The 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds by Country

Finder.com analyzed online searches for dog breeds in 161 countries to find out which pooches ended up on top. Read on to see what they found.

March 13, 2019

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Photo By: ©American Kennel Club

Photo By: ©American Kennel Club

Photo By: ©American Kennel Club

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United States of America: Golden Retriever

In the United States, the sweet golden retriever reigns supreme as the most popular pup. Goldens are known for being wonderful family dogs and usually love to hang out with children. They are playful, smart, cheerful and tend to fall in love with just about every person or pooch they meet.

Japan: Akita

Japan seems to have a big crush on akitas. With their regal demeanor and good looks, akitas often prefer to be the only dog in a home. Bold, alert and intelligent, these K-9s are known for being fiercely loyal to their family. They also make great guard dogs.

United Kingdom: French Bulldog

In the United Kingdom, French bulldogs are having a moment. These petite pups are known for being charming, adaptable and even goofy. Frenchies don't typically require a ton of exercise or outdoor space, so they are great for city dwellers or those who live in a smaller home or apartment.

Germany: Chihuahua

This one surprised us, but yep: Germans can't get enough of Chihuahuas. Weighing as little as four pounds, these sassy dogs are known to be small but mighty. Like Frenchies, they don't need a ton of exercise and tend to be fiercely loyal and dedicated to their owners. Because of their small size, Chihuahuas tend to get cold easily, so they usually don't mind getting dressed up in a sweater or a coat.

Mexico: Pug

It's hard not to be immediately charmed by a pug, which is why these adorable pups are the #1 searched breed in Mexico. Pugs are known to be happy and affectionate, but can also be willful and mischevious if left to their own devices. They are sometimes called the "clowns" of the canine world because they like to show off and act silly.

Slovakia: Cane Corso

The majestic Cane Corso is well loved in the Central European country of Slovakia. Translated from Latin as "bodyguard dog," Corsos have a lineage that goes all the way back to ancient Roman times. This large dog breed tends to be intelligent, assertive, eager to please and deeply loyal to their human families.

Italy: Maltese

Italians seem to be gaga for the sweet little Maltese. With playful, spirited, lively personalities, these small dogs are also very intelligent. Originally from the island of Malta, these pups have been lapdogs of the nobility for over 2,000 years. They are also fiercely loyal to their owners, but sometimes don't do great in families with small kids as they don't like to share the spotlight with anyone.

Niue: Basset Hound

Niue is a small island nation in the South Pacific, northeast of New Zealand. Believe it or not: these islanders can't seem to get enough of basset hounds! Because of their droopy eyes and long ears, bassets can sometimes look sad—but they're actually a happy-go-lucky breed. Affectionate, loyal and super goofy, these dogs make wonderful family pets. They do tend to drool and shed, however, so steer clear if you're a neat freak.

Vietnam: Poodle

They seem to be smitten with the regal poodle in Vietnam. Available in both standard (larger) or miniature sizes, this dog is known for its intelligence and instinctual abilities. They tend to bond very quickly with family members and are generally easily trainable. These pups are crazy skilled jumpers, however, so you want to make sure you have a properly fenced yard if you decide to add one to your family.

France: Rottweiler

In France, it's the Rottweiler that earns the top spot. These dogs are known to be loving, loyal and a wonderful choice if you're looking for a family guardian. Rotties tend to be strong, observant and surprisingly playful. They also have a wonderful gait, which makes it seem as if these pups are trotting when they walk.