Top Dog Breeds of 2014 – What are the Most Popular Dogs

Top Dog Breeds of 2014 – What are the Most Popular Dogs

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This year the AKC celebrates its 131st anniversary and for the 24th 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 in the Top Dog Breeds in 2014

The big change in the top 10 dog list is that the bulldog is working its way up the list and currently resides in the #4 position, its highest ranking ever! The other big change was the Dachshund was knocked out of the top 10 list and now is ranked in the #11 spot for this first time since 1985. New in the top 10 list is the French bulldog, affectionately nicknamed the “Frenchie”.

The Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2014 are:

  1. Labrador retrievers
  2. German shepherds
  3. Golden retrievers
  4. Bulldogs
  5. Beagles
  6. Yorkshire terriers
  7. Poodles
  8. Boxers
  9. French Bulldogs
  10. Rottweilers

Changes in the Top Dog Breeds 2008 – 2013

Here are the trends of the past several years:

Last year, there were no changes from 2012 to 2013! The top 10 list stayed exactly the same.

In 2012 – the biggest change was that large breeds bumped out several of the smaller dog breeds.

Here was the rundown of changes in the 2012 numbers. The Bulldog has climbed his way in to #5 dog which bumped the Yorkshire terrier in to #6 spot. The Golden Retriever has also pushed himself into the #3 spot – overtaking the Beagle. The Rottweiler also climbed in to 9th place – displacing the Dachshund.

In 2011, The Beagle jumped into 3rd place from fourth knocking out the Yorkshire Terrier to #5. The Golden Retriever also jumped into 4th place. The Shih Tzu was knocked off the top 10 list and a new breed was added – the Rottweiler.

In 2010, the biggest change was 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. The was first time the German shepherd ranked #2 in over 30 years. In 2011, the German Shepherd Dog retains it’s second place spot.

If you look at to 2008, it was the first time the bulldog made it into the top ten list since 1935 and has continued to increase and maintained his spot in 6th again this year.

Over the past several years, the top 10 list has been relatively stable. The biggest changes was 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. In 2010, the Rottweiler jumped on the top 10 list bumping the Shih Tzu off the list.

Popularity of Large Vs. Small Dog Breeds in the Top 10

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

The Top 10 Breeds of 2013 were:

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

AKC Dog 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:

The Entire Ranking of 2014 AKC Dog Registrations

Rank  Breed

  1. RETRIEVERS (LABRADOR)
  2. GERMAN SHEPHERDS
  3. RETRIEVERS (GOLDEN)
  4. BULLDOGS
  5. BEAGLES
  6. YORKSHIRE TERRIERS
  7. POODLES
  8. BOXERS
  9. FRENCH BULLDOGS
  10. ROTTWEILERS
  11. DACHSHUNDS
  12. POINTERS (GERMAN SHORTHAIRED)
  13. SIBERIAN HUSKIES
  14. DOBERMAN PINSCHERS
  15. GREAT DANES
  16. MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS
  17. SHIH TZU
  18. AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS
  19. CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIELS
  20. POMERANIANS
  21. SHETLAND SHEEPDOGS
  22. PEMBROKE WELSH CORGIS
  23. BOSTON TERRIERS
  24. CHIHUAHUAS
  25. HAVANESE
  26. MASTIFFS
  27. BRITTANYS
  28. SPANIELS (ENGLISH SPRINGER)
  29. MALTESE
  30. SPANIELS (COCKER)
  31. BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOGS
  32. PUGS
  33. VIZSLAS
  34. WEIMARANERS
  35. COLLIES
  36. NEWFOUNDLANDS
  37. WEST HIGHLAND WHITE TERRIERS
  38. RHODESIAN RIDGEBACKS
  39. BORDER COLLIES
  40. RETRIEVERS (CHESAPEAKE BAY)
  41. BASSET HOUNDS
  42. PAPILLONS
  43. BICHONS FRISES
  44. BULLMASTIFFS
  45. AKITAS
  46. SHIBA INU
  47. CANE CORSO
  48. SOFT COATED WHEATEN TERRIERS
  49. BLOODHOUNDS
  50. ST. BERNARDS
  51. PORTUGUESE WATER DOGS
  52. BULL TERRIERS
  53. ALASKAN MALAMUTES
  54. AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOGS
  55. WHIPPETS
  56. AIREDALE TERRIERS
  57. CHINESE SHAR-PEI
  58. SCOTTISH TERRIERS
  59. BELGIAN MALINOIS
  60. MINIATURE PINSCHER
  61. SPANIELS (ENGLISH COCKER)
  62. DOGUES DE BORDEAUX
  63. CHINESE CRESTED
  64. DALMATIANS
  65. LHASA APSOS
  66. SAMOYEDS
  67. CAIRN TERRIERS
  68. CHOW CHOWS
  69. POINTERS (GERMAN WIREHAIRED)
  70. IRISH WOLFHOUNDS
  71. SETTERS (IRISH)
  72. ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS
  73. GREAT PYRENEES
  74. WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFONS
  75. OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOGS
  76. CARDIGAN WELSH CORGIS
  77. STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERS
  78. GREATER SWISS MOUNTAIN DOGS
  79. BOUVIERS DES FLANDRES
  80. PEKINGESE
  81. GIANT SCHNAUZERS
  82. AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIERS
  83. BORDER TERRIERS
  84. BASENJIS
  85. KEESHONDEN
  86. TIBETAN TERRIERS
  87. SETTERS (ENGLISH)
  88. STANDARD SCHNAUZERS
  89. BRUSSELS GRIFFONS
  90. RETRIEVERS (FLAT-COATED)
  91. JAPANESE CHIN
  92. ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD DOGS
  93. FOX TERRIERS (WIRE)
  94. NORWICH TERRIERS
  95. AFGHAN HOUNDS
  96. RETRIEVERS (NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING)
  97. SETTERS (GORDON)
  98. SILKY TERRIERS
  99. BORZOIS
  100. NORWEGIAN ELKHOUNDS
  101. LEONBERGERS
  102. RUSSELL TERRIERS
  103. WELSH TERRIERS
  104. SPANIELS (BOYKIN)
  105. SCHIPPERKES
  106. BELGIAN TERVUREN
  107. RAT TERRIERS
  108. TREEING WALKER COONHOUNDS
  109. NEAPOLITAN MASTIFFS
  110. TOY FOX TERRIERS
  111. PARSON RUSSELL TERRIERS
  112. SPINONI ITALIANI
  113. POINTERS
  114. AMERICAN ESKIMO DOGS
  115. BEARDED COLLIES
  116. TIBETAN SPANIELS
  117. BELGIAN SHEEPDOGS
  118. FOX TERRIERS (SMOOTH)
  119. IRISH TERRIERS
  120. BLACK AND TAN COONHOUNDS
  121. BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIERS
  122. KERRY BLUE TERRIERS
  123. MINIATURE BULL TERRIERS
  124. BLUETICK COONHOUNDS
  125. NORFOLK TERRIERS
  126. BRIARDS
  127. SPANIELS (WELSH SPRINGER)
  128. SALUKIS
  129. TIBETAN MASTIFFS
  130. MANCHESTER TERRIERS
  131. SPANIELS (FIELD)
  132. ENGLISH TOY SPANIELS
  133. AUSTRALIAN TERRIERS
  134. BEDLINGTON TERRIERS
  135. GERMAN PINSCHERS
  136. XOLOITZCUINTLI
  137. SPANIELS (CLUMBER)
  138. AFFENPINSCHERS
  139. BEAUCERONS
  140. ICELANDIC SHEEPDOGS
  141. GREYHOUNDS
  142. REDBONE COONHOUNDS
  143. LAKELAND TERRIERS
  144. PETITS BASSETS GRIFFONS VENDEENS
  145. PULIK
  146. SPANIELS (IRISH WATER)
  147. ENTLEBUCHER MOUNTAIN DOGS
  148. PLOTTS
  149. SETTERS (IRISH RED AND WHITE)
  150. AMERICAN ENGLISH COONHOUNDS
  151. SCOTTISH DEERHOUNDS
  152. SWEDISH VALLHUNDS
  153. IBIZAN HOUNDS
  154. SPANIELS (AMERICAN WATER)
  155. KUVASZOK
  156. GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIERS
  157. RETRIEVERS (CURLY-COATED)
  158. PHARAOH HOUNDS
  159. LOWCHEN
  160. PORTUGUESE PODENGO PEQUENOS
  161. DANDIE DINMONT TERRIERS
  162. KOMONDOROK
  163. SEALYHAM TERRIERS
  164. POLISH LOWLAND SHEEPDOGS
  165. CHINOOKS
  166. NORWEGIAN BUHUNDS
  167. FINNISH LAPPHUNDS
  168. FINNISH SPITZ
  169. SPANIELS (SUSSEX)
  170. CANAAN DOGS
  171. SKYE TERRIERS
  172. PYRENEAN SHEPHERDS
  173. OTTERHOUNDS
  174. AMERICAN FOXHOUNDS
  175. HARRIERS
  176. CESKY TERRIERS
  177. ENGLISH FOXHOUNDS
  178. NORWEGIAN LUNDEHUNDS

NOTES:

Data from AKC website: http://www.akc.org

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