Minnesota: English Springer Spaniel
The people-pleaser of the dog world, the English springer spaniel is a loyal companion for many Minnesotans. Great with kids and other dogs, the Springer was originally bred to be a hunting dog. According to the American Kennel Club, it was used to “flush” or “spring” game. This means it chased birds, forcing them to fly into the sky to give hunters a good target.
There’s no mistaking the dachshund – its long, low body sets it apart from its contemporaries. Expect to see plenty of these dogs in Mississippi, as it’s the state’s most-searched for breed. Although it’s not built for distance running or any other strenuous activity, it’s got plenty of energy and loves to play. It’s also a great watchdog, with a bark that’s bigger than its size.
More Akita lovers can be found in Missouri, where the breed might take pleasure in the state’s annual 20-inch snowfall average during the winter months. According to the American Kennel Club, the Akita has webbed toes to make walking on snow by easier (by distributing their weight more effectively). Their front dewclaws act as mini ice picks, just in case they need to climb out of icy water.
Montana: Belgian Malinois
The Belgian Malinois may be a dog breed you haven’t heard of, but that’s not the case in Montana, where it’s the firm favorite. Confident, intelligent and hard-working, this breed thrives when it gets plenty of exercise and time with its owner. If you love to run, bike or hike (in Montana or elsewhere), the Malinois is your ideal companion.
Nebraska: Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Nebraskans prefer a compact house dog to any other type, as evidenced by their love for the Pembroke Welsh corgi. This breed may be small, but it’s strong! It’s also fearless and vigilant, which makes it a great watchdog.
Nevada: Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland sheepdog, affectionately known as a “Sheltie,” is the top-ranking dog in Nevada. It certainly has plenty going for it, including agility and excellent herding abilities. According to the American Kennel Club, the Sheltie is smart and easy to train, which explains why it’s often used as a medical alert dog, service dog or therapy dog.
New Hampshire: Golden Retriever
Like their neighbors in Massachusetts, New Hampshire dog owners love golden retrievers. As with all breeds, it’s a good idea to socialize and train a golden pup early. By introducing a young dog to a wide range of people, places and situations between the ages of seven weeks and four months, you give it the best chance of becoming a well-adjusted, well-mannered adult, says the American Kennel Club.
New Jersey: Maltese
The tiny Maltese (it weighs less than seven pounds) is top of the list for dog owners in New Jersey. It makes a great family pet, as it’s an alert watchdog that’s always willing to impress on the agility course. It is also a relatively low shedder. To get the best from a Maltese, the American Kennel Club recommends consistent, rewards-based training.
New Mexico: Shih Tzu
Along with all the New Mexicans who adore the shih tzu, celebrity fans of the breed include Nicole Richie, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Colin Farell, Bill Gates and even Queen Elizabeth II, per the American Kennel Club. It’s no surprise, considering how loving — and lovable — this little dog is. Life with a shih tzu is guaranteed to be full of fun.
New York: Havanese
The super-cute Havanese is tough to resist – just ask New Yorkers! Their top-ranking breed, the national dog and only native breed of Cuba is sweet and playful, with a spring in its step. With moderate exercise needs, either indoors or out, the Havanese is perfect for those Big Apple city dwellers.
North Carolina: Shih Tzu
The American Kennel Club ranks the shih tzu as the 20th most popular dog breed in the U.S., but it’s No. 1 in North Carolina. As with all breeds, grooming is important. While many shih tzu owners keep their dog’s hair long, the breed looks just as cute with a short style.
North Dakota: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The gentle, graceful Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a current favorite in North Dakota, and it’s a great choice. This toy spaniel breed is extremely adaptable, meaning it enjoys either city or country life. In fact, it’s happy to do whatever its owner does, provided it gets plenty of attention and affection.
Rottweilers need a moderate amount of daily exercise to stay fit and healthy and love walking, swimming and trotting. This athletic, muscular dog is always willing to do its share of hard work, including on the farmlands of Ohio, where it’s the No. 1 breed. According to the American Kennel Club, Rottweilers are quick to learn to cart and are masters in herding and tracking.
Oklahoma: Basset Hound
Basset hounds may be more on the “couch potato” end of the activity scale, but they’re actually incredible hunters. In fact, their natural ability to hunt is one of the reasons the American Kennel Club launched Basset Hound Field Trials in 1937. In these events, dogs run in packs of two or more after a rabbit or hare (but never actually catch their prey). The trials take place all over the country, including Oklahoma, where the love for the basset hound is strong.