The Most Common Dog Breeds - What Makes Them Such Good Companions

By Anita Watson

Selecting a great dog companion is highly dependent on your dog's breed. If you choose a breed that is not compatible with your personality, there is a higher chance that you might end up having a dog that makes you unhappy (to say the least).

Of course, this is not your dog's fault; after all, you chose him. So what should you know about the common dog breeds - and how would you know if they make a good companion for you or not?

The list below will help you decide:

1. Labrador Retriever

Yellow Labrador Retriever :: One of the Three Primary Colour Varieties

Yellow Labrador Retriever

It is the most popular dog breed in the U.S. Friendly, sociable and affectionate are the most apt descriptions for this breed. Labrador Retrievers are the perfect breed for couples who have children in their household. They would need larger living spaces, and are not too cumbersome in terms of grooming.

2. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever :: A Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Also known as the Labrador Retriever's cousin, a Golden Retriever is a highly intelligent dog breed. This breed also loves to be around with people especially children and is characterized by its gentle nature. This dog breed however, can be prone to obesity so be extremely careful of your dog's diet.

3. Poodle

Toy Poodle :: A White Toy Poodle

Toy Poodle

Unbeknown to some, poodles are the second most intelligent dog breed. So if you want a highly trainable dog, a poodle's perfect for you. But remember, taking care of a poodle will take a lot of your time because you have to groom him regularly which means added expense on your part as well as time.

4. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier :: A Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

This toy dog, aka 'Yorkie', is very small in size and it can even fit in your bag! Although it's very small, this breed is very active and can easily tire you out if you cannot keep up. Same as with poodles, Yorkies are high-maintenance dogs because you have to constantly groom its long and luxurious coat. Although Yorkies look very fragile, they can be very aggressive if provoked so this breed is suitable for pet owners who don't have any children at home.

5. Chihuahua

Chihuahua :: The Chihuahua


This breed looks very frail, in fact the smallest breed in the world, but watch out, looks can be very deceiving. Chihuahuas are known for their courageousness and protective nature, which is definitely a red flag for families who have children in their household. This dog breed can be perfect for people with smaller living spaces.

6. Beagle

Beagle :: The Beagle Dog


Beagles are even-tempered and gentle, but can also be stubborn. They're not easily trainable so it might take time to housetrain a beagle. However, they're one of the friendliest breeds that's why large families tend to choose a beagle over other dog breeds.

7. Shih-Tzu

Shih Tzu :: The Shih Tzu Dog

Shih Tzu

Arguably the most popular breed in most show dog competitions, Shih Tzus are known for their independent nature, which can be mistaken for arrogance. If you want a dog that can be left alone, Shih Tzus are right for you. But because of its appearance, you have to buy a lot dog grooming materials to keep his coat clean.

Knowing the personality of the most common dog breeds is your first step to having a peaceful and long-lasting relationship with your dog. Once you've established which dog breed fits your lifestyle and personality, it'd be much easier to narrow down.

Anita Watson
Article by Anita Watson
Anita Watson is passionate dog owner with years of experience in helping people raise and train their dogs, using real methods that work fast. Visit Raise a Loving Dog for more great information about all the common dog breeds.