The amazing state of West Virginia is home to many of man’s best friends. According to PawlicyAdvisor, 49.6% of the state’s residents own at least one dog. This is one of the highest rates in the country.
West Virginia has a lot more 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, West Virginia 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 West Virginia. Here’s what we found:
1. German Shepherd
German Shepherds are intelligent dogs that are widely considered to be the best all-around working breed. They are also loving, devoted dogs which is why they are one of the most popular breeds in the world and the most popular dog in West Virginia.
Labradoodles are an energetic breed that comes from Poodle and Labrador Retriever parents. Originally bred to serve as hypoallergenic guide dogs, Labradoodles can come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. They are a smart and loveable breed that would make a great addition to any West Virginia home.
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 West Virginia family.
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 family in West Virginia.
5. Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are strong dogs with distinctive appearances. You’ll recognize them by their pointed ears, thick fur, and big bushy tails when you see them walking through West Virginia. Huskies are very energetic and active dogs so they need plenty of exercise to be on their best behavior.
Top 3 Dog Breeds in Charleston
1. 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 can act like big dogs 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 Charleston residents.
2. 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 warm Charleston sun.
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 Charleston neighborhood and tracking an interesting scent.