Top Dog Breeds of 2013

Large dog breeds top the ranks of the American Kennel Club's annual "Most Popular Dogs” list for 2013.

Labrador The Labrador Retriever holds on to its position as top dog for another year, racking up 23 consecutive years of being the post popular dog breed in America. Previously tied, the Labrador has now surpassed the Poodle for the title of most popular dog breed of all time.

The top 10 dog breeds are the same as they were on the 2012 and 2011 list, with large dog breeds holding strong to the top spots.

“Owning bigger breeds – an economic indicator of sorts – have been on the rise during the past five years,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  “As the economy has improved, people are turning back to the big dogs they love, which cost more to feed and care for than the smaller breeds that saw a rise in popularity in 2007 and 2008.”

In small dog news, the AKC reports that the French Bulldog has seen a sharp rise in popularity over the past decade, with a 323% increase in registrations since 2003. The sweet and funny Frenchie rose three spots this year to number 11, its highest position since the breed was recognized by the AKC in 1898. Way to go Frenchies!

Chihuahuas, Pugs and Pomeranians all dropped notches on the popularity roster in 2012 and continued to decline in 2013.

Here are the AKC’s top 25 U.S. breeds for 2013:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd Dog 
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Beagle
  5. Bulldog
  6. Yorkshire Terrier
  7. Boxer
  8. Poodle
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Dachshund
  11. French Bulldog
  12. Doberman Pinscher
  13. German Shorthaired Pointer
  14. Siberian Husky
  15. Shih Tzu
  16. Great Dane
  17. Miniature Schnauzer
  18. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  19. Pomeranian
  20. Australian Shepherd
  21. Shetland Sheepdog
  22. Chihuahua
  23. Boston Terrier
  24. Permbroke Welsh Corgi
  25. Havanese

Keeping with the large dog breed trend, Doberman Pinschers rose from 22 to 12; Great Danes from 27 to 16; and Bernese Mountain Dogs from 47 to 32.

Working their way back up the popular dogs list, are a few rare breeds that faced a decline over the past decade.

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