10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

From Animal Planet

The results are in! In the American Kennel Club’s annual survey of most popular purebred dogs in the U.S., the Labrador Retriever has won again. This is the 20th year in a row that the loveable Lab has topped the list. See the full list below.

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog

3. Yorkshire Terrier

4. Beagle

5. Golden Retriever

6. Bulldog

7. Boxer

8. Dachshund

9. Poodle

10. Shih Tzu

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Next: How this year’s list compared to last year’s

The German Shepherd held the number two spot, and the Yorkshire Terrier stayed in the third spot for the second year in a row.

This year’s list included some shakeups — including the Beagle overtaking the Golden Retriever for the fourth spot and the Bulldog, who has been steadily rising in the rankings, overtook the Boxer for the number six spot.

“Not since the early 20th Century has the Bulldog enjoyed such sustained popularity,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “‘Bob’ was the first AKC registered Bulldog in 1886, and today the breed enjoys its highest ranking in 100 years at number 6.”

AKC registration statistics are compiled from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of the previous year. In 2010, AKC registered 170 different breeds. For more information, visit the AKC’s Web site.

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Top Dog Names for 2011

What Does my Dog’s Breed Say About Me?


Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Nancy Black
Nancy Black3 years ago

Love poodles; had five of them. They live a long time, they are intelligent, loving, loyal, and beautiful. They know how to train their owners. They are awesome. Of course, I love all dogs.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago


Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani3 years ago

Just got a head-butt from him ... forgot to mention that he is naturally the absolut best looking dog ... :-)!

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani3 years ago

Dogs are just great companions - but there's nothing like the kidneybeaning, jumping, rolling, stubborn, innocent, silly, sighing, snoring, loving and loveable boxer! Ours is 7 1/2 years old and the best friend we've ever had. Thanks Buddy for all the fun and laughter you bring into our world!

Carol F.
Carol F.3 years ago

Joy S. I know what you mean. We had a Border Collie (he was a foundling) his name was "Friday" because we adopted him on Good Friday. We also had 2 cats at the time and they all got along famously. So who cares if they are on the "top 10 list" they are loved anyway!

Julie D.
Julie D.3 years ago

All dogs are wonderful, including mixed breeds. Thanks for keeping the list to one page and not 10 pages!

Barbara Lockwood
Past Member 3 years ago

Please, please -- I know there are very good reasons for acquiring a "purebred" -- but please, please consider adopting from a shelter. We got the most loving and adorable mixed breed dog from a shelter. She had been sitting in the shelter for 20 days after being abandoned in a park... She was underweight; fur was dull and lifeless; she was timid. Now she's full of life; her fur is luxurious and shiny; she has discovered her voice. She is loved. And she loves us more than we probably even know.

paul m.
paul m.3 years ago


Fi T.
Fi T.3 years ago

Let's treasure them