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We may like our 10,000 Lakes here in Minnesota but we also have a fondness for our furry four-legged canine companions. But just which breed of dog is most popular here in Minnesota?

Finding a household with a pet is pretty easy to do these days here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. According to the World Population Review, which looked at data compiled by the 2020 U.S. Census, over half of all homes in Minnesota have a pet, good for a pet residence rate of 54 percent.

Of those 54 percent of pet owners here in the Bold North, 35 percent are dog owners, with cat-owning homes coming in at just over 26 percent. And when Minnesotans own  pets, most households own more than one dog and cat, as well. The rate for canines-per-household is 1.4 (though it's difficult to own 4/10ths of a dog, right?), similar to the feline rate of 1.9 per household.

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But just which breed of those dogs is the most popular in the North Star State? That's what the pet nutrition experts at PetLab wanted to find out. PetLab analyzed over 200 AKC-recognized dog breeds, using keywords like 'buy' and 'adopt,' and filtered them through Google's Keyword Planner. The result produced a ranking for each state's most searched-for breed over the past 12 months. 

And here in Minnesota, PetLab says our most popular dog breed is... the Golden Retriever. And, we're not alone. Goldens were the most popular dog breed in a whopping 37 other states as well, including all our neighboring states including Wisconsin, Iowa, both North and South Dakota as well as states like California, New York, and Illinois.

Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

The second most popular breed in the U.S. is the French Bulldog, which is the most favored dog breed in nine states, including Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

Other popular breeds making the list include the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Newfoundland, and the Dogo Argentino (which I'd never heard of before, but is an Argentine mastiff-type pup, the survey says.)

Our two dogs, Asher (an Australian Cattle Dog) and Juniper (and Australian Shepherd/Border Colline mix) didn't make the list. If yours didn't, either, at least you can see what their breed looked like when there were puppies. Keep scrolling to check the pictures out!

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