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10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Texas in 2024 (With Pictures)

Written by: Misty Layne

Last Updated on June 17, 2024 by Dogster Team


10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Texas in 2024 (With Pictures)

The United States loves dogs, and most people are likely familiar with which dog breeds are the most popular in America. But have you ever wondered what the most popular pups in each state are? You may not know that, but if you live in Texas, you’re in luck because we are here with a list of the 10 most popular dog breeds in that state!

You’ll find a variety of canines of all sizes on this list. So, sit back and keep reading to find out the top pup in the state of Texas!

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The 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Texas

Here, you’ll find the 10 most popular dog breeds in Texas (in no particular order)—the top dog in this state might surprise you!

1. Blue Lacy

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Origin: Texas
Lifespan: 12 to 16 years
Height: 18 to 21 inches

The Blue Lacy isn’t the number one most popular dog breed in Texas, but it is the official state dog, so it’s still up there in popularity! This breed, still relatively unknown outside of Texas, was developed sometime in the 1800s. The purpose of the breed was to help people in Texas hunt, ranch, and herd. The final result of this breed’s development is a brilliant and adaptable working dog who is active and loves being outdoors.

Though they can make wonderful family dogs, the Blue Lacy needs routine and structure, or they’ll become bored and destructive. These pups thrive off being active and busy and are highly motivated and focused. If they aren’t being used for outdoor work, keeping them active with sports and obedience competitions is a good way to go.

Another thing to know about this breed is that they are extremely loyal and need constant attention. Leave them alone for more than an hour or two, and you’ll have an anxiety-ridden canine on your hands.

2. French Bulldog

french bulldog standing on grass
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Origin: France
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Height: 11 to 13 inches

Texas has a reputation for liking things large, so it may come as a surprise that the most popular canine breed in the state is the French Bulldog! Despite their small stature, there’s a reason these dogs are so popular: the breed is adorable, curious, and the perfect size for those living in larger cities like Austin.

These pups were designed to be companion dogs, so they are highly affectionate and always want to be the center of attention. They’re little comedians who love to play, though they’re also on the lazier side, so they don’t require a lot of exercise. The breed is perfect for apartment dwellers!

3. Labrador Retriever

labrador retriever dog standing in the grass
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Origin: Newfoundland
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Height: 21.5 to 24.5 inches

Labrador Retrievers are among the most favored dogs in the United States, so it makes sense they’d be well-loved in Texas, too. This versatile dog breed makes an excellent working dog, as well as a fantastic companion dog. With their high intelligence, friendliness, and mellow personalities, it’s difficult not to fall in love with this breed!

These pups are quite loyal and love being involved with family life. Highly active with a love for the great outdoors, these pups can also occasionally be mischievous!

4. German Shepherd

german shepherd dog standing at the park
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Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 7 to 10 years
Height: 22 to 26 inches

German Shepherds are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a working dog, as they’re highly intelligent and full of courage. They can also make terrific pets, too. They can come off as aloof at times, but in reality, these dogs are just like any other canine breed—goofy, cuddly, adorable, and fun.

The German Shepherd is versatile in many ways, as they can work a number of jobs and deal with a range of climates. Loyal and protective, this breed is a great one to have around!

5. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever dog standing on grass
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Origin: Scotland
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Height: 28 to 32 inches

The Golden Retriever is another of the most popular dogs in the United States, so it isn’t surprising they’re incredibly popular in Texas. This breed is sociable, gentle, loving, and kind, making them wonderful pets for families and singles alike. They’re also intelligent and hard-working, so they’re fantastic when you need a bit of help around the home. This breed has such a fantastic personality they’re often used as therapy and guide dogs!

6. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier with a handful of tags
Image Credit: Becky Smith Flaxer, Shutterstock
Origin: England
Lifespan: 11 to 15 years
Height: 7 to 9 inches

A lot of the dogs on this list are on the larger side, but smaller breeds are popular in Texas, too, particularly in the bigger cities where apartment living is more common. That’s only one reason why the Yorkshire Terrier is favored, though. These absolutely adorable pups are highly affectionate with their people, playful, and confident, so they make excellent companions.

The breed is also smart, which makes training them easy. They can be quite alert and protective, too, making them excellent at being watchdogs.

7. Rottweiler

Rottweiler dog standing at the park
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Origin: Roman Empire
Lifespan: 8 to 12 years
Height: 22 to 27 inches

The Rottweiler being on the list of most popular dogs in Texas makes sense, as this breed is known for their protective instincts and strength. Though they are often used as guard dogs, they can make excellent pets, so you get a two-for-one deal with this canine breed. Plus, the breed is highly resilient and adaptable, making them wonderful for a variety of jobs and activities.

The Rottweiler is confident, good-natured, and extremely funny (at least around their people). All of this makes them one incredible canine!

8. Chihuahua

Chihuahua dog standing on grass
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Origin: Mexico
Lifespan: 14 to 16 years
Height: 5 to 8 inches

One of the tiniest pups around also makes the list of the most popular canines in Texas! The Chihuahua may be small in stature, but they more than make up for it with their humongous personalities. These little pups are fierce, playful, mischievous, and, yes, just a touch anxiety-ridden.

Due to their size, this breed is fantastic for apartment dwellers (although their yappiness may cause issues with neighbors if it gets out of hand), and the Chihuahua makes a wonderful companion. Just watch out for their teeth, as these dogs sometimes get a bit nibbly!

9. Australian Shepherd

australian shepherd dog stands sideways in full growth
Image Credit: Hanna Borysenko, Shutterstock
Origin: America
Lifespan: 13 to 15 years
Height: 18 to 21 inches

With their history of herding and ranching, it shouldn’t be a shock that the Australian Shepherd is well-loved in Texas! This dog breed is one of the smartest around, so they do great in all kinds of jobs, particularly agility and herding. These canines are incredibly high-energy, so they can be challenging to keep up with; however, this is part of what makes them so excellent on farms and ranches.

Despite their love of and willingness to work, this breed can also make a wonderful pet for the right family. Keeping up with them might be exhausting, but you’ll find the Australian Shepherd to be a loving and loyal companion.

10. Beagle

beagle dog standing at the park
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Origin: Britain
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
Height: 13 to 15 inches

The Beagle is another breed you might not expect Texans to love, but these small dogs are perfect family pets. Between their friendliness, curiosity, and mischievous nature, the Beagle adds a ton of fun to one’s home life. They also adapt well to different living situations, so these guys fit in everywhere, from the city to the country.

Just keep an eye on the Beagle! These little dogs have a bit of a knack for getting themselves into trouble with their love of exploration.

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The state of Texas is fond of a pretty wide variety of canine breeds! Folks out there love their dogs, small, large, and every size in between. However, the French Bulldog is the most popular pup in the state because of the breed’s small stature, friendliness, and curiosity. However, this breed wasn’t always the top dog in Texas, so who knows which breed will top the list next year?

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