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Popularity is not a good enough reason to select a breed. Although some breeds are popular because they carry traits that are ideal to a broad spectrum of people, dog breeds also become popular for the wrong reasons. Occasionally, there is a surge in the popularity of a breed that was featured in a movie or television show. People may think that the pooch is ideal without knowing the care required for that particular breed. It's always a good idea to do your research on the characteristics of specific dog breeds before making your decision.