Each year, the AKC, a non-profit registry of purebred dogs in the United States, compiles a list of the most popular breeds based on its registry records. This year, the Lab was joined by the French bulldog, golden retriever and German shepherd in the top spots, with most dogs retaining their popularity as of 2020.
However, there were some shakes in the rankings. The poodle — a water dog known for its signature curly coat — slid into the top five for the first time since 1997, beating the bulldog. And the Field Spaniel, a medium-sized dog, shot up 24 places to reach No. 136.
The Biewer Terrier, a miniature long-haired dog first recognized by the AKC in 2021, debuted in the rankings at number 83.
- Labrador Retrievers
- French bulldog
- Golden retriever
- German shepherd dog
- German Shorthaired Pointer
According to the AKC, the dogs are in demand primarily for their versatility and easy-going temperament. Labs are also popular guide and rescue dogs because they can be easily trained to do a variety of jobs.