The Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2018
For the 28th year in a row, the Labrador Retriever is top dog, according to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) annual list of most popular breeds.
The sporting breed, known for its amiable temperament and trainability, set a record in 2013 for the longest streak as No. 1—and it "shows no signs of giving up the top spot anytime soon,” said AKC executive secretary Gina DiNardo said in a statement.
On the other end of the spectrum is the Sloughi. The rare breed, which looks similar to a Greyhound and originated in North Africa, ranked last overall, in 192nd place.
Labs may have a firm grip on the top slot, but Beagles have the most staying power overall. While the little hound ranks in the sixth slot this year, it has been in the AKC’s top 10 every decade since the organization began keeping data in the 1880s. Also noteworthy is the German Shorthair Pointer, which has reached its highest ranking (at No. 9) since being officially recognized in 1930.
"This jack of all trades in the pointer world has slowly but steadily risen in popularity over the years," DiNardo said. "People continue to fall in love with its versatility, extreme intelligence and willingness to please.”
Here’s the full top 10 list:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd
3. Golden Retriever
4. French Bulldog
9. German Shorthair Pointer
10. Yorkshire Terrier