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2018 Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the U.S.

For the 28th consecutive year, Labrador retrievers were named the most popular breed in the U.S. by the American Kennel Club. Moving up quickly through the ranks is the German shorthanded pointer. But the all time favorite has to be the beagle. Currently at #6 on the list, the beagle has done what no other breed has ever done – beagles have been on the AKC’s top breed list every decade since record-keeping began in the 1880s. Let’s take a look at the list.

 

#1 Labrador Retrievers

 

#2 German Shepherds

 

#3 Golden Retrievers

 

#4 French Bulldogs

 

#5 Bulldogs

 

#6 Beagles

 

#7 Poodles

 

#8 Rottweilers

 

#9 German Shorthaired Pointers

 

#10 Yorkshire Terriers

While the American Kennel Club only keep track of pure breeds, the unquestionably most popular dog in the U.S. has to be the mixed breed, or mutt. With a little bit of this and little bit of that mixed in, mutts are without a doubt the some of the most lovable dogs. But bottomline, all dogs are the most popular. The one laying on the floor by your feet. The one barking at who knows what in the yard. So who’s the real winner? We are. For we get to share the love of these furry little puffballs. Unconditional and eternal love. No matter what the breed.

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Other Popular Breeds By Region

These precious pups show up as the most popular dog breeds in many major cities across the country. However, when looking at particular regions, Trupanion, a company that offers medical insurance for cats and dogs, found that each part of the country has its own particular tastes when it comes to dog breeds. While Labrador Retrievers, mixed breeds, and German Shepherds are still the most popular dogs everywhere, across the nation, the signature breeds below are far more frequent in their respective regions than the rest of the U.S. Did you pooch make the list?

 

The West

States Include: AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY

#1 – Australian Shepherd

Image source: @carl&tracygossett via Flickr
Image source: @carl&tracygossett via Flickr

 

#2 – American Pit Bull Terrier

Image source: @maplegirlie via Flickr
Image source: @maplegirlie via Flickr

 

#3 – Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Image source: @DanielStockman via Flickr
Image source: @DanielStockman via Flickr

 

#4 – Australian Cattle Dog

Image source: @SallyWehner via Flickr
Image source: @SallyWehner via Flickr

 

#5 – Rhodesian Ridgeback

Image source: @RhodesianRidgebackTussanganaMbey via Flickr
Image source: @RhodesianRidgebackTussanganaMbey via Flickr

The Southwest

States Include: AZ, NM, OK, TX

#1 –  Miniature Schnauzer

Image source: @TheodoreScott via Flickr
Image source: @TheodoreScott via Flickr

 

#2 –  Miniature Dachshund

Image source: @Roshanvyas via Flickr
Image source: @Roshanvyas via Flickr

 

#3 –  Dachshund

Image source: @HowardYoung via Flickr
Image source: @HowardYoung via Flickr

 

#4 – Great Dane

Image source: @JonHurd via Flickr
Image source: @JonHurd via Flickr

 

#5 –  Cocker Spaniel

Image source: @RyanJohnson via Flickr
Image source: @RyanJohnson via Flickr

The Midwest

States Include: IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI

#1 – Great Dane

Image source; @carl&TracyGossett via Flickr
Image source: @carl&TracyGossett via Flickr

 

#2 – Pug

Image source: @ChristopherMichel via Flickr
Image source: @ChristopherMichel via Flickr

 

#3 – Siberian Husky

Image source: @DanielleGriscti via Flickr
Image source: @DanielleGriscti via Flickr

 

#4 – Bichon Frise

Image source: @@AkapornBhotthisuwan via Flickr
Image source: @AkapornBhotthisuwan via Flickr

 

#5 – Beagle

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Image source: @GrzergorzMeger via Flickr

The East Coast

States Include: CT, DE, ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, NJ, MD, PA, NY

#1 – American Pit Bull Terrier

Image source: @Maplegirlie via Flickr
Image source: @Maplegirlie via Flickr

 

#2 – Beagle

Image source: @Maelick via Flickr
Image source: @Maelick via Flickr

 

#3 – Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Image source: @ElizabethMalafala via Flickr
Image source: @ElizabethMalafala via Flickr

 

#4 – Havanese

Image source: @LauraK via Flickr
Image source: @LauraK via Flickr

 

#5 – Bichon Frise

Image source: @AkapornBhotthisuwan via Flickr
Image source: @AkapornBhotthisuwan via Flickr

The South

States Include: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, NC, MS, SC, TN, VA, WV

#1 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Image source:  @LukeLienau via Flickr
Image source:  @LukeLienau via Flickr

 

#2 – Miniature Schnauzer

Image source: @carriagehouse2011 via Flickr
Image source: @carriagehouse2011 via Flickr

 

#3 – Dachshund

Image source: @jorbasafotografie via Flickr
Image source: @jorbasafotografie via Flickr

 

#4 – Toy Poodle

Image source: @duncanblackwood via Flickr
Image source: @duncanblackwood via Flickr

 

#5 – Bichon Frise

Image source: @MsSaraKelly via Flickr
Image source: @MsSaraKelly via Flickr

 

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Written by ScottH
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