The Most Popular AKC Dog Breeds For 2017:
1. Labrador Retriever (Lab) – India:
2. Pomeranian (Pom) – United States:
3. German Shepherd Dog (GSD) – Germany:
4. Boxer (Boxe) – United Kingdom:
5. Chihuahua (Havan) – Mexico:
6. Shih Tzu (Shi) – China:
7. Doberman Pinscher (Dop) – United States:
8. Saint Bernard (Bern) – Canada:
Bernard (Sainte) – France: 50-100 Dogs/Year
10. Miniature Schnauzer (Mini) – United States: 40-60 Dogs/Year
11. Poodle (Poodles) – Australia: 30-40 Dogs/Year
12. Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkshire) – England: 20-30 Dogs/Year
13. Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) – Germany: 18-20 Dogs/Year
14. Great Dane (Great Dane) – Southeast Asia: 16-20 Dogs/Year
15. Shiba Inu (Shiba) – Japan: 12-18 Dogs/Year
16. Lhasa Apso (Lhasa) – Southeast Asia: 16-20 Dogs/Year
17. Boxer (Boxe) – United States: 16-20 Dogs/Year
18. Whippet (Whippet) – United Kingdom: 16-20 Dogs/Year
19. West Highland White Terrier (West Highland) – United Kingdom: 16-20 Dogs/Year
20. Shih Tzu (Shi) – Australia: 14-16 Dogs/Year
21. Border Terrier (Bordie) – United Kingdom: 12-14 Dogs/Year
22. Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) – England: 8-12 Dogs/Year
23. Boston Terrier (Boston) – United States: 10-12 Dogs/Year
24. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Cavali) – England: 8-10 Dogs/Year
25. English Bulldog (Bulldog) – Southeast Asia: 8-10 Dogs/Year
26. French Bulldog (Frenchie) – France: 8-10 Dogs/Year
27. Pekingese (Pekes) – England: 6-8 Dogs/Year
28. Bloodhound (Hound) – England: 6-8 Dogs/Year
29. Shih Tzu (Shi) – England: 6-8 Dogs/Year
30. Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) – Southeast Asia: 5-6 Dogs/Year
31. Brussels Griffon (Brussels) – Southeast Asia: 4-5 Dogs/Year
32. Chihuahua (Chi) – Mexico: 4-5 Dogs/Year
33. Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) – England: 4-5 Dogs/Year
34. Pomeranian (Pom) – Southeast Asia: 4-5 Dogs/Year
35. Portuguese Water Dog (Water) – Southeast Asia: 3-4 Dogs/Year
36. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Cavali) – Southeast Asia: 3-4 Dogs/Year
37. French Bulldog (Frenchie) – Southeast Asia: 3-4 Dogs/Year
38. Havanese (Havan) – Mexico: 3-4 Dogs/Year
39. Pekingese (Pekes) – Southeast Asia: 3-4 Dogs/Year
40. Pomeranian (Pom) – England: 3-4 Dogs/Year
41. Toy Poodle (Poo) – England: 3-4 Dogs/Year
42. Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkshire) – Southeast Asia: 3-4 Dogs/Year
43. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Cavali) – United States: 2-3 Dogs/Year
44. Chihuahua (Chi) – England: 2-3 Dogs/Year
45. Havanese (Havan) – England: 2-3 Dogs/Year
46. Pekingese (Pekes) – United States: 2-3 Dogs/Year
47. Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) – United Kingdom: 2-3 Dogs/Year
48. Portuguese Water Dog (Water) – United States: 2-3 Dogs/Year
49. Puggle (Puggle) – Southeast Asia: 2-3 Dogs/Year
50. Pug (Pug) – United States: 2-3 Dogs/Year
51. Shiba Inu (Shiba) – England: 2-3 Dogs/Year
52. Shih Tzu (Shi) – United States: 2-3 Dogs/Year
53. Tibetan Spaniel (Tibetan) – England: 2-3 Dogs/Year
54. West Highland White Terrier (West Highland) – Southeast Asia: 2-3 Dogs/Year
55. Affenpinscher (Affie) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
56. Bichon Frise (Bichon) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
57. Cairn Terrier (Cairn) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
58. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Cavali) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
59. Chug (Chug) – United States: 1-2 Dogs/Year
60. Coton De Tulear (Coton) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
61. Havanese (Havan) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
62. Lowchen (Lowchen) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
63. Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) – United States: 1-2 Dogs/Year
64. Norwegian Elkhound (Elkhound) – England: 1-2 Dogs/Year
65. Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
66. Puggle (Puggle) – England: 1-2 Dogs/Year
67. Pug (Pug) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
68. Puli (Puli) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
69. Schipperke (Schipperke) – England: 1-2 Dogs/Year
70. Siberian Husky (Sibe) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
71. Siberian Husky (Sibe) – England: 1-2 Dogs/Year
72. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (Wheaten) – England: 1-2 Dogs/Year
73. Tibetan Terrier (Tibetan) – Southeast Asia: 1-2 Dogs/Year
74. Thai Ridgeback Dog (Thai Ridgeback) – England: 1-2 Dogs/Year
75. Cairn Terrier (Cairn) – United States: Less than 1 Dog/Year
76. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Cavali) – United States: Less than 1 Dog/Year
77. Chug (Chug) – Southeast Asia: Less than 1 Dog/Year
78. Komondor (Komondor) – England: Less than 1 Dog/Year
79. Lowchen (Lowchen) – United States: Less than 1 Dog/Year
80. Norwegian Elkhound (Elkhound) – Southeast Asia: Less than 1 Dog/Year
81. Pug (Pug) – United States: Less than 1 Dog/Year
82. Tibetan Terrier (Tibetan) – United States: Less than 1 Dog/Year
83. Toy Poodle (Poo) – Southeast Asia: Less than 1 Dog/Year
84. Welsh Springer Spaniel (Welsh) – Southeast Asia: Less than 1 Dog/Year
85. West Highland White Terrier (West Highland) – United States: Less than 1 Dog/Year
86. Affenpinscher (Affie) – United States: Unknown
87. Bichon Frise (Bichon) – United States: Unknown
88. Cairn Terrier (Cairn) – United States: Unknown
89. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Cavali) – United States: Unknown
90. Chug (Chug) – United States: Unknown
91. Coton De Tulear (Coton) – United States: Unknown
92. Havanese (Havan) – United States: Unknown
93. Lowchen (Lowchen) – United States: Unknown
94. Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) – United States: Unknown
95. Norwegian Elkhound (Elkhound) – United States: Unknown
96. Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) – United States: Unknown
97. Puggle (Puggle) – United States: Unknown
98. Pug (Pug) – United States: Unknown
99. Siberian Husky (Sibe) – United States: Unknown
100. Tibetan Terrier (Tibetan) – United States: Unknown
Page Last Updated:28th September 2018
Listed Dogs with Pictures
People often argue over what is the most popular dog. In reality, there is no such thing as the most popular dog.
Instead, there are several breeds that are very popular in the eyes of the public. These breeds vary from place to place and from time to time. For example, outside North America, the most popular breed is not even one of the most popular in North America. In this case, it is the German Shepherd. In North America however, the most popular breed is the Labrador Retriever.
Why is it the most popular breed?
Well, that answer is relatively straight forward. The breed has a history of being used for fishing by local fisherman in Newfoundland. As such, the dogs are not just popular in North America, but also in other parts of the world where people fish. Other popular breeds include the Beagle and the Bulldog.
For some strange reason, the recent trend sees pugs and French Bulldogs priced at an extreme premium. The English Bulldog is also priced at a relatively high price.
This is in spite of the fact these breeds have many health issues. These issues include breathing problems, heart conditions, and more.
Given how expensive they are, you might assume these dogs live longer than most other dogs. Sadly this is not the case.
These dogs tend to live around ten years or less. Some may even live shorter lives than this.
The reason these dogs are priced so highly is due to supply and demand. Since these breeds are so popular, many people want them.
Given their rarity, breeders can charge ridiculous prices. In some cases, these prices are higher than the cost of a car!
If you are going to buy a dog, we would advise you not to go for one of these breeds. Instead, consider adoption.
There are plenty of dogs in shelters that are of a similar breed that need homes. Many of these dogs are even mixed breeds of the popular ones and can cost a whole lot less to adopt.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top ten most popular dogs in the United States at the moment.
The Labrador Retriever – This is hands down one of the most popular dog breeds in North America and arguably the world. These working dogs were bred to help fisherman retrieve items that fell into the water.
They can have a variety of coats including liver, black, and yellow (the less common colors). These dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and thrive when they have a job to do. The breed is also popularly used as guide dogs for the blind and aid dogs for those with disabilities.
Golden Retriever – The Golden Retriever is similar to the Labrador in terms of popularity. In fact, in many places the two breeds are interchangeable as far as name recognition goes.
These dogs were bred to help hunters retrieve game during a hunt. These days they are more popular as family pets and in some cases service/guide dogs.
German Shepherd – German Shepherds tend to be very popular as police dogs and as guide dogs. Recently, the popularity of the dog has grown with families as a pet.
This breed requires a lot of exercise and activity, so apartments are not suitable environments for them. These dogs have a high intelligence and need a lot of mental stimulation as well.
Beagle – The Beagle is the perfect hunting dog. The breed has an exceptional sense of smell and are known to have the nose of a hound, but the size of a foxhound.
These dogs are bred for this trait and as such tend to have problems tracking prey that isn’t moving. As pets, these dogs are very social and love to follow their owners around. Beagles are so well known for following their nose that they have been used in espionage in the past. These dogs are bred to be hunters and as such are not suitable for apartment living. They will wander off in search of food and get into things you do not want them to get into.
Dachshund – Dachshunds (or sausage dogs as they are otherwise known) are one of the oldest dog breeds out there. They come in three variations, standard, miniature, and kaninchen (which is a lesser seen variation that produces slightly smaller dogs).
These dogs were bred to hunt badgers and other burrowing creatures. They have loads of stamina and strength despite their size. Today, these dogs are popular show dogs and family pets. Unlike some other dog breeds, the personality of these dogs is fairly consistent between individuals. They are playful and adventurous when they are young and more relaxed as they age.
Pug – The Pug is one of the cutest dog breeds out there. Its adorable face is what makes it so popular.
However, this breed has a lot more going for it than its appearance. Pugs are very loyal and loving pets that enjoy the company of people. They are not, however, very good watchdogs as they are far too friendly with everyone. Pugs are popular family pets and as such do well in houses or apartments. Despite their small size, they are surprisingly hardy dogs.
Bull Terrier – The Bull Terrier is a very muscular breed of dog. They were originally bred for bull baiting before this activity was made illegal.
After this point, they were bred as catch dogs for cattle roundups. Today, these dogs make excellent pets. They are very friendly and playful with children. In fact, they tend to be very protective of children. These dogs do require a lot of grooming to keep its coat healthy and free of tangles. They are very energetic and need plenty of exercise.
Jack Russell Terrier – The Jack Russell Terrier is a very popular dog breed for a lot of reasons. They are loving and loyal to their families, but are also playful and full of energy.
They are very intelligent dogs that are able to learn tricks and obey commands with ease. These dogs also have incredible stamina. Despite their small size, they can run for hours and hours without getting tired. These dogs are bred to hunt small animals underground and as such have strong noses and are diggers. These dogs do all right in either apartments or houses, but they do require a good deal of exercise to stay happy.
Pomeranian – The Pomeranian is a breed of dog known for its incredibly fluffy appearance. Despite this, it is a very hardy dog with plenty of stamina.
It was bred to hunt animals in cold climates. As a result, they require a lot of exercise. Without enough exercise, these dogs tend to get bored and frustrated. These dogs do best in houses with a yard or people who are willing to take them for plenty of long walks or hikes. They are very sweet and loving towards their owners, but can be hostile towards strangers.
Domestic Cats (Felis Catus)
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for instance, may lie for what they consider to be moral reasons, but a cat would never do that.” – James Herriot
Domestic cats are one of the most popular pets in the world. There are more cats than there are any other kind of pet.
They’re popular for several reasons. They are small enough to fit in an apartment, but they are still fun to play with. They’re also independent, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time taking care of them. However, there are several different breeds of cats that have different characteristics and needs.
The Chartreux is a popular cat breed that is incredibly loving and loyal to its master. It is also very playful, even into adulthood.
Despite the fact that it is a large cat, it does not require a large amount of food. These cats come in many colors, but the basic color scheme is green, white, and orange.
The Turkish Angora is a breed of cat that has incredibly long hair. It is a very playful and active breed.
It requires grooming from an early age to avoid “hair-ball” problems later in life. These cats are very healthy and require little food. They come in two colors: white and black, or tan and brown.
The Russian Blue is a very playful breed of cat. It’s an excellent pet for younger people due to the fact that it gets along very well with children.
It’s an active cat that prefers to play rather than eat. This breed comes in only one color, a light shade of blue-gray.
Tabbies are also very popular pets. There are several different breeds of tabby cats.
Some are energetic and some are more sedate. Some are very loving and others are more aloof.
The Birman is a breed of cat that was originally from Burma (today known as Myanmar). A truly stunning animal, it has a pure white fur pelted, pink paws, blue eyes, and ears that have a hint of blue in them.
These are also rather lazy animals.
Maine Coons are one of the largest breeds of cats. They are fiercely independent and rather aloof.
They were bred to hunt in cold weather, so they do best living in cool places. These cats can have a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Oriental breeds of cat are some of the most popular. They come in many different breeds and variations.
The two most popular are the Siamese and the Persian.
The Siamese is a breed that comes in several patterns and colors. They have a “mild” temperament and are rather inexpensive to own.
However, this breed is rather demanding of your time. They want to be wherever you are, and they tend to whine a lot if left alone.
Persians are one of the oldest breeds of cats. They were originally bred in Persia (today known as Iran), for the sole purpose of getting hair around the house.
These cats are very aloof and don’t like to be bothered. They are also rather lazy. Due to their lack of activity, these cats tend to be rather large.
The Sphinx is a breed of cat that was originally bred in Egypt. It is unique because it tends to have the head of a human.
Other than its head, it looks like a regular cat. Sphinxes are incredibly intelligent and very active. They have an excellent memory as well.
The Chausie is a breed of cat that was originally bred in the United States. It is unique because it is part cat, part monkey.
These animals are very playful and love to climb. However, they are also rather lazy. They come in many different colors and patterns, but most tend to have spots.
Dogs are known as man’s best friend. They are loyal, fun, and make excellent pets.
Unfortunately, not all breeds of dogs make good pets.
The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most popular breeds of dog. They are very small and have long hair.
They must be brushed every day to avoid matting. While they are very cute, they are not very fun as pets. They tend to be very whiny and like to bark a lot. These dogs do not do well living in apartments and generally prefer to live in homes.
The Portugese Water Dog is one of the most intelligent breeds of dog. They were originally bred to herd fish into nets so that they could be collected.
They have a coat that keeps them dry, even when going deep underwater. They require a lot of exercise and do not do well in small areas. These dogs are very fun and playful, but can get bored easily.
The Boston Terrier is one of the cutest breeds of dog around, hence the name. They are very small and have a cute face with a prominent chin.
These dogs require a lot of grooming and are rather sensitive. They don’t do well around children or in big crowds and they tend to be skiddish around loud noises.
The Pug is one of the cutest breeds of dog, hence the name. These dogs tend to have a rather bloated body, short legs, and a large head with a wide smile.
They are very playful animals and love to cuddle.
The French Bulldog is a lovable breed of dog. They have a very large head compared to their body, with a wide smile, small eyes, and short legs.
These dogs tend to be rather lazy and are not very active. Many people love these dogs as pets due to their laid back nature.
Dogs come in many different shapes, sizes, and forms. Each of these comes with their own unique sets of pros and cons.
Due to your lack of knowledge on keeping exotic animals, you decide to go with a more common breed of cat. You head to the local pet store and find that there are way too many choices.
You decide on getting a nice cat tree to keep your cat from scratching up your furniture. Once you get home, you let the cat out of its carrier.
You look at your new cat and think of a name. You want the perfect name.
You know you will probably come up with something later, so for now you decide to focus on the cat tree. You go into the basement and find an old dresser you were going to throw out.
You drag it up the stairs and into the family room. You then go back to the basement and get some screws and wood glue.
Once you finish building the tree, you bring it back into the family room and place it in front of a sunny window. You then pick up the cat from where it was exploring and place it in the tree.
You now have a cat tree, and a cat.
You think of a name for your new pet.
You now have a Cat Tree, a Cat, and a Name for the Cat. You head to the store to buy some food and toys for you new pet.
Your new cat is very pretty. You find yourself enjoying the company of your new pet.
You have a Cat, A Cat Tree, and cat Food. You now need to get some toys and a collar for your cat.
You only have $100 left.
Which do you buy for your cat?
Purple Cat Tail ($5) Blue Cat Toy ($4) Red Cat Collar ($15)
Here are your options.
Purple Cat Tail: Your cat loves this fluffy tail almost as much as it loves corned beef. It always pesters you to play with it, but it is well worth it to see your cat so happy.
Blue Cat Toy: Your cat goes absolutely crazy for this toy. It is a little plastic ball with feathers on the inside.
The only problem is that your cat likes to try to take the feathers out and it gets all over the house.
Red Cat Collar: Your cat has had this collar for years. It has your address and phone number on it in case she ever gets lost.
Even though you live in the city, your cat likes to venture outside from time to time.
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