Special Report

Most Popular Dog Breeds

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25. Brittanys
> Rank in 2006: 31
> Rank in 1996: 34
> Typical life span: 12 to 14 years
> Average puppy price: $1,500

Brittanys gets their name from their native French province. According to the AKC, the Brittany didn’t officially become recognized as a breed until the year 1907, when an orange and white colored pup named Boy in France was registered as the first Brittany Spaniel. Prior to this point, the breed was registered as one of many miscellaneous French Spaniels.

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24. Shetland Sheepdogs
> Rank in 2006: 19
> Rank in 1996: 14
> Typical life span: 12 to 14 years
> Average puppy price: $1,500

Originating in the United Kingdom, the Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, acquired its reputation as a farm dog in the late 18th century. While it was bred for many reasons, herding sheep was one of its primary duties. The Sheltie is considered one of the best obedience breeds.

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23. Havanese
> Rank in 2006: 38
> Rank in 1996: 93
> Typical life span: 14 to 16 years
> Average puppy price: $2,000

Can you guess where the first traces of this pooch are located? We’ll give you a hint. Another name for this breed is the Havana Silk Dog. That’s right, the Havanese is the only breed considered to be native to Cuba.

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22. Pomeranians
> Rank in 2006: 14
> Rank in 1996: 10
> Typical life span: 12 to 16 years
> Average puppy price: $2,000

Queen Victoria of England came to adore this dog breed in her late age. During the latter part of her reign in the 19th century, the Queen adopted Marco, a Pomeranian from Florence Italy.

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21. Boston Terriers
> Rank in 2006: 15
> Rank in 1996: 21
> Typical life span: 11 to 13 years
> Average puppy price: $1,200

As one may imagine, the Boston Terrier breed has its origins in Massachusetts. It has held the title of state dog since 1979. The dog is a crossbreed between an English Bulldog and a white English Terrier.