Top Ten Dog Breeds for 2013

by Gary Le Mon

What are the top ten dog breeds for 2013?

Did your pooch make the list? Maybe you’re thinking about adopting a dog and just sniffing around for dog breed characteristics. Our list is a pictorial review of most popular dog breeds according to kennel clubs, breeders, trade associations and rescue organizations.

Labrador Retriever

1. Labrador Retriever

For those who want a larger dog, the Labrador retriever offers an extremely trainable disposition, clean habits, easy grooming and profound loyalty. A timeless favorite, the Lab is a dog that is happiest when with family. Average weight is between 51 and 80 lbs., intelligence is high, health is comparable to other breeds, and average life expectancy is 12 years.

German Shepherd

2. German Shepherd

With a commanding, dignified appearance and superior intelligence, the German shepherd makes a great companion dog for both singles and families. These dogs are alert and need regular mental and physical challenges to keep them in top condition. The coat needs only brushing and bathing to stay healthy and look good. Average weight is between 51 and 80 lbs., intelligence is high, health is normal compared to other breeds, and average life expectancy is 12 years.

Golden Retriever

3. Golden Retriever

For sheer lovability and good nature, the golden retriever is off the charts. These dogs balance their brilliant good looks with friendly nature and easy-going personality. Their silky, golden coats need only bathing and brushing. Goldens are good with children and adapt well to family life. Average weight is between 51 and 80 lbs., intelligence is high, health is respectable compared to other breeds, and average life expectancy is 13 years.

Beagle

4. Beagle

With its compact size and winning personality, the beagle has been a favorite of dog owners for decades. The sleek coat is easy to care for, and its hardy nature makes it able to accompany its owner on outdoor excursions. Good with children and other dogs, the beagle is a gentle companion dog that fits well into today’s modern family. Average weight is between 21 and 50 lbs., intelligence is high, health is in the middle compared to other breeds, and average life expectancy is 14 years.

Bulldog

5. Bulldog

Bulldogs look powerful and forbidding, disguising their lovable nature that makes them a favorite with families. Easy to care for with a need for daily exercise, this Mack Truck of dogs quickly becomes family with a place in heart and home. Average weight is between 51 and 80 lbs., intelligence is average, health is comparable to other breeds, and average life expectancy is 11 years.

Yorkshire Terrier

6. Yorkshire Terrier

This toy breed enjoys lavish attention and affection. One of the breeds with a bark that’s bigger than its bite, the Yorkshire terrier is a good guardian but may not always get along with other dogs ... or people. Good in an apartment, this dog will benefit from a bit of daily exercise. And as a responsible dog lover, you’ll benefit by guarding against Small Dog Syndrome. Average weight is under 10 lbs., intelligence is average, health is comparable to other breeds, and average life expectancy is 9 to 14 years.

Boxer

7. Boxer

The boxer’s dignified look lends contrast to its playful, energetic nature. An alert and lovable dog, they have the innate mind set to obey and get along well with children in the household. They are brave watchdogs and remain active well into old age. Average weight is between 51 and 80 lbs., intelligence is high, health is normal compared to other breeds, and average life expectancy is 11 years.

Poodle

8. Poodle

One of the smartest dog breeds, poodles are quick learners and enjoy interaction with their owners. Their coats need regular professional grooming but are hypoallergenic for dog lovers with allergies. Poodles come in large, standard, miniature and toy size. Always among the top ten dog breeds, they fit into a variety of different households and quickly become family. Average weight for a Standard poodle is between 51 and 80 lbs., intelligence is high, health is normal compared to other breeds, and average life expectancy is 14 years.

Rottweiler

9. Rottweiler

For those who prefer big dogs, the rottweiler offers good looks, powerful strength and a docile nature that makes it fit well into families. A great guard dog, the rottweiler is patient and calm, with an even disposition. Average weight is over 80 lbs., intelligence is high, health is normal compared to other breeds, and average life expectancy is 9 years.

Dachshund

10. Dachshund

With their comical looks and choice of coat styles, the last (but not least) of our top ten dog breeds is known for its proud and affectionate nature. A little clown that makes a welcome addition to the childless household, the Dachshund is a great choice and my personal favorite. Barking, burrowing and one-person bonding are what you can expect. The complete surrender of your heart is what takes you by surprise. Average weight for a Standard Dachshund is 11 to 20 lbs., intelligence is average (except for Tucker, who is brilliant!), health is normal compared to other breeds, and average life expectancy is 13 years.

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