List of most popular dog breeds: Wikis


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This article lists the most popular dog breeds by registrations.

Note: registrations shown are not the same as annual registrations, or as living individuals.


Most popular breeds pre-2006

Between 1915-1940, American Kennel Club statistics were collected on a five yearly basis instead of every year. These figures show that between 1905 and 1935, the Boston Terrier was consistently in either first or second place. In 1925, following the popularity of Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd Dog displaced the Terrier as the top dog. American Cocker Spaniels then lead the way as the most popular dog from 1936 all the way through to 1952 when the Beagle became the number one dog until 1959. Poodles would become the most popular breed for the longest, reigning from 1960 for the next twenty two years until 1982 when the American Cocker Spaniel fought back to take over until 1990. The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular since 1991.[1]

Most popular breeds with children

• Temperament: While generalizations can be made about specific dog breeds, it is just as important to consider a dog’s individual temperament. A dog’s personality is shaped by both past experiences and genetics.

• Size: Very small breeds of dogs, such as toy poodles or chihuahuas, may not be good choices for a young child. These dogs are fragile and may become easily injured when around rambunctious children. They also tend to be more easily frightened by a lot of activity and noise. Frightened dogs may snap or bite in order to protect themselves. Larger dogs or sturdier small breeds, like pugs or beagles, are often better able to tolerate the activity, noise and rough play that is an inevitable part of living with children.

• Breed type: Some of the sporting breeds, such as labradors and golden retrievers, can make good pets for families with children. Breeds that have been selected for protective behavior, such as chows and rottweilers, are not usually recommended. It’s sometimes difficult for this type of dog to comfortably tolerate the many comings and goings of children and their friends who may be perceived as territorial intruders. Herding breeds, such as border collies and shepherds, are inclined to “herd” children, chasing and nipping at their heels.


Position Breed
1 Golden Retriever
2 Pembroke Welsh Corgi
3 West Highland White Terrier
4 Irish Setter
5 Schnauzer
6 Labrador Retriever
7 Poodle
8 Bichon Frise
9 Airedale
10 Basset Hound

Club registration figures for 2006

Club registration figures for 2007

Canadian Kennel Club (2007)[5]

Position Breed Annual registrations
1 Labrador Retriever 8,881
2 Golden Retriever 5,647
3 German Shepherd Dog 5,062
4 Poodle 2,839
5 Shetland Sheepdog 2,477
6 Yorkshire Terrier 2,441
7 Miniature Schnauzer 1,679
8 Boxer 1,677
9 Shih Tzu 1,431
10 Bernese Mountain Dog 1,303

Club registration figures for 2008

Club registration figures for 2009

Hunting is popular in Italy and this explains why hunt-and-retrieve breeds like the English Setter and the German Shorthaired pointer are widespread. The most popular hounds are Segugio Maremmano and Segugio Italiano, which are preferred to imported hounds.


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