American Pit Bull Terrier

Pit Bulls are bully breeds like American Pit Bull Terriers. This may explain the breed's high shelter population. Popular and feared, this dog. Some towns ban Pit Bull-type breeds, demanding their surrender. 

Labrador Retriever

In shelters, Labrador Retrievers typically suffer from Big Black Dog syndrome, the belief that big black dogs are adopted less often. Because of so many shelters and rescues, fewer are adopted. 

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are popular guard dogs. Due to their task-oriented roles in law enforcement and the military, German Shepherds are herding breeds, not working dogs. One of the shelter's most misdiagnosed canines.


Large and powerful, boxers have square muzzles.It makes it ripe for overpopulation and increased numbers in shelters and rescues. Boxers require a busy family environment.


This breed has been popular since Snoopy's introduction. Beagles are kind, docile, and tolerant despite their hunting heritage. As hunting dogs, they need lots of exercise as pets.


Chihuahuas are popular, especially in cities, because of their small size.  They're more common on the West Coast, but you can find them in rescues and shelters everywhere. 

American Bulldog

They're more athletic than other bulldogs and make good guards. These dogs are devoted and loving, but local governments occasionally classify them as bully breeds to outlaw Pit Bulls and related dogs.

Border Collie

Because of this breed's high level of activity and its requirement for a great deal of mental and physical stimulation, it may be unattractive to prospective owners and help explain why there are so many of them in shelters. 

Golden Retriever

Popular breeds like Golden Retrievers and Golden Doodles often end up at the shelter.  canines of this type tend to be the first to be adopted from shelters because of their good looks. 

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