Revealed! Australia’s Most Popular Dog Breeds

Australia's most popular dog breeds vary each year and also depending upon the source of the data used. As such, there is variety among the many lists of Australia's most popular dog breeds that can be found across the internet.

With that being said, there are certain breeds that turn up on almost any list you can find. We have summarised what appear to be Australia's most popular dog breeds below for your convenience and enjoyment. We have based our list off extensive research of available data and also with a little bit of bias towards some of our favourites! Therefore, we make no warranties or representations, express or implied, in relation to the accuracy of our list!

We hope you enjoy the content, and please contact us via our contact page if we've left your favourite off the list! We would love to hear from you and we would be more than happy to add your favourite to our list.

Labrador Retriever

Who doesn't love a Labrador Retriever? Labradors are known for their good nature and are an intelligent breed with a good work ethic and great sense of smell. They are popular as family pets, and also as working dogs (such as guide dogs, hunting dogs, therapy dogs, and tracking and detection dogs). Labrador Retrievers are not usually suitable as guard dogs because, although they may bark at noise or other disturbances, they are usually very easygoing and trusting towards strangers. In fact, it is often said that a good Labrador would rather lick an intruder to death!

Stafforshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (also commonly known as a Staffy) is a medium-sized, stocky, and very muscular dog. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one of Australia's most popular dog breeds, and often comes in at number two on the popularity charts. Staffy's have a reputation for fearlessness and toughness, and are known to fight if challenged. However, properly bred, socialised and trained Staffy's are friendly, affectionate and loyal. Three great traits which contribute much to their extreme popularity in Australia!



The Rottweiler is one of the oldest known breeds and has a history reportedly going back to the Roman Empire. The Rottweiler (or Rottie) is a large dog and is dependable and rugged with great intelligence and guarding instincts. According to the breed standard, the Rottweiler is good natured, placid in basic disposition, very devoted, obedient, biddable and eager to work. Rottweilers are known to form a deep bond and love for their adopted human families and often behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends. A well bred, socialised and trained Rottweiler can be expected to be well-behaved around strangers, but rest assured that they are powerful, fearless, self-assured, and protective and will act accordingly if the situation warrants it. Overall, we think that the Rottweiler is one of the greatest breeds in the world and deserves its immense popularity!

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is a small breed of dog that dates back to the 1800's. French Bulldogs are known to make excellent companions as they are usually patient and affectionate with their adopted human families, especially with children, who are often protected by the female dogs. Like many other companion dog breeds, the French Bulldog requires close contact with humans and may suffer from separation anxiety when left alone. The French Bulldog thrives on attention so much that it has no qualms in demanding it! The French Bulldog is one of Australia's most popular breeds of dog.

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a medium to large sized dog breed that originated in Germany in 1899. German Shepherds are very intelligent, self-assured, willing to learn, obedient and protective. Due to their character traits, German Shepherds are well known as being good police, guard and search and rescue dogs. German Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia.


Border Collie

The Border Collie originated in Northumberland in the 1890's where it was bred for herding livestock, especially sheep.  The Border Collie is very intelligent, obedient, energetic, acrobatic and athletic. Border Collies continue to be used in their primary and traditional work of herding livestock, although they are also becoming more popular as a family pet. Due to their nature, Border Collies require a lot of daily physical exercise and mental stimulation. Border Collies are one of Australia's most popular dog breeds.



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