America’s Favorite Dog Breeds

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Is your furry Fido a national favorite?

The American Kennel Club recently announced its list of most popular dog breeds of 2009. Six new breeds were recognized last year, increasing the total number of AKC-recognized canine breeds to 164.

The Labrador Retriever held fast her title as “Most Popular” – a ranking she’s enjoyed since 1999 – while the loyal German Shepherd moved up one notch to second place.

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Bulldogs are becoming an increasingly well-liked dog breed, jumping from 21st place to 7th in just one decade, while the Dachshund and Pomeranian each dropped a spot. And which pooch received the unfortunate title of least popular of all dog breeds last year? The English Foxhound.

Here’s the round up of America’s top ten favorite breeds:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd
3. Yorkshire Terrier
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle
6. Boxer
7. Bulldog
8. Dachshund
9. Poodle
10. Shih-Tzu

Check out the full American Kennel Club list of America’s most popular breeds in 2009 and their rankings of top breeds in major U.S. cities.

Do you agree with the winning breeds? Head over to the Nat Geo Dog forums to discuss with other pup owners!


  1. shabbychic
    June 4, 2010, 4:23 am

    Border Collies rule!