Special Report

Most Popular Dog Breeds

Dogs have been our friends for over 10,000 years. Whether you prefer a small pup, like a Chihuahua that comfortably fits in the nook of your arm, or a gentle giant like the Newfoundland, dogs of all breeds continue to meet the human desire for companionship.

While people across the country choose to adopt a wide variety of dogs, a select few breeds have been the most favorable over the years. The top dog breed has actually been ranked as the top breed for over 20 consecutive years, according to purebred dog registry American Kennel Club’s records.

Conversely, some dogs that didn’t even make the top 35 most popular breeds a decade ago, were a hit in 2016. Most notably, the French Bulldog ranked sixth in 2016, but it ranked 36th a decade ago, and was 82nd in two decades ago.

The diverse dog breeds on this list reflect a wide range of preferences among canine lovers. Regardless of the rank, each breed has its own distinctive traits and is adored by many. Read on to discover a quirky fact that you may not have known about your beloved canine.

To identify the top 35 most popular dog breeds in the United States, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed breed records for 2016 from the American Kennel Club (AKC), which currently registers 189 dog breeds. We also reviewed the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 edition of the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which tracks 173 dog breeds, to retrieve the rankings from 2006 and 1996. The typical lifespan and average cost of each breed was provided by the AKC.

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