Americans have a love affair with dogs. They are friends that comfort us when we’re down and cheer us up with their playful energy. They make great companions because they are loyal and love you unconditionally. It is no wonder that dog owners are some of the most passionate people on earth. Every year the American Kennel Club ranks the most popular dog breeds by registration. Here are the top 5 most popular dog breeds of 2019.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever has held the number 1 spot for the past few years. They are good-natured, loving, and make great family pets. They are friendly and welcoming and tend to get along well with other animals. They are also very social animals and love to do things with their owners like going for a walk, playing Frisbee or fetch, or engaging in a good game of tug-o-war.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are often used as service dogs and make great family protectors. They are great with kids and are often chosen to be police dogs due to their protective nature. They are patient, loyal, and intelligent animals that respond well to training. They make good pets because they are easy to train and do not bark much. They can easily adapt to a house or apartment living as long as they get frequent walks.

Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers were bred to be hunting dogs. They love to fetch which is how they come by the name “retriever.” This breed also makes good guide dogs, farm dogs, and family pets. They are even-tempered and good-natured and very good with children. They also get along with other animals and are highly intelligent and respond well to training.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog resembles a miniature version of the bulldog but with slightly larger ears. They tend not to bark a lot but they are very alert and will let you know when someone comes to the door. They tend to be somewhat lazy and don’t require a lot of activity which makes them a good choice for apartment dwellers. They are also even-tempered, affectionate, and playful. French bulldogs get along well with other animals, children, and make great family pets.

English Bulldog

English bulldogs make great pets because they are good-natured, affectionate, friendly, and get along with other animals. They also tend to be a bit stubborn and strong-willed when it comes to training them. Despite their “athletic” appearance, they are couch potatoes that love to lie around and sleep. They are also very protective and can be aggressive towards intruders.

When looking to add a dog to your family there are a few things to be considered. Choosing a dog based on traits and personality is a great way to get a family pet that you know will be compatible with you are your living situation. After all, dogs are individuals like people, and some don’t do well indoors for long periods so they wouldn’t be good for people who live in apartments. Too many dogs end up in shelters because owners had unrealistic expectations. Please choose a pet responsibly.