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Most Popular Dog Breeds

According to the American Kennel Club, there are almost 194 recognized breeds of dogs worldwide. Every year the American Kennel Club (AKC) publishes the list of most popular breeds based on the pet owner preferences and registration statistics for that specific year. Because of his unbelievable popularity across the world, Labrador Retriever tops the AKC's list for the 29th year in a row and reigns as number one position again. We have listed the rank of the top 5 most popular breeds of dogs below:

  1. Labrador Retriever

  2. German Shepherd Dog

  3. Golden Retriever

  4. French Bulldog

  5. Bulldog


1.  Labrador Retriever 

Originated in Newfoundland, Canada, this dog is known as a sporting type dog. They are medium-sized, built strongly, short-coupled, athletic, and possess a square appearance with a powerful body and sturdy legs. The most distinguishing characteristics of Labs are their short, dense, weather-resistant coat. They are very much friendly and have a sweet appearance.

2.    German Shepherd

German Shepherds are known for their protective and obedient behavior. AKC classified them as a herding group of dogs. German shepherds are strong, agile, and well-muscled dog with harmonious development of the forequarter and hindquarter. They are a well-proportioned dog with a broad head and bushy tail. They have a confident, courageous, and smart personality.

3.    Golden Retriever

According to the AKC, Golden Retriever is a spring-type dog that originated from the United Kingdom. They are powerful, symmetrical, active dogs, with a display of expression and possess a personality of eagerness, alertness, and self-confidence. Golden Retrievers are primarily hunting dogs, and they require a higher level of exercise every day.

4.    French Bulldog

After originating in France, this medium or small-sized dog appears to be an active, intelligent, muscular dog with heavy bone and a smooth coat. The most distinguishable characteristic of a French Bulldog includes his “bat” like ear which occurs naturally and is never cropped or altered. Another notable character is their flat skull between the ears. They are adaptable, playful, and smart in nature.

5.    Bulldog

The Bulldog has unique looks among all dog breeds. According to the United Kennel Club (UKC), they are companion type of dog with a friendly personality. They were bred in England from Mastiff type of dog breed for dog baiting. This breed is heavy, medium-sized with a smooth coat. Their skin is pendant and loose with heavy wrinkles and has thick folds on the face and a dewlap hanging from the throat.