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12 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Pennsylvania: 2024 Update (With Pictures)

Written by: Adam Mann

Last Updated on May 10, 2024 by Dogster Team

golden retriever happily lying on the grass

12 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Pennsylvania: 2024 Update (With Pictures)

If you’re thinking about moving to Pennsylvania and want to know a little more about the dog breeds there, you’ve come to the right place. Pennsylvanians love their dogs, and while you can find all sorts of dog breeds in the state, we’ve highlighted 12 of the most popular for you here.

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The 12 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Pennsylvania

1. Golden Retriever

Red Golden Retriever
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Height 20 to 24 inches
Weight 55 to 75 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 12 years

Golden Retrievers are popular all over the country, and Pennsylvania is certainly no exception. Golden Retrievers are great family dogs, and you can find them throughout the state and country. Whether you’re a single person, you already have other pets or you have a family and kids, a Golden Retriever is a great choice.

2. Poodle

curly little poodle on a beige background
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Height 10 to 24 inches
Weight 14 to 70 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 15 years

Poodles are an intelligent, loving, and hypoallergenic dog breed, and they’re extremely popular throughout the state of Pennsylvania as well. Poodles come in all different sizes, so you can find a Poodle that fits into a small apartment, or you can find larger ones that work great for larger properties and homes.

3. Goldendoodle

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Height 17 to 24 inches
Weight 40 to 90 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 15 years

Both Poodles and Golden Retrievers are popular in Pennsylvania, so it’s no surprise that a mix of the two breeds is popular in Pennsylvania too. Because a Poodles size can vary so much, it makes sense that a Goldendoodle’s size will vary. Just keep in mind that the Golden Retriever genes will always keep a Goldendoodle reasonably large though.

4. Labrador Retriever

Puppies Of Labrador Retriever dog Sitting On The Lawn
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Height 22 to 24 inches
Weight 55 to 80 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 12 years

Labrador Retrievers are another super friendly and loving dog breed that’s popular throughout Pennsylvania. They get along great with other dogs and kids, and they make great companions through and through. They’re excellent companion dogs, and it’s not hard to see why they’re so popular.

5. Pitbull

Blue Brindle Pitbull sitting in grass
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Height 18 to 21 pounds
Weight 30 to 60 pounds
Lifespan 8 to 15 years

Pitbulls can be a bit intimidating to some, but they’re among the most popular dog breeds in Pennsylvania. However, it’s also common to see them in shelters, so if you’re thinking about getting a Pitbull, ensure you’re getting them for the long haul. When treated properly, they’re amazing dogs that get along great with kids and other pets.

6. Beagle

beagle dog crawling
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Height 13 to 16 inches
Weight 20 to 25 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 15 years

Beagles are excellent hunting dogs, and with a strong hunting heritage throughout Pennsylvania, it’s no surprise that the Beagle is so popular. They’re smaller dogs that hunt in packs and by scent, so, often, you’ll find that someone with a Beagle has more than one. That way, they’re more effective when hunting!

7. Chihuahua

chihuahua dog getting a bath in the bathtub
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Height 6 to 9 inches
Weight 3.5 to 6.5 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 14 years

When you think about popular dog breeds and Pennsylvania, the Chihuahua might not be the first dog breed that comes to mind. But the truth is that lots of Pennsylvanians have them. This is especially true in cities where people want a pup but don’t have as much space, so a Chihuahua’s small size comes as a perk.

8. German Shepherd

Black German Shepherd mix with floppy ears at a park
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Height 22 to 26 inches
Weight 50 to 90 pounds
Lifespan 9 to 13 years

The German Shepherd can be a bit more challenging for novice dog owners, but that hasn’t kept them from becoming so popular throughout Pennsylvania. They’re highly trainable, and if you have a bit of space, they can be a great fit. Just ensure you know what you’re doing so you can train them properly before bringing one home.

9. Boxer

pitbull boxer mix puppy sitting and looking up at camera
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Height 21 to 25 inches
Weight 55 to 70 pounds
Lifespan 11 to 13 years

Boxers are another large dog breed that’s popular in Pennsylvania, especially in rural areas with more space. Boxers are great family dogs with the right socialization and training, just know that you need to train them properly early on because of their larger size.

10. Mutt

mutt dog in the autumn time
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Height Varies
Weight Varies
Lifespan Varies

Mutts are dogs with more than one type of parent breed, and they are popular throughout all of Pennsylvania. People typically won’t breed mutts intentionally, but once they’re in Pennsylvania, they don’t have any problem finding a loving home!

11. Dachshund

dachshund dog wearing hawaiian lei on a white background
Image Credit: Luis Carlos Torres, Shutterstock
Height 7 to 12 inches
Weight 16 to 32 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 16 years

The Dachshund is another dog breed with strong hunting roots, which instantly makes them popular in Pennsylvania. They hunt by scent, and with a little training, you can teach them to hunt all sorts of animals. However, they are better lap dogs these days. If you have a family in Pennsylvania, a Dachshund might be the perfect pup for you.

12. Bulldog

Big English Bulldog in the room close up
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Height 12 to 16 inches
Weight 40 to 50 pounds
Lifespan 8 to 10 years

The Bulldog is a bigger dog by weight, but they’re still small enough to live in compact quarters like apartments. This blend makes them a popular choice for people in both smaller and larger living areas, which is why you can find them all throughout the state.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know a bit more about the different dog breeds you can commonly find throughout Pennsylvania, the next time you’re in the state, you’ll easily spot them. Just keep in mind that while these 12 might be the most popular, there are still plenty of other dogs you can see throughout the area.

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