According to Forbes, "66% of U.S. households (86.9 million homes) own a pet. Dogs are the most popular pet in the U.S. (65.1 million U.S. households own a dog), followed by cats (46.5 million households) and freshwater fish (11.1 million households)." Over 65 million homes own a dog, that's a pretty impressive number and shows how popular our canine family members are.


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We had two dogs for about 15 years and they were fantastic and they were best friends with each. We had two smaller dogs (a Bichon Frise and a Maltipoo) Max and Dex and we miss them every day. We are holding off before committing once again but one day we will have another pup or two in the house.



Pets Richard Brutyo


In a recent Patch article, they looked at Forbes and their survey which looked at the most popular dog breeds in each state in the nation. For us here in the Garden State, the dog of choice is the German Shepherd.


German Shepherd Michael Dziedzic


"We’re dog people in New Jersey — German shepherd people if you want to get technical, according to a recent Forbes survey that looked at favorite dog breeds by state."


Dog Jayalekshman SJ


German Shepherds are bigger dogs and many probably associate them with Police or Military Dogs. We never had a German Shepherd, but people we know who have them love them. According to A-Z Animals, "the German Shepherd is one of the top five most common breeds in the US." What is your favorite dog breed? Post your comments below.


LOOK: Longest-living dog breeds

To find out the longest-living dog breeds, Stacker examined data from the journal Genetics and American Kennel Club's 2023 breed popularity rankings. 

Gallery Credit: Sophia June


LOOK: The most popular dog names of 2022 in every state

Hey dog lovers, check out this awesome list of the most popular dog names in 2022 for every state, and get ready for some serious cuteness overload.

Gallery Credit: Amber Spencer-Knowles

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