Here are the most popular dogs in America, at least according to American Kennel Club Registration numbers. Could this be a bit misleading? Sure, these days many people with pedigreed dogs don't bother to register, but still this is some gauge. No surprise, for 21 years now the Labrador Retriever continues to be America's most popular breed.
2012 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.
|1. Labrador Retriever||1. Labrador Retriever|
|2. German Shepherd Dog||2. German Shepherd Dog|
|3. Golden Retriever||3. Beagle|
|4. Beagle||4. Golden Retriever|
|5. Bulldog||5. Yorkshire Terrier|
|6. Yorkshire Terrier||6. Bulldog|
|7. Boxer||7. Boxer|
|8. Poodle||8. Poodle|
|9. Rottweiler||9. Dachshund|
|10. Dachshund||10. Rottweiler|
Most Notable Dog Trends in 2012 Include:
- Mastiff-type breeds have risen in rank, with the Mastiff going from 34 to 26 and the Bullmastiff from 47 to 39 over the past decade, and the Cane Corso (67 to 60), Neapolitan Mastiff (116 to 112), and Dogue de Bordeaux (69 to 67) all making gains since the year they became recognized.
- Bully” breeds have pawed their way into people’s hearts over the past decade with the Bull Terrier (79 to 51), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (91 to 76), and Miniature Bull Terrier (132 to 126) all making strong gains.
- Dog owners are showing their love for Sporting Breeds over this past year as the Spinone Italiano (123 to 114), Boykin Spaniel (138 to 116), and Welsh Springer Spaniel (130 to 125) have all made their way up the list.
- Small dogs that are on the rise this year are the Havanese (31 to 28) and Affenpinscher (139 to 138), while the Chihuahua (14 to 18), Pomeranian (17 to 19), and Pug (26 to 30) seem to have fallen out of favor.