The American Kennel Club (AKC) has released their top 10 dog breeds for 2014. The data from this ranking is based on all the recognized purebred dogs, as well as newly registered dog breeds, registered with the AKC throughout the year. The yearly list is always fun to see, but it can also be an economic indicator of sorts, as big breeds have become more popular in the last 5 years. In the early 2000’s, smaller dog breeds had higher rankings in the list.
The Labrador Retriever has held the #1 spot for the last 24 years, which is the longest time running for that spot. However, there are predictions that the French Bulldog may be in the running for taking the top spot before long. In 2000, the funny and endearing Frenchie was ranked 71st – jumping to 9th in just 14 years. The 9th rank is the highest the French Bulldog has ever had in it’s history on the list, and 2014 is the first time it’s been on the Top 10 list in over 100 years. One big upset was the Dachshund, which was knocked off the Top 10 list (by the French Bulldog) for the first time since 1985.
|Bulldog||4||5||6||not top 10||not top 10|
|French Bulldog||9||11||21||not top 10||71|
|Rottweiler||10||9||not top 10||not top 10||not top 10|
While I personally have never had a purebred dog, I’ve had dogs with variations of these Top 10 listers. My pups throughout the years have included mixes of Black Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. I guess it’s not too surprising those three breeds make up the Top 10!
What is your favorite breed?