11 Trendiest Dog Breeds of 2013
Some breeds, like Labrador Retrievers, have been popular pets for years, but other breeds (and popular mixed breeds) have moved steadily up the list over the past decade. For example, 10 years ago you might not have even heard of a Cane Corso, but these days you're likely to cross paths with at least one at your dog park or vet's office.
To determine which breeds and hybrids are truly the hottest ones, we searched Vetstreet's data and looked at how many places each breed climbed between 2002 and 2012. Did your favorite breed make the list?
The Cane Corso is an Italian Mastiff bred to hunt wild boar. While that's not normally the duty assigned to this large dog these days, he's still a good guard dog and known to be more athletic than other Mastiffs.
2. French Bulldog (No. 97 in 2002, No. 37 in 2012)
Affectionate and adaptable, the French Bulldog is one happy-go-lucky pup who can live with nearly anyone, in just about any home environment, so long as there's air conditioning. Between that and his small size, he's a popular pick for city folk.
3. Dogue de Bordeaux (No. 160 in 2002, No. 118 in 2012)The wrinkled Dogue de Bordeaux can weigh up to 160 pounds, which means he's likely to turn heads, but he's calm and gentle (if a bit stubborn) enough to handle the attention. He's a great family pet, which is likely why he has jumped 42 places since 2002, but his drooling, snoring, shedding and sensitivity to temperature mean he's not right for every home.
The Havanese is a bright and lively little dog who's always ready to play, especially when it's a game he has created. He's trainable and loves to be pampered, and clearly, his people are happy to do so since he's No. 4 on this list.
5. Coton de Tulear (No. 130 in 2002, No. 93 in 2012)
The small, white, fluffy Coton de Tulear is very sociable and friendly but also makes a good watchdog. He's originally from Madagascar and has been portrayed on a postage stamp there, and considering he has risen 37 spots in the last decade, perhaps we'll be seeing a U.S. stamp devoted to him, too.