Revealed! The most popular dog breeds of 2020

Lots of dogs of different breeds. Which were the most popular dog breeds?
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Trying to decide on the most popular dog breeds can be a tricky task when you take into consideration just how many adorable types there are to choose from. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to decide! Every year, Rover (a network of pet sitters and dog walkers) compiles an official list to find out the country’s consensus on the top dog breeds.

Mixed breed dogs like this one are the most popular dog breed

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In the top spot for this year’s most popular dog breed in the US, is “Mixed Breed”. With plenty of other nicknames, such as mutt, mongrel, crossbreed, and designer, a mixed breed is a dog of multiple breeds. Often overlooked, mixed breed dogs tend to have fewer health problems, can live longer, and can also prove easier to train. 

Ranked in second is the Labrador Retriever - a high-spirited sporting dog that makes for ideal companions for those who are active and enjoy spending time in the great outdoors.

Voted third in this year’s list is the Chihuahua. This breed may be small but there’s no denying that they are full of personality.

Fourth in Rover’s list is the intelligent and protective German Shepherd, famous for becoming trusty, hard-working service dogs.

Last but not least in the five most popular dog breeds for 2020 is the Golden Retriever. Originally bred to gather fowl for hunters, this golden breed has grown out of its traditional role and become more of a home-loving, family breed. 

Chloe Petrylak

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