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America's top 10 dog breeds

Updated on August 27, 2012

AKC Stats

The American Kennel Club, or AKC, has been tracking the popularity of dog breeds for years. The most recent numbers are for 2011 and they are based on dogs registered through the AKC. These statistics are only for dogs considered to be pure-bred breeds that are recognized by the Kennel Club.

10) Rottweiler

Rottweilers are slowly gaining more popularity, in 2006 they were ranked as the 17th most popular breed.

9) Dachshund

Dachshunds are actually on their way out of the top 10. Over the last ten years they have gone from being 4th to 9th where they are now. It has been a steady decline for these little pooches.

8) Poodle

Poodles have had a pretty constant position over the last 10 years with the 2010 being the lowest ranking year for them putting the poodle in 9th, whereas in 2001 they ranked 7th.

7) Boxer

Boxers have been holding 7th place since 2006, and before that they were taking up the number 8's spot.

6) Bulldog

Bulldogs have come along ways in the last ten years, after starting in 19th place in 2001, the Bulldog has manage to sneak into the running for most popular jumping to 12th in 2006 and then onto 6th, where its been comfortably for two years running.

5) Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers have been all over the top ten in last ten years jumping from 6th to 2nd in 5 years and then to 3rd. Now they are headed back towards the doggy door.

4) Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers have been holding on in the top 5 for the last ten years, getting thrown between 2nd and 5th place.

3) Beagle

Beagles are on their way to top, starting in 5th place and now pushing other big breeds out of the way.

2) German Shepherd

German Shepherds have claimed their 2nd place spot and they seem to be holding their own in the top.

1) Labrador Retriever

The number one spot has been held by only one breed for the last ten years. The labrador retriever is still a favorite breed among families in the United States.

Others Worth Noting

Chihuahuas have been losing their designer appeal dropping from 9th to 15th. On the other hand, French Bulldogs have make a splash moving from 64th all the way to 18th in ten years.


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    • kgarcia1113 profile image

      Kassi Garcia 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      LOL They do make awesome family dogs.

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      pipmistress 6 years ago from Qatar

      Although I am not an American, I really like Labrador retriever.