French BulldogAffectionately nicknamed "Frenchies," this short-haired small breed is about as loyal as they come. With an endearing short face, like those you’d find on a pug or English bulldog, pointy bat ears and stubby legs, one can’t help but want to pick these guys up and cuddle. They are energetic dogs, but not distractingly so. Their coats are generally light and vary between brindle, white, white/brindle, or fawn. They like to stay indoors and make wonderful lap dogs.
BulldogWith their loose skin (especially notable in their droopy face) and sauntering walk, the English bulldog is a medium-sized lavisher of affection. They’re larger than the French Bulldog, but just as cuddly and eager to please. The American Kennel Club distinguishes them as one of the most popular breeds in the country due to their charming looks and lap-loving ways. They are mild-mannered and so are a good choice for families with children, but because of their loyalty they also afford a protective spirit over those they love.
German ShepherdThis breed is one of the AKC’s most popular, even taking into account the breed’s reputation as an enforcer. Known for its dependability in military and law enforcement applications, the German Shepherd is also a great choice for families. Much of a dog’s disposition depends on training and upbringing; this is important to remember when considering whether an entire breed should be excluded from your consideration. These dogs are quite muscular and confrontational, but loyal and loving when they get to know someone.
Labrador RetrieverThe lovable Lab is the single most popular breed in the country. Coming in three color palettes—yellow, chocolate, and black—labs are full of energy and want nothing more than to please their owners. Because of this unwavering devotion, labs are often used as guide dogs for the blind, but they also mirror German Shepherds in their use in law enforcement and narcotics hunts. Labs shed frequently, so they require a regular schedule of grooming to keep them comfortable and looking their best. (No one wants fur-filled dog beds!)
Yorkshire TerrierNYC is one of very few cities in the country that does not prefer the Labrador Retriever over all. The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, is a high-energy but sweet lap dog that is actually included in the Toy Group. They have extremely long coats that require plenty of grooming. The Yorkie used to be a working-class dog used to catch rats in the 19th century, but worked its way up the ranks to be a favorite of the European elite. They need attention but not much exercise, and are therefore likely an NYC favorite because they are small enough to be comfortable in penthouses and apartments.
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