The 15 Most Adopted Dog Breeds


Did you know that oftentimes a dog’s breed has less to do with adoptability than other factors? Many people go into shelters and rescues looking to adopt a dog, not choosing the dog so much based on what it is so much as what it looks like. For example, the ASPCA states that the smaller the dog, the more likely it is to be adopted. Additionally, there is also a popular belief that dogs with lighter coats are more adoptable than dogs with black coats. This is called black dog syndrome, and it’s real. Additionally, some believe that dogs that are the most expensive to purchase are the most likely to be adopted since the fee is so insignificant in comparison. Either way, there are some dogs that are far more likely to be adopted than others – read on to find out which ones are most adopted. Keep in mind that the most adopted dogs in shelters are not always the same in every shelter; they tend to come from the list of most popular breeds, but many prefer smaller dogs.

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Golden Retrievers

These are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and when one appears in a shelter, it’s adopted. Additionally, those who are in rescues are often adopted more often than other dogs. It differs wherever you are, but it seems that these very popular family dogs are among the most adopted and adoptable dogs in the world. If you see one at a shelter, understand that it will not be around very long.

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People are obsessed with these dogs. While it is not all that common to find a purebred poodle in a shelter, it’s a bit more common to find poodle hybrids, and they are very popular. If you see a dog that’s got a bit of poodle in it in a shelter, understand that this particular breed will not be around very long in the shelter. Maltipoo, cockapoo and any other small dog mixed with poodle will go very quickly. There are usually waiting lists.

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These are some of the dogs that are on waiting lists in shelters all over the country. They’re small, adorable and they are very expensive otherwise. People are always looking to adopt this particular dog, and they love that they can do so without much effort when they make it to the top of a waiting list at a shelter or a rescue. These are very popular dogs that do not end up in shelters very long at all.

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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are small, excited and adorable. They make wonderful companions, they are wonderful with kids and everyone loves them. That’s what makes them so popular in shelters. If a shelter sees one of these come through, they usually have a long list of people to call to find out if they are still interested in a dog like this. They’re highly popular.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This particular breed might go down in history as one of the most adorable breeds in the world. They are just perfect, and people love them. For that reason, these breeds are highly active in terms of going out of shelters in no time at all. They typically don’t even last an hour in a shelter without someone snatching them right up. That’s because they are sweet, calm and very affectionate.

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You either love this breed or you hate this breed. There is very little in between when it comes to the Chihuahua. This is a small dog that is very loyal and protective. It often forgets that it’s so small. And when it forgets, it gets a little crazy. But it is known as being a very yappy dog, which means that you might find that this is not the breed for you. Otherwise, it is, and you will not find that they last long in shelters.

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These are loving dogs, and people love that. See what I did there? This is a breed that you will find in shelters from time to time, but not for long. When someone sees this dog in there, they’re quick to snap it up and make it their own. Because it is such a sweet, loving dog, it typically does not last all that long in a shelter situation or facility. It’s time to grab yours before it’s gone.

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Labrador Retriever

This is the most popular dog breed in the world again this year, and it’s always near the top when it’s not on top. This is one of the most amazing family dogs in the world. It’s why so many people are looking to get one of their own, and they do not last long in shelters. People know that these are expensive dogs that are difficult to come by in a shelter, and they grab them as soon as they see them come in.

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German Shepherd

One of the smartest and most beautiful dogs in the world, the German Shepherd is not one that lasts long in a shelter. They have such an amazing reputation as being wonderful pets that people grab them as soon as they come in. They are loyal, smart and highly intelligent. They are very loving and affectionate, gentle with kids and they are so much fun to have around the house, so they go quickly in terms of adoption.

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These wrinkly little dogs are not the most active. In fact, they can be downright lazy from time to time. I see more photos of pugs on social media napping than I see of anything else, but it’s really cute. When one of these is introduced to a shelter, someone is going to adopt it before the ink on the paperwork is dry. And it’s because they’re very cool dogs.

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french bulldog

French Bulldog

Who doesn’t love a dog with a face like this? It’s beyond cute, and we love them. These dogs are so cute that it’s no wonder people snatch them up the second they make their way into a shelter. Most people aren’t looking to give up a dog like this, either, which is why they go so quickly when they do appear in a shelter.

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Shih Tzu

Why it is so important for people to adopt small dogs is beyond me, but they do. It might have a lot to do with the expense of a dog like this, but it might have to do with the fact that people just love them. Either way, however, this is not a dog that is going to spend much time in a shelter since someone is going to grab it right away.

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These dogs are very affectionate, and they are known to pick favorites at home. They can sometimes forget that they are small dogs, too. People love them. They’re small little puffs of fur that make you smile when you see them, and that’s why they’re hard to resist when they do find it into a shelter. People grab this breed right away because it’s admittedly cute.

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cocker spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

Who doesn’t love this breed? It’s friendly and sweet, it does not know a stranger, and it’s going to make you feel like the most important person in the world about a second after you meet it. It’s a cute dog with a big personality, and that’s why people grab them right away. Additionally, they’re just sweet. Who doesn’t want a sweet dog?

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They’re one of the most popular dogs in the world as a general rule, and that’s why people grab them up in a second. These do not last long in shelters because of their adorable little faces and their sweet personalities. This is a dog that you will not see in a shelter because someone else adopted it before it was through the front door.

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