The American Kennel Club (AKC) has released their top 10 dog breeds for 2014. 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. It may help a potential dog owner make a selection based on overall qualities such as size, temperament and adaptability.  Over the last five year, larger breeds have become more  popular, where smaller breeds ranked higher in the early 2000’s.

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 claim the top spot before long. In 2000, the charismatic Frenchie was ranked 71st – jumping to 9th in just 14 years!  2014 marked the highest rank the French Bulldog has ever had, including it’s first time on the Top 10 list in over 100 years. One big upset was the Dachshund, which was knocked off the Top 10 (by the French Bulldog) for the first time since 1985.

Breed Rankings:

Labrador Retriever 1 1 1 1 1
German Shepherd 2 2 2 4 3
Golden Retriever 3 3 5 2 2
Bulldog 4 5 6 not top 10 not top 10
Beagle 5 4 4 5 5
Yorkshire Terrier 6 6 3 3 7
Poodle 7 8 9 8 6
Boxer 8 7 7 7 9
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?

Top ten Dogs

About The Author Kristen Sydelko

Kristen is the Web Coordinator at PetSolutions. She has over 5 years of experience working in the pet care industry, with many more years of pet ownership experience! When not at PetSolutions, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family (which includes an extremely spoiled Lab mix), crafting, and trying to decide when to set her fish tank back up.

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