Most popular dog breeds in different US states  

It is official that dog’s are the number one pet that people choose to have in the US, with 60.2 million households that own a dog.

According to the National Pet Owners Survey, 68% of households in the US, which is around 85 million families own a pet. According to the survey, the most popular pet to have was a dog.

All over the world, people love to have a loyal four-legged furry friend by their side. However, it depends whereabouts you are in the world as to what breed you prefer. Which is also true for the different states of America. Check out the most popular dog breeds in different US states.

50 states and 50 different breeds of dog

Let’s examine the 50 states of the US and what dog breed they prefer by alphabetizing the different states.

A states

The people of Alabama prefer the breed Shih Tzu, this breed of dog is over 1,000 years old and is a cute, small, and playful breed.

In Alaska, the most popular breed of dog is a Bloodhound, these dogs are known for their great sense of smell and also for being very calm and collected.

Over in Arizona, they also prefer the Shih Tzu dog. (The ancient name is pronounced ‘sheed zoo’).

The people of Arkansas most love to have Bassett Hounds around. These dogs are very friendly but quite difficult to train.

C states

Meanwhile, in California dog lovers prefer to have French Bulldogs as their trusted companions.

People in Colorado choose to have Golden Retrievers as their dog. This dog is very friendly and obedient.

The Siberian Husky is the most popular breed in Connecticut. Huskies are known for having lots of energy and personality.


In Delaware, people choose to have Akita dogs. This breed of dog happens to make great watchdogs.


Families in Florida choose to have a Maltese dog as their pet, because they are very friendly and kind-natured.


The people of Georgia also favor Maltese dogs. These dogs are thought to originate from Malta (hence their name).


Pomeranians are the most popular dog breed in Hawaii. They might be small and cute, but they are quite mighty.

I states

In Idaho, the preferred dog breed is a Bloodhound. These dogs are great for families because they are calm, which means they are great around children.

Families in Illinois seem to favor the Rottweiler breed. These dogs are great guard dogs but need to be trained from a very early age.

In Indiana, people also favor the Rottweiler.

Golden Retrievers are the most popular breed in Iowa. These dogs love to be active, so they require lots of exercise and entertaining.

K states

The Rottweiler breed is also the most popular dog in Kansas.

In Kentucky, prefer the Bloodhound breed.


St. Bernard is the most popular breed in Louisiana. These dogs are very big and look a little like bears when they are fully grown, but they are also very friendly and social.

M states

The people of Maine prefer the Pug. Due to being bred so much, these animals struggle to breathe, but they are a very popular dog nonetheless.

In Maryland, people choose the Bichon Frise breed most to have as pets, perhaps because they are great for small apartments due to their small size.

While in Massachusetts, they favor the Golden Retriever.

The most popular breed in Michigan is the Rottweiler.

The most favored dog breed in Minnesota is the English Springer Spaniel. These dogs have a lot of energy, as the name suggests.

People in Mississippi prefer the Dachshund, also known as wiener dog or sausage dogs.

In Missouri, the most popular dog breed is Akita.

Belgian Malinois is the dog that is most popular in Montana.

N states

Nebraska favors the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. These dogs are very intelligent and strong natured.

In Nevada, the most popular dog is the Shetland Sheepdog, these dogs are very intelligent so they like to be kept busy.

The Golden Retriever is the most popular dog in New Hampshire.

In New Jersey, people prefer the dog breed Maltese.

Shih Tzu is the most popular dog in New Mexico.

In New York it can get lonely but you might not have a big apartment, which is why people love to have Havanese dogs around.

The most popular dog breed in North Carolina is the Shih Tzu.

Whilst in North Dakota, people seem to favor the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. These dogs love to be showered with affection and attention.

O states

In Ohio, people seem to love Rottweilers.

In Oklahoma, the most popular dog breed is the Basset Hound.

People in Oregon most like to own the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.


The state of Pennsylvania favor the Rottweiler dog breed.

Rhode Island

The Portugese Water Dog is the most popular breed in Rhode Island. As the name suggests, these dogs love water.

S states

The people of South Carolina favor the Boxer dog.

In South Dakota, the most popular dog is the Boston Terrier.

T states

Yorkshire Terriers are the most popular dog in Tennessee.

The state of Texas loves French Bulldogs the most.


Americans in Utah seem to favor the Poodle breed the most. These dogs are great at jumping, so think about the height of your fence before you get one.

V states

In Vermont, the most popular dog breed is the Bernese Mountain Dog, these dogs are quite mellow but as the name suggests do like walking up mountains.

The people of Virginia seem to love the Akita dog breed the most, as it is the most popular in the state.

W states

Meanwhile, households in Washington seem to favor the Siberian Husky the most.

German Shepherds are the most popular dog breed in West Virginia. These dogs are very loyal and protective of their owners.

As well as Maryland, the Bichon Frise is also the most popular dog breed in Wisconsin.

And finally, in Wyoming the most popular dog breed is the Rottweiler. The Rottweiler is most popular in 7 different states, which makes it the most popular dog across all 50 states.

Interestingly, according to Lauren Brown from PETSPRING, “Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dogs in the UK. Alongside Border Collies, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and Border Terriers. Golden Retrievers are such a good family pet because they have good natures and great personalities.”

Whatever furry friend or breed of dog that you prefer to have in your life, make sure you include your pets’ needs in your disaster plan.