What are the most popular dog breeds of the year?

All dogs are cute – but are some more popular than others? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), yes. The pedigree registry of purebred dogs just announced its annual list of popular breeds as of 2021, and it turns out everyone still loves the Labrador Retriever.

Although the most expensive dog breed is actually the poodle, the Labrador Retriever tops the list in popularity.

“With her loving, outgoing personality and eager attitude, it’s no surprise that the lab has continued its record run as the most popular breed in the United States,” AKC executive director Gina DiNardo said during a virtual news conference. “As always, we encourage people to do their research to ensure they are not just getting a purebred dog, but most importantly, a well-bred dog from a responsible breeder.”

The Labrador was developed in the UK from fishing dogs imported from the colony of Newfoundland (that’s not a Canadian province!) and was named after an eponymous region of that colony. Its lifespan is between 12 and 14 years and although it was originally bred as a hunting dog, it is now mostly kept as a companion.

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To create the annual ranking, the AKC looks at its own registration data. This year in particular, it has been noticed that overall preferences have not changed significantly compared to 2020.


Rounding out the top spot are the instantly recognizable French Bulldog, the affectionate Golden Retriever, the German Shepherd (also known as the Alsatian, actually a relatively modern breed), and the Poodle (a water dog breed divided into four types). by size).

A few surprises within the ranking are worth noting, including the fact that poodles made the top five for the first time since 1997 and the Biewer Terrier made its debut at number 83.

Here is the top 20 list:

1. Labrador Retriever

2. French Bulldog

3. Golden Retriever

4. German Shepherd

5. Poodle

6. Bulldog

7. Beagle

8. Rottweilers

9. German Shorthaired Pointer

10. Dachshund

11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

12. Australian Shepherd

13. Yorkshire terrier

14. Boxers

15. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

16. Doberman Pinscher

17. Great Dane

18. Miniature Schnauzer

19. Siberian husky

20. Bernese Mountain Dog

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