Colorado residents love their dogs — in fact, Fort Collins recently ranked as the most dog-friendly city in the Centennial State.

Still, some dogs are more common than others. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), labrador retrievers, French bulldogs, golden retrievers, German shepherds, and poodles are the most popular breeds in the U.S.

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But what kind of canines does Colorado love the most? Read on to find out.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

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loading...,, and list the Rhodesian ridgeback as Colorado's most beloved canine.

AKC says the Rhodesian ridgeback is a "dignified, affectionate, even-tempered" dog and the perfect companion for an athlete (given that Colorado is one of the most in-shape states, this tracks).

Australian Cattle Dog

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loading... and find the Australian cattle dog to be Colorado's favorite pup.

According to AKC, the Australian cattle dog is an "alert, curious, pleasant" canine that makes an excellent running partner.


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loading... notes that Colorado residents are particularly fond of the Chihuahua.

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AKC says the Chihuahua is a "charming, graceful, sassy" lapdog that thrives in a city environment — perfect for Denver and Fort Collins living.

Golden Retriever

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loading... lists the golden retriever as Colorado's preferred dog breed.

According to AKC, the golden retriever is a "friendly, intelligent, devoted" canine that is great with families, young children, and other dogs.


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Reader's Digest finds that Coloradans have a soft spot for the mutt. This is because Centennial State residents love adopting shelter dogs, which are commonly mixed breeds.

Honorable Mentions

  • English bulldog (
  • Border collie (
  • Pembroke Welsh corgi (
  • German shorthaired pointer (
  • Labrador retriever ( & Reader's Digest)
  • Siberian husky (
  • Pit bull (
  • German shepherd (Reader's Digest)

Learn more about the animals Coloradans know and love in the gallery below.

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To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

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