Number 1: The Toy Poodle

Not exactly the first prize that any dog wants to win! Light shedding, hypoallergenic, excellent watchdogs, loyal, even tempered…the only thing you don’t get from this terrific dog is a breath of fresh air. Not to gross you out, but we could fill a quart jar with the...

Number 2: The Retriever

What? I thought you said that dental disease was a small breed issue! Though they present with advanced dental disease a bit later in life than small breeds, they win second place because of the sheer number owned by Americans. But don’t let this breed’s...

Number 3: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The fearless CKCS is the 19th most popular breed in America and is akin to the papillon and the Affenpinscher. If you haven’t taken a look at the breed on the AKC website, you’re missing out. The breed originates in England. Stroll through a museum of 15th and 16th...

Number 4, The Pug

Did you know that the pug was mentioned by Confucius as early as 551 BC…and in some cases, it seems like it’s been that long since it has brushed its teeth!   Related to the Pekinese these dogs were favored by Chinese Emperors and sometimes had their own (human) body...

Number 5: The Yorkshire Terrier

This adorable dog is a result of several terrier crosses made in the mid 19th Century. Scottish workers migrated with their terriers to the Lancaster and adjoining portions of Yorkshire, England  for work and the breed was born. Like nearly all the dogs on our list,...