Do You Have One of the AKC’s Most Popular Dog Breeds?

Labrador Retrievers stay on top of the American Kennel Club's list. Frenchies are up. Pugs are down. Where does your favorite breed stand?

Caroline Coile  |  Feb 27th 2015


The American Kennel Club‘s annual list of most popular breeds is out, and the Labrador Retriever once again fetched the top spot in 2014. It’s been America’s most popular AKC breed since 1991, longer than any other breed, eclipsing the former top-spot longevity records held by the Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. The Top 10 breeds of last year are the Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Beagle, Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, Boxer, French Bulldog, and Rottweiler.

The Lab is followed by long-time favorites the German Shepherd and Golden Retriever, but No. 4 is a mover and shaker, the Bulldog, which has rocketed in popularity the past few years. This year it shuffled from up from No. 5, displacing the ever-favorite Beagle. America seems to be in the midst of a bully love affair, with the French Bulldog entering the Top 10 for the first time in nearly 100 years, at No. 9. The Frenchie’s been on the rise faster than any other breed; five years ago it was the No. 24 most popular breed.

Other breeds on the fast track are the Siberian Husky (No. 13 compared to No. 22 five years ago), Great Dane (No. 15 from No. 21); Australian Shepherd (No. 18 from No. 28); Havanese (No. 25 from No. 32); Vizsla (No. 33 from No. 42); Shiba Inu (No. 46 from No. 65); Belgian Malinois (No. 59 from No. 81), and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (No. 74 from No. 108).

But if some breeds move up, it means others must move down. Breeds on the downward trend are led by the Yorkshire Terrier. Though still popular at No. 6, it was No. 3 five years ago, and movement in the top 10 reflects large changes in registration numbers. The Dachshund fell out of the Top 10 for the first time since 1985. It’s now No. 11 compared to No. 8 five years ago. Other breeds on the downturn are the Shih Tzu (No. 18 from No. 10), Pomeranian (No. 20 from No. 14), Chihuahua (No. 24 from No. 12); Pug (No. 32 from No. 17), Miniature Pinscher (No. 60 from No. 33), and Pekingese (No. 80 from No. 53). For whatever reason, America’s infatuation with toy dogs seems to be over.

Of the breeds AKC has recognized in the last five years, only the Cane Corso, at the No. 47 spot, is in the top 100. The Leonberger is at 101 and the Russell Terrier at 102. Two newcomers are at the bottom of the list; the Norwegian Lundehund is again the least popular AKC breed, ranked at No. 175, with the Cesky Terrier at No. 173. The English Foxhound, at No. 174, is used to being near the bottom, but is probably actually more popular than the statistics suggest, as most Foxhounds are in non-AKC hunting packs.

The bottom 10 AKC breeds (from least popular to more) are the Norwegian Lundehund, English Foxhound, Cesky Terrier, Harrier, American Foxhound, Otterhound, Pyrenean Shepherd, Skye Terrier, Canaan Dog, and Sussex Spaniel.

Here’s the complete list:

Breed

2014

2013

2009

Retrievers (Labrador)

1

1

1

German Shepherds

2

2

2

Retrievers (Golden)

3

3

4

Bulldogs

4

5

7

Beagles

5

4

5

Yorkshire Terriers

6

6

3

Poodles

7

8

9

Boxers

8

7

6

French Bulldogs

9

11

24

Rottweilers

10

9

13

Dachshunds

11

10

8

Pointers (German Shorthaired)

12

13

16

Siberian Huskies

13

14

22

Doberman Pinschers

14

12

15

Great Danes

15

16

21

Miniature Schnauzers

16

17

11

Shih Tzu

17

15

10

Australian Shepherds

18

20

28

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

19

18

25

Pomeranians

20

19

14

Shetland Sheepdogs

21

21

18

Pembroke Welsh Corgis

22

24

26

Boston Terriers

23

23

19

Chihuahuas

24

22

12

Havanese

25

25

32

Mastiffs

26

26

27

Brittanys

27

30

30

Spaniels (English Springer)

28

28

29

Maltese

29

27

20

Spaniels (Cocker)

30

29

23

Bernese Mountain Dogs

31

32

39

Pugs

32

31

17

Vizslas

33

34

42

Weimaraners

34

33

31

Collies

35

35

38

Newfoundlands

36

37

46

West Highland White Terriers

37

36

36

Rhodesian Ridgebacks

38

39

48

Border Collies

39

44

52

Newfoundlands Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay)

40

43

49

Basset Hounds

41

41

34

Papillons

42

38

37

Bichons Frises

43

40

35

Bullmastiffs

44

40

42

Akitas

45

45

50

Shiba Inu

46

46

65

Cane Corso

47

50

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers

48

51

62

Bloodhounds

49

48

43

St. Bernards

50

47

45

Portuguese Water Dogs

51

49

60

Bull Terriers

52

52

57

Alaskan Malamutes

53

57

58

Australian Cattle Dogs

54

58

67

Whippets

55

59

61

Airedale Terriers

56

56

59

Chinese Shar-Pei

57

54

47

Scottish Terriers

58

55

51

Belgian Malinois

59

60

81

Miniature Pinscher

60

53

33

Spaniels (English Cocker)

61

62

66

Dogues de Bordeaux

62

65

69

Chinese Crested

63

68

55

Dalmatians

64

64

75

Lhasa Apsos

65

63

54

Samoyeds

66

67

76

Cairn Terriers

67

61

56

Chow Chows

68

70

63

Pointers (German Wirehaired)

69

71

74

Irish Wolfhounds

70

73

84

Setters (Irish)

71

72

73

Italian Greyhounds

72

66

68

Great Pyrenees

73

69

64

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons

74

80

108

Old English Sheepdogs

75

78

79

Cardigan Welsh Corgis

76

75

83

Staffordshire Bull Terriers

77

79

77

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs

78

74

101

Bouviers des Flandres

79

82

85

Pekingese

80

77

53

Giant Schnauzers

81

83

89

American Staffordshire Terriers

82

76

70

Border Terriers

83

81

82

Basenjis

84

85

88

Keeshonden

85

86

102

Tibetan Terriers

86

88

96

Setters (English)

87

91

94

Standard Schnauzers

88

90

99

Brussels Griffons

89

84

72

Retrievers (Flat-Coated)

90

94

106

Japanese Chin

91

87

71

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs

92

93

115

Fox Terriers (Wire)

93

96

95

Norwich Terriers

94

89

98

Afghan Hounds

95

95

91

Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)

96

97

110

Setters (Gordon)

97

105

97

Silky Terriers

98

92

78

Borzois

99

99

90

Norwegian Elkhounds

100

103

105

Leonbergers

101

98

Russell Terriers

102

102

Welsh Terriers

103

104

103

Spaniels (Boykin)

104

121

92

Schipperkes

105

109

93

Belgian Tervuren

106

108

109

Rat Terriers

107

Treeing Walker Coonhounds

108

101

Neapolitan Mastiffs

109

111

113

Toy Fox Terriers

110

107

100

Parson Russell Terriers

111

100

87

Spinoni Italiani

112

117

119

Pointers

113

114

114

American Eskimo Dogs

114

110

118

Bearded Collies

115

112

116

Tibetan Spaniels

116

106

111

Belgian Sheepdogs

117

119

120

Fox Terriers (Smooth)

118

116

123

Irish Terriers

119

123

132

Black and Tan Coonhounds

120

113

86

Black Russian Terriers

121

118

130

Kerry Blue Terriers

122

126

121

Miniature Bull Terriers

123

125

125

Bluetick Coonhounds

124

128

44

Norfolk Terriers

125

129

122

Briards

126

127

127

Spaniels (Welsh Springer)

127

124

136

Salukis

128

115

112

Tibetan Mastiffs

129

132

131

Manchester Terriers

130

120

117

Spaniels (Field)

131

140

137

English Toy Spaniels

132

135

129

Australian Terriers

133

122

124

Bedlington Terriers

134

137

135

German Pinschers

135

130

146

Xoloitzcuintli

136

139

Spaniels (Clumber)

137

131

128

Affenpinschers

138

143

133

Beaucerons

139

152

148

Icelandic Sheepdogs

140

142

Greyhounds

141

148

140

Redbone Coonhounds

142

133

41

Lakeland Terriers

143

134

138

Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens

144

138

134

Pulik

145

136

149

Spaniels (Irish Water)

146

141

150

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs

147

155

Plotts

148

149

126

Setters (Irish Red and White)

149

145

80

American English Coonhounds

150

146

Scottish Deerhounds

151

165

142

Swedish Vallhunds

152

147

147

Ibizan Hounds

153

151

144

Spaniels (American Water)

154

144

139

Kuvaszok

155

150

141

Glen of Imaal Terriers

156

167

158

Retrievers (Curly-Coated)

157

163

145

Pharaoh Hounds

158

160

152

Lowchen

159

154

143

Portuguese Podengo Pequenos

160

153

Dandie Dinmont Terriers

161

168

151

Komondorok

162

159

154

Sealyham Terriers

163

158

157

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs

164

157

153

Chinooks

165

156

Norwegian Buhunds

166

166

104

Finnish Lapphunds

167

171

Finnish Spitz

168

170

160

Spaniels (Sussex)

169

162

159

Canaan Dogs

170

164

156

Skye Terriers

171

161

155

Pyrenean Shepherds

172

169

107

Otterhounds

173

172

161

American Foxhounds

174

176

162

Harriers

175

173

163

Cesky Terriers

176

174

English Foxhounds

177

177

164

Norwegian Lundehunds

178

175

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About the author: Caroline Coile is the author of 34 dog books, including the top-selling Barron’s Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds. She has written for various publications and is currently a columnist for AKC Family Dog. She shares her home with three naughty Salukis and one Jack Russell Terrier.