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Check out the 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Wisconsin

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.

Wisconsin has the 19th highest population in the US. With a healthy number of people, it’s not surprising that Wisconsin is also home to many of man’s best friends. According to PawlicyAdvisor, 33.6% of the state’s residents own at least one dog.

While this rate of dog ownership is lower than other states, Wisconsin has a lot to offer our furry friends. According to Safewise, the state is the 26th most pet-friendly location in the country. It is home to hundreds of pet-friendly establishments including plenty of dog parks, hiking trails, hotels, and restaurants. 

With so much to give our canine companions, Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin. Here’s what we found:

1. Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are loving, energetic cross-breed dogs that come from mixing Poodles and Golden Retriever parents. These dogs are both smart and athletic, exhibiting the best qualities of both canine lineages. Whether you live in rural Chippewa Falls or downtown Milwaukee, you’ll see plenty of these adorable pups throughout Wisconsin.

2. German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are the 2nd most popular breed in Wisconsin. Germans are loyal, intelligent dogs that are easy to train. And, their courage and strength make them great working dogs and guardians.

3. Dachshund

Dachshunds are scent hound dogs first 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 Wisconsin residents.

4. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are a clever and loving breed. First bred for the demanding job of retrieving fowl for hunters, Goldens are athletic dogs that thrive with plenty of exercise. They are also great family dogs, which is why they have long been one of the most popular Wisconsin dog breeds.

5. Labradoodle

Labradoodles are an energetic breed that come from crossing Poodles and Labrador Retrievers. First 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 Wisconsin home.

Top 3 Dog Breeds in Milwaukee

1. Bernedoodle

Bernedoodles are a hybrid breed that comes from mixing the Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle. These dogs have 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 Milwaukee weather.

2. Beagle

Beagles were first bred to act as scent hounds for tracking small game such as rabbits. With compact bodies, dark brown eyes, and soft expressions, you can easily recognize a Beagle out and about the city of Milwaukee.

3. Border Collie

Sometimes called “The Shepherd’s dog, Border Collies are a highly intelligent breed capable of performing a wide variety of tasks. They are a favorite among farmers. Border Collies are known for their recognizable black and white coats, and low-built stature. These dogs require a lot of exercise and will thrive in Milwaukee homes with ample space.

Top 3 Dog Breeds in Madison

1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular U.S. dog breed for 31 years and counting. Naturally, they also have a big presence in Madison. You can find plenty of Labs walking, hiking, and smiling everywhere across the city.

2. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are the 2nd most popular breed in Madison. These dogs love the outdoors and are happiest when given plenty of exercise. You can find plenty of Goldens and their owners walking throughout the city and playing in one of Madison’s many dog parks.

3. 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 3rd most popular breed in Madison.

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