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American Kennel Club Announces the 10 Most Popular Breeds of 2016

A certain dog breed tops the list for the 26th year in a row, but there was movement elsewhere in the top 10.

Pamela Mitchell  |  Mar 21st 2017


The Labrador Retriever continues to reign as the most-registered purebred dog with the American Kennel Club. All but three of the spots on the club’s annual top 10 list remained the same, with the Rottweiler, Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier trading places.

Other movers include the Russell Terrier, which jumped a 14 spots (from 104th to 90th), the Rat Terrier up five spots (101st to 96th), the Parson Russell Terrier rising two spots (111th to 109th) and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier up five spots (172nd to 167th).

The top 10:

2016 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd Dog
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Bulldog
  5. Beagle
  6. French Bulldog
  7. Poodle
  8. Rottweiler
  9. Yorkshire Terrier
  10. Boxer
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2015 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd Dog
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Bulldog
  5. Beagle
  6. French Bulldog
  7. Yorkshire Terrier
  8. Poodle
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Boxer