Special Report

America's Most Popular Dog Breeds

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80. Giant Schnauzers
> 2016 rank: 79
> 2007 rank: 83

The giant schnauzer is a larger and stronger version of the standard schnauzer and can weigh as much as 95 pounds. It was developed in the Bavarian Alps in the mid-19th century to drive cattle from farm to market, and has also been used as a military and police dog.

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79. Chinese Crested
> 2016 rank: 77
> 2007 rank: 52

The Chinese crested is a toy dog with a distinctive hairdo that gives it its name. It is an affectionate dog with some cat-like traits — it likes to sit in high places. It’s also popular in movies. Kate Hudson had a Chinese crested in “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” and the Olsen twins had one in “New York Minute.”

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78. Russell Terriers
> 2016 rank: 90
> 2007 rank: N/A

Russell terriers are small, lively, and friendly. They are named after John Russell, a 19th-century English clergyman known as “The Sporting Parson.” The breed was subsequently developed in Australia.

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77. Lhasa Apsos
> 2016 rank: 71
> 2007 rank: 49

The Lhasa apso is an ancient breed from Tibet, where it served as a companion and watchdog in isolated monasteries. It can be cute, mischievous, and deeply devoted — and frolicsome as a puppy or adult.

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76. Chow Chows
> 2016 rank: 74
> 2007 rank: 63

The chow chow is a member of the AKC’s Non-Sporting Group and does fine without a lot of exercise. Its deep-set eyes give it a serious look. It comes in a variety of colors, including red, black and blue. The chow chow is one of two AKC registered breeds with a unique blue-black tongue, the other being the Chinese shar-pei.

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75. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
> 2016 rank: 78
> 2007 rank: 90

The greater Swiss mountain dog is descended from war dogs brought across the Alps by Julius Caesar’s armies, but was only fully recognized by the AKC in 1995. It is a large, powerful working dog. It needs regular exercise but does not cope well with hot weather.

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74. Italian Greyhounds
> 2016 rank: 72
> 2007 rank: 59

The Italian greyhound is a miniature version of its relative the greyhound. It’s an ancient breed, was popular with European royalty, and is featured in numerous Renaissance paintings. It’s a sighthound — as opposed to a scenthound — and will pursue fast-moving prey.

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73. Irish Wolfhounds
> 2016 rank: 73
> 2007 rank: 80

As its name suggests, the Irish wolfhound was used to hunt wolves, which it did very successfully — there haven’t been any wolves in Ireland for hundreds of years. You need space to have an Irish wolfhound as a pet — it’s the tallest of all AKC breeds and can weigh as much as 180 pounds.

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72. Irish Setters
> 2016 rank: 76
> 2007 rank: 66

Irish setters are famous for their fine red coats and for their grace and speed. These dogs thrive on human companionship and get along well with children and other dogs. But they may have problems with cats. They like vigorous exercise and lots of it.


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71. Miniature Pinschers
> 2016 rank: 68
> 2007 rank: 26

Known as the “King of Toys,” the miniature pinscher is small and athletic and has a big dog personality. Despite its size it makes a good watchdog. Because of the shared name it’s sometimes mistakenly assumed to be a miniature Doberman pinscher.

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