While it is a truth universally acknowledged that dogs are man's best friends, some of our four-legged friends are more popular than others in the digital realm. In honor of Dog Appreciation Day on August 26, Boston-based software as service company SEMrush has compiled a list of people's favorite dog breeds.
The golden retriever sits on top of the list, with more than 4.5 million Google searches registered worldwide between the months of January and July.
This result comes as no surprise as dog owners are often drawn to golden retrievers for their friendly and tolerant personality, which makes them great family pets. Golden retrievers are particularly popular in the United States, where their popularity took off in the 1970s thanks to President Gerald Ford's dog Liberty.
More surprisingly, the rottweiler is the second most Googled dog breed, with more than 4.3 million searches amassed these past six months.
Despite their robust and intimidating appearance, properly-trained rottweilers are known to be loyal, loving and confident guardians. However, it is worth noting that countries like France, Spain, Singapore and Portugal have placed restrictions on the ownership of the breed, which is deemed to be territorial and potentially dangerous.
American pit bull terriers take third place on the list, with some 3.9 million searches on Google between the months of January and July.
Instantly recognizable with their short ears and stocky figure, pit bulls are regarded by many as a friendly dog with an outgoing disposition. Much like rottweilers, pit bull terriers suffer from a bad reputation in numerous countries around the world, including Australia where they have been banned since 2011.
Also included in the list of people's favorite dog breeds are dobermans and labradors, which respectively sit at No. 4 and No. 5.
While Queen Elizabeth II has owned Pembroke Welsh Corgis for eight decades, this breed did not make it in the top 10, sitting at No. 20 with more than 1.8 million Google searches registered these past six months.
Discover the list of the ten most Googled dog breeds below:
1- Golden retriever
3- American pit bull terrier
6- Border collie
9- Cane corso