Every year, the American Kennel Club releases their list of the most popular dog breeds that are sought by pet owners.This year, the top of the list featured the favorite that has been on top for the past four years, the loveable Labrador Retriever.
Of the, nearly 200 breeds of dogs on their list the top 5 for the past 5 years have remained virtually the same, it is the ones in between that are the movers and the shakers. The Border Collie is somewhat new the AKC, but it comes in on the top 50, as does the Cane Corso which is one of those harder to find breeds here in the states. The American Staffordshire Terrier or Pit Bull, which is one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. to own, did not make the list, coming in at 81 which was a bit surprising considering those who own the breed know that they get a bad rap.
Another surprise was how high the Brittany ranked considering it is one of the lesser known dogs on this list, and how low the St. Bernard ranked considering its past popularity. Keep in mind, however, that no matter what breeds made the AKC's list, the most popular breed of dog in homes today is the good ole' loyal mutt. But it is always fun to see the breeds your mutt is mixed with and where they are ranked on the charts. Remember, adopt don't shop!
Though we couldn't fit all 189 breeds on our list, we are sharing the top 50, did your favorite breed make the list?
50- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier:
Irish soft coated wheaten terrier on blackDenis Babenko
49- St. Bernard:
St. Bernard puppy with stickCarola Schubbel