Special Report

Dog Breeds That Dropped the Most in Popularity

Pet ownership is at a record level, according to this year’s National Pet Owners Survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Association. Undoubtedly, dogs are among the most popular family four-legged friends. Breeds such as the golden and Labrador retrievers have been consistently popular over the years. Others have fallen out of favor with dog owners – and some have trended out of style in just a year. 

To identify the dog breeds in the United States that dropped the most in popularity between 2020 and 2021, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data from the American Kennel Club released on March 15, 2021, based on the latest AKC registration statistics. We only considered dog breeds that dropped more than five spots in the 2021 popularity ranking. 

Some of the dog breeds that have lost their popularity recently belong in the herding and hound breeds and are of fairly new origin. Most of the breeds on this list were never among the most preferred by canine lovers. They were in the middle or the bottom of the popularity ranking even before they dropped significantly in ranking.

Families own many different dogs, from mixed-breeds to purebreds, but which are the overall favorites? These are America’s most popular dogs.

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