#1 Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever ranks #1 most popular breed in the U.S. They're followed closely by the French Bulldog and Golden Retriever. The Labrador Retriever has become so popular that they are now commonly bred with Poodles and Goldens to create a beautiful mix of genes. It's important to understand your dog's specific bred traits so that you can prepare to best care for them and meet their needs. While labs are excellent puppies, they soon grow into quite large dogs who have high energy needs and they're also famous for eating things they shouldn't. They also tend to be quite mouthy since they were bred to work with their mouths so this is something to consider as well, especially if you have small children. On the plus side, they are well known for being social, friendly, and amazing companions. They usually get along very well with kids, other dogs, and new people. They can truly be the perfect pet if trained properly.
#2 French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is a new emerging breed who has become extremely popular due to their small size, easy-going demeanors, and of course how adorable they are! They are known to be good with children and other dogs. They are easily trained and they also have a high score for doing well meeting new people. They can be on the pricer side of dog breeds because most are born by C-section to have a safe birth. The major downfall to this breed is predominately their health concerns due to genetic issues. Because of the way their face is shaped, they can develop problems with breathing and eating much easier than other breeds. They're body shape also makes them prone to hip dysplasia. However, their tiny size makes them perfect apartment dogs. If you have the time and affection to devote to these dogs they really can become the sweetest lap pups you'll ever meet.
#3 Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever has always been at the top of the ranking list for best breeds to choose from. This is because they meet most everyones life styles. They do require a decent amount of exercise, but they make terrific jogging partners. Since they were originally bred to work with humans, they usually develop a very strong bond with their family or owner. They want to be included in activities and are great to take camping, hiking, or just for walks around the neighborhood. They do very well known for being extremely friendly with everyone and everything. They do have some grooming needs that are quite minor but can become problematic if not handled appropriately. Because of their long fur, regular baths and brushings are required to prevent matting. They can also be a bit mouthy because of their genetic instinct to put things in their mouths so it's important to teach them early on what is and is not ok to bite onto. The good news is they are for the most part incredibly easy to train and are eager to please their owners.