Ok so the world loves a good family dog like the Labrador but do you? Perhaps all that slobbery panting and clumsiness isn't your thing.Maybe you love the refined chic of the silky Shih Tzu, or the sweet gentle softness of a Spaniel.
"PAF!” to your soft and sweet. “Give me a dog with big jaws that will protect my house when I'm out" I hear the Mastiff lovers cry. What ever your favourite is we want to hear about it.
Maybe your favourite isn't even in the top 10. Tell us why it should be. We want your stories and photos so that other visitors to the site can see what you think and why you love your breed. Help other people find the right breed dog for them.
Check out the top 20 dog breeds and find out why they are America’s most popular. With so many types of dog around It can be hard work finding the best dog for you and your lifestyle - so these pooches must be doing something right, Right?
Enthusiasm for the most popular breeds of the day waxes and wanes, popularity like everything can be a fickle thing, fads and passing trends cause us to look back in horror at the fashion crimes of our youth. Popularity for dog breeds can be a similar thing.
The most popular breeds of the past have been very different to those we prefer today. According to AKC statistics, between 1905-55 The Boston Terrierwas consistently in the top two spots. American Cocker Spaniels took over as The USA’s overall favourite between 1936-52, before being usurped by the Beagle.
The Beagle remained top dog until it was ousted in 1959 by the Poodle which reigned supreme for over 20 years. In 1982 the American Cocker Spaniel regained its crown, before being usurped. From 1991 onwards, Labrador Retrievers have by a country mile been the undisputed number one breed.
Popular culture also plays its part influencing breed popularity; the film career of Rin-Tin-Tin caused German Shepherdsto displace the Boston Terrier in 1925 as top dog.
There was also a perceptible surge of popularity for Dalmatianscoinciding with Walt Disney’s Film 101 Dalmatians, not to mention the eternal appeal of the Collie after ‘Lassie Come Home’.
Don’t forget to always find a reputable dog breeder, as bad breeders or puppy mill owners will often take advantage of a breed’s passing popularity, especially those breeds which have gained popularity very quickly on the back of a movie or t.v appearance to make a quick profit to the detriment of their dog’s welfare.
Top 20 Dog Breeds Key
Taken from American Kennel Club registrations.
Green is an improvement in popularity over previous year, red is a decline in popularity whilst black means no change in popularity over previous year