20 hottest dog breeds
No. 1: Goldendoodle
No. 159 most popular breed in 2002, No. 31 in 2012
The Goldendoodle tops our list of hottest dog breeds with a meteoric rise of 128 places over the past decade. This lovable and intelligent cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle is a perfect example of how popular designer mixes have become.
No. 2: Puggle
No. 157 in 2002, No. 69 in 2012
Another designer mix, the Puggle is a cross between a Pug and a Beagle and has certainly wiggled his way into dog lovers’ hearts, moving up 88 places since 2002. This dog is robust and playful but can also be stubborn and uncooperative.
No. 3: Labradoodle
No. 117 in 2002, No. 38 in 2012
Sensing a trend? The third hottest dog breed is yet another designer mix, this time between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. The ideal Labradoodle has the friendliness and trainability of a Lab and the low-shedding coat of a Poodle.
No. 4: Cane Corso
No. 143 in 2002, No. 73 in 2012
The Cane Corso is an Italian Mastiff bred to hunt wild boar. While that’s not normally the duty assigned to this large dog these days, he’s still a good guard dog and known to be more athletic than other Mastiffs.
No. 5: Maltipoo
No. 116 in 2002, No. 48 in 2012
The Maltipoo, a mix between a Maltese and a Miniature or Toy Poodle, is a playful, affectionate and clever companion who will still look (and act) like a puppy into his golden years. No wonder the breed climbed 68 spots in a decade!
No. 6: French Bulldog
No. 97 in 2002, No. 37 in 2012
Affectionate and adaptable, the French Bulldog is one happy-go-lucky pup who can live with nearly anyone, in just about any home environment, so long as there’s air conditioning. Between that and his small size, he’s a popular pick for city folk.
No. 7: Yorkipoo
No. 107 in 2002, No. 54 in 2012
This cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature or Toy Poodle is friendly, smart and playful. The Yorkipoo is very small at just 8 to 15 pounds and therefore is best suited for a home with adults or older children who understand how to gently handle him.
No. 8: Shihpoo
No. 121 in 2002, No. 76 in 2012
Crossed between a Shih Tzu and a Miniature or Toy Poodle, the Shihpoo can have either a curly Poodle coat or a straight, long coat like a Shih Tzu. His sturdy body and adorably alert expression make him a hit with dog lovers.
No. 9: Dogue de Bordeaux
No. 160 in 2002, No. 118 in 2012
The Cane Corso isn’t the only big dog in the top 10! The wrinkled Dogue de Bordeaux can weigh up to 160 pounds, which means he’s likely to turn heads, but he’s calm and gentle (if a bit stubborn) enough to handle the attention. He’s a great family pet, which is likely why he has jumped 42 places since 2002, but his drooling, snoring, shedding and sensitivity to temperature mean he’s not right for every home.
No. 10: Havanese
No. 84 in 2002, No. 43 in 2012
The Havanese is a bright and lively little dog who’s always ready to play, especially when it’s a game he has created. He’s trainable and loves to be pampered, and clearly, his people are happy to do so since he’s No. 10 on this list.