Special Report

America's Most Popular Dog Breeds

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70. Miniature Pinschers
> 2017 rank: 71
> 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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69. Cairn Terriers
> 2017 rank: 69
> 2016 rank: 70
> 2007 rank: 48

The cairn terrier originated in Scotland, where it was used to catch vermin. (A cairn is a pile of rocks, and a natural habitat for rodents and other small creatures.) In “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy’s dog Toto is a cairn terrier.

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68. Cardigan Welsh Corgis
> 2017 rank: 68
> 2016 rank: 69
> 2007 rank: 78

The Cardigan Welsh corgi looks a lot like its cousin, the Pembroke Welsh corgi, but doesn’t have a tail. It is fond of children and gets on well with other pets. The Cardigan Welsh corgi does require some special care as it can get overweight easily.

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67. Dogues de Bordeaux
> 2017 rank: 67
> 2016 rank: 63
> 2007 rank: Not in Top 100

Dogue is French for “mastiff,” and this is a big, muscular breed with a massive head. While it is not aggressive, it is not great with other dogs. Dogue de Bordeaux was featured in the 1989 Tom Hanks movie “Turner and Hooch” but was not recognized by the AKC until 2008.

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66. Great Pyrenees
> 2017 rank: 66
> 2016 rank: 67
> 2007 rank: 57

The Great Pyrenees is a strikingly beautiful breed. However, because it was bred as a guard dog it requires careful training and socialization or it can become aggressive. The Great Pyrenees needs a lot of exercise and has a tendency to bark a lot.

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65. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
> 2017 rank: 65
> 2016 rank: 66
> 2007 rank: 105

The griffon is a medium-sized gundog — trained by hunters to collect game — with a wiry coat and a pointing instinct, which give it its name. It is a very good swimmer, helped by its webbed toes, and retriever.

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64. Chinese Shar-Pei
> 2017 rank: 64
> 2016 rank: 61
> 2007 rank: 46

Shar-pei have some very distinctive characteristics, including a rough coat and folds of wrinkled skin. They are intelligent but stubborn and need to be trained at an early age. Unfortunately, shar-pei are prone to a range of health conditions, including allergic skin disease, eye disorders, and various bone and joint problems.

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63. German Wirehaired Pointers
> 2017 rank: 62
> 2016 rank: 64
> 2007 rank: 18

The German wirehaired pointer is somewhat bigger than its close relative, the German shorthaired pointer. A dependable hunting dog, its coat provides protection from rough terrain and bad weather. As a pet it needs a lot of exercise.

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62. Bull Terriers
> 2017 rank: 60
> 2016 rank: 57
> 2007 rank: 58

Although bull terriers were originally bred for the cruel sport of bull-baiting, they are now regarded as lovable and entertaining companions. They have distinctive egg-shaped heads and piercing eyes. General George S. Patton, who was known for his fierceness as a fighter, had a bull terrier. The bull terrier was also the mascot for the Target store chain.

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61. Whippets
> 2017 rank: 61
> 2016 rank: 60
> 2007 rank: 61

The whippet looks like a small greyhound and is almost as fast — it has been called “The Poor Man’s Racehorse.” Despite its energy level, it does fine as an apartment pet, as long as it gets regular exercise. City dwellers will be pleased to know whippets don’t bark that often and require little maintenance.

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