Top Dog Breeds of 2006

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For the 17th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is once again America's favorite purebred dog, according to registration numbers tallied by the American Kennel Club. The AKC released the figures and, as in past years, the Labrador far outstrips the other dogs in the top 10.

Popularity

All breeds in the top 10 are the same as in 2005 but the order has changed. Two breeds climbed the chart. First is the Yorkshire Terrier. It is now the # 2 registered AKC dog climbing form # 3 last year. The year before (2004), the beloved Yorkie was #5. The German Shepherd dog is now # 3, moving up from the #4 spot.

In 2006, the very popular golden retriever got bumped from 2nd place down to 4th place being replaced by the Yorkshire Terrier!

Last year, in 2005, one new breed joined the top 10 list and one got bumped off. The Miniature Schnauzer came in at #10 displacing the Chihuahua into the #11 position. This year stats show the Miniature schnauzer still holding strong in the # 10 spot.

Large Vs. Small Breeds

Four out of the top ten AKC registered breeds are large breed dogs! These include the Labrador retriever, German shepherd, golden retriever and Boxer. The rest are smaller breed dogs which includes the Yorkie, Beagle, Dachshund, Poodle, Shih Tzu and Miniature Schnauzer.

The Top 10 Breeds of 2006 are:

1. Labrador retrievers
2. Yorkshire terriers
3. German shepherds
4. Golden retrievers
5. Beagles
6. Dachshunds
7. Boxers
8. Poodles
9. Shih Tzus
10. Miniature Schnauzer

2006 Rank Comparison to 2005

2006 RankBreed2005 Rank
1Retrievers Labrador
1
2Yorkshire Terriers
3
3German Sheperd Dogs
4
4Retrievers Golden
2
5Beagles
5
6Dachshunds
6
7Boxers
7
8Poodles
8
9Shih Tzus
9
10Miniature Schnauzers
10
At the other end of the spectrum, the English foxhound is again the least-registered purebred dog followed by the Harrier, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Otterhounds and the American Foxhound.

AKC Categories

The AKC recognizes dogs in seven categories: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding. The largest breed registration in each group is as follows:

  • Sporting – e.g. Labrador retriever
  • Hound – e.g. beagle
  • Working – e.g. boxers
  • Terrier – e.g. miniature schnauzer
  • Toy – e.g. Yorkshire terrier
  • Non-sporting – e.g. poodles
  • Herding – e.g. German shepherd


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  • The Entire Ranking of 2006 AKC Dog Registrations

    Rank        Breed        

    1.        Retrievers (Labrador)
    2.        Yorkshire Terriers
    3.        German Shepherd Dogs
    4.        Retrievers (Golden)
    5.        Beagles
    6.        Dachshunds
    7.        Boxers
    8.        Poodles
    9.        Shih Tzu
    10.        Miniature Schnauzers
    11.        Chihuahuas
    12.        Bulldogs
    13.        Pugs
    14.        Pomeranians
    15.        Boston Terriers
    16.        Spaniels (Cocker)
    17.        Rottweilers
    18.        Maltese
    19.        Pointers (German Shorthaired)
    20.        Shetland Sheepdogs
    21.        Doberman Pinschers
    22.        Welsh Corgis (Pembroke)
    23.        Miniature Pinschers
    24.        Great Danes
    25.        Siberian Huskies
    26.        Spaniels (English Springer)
    27.        Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
    28.        Basset Hounds
    29.        Bichons Frises
    30.        Weimaraners
    31.        Brittanys
    32.        Mastiffs
    33.        West Highland White Terriers
    34.        Australian Shepherds
    35.        Papillons
    36.        French Bulldogs
    37.        Collies
    38.        Havanese
    39.        St. Bernards
    40.        Bullmastiffs
    41.        Bernese Mountain Dogs
    42.        Scottish Terriers

    43.        Vizslas
    44.        Newfoundlands
    45.        Bloodhounds
    46.        Lhasa Apsos
    47.        Chinese Shar-Pei
    48.        Cairn Terriers
    49.        Pekingese
    50.        Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay)
    51.        Tibetan Mastiff
    52.        Chinese Crested
    53.        Akitas
    54.        Rhodesian Ridgebacks
    55.        Airedale Terriers
    56.        Border Collies
    57.        Alaskan Malamutes
    58.        Great Pyrenees
    59.        Italian Greyhounds
    60.        Whippets
    61.        Bull Terriers
    62.        Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
    63.        Brussels Griffons
    64.        Chow Chows
    65.        Shiba Inu
    66.        American Staffordshire Terriers
    67.        Australian Cattle Dogs
    68.        Setters (Irish)
    69.        Portuguese Water Dogs
    70.        Silky Terriers
    71.        Old English Sheepdogs
    72.        Japanese Chin
    73.        Pointers (German Wirehaired)
    74.        Spaniels (English Cocker)
    75.        Parson Russell Terriers

    76.        Samoyeds
    77.        Irish Wolfhounds
    78.        Fox Terriers (Wire)
    79.        Welsh Corgis (Cardigan)
    80.        Staffordshire Bull Terriers
    81.        Border Terriers
    82.        Schipperkes
    83.        Giant Schnauzers
    84.        Basenjis
    85.        Dalmatians
    86.        Bouviers des Flandres
    87.        Afghan Hounds
    88.        Setters (Gordon)
    89.        Toy Fox Terriers
    90.        Belgian Malinois
    91.        Welsh Terriers
    92.        Norwegian Elkhounds
    93.        Keeshonden
    94.        Norwich Terriers
    95.        Tibetan Terriers
    96.        Borzois
    97.        Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
    98.        Setters (English)
    99.        Standard Schnauzers
    100.        Retrievers (Flat-Coated)
    101.        Tibetan Spaniels
    102.        Fox Terriers (Smooth)
    103.        Pointers
    104.        Bearded Collies
    105.        Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
    106.        Manchester Terriers
    107.        Belgian Tervuren
    108.        Plotts
    109.        American Eskimo Dogs
    110.        Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)
    111.        Anatolian Shepherds
    112.        Neapolitan Mastiffs
    113.        Australian Terriers
    114.        Kerry Blue Terriers
    115.        Norfolk Terriers

    116.        Salukis
    117.        Spinoni Italiani
    118.        Briards
    119.        Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
    120.        English Toy Spaniels
    121.        Spaniels (Clumber)
    122.        Belgian Sheepdogs
    123.        Irish Terriers
    124.        Spaniels (Welsh Springer)
    125.        Affenpinschers
    126.        Spaniels (Field)
    127.        Lakeland Terriers
    128.        Bedlington Terriers
    129.        Miniature Bull Terriers
    130.        Kuvaszok
    131.        Black and Tan Coonhounds
    132.        Lowchen
    133.        Spaniels (American Water)
    134.        Black Russian Terriers
    135.        Scottish Deerhounds
    136.        Greyhounds
    137.        Retrievers (Curly-Coated)
    138.        Ibizan Hounds
    139.        Spaniels (Irish Water)
    140.        Pulik
    141.        Pharaoh Hounds
    142.        Polish Lowland Sheepdogs
    143.        German Pinschers
    144.        Dandie Dinmont Terriers
    145.        Spaniels (Sussex)
    146.        Skye Terriers
    147.        Finnish Spitz
    148.        Komondorok
    149.        Sealyham Terriers
    150.        Canaan Dogs
    151.        Foxhounds (American)
    152.        Otterhounds
    153.        Glen of Imaal Terriers
    154.        Harriers
    155.        Foxhounds (English)


    ** Data from AKC website: http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm


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