Wondering what dog breed is right for you? We've complied a comprehensive list of the 10 top most popular dog breeds in the world, according to the American Kennel Club's registration statistics. This list is current and was just released on March 20th 2019, listing the most popular dog breeds from 2018. Each dog breed listed has its own unique characteristics that got them onto this prestigious list. Whatever preferences you have as a dog owner, you will be sure to find a compatible breed from this well-rounded group.
1. Retrievers (Labrador)
The Labrador hits the top of the list year after year as the most popular dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club's famous list. In fact, in 2017, the Labrador Retriever was on it's 26th consecutive year! The lab continues to beat out other popular breeds like the German Shepherd and Golden Retriever. Why so popular? The lab is the most versatile dog and it makes a wonderful companion for so many different lifestyles. Labs typically weigh between 55-80 pounds and their coats range in color from yellow, to black, to gorgeous chocolate, catering to different tastes. The lab's personality is famous for being friendly, sociable, and easy-going. They are enthusiastic athletes and will never turn you down for a game of fetch. (They can play forever, so the game can quite possibly become endless!) To top it off, the lab is one of the more healthy breeds and is known to life a full life which is lucky for the many, many families who choose them as their loving companions.
2. German Shepherd Dogs
This breed comes in at a close second to the Labrador Retriever in the AKC's annual list of the 10 most popular dog breeds. Since the 19th century, German Shepards have had a place in history, growing their legacy even stronger. During World War I, they served as military K-9s and went on to become the dog of choice for armies and police forces worldwide. The German Shepard is an extremely intelligent breed, the 3rd most intelligent in the world, according to the AKC. On top of their quick wit and intelligence, Shepards are the most loyal of all dog breeds. They will devote themselves to you and become the ultimate companion. With this loyalty, comes a drive to protect and to serve. They might be a bit standoffish to strangers at first because of this protective quality. Ultimately, the German Shepard is a smart breed who thrives as a devoted human companion.
3. Retrievers (Golden)
Some might say that the Golden Retriever is the most quintessential of all dog breeds. This breed is so well known that you could say the Golden Retriever is the most famous dog breed. Not only is it one of the most popular dog breeds among everyday people, Goldens are often starring in popular TV shoes and movies, and owned by celebrities. It's no surprise that the list goes on for what makes Goldens so amazing. People fall in love with Goldens immediately because they are extremely friendly and easily become your best friend. They have an insatiable need to please their owners and make them happy. They will be enthusiastic as you give commands, making them very easy to train. This breed is also popular for sport enthusiasts because they are always game for an adventure and are particularly fond of water. If you are thinking of adding a Golden Retriever to a family with another pet, don't hesitate! Goldens are very open and approachable when it comes to other breeds and get along with most dogs, rounding out their 10/10 rating.
4. French Bulldogs
If any dog breed is trending right now, it's the French Bulldog. This breed is particularly popular in major cities. In fact, Frenchies are actually ranking as the #1 breed in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and West Palm Beach. City dwellers love Frenchies because of their small size and dynamic personality. French bulldogs also make surprisingly good watch dogs because of their territorial streak. They are not huge barkers, but if they do speak up, it's best you listen! Although they might not make as much barking noise as other dogs, Frenchies have their own special sounds. They are known to be quite loud snorers and often make grunting, snorting noises at any given time. Last but not least, the French Bulldog comes standard with their famous "bat ears", making them simply irresistible.
Fun fact: French Bulldogs aren't actually French. This breed originated in England and then started moving into France with their owners after the Industrial Revolution.
Bulldogs are uniquely recognizable dogs in the world. With their stocky build, squishy face, and wrinkled brow, this distinctive breed has charmed many pet owners. Aside from their unmistakable looks, bull dogs are popular for their relaxed demeanor. They are particularly popular for apartment dwellers because they do not require as much exercise as other breeds. So if you're a fan of Netflix and chill, the bulldog might be the breed of your dreams. In fact, sometimes the bulldog will even refuse to get up for a walk, they're just that chill! The low-key personality of the bulldog also makes them great with young children. They will lay around while kids play around them causing no fuss at all. It's easy to see why this lovable, chill dog is a fan favorite.
Why are beagles such a popular dog?! Ask any beagle owner and they will happily tell you why! This bread is known for its lovable floppy ears, fun attitude, and warm eyes. Beagles according to the American Kennel Club are categorized under the hound group. The reason why the make the top 10 most popular dog breads is because of their temperament. They are such lovable and low maintenance dogs. Beagles are also very loyal to their owners and are frequently rated the #1 family dog because they show affection toward children. If you're looking for a fun, lovable, medium-sized dog, the beagle is a great option.
Fun fact: Queen Elizabeth II is known as a corgi fan, but the first Queen Elizabeth loved and owned pocket Beagles, which were small enough to fit in one hand.
Poodles are one of the top 10 most popular dog breeds for a number of practical reasons. First of all, they are one of the only dogs that do not have fur. Instead, poodles have hair as their coat, making them hypoallergenic, non-shedders. This breed is perfect for people with allergies. Poodles are also a fan favorite because they come in 3 different sizes, standard at 50-60 pounds, miniature at 15-17 pounds, and toy, as small as 6-9 pounds. In addition to their practical benefits, the poodle also has a great personality. They are fun and goofy, but also very smart. They learn tricks and commands quickly and are known to learn hundreds of words in their lifetime. For this reason, it is common to see poodles winning competitions in everything from nosework to agility. They also make great companions for people with disabilities. It's clear why poodles are so often winning "best in show".
Rottweilers (also known as "Rotties") are often misunderstood, but they are still one of the most popular dog breeds. They are actually very compassionate, despite their reputation for generally being quick to attack and defend. It's true that Rottweilers were originally bred to protect cattle and livestock because they were able to keep up with the sheepdogs and shepherds in the field. In fact, this breed is happiest when they have a job to do. They are smart and eager to please. In modern day society, Rottweilers are often given important jobs which is why you will see many as service dogs, therapy dogs, guide dogs, obedience competitors, and more. If not raised properly their natural defensive instincts can make them less approachable to other dogs, but if given obedience training and a designated pack leader, they are fiercely loyalty and their companionship is unmatched.
9. Pointers (German Shorthaired)
The German Shorthaired is a great example of a show dog who has increased in popularity after its recent win of "best in show" at Westminster. This breed was first bred in Germany, hence its name but can be traced all the way back to Ancient Egypt. There are a few different breeds that went into the bloodline of what now is considered the German Shorthaired Pointer, including the Spanish pointer, the English pointer, the Dalmatian and the Weimaraner. In any case, the pointer was bred to hunt. The name Pointer, comes from their stance. This breed naturally uses their body to point when they find game, lowering their head, steadying their gaze, and then lifting a front paw as if pointing toward their prey. Their skills range in everything from guarding homes to sniffing bombs. They are also amazing in water. Their coat is water-resistant, repelling debris as they swim and their paws are actually spoon shaped and webbed, helping them glide quickly through water. Due to their innate nature to hunt and willingness to learn, the German Shorthaired can often be found outperforming other dogs in agility competitions and obstacle courses. It's no surprise that this breed continuously comes in "best in show" at the AKC Agility tournament and remains one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.
10. Yorkshire Terriers
The Yorkshire Terrier, often known as the Yorkie, is one of the smallest breeds on this list, typically weighing around 7 pounds. Their size is one of the many reasons this breed makes the list of the most popular dog breeds. They are easy to carry around and do not require a lot of space to be comfortable. This makes the Yorkie an ideal pet for anyone with physical limitations, or simply anyone with compact living quarters. Another bonus of the Yorkie's small size is that fact that they can be brought along on many more activities and outings than larger breeds. From the grocery store to an airplane cabin, Yorkies will happily come along for the ride. On top of their easy-to-manage size, the Yorkie has a great personality that is a combination of bold and affectionate. They will enjoy snuggles as well as adventures. They are often know to be feisty and vocal and will have no problem standing up for themselves against larger dogs. Overall, Yorkies love the attention of their owners and make wonderful companion dogs.