According to most experts, when people go to shelters looking for a best friend for their family, they choose a dog based more on their looks, than their breed or even their qualities. It is also mentioned how smaller a dog is, the better chances it has of getting adopted.

Never the less, no matter what inspires people to adopt a certain canine friend, here is a look at the most adopted breeds of dogs, according to the American Kennel Club, in the year past.

1. Labrador RetrieverThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is dog-3135777_640.jpg

One of the most gentle and intelligent breeds as no surprise that these amazing pups are some of the most loved and adopted pets for the past couple of decades. They are extremely friendly and outgoing. They are playful, spirited and they are never afraid to show it.

Not only do they shed on a seasonal basis alone, but they also play well with children as well as other dogs. They are great hunting dogs as well. For those and many more reason, the Labrador Retriever is the most adopted breed of dog since 1880s.

2. German Shepherd

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Though they were first recognized by the American Kennel club in the early 1900s, it has been among the top 10 breeds of dogs adopted ever since. Big, strong, agile, well-muscled, the German Shephard is a real – dog lover’s dog. The German Shephard is a smart animal and is more than capable of regular mental as well as physical exercise. They are great with children and play well with other dogs, as long as they are supervised. Although they are frequent sheddars, they are also extremely eager to please their owners. They have a 7 to 10 year a great addition to any home.

3. Golden Retriever

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Not only is this breed of dog really agile, as far as dog breeds go, but it is also strong, active and energetic. It has a decade long life expectancy and not only is it extremely friendly with children but other dogs as well. It is one of the most loyal and friendliest breeds of dogs and can make any house a happy home. It is always eager to please it owners and well deserves the third rank in the list of the most adopted dog breed in the year gone by.

4. Bulldog

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This extremely calm and serene breed a dog certainly has a number of very devoted fans to its name. Not only are they friendly and respond extremely well to being trained, but they are really amusing as well. They need weekly grooming, but their owners love to attend to them and make sure that they exercise on a regular basis. They are usually quiet and have a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years. They have only made it to the most adopted breeds ever in the past few years or so, but they have held fast onto that rank ever since.

5. BeagleThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is beagle.jpg

Beagles are the sort of breed of dogs that are not only excellent at hunting, but they are also extremely good with children and even other dogs. It requires weekly grooming along with plenty of exercise and have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. Since it is a hunting dog, this breed loves company and relishes in it. They love being vocal and enjoy keeping their amazing human best friend on their toes.

So, there you have it. Five incredible breeds of dogs that have the capability to light up any residence and turn it into a loving and enchanted place a family can call its own.