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Canada’s most popular dog breed of 2023 is…

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If you adopted a goldendoodle this past year, you’ve got (furry) friends. Rover, the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, lists this pup in their top eight most popular breeds of 2023.

So, what makes one breed more well-liked than another? It comes down to the personality traits pet parents are looking for in a new addition to their family. Thirty-eight per cent want a friendly disposition, 22 per cent need a friendly and social dog, and 18 per cent want a cuddle buddy.

As far as we’re concerned, any pup would make us happy—but a few breeds reigned supreme in 2023:

  1. Mixed Breed 
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Goldendoodle
  5. German Shepherd
  6. French Bulldog
  7. Labradoodle
  8. Cockapoo

While many top breeds haven’t changed over the years, certain types of dogs continue to grow in popularity. Doodles have more than doubled in numbers on Rover since 2013, accounting for just 5 per cent of all dogs added to the site in 2013 and 12 per cent in 2023. 

And we can’t not mention the generational differences when it comes to which pups are most popular. While everyone loves a mixed breed (they are the number one breed across four generations), second place goes to Labrador Retrievers for Baby Boomers, Chihuahuas for Gen X, German Shepherds for Millennials, and Golden Retrievers for Gen Z.

Special mention goes to Pomeranians, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Samoyeds, and Shiba Inus, all of which are trending and starting to take over dog parks across the country.

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