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9 of the Most Popular Dog Breeds for 2014

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People and dogs go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it comes as no surprise that they are, by far, the most popular pets. When one decides to bring a dog into their home, they have certain qualities in mind. These include intelligence, obedience, and companionship, which coincidentally seems to be a predominate need people have in a pet. Some dog-lovers are in search of a dog to protect their families, and others are looking for a service or therapy dog. The good thing is that while you may be puzzled about which breed of dog you would like to introduce into your home, most of the work has been done by other dog enthusiasts who have compiled lists year after year naming the most popular dog breeds. Here’s a list of nine of the most popular dog breeds according to the American Kennel Club’s latest figures.

1. Rottweilers:

Although they can look pretty mean with their big faces and dark coloring, Rottweilers are actually extremely friendly and loving when they are given the correct training and consistent leadership. Their large size also seems imposing to some, but they were originally bred as working dogs that pulled carts for their masters. Nowadays, the Rottweiler is seen as a guard dog and companion who is both protective and affectionate of family, but weary of strangers.