What Are America's Favorite Dog Breeds?
With how much is rapidly changing in our world today, it’s comforting to know some things never change—like the fact that American’s still prefer Labrador Retriever over all other pooches.
Earlier this month, the American Kennel Club released its annual ranking of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. for 2019. The list is part of the AKC’s celebration of National Purebred Dog Day, which honors the “pride, predictability and purpose of purebred dogs, as well as the many ways these wonderful dogs impact humans every day.”
While much of the top spots remained unchanged from 2018, including the Labrador Retriever at No. 1 for the 29th consecutive year, one new pup managed to break into the top 10 for the first time. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi knocked the Yorkshire Terrier out of the No. 10 spot this year—an impressive feat considering the Yorkie had been consistently highly ranked since 1995. This is the fluffy little Corgi’s highest ranking since it was officially recognized by the AKC in 1934.
Although they didn’t manage to reach the top of the list, many other unique and rare breeds managed to make impressive leaps, including the Boykin Spaniel (100 to 89); the Lowchen (168 to 158); Swedish Vallhund (169 to 159); and the Lagotto Romagnolo (99 to 90).
The 2019 Most Popular Dogs in the United States:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd
3. Golden Retriever
4. French Bulldog
9. German Shorthaired Pointer
10. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The complete ranking of dog breeds for 2019, as well as previous years, can be found on the AKC’s website.