There is no doubt about it: Americans love dogs. Whether they are protectors, workers, or best friends for life, dogs are an essential part of many Americans’ lives. What one wants in a dog can greatly affect the type of dog they choose to adopt. The most popular dog breeds in the U.S. reflect the values that Americans find important, not just in canines, but in themselves.

1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers have long been at the top of every list of popular breeds. Americans love them for their faithfulness, their friendliness, and their affection. Labradors are a loyal breed and are the perfect dog for families. They are gentle with children and tend to be extraordinarily well-mannered and easy to train. They are a large breed, often reaching nearly 24 inches in height and 70-80 pounds. But they are even-tempered and typically easy-going dogs, making them the preferred companion for children and adults alike.

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