Top Dogs: Unleashing Australia's Favourite Canine Companions
A Frenchie wears our Taupe Harness whilst out and about with mum!
What's the most popular dog breed in Australia? In Australia, we love our pets, especially our pooches, with almost two in every three households having a furry friend. As pet experts with four years of working with pups (and owners) under our belt, we’re curious about what the most popular dog breeds in Australia actually are.
There’s approximately 360 breeds in the world, but here are the top 7 breeds Aussie’s just can't get enough of...
#1 Labrador Retriever
Friendly, faithful, full of beans
A handsome Chocolate Lab plays with his plush toy. He wears a Ruby Red ST ARGO collar (size Large).
Us Aussies can't resist a Labrador! These friendly and smart dogs are a hit with families all over the country. In fact, they’re commonly recognised as the best breed for families.
They're keen on playtime, easy to train, and always ready for a splash in the water. Just remember they need plenty of exercise, such as a daily walk, to keep their tails wagging and their temperament well behaved. With their playful and family-oriented nature, it’s no wonder they’re Australia’s most popular breed.
#2 Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Affectionate, amusing, aplomb
You can see why Staffies are commonly referred to as the 'Seal' of the canine world. Luna wears our Ruby Red vegan leather dog harness (size Medium).
Don't let their tough looks fool you, Staffies are true softies at heart. Making them one of the most popular breeds that Aussie's love. They adore kids and love to play, making them great family pets, plus they make great guard dogs.
These four-legged friends are highly energetic, so be prepared for zoomies and ensure you've got time for daily walks to keep them at optimal health - they love food (don’t we all) and vets warn they get (extra) chunky easily.
#3 French Bulldog
Cute, comical, cuddly
AKA, the ‘Frenchie’. There's been a lot of love for French Bulldogs lately. And it’s no wonder. These little guys are perfect for city living with their small size, with females growing to roughly 8kg and males to 10kg, and big personality, making them the perfect small dog breed.
They're laid-back, loyal, friendly, and those bat-like ears are seriously cute!
#4 Border Collie
Fun-loving, fit, family dog
A Collie Keeps Guard Wearing the ST ARGO Lilac Harness Walk Set (size Large).
These intelligent hounds have their roots in herding sheep, so they’re always up for an active lifestyle. Border Collies love to run, jump and solve problems.
Intelligence is the Border Collie's distinctive trait: In fact, in 2009, NBC News reported that the average dog is as smart as a two-year-old child, while the Border Collie would trump a four-year-old when it comes to spatial problem-solving skills and basic arithmetic.
This intelligence lends itself to task-based satisfaction. Give a Border Collie a job, and she’ll be happy. If you have room for them to stretch their legs and plenty of energy to match, they'll be your best mate.
They also have a protective streak (originating from herding and surveying sheep), making them great guard dogs.
#5 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Lovable, lively, lapdogs
Cavaliers are the royalty of small dog breeds. Experts trace this breed back to the 1600’s in England. With their silky coats and adorable puppy-dog eyes, they're hard to resist.
They're also super sweet and get along with everyone, making them a top choice for many Aussies and great family companions.
Be warned, they can be a rather docile breed - they were originally bred to be lap dogs. This personality trait hasn't left them and they’ll need to be hustled for their daily walk. How relatable...
#6 Golden Retriever
Gentle, gorgeous, goofy
#7 Australian Shepherd
Beautiful, bold, bouncy
While they didn't actually originate from Australia, Aussie Shepherds have still won our hearts, wiggling their way into the top dog breed charts. They're energetic, clever, and their colourful coats are really something special.
Studies have shown that they’re in the top 5 most intelligent dog breeds, alongside the likes of German Shepherds and Poodles. This means they'll require not just physical, but also mental stimulation. Originally a working dog, they'll usually be top of the class with all forms of obedience training - thriving in a stimulating environment.
These dogs are always up for an adventure, whether it's on the farm, in dog sports, or just a big family outing. They are beautiful dogs, and we’ll cheekily label them ‘Aussie’, and claim them as ours!
Honourable Mention: Cavoodle (Cavapoo)
Friendly, affectionate, attention-hogs
These three adorable siblings wear ST ARGO collars (size Small) in (from left) Ruby Red, Pale Pink, and Lilac.
We get it, they’re not technically a ‘breed’, but this Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross Poodle mutt has shot to popularity in recent years. The vets from Greencross put it down to their loving nature (originating from the Cavalier) and hypo-allergenic coats (coming from their Poodle parent). They're a good option if you're looking for a small dog.
Because of their popularity, this cross-breed is also one of the most expensive dogs in Australia, with people paying upwards of $7,000 for a puppy! This new breed of highly social dog is perfect for apartment living, and won't necessarily require an active lifestyle.
Be warned, these dogs are infamous for craving affection - you won’t get a moment to yourself once introducing a Cavoodle into your family, yep, they’ll even follow you to the bathroom…
Finding Your Pawfect Four Legged Friend
Each dog breed has its own quirks and needs, so it's super important to pick a pet that suits your lifestyle. After all, having a dog is a big responsibility, and you want to make sure both you and your new best friend are happy for the long run.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the most popular dog breed to own in Australia in 2023?
Top dog of the list is the family-loving Labrador Retriever.
What is the best dog to own?
This is a highly subjective question and will differ depending on the individual's circumstances. If you have a highly active lifestyle - an Aussie Shepherd is a great, loyal breed. If you want a dog to sit and watch TV with you, a Frenchie is very happy to sit and relax with their hoo-man. If you're an empty-nester, looking for someone to look after, the ultra-clingy Cavoodle could be the answer to all your empty-nesting worries.
Are Staffies a Good Family Dog?
Staffies are an excellent family dog. They're happy to chill, very loyal and will be protective of your family for their whole life. They're a good size and very low maintenance breed.