Special Report

America’s 50 Most Popular Dog Breeds

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30. Cane Corso
> 2017 rank: 37 out of 192
> 2007 rank: 0 out of 136

Originating in Italy and bred as guard dogs, cane corso are described by the AKC as “peerless protectors.” Notwithstanding their intimidating appearance – they are among the biggest dogs in the world (100 pounds for males) — cane corso are also intelligent, loyal, and docile in the company of their owners.

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29. Miniature American Shepherds
> 2017 rank: 35 out of 192
> 2007 rank: 0 out of 136

The miniature American shepherd was developed in California in the 1960s and was originally called the miniature Australian shepherd. It has been used to herd small stock such as sheep and goats, and its own small size and temperament makes it a good household pet and travel companion.

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28. Cocker Spaniels
> 2017 rank: 29 out of 192
> 2007 rank: 17 out of 136

The cocker spaniel is the smallest of the sporting dogs and packs a lot of cuteness into a small package. With a handsome face, big soulful eyes, and a tail that wags the dog, it’s no surprise it always does well in the AKC popularity rankings.

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27. English Springer Spaniels
> 2017 rank: 27 out of 192
> 2007 rank: 27 out of 136

This breed is named for its hunting style — it “springs” birds, flushing them into the air, and then points and retrieves them. As well as being a great hunter it is a friendly and playful pet and considered a hunting buddy of hunters. English Springer Spaniels are highly trainable and bred to work with humans.

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26. Brittanys
> 2017 rank: 26 out of 192
> 2007 rank: 29 out of 136

Brittanys gets their name from their native French province. According to the AKC, the Brittany didn’t officially become recognized as a breed until 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.