If you’re one of the millions of dog owners in the United States, you likely treat your pet like one of your children. We’re obsessed with grooming them, finding great dog parks, and sometimes, even dressing them up.
The AKC released their annual list of the most popular dog breeds this afternoon. If you looked at last year’s list, this one won’t be of any surprise to you – the same ten breeds are listed. The number one most popular dog once again is the Labrador Retriever, with the German Shepherd coming in second once again.
There are 177 breeds of dogs now officially recognized by the AKC. New additions this year include the Chinook and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.
Do you own one of the AKC’s most popular dog breeds? Let us know in the comments section below, then take a look at this year’s top ten in the List at the top of this article. Get more dog news right here on snaptwig.com.
#1: Labrador Retriever
The lovable and loyal Labrador retriever is the dog who remained in the #1 spot on AKC’s list of the most popular dog breeds. The lab is tops with good reason – they are used as guide and police dogs, and they are known for being well-tempered with children.
The average Labrador Retriever can weigh around 70 pounds when fully grown.
#2: German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is highly regarded for its strength and intelligence. Often used by police departments, the dog has a very protective nature. Originally, these dogs were used for guarding sheep.
If you own a German Shepherd, you already know these gentle giants can take up some room – adults can weight up to 95 pounds fully grown.
#3: Golden Retriever
A favorite of hunters around the world, the Golden Retriever is a mid-sized dog with natural hunting instincts. If you own one of these beauties, you’ll need to make sure they get plenty of exercise!
A fully grown male can weigh up to 75 pounds. That’s a lot of games of fetch for a good workout.
The Beagle falls into the scent-hound category of dogs. The most famous Beagle in the world may be Snoopy, but these loyal pets are popular among pet owners because of their general good health and even tempers.
An adult Beagle only reaches around 25 pounds.
If you’ve got a Bulldog, you’ve likely fallen in love with their wrinkled face and folds of skin. No longer known as an aggressive dog, they are just as happy snuggling on the couch with you as they would be going for a jog.
The Bulldog is the official mascot of the United States Marine Corps.
#6: Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkies are small, petite and gracious. Reaching a maximum body weight of seven pounds, the dog is classified in the “toy” breeds.
A Yorkshire Terrier may be a good choice for those suffering from allergies. Their fine hair does not shed like other dogs sometimes do, although they do require quite a bit of maintenance to remain beautiful.
A Boxer makes a very loyal pet, and they often develop very close bonds with their human families. Strangers beware, these dogs often get agitated when someone enters their homes.
The average male boxer can weigh up to 70 pounds when he is fully grown, and they do require regular exercise to keep them healthy.
Poodles are known for their curly hair, good temperament and easiness to train. They can often be seen wearing ribbons at competitions because they can nail just about any floor routine their owners train them for.
These are various different breeds of poodles now, and they are said to be among dogs labeled as “hypoallergenic.”
A Rottweiler can be a faithful friend and companion, and they are used not only as pets, but as police and guide dogs for the blind as well.
This is a pretty big dog fully grown, with males reaching an adult weight of around 120 pounds. Rottweilers are generally fairly healthy and disease-free pets.
A Dachshund can easily be recognized by their super short legs and long bodies. Sometimes referred to as wiener dogs, they have remained on the AKC’s most popular breeds list for several years now.
Dachshunds can often develop spine problems later in life due to their unique body shapes.