Dogs live everywhere humans do, even in blazing-hot states like Arizona. The state’s uniquely dry heat makes hydration very important when your dog spends time outdoors, but nearly any dog breed can thrive in the Grand Canyon State with proper planning and plenty of water. Just to illustrate, let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular dog breeds in Arizona and what makes them each unique.
The 7 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Arizona
1. Labrador Retriever
Often called the Lab, Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular dogs in the world. For over 30 years, they were the most popular breed in the US. Labs are intelligent, trainable, and amiable in nature, and they come in a huge variety of colors and fur types, from short-haired Labs to shaggier long-haired Labs. Labs are also very active, playful dogs that thrive with plenty of physical exercise. Many Labs are known to be water dogs, too, so try taking yours swimming!
2. Golden Retriever
The famously friendly and outgoing Golden Retriever is one of the top family pets in Arizona and elsewhere for some really good reasons. Goldens get along with nearly any person or dog, and sometimes they even make friends with cats! They’re roughly as intelligent as a Lab and even more eager to please, though we don’t think you’ll get your Golden Retriever to win any basketball games. Goldens shed a lot, making regular grooming a must in the Arizona heat.
3. German Shepherd
German Shepherds continue to reign as one of the most popular big dogs in Arizona, with a lively and whip-smart intelligence, trainability, and deep loyalty to their family. They’re purposeful and adaptable dogs that make great watchdogs or family dogs with the right training. German Shepherds are moderate shedders that shed heavily during spring and fall, so double up on your grooming sessions during those seasons to help keep them cool and comfortable.
4. American Pitbull Terrier
Most commonly known as the Pitbull, the American Pitbull Terrier is a gentle medium-large dog with a bad rap for aggression. While they can get rowdy without firm handling, Pitbulls are actually great with kids and get along well with just about anyone with proper socialization from an early age. Sometimes restricted within certain communities, it’s heartening to see the Pitbull so popular in Arizona.
5. French Bulldog
The French Bulldog rose from an unlikely past in the Parisian underworld to become the most popular dog in the world. Only recently did they dethrone the Lab, who reigned for over 30 years! These lovable little goofballs have adorable batlike satellite dish ears, and they do best with all the attention you can give them. They’re willful little buggers when they want to be, but as a whole, Frenchies are so popular because they’re completely irresistible.
Poodles come in four sizes, from the diminutive toy and miniature Poodle to the largish standard poodle. They were historically water dogs who became renowned for their intelligence and fluffy haircuts, but nobody seems to agree whether the Poodle or German Shepherd is smarter. They’re super easy to train, learning commands with ease, and they excel in physical activities like agility. Of course, this all comes with a high-maintenance coat that requires regular brushing and care to keep in good shape, especially in sweltering Arizona.
7. Cane Corso
Cane Corsos have made a recent resurgence in Arizona, despite usually being lower in the popularity rankings among other breeds. They’re devoted and affectionate with their family, with a thoughtful dignity and innate protectiveness that makes them spectacular guard dogs. Underneath, they’re big sweethearts that do great with children as long as you make sure they don’t play too rough, as some don’t know their own strength!
Arizona might have an unforgiving climate, but that doesn’t stop dedicated pet owners, who own a huge variety of breeds. The Lab and German Shepherd might be obvious, but this list surprised even us with underdogs like the Cane Corso and Pitbull.
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