Getting a Dog: Washington’s Most Popular Dog Breeds

We checked with the American Kennel Club and vets to find out what dogs Washingtonians love.

By: Erin Keane Scott

Here are the five most popular breeds along with reputable nearby breeders, average cost, and breed-specific rescue organizations.

Labrador Retriever

Average cost: $2,000

Local breeders: Blackamoor Labradors
Mason Neck, VA

Shadowglen Labradors

Local rescue organization: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P.

Yorkshire Terrier

Average cost: $1,200 to $1,800

Local breeders: Preston Country Club for Pets

Local rescue organization: Yorkshire Terrier Club of America

Poodle (Standard or Miniature)

Average cost: $1,500 to $2,500

Local breeders: Luminary Standard Poodles

Local rescue organization: Washington Poodle Club


Average cost: $1,000 to $2,500

Local breeders: Amity Hall Boxers
Stevensville, MD

Katandy Boxers & Bulldogs
Davidsonville, MD

Local rescue organization: Adopt a Boxer Rescue

Golden Retriever

Average cost: $1,500 to $2,000

Local breeders: Goldridge Golden Retrievers
Street, MD

Local rescue organization: Golden Retriever Rescue Education and Training

Photographs (in order) by: Scott Suchman, Marina Maslennikova/Getty Images, Vicente Barcelo Varona/Getty Images, Marina Maslennikova/Getty Images, and Temelko Temelkov/Getty Images.

This article appears in the November 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.

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