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The Most Popular Dog Breed in Every Country

Mira Gibson

There are approximately 400 purebred dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. But only 27 specific purebred dogs hold the title of “most popular dog breed” in a given country. PuppyBuddy has put together a list of 16 countries and their most popular dog breeds!

This article is chock-full of fun dog breed facts, like the fact that Rottweilers are the #1 dog breed in 37 countries! And the Australian Shepherd is the most Googled dog breed worldwide! But not in Australia! Residents of Australia actually prefer Border Collies to the breed that shares their namesake! 

Hold onto your hats, because this list of the #1 dog breed per country is paw-some! 

CANADA: GOLDEN RETRIEVER

It makes perfect sense that the most polite country would love the best behaved dog breed! Golden Retrievers are known for being patient, tolerant, and gentle. They never show irritation. They’re basically the saints of the canine world. We salute Canadians for loving the lovable Golden Retriever! 

Owning a Golden Retriever is a joy. Ask any Canadian. Facts about Golden Retrievers include that this loyal breed is also the #1 service dog, and a top family dog in the United States. PuppyBuddy has Golden Retriever puppies for sale in Boca Raton, FL. 

A beautiful Australian Shepherd dog with blue eyes and a happy disposition sits on a white background.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD

Picture the American frontier, circa 1607, and lasting until the early 20th Century. There were pioneers, cowboys, the Gold Rush, and “Little House on the Prairie” type experiences for just about every family who was determined to live the new American Dream. 

There was also one very popular dog breed that worked for farmers, ran alongside cowboys, corralled bulls at rodeos, and made a haunting impression on the Native American tribes. The Australian Shepherd. Australian Shepherds were the #1 dog breed back then, and today they hold the same rank! Meet our Australian Shepherd puppies for sale at PuppyBuddy.

SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES: ROTTWEILER

We sort of cheated here and bundled the majority of countries in South America. This is because the majority of South American countries share the same dog breed as their top seller. And the purebred dog breed they all love is the Rottweiler! 

Rottweilers are incredible dogs. They’re guard dogs, first and foremost. But they’ve become a top breed for families with children. This is because the temperament of the Rottweiler is highly affectionate towards family members, yet highly protective of them, the home, and the property. In fact, in South America, owning a Rottweiler is more effective at preventing a break in than owning a firearm. 

RUSSIA: DOBERMAN PINSCHER

Russia is known all over the world for its great thinkers, authors, and artists! Thanks to Russia, we have impressive literary works like Dostoevsky’s Crime & Punishment, and exquisite composers like Tchaikovsky. It’s no wonder the country that produced artists so exceptional they were intimidating would favor a highly intimidating dog breed, the Doberman Pinscher. 

Doberman Pinschers are “incomparably fearless,” according to the American Kennel Club. They are considered the world’s finest protection dogs. But guarding territory and property isn’t their sole function. Dobermans have big hearts. They love their families. And they’re intelligent. Anyone who wants to invest in their puppy with serious, complex dog training, a Doberman Pinscher will give you its full attention and aim at perfecting every command to please you! 

AUSTRALIA: BORDER COLLIE

Do you come from a land down under? G’day, mate! Whether roaming the bush or meaning through the cosmopolitan streets of Sydney, you’ll see Border Collies! That’s because this energetic dog breed is the #1 dog in Australia. 

Border Collies are high-energy working dogs. They’re a top choice for farmers with livestock. But you don’t have to be a farmer to care for a Border Collie. As long as you have the energy and exercise routine to keep up with your Border Collie, you two will be a match made in heaven. Check out the Border Collie puppies at PuppyBuddy to see what all the Aussies down under are raving about!  

An orange Shiba Inu with intense eyes sits on its hind legs, as the most popular dog breed in Japan.

JAPAN: SHIBA INU

“Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so!” If you own a Shiba Inu, you might be turning Japanese. Just kidding! But this Japanese dog is the #1 dog breed in Japan. In fact, the Shiba Inu is an ancient Japanese breed that goes back 2,300 years! 

This small-to-medium sized companion dog was originally bred as a hunting dog. Today, Shiba Inus are affectionate companion dogs that bond deeply with their favorite person. This is a relatively low maintenance dog that we often recommend to families with older children. Meet our Shiba Inu puppies for sale in Boca Raton, Florida! 

AFGHANISTAN: GERMAN SHEPHERD

Are you ready to “Rock the Casbah” even though Sharif won’t like it? If you’re a German Shepherd, you own that! PuppyBuddy isn’t known for getting political, and we aren’t going to start now. But the German Shepherd is the #1 dog breed in Afghanistan. And that fact has a lot to do with the U.S. military. The German Shepherd has worked as a military dog breed for the U.S. since World War II, and German Shepherds assisted our military in Afghanistan, too. And this had a positive influence over Afghani citizens for the past 20+ years. That’s how this intelligent, loyal, loving breed became number one in Afghanistan. 

German Shepherds also hold the top ranking spot in other countries, too. Those include Latvia, Trinidad, Congo, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Iraq, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.   

PHILIPPINES: SHIH TZU

Shih Tzus originated in Tibet, China. But they hold a special place in the heart of the Philippines. This adorable lap dog is the top seller in the Philippines. And it’s not hard to see why. Shih Tzus are affectionate, mellow, and great with children and other pets. 

Shih Tzus live a long life, too. The average life expectancy of a healthy Shih Tzu is 13 – 16 years. The world’s oldest Shih Tzu lived to the ripe old age of 23 years! Must be all the Himalayan salt and fresh mountain air that’s kept the Shih Tzu’s DNA youthful from generation to generation! PuppyBuddy has adorable Shih Tzu puppies for sale

SOUTH AFRICA: BOERBOEL

The Boerboel dog breed is no joke. This is an aggressive, territorial dog breed that is not for the novice or first-time dog owner. Boerboels can weigh up to 200 lbs! This dog breed originated in South Africa as a large Mastiff. This breed emerged in 1909 and was quickly regarded as the best dog breed to hunt leopards! That should give you a sense of what this dog is made of. 

PuppyBuddy does not sell Boerboel puppies. But we respect all the South Africans who dedicate their time, attention, and love to owning and caring for their Boerboel dogs! We do, however, sell Bullmastiffs, a gentler family dog that’s appropriate for children. 

Three cute Labrador Retriever puppies, a yellow Lab, a blonde Lab, and a chocolate Lab, sit in a row.

FINLAND: LABRADOR RETRIEVER

Finland is easily one of the safest countries to live in. According to statistics, the biggest “crime” in Finland is running a red light. It makes sense that a safe, happy country would end up with the Labrador Retriever as it’s #1 dog breed. Labrador Retrievers are trustworthy, gentle, faithful, and energetic. A well-trained Labrador Retriever can be left in a room alone with a steaming, juicy steak, and not even think about eating it. 

Labrador Retrievers are also a top family dog, and hold the #1 spot in countless countries. PuppyBuddy most often recommends the Labrador Retriever to first time puppy owners. This breed is considered the “easiest to train.” And this consensus was reached by professional dog trainers. Meet the sweet Labrador Retriever puppies for sale in Boca Raton at PuppyBuddy. 

UNITED KINGDOM: COCKAPOO

The Cockapoo is not a purebred dog breed. But it is the top selling dog in the United Kingdom! Cockapoos are a hybrid mix of two purebred dog breeds. The Cocker Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle. Cockapoos are intelligent, gentle, hypoallergenic dogs. 

PuppyBuddy loves Cockapoos! This is a wonderful family dog. Cockapoos are easy to train, highly affectionate, great with children, and the list goes on. We invite you to meet our cute Cockapoo puppies for sale. And you can learn about the ethical puppy breeders in Boca Raton and across the country that we work with.

BAHAMAS: GREAT DANE

Did you know that Christopher Columbus discovered “America” by landing in the Bahamas? There are more than 700 islands that make up the Bahamas. And across all of those islands, there is one dog breed that trumps them all. The Great Dane! 

Great Danes are the most popular dog breed in the Bahamas. If that surprises you, you’re not alone. But for those of us who intimately know the personality of the Great Dane dog breed, it makes sense. Great Danes are laid back, easy going, lovers of life! In a lot of ways, their attitude embodies the “relaxation vacation meditation” of all the canines!

A white Bull Terrier stands, showing this purebred dog breed's profile, against a white background.

ARGENTINA: BULL TERRIER

There’s no place in the world like Argentina. And there’s no dog in the world that looks like a Bull Terrier. Coincidence? We think not. Argentina offers amazing landscape views, incredible nightlife with tango, world-renowned wine, and enough English speakers to make it a top resort destination for world travelers from across the globe. 

And Bull Terriers fit right in with the awe and wonder of this beautiful country! Bull Terriers are high-energy, big-boned, and bizarre-looking. They are sweet-tempered, trainable, and yet a bit mischievous! PuppyBuddy doesn’t carry Bull Terrier puppies. We’ll leave that to the experts in Argentina! 

RWANDA: BULLDOG

Known as one of the most ecologically diverse places in Africa, Rwanda has volcanoes, rainforests, one third of the world’s gorilla population, and one heck of a deep love for purebred Bulldogs! 

The #1 dog breed in Rwanda is the lovable, sour-mug Bulldog! Bulldogs are kind, courageous, affectionate, and great with children. They snore like chainsaws and fart as freely as Grandpa used to. But we dare you not to fall in love! 

POLAND: MALTESE

What do vodka, pierogies, and Marie Curie all have in common? Poland! The Polish have certainly produced some of the finer things in life. Of course, Poland would love one of the finest dog breeds there is, the Maltese! 

The Maltese dog breed is a small sized dog. It has brilliant white hair and the sweetest disposition. Malteses get along with everyone—children, cats, other dogs, strangers, you name it! This breed is trusting, friendly, and affectionate. Come to PuppyBuddy to meet our available Maltese puppies for sale

The huge and intimidating Cane Corso purebred dog breed is the most popular dog breed in Slovakia.

SLOVAKIA: CANE CORSO

The Velvet Divorce isn’t a punk rock band from the 80s. It’s how Slovakia became a country back in 1993. The territory of Slovakia has quite a history, from Czechoslovakia to the Slovak Republic. Spoiler Alert: the Communists lost, and now this beautiful country is home to its favorite dog breed. The Cane Corso.    

Cane Corsos are impressive, loyal guard dogs. They’re not recommended for the novice dog owner. And so, PuppyBuddy does not sell Cane Corso puppies. But for customers who are interested in Cane Corsos, we recommend the Rottweiler and Mastiff breeds. 

If you would like to check out our inspiration for this article about the most popular dog breeds in every country, you can find it on Travel and Leisure. We hope to see you soon at PuppyBuddy in Boca Raton, Florida! We’re a family owned, ethical pet store in Boca Raton. We only work with responsible puppy breeders, ethical dog breeders, and small-scale purebred breeders that are dedicated to the health, welfare, and long-term happiness of their puppies.