Goldendoodles: The hottest dog breed of the past two decades

If you feel like you’ve been seeing more and more Goldendoodles lately — around the neighborhood, at the park, in various print and TV ads — you’re not wrong. At least, that’s what the findings from a study at online pet site Vetstreet suggest. When the site compiled a list last year of “The 20 Hottest Dog Breeds and Mixes,” the energetic, personality-plus pooch had charmed its way to the top.

Below is an excerpt from the beginning of the list.

Some breeds, like Labrador Retrievers, have been popular pets for years, but other breeds (and popular mixed breeds) have moved steadily up the list over the past decade. For example, 10 years ago you might not have even heard of a Cane Corso, but these days you’re likely to cross paths with at least one at your dog park or vet’s office.

To determine which breeds and hybrids are truly the hottest ones, we searched Vetstreet’s data and looked at how many places each breed climbed between 2002 and 2012. The results included a plethora of designer mixes and about 800 pounds of giant breeds, plus a few surprises. Did your favorite breed make the list?

No. 1: Goldendoodle

No. 159 most popular breed in 2002, No. 31 in 2012

The Goldendoodle tops our list of hottest dog breeds with a meteoric rise of 128 places over the past decade. This lovable and intelligent cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle is a perfect example of how popular designer mixes have become.