The American Kennel Club releases a list every year of the most popular dogs based off the previous year’s AKC registration statistics. While some breeds have been on the top 10 list for decades, others are new to the list.
The complete list of 193 breeds ranked in popularity was released in May. It may come as no surprise that the loyal Labrador Retriever was named the most popular dog breed for the 29th consecutive year. However, the Yorkshire Terrier fell out of the top 10 and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi made the list for the first time ever.
While all dogs are amazing, it is important to choose one that fits with your lifestyle. Some breeds are more high energy and would do best with active families while others are couch potatoes.
Check out the top 10 dog breeds below and breed-specific rescues:
1. Labrador Retriever
These athletic and friendly dogs are popular with families but also make great service dogs. Their average life span is 10-12 years and if you are looking to add one to your family consider checking out Lucky Lab Rescue.
2. German Shepherd
If you are looking for an intelligent and loyal companion check out Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary.
3. Golden Retriever
What is not to love about these outgoing dogs?! Find your next best friend at As Good As Gold Golden Retriever Rescue.
4. French Bulldog
These small dogs are absolutely adorable with large bat ears and wrinkles. If you’re looking for a playful companion check out French Bulldog Rescue Network.
If you’re in search of a laid back dog that is also full of personality then consider adopting a bulldog from Buckeye Bulldog Rescue.
These active and intelligent dogs are great choices for people with allergies. Check out Michigan Standard Poodle Rescue.
While they are amazing hunting dogs, they are also loyal companions. Consider adopting one from Houston Beagle & Hound Rescue.
Described as loyal and loving guardians, these dogs are also playful and silly. Adopt one from
R.E.A.L. Rottweiler Rescue.
9. German Shorthaired Pointer
These athletic dogs thrive on vigorous exercise and lots of love. Add one to your family from NorCal GSP Rescue.
10. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
New to the list but well-loved by all. This little herder is affectionate and absolutely adorable. Adopt one at Southeast Corgi Rescue.
We believe the best “breed” is and always will be rescue. With that being said, all of the breeds listed on the top 10 list can be found at a shelter or rescue – so please adopt don’t shop!
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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