A (Dog) Year in Review: 10 Breeds Claiming the Top Dog Title in 2021


As each year comes to an end, the world reflects on the best of the past twelve months, and that includes the best in show. The most popular dog of the year changes with every tail-wagging trip around the sun. To be honest, it’s hard to pick just one. With so many influential breeds this year, which dog breeds defined 2021?

Here are ten of the best breeds claiming the titles for 2021.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are a traditional breed with a lot of love to give. These bundles of sunshine are known to be one of the best family dogs. Goldens have beautiful coats and a long fur type. These dogs are known to have positive relationships with children in their families, as they’re an active, protective breed. If your family is searching for a fan-favorite dog type with a unique spin, you might look into the snow-coated White Golden Retrievers.

White Labrador

Everybody knows and adores the infamously loveable furball, the Labrador Retriever. These dogs represent a perfect fusion of work and play. Labs come in all colors of the canine rainbow, and they’ve always been a family favorite for their loyalty and easily trainable nature.


This cute little dog has appeared on merchandise like shirts, mugs, stickers, and keychains in 2021. People can’t get enough of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and who’s to blame them? These small breed dogs make great family pets and companions, and their short legs have never stopped them from keeping up with the party.


There are several variations of the Bulldog. One in particular that stood out in 2021 is the French Bulldog. These Frenchies come in several different colors and usually stay under thirty pounds. French Bulldogs make great family pets and are an excellent option for families with little ones.

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is another classic that makes a loyal companion for families and individuals alike. German Shepherds are large breed dogs that are also often used for protection and even police work.


The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Standard Poodle and a Golden Retriever. These pups turn out to be medium to large-sized dogs. Mixed breed dogs are becoming more and more popular for their best of both worlds dispositions. There are many benefits to having a mixed breed dog, and Goldendoodles are an excellent breed combo if you plan to go that route.

Australian Shepherd

Everybody has seen these beautiful dogs on social media. The Australian Shepherd is a medium to a large-sized dog with a gorgeous long coat. Initially bred for herding sheep, Aussies also have lots of energy for active individuals and families.

Great Dane

This giant breed may look intimidating, but with the proper training, they are giant teddy bears. Great Danes are known protectors of their pack (families). Danes come in several different coat colors and usually are over ninety-nine pounds when fully grown.

American Bulldog

American Bulldogs can make excellent pets. However, they typically like to be an only child. Bulldogs can be very trainable and are loyal to their owners. These tank-like pups can also be very protective of their families.

Mixed Breed

A consumer favorite, the mixed-breed dog comes in on the top list this year. Mixed breed dogs are a wise choice because they typically have fewer health conditions due to more diverse genetics. There are so many homeless dogs in shelters, rescues, and foster organizations, and the bulk of them are mixed breed dogs.

Mixed breed dogs are also a lot more affordable than purebred dogs. There are so many mixed breed dogs out there to choose from in different sizes and personalities.

Wrap Up

While it feels almost impossible to choose just ten standout dogs for 2021, these are the shining stars for the year. Regardless of what the top dogs of the year are, every dog deserves to be recognized for its positive qualities.

Every person has the perfect dog for them out there somewhere. Whether at the shelter or the breeder, your future dog is waiting for its day.

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