Updated February 4, 2019 with new data — but PLEASE NOTE because of changes made to the Adopt-a-Pet.com search functionality in 2019 after this, please refer to our 2020 article for the most up to date data.
Wondering which breeds to choose? This can help!
If you’re trying to make a decision when selecting a breed for a pet’s listing on Adopt-a-Pet.com, consider using the closest match to one of the top searched-for breeds — see our lists below! Of course be truthful, but instead of just “Terrier mix (Unknown type, small)” if the pet might be a Yorkie and Chihuahua mix, pick one of those two breed as the 1st breed instead. Why? Most people using Adopt-a-Pet.com search by breed: 63% of dog searches and 50% of cat searches select a breed. More people seeing your pets means more chances at a great home!
Data from 2019 and historical data below that!
From January 1, 2019-February 4, 2019
(~13 million searches on Adopt-a-Pet.com)
20 Top Searched Dog Breeds
|1||German Shepherd Dog|
|3||American Pit Bull Terrier|
|10||Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier|
20 Top Searched Cat Breeds
|18||Norwegian Forest Cat|
The search data below was compiled from September 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016 from 60,751,681 dog and cat searches run on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Top Searched Dog Breeds on Adopt-a-Pet.com
2. English Bulldog
3. German Shepherd Dog
5. Labrador Retriever
6. Shih Tzu
7. Golden Retriever
8. Husky / Siberian Husky
10. American Pit Bull Terrier
12. Poodle (Toy or Tea Cup)
13. French Bulldog
Top Searched Cat Breeds on Adopt-a-Pet.com
1. Maine Coon
You may also be interested in seeing what other pet characteristics are most-searched for too, including color, sex, and coat length, check out those rankings here.