Ranked: America’s Favorite Dogs | YouGov
All dogs are good dogs, but that doesn’t stop Americans from having sideburns. YouGov has probed everything from America’s cutest character to State Favorite, but Labrador Retrievers took home the title of America’s Best Dog in a recent poll of the nation’s favorite breeds.
To find out which dog breeds Americans love the most, YouGov asked people to choose the better of the two dogs in a series of one-on-one showdowns, which included the name of the breed and a photo. Dogs are evaluated based on their “win percentage”, that is, how often did this dog win their one-on-one matchup when they were one of the two dogs from which the panelists were invited to choose. There were 193 dog breeds featured, all from the American Kennel Club (AKC) Purebred Breeds List (apologies to hybrid and mutt lovers).
Labrador Retrievers take the top spot, winning 83% of their matches against other dogs. This beloved breed is well known as a family dog ââwith a playful demeanor, and he is also on a 30-year streak as the American Kennel Club’s most registered dog. The Labrador Retriever is followed by its cousin, the Golden Retriever, which has won 78% of its competitions.
The Alaskan Malamute (popularized by his participation in dog sled races) landed in third place, winning 75% of his duels. After the Alaskan puppy is another cold weather breed, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog (72%). The Shetland Sheepdog (72%), often referred to as âSheltieâ for short, completed the top five.
Other intelligent herding breeds dominate the top ten, including Border Collies (71%) in sixth place. They are followed by miniature American Shepherds (71%). The Samoyed, well known for his fluffy all-white coat, landed in eighth place coming out victorious in 70% of his clashes. The Australian Shepherd follows behind in ninth place (70%), just slightly less successful than its smaller counterpart. The fluffy Icelandic Sheepdog took tenth, also with a winning percentage of 70%.
Other common dogs in America are gaining competitive places in the top 20: Beagles (15th place with a 69% win rate) and German Shepherds (19th place, 68% win rate). The AKC’s second most popular dog, the French Bulldog, has won about half of its shows (53%) and landed in 80th place out of 193 dogs.
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Women are more likely than men to think certain small dogs are the best, with the Shih Tzu being the one that women (44%) are much more likely than men (22%) to like. The fluffy Pomeranian is also 20 percentage points more likely to be rated the best dog by women (55%) than by men (35%). The third dog that women were most likely to favor over men was the Bichon Frize, which won 63% of the time with women and 43% with men.
Men are much more likely than women to like the Belgian Malinois (65% win rate for men, 43% for women), a popular military and police dog in the United States. Men are also more likely to prefer the English Foxhound (62% against 43%) and the Beauceron (60% against 42%). While neither sex is particularly fond of the Mexican hairless dog, men (42%) are more likely than women (25%) to have chosen it as the top dog in a head-to-head competition. .
America’s Least Favorite Dogs
The Americans place the Chinese Crested Dog – a small hairless breed – in last place with a win rate of just 17%. The penultimate is the Borzoi (21%), a slender Russian dog. The slim Azawakh slightly surpassed the Borzoi (25%), ranking 191 out of 193 breeds.
Despite recently claiming a Best in Show win at the Westminster Dog Show, the Pekingese breed came in second to last with a winning percentage of 26%. Barely ahead, the Puli dog (26%), recognized for its unique and corded coat. Other lower ranks included the Komondor (26%), Afghan Hound (27%), Sloughi (28%), Lowchen (28%) and Ibiza Greyhound (28%). You can find the dog you’re interested in by searching or scrolling through the full list of results below.
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Methodology: 2,541 American adults were asked to choose their favorite dog from a list of the American Kennel Club’s 193 most popular breeds in a series of one-on-one showdowns. The survey’s introductory text read: âOn each of the following pages you will see the names of two dog breeds, along with pictures to remind you what each breed looks like. On each page we would like you to choose the breed of dog you prefer. Please base your choice on what you think about the dog breed, not the quality of the image. You will see 10 different matches between the dogs. âEach respondent saw 10 matches, and no respondent saw a dog twice. The data was weighted to be nationally representative of all US adults 18 and older. The survey was conducted between May 28 and 30, 2021.