(WXYZ) — Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, from the tiny Chihuahua to the towering Great Dane.
But how do you know which breed is right for you? The perfect dog for one person, maybe totally wrong for another. We're running down the 7 dog breeds at the front of the pack in metro Detroit in our Thursday's Top 7.
I caught up with dog owner Richard Gatlin walking his dog Tila in Southfield. Tila is an energetic American Bull Terrier. Gatlin says Tila brings his family joy and companionship: "I love the breed 100 percent because of their loyalty."
And that puppy love and loyalty and friendship comes in different shapes and sizes. Here are metro Detroit's favorites, according to the American Kennel Club.
#7 FRENCH BULLDOG
At #7 is the French Bulldog. It's one of the most popular breeds of small dog. Frenchies are smart, playful and even-tempered.
#6 LABRADOR RETRIEVER
At #6 is the always popular Labrador Retriever. Think "Marley and Me." Labs are friendly, affectionate and are great with kids and families.
#5 YORKSHIRE TERRIER
Yorkshire Terriers may be small, but they are fiesty! Yorkies are toy dogs and only stand about seven to eight inches. They're 5th on our list.
The Bulldog comes in 4th. Known for their short legs, thick bodies and jowly face, these lovable bruisers are loyal and love both city and country living.
#3 GOLDEN RETRIEVER
Starring in movies like "A Dog's Purpose", the Golden Retriever is often considered Hollywood's leading dog. But the Golden comes in 3rd in metro Detroit.
A wide head, knowing eyes and shimmering gold coat gives Goldens an open, friendly look. They're great family pets, and they love to work.
Our runner up is the noble Rottweiler. Affectionately called Rotties, these large dogs are playful and protective. Early socialization is key for these highly intelligent dogs.
#1 GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
And the top spot goes to the German Shepherd. Popularized by Rin Tin Tin, who starred in 27 movies, these large, athletic and smart pups are classic working dogs and lovable family pets.
And no matter what breed you select, all dogs have the same needs.
Dog owner Wilma McKinney says, "All they want is love, joy and attention. And if you give them that, they'll be your friend forever."
These dogs have different needs. German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Retrievers need a lot of exercise, so they're great for more active families.
The smaller dogs need exercise too, but typically not as much. So if you're in the market for a dog, take your lifestyle into account. And also check with your local shelter. They have all kinds of dogs looking for a loving home.