The Labrador Retriever has been America’s number one most-popular dog breed since 1991. Despite their 30+ year reign, Labs are not the United States’ most searched breed on Google.

That honor goes to their shorter, stubbier cousin, the Bulldog. In fact, despite their prevalence as pets, Labs are only the fourth most Google-researched breed by American dog lovers.

What are the top 10 most searched dog breeds in the country? And which breed is top-of-mind for Googlers in each state?

USA Today reports:

“Based on Google search data compiled over the last five years, Bulldogs are the most-searched dog breed in the U.S. in all but 13 states: Alaska, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Those states favored three other breeds: Labrador Retriever, Siberian Husky, and German Shepherd.”

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“The Big 10” Most Searched Dog Breeds in the U.S.

1. Bulldog

2. German Shepherd

3. Pit Bull

4. Labrador Retriever

5. Siberian Husky

6. Golden Retriever

7. Poodle

8. French Bulldog

9. Chihuahua

10. American Pitbull Terrier

The Most Popular Dog Breed in Each State

According to Google trends data since 2017, these are the pups favored state-by-state.

Alabama – Bulldog

Alaska – Siberian Husky

Arizona – Bulldog

Arkansas – Bulldog

California – Bulldog

Colorado – Bulldog

Connecticut – Bulldog

Delaware – Bulldog

District of Columbia – Bulldog

Florida – Bulldog

Georgia – Bulldog

Hawaii – Bulldog

Idaho – Labrador Retriever

Illinois – Bulldog

Indiana – Bulldog

Iowa – Bulldog

Kansas – Bulldog

Kentucky – German Shepherd

Louisiana – Bulldog

Maine – Labrador Retriever

Maryland – Bulldog

Massachusetts – Bulldog

Michigan – Bulldog

Minnesota – Labrador Retriever

Mississippi – Bulldog

Missouri – Bulldog

Montana – Labrador Retriever

Nebraska – Bulldog

Nevada – Bulldog

New Hampshire – Labrador Retriever

New Jersey – Bulldog

New Mexico – Bulldog

New York – Bulldog

North Carolina – Bulldog

North Dakota – Labrador Retriever

Ohio – Bulldog

Oklahoma – Bulldog

Oregon – Bulldog

Pennsylvania – Bulldog

Rhode Island – Bulldog

South Carolina – Bulldog

South Dakota – Labrador Retriever

Tennessee – Bulldog

Texas – Bulldog

Utah – Bulldog

Vermont – Labrador Retriever

Virginia – Bulldog

Washington – Siberian Husky

West Virginia – German Shepherd 

Wisconsin – Labrador Retriever

Wyoming – Bulldog

Why Are “Bulldogs” So Popular?

Bulldogs dominate the canine Google searches in the United States, but is it all about aesthetics? Or perhaps their popularity in viral videos? While Americans love to Google the term “Bulldog,” the breed is only number six on the AKC’s 2021 list of most popular dog breeds, which ranks dogs based on owner registrations from the previous year.

Based on that same data, the Bulldog’s close cousin, the French Bulldog, is an impressive number two in the United States. Art expert Gary Bachman is writing a book on the Frenchie’s popularity in 19th century and modern art. As a French Bulldog dad himself, he says, “the breed appeals to people with sophisticated tastes,” and “their jovial personality is well-suited to city life.”

Frenchies are also extremely popular among celebrities, including Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Madonna, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and the late Carrie Fisher.

Could it be that American Googlers seek the French version of the Bulldog when they type in their search term?

Frenchies and their English cousins are undeniably adorable, intelligent, and entertaining, but before you go to Google to find your next pet, be sure to do your research. Bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds are prone to a wide range of heartbreaking—and expensive—health problems. They are also some of the breeds most likely to be stolen.

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