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15 Most Popular Dog Breeds This Year

| Published on August 8, 2015

Are you wondering what breed is “everyone’s favorite breed?” Maybe you are looking for a new dog or just want to know if your favorite breed made the cut. Regardless the reason, it’s always fun to see which breeds are “America’s Favorite.” Here is the list of most popular dog breeds by registration numbers with the American Kennel Club.

#1 – Labrador Retriever

We all know this is America’s favorite breed. They are happy go-lucky, smart and a great family dog, what’s not to love? Plus, since they are used a lot as service dogs, this boosts the registration numbers as well.

Image source: @smerikal via Flickr
Image source: @smerikal via Flickr

#2 – German Shepherd

Like the lab, the German Shepherd has been at the top of the breed list for a long time. They are a smart, willing to work breed that can also be a good guard dog. Their use in military and police work is another reason why they are always at the top based on registration numbers.

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Image source: @HaroldMeerveld via Flickr

#3 – Golden Retriever

Another good, all-round dog is the golden. Like the lab, part of the reason they are always at the top of the list is due to their use as service animals. But we also know they are a happy, well-mannered, fairly easy to train dog that many people enjoy having as non-working family members.

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Image source: @RD_Elsie via Flickr

#4 – Bulldog

The bulldog (more commonly known as the English Bulldog) has been gaining in popularity over the last few years. While they can be high maintenance due to health issues, they are sweet, goofy dogs that are sure to bring many laughs to any home, which is why so many people make them part of the family.

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Image source: @AmberRosenbaugh via Flickr

#5 – Beagle

Although it may seem like you don’t seem that much, beagles have been in the top five dog breeds for several years now. Though difficult to train, they are smart and engaging and good with kids, making them nice family pets.

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Image source: @gmerger via Flickr

#6 – Yorkshire Terrier

You would think the yorkie would be higher on this list, wouldn’t you? If you including all the yorkie mixes, it probably would be! This tiny pooch has been warming laps forever and while they have dropped on the list in recent years, they are still very popular.

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Image source: @itarife via Flickr

#7 – Poodle

Poodles are intelligent, non-shedding and considered hypoallergenic. Again, you would think they would be higher on the list and if you took into consideration all the “doodles” out there, they would be. In fact, they may top that list.

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Image source: @RonBarr via Flickr

#8 – Boxer

The clown of the dog world, the boxer is a high-energy pup that is a great family dog. There is just something about this breed that draws you to them – animal magnetism?

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Image source: @MythicSeabass via Flickr

#9 – French Bulldog

Another breed I can’t believe is not higher on the list, the Frenchie! Everywhere this breed goes, he is adored, and he expects it! The only reason they may be lower on the list is the fact that, due to health issues, they can be expensive to own. But they have really skyrocketed in popularity. In 2009, they were the 24th dog in America.

Image source: @ArturMalinowski via Flickr
Image source: @ArturMalinowski via Flickr

#10 – Rottweiler

The Rottie has been one of America’s favorites a long time. They are smart, loyal and a good guard dog. The use of them in military and police work also explains their high ranking.

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Image source: @elcoleccionista via Flickr

#11 – Dachshund

In two sizes, three coat types and many colors, there is something for everyone in the Doxie! Although hard to potty train, the Doxie is endearing and fills any home with joyful barks.

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Image source: @TonyAlter via Flickr

#12 – German Shorthair Pointer

Bred for athleticism and intelligence, the pointer is perfect for active families. Many people still use them for hunting, and they are popular in the agility ring as well.

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Image source: @Eileen via Flickr

#13 – Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky has been gaining popularity in the last 20 years, as more and more city dwellers are adopting huskies as indoor members of the family. They do need a lot of exercise, however, so if you plan on getting a husky, make sure you are ready to give him an outlet for that energy, or he will destroy your home.

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Image source: @jeffreybeall via Flickr

#14 – Doberman Pinscher

Like the Rottie, the Dobie has always been popular due to his intelligence and loyal nature. A fierce competitor in the obedience ring, Dobies are also great at agility and other performance events that require brains and speed. The only downside is their lifespan – it’s just not long enough – many Dobies are taken by cancer around 10 years of age.

Image source: @patogarza via Flickr
Image source: @patogarza via Flickr

#15 – Great Danes

Danes have been gaining popularity over the years too and it’s no wonder – this gentle giant has no problem with inside life, despite his size. They make great agility partners or therapy dogs and are easy to train. Like the Dobie, their only downfall is their short lifespan – Dane owners agree, they are never with you long enough.

Image source: @jonhurd via Flickr
Image source: @jonhurd via Flickr

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