If you’re anything like us, you love pups of all sizes: big dogs, little dogs, and every four-legged friend in between. So we think you’ll be delighted to know that the website 24/7 Wall St. has compiled two new tail-wagging lists of the most popular big dog breeds and the most popular little dog breeds in America. Warning: After you read the whole list, you might feel the sudden urge to cuddle with all of them.
Based on data collected from the American Kennel Club (which currently registers 190 dog breeds total), the two full lists both include a countdown of 25 top dogs in their respective size categories of big or small. So we’re zooming in on the top five big dog breeds and little dog breeds that made the cut, explaining just how big (or not!) they can get and what makes them so special. After all, no two dogs are exactly alike. They all have their own intriguing personalities, qualities, and quirks that make them unique. But clearly, these specific dog breeds have proven themselves to be wonderful companions to humans in their own adorable signature ways — no matter how big or small they are.
Despite loving pups of all sizes, we can’t help but smile when we see a beloved big dog so close to a sweet little dog. It’s hard not to be amazed by the wide variety of furry friends out there, especially when there is such a stark size difference between some of them!
A Dachshund (left) and a Labrador (right), both of whom made the most popular list for their respective breed size groups. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
So enjoy browsing through some adorable photos of the most in-demand dogs in the nation, and keep your eyes peeled to see if your precious pet made either one of the top five lists.
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No. 5 Big Dog Breed — Boxer
With the males weighing in at about 65 to 80 pounds, Boxer dogs certainly make a statement whenever they walk (or run!) into a room. Known for being extremely friendly and energetic, the Boxer dog breed is sure to delight any human with a similar personality. Just be sure you can keep up with him or her — this is one playful big doggo!
No. 5 Little Dog Breed — Dachshund
Don't let the small size fool you: Dachshund dogs have huge personalities, not to mention some big brain power. Widely revered for character, devotion, and intelligence, these adorable pups have an unsurprisingly large fan base. Can you believe that some of the males weigh only around 11 pounds?
No. 4 Big Dog Breed — Rottweiler
Rottweilers have long had a reputation of being fiercely protective of their dear owners. But there's more to this big dog breed than bravery; these pups are also known for being loyal and loving as well. With the males weighing in at about 95 to 135 pounds, you can be pretty confident that there's a whole lot to love!
No. 4 Little Dog Breed — Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier dogs are adored for their luxurious, long, and silky coats, but don't think these adorable little pups do nothing but sit around lazily all day. Yorkies are chock-full of spunk and boldness, giving them a signature air of confidence that not all dogs have. Although the males only weigh up to seven pounds, it just goes to show that big things come in small packages!
No. 3 Big Dog Breed — Golden Retriever
Super-friendly and intelligent, it's no surprise that families all across the country adore the Golden Retriever breed. With the males weighing in at approximately 65 to 75 pounds, Golden Retrievers aren't exactly lap dogs. But considering how lovable these pups are, you'll probably never want to stop cuddling with them anyway!
No. 3 Little Dog Breed — Poodle
Though poodles can vary in size, the tiniest poodles (known as "toy poodles") can weigh as little as four to six pounds for the males. But regardless of these pups' tiny statures, they sure have a lot of affection to give their owners. Poodles are known for their affection and sociability and for being a constant source of entertainment. The adorably curly coat is a bonus!
No. 2 Big Dog Breed — German Shepherd
It's no surprise that German Shepherd dogs are so beloved: Not only are they smart and trainable, they are also incredibly loyal to the humans they adore. Sure, the males might weigh 65 to 90 pounds, but with their big size comes big pure love as well. Who could ever say no to that?
No. 2 Little Dog Breed — Beagle
Known for being smart and thoughtful, the adorable Beagle breed also likes to have a lot of fun and a purpose while doing so. Though the males can weigh up to 30 pounds, these cute canines have a lot of energy and need to do lots of "walkies" every day. Considering those famously soulful puppy eyes, we don't think we could ever turn a Beagle down for a nice walk!
No. 1 Big Dog Breed — Labrador Retriever
Full of positive personality traits, such as friendliness, activeness, and outgoing tendencies, the Labrador tops the chart as America's most popular dog breed overall. The males can weigh 65 to 80 pounds, so these lovable Labradors certainly make an entrance wherever they go, with whomever they meet. It's no wonder they've been the true "top dogs" in the nation ever since 1991.
No. 1 Little Dog Breed — French Bulldog
These pint-sized cutie pies are without a doubt one of the most recognizable pups. With the males weighing up to 28 pounds, all French Bulldogs have those signature ears and noses that cause people to ooh and ahh whenever we see them. Playful and affectionate, they ooh and ahh right back with their adorable little woofs. Too sweet for words!