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10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Michigan (2024 Update With Pictures)

Written by: Chris Dinesen Rogers

Last Updated on May 16, 2024 by Dogster Team

rottweiler dog outdoors with a red collar

10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Michigan (2024 Update With Pictures)

Michigan is an interesting state. It is the 11th largest by area in the country and is a mix of rural and urban areas, which practically divides the population. It also explains the diversity of favorite dog breeds. Some are apparent choices because of their hunting abilities, while others seem more at home looking cute as lap dogs.

Regardless, here are the most popular dog breeds in Michigan.


The 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Michigan

1. Labrador Retriever

a long haired labrador retriever on grass
Image Credit: Angel Luciano, Unsplash
AKC Group Sporting
Height 21.5–23.5 inches (F)
22.5–24.5 inches (M)
Weight 55–70 pounds (F)
65–80 pounds (M)

It’s hard not to fall in love with a Labrador Retriever. We totally understand why it’s Michigan’s favorite dog breed. It is also America’s second most beloved dog. They’re all wonderful pets and companions whether you have a black, chocolate, or yellow lab. These pups have been loyal and skillful hunting partners from the start. This pooch is all about the water, whether it’s swimming or retrieving game—perfect for a state surrounded by water.

The breed became the top dog in registrations with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1991. It’s been a long-standing love affair ever since.

2. German Shepherd

black and tan German Shepherd playing with a ball dog toy
Image Credit: Reba Spike, Unsplash
AKC Group Herding
Height 22–24 inches (F)
24–26 inches (M)
Weight 50–70 pounds (F)
65–90 pounds (M)

The best way to describe the German Shepherd is courageous and proud. Few breeds are as distinctive looking as this one. As fierce as they may look, they are excellent family pets and good with kids. They also have a playful side to them. Strangers may not see that side of this pup because they are on the job protecting their family.

While the breed’s original job was herding, its intelligence made it a suitable choice for various tasks. It has done work for the military, law enforcement, and service animals.

3. Golden Retriever

Golden retriever wagging his tail
Image Credit: Hollysdogs, Shutterstock
AKC Group Sporting
Height 21.5–22.5 inches (F)
23–24 inches (M)
Weight 55–65 pounds (F)
65–75 pounds (M)

The Golden Retriever is another favorite breed, coming in at number three on AKC’s roster. This pup is also at home in the field, flushing game, and, of course, returning the catch. This dog loves everyone, including other canines. They are adaptable and easy to train. Their calm and easygoing disposition makes them delightful pets.

The Golden Retriever has it all. They are excellent hunting companions and are intelligent and handsome enough for the show circuit.

4. Beagle

sitting beagle
Image Credit: EnelGammie, Shutterstock
AKC Group Hound
Height 13 inches and under (F)
13–15 inches (M)
Weight Under 20 pounds (F)
20–30 pounds (M)

You’ll see two varieties of the Beagle, with varying heights and weights. They are friendly dogs, making them great choices whether you live in town or the country. This breed is a favorite hunting companion that gets along with other canines yet doesn’t forget to stay on the job. This pup can be vocal, so early training is necessary.

The breed’s history goes back centuries. However, its entire story isn’t known. The animal’s size and keen hunting ability made them a natural for chasing down rabbits and other small game.

5. Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky Dog
Image Credit: jpgordijn, Pixabay
AKC Group Working
Height 20–22 inches (F)
21–23.5 inches (M)
Weight 35–50 pounds (F)
45–60 pounds (M)

The Siberian Husky is probably one of the hardest-working canines you’ll ever meet. This breed is well-suited to the frigid Michigan winters. It’s an all-around great pet. This pup is quite friendly and gets along with everyone, including other dogs. After all, the husky is the ultimate team player. They are high-energy and quite vocal, a trait many sledding breeds share.

The Siberian Husky is a breed that needs a job to provide adequate amounts of mental stimulation. The dog also has remarkable stamina and endurance.

6. German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Point_Vitalii_Mamchuk, Shutterstock
Image Credit: Vitalii_Mamchuk, Shutterstock
AKC Group Sporting
Height 21–23 inches (F)
23–25 inches (M)
Weight 45–60 pounds (F)
55–70 pounds (M)

The German Shorthaired Pointer is another hunting breed with its own style of getting game. This pup has the stamina and energy to handle an entire day in the field. They are intelligent animals that are eager to please. When not tracking upland game, they are affectionate and loving with their family. This dog also needs mental stimulation when not working.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunting companion. They are just at home scouting for waterfowl as they are game birds. They also make excellent running partners that can keep up with your pace.

7. Poodle (Standard)

White toy poodle dog on grass at sunset
Image Credit: NicoPerez, Shutterstock
AKC Group Non-Sporting
Height Over 15 inches tall
Weight 40–50 pounds (F)
60–70 pounds (M)

It almost seems unfair to call the Standard Poodle a non-sporting dog. The breed’s history is in the field or the water on a hunt. The distinctive grooming cut benefitted this hunting companion, even if we associate it with anything but getting dirty or wet. The Poodle is one of the most intelligent canines you’ll meet. This pup thrives when working.

This dog is highly trainable and eager to please. They are also affectionate and open to making new friends, human and canine.

8. Rottweiler

rottweiler dog sitting on the grass outdoors
Image Credit: KevinSeibel, Unsplash
AKC Group Working
Height 22–25 inches (F)
24–27 inches (M)
Weight 80–100 pounds (F)
95–135 pounds (M)

The Rottweiler is an imposing animal with the muscle and brawn to back it up. This dog exudes confidence. They make good family pets, but you should supervise playtime with the kids because of the animal’s size. The breed goes back to Roman times, where they herded cattle. They eventually segued into guardians and other roles.

This pup is easy to train and intelligent, making it a natural choice for police work and search and rescue. This pooch needs plenty of mental stimulation as a family pet.

9. Bulldog

olde english bulldogge laying down
Image Credit: Shawna and Damien Richard, Shutterstock
AKC Group Non-Sporting
Height 15–16 inches (F)
16–17 inches (M)
Weight 40–50 pounds (F)
50–55 pounds (M)

The Bulldog is a lovable animal. They are friendly dogs that crave human attention, yet they are easygoing and playful. The breed toes the line of moderation. It’s affectionate but not overly so. It’s somewhat adaptable and energetic. It makes an excellent pet for families with older children or no kids.

The breed, like other Pitbull types, has an unfortunate history of bullbaiting that has tarnished its reputation among pet owners. Enthusiasts turned the tables on this regrettable past.

10. Boxer

male boxer dog standing on grass
Image Credit: Dmitry Kalinovsky, Shutterstock
AKC Group Working
Height 21.5–23.5 inches (F)
23–25 inches (M)
Weight 50–65 pounds (F)
65–80 pounds (M)

The Boxer couldn’t be further from their past as a warrior, cattle drover, and watchdog. It even was a hunting dog. This pup is lively and fun-loving. It’s hard to imagine this pooch being anything but the sweetheart they are today. They enjoy being around children with their clownish antics. They can get excitable and vocal, which you should manage early.

While the dog’s appearance suggests a bull-baiting past, the breed’s name refers to their penchant for sparring like a prizefighter.

divider-dogFavorite Breeds in Detroit

Our list considered the entire state and its aggregated preferences. However, there’s another side to the story that exists in its largest city and metro area of Detroit. The most popular breeds contain yearly favorites. They also have a few surprises. The top dogs in Detroit include the following:


Michigan is a diverse state, as our list of the most popular breeds has shown. You’ll find dogs that need a job and those that prefer to be pampered. Many live to run and hunt, which makes sense with Michigan’s vast rural areas. They reflect the close relationship we have with our canine companions, no matter if they’re lying at the hearth or on the hunt.

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