There’s no doubt about it: Americans love their dogs. In fact, many of them love them more than their partners. A 2019 survey carried out by organic dog treat company Riley’s Organics showed just how close pet parents are to their canine kids: According to the results, 52% of respondents admitted to kissing their dog more than their partner, and 52% of these said they would rather sleep in bed with their dog than their partner.
But what dog breed is most likely to get lavished with kisses and bedtime cuddles? Without a doubt, it’s the ever-popular Labrador retriever. It’s been the top dog in the U.S. for … well, basically forever. According to American Kennel Club data, practically ever state loves the Lab the most. Only five states prefer other breeds: it’s the German Shepherd Dog in Florida, Indiana and West Virginia; the Beagle in Kentucky; and the French Bulldog in Hawaii.
However, the American Kennel Club numbers are based on the dogs that are registered in each state. There’s another way of ranking the nation’s top breeds, and that’s by looking at internet searches. Joybird analyzed Google Trends and American Kennel Club data to find out which breeds are the most searched for in each U.S. state. While there were a few recurring favorites, others may be more of a surprise!