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This year the AKC celebrates its 127th anniversary and for the 20th 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.

Changes This Year

The biggest change this year is that the Beagle jumped into 4th place from fifth knocking out the Golden Retriever to 5th. The bulldog also jumped into 6th place knocking out the boxer.

In 2009, the biggest change was that the German Shepherd Dog came in at #2 knocking the Yorkshire Terrier down one notch to #2 dog. It was first time the German shepherd ranked #2 in over 30 years.

In 2008, for the first time the bulldog made it into the top ten list since 1935 and has continued to increase and jumped up to 6th place this year.

Over the past several years, the top 10 list has been relatively stable. The biggest changes are that six years ago, 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. In 2007, the Miniature Schnauzer was dropped from the top 10 list. And in 2008, the Bulldog jumped on the top 10 list.

Large Vs. Small Breeds

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

The Top 10 Breeds of 2010 are:

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

The Top 10 Breeds of 2009 are:

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

The Top Breeds of 2008 were:

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

The Top 10 Breeds of 2007 were:

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

The Top 10 Breeds of 2006 were:

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

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

    How Did YOUR Breed Score? Go to Top Dog Breeds of 2010 for the entire 2010 AKC ranking.

  • The Entire Ranking of 2010 AKC Dog Registrations

    Rank        Breed        

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

    46.        Rhodesian Ridgebacks
    47.        Border Collies
    48.        Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
    49.        Akitas
    50.        Chinese Shar-Pei
    51.        Cane Corso++
    52.        Scottish Terriers
    53.        Bull Terriers
    54.        Airedale Terriers
    55.        Portuguese Water Dogs
    56.        Cairn Terriers
    57.        Chinese Crested
    58.        Alaskan Malamutes
    59.        Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
    60.        Whippets
    61.        Pekingese
    62.        Lhasa Apsos
    63.        Shiba Inu
    64.        Australian Cattle Dogs
    65.        Chow Chows
    66.        English Cocker Spaniels
    67.        Italian Greyhounds
    68.        Dogues de Bordeaux
    69.        Dalmatians
    70.        American Staffordshire Terriers
    71.        Great Pyrenees
    72.        Samoyeds
    73.        German Wirehaired Pointers
    74.        Staffordshire Bull Terriers
    75.        Japanese Chin
    76.        Belgian Malinois
    77.        Irish Setters
    78.        Silky Terriers
    79.        Irish Wolfhounds
    80.        Brussels Griffons
    81.        Old English Sheepdogs
    82.        Icelandic Sheepdogs++

    Rank        Breed        

    83.        Border Terriers
    84.        Cardigan Welsh Corgis
    85.        Bouviers des Flandres
    86.        Afghan Hounds
    87.        Keeshonden
    88.        Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
    89.        Basenjis
    90.        Tibetan Terriers
    91.        Black and Tan Coonhounds
    92.        Parson Russell Terriers
    93.        Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
    94.        Giant Schnauzers
    95.        Standard Schnauzers
    96.        Borzois
    97.        Wire Fox Terriers
    98.        Gordon Setters
    99.        Toy Fox Terriers
    100.        Norwich Terriers
    101.        English Setters
    102.        Schipperkes
    103.        Flat-Coated Retrievers
    104.        Tibetan Spaniels
    105.        Welsh Terriers
    106.        Norwegian Elkhounds
    107.        Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
    108.        Belgian Tervuren
    109.        Anatolian Shepherd Dogs
    110.        Smooth Fox Terriers
    111.        Pointers
    112.        Bearded Collies
    113.        Neapolitan Mastiffs
    114.        American Eskimo Dogs
    115.        Salukis
    116.        Belgian Sheepdogs
    117.        Norfolk Terriers
    118.        Spinoni Italiani
    119.        Bluetick Coonhounds
    120.        Kerry Blue Terriers
    121.        Manchester Terriers
    122.        Redbone Coonhounds

    123.        Australian Terriers
    124.        Tibetan Mastiffs
    125.        Briards
    126.        English Toy Spaniels
    127.        Welsh Springer Spaniels
    128.        Irish Terriers
    129.        Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens
    130.        Miniature Bull Terriers
    131.        Clumber Spaniels
    132.        Field Spaniels
    133.        Boykin Spaniels
    134.        Plotts
    135.        Black Russian Terriers
    136.        Affenpinschers
    137.        Lakeland Terriers
    138.        German Pinschers
    139.        Greyhounds
    140.        Bedlington Terriers
    141.        Scottish Deerhounds
    142.        Swedish Vallhunds
    143.        American Water Spaniels
    144.        Kuvaszok
    145.        Pulik
    146.        Curly-Coated Retrievers
    147.        Lowchen
    148.        Irish Water Spaniels
    149.        Polish Lowland Sheepdogs
    150.        Irish Red and White Setters
    151.        Ibizan Hounds
    152.        Sealyham Terriers
    153.        Beaucerons
    154.        Komondorok
    155.        Sussex Spaniels
    156.        Pharaoh Hounds
    157.        Glen of Imaal Terriers
    158.        Finnish Spitz
    159.        Norwegian Buhunds
    160.        Skye Terriers
    161.        Otterhounds
    162.        Pyrenean Shepherds
    163.        Canaan Dogs
    164.        Dandie Dinmont Terriers
    165.        Harriers
    166.        American Foxhounds
    167.        English Foxhounds


    + New breeds entered in AKC registry in 2010.
    ++ Data from AKC website: http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm

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