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5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Michigan (Updated in 2023)

Jordyn Alger

By Jordyn Alger

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Although numerous breeds are living on practically every continent, every region has its favorites. The appeal of each dog is highly subjective and varies from person to person, yet at the same time, some breeds have gathered a larger following than others.

As of 2022, the top five dog breeds in the United States of America are the French Bulldog, the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever, the German Shepherd, and the Poodle. If you are curious about how the nation’s top five compare to Michigan’s top five, you can take a look at our list below.

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The 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Michigan

1. Goldendoodle

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Height: 20—24 inches
Weight: 50—90 pounds
Lifespan: 10—15 years

While the Goldendoodle is not an official breed accepted by the American Kennel Club. devoted fans of the hybrid consider them just as valid as a purebred. Apparently, there are several diehard fans in Michigan.

The Goldendoodle is a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle, which you’ll remember are two of the nation’s most popular dog breeds. Therefore, it stands to reason that a mix of the two breeds would be popular in Michigan.

2. Yorkshire Terrier

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Height: 7—8 inches
Weight: 7 pounds
Lifespan: 11—15 years

Michigan’s second most popular dog breed is a deviation from the nation’s top five since the Yorkshire Terrier currently ranks 13th nationally. However, it’s not hard to see why they rank so high in Michigan’s hearts. This affectionate, sprightly animal is practically bursting with love and is always eager to shower their families with love.

Although they require daily grooming, they shed very little and are less likely to drool than other dogs. Clean and cute are two words that describe the Yorkshire Terrier, and many of Michigan’s pet parents seem to agree.

3. French Bulldog

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

Michigan’s love for the French Bulldog is a no-brainer considering they’re the most popular canine in the United States. These intelligent and playful dogs make them excellent companions for new and experienced dog owners. They are social animals that are willing to make strangers into their best friends, and they are always eager to please their owners. They don’t shed excessively and typically only make noise to alert their owners. Although they shed and drool moderately, they require minimal grooming care, making them an easy family dog to care for.

4. Labrador Retriever

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Height: 22.5—24.5 inches
Weight: 65—80 pounds
Lifespan: 11—13 years

Of course, the Labrador Retriever is on our list. Until 2022, the remarkable pup held the number one spot in America’s hearts for over 30 years. Even if you’ve never had a Labrador Retriever, it is easy to fall in love with one.

With a sweet face, an outgoing personality, and a friendly disposition, the Labrador Retriever makes an excellent companion for all families. Many people describe the Lab’s eyes as kind, which may be why it is so well-loved in Michigan.

5. Poodle

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Height: Over 15 inches
Weight: 60—70 pounds
Lifespan: 10—18 years

Michigan’s pick of the fifth most popular dog breed aligns with the national verdict. The Poodle has curly hair that’s water resistant, which helped them retrieve waterfowl in chilly water. Due to their nearly hypoallergenic coat, families who cannot house other breeds may be just fine with bringing the Poodle home.

Poodles can come in three sizes: Toy, Miniature, and Standard. They also can come in various colors; some are as basic as black and white, while others are unique as cafe au lait.

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Michigan’s top breeds are the Goldendoodle, the Yorkshire Terrier, the French Bulldog, the Labrador Retriever, and the Poodle. While this list generally follows along with the nation’s favorite canines, some significant differences exist, such as a hybrid breed taking first place.

Don’t be discouraged if you live in Michigan and your dog isn’t on this list. Just because certain breeds are more prominent in a certain state doesn’t mean the dog you love isn’t worthy. It’s due to devoted individuals like you that these five dogs became so popular, so it’s possible that your favorite breed could become more popular, too.

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