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Great dog breeds for millennials

  • Great dog breeds for millennials

    Most millennials, now in their 20s and 30s, are tackling adult milestones later then than previous generations, with one exception: pet ownership. As it turns out, millennials love pets—especially dogs. Research firm Mintel recently discovered that three-quarters of U.S. consumers aged 3039 own a dog. With such a significant number of millennials becoming dog-owners, Stacker explored which breeds fit their young adult lives.

    Stacker considered dog breed data from the American Kennel Club, Animal Planet, and PetMd, alongside millennial traits and generational trends reported by a variety of sources. With 190 breeds currently registered by the AKC, there are enough variations among breeds to complement a variety of millennial lifestyles.

    Read on to see which four-legged companions could be dubbed millennials’ best friends.

    ALSO: Most popular house-friendly dogs

  • Rescue dogs

    Members of a generation making headlines for altruism may find themselves more at home with a rescue dog than one purchased from a breeder. Being a rescue dog doesn’t preclude a dog from being purebred, of course, but it can introduce unknown behavioral and health factors—something potential owners will want to keep in mind.

  • Pug

    These pups are content with city or country life, suiting the whims of millennials who have yet to settle down. Their “squished” facial features also provide a number of expressions for their owners, making them especially photo-friendly—a perk for the first generation to always have a camera in their pocket.

  • Labrador retriever

    Labs are devoted, obedient, and amiable, so it’s no surprise they’re ranked as the most popular dog breed by the American Kennel Club. They’re also known to be great with kids, and with more than a million millennials becoming moms every year, this trait could be a factor in their popularity.

  • Poodle

    Poodles, with their fluffy fur, are good for allergy-sufferers since they shed so infrequently. They’re also often bred with other dogs, entering trend status. Millennials who like balking trends and going back to basics will appreciate the original, known for its intelligence.

  • Shiba Inu

    Internet-savvy millennials will recognize the Shiba Inu as one of the most popular memes of the 2010s. Even those unfamiliar with its web-based notoriety can still appreciate their fox-like features. They’re in good company too, since the Shiba Inu is the most popular breed in Japan.

  • Yorkshire terrier

    Those inspired by celebrity millennials like Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff may be interested to know that both owned Yorkies. They’re a great fit for those who are ready and willing to dote on these small pups, since they can be slow to house-train, and their long fur need lots of brushing. Owners agree their compact size and classic cuteness more than makes up for the extra work.

  • Pembroke Welsh corgi

    A dog described by the American Kennel Club as among the most agreeable of all small house dogs, a corgi could be a great fit for a younger millennial new to dog ownership, as well as a seasoned pet-owner. The Queen of England is a famous fan, having owned generations of corgis herself.

  • Siberian husky

    Millennials who dream of taking their canine companion for long runs will appreciate this sled dog’s active nature and need for plenty of regular exercise. With new research dubbing millennials the most fit generation, Siberian huskies could fit right into their owners’ healthy lifestyles.

  • Pomeranian

    Owning one of the most internet-famous dogs of all time could appeal to a number of tech-savvy millennials. Weighing in at no more than 7 pounds, Pomeranians offer more than just constant cuteness. They’re also vivacious and lively, bringing spunk and energy into homes of all sizes.

  • Great Dane

    This is another breed with multiple famous members, including Scooby-Doo, Marmaduke, and the Jetsons’ Astro, these dogs are described by PetFinder as both powerful and sensitive. Great Danes can weigh up to 100 to 120 pounds, as much as an adult human, and easily help fill the growing homes of millennials.

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