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Top 20 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the United States

Over the years, the American Kennel Club releases an annual report of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. While some breeds remain at the top, others moved up a few notches and some fell a few spots. See which dog breed ranked first!

Through the registration statistics, the AKC ranks the most popular dog breeds in the United States. Number 4 and number 10 are my personal favorites. Read on to know if your beloved pet made the list.

Top 20 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the United States

Since 1927, the AKC has been recording registered dogs in the United States and over the years, the AKC ranks which dog breeds captured most the hearts of Americans. One of my favorite breeds is on the list. Can you guess which one is it? Ready to find out what breed made the number one spot? Scroll on!

20. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Ranking 22nd in 2014, the Corgi made it to the top 20 for the year 2015. This pooch is very energetic and goes along well with children and other pets too. They have a strong herding instinct, though. Don’t be surprised if a Corgi goes on nipping the heels of your kids while they’re playing.

19. The Shih Tzu

Falling down two spots from top 17 in 2014 to top 19, the Shih Tzu is gradually losing its popularity each year. In 2013, it was ranked top 15. While Shih Tzus dropped on its ranking, they’re still loveable and cuddly!

18. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Intelligent and highly trainable, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel moved up a notch this 2015. In 2013, he also landed the top 18th spot.

Having a heart of a spaniel, Cavaliers will most likely chase rabbits, birds, and any other small prey. So, don’t leave him without a leash or you’ll end up chasing after him.

17. The Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is making a gradual increase in popularity being top 20 in 2013, top 18 in 2014 and now America’s top 17! Aussies are great watch dogs and will alert bark you once they see something suspicious. They also have a fierce personality who’s willing to protect their family, no wonder Americans get to love this breed!

16. The Miniature Schnauzer

Remaining on the same spot, the Miniature Schnauzer is perfect for those who want an elegant and athletic pet. His wiry coat sheds very little too making him hypoallergenic. The Miniature Schnauzer is also considered as one of the smartest dog breeds existing.

15. The Great Dane

The gentle giant still remains on the 15th spot. Great Danes are one of the ancient breeds and are also referred to as the “Apollo of all Dogs.” This dog breed is also considered as one of the largest dog breeds existing. Their size may be intimidating but they’re actually gentle and good with kids.

14. The Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is very smart and easy to train. With their great strength and stamina, they make a good watch and guard dogs. No doubt they retained their 14th spot of being the most popular dog breed in the U.S.

13. The Dachshund

Slowly dropping its popularity ranking (from top 10 in 2013 to top 13 this 2015), the Dachshundis a very playful pooch who makes a great watchdog with his brave and alert personality. Additionally, Dachshunds are very playful and clever. With their personality and charming looks, there’s no doubt Americans’ hearts are captivated by this breed.

12. The Siberian Husky

Moving up a notch to top 12, the Siberian Husky is a medium to a large-sized dog that belongs to the working dog group. With their strong and compact body built, they are used to pull sleds and herd reindeer. They have a wolfish appearance, but they’re definitely not wolves!

11. The Pointer (German Shorthaired)

The German Shorthaired Pointer is one of the most energetic hunting dogs. Slowly gaining popularity each year, this versatile dog moved up from top 13 in 2013, top 12 in 2014 and now landing the 11th spot!

10. The Boxer

Dropping two notches to number ten, the Boxer is a strong and intelligent dog originally bred to be used in dog fighting and bull baiting. His unusual way of using his front legs to hit his enemy (which looks like he is boxing) gave the dog’s name.

9. The Rottweiler

Now on the 9th spot from number 10 in 2014, the Rottweiler is a massive and courageous pooch, which makes him a good guard dog. Being devoted and loyal to his family, he makes a good companion as well.

8. The Poodle

Falling down one spot to number 8, the Poodle is one of the popular French dog breeds that has a noble and graceful appearance. With his intelligence, the Poodle is very easy to train, in fact, he can be trained to hunt too.

7. The Yorkshire Terrier

Now on the 7th spot, the Yorkshire Terrier was previously in the 6th spot. The Yorkie’s long and gorgeous coat will surely leave you in awe but aside from its beautiful appearance, this dog can be very sweet and loving too.

6. The French Bulldog

One of the breeds that need to be watched out for, the French Bulldog is now in the 6th spot. Over the past decade, this breed has moved up 32 spots already! A Frenchie has a lot of energy and you’ll sure be entertained with his comical trait.

5. The Beagle

Still on the 5th spot, the Beagle is a gentle and sweet pooch who loves to be around with people. The Beagle is originally bred to hunt small animals such as rabbits and uses their very distinct baying voice when hunting.

4. The Bulldog

Ranking number 4 still, the Bulldog is considered as one of the gentlest dogs despite his intimidating looks. They are loving and affectionate yet fearless and courageous when faced with a threat.

3. The Golden Retriever

Holding the 3rd spot since 2012, the Golden Retriever is a highly intelligent dog who has an undeniable charm. From his beautiful looks to his wonderful personality, they are one of the popular family dogs across the globe.

2. The German Shepherd

Retaining its number 2 spot since 2012, the German Shepherd is a very versatile working dog. All over the world, he is well-known to perform tasks such as search and rescue, police and military roles, and assisting of disabled people, specifically those who are visually impaired.

1. The Labrador Retriever

Still, on the top spot is no other than the Labrador Retriever! This breed has been the most popular dog breed in the United States for 25 years now. Among all of the breeds recognized by the AKC, the Labrador Retriever is the only breed who has reigned this long!


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