companion dogs, they are an incredibly affectionate and playful breed. With their small stature, floppy ears, and long silky hair, you will recognize this luxurious breed all over the Ocean State.
Top 3 Dog Breeds in Providence
1. Labrador Retriever
The most popular U.S. dog breed for more than 30 years, Labs are also the most popular dog in Providence. This friendly, energetic breed loves to spend time with its humans. You can find plenty of Labs walking, hiking, and swimming everywhere across the city.
2. 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 Providence city dwellers.
Chihuahuas are little dogs with big personalities. One of the smallest breeds, the Chihuahua’s pointed ears, and large expressive eyes give it a distinct appearance. Chihuahuas love to spend time with their people and they get along with the whole Providence family.