The Most Popular Dog Breeds

The Most Popular Dog Breeds

The most popular pooch in the U.S. is the Labrador retriever — for the 26th consecutive year. And that’s a record, according to the American Kennel Club, which has ranked the most popular breeds annually since 1884 based on the previous year’s registration of some 175 different breeds of dogs. The Lab’s enduring popularity can be credited to its playfulness and loyalty, as well as its use as a police and search-and-rescue dog. Plus, they come in three colors. “The Lab is such a versatile dog that it’s no wonder it makes a great companion for a variety of lifestyles. Keep your eye on the Rottweiler, though. It’s been quietly winning hearts over the past decade,” said Gina DiNardo, AKC vice president.

The top 10 most popular dog breeds in America:

  1. Labrador Retrievers
  2. German Shepherd Dogs
  3. Golden Retrievers
  4. Bulldogs
  5. Beagles
  6. French Bulldogs
  7. Poodles
  8. Rottweilers
  9. Yorkshire Terriers
  10. Boxers

The most notable dog trends of the year:

  • The Rottweiler moved up one spot from No. 9 to No. 8. Known as a calm and courageous guardian, Rotties have strong instincts to protect their love ones. They also are intelligent and have a strong willingness to work.
  • The German Shepherd Dog secured its spot as the second most popular breed again this year. This smart, confident and courageous breed is known as a superior working dog, who excels as a therapy dog, a K-9 partner, as well as a loving family companion.
  • Terriers are on the move. The Russell Terrier jumped a substantial 14 spots (104th to 90th), the Rat Terrier rose five spots (101st to 96th), the Parson Russell Terrier rose two spots (111th to 109th) and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier jumped five spots (172nd to 167th).