This year the AKC celebrates its 131st anniversary. As is their tradition, they tallied the Club’s registrations to determine the most popular dog breeds. To see the full list of most popular dog breeds, go to Top Dog Breeds of 2014 – What Are the Most Popular Dogs?
Little breeds, of course, have a big following yet again this year. Of the overall top 10 most popular dog breeds, small breeds account for 4. The following are the top small dogs based on the AKC’s statistics.
The Top 10 Small Dog Breeds of 2014 are:
Beagles – Since the 1950s, the beagle has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 most popular breeds in the United States. This perpetual favorite is one of the smallest members of the hound group, the members of which rely on scent to find their quarry. Although the precise origin of the beagle is unknown, the breed seems to have been a favorite companion and vigorous rabbit hunter for centuries.
Yorkshire Terriers – Affectionately known as “Yorkies,” the Yorkshire terrier is well-known for its long, beautiful hair and earns its reputation as a tiny but hardy breed. The Yorkie was originally used to hunt rats, and is a popular active pet that is considered a favorite “lap dog.”
Poodles – For centuries, the poodle has been one of the most popular dog breeds in the world and reigns as a symbol of elegance and luxury. The breed itself actually consists of several different classifications, including the toy poodle (which stands under 10 inches at the shoulder and weighs around 10 pounds) and the miniature poodle (which stands 10 to 15 inches at the shoulder and weighs around 20 pounds).
French Bulldogs – “Frenchies,” with their distinctive bat-like ears and roly-poly bodies, are a compact, tough, and adorable little breed of dog. Adult French bulldogs average 11 to 12 inches in height at the shoulder and weigh 17 to 28 pounds. The Frenchie has been a treasured family companion for years and continues its reign for yet another.
Dachshund – The much-loved dachshund or “wiener dog” has been in the top 10 of all dog breeds for 30 years but fell off the list in 2014. However, this perennial favorite remains as one of the top 10 small breed dogs. Vocal and affectionate, this is one breed that loves to love its humans.
Miniature Schnauzers – The schnauzer is usually seen in three different sizes, and is considered a tough and hardy companion as well as a protector. With their classic beard and long eyebrows, its iconic looks are easily recognizable all over the world. The schnauzer was historically not only part of the family but was also trained to chase rats and guard produce carts in the marketplace.
Shih Tzu – With a name meaning “lion,” this small and sturdy dog has a big heart indeed. The breed is an excellent choice for families with children or for the elderly. Based on their presence in various Chinese paintings and tapestries, it is thought that the Shih Tzu breed has been in existence since 624 A.D.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – This sweet and affectionate dog expects to be pampered. Traditionally a favorite among aristocracy, this dog’s likeness has been seen in tapestries and portraits since the 15th century. This toy spaniel was so adored by King Charles that the breed was eventually named after him. His successor, King Charles II, also loved and perpetuated the breed.
Pomeranians – If you’re looking for a spunky little dog with a big personality, Pomeranians are just right for you. Historically speaking, they have served as tiny companions for royalty and common folk alike. Until the late 1880s the breed was relatively obscure but, like many other breeds, once Queen Victoria took an interest in their unique personality their popularity soared.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis – Speaking of personality, the Corgi has more than their fair share. Lively and distinctive, the Pembroke is considered a house pet and is so loved in Great Britain that the breed is now the Royal Dog of England.
Click on the links above to learn about each of these wonderful small breed dogs. Looking to learn more? See Most Popular Lap Dogs.