Most Popular Small (and Big) Dog Breeds in America

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It’s often said that Americans like things big. Of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, the top dogs are three large dogs — the Labrador retriever, German shepherd, and golden retriever. By contrast, the next three most popular breeds are quite small — the bulldog, beagle, and French bulldog. It seems that we love our dogs regardless of size.

24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the most popular small dog breeds and the most popular large dog breeds in the United States. The different breeds are popular for different reasons.

Few of the small breeds on our list are working dogs, whereas many of the large ones are herders or hunters. Some breeds need a lot of exercise and space to roam, while others are content to snooze away much of the day indoors.

Whatever the reason, all these dogs have devoted fans across the country and dedicated national clubs — a requirement for American Kennel Club recognition.

Click here to see a list of the most popular small dog breeds in America.
Click here to see a list of the most popular big dog breeds in America.

In order to determine the most popular small and large dog breeds, 24/7 Wall St. used the ranking from the American Kennel Club’s list of the most popular dog breeds for 2016. Breeds were considered for the large category if male dogs in that breed weigh at least 60 pounds, per the information the AKC provided on each breed. Breeds were considered for the small category if male dogs in that breed weigh no more than 30 pounds, according to the AKC. No specific weight was given for the cane corso breed, but it was included in the large dog category as the AKC listed it among the largest dog breeds in the world, and the dogs typically weigh “more than 100 pounds.”