List of most popular dog breeds

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This article lists the most popular dog breeds by registrations.

Note: registrations shown are not the same as annual registrations, or as living individuals.

Most popular breeds pre-2006[edit]

Between 1915 and 1940, American Kennel Club statistics were collected on a five-year basis instead of every year. These figures show that between 1905 and 1935, the Boston Terrier was consistently in either first or second place. In 1925, following the popularity of Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd displaced the Terrier as the top dog. American Cocker Spaniels then led the way as the most popular dog from 1936 all the way through to 1952, when the Beagle became the number one dog until 1959. Poodles would become the most popular breed for the longest, reigning from 1960 for the next twenty-two years until 1982, when the American Cocker Spaniel fought back to take over until 1990. The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular since 1991.[1]

Club registration figures for 2007[edit]

Canadian Kennel Club (2007)[4]

Position Breed Annual registrations
1 Labrador Retriever 8,881
2 Golden Retriever 5,647
3 German Shepherd 5,062
4 Poodle 2,839
5 Shetland Sheepdog 2,477
6 Yorkshire Terrier 2,441
7 Miniature Schnauzer 1,679
8 Boxer 1,677
9 Shih Tzu 1,431
10 Bernese Mountain Dog 1,303

Australian National Kennel Council (2007)[5]

Position Breed Annual registrations
1 Labrador Retriever 4,491
2 German Shepherd 4,194
3 Staffordshire Bull Terrier 3,996
4 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 2,987
5 Golden Retriever 2,873
6 Border Collie 1,978
7 Pug 1,571
8 English Cocker Spaniel 1,473
9 Dalmatian 1,452
10 Rottweiler 1,317

Club registration figures for 2008[edit]

Canadian Kennel Club (2008)[7]

Club registration figures for 2009[edit]

Ente Nazionale Cinofilia Italiana (2009).[8]

Position Breed
1 English Setter
2 German Shepherd
3 Segugio Maremmano
4 Labrador Retriever
5 Epagneul Breton
6 Segugio Italiano
7 Golden Retriever
8 Boxer
9 Jack Russell Terrier
10 German Shorthaired Pointer

Hunting is popular in Italy and this explains why hunt-and-retrieve breeds like the English Setter and the German Shorthaired pointer are widespread.


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