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Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Germany in 2024 (With Pictures)

Written by: Kerry-Ann Kerr

Last Updated on April 13, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Germany in 2024 (With Pictures)

Germany is a dog-friendly country, with 10.7 million dogs living there. After cats (15.7 million), dogs are Germany’s second favorite pet. But would you see the same breeds of dogs over there that you would at home? Many dog breeds can be found all over the world, but it doesn’t mean that their popularity is the same wherever you go.

So, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in Germany according to the VDH Breeder’s Club.

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Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Germany

1. German Shepherd

German Shepherd
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Origin: Germany
Weight: 50-90 lbs
Life Expectancy: 9-13 years
Traits: Intelligent, protective, and alert

Considering these dogs are native to Germany, it might not be a shock that the German shepherd is Germany’s most popular breed. The German shepherd, also known as the Alsatian in parts of Europe, was developed to be a working dog. Shepherds were once called herding dogs and have been used in the police, military, and search and rescue operations worldwide. They are also wonderful pets; they’re protective and loyal. However, they aren’t for a novice dog owner. They require significant training so they can interact with strangers and other pets.

2. Dachshund

dachshund by the beach during sunset
Image by: Masarik, Shutterstock
Origin: Germany
Weight: 10-30 lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
Traits: Playful, clever, courageous

Dachshunds were bred as scent dogs, and they hunt tunneling animals like badgers, rabbits, and foxes. So, don’t let the small stature fool you because the dachshund is fearless and strong. They’re tough enough to take on a badger, which isn’t easy. Their favorite prey inspired the breed’s name: “Dach” meaning badger, and “hund” meaning dog. Dachshunds make brilliant family pets, show dogs, and small-game hunters.

3. German Wirehaired Pointer

German wirehaired pointer standing on the river
Image by: eAlisa, Shutterstock
Origin: Germany
Weight: 45-60 lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
Traits: Willfull, loyal, intelligent

While this dog is the third most popular breed in Germany, it may be new to you because it is not quite as popular in America. The German wirehaired pointer is a versatile, sturdy dog that loves being outdoors. As a result, they won’t be happy lounging in bed all day. Pointers are agile and love being active and spending time with their families.

4. Labrador Retriever

Chocolate Labrador Retriever
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Origin: England
Weight: 55-80 lbs
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Traits: Outgoing, gentle, intelligent

Labradors are sweet, kind, and lovable and have more than enough affection to go around. They are easygoing but also full of energy and require plenty of exercise to keep mentally and physically fit. They are large dogs but easier to manage than other large breeds. Labradors are often used as disability-assistance dogs; they are intelligent, can perform complex tasks, and can be socialized to stay calm in large crowds.

5. Golden Retriever

A happy Golden Retriever adult male dog relaxing in a park
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Origin: Scotland
Weight: 50-75 lbs
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Traits: Placid, intelligent, friendly

The Lab and the Golden Retriever are similar dogs in size and personality, but the golden retriever is a little smaller and has a more high-maintenance coat that requires grooming more often than the Lab. Golden retrievers are easy dogs to train and are lovely family pets.

6. Poodle

A Poodle on the Grass
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Origin: Germany
Weight: 40-70 lbs
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Traits: Intelligent, lively, curious

You might think of France when thinking about Poodles, but they originated in Germany as hunting dogs. Their job was to bring birds like ducks back to their masters, and they haven’t lost this skill. They are active dogs and enjoy long walks, jogging, playing fetch, and swimming. Another interesting fact about them is they have hair, not fur. The difference is that fur will grow to a certain point and then shed, but hair continues to grow. Like human hair, poodle fur can respond to hormonal changes, and after giving birth, female dogs can experience hair loss or hair thinning.

7. Rottweiler

rottweiler at the mountains
Image by: PhotoDOGraphy, Shutterstock
Origin: Germany
Weight: 80-135 lbs
Life Expectancy: 8-10 years
Traits: Fearless, confident, good-natured

Rottweilers have been tarnished with a bad reputation for aggressiveness. However, a well-trained Rottweiler is no more dangerous than any other dog. They are a robust, strong working breed that can seem aloof to strangers. However, they can be humorous and entertaining around people they trust. They are fiercely protective of their family and unaware they aren’t a toy breed, or they just don’t care, so make room because they will plop down in your lap for cuddles.

8. Boxer

male boxer dog standing on grass
Image by: Dmitry Kalinovsky, Shutterstock
Origin: Germany
Weight: 55-70 lbs
Life Expectancy: 7-10 years
Traits: Affectionate, playful, cheerful

Boxers are attractive, good-natured canines. They’re sometimes silly, and their patience and protective nature have given them the reputation for being wonderful family dogs. They take their job as watchdogs very seriously and will meet any threat fearlessly. They respond well to consistent training methods and don’t respond to harsh reprimands.

9. Great Dane (German Mastiff)

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Origin: Germany
Weight: 100-200 lbs
Life Expectancy: 8-10 years
Traits: Friendly, loving, reserved

Great Danes are great, but not Danes since they originated in Germany. They can be as tall as 32 inches at the shoulders and are taller than most people when they stand on their hind legs. They were bred for hunting boars and are recognizable now for being tall, leggy, and graceful despite their size. They are gentle beasts but also alert guardians when it comes to their homes and family. Great Danes are patient with children and people-pleasers, but if a home intruder would not experience the same treatment from the massive protector.

10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Origin: England
Weight: 13-30 lbs
Life Expectancy: 9-14 years
Traits: Playful, sociable, gentle

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel may be a newer breed, but it still makes it into the top 10 breeds in Germany. It’s a smaller dog that can be very active or a shameless couch potato, depending on the owner’s lifestyle. The spaniels are very sociable and affectionate, not just towards their owners but also strangers. They’re excellent family dogs, and we expect them to continue to grow in popularity.

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We hope you’ve learned some interesting facts today, and maybe they’ve even inspired you to adopt a new family member. The animals on our list have made lasting impressions on their German family members, and most breeds are popular throughout the world. So, if you ever visit Germany, see if you can spot one of the incredible canines taking walks with their humans.

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