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The Top 10 Dog Breeds 2021

Published on 3 Feb 2021

The Top Ten Dog Breeds 2021

The coronavirus lockdowns are being reported as one of the drivers for an increase in dog adoptions throughout the country. Australia’s largest pet insurer administrator, PetSure Australia has shared which breeds have made it into the top ten most popular dog breeds for the year. 

Check out the links in each breed to find out more about each breed including common health concerns. 

Did your pet make the cut?

10. Labradoodle 

Intelligent, active and friendly the lovely Labradoodle snuck into position 10. 

The Labradoodle is a hybrid or crossbreed between the Labrador and the Poodle. A popular choice for active singles and families.

While their coat will need regular brushing and grooming they usually don't shed much. 

And if you’ve ever seen a Labradoodle puppy, you already know just how adorable they are.

Read on to learn more about the Labradoodle.

Labradoodle playing at the beach.

9. Staffordshire Bull Terrier 

Great for families, it’s not surprising to see the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in position 9. Staffies love a good snuggle and will happily join you on the lounge or bed - great for keeping you warm in winter. 

With a fondness for chewing you need to keep them stocked up with stout and long lasting dog toys to keep them entertained. 

While affectionate, staffies require consistent training and are best suited to a seasoned dog owner who’ll be comfortable socialising them early. Do all this and a Staffy will make a loving addition to the family.

Discover the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Portrait

8. Golden Doodle (Groodle)

Another “oodle” in the mix, this time it’s the Golden Doodle or Groodle is a Golden Retriever crossed with a Poodle; they’re said to be clever water lovers.

A relatively new kid on the block in terms of dog breeds, the Groodle started appearing in Australia in the early 90s. 

Great for people with dog allergies, as they have hair instead of fur with the added bonus of minimal shedding. 

Gentle natured and cute to boot we’re not surprised the Groodle made it into the top ten dog breeds for this year.

Is the Golden Doodle for you?

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7. German Shepherds

Incredibly smart, protective, loyal and self confident it’s no surprise that German Shepherds remain a very popular choice of dog in 2021. 

One of the brightest dog breeds with a celebrated reputation for working with humans they excel at training and obedience. Add to that their amazing sense of smells and the desire to explore with their noses they’re well suited to drug detection and search and rescue. 

What really endears them to this top dogs list is their loyalty. German Shepherds love to be with their owners. Their affectionate personalities make them great companions. Keep in mind that if you get a German Shepherd they are not suited to being left alone at home all day. 

Read more about the German Shepherd.

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6. Labrador 

With excellent temperaments and loveable natures, the Labrador or Labs serve as wonderful pets as well as important work as an assistance dog, military support and border protection. 

Their caring nature and loveable temperament make labradors a favourite for families.

These dogs are suited to people who love to get out and about. If your Labrador doesn't get its daily exercise be prepared for a bit of chaos like chewing on furniture or digging holes in the backyard.Whether it’s a walk or a swim be sure to get them moving to burn off some of that energy. 

Read more about Labradors here.

Labrador puppy playing

5. Border Collie 

Some say the Border Collie is the most intelligent dog. Their active minds and natures aren’t suited to every lifestyle though. 

A talented and hardworking dog they love to get out and about and love to chase a ball. 

If not exercised enough or if left alone too long they may become bored and destructive. You can provide them with extra stimulation through interactive dog toys.

As you can imagine Border Collies make perfect working dogs. They also have a reputation for being devoted, loyal and affectionate dogs.

Read more about the Border Collie here

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4. Miniature Dachshund 

A big dog in a small dog’s body, the Mini Dachshund makes an endearing companion.

Explore more about the Dachshund

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3. Golden Retriever 

Friendly and intelligent, these blonde beauties suit an active household and have a well-deserved place in our hearts as well as in the top 5 most popular breeds for 2021. 

Find out more about Golden Retrievers

Golden Retriever resting on Owners Lap and Laptop

2. French Bulldog

Despite ongoing awareness campaigns to educate people about the many health problems these flat faced pups have, the French Bulldog still ranked number 2 in popularity. 

Discover more about French Bulldogs and Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome before bringing a Frenchy into your life.

French Bulldog in harness

1. Cavoodle

And the most popular breed of dog for 2021 is not a formally recognized breed. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel crossed with a Toy Poodle, the cute and curly Cavoodle has taken the title of “top dog” in 2021”. 

Cavoodle Dog resting on bed portrait.

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Kylie Mitchell

Kylie Mitchell


Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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