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What breeds do some of our favorite celebrities

What breeds do some of our favorite celebrities love?

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Celebrities Have Dogs Too!

Americans love dogs. According to statistics from The Humane Society of the
United States, approximately 51 million Americans own at least one dog, an
average of 18 million Americans own two dogs, and seven million people own
three or more dogs.

But what is the most popular dog breed for these dog owners? Let’s take a look
at some popular breeds and see why they are so appealing. Just for fun, we’ll
also discuss some celebrity dog owners and talk about what breed of dogs they

Popular Dog Breeds & Their Celebrity Owners

America's favorite dog... Is it any wonder why? Look at this cute

America's favorite dog... Is it any wonder why? Look at this cute

Jack and Dave are the names of Dick Cheney's Labrador Retrievers.

Former president Bill Clinton with his Lab, Buddy.

Lyndon B. Johnson holding Yuki, his mixed breed dog.

All dressed up with nowhere to go...what a dog's

Chihuahuas are the world's tiniest dogs and they are well loved by both
celebrities and many Americans.

America’s favorite dog… Is it any wonder why? Look at this cute face!

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Large Dogs

Do you prefer Labrador Retrievers? Well, you are in good company because so
does most of America.

For almost 20 years, the Labrador has topped the list of the most popular
American dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. In fact, according
to an article in PawNation by Nancy Barber, when the AKC released its 2013
list of the most popular dog breeds, Labrador Retrievers were in the number
one spot for the 23rd year.

Why do we love these good-natured dogs so much? In addition to their mild
temperaments, they are easy to train, great hunting dogs, and excellent dog
agility competitors.

The roots of the Labrador Retriever can be traced back to 1878 in
Newfoundland, where they were used to catch fish; they were introduced to the
United States in 1917.

Full-grown dogs weigh between 55 to 80 pounds, stand about 23 inches high, and
belong to the sporting group. Coat colors are chocolate, black, or yellow.

Celebrities Who Own Labrador Retrievers

Name of Celebrity| Name of Dog| Type of Labrador Retriever

Drew Barrymore




Yellow Lab/Chow mix

Dick Cheney


Jackson; Dave


Yellow Lab; Black Lab

Bill Clinton




Chocolate Lab

Minnie Driver




Black Lab

Edie Falco




Labrador/Shepherd mix

Kevin Costner



Yellow Lab

Sarah McLachlan




Black Lab

Mary Kate Olsen




Chocolate Lab

Most Popular Dog Breeds: Medium Size Dogs

Beagles are ranked number four, which means they are still ranked in the top
five on the list of the most popular dog breeds for 2013. The world’s most
famous beagle is a fictional character, Snoopy, the comic strip dog created by
the late Charles Schultz. Beagles date back to the fifteenth century and were
used to hunt deer and rabbits.

Their popularity is due to their loving nature, appealing eyes, and long ears
as well as their keen hunting ability.

They are stubborn dogs—but highly intelligent—and with loving care and
consistent training, they make well-behaved companion dogs.

Beagles are average size dogs, which stand about 15 inches high, weigh about
25 pounds, and belong to the Hounds group. Their coats range in color from
tri-colors, red, white, or lemon.

Famous Beagle Owners

Who are the famous people who love beagles? Let’s take a look at some
celebrity beagle owners.

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  • Helio Castroneves – Tuggy
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Boo (Pug/Beagle mix)
  • James Herriot – Sam
  • Lyndon B. Johnson – Little Beagle, Him, and Her; he also owns or has owned a mixed breed dog named Yuki
  • Barry Manilow – Bagel and Biscuit
  • KayCee Stroh – Pyper

Celebrities & Their Yorkies

Here’s the list of celebs who own Yorkies.

  • Cindy Adams – Jazzy
  • Justin Timberlake – Bella and Bearlie
  • Ivana Trump – Dodo
  • Mariah Carey – Ginger
  • Richard Nixon – Pasha

Yorkshires Terriers Are a Popular Small Breed

Yorkshire terriers, or Yorkies, just missed ranking in the top five, but they
still hold a spot among the prestigious top 10 most popular dog breeds and
come in at number six. Anyone who has ever owned one of these adorable little
dogs can attest to their loving nature, intelligence, and energetic
personalities. Their roots date back to nineteenth-century Yorkshire, England
where they proved to be exceptional ratters. Yorkshire terriers stand about
six inches tall, weigh about five pounds, and belong to the toy group. Coat
colors are black, tan, or blue.

Celebrities Who Own Chihuahuas

Name of Celebrity| Name of Chihuahua

Paula Abdul



Hillary Duff



Demi Moore


Vida Blue

Lindsey Lohan



Cesar Milan (The Dog Whisperer)



Ozzie Osbourne



Mickey Rourke



Britney Spears


Bit Bit

Chloe’s Fashion Show: Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Toy Breeds

Chihuahuas have suffered a recent decline in popularity, falling from number
12 to number 22 on the list of the most popular dogs, but there is no denying
the ongoing appeal of these diminutive dogs.

The breed is known as the world’s smallest dog breed, and two Chihuahuas
achieved fame by being included in the Guinness World records as the world’s
tiniest dogs: Boo Boo, a teeny-tiny four-inch dog, and Brandy, a two-pound

Chihuahuas are named for their Mexican state of origin and are popular because
of their feisty personalities, diminutive sizes, and loving natures.

Typically, Chihuahuas are one-person dogs and fiercely loyal to their chosen

The breed weighs an average of five pounds, stands about six inches high, and
belongs to the toy group.

Coat color varies greatly, but the most recognizable color is probably the
fawn color of famous Chihuahuas like the Taco Bell Chihuahua or Chloe from
Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Chihuahuas may be smooth coated or long-haired.

Tidbits & Trivia for the Most Popular Dog Breeds

Here are some fun facts about celebrity dogs who are members of some of the
most popular dog breeds category.

  • Madison, a female Labrador Retriever, is an animal actor who plays the part of Vincent on the television series Lost.
  • Lucky and Flo are two hard-working Labrador Retrievers who are trained to detect counterfeit DVDs.
  • Marley is the yellow Labrador Retriever inspiration for the book Marley and Me.
  • Some famous Chihuahuas animal actors are Gidget, who played the Taco Bell Chihuahua and Bruiser’s mom in Legally Blonde 2 , and Moonie, who played the part of Bruiser in Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2.
  • Willy is a real-life paraplegic Chihuahua, whose compelling story of overcoming handicaps is told in How Willy Got His Wheels and How Willy Got His Wings.

Now that you know more about some of America’s most popular dog breeds, why
not visit your local animal shelter or rescue facility today and add a pet to
your family? There may be some of these types of dogs waiting for adoption, or
you might decide to choose a companion from another breed.

© 2011 Donna Cosmato

Most Popular Dog Breed? What’s Your Vote?

Carol kim on May 04, 2019:

I have worked as a groomer and I have bred different purebred dogs for over 30
years. The one breed I enjoyed was the rat terrier. I have owned and had
experiences with many breeds through the years but when I retired I purchased
2 rat terriers. I have found they are as enjoyable breed as the ones I worked
with in my years. Intelligent, calm , loyal , easy to groom , easy to feed,
healthy, loyal and loving. They are everything I had hoped they would be. This
is a breed that has been around a long time but has just been recognized by
the bigger organizations. I see this breed in the future to be at the top of
many lists in the future. They are a hidden diamond that word is spreading
about fast.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 26, 2012:

Well, thank you so much, epigramman! I’m overwhelmed by your graciousness in
promoting this hub. By the way, it looks like you are owned by a particularly
wise and discriminating cat (we too are owned by a calico cat!)

epigramman on January 26, 2012:

…thank you for your sincere and wonderful comments at the Hub forum today
and although as you can see I am a cat owner (actually both my cats own me ) I
really do think you have a great selection of dogs hubs here for the offering
and I will send some of my dog loving friends your way – in the meantime I
will post this interesting and enlightening hub and labor of love on your part
to my Facebook page with a direct link back here …… lake erie time ontario
canada 6:18pm

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 15, 2011:

Hi, Movie Master! So far, Labrador Retrievers are running away with the votes
in the poll – over 50% of my respondents have voted for them as their
favorite, so you are in the majority. I’ll bet your friend’s dog is
astonishing as it is truly incredible what guide dogs can be taught to do.
Thank you for reading, commenting, and voting on this hub.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on December 15, 2011:

Labradors are my favourite breed, my friend has a Labrador guide dog, she is

I really enjoyed this interesting hub, thank you and voted up.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 14, 2011:

Thanks for sharing about your pet Chihuahua, Blackie, always exploring. I’ve
owned at least one (and sometimes more than one) Chihuahuas for the last 30
years. They are awesome little pals if you socialize them early and get them
used to a variety of environments and people.

One of them used to go on my sales calls with me (I was selling in a rural
area where most of the business owners had dogs) and I carried her in a little
basket just like Toto in the Wizard of Oz. I sure miss her:)

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 14, 2011:

Hi amandacox…I’m so glad that you enjoyed this hub about popular dogs and
their celebrity owners! It is really fascinating to see some of the pets that
the “rich and famous” cater to, isn’t it?

We had a border collie/Saint Bernard mix and were amazed by how smart they
are. The only problem was he tried to herd us everywhere we went, but we loved
him until the very last minute. Thanks for sharing your thoughts:)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 13, 2011:

This was a really interesting hub. I used to own a chihuahuas named Blackie.
He was a great pet..Thank you for sharing…

amandacox from Collingwood, ON on December 13, 2011:

I really enjoyed this hub, it’s very informative and interesting. I loved to
see what kinds of animals these well known celebrities are particular to. I
have an eight month old border collie, and he’s fantastic– so smart! And
incredibly loyal. Anyway, I very much enjoyed this! Happy hubbing. (:

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 12, 2011:

Thanks for reading this and sharing your thoughts about popular dog breeds.
I’ve never heard of the LaChon, so I’m excited to learn about it. I’ll have to
check it out and get more information…I’ll bet they are darling little

Tammy on December 12, 2011:

Interesting hub! I enjoyed the video. I have a fondness for a mix called
LaChon. It is a Lhasa/Bichon. They are like having a child around the house
and easy on those with allergies. The only downfall, is they are high
maintance. I trim our dog every six to eight weeks so her hair doesn’t get
tangled. Thanks for sharing this interesting information!