Ten Most Popular Dog Breeds in America: Good Dogs For Travel?


1. Labrador Retriever

These are one of the most common dogs in America, every year. They are big, fun, friendly and good with children. They are one of the best family dogs.  They are great travel dogs because they love exercise and can adapt to different environments. They are fun to take to the beach, or hike in the mountains, or even just stroll around a city.

2. Golden Retriever

These are the token American family dogs. They are fun, friendly and love to play. They are also great for travel, but you should take caution in keeping their coats clean. They usually love swimming and playing fetch.

3. Yorkshire Terrier

These are the most common little dogs in America; they are often called “Yorkies” for short. They are the smallest breed of terrier. They have a lot of energy, are territorial and protective to their families. Some of them are good with strangers. They’re not always the best with kids though. They’re easy to travel with because they are small and fit into spaces.


4. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are one of the most loyal and intelligent dogs in the world. They are also the token police dog. If you decide to own one, you should probably have either a lot of space in your home, a backyard or access to a lot of space. They aren’t the best city dogs, since they are bred to herd sheep in open spaces. They are good for travel if you go on nature trips.


5. Beagle

These medium sized dogs were originally bred for hunting. However, they are also very sweet family dogs. They are very territorial and often bark at people who pass by their terrain. Their medium size makes them pretty good for travel, as they can adapt to either urban, suburban or nature settings.

6. Dachshund

These dogs are very small, yet have a ton of attitude. They were originally bred in Germany as hunter dogs, so that they could dig into rabbit holes. Some people keep dachshunds as polished toy dogs, but others have more rugged pets that go hiking with them. They are not great with kids, as they can nip. Since they are small, they are easy to travel with. They are good city dogs, but some of them can rough it in the mountains.


7. Boxer

While Boxers aren’t the smartest of dogs, they are loyal and fun. They are a commitment, because you have to get them trained for obedience, so they don’t become violent. If they are trained right, they can be great family dogs. They are good for nature traveling.


8. Poodle

Poodles come in standard and miniature sizes. They are sometimes seen as rich and snooty, but in reality all types of people own poodles.  Some of them are good for travel, depending on how they are raised.


9. Shih Tzu

This is a tiny, cuddly dog, that is good for cities. They are very nice and can be good family dogs. This breed is becoming popular in Hollywood, so why not take it on a fancy vacation to LA!


10. Miniature Schnauzer

These dogs are gaining in popularity in America. They are smart and obedient, and love to play. They were bred to be farm dogs, but they can make great family dogs. They are good for certain types of travel, depending on how you train them.

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10 thoughts on “Ten Most Popular Dog Breeds in America: Good Dogs For Travel?

  1. As an owner of 6 dogs, I am not surprised that 3 of the breeds you mentioned we own. Our 3 labs are the most adaptable dogs and are very well behaved. They love to travel. Up until recently, the mini dachshound would whine a lot and drive us crazy but she has toned down. The yorkie would just go to sleep in her carry bag. The newest additon to the gang is a maltese and she is quite content just being held or close to someone just like the yorkie. We love our dogs so much, we recently purchased a motorhome so that they can travel with us. Look for wagin tails on the road.

  2. Never heard of a violent boxer due to not being trained. You should re-word that. Boxers are not violent dogs unless “trained” to be that way, just like any other dog can be.

  3. The Australian Terrier, (which when crossed with a Yorkshire terrier produced the Sydney Silky Terrier) is well worth considering. They are a bit bigger than a Yorkie but are still small, are very friendly, great with kids and good watch dogs. They are adventurous and sturdy so are like a big dog in a small body but make an affectionate lap dog at the same time. The wool coat is easy maintenance too and they don’t shed. A great all rounder.

  4. I’m not surprised that the German Shepherd came in fourth.
    These are honestly the best all round dog (not to mention good looking) my girl is 12 months old and already is proving to live up to her reputation as a great all rounder.

  5. I have two boxers of my own: lucy(brindle), crook (fawn). They are both adorable little kids in their own world. They love to have fun, and are great with kids, but watch their tail, it REALLY hurts! I have a cat, Ming, and the trio get along fantasticly!!! They both are very protective, and bark at our doorbell. But they do get into mischief like pooing in the house if you dont let them out, or tearing apart a shoe or stuffed animal. But that is very rare and only happens when they feel neglected and bored. If you need a family dog that loves to play consider a boxer!!!!

  6. Also I’m a Truck Driver and I’ve thought seriously abouting getting a furry companion to ride with me but it has to be less than 40lbs when grown and Im not really a big on small dogs.. any suggestions?

  7. John – you might consider the Beagle then. The right size, not too small, not too much shedding, and very loving. One thing about Beagles though, they can adopt quite the loud and woeful whine when you leave the house. I have encountered this a couple times and would guess they do not take well to being left alone. So that might prove difficult if you are in motels and have to go out to eat. and you can’t always leave an animal in your car or truck while you eat due to weather conditions. But you should ask a Beagle expert – my experience with the breed is limited.

  8. I love all of those dogs but I need a dog that is NOT high energy like terriers and labs! Any recommendations?