• #1
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Mixed Breed

Often hardy and always unique, mixed breed dogs continually top lists of the most popular dog types in Canada. There’s a mixed pup out there for just about everyone!
  • #2
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Labrador Retriever

Labs are one of Canada’s most popular dog breeds. These high-spirited sporting dogs are perfect for people who love spending time outdoors swimming, jogging, or hunting.
  • #3
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Golden Retriever

Intelligence and a friendly disposition make goldens one of Canada’s most popular dog breeds. These smart pups do well with obedience training and make great hunters.
  • #4
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The Goldendoodle is a fairly new crossbreed that’s growing in popularity. They’re known for their teddy bear looks, low-shedding coats, and friendly personalities.
  • #5
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German Shepherd

Intelligent and protective, German shepherds make loyal companions. These dogs bond well with their owners through physical activities like herding, tracking, and agility.
  • #6
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French Bulldog

Stocky like an English bulldog but not as large, Frenchies are great for homes of all sizes. They don’t need a ton of exercise—nice walks and trips to the dog park work well.
  • #7
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A cross between a poodle and a Labrador, the Labradoodle is naturally hypoallergenic. Loyal, hardworking, and affectionate, these pups make great family pets.
  • #8
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Looking for a lot of personality in a compact package? Adopt a Chihuahua! They’re ideal dogs for city dwellers, but require training to temper their “big dog” attitudes.
  • #9
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Siberian Husky

Quite friendly and social, the Siberian Husky can make a great family dog. They do well with owners who can keep them busy and active on daily walks.
  • #10
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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are tireless partners and working dogs through and through. This incredibly smart breed makes an excellent companion for experienced dog owners.
  • #11
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Shih Tzu

Known as the “little lion dog,” the Shih Tzu is an outgoing and affectionate breed. Mischievous and playful, you’ll never have a dull moment with a Shih Tzu around!
  • #12
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These dogs are a combination of the gentle and merry Cocker Spaniel and the intelligent, elegant Poodle. With an affection for their family and innate friendliness, it’s no surprise how popular they are.
  • #13
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Border Collie

This energetic workaholic is not for the novice dog owner. At the end of a long day, however, they’ll happily snuggle up with their favourite person to celebrate a job well done.
  • #14
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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are true terriers: funny, feisty, and braver than their size implies. Known as “the tomboy toy,” Yorkies are also quite affectionate and favourites of city-dwellers worldwide.
  • #15
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These spunky pups are full of personality. Ever curious and alert, Dachshunds are notoriously stubborn and require patience to train, though the results are totally worth it.
  • #16
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With their pleading expressions and funny personalities, it’s hard to resist a beagle. They make excellent hunting dogs and tend to be very loyal to their people.
  • #17
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With their foxy faces and big dog attitudes, Poms command attention wherever they go. They’re also smarter than their cute appearance may imply, mastering tricks with ease.
  • #18
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Fun-loving and protective of their people, Boxers make great companions. Consider a Boxer if you’re an active individual looking for a playful, high-energy dog.
  • #19
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Charming, funny, and mischievous, pugs make loving pets. Small yet solid, they’re the ideal house dog and happy in just about any home—city or country, kids or none.
  • #20
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From toy to standard sizes, Poodles are intelligent, athletic dogs. Bred originally as hunting dogs, these pups especially enjoy retrieving toys, swimming, and long walks or jogs.

Resources for New Pet Parents

A overwhelming (and delightful) number of people adopted pets in the last year—whether it was because they had more time on their hands or simply wanted the company. For additional post-adoption support, we rounded up some of our most helpful articles, spanning dog training at home, the best harnesses for every kind of dog and tips on how best to travel with your dog.

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Tips For Alleviating Separation Anxiety

Many pet parents spent much of the last year at home, with their families, dogs and cats. It's only natural that pets—and their parents—might feel some anxiety with more time out of the house. We worked with experts to determine the best ways to alleviate separation anxiety in dogs through use of puzzle toys, routine recommendations and more.

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Rover data from June 2021 includes the top 20 list of the most popular dog breeds across Canada as well as the top 5 trending dog breeds in 6 of our largest cities where the dog breeds outpaced the national rank in popularity within each city. Rover also conducted a survey via Pollfish in June 2021 of 500 Canadian dog parents.

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