Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

Every year the good folks at the American Kennel Club (AKC) run a survey of dog registrations to determine which breeds rule our hearts. The data is gathered, tabulated and out comes AKC’s listing of the Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds. Now we all know the Labrador Retriever has continued to top the charts for the past 26 years, but what about those who will be forever the bridesmaid, never the bride. Let’s take a look at those breeds that made the coveted Most Popular Dog Breeds list… but from the bottom up.

10. Boxer

There are many reasons why these dogs made it onto the Most Popular Dog Breeds list. Holding onto 10th spot for another year, this handsome boy with a mug only a mother could love is an active and enthusiastic family pet. He bonds quickly, has an affectionate personality and just loves to be doted on. He’s no couch potato and his intelligent, eager-to-please nature means he’s easy to train when it comes time to tone down the exuberance. (Photo credit: techvisionary/Bigstock)


9. Yorkshire Terrier

There are many reasons why these dogs made it onto the Most Popular Dog Breeds list. This spunky little dog with the big personality and bigger need to be the center of attention is a highly entertaining companion pooch and lap dog. He is big on loyalty to his pet parent and quick to show mini disdain for strangers. While he loves to be toted, he is a terrier at heart which means squirrels and cats, can expect to be chased. (Photo credit: BigPumba/Bigstock)


8. Rottweiler

There are many reasons why these dogs made it onto the Most Popular Dog Breeds list. It’s no surprise that the Rottweiler made it onto the most popular dog breeds list. This big beautiful boy is a loyal family member who loves to get out and hike, walk or play but is equally content to cuddle up with his owner on the sofa for an evening in. His loyal nature makes him a superb watchdog and an intelligent, keen-to-please personality means he is a pussy-cat when it comes to training. (Photo credit: KalypsoWorldPhotography/Bigstock)


7. Poodle

There are many reasons why these dogs made it onto the Most Popular Dog Breeds list. This super intelligent breed is highly trainable and was originally bred to retrieve waterfowl during hunting season. He loves water and all things “play” so combine the two activities and you have one happy pooch. His highly social nature means he loves to be around family and lots of activity to keep him mentally stimulated. (Photo credit: Sally Dixon Creations/Bigstock)


6. French Bulldog

There are many reasons why these dogs made it onto the Most Popular Dog Breeds list.Coming in at #6, this goofy little dog with the bat-ears is an adorable addition to any family and gets along well with kids and other pets alike. He loves spending time with his human pack and because he bonds quickly and closely to his pet parents he tends to not do well when they leave him behind for any period of time. (Photo credit: Maggie1/Bigstock)


5. Beagle

There are many reasons why these dogs made it onto the Most Popular Dog Breeds list. This active little guy is one outdoor loving pooch who thrives best when he’s getting out with his peeps! His gentle, easy-going nature makes him a great fit wherever he calls home while a steadfast loyalty to his family coupled with a protective nature can make him a daunting watchdog with a vocal response to those he considers unwelcome. (Photo credit: Kostyazar/Bigstock)


4. English Bulldog

There are many reasons why these dogs made it onto the Most Popular Dog Breeds list. With that iconic mug and stubby legs, who can resist an English bulldog? In spite of his almost intimidating jowly look, this pooch is one of the most loving, patient dogs around and he adores nothing more than getting loads of hugs and snuggling up on the sofa beside you. He’s not a super active pooch so is the ideal choice for those in apartments or seniors. (Photo credit: Lukashenko Studio/Bigstock)


3. Golden Retriever

There are many reasons why these dogs made it onto the Most Popular Dog Breeds list. We think he’s golden even if he did only take the bronze on AKC’s top 10 list. This handsome boy is known for his obedience, playful personality and people-pleasing nature. He thrives in a family environment where he can receive lots of attention and his love of anything “water” makes him a top choice of hunters for retrieving waterfowl. (Photo credit: NaMaKuKi/Bigstock)


2. German Shepherd Dog

There are many reasons why these dogs made it onto the Most Popular Dog Breeds list. This versatile working dog is unsurpassed when it comes to loyalty, courage and intelligence. He’s a faithful boy whose loving disposition belies his dramatic good looks. It’s no wonder he’s a top pick when it comes to search and rescue, supporting the police or military and for stepping into the role of assistance dog. (Photo credit: fotokate/Bigstock)


1. Labrador Retriever

most-popular-dog-breeds-german-shepherd-dogThis gentle boy continues to top the list as the most popular dog breed around. His docile nature, friendly personality and love of the great outdoors makes him the perfect dog for families, singles, seniors, those who love to hike and those who are differently-abled. He’s adaptable to any situation and highly loyal to those he loves. (Photo credit: chalabala/Bigstock)


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