With 2013 in the rear view mirror behind us, and 2014 stepping up to the plate and checking its cleats, we thought it would be a great time to look back on the top 10 dog breeds of 2013. But I know what you are thinking. How can you do that, Puppytoob? How can you possibly determine what the “top breeds” were for last year? What kind of science and witchcraft goes into such an undertaking? Truth is, we are glad you asked.
The way we concluded what the top 10 dog breeds of 2013 are is actually a complex process that takes many of us to figure out. First thing we do is look at the dogs we talked the most and most positively about in the last year. Next up, we factor in what fans and friends say on our Facebook page. Last thing we do to determine it is we check the Google searches for dog breeds in 2013. Once we have all those stats, we work together on assembling the list of the top 10 dog breeds of 2013.
This, my friends and fellow dog lovers, is that list.
Maltese: There are some dogs that are fiercely independent, and some dogs that seem task oriented. One of the reasons the Maltese is so popular is because this dog knows life is all about the love, snuggling, and companionship.
Yes, the Maltese requires a lot of grooming, but will make up for it with the love and attention they give you, right back.
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Beagle: Believe it or not, this breed has slowly risen in popularity over the last year. Though some people think the howling can get to be a little too much, to a Beagle fan, that howling sounds like beautiful music.
Just don’t ask the neighbors what THEY think of it.
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Collie: We wont lie. This dog has made the list of the most popular dog breeds since Lassie made it famous, way back in the golden age. The truth is, they are loving, energetic dogs which make for awesome family pets.
It is good to see more and more people are figuring that out.
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Shih Tzu: The Shih Tzu being on the list of the top 10 dog breeds of 2013 is no surprise to us. The popularity of lap dogs have spiked in the last decade due to the growing popularity of the smaller breeds of dogs.
Also, I cannot for the life of me figure out that picture above. The dog looks a might bit traumatized by the whole ordeal.
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Pomeranian: 2013 was the year of Boo. Do you know who Boo is? Only the most popular Pomeranian that has ever existed. For some reason, people took to Boo and took the to Pomeranian breed in general in 2013.
It might be the fact that they look like real-life Disney characters. Yes, they are that cute.
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Pug: Anyone who has ever been close to a pug knows just how charismatic this breed can be. Pugs are the dogs that just seem to ooze personality. Oh, and some drool from time to time.
We are glad to see the pug make the list. Also, that picture above wins. Everything. Ever.
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Golden Retriever: If there is one entry on the list that you knew would be here, it has to be the Golden Retriever.
It could be argued that the retriever breed are some of the most popular dog breeds of all time. Obedient, sweet, playful and loving, the Golden Retriever is the dog most people think about when it comes to thinking about dogs.
I mean, who doesn’t melt when they see a happy retriever with its tail wagging wildly?
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Poodle: As much as seeing the Golden Retriever on the list is no surprise, the popularity of the poodle should be. The reason for this spiking popularity makes a lot of sense when you think about it, though.
The Poodle is hypoallergenic.
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Chihuahua: That picture sort of sums up the audience who have been drawn to the Chihuahua in the last decade. We would love to tell you socialite Paris Hilton has nothing to do with that, but sadly, she does.
Honestly, we can’t even be mad at her. Anyone who makes any dog breeds more popular and ends up being the reason they get good homes and loving families is a friend of ours.
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Bulldog: If you think there could be a better breed or a better picture to end this list with, you are wrong.
The Bulldog has been getting more and more popular every year because of just how much character they have. Also, for as much as they have a reputation for being a laid back (and sometimes lazy) breed, there are many of them who seem to do things like ride skateboards and surf.
Seriously, go look it up in Youtube. Bulldogs love extreme sports. Why? Because they are just that cool.
So did your favorite breed make the list of top 10 dogs of 2013? Take to the comments and let us know what breeds you think should have made the cut.
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