Top 5 Popular Dog Breeds in Canada

Top 5 popular dog breeds in Canada | MyPetraits Blog

According to statistics, about 41% of households in Canada own at least one dog. Most of which does not have any custom pet portraits. Have you ever wondered what kinds of dogs are the most popular in your neighborhood? The top five most popular dog breeds in Canada are:

  1. Labrador Retriever 
  2. German Shepherd Dog 
  3. Golden Retriever 
  4. Poodle 
  5. Shetland Sheepdog 

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is known as the Black Water Dog, the Lesser Newfoundland, and the St. John’s Dog. The coat color is usually black, yellow, or chocolate. They are excellent hunting dogs with kind, outgoing personalities and non-aggressive natures. They are the perfect pet dog for families.

Advantages of raising a Labrador Retriever:

  • Clean: Labrador Retriever has a short coat, which is easy to care for.
  • Smart: Labrador Retriever has very high intelligence. They can quickly understand your meaning. They are easy to train and can see results after just a few teachings.
  • Quiet: In most cases, Labrador Retriever is very quiet. You don't need to worry that their barking will bother your neighbors.

Things to be concerned about when raising a Labrador Retriever:

  • Exercise requirements: Labrador Retriever has a very high need for exercise. They need to have open spaces and be taken out to play often.
  • Obesity: Labrador Retriever loves eating food. They need you to control their food intake very well; otherwise, it can easily lead to obesity.

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are one of the most versatile breeds in the world today. They are intelligent and steady; many German Shepherds are bred to be excellent police dogs. Their coat colors are usually black and tan, with different shades of sable or all black.

Advantages of raising a German Shepherd Dog:

  • Handsome: German Shepherds are adorable when they are young and strong and handsome when they grow up. Good-looking is an obvious advantage for them.
  • Smart: German Shepherds are calm, intelligent, and highly obedient. They learn orders quickly and follow them well. 
  • Loyal: German Shepherds are loyal and will always love and guard the family that raised them.

Things to be concerned about when raising a German Shepherd Dog:

  • Care Needs: German Shepherds have a more significant body odor and shed more hair. They require good caring work on their coat.
  • Exercise Needs: German Shepherds are very athletic and heavy eaters. They need to be taken outdoors often for exercise.

 Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever was bred as a hunting dog to cooperate with hunting. Although they are hunting dogs, most have a gentle and friendly nature. They are known as a child's best dog friend. The color of the coat is, of course, all golden.

Advantages of raising a Golden Retriever:

  • Friendly: The Golden Retriever has a gentle and soft nature. They are very friendly, even with strangers. It is a good choice for families with small children.
  • Smart: Golden Retrievers are very intelligent and can quickly understand and respond to people. 

Things to be concerned about when raising a Golden Retriever:

  • Care Needs: The Golden Retriever has a long coat. It sheds easily and requires regular care to keep the coat soft.


Poodles are divided into Standard Poodle, Medium Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. Their coats are curly, and their colors may be pure. Of these four sizes, the standard poodle is more common in Canada.

Advantages of raising a Poodle:

  • Friendly: Poodles are gentle. They are very friendly to strangers. They are also very intelligent and can easily understand people's meanings.
  • Beautiful: The Poodle is a wonderful breed of dog. Their curly coats and wide range of colors give them a unique beauty.
  • Clean: Poodles do not have much body odor. Also, because of the curly coat, they rarely shed. 

Things to be concerned about when raising a Poodle:

  • Weak Bones: Poodles have long, narrow feet. It is easy for them to break bones, they cannot do too much exercise, and they usually need to take calcium supplements.

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdogs, also called Sheltie, come from the island of Scotland. They are small but agile and active. The coat of the Pleasant is long, straight, and challenging, with a fuzzy undercoat at the bottom. The coat is usually brown with white, but there are also black and white breeds.

Advantages of raising a Shetland Sheepdog:

  • Pretty: Sheltie is a beautiful breed of dog. They are often seen in all kinds of dog competitions.
  • Clean: Sheltie has little body odor. Although their fur is long, they are not the type that sheds quickly.
  • Warm nature: Sheltie's personality is warm and lively. But at the same time, they are also wary of strangers. Therefore, they will show a hospitable side to people who are friendly to them. 

Things to be concerned about when raising a Shetland Sheepdog:

  • Barking problem: It might be due to the dynamic nature; Sheltie is a very barking dog. So, if you live in an apartment or a place with poor soundproofing, you may be troubled by the nuisance.

There are many other cute breeds such as Corgi, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Shiba Inu, etc. 

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