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New rankings: Most popular dog breeds in America 2019

  • New rankings: Most popular dog breeds in America 2019

    Choosing a loyal companion is one of the most important decisions a pet owner can make. Each year the American Kennel Club tracks dog registrations to see which breeds are gaining in popularity in the United States, and which ones are falling out of favor. The newest rankings, released on March 20, 2019, features 192 breeds including the recently recognized Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen. The AKC only analyzes data dealing with purebred, registered breeds, so sadly, your sweet mixed breed pal isn't counted in the final tally.

    Still, the list seems to include every kind of dog imaginable, from tiny lap dogs and mighty hunters to prime show dogs and companions for royalty. The sheer amount of breeds that are ranked is a reminder of the diverse taste of dog owners in America, and the many different types of pups that we love. There’s a dog out there for everyone, and if you need proof, then look no further than the 96 different breeds that complete this list of the most popular pooches, as reported by the AKC.

    Related: Least popular dog breeds

  • #96. Tibetan Terriers

    - 2018 registrations rank: #96 highest of 192 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +5 in popularity

    You've heard of gifting people flowers but if you really want to give good luck apparently Tibetan Terriers are the way to go. While these cute dogs aren't actually terriers at all they do have a long history of being symbols of good luck for travelers.

  • #95. Keeshonden

    - 2018 registrations rank: #95 highest of 192 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -8 in popularity

    In the 18th century, the Keeshond was the dog of the Dutch Patriots Party. However, these days, they're perhaps best known for their "monocle" markings that make them look as if they're wearing glasses.

  • #94. Setters (English)

    - 2018 registrations rank: #94 highest of 192 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +1 in popularity

    The class of English gentleman who loved hunting are responsible for this breed. English Setters are purposefully quiet, making them ideal for treeing prey.

  • #93. Leonbergers

    - 2018 registrations rank: #93 highest of 192 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +7 in popularity

    Literally bred to be owned by royals Leonbergers are regal animals. Some of their most famous owners include King Edward VII Napoleon III and Tsar Alexander II.

  • #92. Pekingese

    - 2018 registrations rank: #92 highest of 192 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -4 in popularity

    Imperial China took their love for Pekingeses seriously. In fact, if you were caught stealing one, it was an offense punishable by death. While that part of their history is intense, their time in the palaces of China made them the lovable lap dogs they are today.

  • #91. Retrievers (flat-coated)

    - 2018 registrations rank: #91 highest of 192 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +5 in popularity

    One of the oldest retriever breeds, these dogs make lively companions thanks to their slow maturation rate. If you're looking for a dog that will retain its puppy spirit, this may be the breed for you.

  • #90. Anatolian shepherd dogs

    - 2018 registrations rank: #90 highest of 192 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -4 in popularity

    As part of the Livestock Guarding Dog Program, some Anatolian shepherd dogs guard sheep in Namibia. Their presence there has also had the added benefit of protecting cheetahs from being shot by farmers, since the big cats are afraid of the dogs.

  • #89. Standard schnauzers

    - 2018 registrations rank: #89 highest of 192 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +1 in popularity

    These cute pups were actually bred to seek out vermin—and their trademark whiskers actually serve a purpose. The fur would mat together to prevent rats and other small animals from biting them while they were on the hunt.

  • #88. Border terriers

    - 2018 registrations rank: #88 highest of 192 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: +4 in popularity

    Border terriers were bred to hunt small game; they don’t make good pets for households where hamsters or gerbils reside for that very reason. However, if you’re looking for a competitive breed, then you can’t do better than these wiry dogs. Border terriers have been known to annihilate the competition in Earthdog trials.

  • #87. Basenjis

    - 2018 registrations rank: #87 highest of 192 breeds
    - Change in rank from previous year: -3 in popularity

    Depictions of basenjis were found carved in the Great Pyramid of Khufu, proving these curly-tailed pups have a long history. Whether they're popping up in works of art or drawing lions out of their lairs in Africa, this breed is nothing short of dynamic.

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