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The most popular dog breeds in Ohio and U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report – cleveland.com

Dogs frolic on the lawn at Mall B in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The Golden Retriever is the most popular dog breed in Ohio, according to recent data from U.S. News & World Report.John Kuntz, cleveland.com
If you have a dog as a pet, you know the bond between human and canine is a special one.
In fact, dogs are the most popular pets in the U.S. with 49 million households across the country having one or more dogs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Some dog breeds, however, are more popular than others, with varying results by state, according to recent data.
The Golden Retriever is the most popular dog breed in Ohio, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report. The report, “The Most Popular Dog Breed in Each State,” compared 811,798 data points from a third-party pet insurance industry partner during fall of 2023. The data points included dog breeds and state residence, which was filtered to reveal the most popular breeds in each state.
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Beyond the Golden Retriever, the next most popular dog breeds in Ohio are the German Shepherd, Chihuahua, Goldendoodle and Yorkshire Terrier to round out the top five.
Ohio is one of 14 states where the golden retriever ranks as the most popular dog breed, along with Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Across the U.S., though, the Golden Retriever ranks third in popularity amongst dog breeds. The most popular dog breeds in the U.S. are the Chihuahua and French Bulldog, followed by the Golden Retriever, as well as German Shepherds at No. 4 and Shih Tzus ranking at No. 5.
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The top five most popular dog breeds in Ohio, according to U.S. News & World Report, are:
1. Golden Retriever
2. German Shepherd
3. Chihuahua
4. Goldendoodle
5. Yorkshire Terrier
The top 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report, are:
1. Chihuahua
2. French Bulldog
3. Golden Retriever
4. German Shepherd
5. Shih Tzu
6. Goldendoodle
7. Yorkshire Terrier
8. American Pit Bull Terrier
9. Pit Bull
10. Labrador Retriever (Black)
The full report from U.S. News & World Report on the most popular dog breed in each state can be found online.
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