Dogs are incredibly popular, there’s no doubt about that. According to a recent survey, 60 million American households have a total of almost 90 million dogs as pets. There are many different breeds to choose from — dogs of different shapes and sizes, aptitudes and attitudes, and new breeds are recognized from year to year.
24/7 Wall St. set out to identify the 100 most popular breeds in the United States. We reviewed data from the American Kennel Club (AKC), which currently registers 192 breeds. The AKC registered 88,547 Labrador retrievers in 2017, by far the most of any breed. Labrador retrievers have topped the AKC list of most popular dog breeds since 1991.
Some of the most popular breeds are of fairly recent origin, while others would have been recognizable to Roman soldiers or Vikings.
Some breeds have been consistently popular over the years, with Golden and Labrador retrievers and German shepherds regularly dominating rankings. Interestingly, all three are big breeds. By contrast, the three next most popular breeds — bulldogs, French bulldogs and beagles — are relatively small in size. (The French bulldog has been steadily climbing the rankings from year to year.) Farther down the list are dogs that were bred to hunt wolves and lions, and dogs that could almost fit in your pocket.
Whatever your taste, your budget or your house size, there’s a dog on our list for you. These are the 100 most popular dog breeds.