Did you know there are hundreds of different dog breeds in the world? It probably isn’t much of a surprise that dogs are the most popular pets in U.S. households. In fact, 63.4 million U.S. homes have a dog. Wow! We were curious which dog breeds were most popular and wanted to share what we learned. Let’s get started!

Each year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) releases a list of the most popular dog breeds based on registration statistics. The AKC is a purebred dog registry in the United States. You’ll probably recognize most (if not all!) of the top 10 dog breeds from 2018. 

1. Labrador Retriever

What is the most popular dog breed in the United States? It’s the Labrador Retriever! Believe it or not, the Labrador Retriever has been named the most popular breed in America for a record-breaking 28 consecutive years! This breed is well-known for being outgoing, friendly, and full of enthusiasm. Its short, dense coat can be yellow, black, or chocolate. Their active and energetic personalities make them great for hunting, working, sporting, swimming, and dock diving. If you’re looking for a great family dog, consider a Labrador Retriever!

2. German Shepherd Dog

Known for being confident and intelligent, the German Shepherd Dog comes in at #2. These large, muscular dogs are loyal and built to work. They are known for being steadfast guardians and even willing to put their lives on the line for their loved ones. Due to their high trainability and loyalty, they are often used as service dogs, police dogs, and agility dogs. 

3. Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is well-known for being friendly, devoted, and intelligent. You’ve probably seen your fair share of this dog breed, including in movies and on TV! Popular for guiding the blind, hunting, field work, and competitive events, these dogs are trustworthy and eager-to-please family dogs. Like most sporting breeds, they are active dogs that are always ready to go!

4. French Bulldog

The French Bulldog continues to make its way toward the top. In fact, it ranks #1 in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and West Palm Beach. Frenchies are known for being playful, smart, and adaptable. These affectionate dogs don’t require a lot of exercise and don’t bark much, which makes them a popular choice for city dwellers. Those large bat ears are sure to steal your heart!

5. Bulldog

The beloved Bulldog ranks #5 with its calm, friendly, and courageous personality. The pushed-in nose and loose skin of the head are simply irresistible! You might think these dogs are lazy, but make no mistake. These muscled dogs enjoy their walks and exercise. Their glossy coat comes in a variety of patterns and colors.

6. Beagle

Curious, friendly, and merry, the Beagle makes a loyal companion and great hunting dog, thanks to its cleverness and acute scenting powers! Their loving and happy personalities make them great family dogs. These energetic, compassionate dogs are the most popular hound dog among American pet owners.

7. Poodle

The proud, active, and intelligent Poodle comes in at #7. Their curly coats are unmistakable, as is their distinct “Poodle clip”! Poodles are elegant athletes and make excellent companions. They come in 3 sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. 

8. Rottweiler

Which dog breed is known for being a being confident, loving, and loyal guardian? If you guessed Rottweiler, you guessed right! These strong, working dogs make great playmates and protectors. Over the years, Rottweilers have served as police dogs, guide dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs.

9. German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointers are friendly and willing to please. And don’t forget full of energy! Often described as “aristocratic,” these sporting dogs are trainable, smart, agile, and full of power and endurance. They love to run, hunt, and swim, making them a perfect companion for busy and active families.

10. Yorkshire Terrier

Last, but certainly not least, the Yorkshire Terrier is ranked as #10 of the top dog breeds. These affectionate pooches are known for being sprightly and dainty. The toy-size terrier may be small, but they make up for their size with big, feisty personalities! 

Did your furry friend make the top 10 list? Whether they did or not, your dog will always be #1 in your eyes!

Check out the AKC’s full list of most popular dog breeds!