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7 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Arizona: Updated in 2023 (With Pictures)

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By Misty Layne

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There’s no doubt a lot of people are big fans of dogs. In fact, canines are the most popular pet in America, with nearly 50 million homes having one. But which dog breeds are the most popular in each state?

Well, if you live in Arizona, you’ll be glad to know we have the seven most popular dog breeds in your state below! Many of the breeds on this list aren’t surprising, as they’re popular in the U.S. in general. But a couple might surprise you, so keep reading to find out what they are!

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The 7 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Arizona

1.  Australian Shepherd

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Height 18–21 inches
Weight 35–55 pounds
Lifespan 13–15 years

According to Arizona Foothills Magazine, the Australian Shepherd was the third most searched canine breed in major Arizona cities. Considering how beautiful and hard-working these pups are, that should come as no surprise. This breed is a ranch dog, so they do tend to herd people when no animals are around, but they make wonderful pets, too.

Australian Shepherds are friendly, intelligent, easy to train, and extremely loyal. They need plenty of exercise, though, so expect half-hour or longer walks daily.

2. Cane Corso

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Height 23–27 inches
Weight 90–120 pounds
Lifespan 10–12 years

Arizona Foothills Magazine also found that the most searched dog in the state of Arizona was the Cane Corso. This Italian Mastiff has roots in ancient Rome and can be a bit intimidating due to their size, but with proper training and socialization, they’re quite sweet. The Cane Corso is affectionate, playful, loyal, and extremely protective; those protective instincts can come out in the form of aggression if these dogs aren’t properly trained, though. The breed also likes to be the boss, so owning one of these pups means you need a firm hand and plenty of patience.

3. French Bulldog

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Height 11–13 inches
Weight Under 28 pounds
Lifespan 10–12 years

The 2nd most searched canine in Arizona, according to Arizona Foothills Magazine, was the French Bulldog! Considering this breed was the most popular in America in 2022 (according to the American Kennel Club), it’s understandable they’re popular in Arizona. French Bulldogs are small enough to fit into any number of homes and lifestyles and are some of the greatest companion dogs around.

Though laid back, they will always demand affection and attention, so be prepared for that! They’re also not the best breed for active people looking for someone to hike or run with, as the breed is rather lazy.

4. German Shepherd

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Height 22–26 inches
Weight 50–90 pounds
Lifespan 7–10 years

According to AZ Big Media, Camp Bow Wow released a list of Arizona’s most popular canine breeds for National Dog Day, and the German Shepherd came in second! German Shepherds are a breed that can be a number of things for a number of people. They’re known for being excellent police and military dogs but can make wonderful family pets, as well.

Though they can be aloof on occasion, the breed is also loving and playful. German Shepherds are highly protective, so they are excellent at pulling guard duty in the home.

5. Golden Retriever

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Height 20–24 inches
Weight 55–70 pounds
Lifespan 10–12 years

That same Camp Bow Wow list found the Golden Retriever coming in at #4 on the list of popular dogs in Arizona, which makes sense because who doesn’t love Golden Retrievers? These big golden pups are silly, funny, adorable, and playful and are some of the most fantastic family pets around.

This canine is smart, too—in fact, one of the smartest dog breeds in the world—making the Golden Retriever easy to train. That intelligence means they’re more easily bored, though, so be sure to keep them active and occupied to avoid destructive behaviors.

6. Labrador Retriever

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Height 21.5–24.5 inches
Weight 55–80 pounds
Lifespan 10–12 years

The Labrador Retriever coming out at #1 on Camp Bow Wow’s list should come as no surprise. Labs have long been one of the most popular dog breeds, not only in the United States but around the world. Though the breed can be used for hunting and duck retrieving, they also make fabulous companions and pets due to their sweet, loving, and patient temperaments. Labs get along with pretty much anyone and everyone they meet and adore being active. This is definitely a dog you can bring along on jogs and long hikes.

7. Goldendoodle

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Height 22–26 inches
Weight 30–45 pounds
Lifespan 10–15 years

Last on our list is the Goldendoodle! These adorable hybrid dogs are a mix between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle and are one of the more popular doodle mixes around. They’re known for their friendliness, fondness for playing in water, and affectionate natures. The breed forms strong bonds with their humans and does well with children, making them a wonderful family dog. These canines love to be active, so be prepared for tons of playtime, swimming, running, and hiking!

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Arizona is as fond of dogs as the rest of the United States and has many of the same most popular breeds as the rest of the country. However, there are a couple of dog breeds on here that differ. No matter the dog breed, though, it’s undeniable that canines remain a well-loved pet wherever you live!

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